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39th Chess Olympiad Khanty-Mansiysk 2010 (1)

Grischuk concedes draw on top board for Russia on Day 1

England won 3.5-0.5 on Day 1 against Malaysia. Adams was held on top board. Photo © 2010 Albran.

England won 3.5-0.5 on Day 1 against Malaysia. Adams was held on top board. Photo © 2010 Albran. | http://www.theweekinchess.com

Alexander Grischuk conceded a draw on top board to Sam Collins of Ireland in their 3.5-0.5 win. The Ukraine won 4-0.

Alexander Grischuk and the Governor of the Khanty-Mansiysk area Natalia Komarova Photo © 2010 Albran.

The Olympiad got off to an interesting start on day one with the usual mix of surprises and big wins. I spent the day sorting out TWIC's coverage and the names of the players. Hopefully much better coverage during the round tomorrow and improving throughout the early rounds. I will hopefully have time for a more detailed round one report later. There is a download of the games from Round one of the men's and women's events this is by no means the finished article.

The English Team started with a 3.5-0.5 win. Hafizulhelmi Mas held Michael Adams with white on top board. Photo © 2010 Albran.

Smaller playing Venue. Photo © 2010 Albran.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov enjoying himself. He had good news today. A supporter will take over in Kalmykia. So investigations into his 17 year reign are unlikely. Photo © 2010 Albran.

The venue. Photo © 2010 Albran.

Judit Polgar got off to a winning start in Round 1. Photo © 2010 Europe-Echecs who are on the spot making videos, including in English.

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