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39th Chess Olympiad Khanty-Mansiysk 2010 (5)

Russia one and two lose as Georgia, Hungary and Armenia lead

A big win for Leko against Grischuk in Round 5. Photo © Albran.

A big win for Leko against Grischuk in Round 5. Photo © Albran. | http://www.theweekinchess.com

Prior to the tournament there was talk of the big bonuses that the Russian teams would get for winning the Olympiad and the fact they haven't won since 2002. The Russian first team lost to Hungary and their second team lost to Armenia.

Peter Leko beat Alexander Grischuk in the only decisive game of the match between Hungary and Russia. Photo © 2010 Albran.

Russia have made it a priority to win the Olympiad but today both their first and second teams had major setbacks losing 2.5-1.5 against Hungary and Armenia respectively. Alexander Grishuk lost to Peter Leko with the black pieces. He was gradually ground down in an ending. Arman Pashikian was defending champion's Armenia's hero when he beat Artyom Timofeev on board 4.

Georgia beat Vietnam 3.5-0.5 to take the lead. Georgia (10pts) now face Armenia (10pts) whilst Ukraine (9pts) play Hungary (10pts).

Poland against the Netherlands. Photo © 2010 Europe-Echecs.

Radoslaw Wojtkaszek beat Loek van Wely on top board in the Poland - Netherlands match. Anish Giri beat Mateusz Bartel to level things up on bottom board.

Judit and Susan Polgar together at the Olympiad. Judit is playing, Susan reporting. Photo © 2010 Albran.

The Ukraine have worked their back up the field after conceding a draw in an earlier round. Today they beat Bosnia & Herzegovina 3-1. Vassily Ivanchuk made light work of Ivan Sokolov who had previously won all his games.

Things went badly awry for Howell against France. Photo © 2010 Albran.

Nigel Short won impressively with white against Laurent Fressinet but David Howell fell to Sebasten Feller so the match finished 2-2.

France against England was a draw. Photo © 2010 Europe-Echecs.

Of the big beasts in the tournament Magnus Carlsen returned with a crushing win against Francisco Vallejo Pons in Norway's 2-2 draw with Spain. Hikaru Nakamura and Gata Kamsky were both winners against Argentina in the USA's 3-1 win. Boris Gelfand drew against Dmitry Jakovenko in Israel's 1.5-2.5 loss to Russia 3. Veselin Topalov also drew in his teams 1-3 loss to India.

Nadezha Kostintseva of the Russian first team. Photo © 2010 Albran.

The Ukraine and Russia 1 are the only women's teams with a 100% match record and they meet in Round 6.

One of Karpov's Campaign Assistants. Pretty sure it isn't Mig. Photo © 2010 Albran.

39th Olympiad Men Khanty-Mansiysk (RUS), 21 ix - 3 x 2010

Round 5 (of 11) Pairings

  • ARM2½ : 1½RUS2
  • VIE½ : 3½GEO
  • HUN2½ : 1½RUS1
  • POL2 : 2NED
  • BIH1 : 3UKR
  • AZE2½ : 1½SWE
  • CZE4 : 0MEX
  • CHN2 : 2SVK
  • ITA2 : 2CUB
  • USA3 : 1ARG
  • NOR2 : 2ESP
  • ISR1½ : 2½RUS3
  • IND3 : 1BUL
  • FRA2 : 2ENG
  • EST2½ : 1½GER
  • BRA2 : 2IRI
  • AUT2 : 2TKM
  • BLR2½ : 1½PER
  • LAT1½ : 2½CRO
  • CAN2½ : 1½DEN
  • GRE4 : 0ICSC
  • SLO2 : 2MGL
  • FIN2½ : 1½EGY
  • SUI1 : 3ISL
  • KAZ2 : 2COL
  • INA1½ : 2½MNE
  • LTU3 : 1QAT
  • URU1 : 3PHI
  • YEM½ : 3½UZB
  • CHI2½ : 1½TUR
  • RUS43½ : ½BOT
  • PAK½ : 3½SRB
  • 75 matches

39th Olympiad Women Khanty-Mansiysk (RUS), 21 ix - 3 x 2010

Round 5 (of 11) Pairings

  • UKR3 : 1BUL
  • CHN1½ : 2½RUS1
  • ROU1½ : 2½HUN
  • USA2½ : 1½SLO
  • IND3 : 1IRI
  • AZE0 : 4GEO
  • INA1 : 3SRB
  • GRE1½ : 2½ARM
  • PER1 : 3GER
  • POL4 : 0AUT
  • RUS22½ : 1½CUB
  • RUS33½ : ½CZE
  • ITA2½ : 1½KAZ
  • LAT2 : 2UZB
  • TUR1½ : 2½SUI
  • TKM2 : 2EST
  • CRO3½ : ½POR
  • MGL½ : 3½ISR
  • ESP4 : 0NOR
  • PHI2 : 2ARG
  • NED1 : 3BLR
  • FRA3 : 1VIE
  • LTU3 : 1SWE
  • ENG1 : 3ISL
  • IBCA3 : 1RSA
  • CAN4 : 0SYR
  • COL3½ : ½DEN
  • BIH2 : 2GUA
  • MEX2½ : 1½ECU
  • 58 matches

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