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Kevin Bonham
01-04-2012, 08:53 PM
Thought I'd start the usual general discussion thread going.

Note the two existing Australian threads:

Olympiad Notices (http://www.chesschat.org/showthread.php?t=13604) (locked thread for selections notices and the like)
Olympiad Appeal (http://www.chesschat.org/showthread.php?t=13907) (fundraising)

and also the one NZ-specific thread to date

Istanbul Olympiad 2012 (http://www.chesschat.org/showthread.php?t=13601)

An obvious discussion point at the start is the severe lack of information from the organisers at a point less than five months from the start of the event. Certainly not comparable to the previous two Olympiads at which there were significant deadlines four months out. Hopefully there will be official material available soon!

Max Illingworth
01-04-2012, 10:15 PM
Thought I'd start the usual general discussion thread going.

Note the two existing Australian threads:

Olympiad Notices (http://www.chesschat.org/showthread.php?t=13604) (locked thread for selections notices and the like)
Olympiad Appeal (http://www.chesschat.org/showthread.php?t=13907) (fundraising)

and also the one NZ-specific thread to date

Istanbul Olympiad 2012 (http://www.chesschat.org/showthread.php?t=13601)

An obvious discussion point at the start is the severe lack of information from the organisers at a point less than five months from the start of the event. Certainly not comparable to the previous two Olympiads at which there were significant deadlines four months out. Hopefully there will be official material available soon!

Do you know if this year's Olympiad is continuing to use the match points system?

Kevin Bonham
01-04-2012, 10:58 PM
Do you know if this year's Olympiad is continuing to use the match points system?

As Match Points remain mandated in the Olympiad Pairing Rules (http://www.fide.com/fide/handbook.html?id=95&view=article), as far as I know this is the case.

ER
02-04-2012, 05:20 AM
An obvious discussion point at the start is the severe lack of information from the organisers at a point less than five months from the start of the event...

I was told by a reliable source that the Olympic Tournament will be held in the European side of Istanbul and that all related information will be published in the Turkish Chess Federation's website this or next week.

William AS
02-04-2012, 04:22 PM
I was told by a reliable source that the Olympic Tournament will be held in the European side of Istanbul and that all related information will be published in the Turkish Chess Federation's website this or next week.
Can anyone here read Turkish? :hmm: :D

heligan
02-04-2012, 04:48 PM
The Turkish Chess Federation website is published in English and Russian too. And Google reads Turkish. The only thing on the site of relevance is a counter (scroll down some way for that). I did pinch the Turkish for Olympiad from that, to make the logo for the NZCF site, in the absence of an official one...

george
02-04-2012, 08:29 PM
Hi all,

Evelyn went to the last Istanbul Olympiad and said it would be a terrific destination for a chess tourist so anyone going to europe at that time should seriously consider putting it on their agenda.

peter_parr
03-04-2012, 01:24 PM
Early applicants report SMH (http://www.chessdiscountsales.com/news/2012.htm)

Kevin Bonham
22-08-2012, 12:09 AM
*bump*

Just a reminder that this is the main thread for Olympiad discussion of which there has not been much yet.

Chessbase has a brief preview here: http://chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=8422

Chessdom has a so-called live countdown with quite a lot of details here: http://www.chessdom.com/chess-olympiad-2012-live-countdown-6-days-left/

Official site http://istanbul2012.tsf.org.tr/en/ I do believe the countdown clock is wrong.

Others may have more interesting links.

ER
22-08-2012, 08:46 AM
*bump*

... Chessdom has a so-called live countdown with quite a lot of details here: http://www.chessdom.com/chess-olympiad-2012-live-countdown-6-days-left/

Official site http://istanbul2012.tsf.org.tr/en/ I do believe the countdown clock is wrong.

Others may have more interesting links.

I only trust my watch thanks! :owned:

Muzzy
24-08-2012, 08:12 AM
Hi all,
I'm currently in Istanbul waiting for the event to kick off. I'll be volunteering for the Turkish chess federation, most likely assisting the aussie team.

Will try to provide daily updates for you all. I'm sure the website should work well though.

All the best to the ozzie teams!

Anyone know when they arrive?

Rincewind
24-08-2012, 10:39 AM
Hi all,
I'm currently in Istanbul waiting for the event to kick off. I'll be volunteering for the Turkish chess federation, most likely assisting the aussie team.

Will try to provide daily updates for you all. I'm sure the website should work well though.

All the best to the ozzie teams!

Anyone know when they arrive?

Cool. Have fun Muz!

Kevin Bonham
24-08-2012, 12:18 PM
Anyone know when they arrive?

Most of the delegation arrives on the 27th at various times. A few will be arriving earlier and moving to the official hotels on the 27th.

Muzzy
24-08-2012, 03:08 PM
Great thanks Kev.

I would have had that info had I not missed my flight for the volunteers meeting :wall:

Thx Baz. Looking forward to it :)

soupman_2
27-08-2012, 12:26 AM
What are the best sites for news about the Aussies at the Olympiad?

I assume Chess Chat, David Smerdon's Blog (http://www.davidsmerdon.com/) & Shaun Press's Updates (http://chessexpress.blogspot.com.au/) . Any others?

Desmond
27-08-2012, 11:06 AM
Carn the aussies!

peter_parr
27-08-2012, 11:13 AM
Istanbul Olympiad
Peter Parr

The Opening Ceremony of the 40th Chess Olympiad will be held this evening (Monday) in Istanbul. The first Olympiad had 18 teams in Paris 1924 and by Dubai 1986 there were 108 Open teams.

The last Olympiad in Siberia 2010 had a record 149 open and 115 women’s teams and Istanbul 2012 will set a new record of about 160 open and 130 women’s teams. USSR/Russia won the gold medals in 24 of the 25 open Olympiads it competed in during the period 1952-2002. Armenia won in 2006 and 2008. Ukraine won in 2004 and 2010. USSR/Russia have been top seeds in all Olympiads since 1952 (except 1976 when they did not play).

The top seeds are Russia :- V.Kramnik 2797, S.Karjakin 2785, A.Grischuk 2763, E.Tomashevsky 2730, D.Jakovenko 2722. Ukraine 2nd seeds and defending champions :- V.Ivanchuk 2769, R.Ponomariov 2734, O.Moiseenko 2706, A.Volokitin 2709, P.Eljanov 2693.

The Australian Team in board order is :- GM David Smerdon 2507, IM Moulthun Ly 2397, IM Aleksandar Wohl 2411, IM Stephen Solomon 2378, FM Max Illingworth 2360. Captain - IA, FM Manuel Weeks 2181. Solomon is competing in his 10th Olympiad, Wohl his 6th and Smerdon his 5th. Youngsters Ly and Illingworth are competing for the first time.

The Australian Women’s teams in board order is :- WIM Arianne Caoili 2204, WIM Emma Guo 2004, Sally Yu 1990, Thu Giang Nguyen 2105, WIM Biljana Dekic 2104. Captain GM Ian Rogers 2545 (14 Open Olympiad teams). Dekic will be playing in her 10th Olympiad, Caoili her 7th, Nguyen 3rd, Guo 2nd and Yu her first. IA and WIM Anastasia Sorokina (AUS 2194) and IA Gary Bekker (AUS 1813) are arbiters at the Olympiad.

The first games of the 11 round Olympiad starts tomorrow Tuesday and the 10 round Under 16 Youth Olympiad commences on Wednesday. The SMH will publish extra chess columns to cover the Olympiad.

Stop Press: Australia (2433) will be seeded about No.60 in the Open Olympiad.

peter_parr
27-08-2012, 03:30 PM
stop stop press - Australia Open team 2423 ranked about no 60

Australia Women team 2104 ranked about no 50 (China 1,Russia 2)

Carl Gorka
27-08-2012, 07:48 PM
Good luck to the Australians (http://gorkachc.blogspot.com.au/2012/08/olympiad-2012-good-luck-to-australian.html):)

Kevin Bonham
28-08-2012, 03:11 PM
All AUS team members have arrived.

AUS open (ranked 61) are black on 1 and 3 against 139-th seed Nambia

1 CM Charles Eichab 2034 NAM
2 FM Mueller Leonhard 2166 NAM
3 CM Nakapunda Otto 2021 NAM
4 Handjaba Mclean 0 NAM
5 Gariseb Edmund 0 NAM

AUS women (ranked 50) are white on 1 and 3 against 114th ranked Malta

1 WFM Caruana Pulpan Oana 1821 MLT
2 WCM Borg Rivera Filipina 1836 MLT
3 Psaila Uranchimeg 0 MLT
4 Klotz Jutta 0 MLT
5 Farrugia Jamie 0 MLT

pax
28-08-2012, 04:10 PM
Anyone know why Karjakin defected from Ukraine? (old news, I know)

Kevin Bonham
28-08-2012, 04:17 PM
The Opening Ceremony last night was dominated by groups of Turkish dancers to a backdrop of various scenes of Turkey. There was also a procession of flags into the venue - 161 flags takes quite a while to fill up a hall! Not sure what the basis of the flag ordering was since we were about 80% down the list. Some people brought their own national flags into the hall including David Smerdon who was wearing one!

There were also speeches from the FIDE President, the TSF President and the Sports Minister. Speeches were given with translations which were available on headphones; unfortunately I did not pick up on this detail until too late and hence could only guess what the Sports Minister was saying, but it was quite interesting to watch him speak all the same. (He seemed quite emphatic about something!)

We are staying at the WOW Hotel which the locals generally seem to pronounce as "wo".

Altecman
28-08-2012, 04:49 PM
Mens


1 GM Smerdon David 2507 AUS
2 IM Ly Moulthun 2397 AUS
3 IM Wohl Aleksandar 2411 AUS
4 IM Solomon Stephen 2378 AUS
5 FM Illingworth Max 2360 AUS

Namibia vs Australia. Rd 1.

NAMIBIA Team.

1 CM Charles Eichab 2034 NAM 0.0 0
2 FM Mueller Leonhard 2166 NAM 0.0 0
3 CM Nakapunda Otto 2021 NAM 0.0 0
4 Handjaba Mclean 0 NAM 0.0 0
5 Gariseb Edmund 0 NAM 0.0 0


Women

1 WIM Caoili Arianne 2204 AUS
2 WIM Guo Emma 2004 AUS
3 Yu Sally 1990 AUS
4 Nguyen Giang 2105 AUS
5 WIM Novakovic-Dekic Biljana 2104 AUS

Australia vs Melta Rd 1.

MELTA Team

1 WFM Caruana Pulpan Oana 1821 MLT 0.0 0
2 WCM Borg Rivera Filipina 1836 MLT 0.0 0
3 Psaila Uranchimeg 0 MLT 0.0 0
4 Klotz Jutta 0 MLT 0.0 0
5 Farrugia Jamie 0 MLT 0.0 0


Two easy first rounds from an Olympiad perspective.
Hopefully we get off to the perfect start in both categories!

Good Luck Aussies!

Altecman
28-08-2012, 04:51 PM
The games will be avaliable from 15:00 local time in Turkey, which is 22:00 our time.

Kevin Bonham
28-08-2012, 04:57 PM
As noted by Altecman on one of the other threads games start at 15:00 local time, which is 10pm in eastern Australia.

I'm going to go out to the venue and spectate for a bit this afternoon, just so as I can say that I have done it, but will probably end up deciding it's easier to watch on the internet! :D

Kevin Bonham
28-08-2012, 06:23 PM
Note that when copied in this format, board pairings are correct for 1 and 3 but with colours reversed for 2 and 4.

59.1 CM Charles, Eichab 2034 - IM Ly, Moulthun 2397
59.2 FM Mueller, Leonhard 2166 - IM Wohl, Aleksandar 2411
59.3 CM Nakapunda, Otto 2021 - IM Solomon, Stephen 2378
59.4 Handjaba, Mclean 0 - FM Illingworth, Max 2360

48.1 WIM Guo, Emma 2004 - WFM Caruana Pulpan, Oana 1821
48.2 Yu, Sally 1990 - WCM Borg Rivera, Filipina 1836
48.3 Nguyen, Giang 2105 - Psaila, Uranchimeg 0
48.4 WIM Novakovic-Dekic, Biljana 2104 - Klotz, Jutta 0

peter_parr
28-08-2012, 06:27 PM
wohl's first round opponent won the silver medal for board 1 in the 1994 moscow olympiad.

he also tied with wohl and others for equal fifth in the 1996 doeberl cup in canberra.

Desmond
28-08-2012, 06:39 PM
Anyone know why Karjakin defected from Ukraine? (old news, I know)This article suggests it was for money, and it seems not much love lost between the countries (or with FIDE) over it:

Karjakin to play for Russia (http://reports.chessdom.com/news-2009/sergey-karjakin-russia)
by GM Mikhail Golubev for Chess Today, Apr 16, 2009


Yesterday Yury Vasilyev included in his ChessPro report from Nalchik the unofficial news that Sergey Karjakin will play for Russia in the near future.
Afterwards I spoke with Sergey’s father Alexander who confirmed that it is not a secret, and such transfer is their intention. Alexander said that they have nothing against Ukraine, and they are grateful to everyone who helped them in the past.

I also spoke with the Ukrainian federation president Viktor Petrov, who was not extremely happy to talk about this matter (who in his place would). Petrov sarcastically sent his warm congratulations to the Russian federation president Mr. Zhukov for reaching the heights of the Slovenian federation – having in mind the story with Anna Muzychuk‘s transfer to the Slovenian federation several years ago, which also made our federation quite unhappy.
...
Especially painful was the very limited size of rewards for winning the [men's] Olympiad in 2004, and also the Women’s Olympiad in 2006. Ruslan Ponomariov has already refused to play for the national team for years, citing financial reasons.
...
In general, despite all efforts, there is still not enough money in Ukrainian chess for such strong players that we have. ...

Basil
28-08-2012, 08:54 PM
Anyone know why Karjakin defected from Ukraine? (old news, I know)
Is it because Karjakin is an offence punishable by imprisonment and he skipped town to avoid incarceration?

soupman_2
28-08-2012, 09:43 PM
A few happy snaps in Alex Wohl's blog (http://doubleroo.blogspot.com.au/)

bundys_bro
28-08-2012, 11:57 PM
Is anyone else having trouble with the live games???

soupman_2
29-08-2012, 12:02 AM
Olympiad games with engine: http://chessbomb.com/

Video with commentary: http://chesstv.com/

All games - see the Aussies' boards: http://www.chessolympiadistanbul.com/livegames/

bundys_bro
29-08-2012, 12:05 AM
Olympiad games with engine: http://chessbomb.com/

Video with commentary: http://chesstv.com/

All games - see the Aussies' boards: http://www.chessolympiadistanbul.com/livegames/

I'm using the last one without much success, seing the odd board, with the aussies playing for namibia and vise versa. Not sure if it's my connection though. Apparently we've already had a win??

do either of the other two have aussie games?

Kevin Bonham
29-08-2012, 12:38 AM
OK, for whatever reason, for me, from the live games page:

http://www.chessolympiadistanbul.com/livegames/

...if I left-click on a game from a low-down match, the usual result is a blank screen.

But if I right-click and open in new tab then it's all fine; I can see all games of that match.

----------------------------------------------------

Just went out to the venue. As a spectator experience it's underwhelming unless your team has made the top ten matches. If they're in the top ten matches you can get a more or less ringside seat but for anyone else the spectators can't get near and today we would have been lucky to follow either of our matches with a telescope.

The spectator area is guarded against mobile phones (you can leave them to be minded for 1 Turkish lira) but I did see one person with "guest" ID using one in the spectator area. The round started significantly late because it took too long getting all the players through security.

Surprised how much noise there is in the venue. Guess with so many people walking around some of it cannot be avoided.

Andrew Saint and Fedja Zulfic were both there today.

soupman_2
29-08-2012, 01:06 AM
http://twitter.com/doublerooca Alex Wohl Twitter
http://twitter.com/shaunpress Shaun Press
http://twitter.com/#!/search/?q=%23chessolympiad&src=hash #chessolympiad

soupman_2
29-08-2012, 01:23 AM
From Alex Wohl's Blog:

Olympiad Team
"I recently noticed that the entire Australian Olympiad team is made up of Queenslanders, only our reserve, Max Illingworth, hails from New South Wales."
http://doubleroo.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/queensland-rules.html

Hey Alex, It's all about State of Origin: We'll take David Smerdon but you'll have to play for VIC (?). And I notice that the "reserve" is on the field for the kickoff! The captain has been benched!

soupman_2
29-08-2012, 02:08 AM
Rankings of all teams (Aussies = 60) http://www.chessdom.com/team-starting-rank-for-the-40th-world-chess-olympiad/

Kevin Bonham
29-08-2012, 02:39 AM
Aus women 4-0 Malta I think. Emma's game board is frozen on move 20 but presumably a win.

Open team not going so well, currently 1-1 vs Namibia and might even lose the match based on current positions. :eek:

I'll go get dinner and see if I can find out anything.

Kevin Bonham
29-08-2012, 03:18 AM
It seems a Swindle may have been deployed. Aus 3-1 Namibia.

Agent Smith
29-08-2012, 07:16 AM
Yes - i couldnt watch Live either. ... PGNs ?
Photos of Istanbul appreciated too.

soupman_2
29-08-2012, 09:58 AM
Rd 1 Games -

Open Section: Australia (3) vs Namibia (1)

http://m019.olympiad2012.liveschach.net/matchView.php?section=0&round=1&match=58
Moulthun shows he's no rookie.
Alex's horse takes a stake to the heart.
Solomon ends decisively.
Max survives a cavalry charge, his foot soldiers emerge triumphant.


Women's section: Australia (4) vs Malta (0)

http://m022.olympiad2012.liveschach.net/matchView.php?section=1&round=1&match=47

Carl Gorka
29-08-2012, 11:23 AM
Great job Aussie teams in round 1 :)

Especially amazing to see Emma Guo beat Fabiano Caruana on board 1 in the women's section, though what the Italian World number 8 was doing in the women's section is a mystery.

And a shame to see Stephen Solomon couldn't make the team, though getting Kenny Solomon to replace him was an inspired move...hope no one notices that Kenny is from South Africa and is also playing board 1 for them

:D :D :D

soupman_2
29-08-2012, 11:57 AM
Event: 2012 Olympiad
Site:
Date: 2008.04.28
Round: 1
White: Max Illingworth, Australia
Black: Mclean Handjaba, Namibia
Result: 1-0
WhiteELO: 2360
BlackELO:

1. e4 c5 2. Ne2 d6 3. g3 g6 4. Bg2 Bg7 5. O-O Nf6 6. c4
Nc6 7. Nbc3 O-O 8. d3 Bg4 9. f3 Bd7 10. Be3 e5 11. a3 Nd4 12. b4 b6 13. h3 Nh5
14. g4 Nxe2+ 15. Nxe2 Nf4 16. Nxf4 exf4 17. Bxf4 Bxa1 ({Black could try this:}
17... Bd4+ 18. Kh1 Ba4 19. Qxa4 Bxa1 20. Rxa1 Qf6 21. Qd1 Qxf4) 18. Qxa1 Re8
19. Bh6 f6 20. g5 Kf7 21. f4 Rc8 22. b5 Rc7 23. gxf6 Qxf6 24. e5 Qh8 25. exd6
Qxa1 26. Rxa1 Rcc8 27. Bd5+ Kf6 28. Bg5+ Kg7 29. Be7 Rxe7 30. dxe7 Kf6 31. h4
Kxe7 32. Kf2 Kf6 33. a4 Bf5 34. Ke3 Re8+ 35. Kd2 Ke7 36. a5 Kd6 37. axb6 axb6
38. Ra7 Re7 39. Ra8 Kc7 40. Rf8 h6 41. Rf6 Rd7 42. Rc6+ Kb7 43. Rxc5+ {
Discovered check} Kb8 44. Rc6 Kb7 45. Rf6+ Kc7 46. h5 Rd6 47. Rxd6 Kxd6 48. Be4
Ke6 49. hxg6 {Ouch!} 1-0

Adamski
29-08-2012, 11:59 AM
According to the live games site one GM Gawain Jones also played for PNG! I think it just might have been Rupert...

Kai
29-08-2012, 12:35 PM
According to the live games site one GM Gawain Jones also played for PNG! I think it just might have been Rupert...

I think he was also simultaneously playing for Wales and England on Board 1. Amazing feat.:lol:

soupman_2
29-08-2012, 12:47 PM
Members of Open Teams
http://www.chessdom.com/chess-olympiad-2012-teams-participants/
* Looks like Magnus Carlsen (Norway) piked it. Would have been great for Smerdon to have played him today, Wednesday (Rd 2 Australia vs Norway). Where's Magnus? New York? http://twitter.com/MagnusCarlsen

Members of Women's Teams
http://www.chessdom.com/chess-olympiad-2012-women-teams-participants/

Altecman
29-08-2012, 01:15 PM
Great job Aussie teams in round 1 :)

Especially amazing to see Emma Guo beat Fabiano Caruana on board 1 in the women's section, though what the Italian World number 8 was doing in the women's section is a mystery.

:D :D :D

Maybe Caruana is overrated? :P

soupman_2
29-08-2012, 01:29 PM
Rupert Jones (PNG Rep) has an interesting tale about how he first came to play in an Olympiad:

"I was now in my first year of teaching in Botswana, at Marang Junior Secondary in Gaborone. I was running a school chess club and yes there were some other chess events to play in at weekends. I entered these events and did well. In fact I won a tournament and was regularly in the top three and by August 1986 was ranked first in the country.

... Botswana chess had no money, had paid no FIDE subs and had a somewhat interesting Secretary who kept things to himself. Though I was sounded out about my interest it seemed that I wasn’t going to go. Around 11th Nov the team left with just 4 players yet we were meant to be six. Our President then was a Filipino called Eddie Basa and Campomane’s mothers name was also Basa. He was convinced Eddie was a relative and so they were very friendly. A phone call was received to ask why he wasn’t there especially as Campomanes had persuaded the Dubai organisers to provide free airtickets (even then I wasn’t naïve I knew the free tickets were for those who were voting the correct way) for all developing countries which included Botswana. There were two tickets still waiting to be used. So Eddie asked me if I wanted to go; my headmaster was very helpful and gave me leave and I said YES.

So it was a week later that we set off on a KLM flight from Johannesburg to Nairobi where we transited 24 hours for a connecting Kenyan Airways flight to Dubai. My Olympiad adventures had begun." http://yorkshirechess.org/the-istanbul-olympiad/ .

He is writing a diary, "Rupert Jones Diary", for this Olympiad. Here he describes meeting up with Shaun Press at the Istanbul airport:

"A whole flight of Turkmenstani Ladies beat us to immigration by about 3 minutes. It wasn’t the quiet after midnight I was expecting. After passport control the ‘Olympiad Meeting points’ appear. I check in with them, collect my bag and exit where I am relieved to locate Shaun Press who has kindly come to meet me. As I was here a day early they were going to charge me about 150 euros so Shaun’s kindly let me crash in his room at the oddly named WOW Hotel.

Shaun is from Canberra and runs all their big tournaments. Like me he was born in PNG debuting in 2000. In Dresden he completed the arbiters course (run by Stuart Rueben) in the mornings, passing his exams. Now the student is taking over from the master. By Dresden he was invited onto the TAP Committee. In other words he had become a VIP, with his own driver and car, a big room in the WOW, and he gets paid. I dont do jealousy….grrrr!" http://fantasychessteam.com/the-pgn-files-part-3/

Adamski
29-08-2012, 01:46 PM
Rupert Jones (PNG Rep) has an interesting tale about how he first came to play in an Olympiad:

"I was now in my first year of teaching in Botswana, at Marang Junior Secondary in Gaborone. I was running a school chess club and yes there were some other chess events to play in at weekends. I entered these events and did well. In fact I won a tournament and was regularly in the top three and by August 1986 was ranked first in the country.

... Botswana chess had no money, had paid no FIDE subs and had a somewhat interesting Secretary who kept things to himself. Though I was sounded out about my interest it seemed that I wasn’t going to go. Around 11th Nov the team left with just 4 players yet we were meant to be six. Our President then was a Filipino called Eddie Basa and Campomane’s mothers name was also Basa. He was convinced Eddie was a relative and so they were very friendly. A phone call was received to ask why he wasn’t there especially as Campomanes had persuaded the Dubai organisers to provide free airtickets (even then I wasn’t naïve I knew the free tickets were for those who were voting the correct way) for all developing countries which included Botswana. There were two tickets still waiting to be used. So Eddie asked me if I wanted to go; my headmaster was very helpful and gave me leave and I said YES.

So it was a week later that we set off on a KLM flight from Johannesburg to Nairobi where we transited 24 hours for a connecting Kenyan Airways flight to Dubai. My Olympiad adventures had begun." http://yorkshirechess.org/the-istanbul-olympiad/ .

He is writing a diary, "Rupert Jones Diary", for this Olympiad. Here he describes meeting up with Shaun Press at the Istanbul airport:

"A whole flight of Turkmenstani Ladies beat us to immigration by about 3 minutes. It wasn’t the quiet after midnight I was expecting. After passport control the ‘Olympiad Meeting points’ appear. I check in with them, collect my bag and exit where I am relieved to locate Shaun Press who has kindly come to meet me. As I was here a day early they were going to charge me about 150 euros so Shaun’s kindly let me crash in his room at the oddly named WOW Hotel.

Shaun is from Canberra and runs all their big tournaments. Like me he was born in PNG debuting in 2000. In Dresden he completed the arbiters course (run by Stuart Rueben) in the mornings, passing his exams. Now the student is taking over from the master. By Dresden he was invited onto the TAP Committee. In other words he had become a VIP, with his own driver and car, a big room in the WOW, and he gets paid. I dont do jealousy….grrrr!" http://fantasychessteam.com/the-pgn-files-part-3/
Interesting. But did he actually play Board 3 for PNG in Round 1???

Kevin Bonham
29-08-2012, 03:40 PM
This is very much a second-string Norwegian team the Open team are facing today. Still they are four 2400+ IMs and not to be taken lightly.


IM Elsness Frode 2498 NOR 1 1.0 1 1944 0 1 0.92 0.08 10 0.8
2 IM Hansen Torbjorn Ringdal 2469 NOR + 1.0 1 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 10 0.0
3 IM Urkedal Frode 2473 NOR + 1.0 1 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 10 0.0
4 IM Bae Torstein 2420 NOR 1 1.0 1 1848 0 1 0.92 0.08 10 0.8

Note that there is no reserve.

Aus women play India:


1 GM Dronavalli Harika 2503 IND 1 1.0 1 1978 0 1 0.92 0.08 10 0.8
2 IM Karavade Eesha Sanjay 2371 IND 1 1.0 1 1939 0 1 0.92 0.08 10 0.8
3 IM Sachdev Tania 2379 IND 1 1.0 1 1828 0 1 0.92 0.08 10 0.8
5 WGM Soumya Swaminathan 2271 IND 1 1.0 1 1655 0 1 0.92 0.08 15 1.2

Again no reserve.

I was fortunate to witness show-and-tell for four games in the hotel lobby last night. Some of the waiters were quite interested too. Topalov was having a lot to say about something at the next table.

Aus open team was "lucky" to get 3-1 against Namibia; it could have been 2-2 or so but Moulthun and Solo's opponents both self-mated in the endgame, in the first case in a drawn double rook ending and in the second while exchange up. We shouldn't expect many more freebies of that nature.

Moulthun got short of time analysing some fantastic complications that didn't work round move 16, and bailed into a very unpromising ending.

1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.e3 c5 4.dxc5 Qa5+ 5.c3 Qxc5 6.b4 Qc7 7.Bb2 e5 8.Nbd2 Bd6 9.h3 Nc6 10.a3 0-0 11.c4 d4 12.c5 dxe3 13.cxd6 exd2+ 14.Qxd2 Qb6 15.b5 Ne4 16.Qe3 Qa5+ 17.Nd2 Nxd2 18.Qxd2 Qxd2+ 19.Kxd2 Nd4 20.Re1 Rd8 21.Bxd4 Rxd6 22.Rxe5 Rxd4+ 23.Kc3 Rd8 24.Bc4 Be6 25.Bxe6 fxe6 26.Rc5 Rd7 27.Re1 Kf7 28.Re3 Rad8 29.h4 Kf6 30.Rg5 Rc8+ 31.Kb3 g6 32.Rf3+ Ke7 33.Re3 Rf8 34.Rge5 Rd6 35.f3 Rf5 36.a4 Kf6 37.R5e4 Rfd5 38.Kc3 Rd1 39.Re1 R1d3+ 40.Kc4 Ra3 41.Kc5 Rad3 42.Kc4 Ra3 43.Kc5 Ke7 44.h5?! gxh5 45.Re5?? Rxa4 0-1

This is Emma's win:

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Qxd4 Nf6 5.e5 Nc6 6.Qa4 Nd5 7.Qb3 Nc7 8.Nc3 Bg7 9.Bf4 Ne6 10.Bg3 Ned4 11.Nxd4 Nxd4 12.Qa4 Nf5 13.Bf4 0-0 14.0-0-0 d6 15.g4 Bd7 16.Bb5 Bxb5 17.Qxb5 Nh4 18.Qe2 Rc8 19.Bg5 Ng2 20.exd6 Rxc3 21.dxe7 Qc7 22.exf8=Q+ Bxf8 23.bxc3 Qxc3 24.Rd8 Qa3+ 25.Kd2 Qxa2 26.Rxf8+ Kxf8 27.Bh6+ 1-0

In Max's game, the opponent should definitely not have taken the rook.

Kevin Bonham
29-08-2012, 03:45 PM
Anyone found a way to get PGN from completed games yet?

Adamski
29-08-2012, 04:07 PM
Anyone found a way to get PGN from completed games yet?
No! I can see the Round 1 section of Norway v Bermuda (won 4-0) and by clicking on each board can see the moves -- boards 2 and 3 appear to have been won by default as no moves appear, only the score. BUT, unfortunately the "Download PGN button does not work --- I get a message saying
Not Found
The requested URL /downloadpgn.php was not found on this server.

Kevin Bonham
29-08-2012, 05:07 PM
No! I can see the Round 1 section of Norway v Bermuda (won 4-0) and by clicking on each board can see the moves -- boards 2 and 3 appear to have been won by default as no moves appear, only the score.

Yes, Bermuda forfeited those two boards. I get the same problem with the PGN.

Kevin Bonham
29-08-2012, 05:35 PM
Unfortunately I can't easily post any photos until I get back to Hobart because I left my card reader at home and my new computer's card reader doesn't take my photo card. Not that I have taken many of the chess so far anyway.

Kevin Bonham
29-08-2012, 05:42 PM
32.1 GM Smerdon, David 2507 - IM Elsness, Frode 2498
32.2 IM Ly, Moulthun 2397 - IM Hansen, Torbjorn Ringdal 2469
32.3 IM Solomon, Stephen 2378 - IM Urkedal, Frode 2473
32.4 FM Illingworth, Max 2360 - FM Moen, Andreas 2348

5.1 IM Karavade, Eesha Sanjay 2371 - WIM Caoili, Arianne 2204
5.2 IM Sachdev, Tania 2379 - Yu, Sally 1990
5.3 WGM Gomes, Mary Ann 2396 - Nguyen, Giang 2105
5.4 WGM Soumya, Swaminathan 2271 - WIM Novakovic-Dekic, Biljana 2104

Carl Gorka
29-08-2012, 09:18 PM
Good work (http://gorkachc.blogspot.com.au/2012/08/the-40th-chess-olympiad-starts.html) Australia, and good luck for round 2.

Very pleased that the captains put faith in our young players and that those young players stepped up to the plate! Moulton, Max, Emma and Sally, good on you!

Adamski
29-08-2012, 09:24 PM
From Alex Wohl's Blog:

Olympiad Team
"I recently noticed that the entire Australian Olympiad team is made up of Queenslanders, only our reserve, Max Illingworth, hails from New South Wales."
http://doubleroo.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/queensland-rules.html

Hey Alex, It's all about State of Origin: We'll take David Smerdon but you'll have to play for VIC (?). And I notice that the "reserve" is on the field for the kickoff! The captain has been benched!
Lol. Anyone know why Alex hasn't played so far? Come In Kev in Istanbul!

soupman_2
29-08-2012, 10:53 PM
Photos of Istanbul appreciated too.

Shaun Press is putting photos online: http://bit.ly/TtGiq9 Shows Rupert Jones is indeed member of PNG team, though maybe they couldn't find a team t-shirt to fit him.

Carl Gorka
29-08-2012, 11:28 PM
Tipping comp (http://chesstv.com/news/9)

Bill Gletsos
29-08-2012, 11:38 PM
Lol. Anyone know why Alex hasn't played so far? Come In Kev in Istanbul!He played in round 1 on board 2.

Capablanca-Fan
30-08-2012, 12:29 AM
Rupert Jones (PNG Rep) has an interesting tale about how he first came to play in an Olympiad:

"I was now in my first year of teaching in Botswana, at Marang Junior Secondary in Gaborone. I was running a school chess club and yes there were some other chess events to play in at weekends. I entered these events and did well. In fact I won a tournament and was regularly in the top three and by August 1986 was ranked first in the country.

... Botswana chess had no money, had paid no FIDE subs and had a somewhat interesting Secretary who kept things to himself. Though I was sounded out about my interest it seemed that I wasn’t going to go. Around 11th Nov the team left with just 4 players yet we were meant to be six. Our President then was a Filipino called Eddie Basa and Campomane’s mothers name was also Basa. He was convinced Eddie was a relative and so they were very friendly. A phone call was received to ask why he wasn’t there especially as Campomanes had persuaded the Dubai organisers to provide free airtickets (even then I wasn’t naïve I knew the free tickets were for those who were voting the correct way) for all developing countries which included Botswana. There were two tickets still waiting to be used. So Eddie asked me if I wanted to go; my headmaster was very helpful and gave me leave and I said YES.
I played him in the 1988 Olympiad (http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1450734) when he was again representing Botswana, Board 2 IIRC. Very good bloke.

soupman_2
30-08-2012, 12:43 AM
What's portuguese for "Check"? (http://bit.ly/RsfMA1)

doubleroo
30-08-2012, 01:21 AM
A video of the opening ceremony featuring David Smerdon and his flag. oi oi oi

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wflk1btPGWM&feature=plcp

Kevin Bonham
30-08-2012, 03:16 AM
India 3.5-0.5 Australia

Biljana had the better side of the draw with WGM Swaminathan Soumya (2271), a good effort to ensure it wasn't a whitewash. Sally had a great position against IM Tania Sachdev (2379) but it got away in the end.

Aus-Norway has been a great contest and it looks like it will be 2-2.

Kevin Bonham
30-08-2012, 03:24 AM
Looks like another great Ivan-chuck has occurred; he's shown as losing to Al-Modiakhi of Qatar with a blunder.

Interesting game between Papaioannou and Kramnik with Kramnik giving up his queen for various bits quite early and it was eventually drawn.

Kevin Bonham
30-08-2012, 05:51 AM
Aus play 56th seeds Mongolia:


39. Mongolia (RtgAvg:2463, Captain: Jigjidsuren, Purev / TB1: 3 / TB2: 6)
Bo. Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 Pts. Games RtgAvg Rp w we w-we K rtg+/-
1 IM Gundavaa Bayarsaikhan 2519 MGL 0 0.0 1 2546 0 0 0.46 -0.46 10 -4.6
2 GM Sharavdorj Dashzegve 2446 MGL 1 1.0 1 2002 0 1 0.92 0.08 10 0.8
3 GM Batchuluun Tsegmed 2493 MGL 1 1 2.0 2 2092 0 2 1.65 0.35 10 3.5
4 FM Munkhgal Gombosuren 2394 MGL 1 ½ 1.5 2 2107 0 1.5 1.57 -0.07 15 -1.0
5 FM Gunbayar Myagmarsuren 2358 MGL 1 ½ 1.5 2 1962 0 1.5 1.57 -0.07 15 -1.0

Aus women play 68th seeds FYROM


1 WIM Koskoska Gabriela 2094 MKD ½ 0.5 1 1821 0 0.5 0.83 -0.33 15 -4.9
2 Bejatovic Bojana 1978 MKD 0 0.0 1 2503 0 0 0.08 -0.08 15 -1.2
3 Stojkovska Monika 1939 MKD 0 1 1.0 2 2104 0 1 0.72 0.28 15 4.2
4 Nikolovska Dragana 1828 MKD 0 1 1.0 2 1790 0 0 0.08 -0.08 15 -1.2
5 Lakinska Simona 1655 MKD 0 1 1.0 2 1736 0 0 0.08 -0.08 15 -1.2

Desmond
30-08-2012, 07:54 AM
I'm surprised Makedonia doesn't have a stronger women's team than that; their men's team is pretty decent.

peter_parr
30-08-2012, 11:52 AM
158 Nations at Chess Olympiad
Peter Parr

The representatives of a record 158 national chess federations attended the opening ceremony of the 40th World Chess Olympiad in Istanbul on Monday evening. The President of the Turkish Chess Federation Ali Nihat Yazici greeted the participants and thanked the Government of Turkey for their generous support for the 2012 Olympiad.
There are a total of 1414 players in the Open and Women’s Olympiad teams including 110 players rated above 2600. 877 players are titled including 255 grandmasters, 75 women’s grandmasters, 163 IM’s and 99 WIM’s

Round 1 - Australia 3 v Namibia 1. IM Moulthun Ly on top board won a complicated four rook endgame in his first Olympiad. On board 2 IM Aleks Wohl 2411 lost to FM Leonhard Mueller 2166. Wohl in an equal queen and minor piece endgame overlooked the loss of a piece due to his pinned knight. Mueller won the silver medal for the second best score on board 1 at the 1994 Moscow Olympiad. IM Stephen Solomon was the exchange down in the endgame but fought back to win. Max Illingworth, the NSW Champion, won comfortably in his first Olympiad. Leading match results Rd 1:- Russia 3.5 v Dominican Republic ½, Ukraine 4 v Iraq 0, Bolivia 1 v Armenia 3.

Round 2 – Australia 2 v Norway 2. GM D.Smerdon (2507) 1 v IM F.Elsness (2498) 0, IM M. Ly (2397) 0.5 v IM T.Hansen (2469) 0.5, IM S.Solomon (2378) 0.5 v IM F.Urkedal (2473) 0.5, FM M.Illingworth (2360) 0 v FM A.Moen (2348) 1. GM David Smerdon played the Evans Gambit leading to a powerful attack and sacrificed a rook for forced mate. World No.1 Magnus Carlsen (NOR 2843) is not playing in the Olympiad.
Leading match results round 2 – Qatar 1 v Ukraine 3 - V.Ivanchuk (UKR 2769) lost on board 1, USA 3.5 v Lithuania 0.5, Azerbaijan 3.5 v Ireland 0.5.
33 countries including the top eight seeds Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Hungary, USA, China, Azerbaijan and France have scored 4 match points after 2 rounds.
There are 158 countries in the 11 round open event. Australia seeded 61 is in 44th place and plays 56th seeds Mongolia in round 3.

Australia seeded 50th in the Women’s Olympiad defeated Malta 4-0 in round 1. WIM E. Guo (2004), S.Yu (1990), T. Nguyen (2105) and WIM B. Dekic (2104) all won. Women’s leading match results - China 4 v Bangladesh 0, Russia 4 v Bolivia 0, Georgia 4 v Guatemala 0.
Round 2 – Australia 0.5 v India 3.5. Australia was heavily out rated by the sixth seeds but Biljana Dekic came very close to defeating her grandmaster opponent.
WIM A.Caoili (2204) 0 v IM E.Karavade (2371) 1, S.Yu (1990) 0 v IM T.Sachdev (2379) 1,T.Nguyen (2105) 0 v WGM M.Gomes (2396) 1, WIM B.Dekic (2104) 0.5 v WGM S.Soumya (2271) 0.5. Leading match results – Sweden 0 v China 4, Russia 3.5 v Brazil 0.5, Belgium 0 v Georgia 4.

26 countries including the top eight seeds - China, Russia, Georgia, Ukraine, USA, India, Poland and Armenia have scored 4 match points after two rounds of the Women’s Olympiad. There are 126 Countries in the 11 round event.
Australia seeded 50 is in 55th place and plays 68th seeds Macedonia in round 3.

Australia has three teams in the World Youth Under 16 Chess Olympiad (39 teams, 10 rounds) also in Istanbul. FIDE Master Bobby Cheng of Melbourne, the 2009 World Under 12 Champion is top board of Australia Team A. The top five seeds :- Russia 2438, Iran 2289, India 2276, Serbia 2233 and Australia “A” 2227 all won their first round matches 4-0. Australia Team A beat Singapore 4-0,team B lost to Armenia 0-4 and Team C lost to Russia 0-4.

Agent Smith
30-08-2012, 05:12 PM
Looks like another great Ivan-chuck has occurred; he's shown as losing to Al-Modiakhi of Qatar with a blunder.

He'd already avoided a queen swap a couple of times.

[Event "40th Olympiad Open"]
[Site "Istanbul TUR"]
[Date "2012.08.29"]
[Round "2.1"]
[White "Al-Modiahki, Mohamad"]
[Black "Ivanchuk, Vassily"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2542"]
[BlackElo "2769"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Bd7 4.Bxd7+ Nxd7 5.O-O Ngf6 6.Qe2 Rc8 7.c3 Qc7 8.
Na3 e6 9.d4 cxd4 10.cxd4 d5 11.e5 Ne4 12.Nb5 Qb6 13.Be3 Be7 14.Rfc1 O-O
15.Nc3 Nxc3 16.bxc3 Rc6 17.Rab1 Qc7 18.h4 Nb6 19.Qd3 Rc8 20.Rb3 Nc4 21.Ng5
Bxg5 22.hxg5 Ra6 23.Rc2 Ra4 24.g3 b6 25.Bf4 Na5 26.Rb1 Qc4 27.Qd2 Nc6 28.
Rbb2 Ne7 29.Qd1 Ra3 30.Rb4 Qa6 31.Qd2 Rc4 32.Qe2 Qc8 33.Rxc4 dxc4 34.Bc1
Ra4 35.Qe4 Nd5 36.f4 Qa6 37.a3 Qb5 38.Rb2 Qa5 39.Rc2 g6 40.f5 exf5 41.Qh4
Qb5 42.Rb2 Qd7 43.Rh2 h5 44.gxh6 Kh7 45.Rf2 b5 46.g4 fxg4 47.Kh2 Ra6 48.
Kg3 Nxc3 49.Qxg4 Qd5 50.Kh2 Ne4 51.Rf4 f5 52.exf6 Nxf6 53.Qc8 Rc6
( 53...Qh5+ 54.Kg2 Qe2+ 55.Rf2 Qe4+
56.Kg3 Qc6 57.Qxc6 Rxc6 58.Kg2 c3 59.d5 Rd6 60.Rf3 a6 61.Rxc3 Nxd5 62.
Rc5 Rd7 63.Rc6 Rc7 64.Rxc7+ Nxc7 65.Kf3 Ne8 66.Ke4 Nd6+ 67.Kd5 Nc4 )
1-0


Interesting game between Papaioannou and Kramnik with Kramnik giving up his queen for various bits quite early and it was eventually drawn.

Reasonably short game all in all.
[Event "40th Olympiad Open"]
[Site "Istanbul TUR"]
[Date "2012.08.29"]
[Round "2.8"]
[White "Papaioannou, Ioannis"]
[Black "Kramnik, Vladimir"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]


1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 c5 4.Nf3 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Qc7 6.Nc3 a6 7.Bg2 Qxc4 8.Be3
Qc7 9.Rc1 Nc6 10.O-O Be7 11.Na4 O-O 12.Nb6 Rb8 13.Qa4 Re8 14.Rc3 Bf8 15.
Rd1 h6 16.a3 Qxb6 17.Nxc6 Qxb2 18.Rc2 bxc6 19.Rxb2 Rxb2 20.Bd4 Rb5 21.e4
e5 22.Ba7 Bb7 23.Bf1 Rb2 24.Qa5 Rb3 25.Bc5 Bxc5 26.Qxc5 d5 27.Qc2 Rb6 28.
Qc5 Rb3 29.Qc2 Rb6 30.Qc5 1/2-1/2

Carl Gorka
30-08-2012, 09:44 PM
Smerdon plays the Evans (http://gorkachc.blogspot.com.au/2012/08/the-evans-gambit.html), wonder what he'll play tonight?

Good luck to all our teams!

soupman_2
31-08-2012, 01:58 AM
I've downloaded the Aussies Rd 3 to a Dropbox folder, if anyone wants to add comments and upload the pgn to Chess Chat
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/8tp1rypfkpouh6n/5lrqLJbhX0

Agent Smith
31-08-2012, 07:12 PM
Great shot by Gundavaa to rip up David
33. Bf5+

[Event "Chess Olympiad 2012"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "03"]
[White "Gundavaa, Bayarsaikhan"]
[Black "Smerdon, David"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2519"]
[BlackElo "2507"]
[BlackTime "1614"]
[WhiteTime "3191"]

1.d4 e6 2.c4 f5 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3 d5 5.Bg2 c6 6.O-O Bd6 7.b3 Qe7 8.Bb2 b6 9.
Nbd2 Bb7 10.Ne5 O-O 11.Qc2 Ne4 12.Ndf3 Nd7 13.Rac1 a5 14.Nxd7 Qxd7 15.Ne5
Qe7 16.f3 Nf6 17.c5 Bxe5 18.dxe5 Nd7 19.Bd4 b5 20.a3 b4 21.a4 Ba6 22.Qd2
g5 23.Rf2 Rf7 24.e4 dxe4 25.fxe4 f4 26.gxf4 gxf4 27.Rxf4 Raf8 28.Rg4+ Rg7
29.Rxg7+ Qxg7 30.Kh1 h6
( 30...Kh8 31.Rg1 Qf7 32.Bh3 Re8 33.
Rg3 Rg8 34.Kg1 Rg6 35.Be3 Rxg3+ 36.hxg3 Nxe5 37.Qd8+ Qg8 38.Qxg8+ Kxg8
)
31.Rg1 Kh7 32.Bh3 Qf7 33.Bf5+ exf5 34.e6 Qe7
( 34...Qxe6 35.Rg7+ Kh8 36.Rg6+ Nf6 37.
Qxh6# )
35.Rg7+ Qxg7 36.Bxg7 1-0

Kevin Bonham
31-08-2012, 07:23 PM
Bit unfortunate yesterday with two 1.5-2.5 losses (in the case of Mongolia at least no great surprise; they're a tough opponent who I think have caused us grief in the past). With the use of match points as the primary indicator of score the Open team has only one match point from the last two matches in which we scored 3.5/8, which is unlucky; still the compensation may be easier pairings. I've seen the Open games from yesterday via show and tell but not yet the women's - Arianne had a nice win with a Darryl Johansen anti-KI system I'm told!


Bo. 100
Pakistan Rtg - 61
Australia Rtg 0 : 0
36.1 IM Lodhi, Mahmood 2358 - GM Smerdon, David 2507
36.2 Qureshi, Mohammad Anwar 2235 - IM Wohl, Aleksandar 2411
36.3 Waqar, Ahmad Madni 2062 - IM Solomon, Stephen 2378
36.4 Ahmed, Haseeb 2296 - FM Illingworth, Max 2360


Bo. 111
Nicaragua Rtg - 50
Australia Rtg 0 : 0
34.1 WFM Madrigal, Ana Daniela 2026 - WIM Caoili, Arianne 2204
34.2 WCM Mendieta, Kathya 1763 - WIM Guo, Emma 2004
34.3 Leon Sandoval, Johan 0 - Nguyen, Giang 2105
34.4 Mendieta Rodriguez, Tamara 0 - WIM Novakovic-Dekic, Biljana 2104

No-one can be taken too lightly but we would be expected to win both these matches.

I am, of course, not here for the Olympiad itself (the Congress starts tomorrow), but it is nonetheless frustrating to be accommodated 500 metres from the venue and yet - as a combination of the spectator-unfriendly layout and the hopeless internet here - I would have found the event much easier to follow had I been back home.

Yesterday I got a surprise on walking into the spectator area to see a familiar coloured shirt on one of the top ten teams. I didn't think Australia were so far up in the board numbers! Turned out it was actually Levon Aronian wearing an Australia team shirt for the day as a result of losing a bet (the subject unknown to me) with Arianne. Some time into the match Aronian approached Manuel Weeks with a request for a gin and tonic and said something like "well you are my captain!"

Agent Smith
31-08-2012, 09:43 PM
[Event "Olympiad"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2012.08.31"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Caoili, Arianne"]
[Black "Koskoska, Gabriela"]
[Result "1-0"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Bf4 Bg7 4.e3 d6 5.h3 O-O 6.Be2 Nbd7 7.O-O Qe8 8.Bh2 e5
9.c4 Qe7 10.Nc3 c6 11.Rc1 e4 12.Nd2 Re8 13.b4 Nf8 14.Nb3 h5 15.b5 Bf5 16.
bxc6 bxc6 17.Na5 Rac8 18.Rb1 Red8 19.Qa4 Bd7 20.Nb7 Ne8
( 20...Bf5 21.Nxd8 Qxd8 22.Rb7 c5 23.d5 a5 24.Nb5 Bd7 25.Qb3 a4 26.Qc2
Bxb5 27.cxb5 Rc7 28.Rxc7 Qxc7 29.Qxa4 Nxd5 30.Qxe4 Nc3 31.Qc2 Nxe2+
32.Qxe2 Ne6 )
21.Nxd8 Rxd8 22.Qxa7 Nh7 23.Rb7 Ng5 24.h4 Nh7 25.Nxe4 Qxe4 26.Rxd7 Qxh4
27.Rxf7 Nhf6 28.Bf3 d5 29.cxd5 cxd5 30.Rb7 Bh6 31.Bg3 Qg5 32.Bf4 Qh4 33.
Bxh6 Ng4 34.Rg7+ Kh8 35.Rh7+ 1-0

Carl Gorka
31-08-2012, 10:44 PM
While I am still hoping for Aussie success, tonight my attention is focussed on the 'old enemy' in the England-France (http://gorkachc.blogspot.com.au/2012/08/england-france.html) match :D

Desmond
01-09-2012, 04:34 AM
The aussie men bring home the goods with a 2.5-1.5 win over Pakistan.

Smerdon played the Stonewall again as black, and managed to swap his c8 bishop for a rook! White had a mobile pawn mass though, and he had to give back the exchange and fight for a draw.

Wohl had some kind of Benoni with colours reversed. The extra move didn't seem to help much though and he was on the back foot when black forced a repetition in the middlegame (which could have been claimed a move earlier I believe).

Solo played a long endgame in which both players seemed content shuffling their bishop and rook around. Solo seemed to achieve a decisive advantage in the rook ending at one stage but wasn't able to convert the full point.

Max had an interesting game where he gave up knight and bishop for rook + 2P. The minor pieces seemed to have the better of it at one stage, when they were harassing the rooks around the board. As is often the case the rooks got better as the game went on, and Max went on the attack against black's king. He eventually sacced a rook to ensure victory with a puzzle-like pretty pawn mate (except his opponent resigned).

Kevin Bonham
01-09-2012, 04:59 AM
Aus women's team won 3.5-0.5, with Emma drawing.

Round 5:

AUS (5-9) play 83rd seeded Zambia (5-10.5)


1 FM Jere Daniel 2382 ZAM 0 1 1 0 2.0 4 2354 2354 2 2.11 -0.11 0 0.0
2 Chumfwa Stanley 2347 ZAM ½ 1 1 1 3.5 4 2258 2594 3.5 2.27 1.23 0 0.0
3 Bwalya Gillan 2256 ZAM 0 1 1 2.0 3 2197 2322 2 1.79 0.21 0 0.0
4 Kayonde Andrew 2180 ZAM 0 1 1 2.0 3 2334 2459 2 1.10 0.90 0 0.0
5 FM Lungu Nase 2252 ZAM 1 0 1.0 2 1985 0 1 1.36 -0.36 0 0.0

Women's team pairing not up yet.

Kevin Bonham
01-09-2012, 05:03 AM
Ukraine, Armenia, Hungary and Russia have the maximum 8 match points.

soupman_2
01-09-2012, 08:39 AM
I've downloaded the Aussies Rd 3 to a Dropbox folder, if anyone wants to add comments and upload the pgn to Chess Chat
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/8tp1rypfkpouh6n/5lrqLJbhX0
Just done same for Rd 4.

Adamski
01-09-2012, 08:55 AM
Just done same for Rd 4.
Good stuff, Soupman. Appreciated.

Adamski
01-09-2012, 09:03 AM
Great to see that Max bounced back from his Round 2 loss v Norway with 2 victories v Mongolia and Pakistan!

pax
01-09-2012, 10:39 AM
As always, Juha Kivijärvi is publishing the "true" Olympiad performance ratings round by round:

http://www.cs.utu.fi/~juhkivij/chess/ol2012/olympiad2012_en.shtml

This is a great way to find out who is performing well in the Olympiad as a whole.

Basil
01-09-2012, 06:24 PM
[Event "Chess Olympiad 2012"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "04"]
[White "Lodhi, Mahmood"]
[Black "Smerdon, David"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "2358"]
[BlackElo "2507"]

1. d4 e6 2. Nf3 f5 3. g3 Nf6 4. Bg2 d5 5. c4 c6 6. Nc3 Bd6 7. cxd5 exd5 8. O-O
O-O 9. e3 Ne4 10. Ne2 Qe7 11. Nf4 b6 12. Nd3 Ba6 13. b3 Nd7 14. Bb2 Rac8 15.
Re1 Rf6 16. Rc1 Rh6 17. Re2 Ndf6 18. Rec2 Ng4 19. Nde5 Qe8 20. h3 Nxe5 21. dxe5
Bc5 22. a3 Bb5 23. b4 Bf8 24. Nd4 Ba4 25. Nxf5 Re6 26. f4 Kh8 27. g4 a5 28. Nd4
Re7 29. Qd3 Bxc2 30. Qxc2 axb4 31. axb4 c5 32. Bxe4 dxe4 33. Nf5 Ra7 34. Qxe4
Ra2 35. Qb1 Qe6 36. Nd4 Qd5 37. e4 Rxb2 38. Qxb2 Qxe4 39. Ne6 Qe3+ 40. Kg2 Qe4+
41. Kg3 Ra8 42. Qb3 h5 43. Ng5 h4+ 44. Kxh4 Be7 45. Qf7 Qh7+ 46. Qh5 Qh6 47.
bxc5 bxc5 48. Qxh6+ gxh6 49. Kh5 hxg5 50. f5 Kg7 51. f6+ Bxf6 52. exf6+ Kxf6
53. Rf1+ Ke5 54. Kxg5 Rg8+ 55. Kh4 c4 56. g5 c3 57. Kg4 c2 58. Re1+ Kd6 59. Rc1
Rc8 60. h4 Ke6 61. h5 Rc4+ 62. Kg3 Kf5 63. g6 Kf6 64. Kf3 Kg7 65. Ke3 Rc5 66.
Ke4 1/2-1/2

[Event "Chess Olympiad 2012"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "04"]
[White "Illingworth, Max"]
[Black "Ahmed, Haseeb"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2360"]
[BlackElo "2296"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. b4 Bb6 5. a4 a6 6. c3 Nf6 7. d3 d6 8. O-O Bg4
9. h3 Bh5 10. Nbd2 O-O 11. Re1 d5 12. exd5 Nxd5 13. Ne4 Kh8 14. Bd2 f6 15. Ng3
Bf7 16. Bb3 Qd7 17. Bc2 Rad8 18. Nh4 a5 19. b5 Nce7 20. Qf3 Ng6 21. Nhf5 Ndf4
22. d4 Ne6 23. Be3 exd4 24. cxd4 Rfe8 25. Rad1 Nef8 26. Nxg7 Bd5 27. Qxf6 Qxg7
28. Bg5 Ne6 29. Nh5 Qxf6 30. Bxf6+ Kg8 31. Bxd8 Rxd8 32. Nf6+ Kf7 33. Nxd5 Rxd5
34. Bb3 Rd6 35. Rd3 Nf4 36. Rf3 Kg7 37. Re4 Rxd4 38. Re1 Ng5 39. Rg3 Kh6 40. h4
Ne4 41. Rf3 Nd2 42. Rg3 Nxb3 43. Rxb3 Rd2 44. Rf1 Nd3 45. Kh2 Nxf2 46. Rg3 Bd4
47. Rg8 Ra2 48. Re1 Kh5 49. Re6 Rxa4 50. Kg3 Nh1+ 51. Kf3 Ra3+ 52. Kf4 Be3+ 53.
Rxe3 Ra4+ 54. Kf5 Nf2 55. Rg5+ Kxh4 56. Rh3+ 1-0

Basil
01-09-2012, 06:30 PM
Good stuff, Soupman. Appreciated.
ditto

Kevin Bonham
01-09-2012, 08:38 PM
Bo. 61
Australia Rtg - 83
Zambia Rtg 0 : 0
25.1 GM Smerdon, David 2507 - FM Jere, Daniel 2382
25.2 IM Ly, Moulthun 2397 - Chumfwa, Stanley 2347
25.3 IM Wohl, Aleksandar 2411 - Bwalya, Gillan 2256
25.4 FM Illingworth, Max 2360 - Kayonde, Andrew 2180


Bo. 10
Romania Rtg - 50
Australia Rtg 0 : 0
26.1 IM Foisor, Cristina-Adela 2402 - WIM Caoili, Arianne 2204
26.2 WIM Bulmaga, Irina 2380 - WIM Guo, Emma 2004
26.3 WGM Cosma, Elena-Luminita 2352 - Yu, Sally 1990
26.4 WGM L'ami, Alina 2372 - Nguyen, Giang 2105

Unlucky pairing there. Romania have had losses to 23rd seeds Czech Republic and 25th seeds Israel.

Bill Gletsos
01-09-2012, 09:15 PM
Wohl had some kind of Benoni with colours reversed. The extra move didn't seem to help much though and he was on the back foot when black forced a repetition in the middlegame (which could have been claimed a move earlier I believe).The 30 move draw rule is in effect.

Kevin Bonham
02-09-2012, 03:36 AM
Aus open defeated Zambia 2.5-1.5 with David and Moulthun winning, Max drawing and Alex the victim of an endgame blunder. There was a lot of respect for the Zambian team from delegates from the African nations at the congress today and I think any win against them isn't too bad. Aus Open team now have 7 match points and should get a pretty tough round 6 opponent.

Aus women's team were wiped 4-0 by the scary Romanians but now have a rest day to recover.

Leonid Sandler
02-09-2012, 07:48 AM
Thanks Kevin for your insights.Hopefully we will get a few reports from the Teams captains in due course ;). Please pass my best wishes to Alex Wohl who will no doubts will rediscover his form very soon.

Kevin Bonham
02-09-2012, 08:14 AM
Please pass my best wishes to Alex Wohl who will no doubts will rediscover his form very soon.

Thanks, will do. Alex has had some health issues which have probably contributed to his results thus far. There aren't any plans for team captain reports during the event that I am aware of.

I have just visited the infamous Bermuda Party and actually found it pretty tame, possibly because I decided I needed some sleep before tomorrow's meetings and hence did not stay late enough!

Kevin Bonham
02-09-2012, 08:21 AM
Aus Open play 49th seeds FYROM. A strong team but still it could have been a much tougher draw in this scoregroup.


1 GM Georgiev Vladimir 2566 MKD 0 1 ½ 0 1.5 4 2595 2508 1.5 1.81 -0.31 10 -3.1
2 GM Nedev Trajko 2494 MKD 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 3.5 5 2461 2610 3.5 2.61 0.89 10 8.9
3 GM Bogdanovski Vlatko 2448 MKD 1 1 1 1 4.0 4 2318 3118 4 2.46 1.54 10 15.4
4 IM Pancevski Filip 2461 MKD 1 ½ ½ ½ 2.5 4 2396 2491 2.5 1.91 0.59 10 5.9
5 IM Kizov Atanas 2418 MKD 1 ½ ½ 2.0 3 2313 2438 2 1.79 0.21 10 2.1

AUS women play 90th seeds Paraguay


1 WFM Vargas Gabriela 2050 PAR 0 1 ½ 0 ½ 2.0 5 1927 1815 1 1.66 -0.66 15 -9.9
2 WCM Avalos Leticia 1742 PAR ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 1.5 5 2037 1888 1.5 1.08 0.42 15 6.3
3 Rojas Montserrat 1605 PAR 0 1 1 0 2.0 4 1821 1771 1 0.41 0.59 15 8.9
4 Perez Dalila 1760 PAR 0 1 0 1 2.0 4 1721 1671 1 1.13 -0.13 15 -2.0
5 Rios Almada Iara Zamira 1604 PAR ½ 0 0.5 2 1915 0 0.5 0.28 0.22 30 6.6

soupman_2
02-09-2012, 08:53 AM
I've downloaded the Aussies Rd 3 to a Dropbox folder, if anyone wants to add comments and upload the pgn to Chess Chat
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/8tp1rypfkpouh6n/5lrqLJbhX0

Rds 4 & 5 also dowloaded. It was easy to get them from ChessBomb (paid $6 for a 1 month subscription). Analyses anyone?

WhiteElephant
02-09-2012, 11:43 AM
I have just visited the infamous Bermuda Party and actually found it pretty tame, possibly because I decided I needed some sleep before tomorrow's meetings and hence did not stay late enough!

You should probably have hung around and waited for the alcohol to kick in :)

Agent Smith
02-09-2012, 01:03 PM
Nice mateing finish by Max round 4.

56.... Nxh3 57.g3#

8/1pp4p/8/pP3KR1/r6k/7R/5nP1/8 b - - 1 56

Agent Smith
02-09-2012, 03:24 PM
The download PGN links on this page work for me now -
though i notice rd5 womens link gives the mens ... or some little error.
http://www.chessolympiadistanbul.com/livegames/

Adamski
02-09-2012, 03:44 PM
The download PGN links on this page work for me now -
though i notice rd5 womens link gives the mens ... or some little error.
http://www.chessolympiadistanbul.com/livegames/

Thanks for that, Steven, and also for posting Max's cute mate.:clap:

Adamski
02-09-2012, 03:56 PM
Aus Open play 49th seeds FYROM. A strong team but still it could have been a much tougher draw in this scoregroup.


1 GM Georgiev Vladimir 2566 MKD 0 1 ½ 0 1.5 4 2595 2508 1.5 1.81 -0.31 10 -3.1
2 GM Nedev Trajko 2494 MKD 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 3.5 5 2461 2610 3.5 2.61 0.89 10 8.9
3 GM Bogdanovski Vlatko 2448 MKD 1 1 1 1 4.0 4 2318 3118 4 2.46 1.54 10 15.4
4 IM Pancevski Filip 2461 MKD 1 ½ ½ ½ 2.5 4 2396 2491 2.5 1.91 0.59 10 5.9
5 IM Kizov Atanas 2418 MKD 1 ½ ½ 2.0 3 2313 2438 2 1.79 0.21 10 2.1

AUS women play 90th seeds Paraguay


1 WFM Vargas Gabriela 2050 PAR 0 1 ½ 0 ½ 2.0 5 1927 1815 1 1.66 -0.66 15 -9.9
2 WCM Avalos Leticia 1742 PAR ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 1.5 5 2037 1888 1.5 1.08 0.42 15 6.3
3 Rojas Montserrat 1605 PAR 0 1 1 0 2.0 4 1821 1771 1 0.41 0.59 15 8.9
4 Perez Dalila 1760 PAR 0 1 0 1 2.0 4 1721 1671 1 1.13 -0.13 15 -2.0
5 Rios Almada Iara Zamira 1604 PAR ½ 0 0.5 2 1915 0 0.5 0.28 0.22 30 6.6
In case anyone else like me wondered about FYROM - former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Desmond
02-09-2012, 04:21 PM
In case anyone else like me wondered about FYROM - former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
You probably don't want to open that can of worms (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macedonia_naming_dispute).

peter_parr
02-09-2012, 10:35 PM
Russia's top board former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik has never lost a single game in any chess olympiad.

I well remember him at the 1992 Olympiad - twenty years ago - when he scored 8.5/9.

peter_parr
03-09-2012, 11:02 AM
Russia wins all 16 Matches in Olympiad
Peter Parr

Russia has won all sixteen matches (5/5 in the Open, 5/5 in the Women’s and 6/6 in the Under 16 Youth) at the half way stage (total 32 matches) of the World Chess Olympiads in Istanbul. The five Russians in the Open Olympiad team are all undefeated with 9 wins and 11 draws (14.5/20) after 5 rounds. Top seeds Russia beat 4th seeds Hungary 2.5-1.5 in round 5. Armenia seeded 3 beat defending Olympiad Champions and 2nd seeds Ukraine 2.5-1.5 in round 5. Russia v Armenia with 5/5 match wins and 14.5/20 game points each are paired in round 6.

Australia lost 1.5-2.5 in round 3 to Mongolia who were higher rated on all boards. Smerdon and Ly lost, Solomon drew and Illingworth won . Australia 2.5 defeated Pakistan 1.5 seeded 100 in round 4. Smerdon, Wohl and Solomon drew and Illingworth won. Australia 2.5 beat Zambia 1.5 seeded 83 in round 5 (Smerdon 1, Ly 1, Wohl 0, Illingworth 0.5).

Progress scores after round 5:_ GM D.Smerdon 2507 2.5/4, IM M.Ly 2397 2.5/4, IM A.Wohl 2411 0.5/3, IM S.Solomon 2378 2.5/4, FM M.Illingworth 2360 3.5/5. Total 11.5/20 games. Leading match scores after round five (158 teams, 11 rounds):- Russia and Armenia 10, Azerbaijan and Croatia 9 with 17 countries on 8 points. Australia seeded 61 is in 37th place on 7 points and is paired against Macedonia seeded 49 in round 6.

The 2nd seeded Russian women’s team have scored 12/12 on the last 3 boards (16.5/20 in total) in their 5-0 match wins and in round 6 will play top seeds China (16.5/20) – 4 match wins and a 2-2 draw v 4th seeds Ukraine. Australia lost 1.5-2.5 (Caoili 1, Guo 0, Yu 0, Dekic 0.5) to Macedonia in round 3. Australia beat Nicaragua 3.5-0.5 in round 4 ( Caoili 1, Guo 0.5,Nguyen 1, Dekic 1). Australia lost to 10th seed Romania 0-4 in round 5 (Caoili,Guo,Yu,Nguyen). Women’s Olympiad progress scores after round 5:- WIM A.Caoili 2204 2/4, WIM E.Guo 2004 1.5/4, S.Yu 1990 1/4, Thu Giang Nguyen 2105 2/4, WIM B.Dekic 2104 3 out of 4. (Total 9.5/20). Leading Women’s match scores after round 5 (122 teams, 11 rounds) :- Russia 10, China, Serbia ,Poland, Slovakia 9. Australia seeded 50 is in 75th place with 4 points and plays Paraguay seeded 94 in round 6. Round six starts tonight Monday at 10pm Sydney time.

Leading scores in the World Under 16 Youth Olympiad also in Istanbul after six rounds,24 games (39 teams, ten rounds,40 games) :- Russia 18.5, Iran 17.5, Azerbaijan 16.5, India, Australia Team A (seeded 5 ), Kazakhstan, Serbia, Peru 15. Australia Team B and Australia Team C have each scored 10/24.

Leonid Sandler
03-09-2012, 10:46 PM
Top Australian Arbiter WIM Anastasia Sorokina is in charge of the most important match of round 6( and probably of all Women Olympiad).

Russia-China.

Congratulations Anastasia!

Kevin Bonham
04-09-2012, 04:57 AM
Aus lost respectably 1.5-2.5 to FYROM with David drawing and Moulthun beating a GM. Our next assignment is a close one against 52. Finland:


1 GM Nyback Tomi 2638 FIN 0 1 ½ 0 1.5 4 2444 2357 1.5 2.90 -1.40 10 -14.0
2 IM Karttunen Mika 2448 FIN 1 0 1 ½ 0 2.5 5 2378 2378 2.5 2.69 -0.19 10 -1.9
3 IM Agopov Mikael 2429 FIN 1 ½ ½ 1 3.0 4 2363 2556 3 2.14 0.86 10 8.6
4 FM Sipila Vilka 2431 FIN 1 ½ 0 1 1 0 3.5 6 2312 2369 3.5 3.74 -0.24 10 -2.4
5 FM Ebeling Daniel 2350 FIN 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 4.0 5 2282 2522 4 2.95 1.05 15 15.8

Aus women beat Paraguay 3.5-0.5; their top board who is over 2000 drew with Arianne but we outclassed the other three. Next up on paper a winnable match against 73.Egypt:


1 WGM Khaled Mona 2121 EGY ½ 1 0 1 0 1 3.5 6 2119 2176 3.5 3.05 0.45 15 6.8
2 WFM Wafa Shrook 1911 EGY ½ 1 0 ½ 0 0 2.0 6 2076 1951 2 2.03 -0.03 15 -0.4
3 WIM Alaa El Din Yusra 1819 EGY 0 ½ 0 0.5 3 2118 1845 0.5 0.65 -0.15 15 -2.3
4 WFM Wafa Shahenda 1830 EGY 0 1 0 0 1 2.0 5 1985 1913 2 1.72 0.28 15 4.2
5 Abdelmenaem Sohayla 1732 EGY ½ 1 1 1 3.5 4 1767 2103 3.5 1.81 1.69 15 25.4

Agent Smith
04-09-2012, 07:49 AM
Did anyone grab a photo of Aronian wearing Green and Gold ?

Desmond
04-09-2012, 09:24 AM
Mamedyarov had an interesting game, opting to swap his queen for R+B+P on move 11, then launching an energetic attack against the black king and winning in 32 moves.

http://www.chessolympiadistanbul.com/livegames/games.php?section=0&round=6&match=18

pax
04-09-2012, 12:32 PM
Mamedyarov had an interesting game, opting to swap his queen for R+B+P on move 11, then launching an energetic attack against the black king and winning in 32 moves.

http://www.chessolympiadistanbul.com/livegames/games.php?section=0&round=6&match=18

Speaking of which, how the hell can they justify Mamedyarov playing board 3?

Altecman
04-09-2012, 10:21 PM
Does anyone else have issues with the live broadcasting? Mine stops and starts all the time.

WhiteElephant
04-09-2012, 11:12 PM
I have been very impressed with Moulthun and Max...exciting games and fighting performances....hopefully we will see more of our star junior players in future Olympiads. Junta Ikeda, James Morris, Bobby Cheng, Justin Tan just to name a few.

Desmond
04-09-2012, 11:13 PM
Does anyone else have issues with the live broadcasting? Mine stops and starts all the time.Fine for me, sometimes you have to use the forward button on each board.

MichaelBaron
05-09-2012, 02:00 AM
I think Wohl should be rested for some rounds....

Kevin Bonham
05-09-2012, 02:12 AM
Speaking of which, how the hell can they justify Mamedyarov playing board 3?

It's the usual dodgy Olympiad thing; a team can put their players in any order it likes provided that that order is maintained. I'd assume it's a deliberate tactical strategy.

Aus (women) 3-1 Egypt. Arianne lost; the others won.

Aus men currently square with Finland with Max still playing in a fairly level ending.

Kevin Bonham
05-09-2012, 03:10 AM
Max drew. 2-2 with Finland is OK. We are doing alright but now is where it gets much more serious.

Ian Rout
05-09-2012, 11:53 AM
It's the usual dodgy Olympiad thing; a team can put their players in any order it likes provided that that order is maintained. I'd assume it's a deliberate tactical strategy.
I think this has been discussed before and the conclusion is that for the purpose of manipulating results it doesn't work. Playing one player x boards too low means playing one player x boards too high, or x players one board each higher. So increasing your chances on one board reduces them on at least one other, at best you break even.

The exception is for a team around the bottom who lose the majority of their games. Playing the real Board 1 on Board 4 gives a much better chance of a point for that player, but the trick here is that the three players playing up would probably have lost anyway. Whereas a team that is aiming to score about 75% both in matches and games is handicapping themselves by increasing their chances of losing (or not winning) any board - which is why we don't often see top teams doing it.

Excluding the possibility that the ratings are seen as not indicative of current form, which is probably not the case here, I can think of a number of reasons to play players out of rating order. One is to counter lower teams playing for draws. Another is to maximise flexibilty in giving a particular player the bulk of whites or blacks, or deciding on which boards to go for wins or draws.

These approaches would be problematic if you could theoretically get an advantage just by giving one player an easier game, but given that you can't I don't see a problem. In my opinion it isn't cheating, it's team tactics - if you can't employ team tactics in a team tournament then why have one?

peter_parr
05-09-2012, 02:09 PM
Russia 2 v Armenia 2
Peter Parr

Russia, the top seeds, drew a hard fought match against third seeds Armenia in the sixth round of the open chess Olympiad in Istanbul. Former World Champion and World no 3 Vladimir Kramnik (RUS) won decisively against World no 2 Levon Aronian (ARM) on top board. Kramnik first played in the Olympiad twenty years ago and has never lost a single game to date in seven Olympiads. Leading match results round 6 :- Russia 2 v Armenia 2 , Azerbaijan 3 v Croatia 1 , Germany 2 v USA 2.
Vassily Ivanchuk led Ukraine to the gold medals in the 2004 and 2010 Olympiads and Levon Aronian led Armenia to the gold medals in the 2006 and 2008 Olympiads.
The only decisive game in the 2012 Armenia v Ukraine match in round 5 was a fine win by Aronian (partner of Australian Women’s no 1 Arianne Caoili).

Aronian,Levon ( ARM 2816) - Ivanchuk,Vassily ( UKR 2769) E15
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.d4 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.b3 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 Be7 7.Nc3 Bb7 8.Bg2 0–0 9.0–0 Na6 10.d5 (a new move) 10...exd5 11.Nd4 Bc5 12.Nc2 c6 13.cxd5 cxd5 14.Bg5 Nc7 15.Ne3 d4? 16.Bxb7 Rb8 17.Ng4! dxc3 18.Bxf6 gxf6 19.Be4 d5 20.Bc2 f5 21.Nh6+ Kh8 22.Nxf5 Qf6 23.a3 a5 24.Qd3 Rg8 25.b4! axb4 26.axb4 Bxb4 27.Ra7 Ne6 28.Ne7 Qg7 29.Nxg8 Kxg8 30.Qxd5 Bc5 31.e3 b5 32.Ra8 Rxa8 33.Qxa8+ Qf8 34.Qe4 Qh6 35.Ra1 b4 36.Ra5 Bf8 37.Qg4+ Qg7 38.Qh4 h6 39.Ra8 Nc7 40.Rxf8+! Qxf8 41.Qg4+ Kh8 42.Qf5 1–0

World no 4 Teimour Radjabov (AZE 2788) has scored 5/5 on top board for Azerbaijan. GM Eugenio Torre of the Philippines is competing in a record 21st biennial chess Olympiad. His first appearance was in 1970. The previous record had been 20 Olympiads by GM Lajos Portisch (Hungary).

Australia ranked 61 played Macedonia ranked 49. Results : - GM D.Smerdon (2507) 0.5 v GM V.Georgiev (2566) 0.5, IM M.Ly (2397) 1 v GM V.Bogdanovski (2448) 0, IM A.Wohl (2411) 0 v IM F.Panevski (2461) 1 , IM S.Solomon (2378) 0 v IM A.Kizov (2418) 1.
Moulthun Ly was the first to finish with a win over GM Vlatko Bogdanovski who had started with 4/4.

Leading scores after round 6 (150 teams, 11 rounds) :- Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan 11, China, Philippines, Ukraine, Hungary, Spain 10. Round 7 :- Azerbaijan v Russia, China v Armenia. Australia is in 55th place with 7 match points and 13 game points and plays Finland (52) in the seventh round.

The top two seeds China (1) and Russia (2) drew 2-2 in round six of the Women’s Olympiad. World Champion Yifan Hou (CHN 2599) won on top board against GM Tatiana Kosintseva (RUS 2530). Tatiana’s sister GM Nadezhda Kosintseva (RUS 2524) beat GM Xue Zhao ( 2549) on board 2 and has scored 5/5. The match arbiter was IA,WIM Anastasia Sorokina (AUS 2194).

Australia ranked 50 met Paraguay ranked 94. Results:- WIM A.Caoili ( 2204) 0.5 v WFM G.Vargas (2050) 0.5, WIM E.Guo (2004) 1 v WCM L.Avalos (1742) 0, S.Yu ( 1990) 1 v M.Rojas (1605) 0, WIM B.Dekic (2104) 1 v D.Perez (1760) 0.

Leading scores (127 teams, 11 rounds):- Russia , Poland 11, China, Ukraine, Georgia, France, Vietnam 10. Australia is in 63rd place with 6 match points and 13 game points.

Australia Team A drew 2-2 with Peru in round 7 of the Youth Under 16 Olympiad and scored a creditable one out of four against top seeds Russia in round 8. Leading scores after round eight (39 teams, 10 rounds):- Russia and Iran 23.5 /32, India 20.5. Australia Team A is 13th on 18 points, Australia Team B is 32nd on 12.5 , Australia Team C is 26th on 15 points.

AlexDavies
05-09-2012, 02:58 PM
I think this has been discussed before and the conclusion is that for the purpose of manipulating results it doesn't work. Playing one player x boards too low means playing one player x boards too high, or x players one board each higher. So increasing your chances on one board reduces them on at least one other, at best you break even.

A player with a style like World Champion Petrosian would be good on board 1. Occasionally, he might annoy his countrymen by giving up half-points to weakish GMs but the remaining players wouldn't have much trouble against those teams anyway. The players who are specialists against relatively weaker players should go on the lower boards.

To do this, the selectors could could look at the distribution of ratings on each board of their country's (Australia's, say) opponents in the last few Olympiads. Early rounds could be eliminated because they don't really matter in a Swiss. Later rounds should be overweighted, especially the final round, since they're far more important. The distribution of relevant board 1 opponents might have a mean of 2600 with a standard deviation of 100, for example.

Then, using historical data from each team member, the expected performance rating of each team member against opponents of board 1 strength could then be calculated. (Some Australian players may not have played any strong GMs recently, but at least this method would overweight their results against the strongest opponents in the evaluation period). Similarly, performance ratings against typical board 2, board 3, and board 4 opponents could be calculated. Then the selectors could look at all the possible board orders and try to figure out which would give the best score against the expected distribution of opponents.


These approaches would be problematic if you could theoretically get an advantage just by giving one player an easier game, but given that you can't I don't see a problem. In my opinion it isn't cheating, it's team tactics - if you can't employ team tactics in a team tournament then why have one?

Because team tournaments are fun!

The whole point of board order in team events is that it makes the games more competitive. It takes away from the event, particularly the board prizes, if some teams are sandbagging by deliberately playing stronger players down lower. When the game score is 2-2, perhaps the result on board 1 should be the first tiebreak, the result on board 2 should be the second tiebreak, and the result on board 3 should be the third tiebreak in determining which team obtains full match points. (In that case, there would only be a team draw when all games are drawn).

Kevin Bonham
05-09-2012, 05:08 PM
Aus open play 69. Ireland. Ireland had a win against 58th seed Venezuela and took a credible 1.5 points off Israel but were also smashed 3.5-0.5 by 87th seeded IBCA.


1 IM Collins Sam 2459 IRL 0 1 0 0 1 2.0 5 2489 2417 2 2.31 -0.31 10 -3.1
2 IM Astaneh Lopez Alex 2398 IRL + 0 1 1 1 ½ 4.5 6 2441 2590 3.5 2.21 1.29 10 12.9
3 FM Griffiths Ryan Rhys 2362 IRL + ½ 1 1 0 0 1 4.5 7 2344 2401 3.5 3.14 0.36 15 5.4
4 IM Wall Gavin 2338 IRL + 1 1 ½ 0 ½ 4.0 6 2256 2328 3 3.05 -0.05 10 -0.5
5 FM Mcmahon Daire 2153 IRL + 0 0 ½ 1.5 4 2357 2084 0.5 0.87 -0.37 15 -5.6
Player info

Aus women play 52. Portugal


1 WIM Leite Catarina 2178 POR 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 1.0 5 2081 1841 1 3.07 -2.07 15 -31.0
2 WFM Coimbra Margarida 2116 POR 1 0 1 ½ 1 0 3.5 6 1997 2021 2.5 2.24 0.26 15 3.9
3 WFM Baptista Ana 2152 POR 1 0 1 0 1 0 3.0 6 1850 1817 2 3.60 -1.60 15 -24.0
4 Oliveira Maria 1927 POR ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 4.0 6 1910 2035 4 3.08 0.92 15 13.8
5 WCM Monteiro Sara 1841 POR 0 0 1 1 0 2.0 5 1913 1841 2 2.07 -0.07 15 -1.0

MIRKO
05-09-2012, 06:00 PM
I know it's not easy when the confidence is low and the pressure is on.We all know what a good player he is.And when he get's going,watch out,nobody's going to stop him.If i was the captain i would put him on board 1,like all champions don't write him off just yet.

Ian Rout
05-09-2012, 06:09 PM
The whole point of board order in team events is that it makes the games more competitive. It takes away from the event, particularly the board prizes, if some teams are sandbagging by deliberately playing stronger players down lower.
Well no, "sandbagging" means losing games on purpose to reduce your rating and claim rating group prizes, especially in American events with enormous rating prizes. (There are cases of players allegedly throwing Olympiad games to get easier team pairings and improve a team member's medal chances at the expense of the team score, but that's a different subject.) By contrast, you can't get more competitive than trying to maximise your score.

Unless we're talking about players being a few hundred points out of order I don't see where "competitive" is an issue. But in any event there's no justification for mandating rating order, it's not a handicap event. In fact for about the first thirty years of Olympiads teams were not played in rating order because there was no rating system. They were normally ranked in apparent strength order simply because that's usually the best strategy assuming your opponents do the same.

Only three of the top ten teams in Istanbul are in exact rating order - the variations are mainly minor but it demonstrates that rating is not the basis of ordering them.

Bill Gletsos
05-09-2012, 07:11 PM
I know it's not easy when the confidence is low and the pressure is on.We all know what a good player he is.And when he get's going,watch out,nobody's going to stop him.If i was the captain i would put him on board 1,like all champions don't write him off just yet.the players have to play in a their nominated board order, so for him to play board 1 Smerdon & Ly would have to sit out the round thus leaving the team with only 3 players.

Kevin Bonham
05-09-2012, 08:24 PM
One possible motive for putting a player on a lower board is to try to win a board prize. Another is that if you think a player is good with a given colour, then by putting them on 3 and putting a weaker player on 2, you can give your player on 3 their good colour whenever you want to.

Kevin Bonham
05-09-2012, 08:50 PM
Bo. 61
Australia (AUS) Rtg - 69
Ireland (IRL) Rtg 0 : 0
26.1 GM Smerdon, David 2507 - IM Collins, Sam 2459
26.2 IM Ly, Moulthun 2397 - IM Astaneh Lopez, Alex 2398
26.3 IM Solomon, Stephen 2378 - FM Griffiths, Ryan Rhys 2362
26.4 FM Illingworth, Max 2360 - IM Wall, Gavin 2338


Bo. 52
Portugal (POR) Rtg - 50
Australia (AUS) Rtg 0 : 0
28.1 WIM Leite, Catarina 2178 - WIM Guo, Emma 2004
28.2 WFM Coimbra, Margarida 2116 - Yu, Sally 1990
28.3 WFM Baptista, Ana 2152 - Nguyen, Giang 2105
28.4 Oliveira, Maria 1927 - WIM Novakovic-Dekic, Biljana 2104

Carl Gorka
05-09-2012, 09:37 PM
Aussie teams performing well, a good finish will see them finish above their starting ranks :)

And I'm hoping for a big English finish for a possible medal!

Really enjoying the Olympiad (http://gorkachc.blogspot.com.au/2012/09/visitors-to-olympiad.html) this time :)

Kevin Bonham
05-09-2012, 09:48 PM
Did anyone grab a photo of Aronian wearing Green and Gold ?

I have a rather bad photo of this just for the record, which I can post when I get back. I'm not good at using my camera indoors.

Carl Gorka
05-09-2012, 11:16 PM
Short-Torre on board 3 of England-Philippines is the stuff of legends :D

They have played 35 Olympiads between them!

Adamski
05-09-2012, 11:22 PM
Short-Torre on board 3 of England-Philippines is the stuff of legends :D

They have played 35 Olympiads between them!
I have noticed that veteran GM Torre has been going pretty well.

AlexDavies
05-09-2012, 11:47 PM
Well no, "sandbagging" means losing games on purpose to reduce your rating and claim rating group prizes

Sorry for the confusion. I was using the term "sandbagging" as in the sense listed under "grappling" in the Wikipedia entry below:



Sandbagging

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sandbagging, hiding the strength, skill or difficulty of something or someone early in an engagement, may refer to:

Sandbagging in billiards and other games, deliberately playing below one's actual ability in order to fool opponents into accepting higher stakes bets, or to lower one's competitive rating in order to play in a future event with a higher handicap and consequently have a better chance to win; the term has spread to chess, go and other such games
Sandbagging (golfing), playing poorly until establishing a handicap and then raising bets, using the established handicap to gain advantage.
Sandbagging (racing), deliberately qualifying slower than what the car can actually perform
Sandbagging (grappling), competing in a skill-bracket or being ranked lower than one is deemed capable of
Slow play (poker), deceptive play in poker

Kevin Bonham
06-09-2012, 12:48 AM
Visited the venue and noticed Ponomariov wearing an unusual t-shirt. Turns out this is a protest (http://chess-news.ru/en/node/9246) against the editor of chess-news.ru being refused press accreditation.

Also noticed Ivanchuk (on the move against Kramnik who had wisely vacated the table) spending several minutes attempting to twirl his left eyebrow in a circle, staring into space and muttering inaudibly.

Leonid Sandler
06-09-2012, 01:01 AM
Please visit the best russian website http://www.chess-news.ru for more details plus open letter and photos

Kevin Bonham
06-09-2012, 01:06 AM
It does look like the Azeri board order is a colour thing. Aside from the early rounds, they've played Mamedyarov with white and Mamedov with black - Shak has had white five rounds in a row and Mamedov has had five blacks and a round off in the last six.

pax
06-09-2012, 01:44 AM
I have noticed that veteran GM Torre has been going pretty well.
Actually, he's only played three games before this round (but 2/3 from those). I wonder if he's been sick?

Philippines in general have played out of their skins though. >99 points above in all cases after round 7.

Kevin Bonham
06-09-2012, 03:18 AM
Biljana draws despite blundering a piece but with Emma and Sally both losing it's Portugal 2.5-1.5 Aus (w) (Giang won).

David drew with Collins, Moulthun alas lost, Solo crushed his opponent and Max's opponent self-destructed so Aus 2.5 - Ireland 1.5.

Adamski
06-09-2012, 06:32 AM
Biljana draws despite blundering a piece but with Emma and Sally both losing it's Portugal 2.5-1.5 Aus (w) (Giang won).

David drew with Collins, Moulthun alas lost, Solo crushed his opponent and Max's opponent self-destructed so Aus 2.5 - Ireland 1.5.
Aus are doing pretty well in my opinion. Well done Solo and Max!

pax
06-09-2012, 12:04 PM
Philippines in general have played out of their skins though. >99 points above in all cases after round 7.

This. 3-1 vs a strong England. Outstanding stuff.

Kevin Bonham
06-09-2012, 02:47 PM
This. 3-1 vs a strong England. Outstanding stuff.

That's an amazing result; they are now 6th after being seeded 35th. They will get some brutal pairings for their troubles starting with China today.

It's a surprise to get a team near our own seeding but Aus play 60. Tajikistan:


1 GM Amonatov Farrukh 2610 TJK ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 6.0 7 2767 6 4.59 1.41 10 14.1
2 Khusenkhojaev Muhammad 2378 TJK 1 0 1 0 ½ ½ 1 4.0 7 2402 4 3.35 0.65 10 6.5
3 FM Djuraev Sokhib 2354 TJK 1 0 1 ½ ½ 1 0 4.0 7 2222 3 2.69 0.31 10 3.1
4 IM Isaev Jamshed 2357 TJK 1 0 1 ½ 0 1 0 3.5 7 2291 3.5 3.68 -0.18 10 -1.8
5 Yunusov Ilhom 2190 TJK 1 1 0 ½ 2.5 4 1898 1.5 1.87 -0.37 15 -5.6

Tajikistan drew with Iran and beat Norway but also lost to ICSC so are not playing that far above their seeding; they just have lots of game points from crushing bunny teams.

Aus women play 62. Iceland:


1 WGM Ptacnikova Lenka 2281 ISL ½ 1 0 ½ 0 1 1 4.0 7 2214 4 4.36 -0.36 15 -5.4
2 Thorsteinsdottir Hallgerdur H 1957 ISL 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 3.0 7 1894 2 2.00 0.00 15 0.0
3 Johannsdottir Johanna B 1886 ISL 1 0 0 ½ 0 0 1.5 6 1652 0.5 1.86 -1.36 15 -20.4
4 Finnbogadottir Tinna K 1832 ISL 1 0 0 0 1 1 3.0 6 1845 2 1.56 0.44 15 6.6
5 Kristinardottir Elsa M 1737 ISL 1 1 0 ½ 1 1 4.5 6 1823 3.5 2.41 1.09 15 16.4

Iceland have also played about to seeding in most matches.

Kevin Bonham
06-09-2012, 03:02 PM
By the way NZ (w) are currently ranked ahead of Aus (w) but they play 24. Latvia today.

Altecman
06-09-2012, 05:22 PM
Board one for Tajikistan drew with Topalov in the second round, so Smerdon will have a tough game tonight.

Kevin Bonham
06-09-2012, 06:58 PM
21.1 GM Amonatov, Farrukh 2610 - GM Smerdon, David 2507
21.2 Khusenkhojaev, Muhammad 2378 - IM Ly, Moulthun 2397
21.3 FM Djuraev, Sokhib 2354 - IM Solomon, Stephen 2378
21.4 IM Isaev, Jamshed 2357 - FM Illingworth, Max 2360


29.1 WIM Caoili, Arianne 2204 - WGM Ptacnikova, Lenka 2281
29.2 WIM Guo, Emma 2004 - Thorsteinsdottir, Hallgerdur H 1957
29.3 Nguyen, Giang 2105 - Johannsdottir, Johanna B 1886
29.4 WIM Novakovic-Dekic, Biljana 2104 - Kristinardottir, Elsa M 1737

Desmond
06-09-2012, 08:29 PM
This. 3-1 vs a strong England. Outstanding stuff.
Very impressive to beat Short who has been in great form, and with black.

WhiteElephant
06-09-2012, 10:42 PM
Board 4 for Tajikistan (Jamshed Isaev) has a classic Borat moustache!

I am loving the Philippines team performance, currently =2nd when their top player is 84 in the world. Go Philippines!

WhiteElephant
06-09-2012, 10:46 PM
Board one for Tajikistan drew with Topalov in the second round, so Smerdon will have a tough game tonight.

Farrukh Amonatov is very strong....but looks like a decent position for Dave so far.

Agent Smith
06-09-2012, 11:09 PM
http://photo.chessolympiadistanbul.com/Round8/slides/20120905_olympiad_llada_r7_030_ian_rogers.JPG

Adamski
07-09-2012, 12:27 AM
Nice pic of Ian. After helping the juniors is he now helping the Olympiad teams?

Kevin Bonham
07-09-2012, 01:02 AM
Nice pic of Ian. After helping the juniors is he now helping the Olympiad teams?

He has been doing the latter all along - he is Women's Team captain.

Adamski
07-09-2012, 01:19 AM
He has been doing the latter all along - he is Women's Team captain.
Thanks, Kev. I had forgotten! It seems quite some time ago now the teams and captains were announced.

Kevin Bonham
07-09-2012, 03:10 AM
3R4/4P3/2b1K3/8/2p5/2k5/8/8 w - - 0 1

In this completely won position Solo's opponent played 1.Rd7?? and after ...Bxd7 2.Kxd7 Kd2 3.e8=Q c3 we have a rare example where the queen to move cannot beat the pawn on the sixth rank because it is a bishop pawn and the queen has no checks!

Kevin Bonham
07-09-2012, 03:13 AM
Kramnik has lost to Nakamura, his first ever loss of a game in an Olympiad apparently. Kamsky defeated Grischuk with rook and bishop against rook so it's USA 2.5 - Russian Federation 1.5

Kevin Bonham
07-09-2012, 03:25 AM
Aus (w) 2.5-1.5 Iceland. Arianne lost, Emma and Giang won, Biljana drew.

In Aus-Tajikistan we know that Moulthun won, Solo drew, Max drew; still trying to confirm Smerdon's result.

Kevin Bonham
07-09-2012, 03:44 AM
It is indeed 2-2 in Aus-Tajikistan as Smerdon unfortunately lost on time - his opponent was the one in time trouble (playing move 40 with two seconds on his clock) while Smerdon with a few minutes just forgot about the clock and overstepped. Luckily we had Solo's freak draw to save the match anyway.

Desmond
07-09-2012, 06:08 AM
It is indeed 2-2 in Aus-Tajikistan as Smerdon unfortunately lost on time - his opponent was the one in time trouble (playing move 40 with two seconds on his clock) while Smerdon with a few minutes just forgot about the clock and overstepped. Luckily we had Solo's freak draw to save the match anyway.
Tough luck for David, respectable result for the team though.

Agent Smith
07-09-2012, 06:39 AM
In this completely won position Solo's opponent played 1.Rd7?? and after ...Bxd7 2.Kxd7 Kd2 3.e8=Q c3 we have a rare example where the queen to move cannot beat the pawn on the sixth rank because it is a bishop pawn and the queen has no checks!
Very precise play by Solo!

Naka - Kramnik 1-0... interesting game
Kramnik swapped a rook for a bishop, and was going ok till he pushed G in this position
3r2k1/p4pbp/b3p1p1/npqpP2P/8/2P3P1/P3QPBN/R3R1K1 b - - 0 31
Then Naka made a knight promotion! and ended up
8/8/1b6/8/4N1BN/5p2/7k/5K2 b - - 1 80

Kevin Bonham
07-09-2012, 07:33 AM
Aus now play 55. Singapore.


1 GM Zhang Zhong 2595 SIN 0 1 1 1 1 ½ ½ 1 6.0 8 2580 6 6.01 -0.01 10 -0.1
2 IM Goh Wei Ming Kevin 2437 SIN 1 1 0 1 1 4.0 5 2494 4 3.61 0.39 10 3.9
3 IM Li Ruofan 2419 SIN 1 ½ 0 1 0 1 0 0 3.5 8 2233 3.5 5.20 -1.70 10 -17.0
4 IM Shanmugam Ravindran 2406 SIN 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 4.0 8 2191 4 5.74 -1.74 10 -17.4
5 IM Fernandez Daniel Howard 2370 SIN 1 0 ½ 0 1 1 1 4.5 7 2243 4.5 5.08 -0.58 10 -5.8

Singapore have had 3 losses to slightly lower rated teams.

Aus women play 29. Argentina


1 IM Lujan Carolina 2368 ARG ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 5.0 7 2498 5 3.71 1.29 10 12.9
2 WGM Amura Claudia 2351 ARG 1 ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ 2.5 8 2018 2.5 5.66 -3.16 10 -31.6
3 WIM Plazaola Maria De L A 2164 ARG ½ 1 0 0 0 ½ 2.0 6 2004 2 3.26 -1.26 15 -18.9
4 Fernandez Maria Florencia 2160 ARG ½ 1 0 0 1 ½ 0 3.0 7 2018 3 4.19 -1.19 15 -17.9
5 Martinez Ayelen 2095 ARG 1 1 ½ 0 0 1 1 ½ 5.0 8 2088 5 5.01 -0.01 15 -0.2

Apart from a loss to slightly weaker Peru, Argentina have gone to seeding so far.

Adamski
07-09-2012, 07:43 AM
Could be another Fernandez-Illingworth game. They have played a few times including in Australia and Commonwealth Champs 2010 when both did well.

peter_parr
07-09-2012, 08:46 AM
Russia leads Olympiad
Peter Parr

Russia ,the top seeds, have taken a two point lead in the Open Chess Olympiad in Istanbul with three rounds left to play. Russia drew 2-2 with Armenia in round 6 and won their other seven matches.

Leading results round 7:- Azerbaijan 1.5 v Russia 2.5 - World no 4 Teimour Radjabov AZE conceded his first half point in the Olympiad against world No.3 Vladimir Kramnik RUS. Grischuk (RUS 2763) beat Safarli (2620 AZE) on board 2 .

China 2.5 v Armenia 1.5. Wang Hao (CHN 2726) 0.5 v L.Aronian (ARM 2816) 0.5 on board 1. Wang Yue 2685 1 v S.Movsesian 2698 0 on the second board. Philippines – Hungary 2-2, Ukraine 2.5 – Spain 1.5.

World No.3 Kramnik accurately calculates a winning piece sacrifice to defeat world No.2 Aronian.

Rd 6 Kramnik V (2797) – Aronian L (2816)
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd5 cxd5 5.Bf4 Nc6 6.e3 a6 7.Bd3 g6 8.h3 Bf5 9.Nf3 Bxd3 10.Qxd3 Bg7 11.0–0 0–0 12.Rfc1 e6 13.Na4 Ne4 14.Nc5 Nxc5 15.Rxc5 Qd7 16.Rac1 Rfc8 17.a3 Bf8 18.R5c2 f6 19.Nd2 Bd6 20.Bxd6 Qxd6 21.Nb3 Rc7?! (21…b6!?) 22.Na5! Rac8 23.Nxb7! Rxb7 24.Qxa6 Rbc7 25.b4 Qd7 26.Qb6 Qe8 27.b5 Nxd4 28.Rxc7 Ne2+ 29.Kh1 Nxc1 30.Rxc8 Qxc8 31.Qc6 Qd8 32.b6 Kf7 33.Qc7+ Ke8 34.Qa7 d4 35.b7 1–0

Round 8 :- Russia beat the defending champions Ukraine 2.5 - 1.5 (Karjakin RUS ex- UKR 2785 outplayed Volokitin 2709 on board 3), China 2 v Azerbaijan 2, Armenia 3 v Uzbekistan 1

Australia drew 2-2 with Finland in round 7. GM David Smerdon 2507 v GM Tomi Nyback 2638 was a short draw by triple repetition of position in the opening. An out of form IM Aleks Wohl lost in 23 moves to IM M.Agopov 2429 in the second game to finish on board 2.

IM Moulthun Ly playing black won a pawn and later won a piece when his higher rated opponent IM M.Karttunen played an incorrect combination.

FM Max Illingworth drew with FM D.Ebeling (2350) on board 4.

Australia beat Ireland 2.5-1.5 in round 8 – Smerdon drew, Ly lost, Solomon and Illingworth won. Smerdon, Ly and Illingworth are all performing well above their rating.

Leading scores after eight rounds (150 teams, 11 rounds):- Russia 15/16, China ,Armenia, USA, Germany, Philippines all 13. Australia ranked 61 is in 41st place with 10 match points and 17.5/32 game points and plays Tajikistan ranked 60 in the ninth round.

Women’s Olympiad leading results round 7:- Russia 2 v Poland 2, Georgia 1.5 v China 2.5 Round 8:- Poland 1 v China 3, Russia 2 v Ukraine 2. Round 7 - Australia defeated Egypt 3-1 (Caoili lost but Yu, Nguyen and Dekic all won). Round 8 – Australia lost to Portugal 1.5-2.5 (Guo and Yu lost, Nguyen won, Dekic drew). Dekic has scored 5.5/7 and Nguyen 4/6. Leading scores after eight rounds (127 teams, 11 rounds):- China (top seeds) 14/16, Russia, France, India, Uzbekistan 13.

Australia ranked 50 is in 56th place with 8 match points and 17.5 game points and plays Iceland seeded 62 in the ninth round.

Russia, the top seeds, won the World Youth Under 16 Olympiad overtaking Iran in the final round. Australia Team A were behind only Iran, Russia and India with one round left to play but lost 1.5-2.5 to India.

Leading final scores (39 teams, 10 rounds) :- Russia 29, Iran 28.5, India 25.5. Australia Team A finished 8th on 23, Australia Team C was 25th on 18.5 and Australia Team B was 30th on 17 points.

Adamski
07-09-2012, 09:08 AM
Good report, Peter. Since then US had upset win v Russian Federation.

siow, weng nian
07-09-2012, 09:23 AM
Aus now play 55. Singapore.


1 GM Zhang Zhong 2595 SIN 0 1 1 1 1 ½ ½ 1 6.0 8 2580 6 6.01 -0.01 10 -0.1
2 IM Goh Wei Ming Kevin 2437 SIN 1 1 0 1 1 4.0 5 2494 4 3.61 0.39 10 3.9
3 IM Li Ruofan 2419 SIN 1 ½ 0 1 0 1 0 0 3.5 8 2233 3.5 5.20 -1.70 10 -17.0
4 IM Shanmugam Ravindran 2406 SIN 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 4.0 8 2191 4 5.74 -1.74 10 -17.4
5 IM Fernandez Daniel Howard 2370 SIN 1 0 ½ 0 1 1 1 4.5 7 2243 4.5 5.08 -0.58 10 -5.8

Singapore have had 3 losses to slightly lower rated teams.

Update: Singapore has been playing with a 4-person team since the rest day as it has been reported that IM Kevin Goh had to return to Singapore due to family reasons.

So, if Max plays on 4th Bd, then it will be another clash of the young'uns.

peter_parr
07-09-2012, 09:45 AM
the above report (151) was of course written yesterday morning and published in the Sydney Morning Herald today Friday 7 September.

How is Olympiad coverage in other newspapers around Australia ?

According to my quick calculations Max Illingworth needs to play and win in round 10 with the black pieces for a 20 game IM norm.

If this calculation is correct this would give him the IM Title.

A draw in round 10 and a win in round 11 may also be possible.

Note: this needs to be checked and has no doubt been looked at by the Australian delegation in Istanbul.

Best of luck to Max and the rest of the two Olympiad Teams in the final two
rounds.

Chigoresov
07-09-2012, 10:23 AM
Amongst other wackiness, Nakamura promotes to a knight in his game against Kramnik!:eek:
http://chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=8459

Adamski
07-09-2012, 10:43 AM
the above report (151) was of course written yesterday morning and published in the Sydney Morning Herald today Friday 7 September.

How is Olympiad coverage in other newspapers around Australia ?

According to my quick calculations Max Illingworth needs to play and win in round 10 with the black pieces for a 20 game IM norm.

If this calculation is correct this would give him the IM Title.

A draw in round 10 and a win in round 11 may also be possible.

Note: this needs to be checked and has no doubt been looked at by the Australian delegation in Istanbul.

Best of luck to Max and the rest of the two Olympiad Teams in the final two
rounds.
Absolutely! Go Max!

Vlad
07-09-2012, 12:12 PM
As far as I can see for Max to get a norm he needs a real miracle to happen.
Firstly, in the last two rounds he needs to play two opponents with an average rating about 2440. He is getting somebody about 2400 next round, which means in the last round he needs somebody about 2480. Secondly, he needs to win both games.

Bill Gletsos
07-09-2012, 02:20 PM
As far as I can see for Max to get a norm he needs a real miracle to happen.
Firstly, in the last two rounds he needs to play two opponents with an average rating about 2440. He is getting somebody about 2400 next round, which means in the last round he needs somebody about 2480. Secondly, he needs to win both games.I disagree.
Max has played 8 games with an average rating of his opponents being 2289 as the unrated player in round 1 is lifted to 2050.

A 9 game IM norm with an average of 2289 is 6.5.

Max's opponent in round 10 will be rated either 2406 or 2370.

Kevin Bonham
07-09-2012, 03:37 PM
Nakamura - Kramnik

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.c4 c6 5.d4 d5 6.cxd5 cxd5 7.Nc3 Ne4 8.Qb3 Nxc3 9.bxc3 0-0 10.Nd2 e6 11.e4 Nc6 12.0-0 Na5 13.Qd1 Qc7 14.Qf3 b6 15.Ba3 Rd8 16.e5 Ba6 17.Rfe1 Rac8 18.Bb4 Bh6 19.Qd1 Nc6 20.Ba3 Na5 21.Bb4 Nc6 22.Ba3 Na5 23.Nb1 b5 24.h4 Nc6 25.Bc5 Qb8 26.Qe2 Na5 27.Nd2 Rxc5 28.dxc5 Qc8 29.Nf3 Qxc5 30.Nh2 Bg7 31.h5 g5 32.h6 Bxh6 33.Qh5 Bg7 34.Qxg5 Nc6 35.Ng4 Qe7 36.Qxe7 Nxe7 37.a4 d4 38.axb5 Bxb5 39.Rxa7 d3 40.Rxe7 d2 41.Rd1 Be2 42.Ne3 Bxe5 43.c4 h5 44.Ra7 h4 45.Ra2 Bxd1 46.Nxd1 hxg3 47.fxg3 Bxg3 48.c5 f5 49.Ra7 e5 50.c6 e4 51.Bh3 Rc8 52.Ra6 Rf8 53.Ra5 f4 54.Kf1 e3 55.Ke2 Rf6 56.Ra8+ Kg7 57.Ra7+ Rf7 58.Rb7 Kf6 59.Kf3 Re7 60.Rxe7 Kxe7 61.c7 e2 62.c8N+ Kf6 63.Kxe2 Ke5 64.Nb6 Kd4 65.Bg2 Be1 66.Nd5 Ke5 67.Nb4 Bh4 68.Nd3+ Kf5 69.Kxd2 Kg4 70.Ke2 Bf6 71.N1f2+ Kg3 72.Bf3 Bd8 73.Ne4+ Kh4 74.Ne5 Bc7 75.Ng6+ Kh3 76.Ne7 Bd8 77.Nf5 Bb6 78.Kf1 Kh2 79.Bg4 f3 80.Nh4 1-0

Vlad
07-09-2012, 03:59 PM
I disagree.
Max has played 8 games with an average rating of his opponents being 2289 as the unrated player in round 1 is lifted to 2050.

A 9 game IM norm with an average of 2289 is 6.5.

Max's opponent in round 10 will be rated either 2406 or 2370.

Yes, you are right. I accidentally looked at a wrong column (with performance ratings rather than actual ratings).

Yes, the win tonight is enough and most likely 1.5 points in the last 2 rounds is also enough.

peter_parr
07-09-2012, 05:01 PM
I refer to my post above (no 156) for a 20 game IM norm for Max Illingworth.

A win in round 10 tonight for a 20 game IM norm is of course best.

A draw in round 10 would mean a win would be required against a player (titled or untitled) rated at least 2292 in round 11 for a 9 game IM norm with the score of 6/9 against an average rating of 2325 after deleting the win against the first round opponent. AUS has had 5 w and 5 b so far on each board.

If the opponent in round 11 is rated below 2292 no norm is possible.

Let us hope Max wins tonight for his double IM norm

Note: All the above needs to be checked and has no doubt been looked at the Australian delegation in Istanbul.

pax
07-09-2012, 05:14 PM
Does anyone know if the tiebreak scores used on the results page are correct? If so, it appears that the first tiebreak after match points is a Buchholz on game points. Isn't it a little odd to use this ahead of actual game points or indeed match points Buchholz?

Bill Gletsos
07-09-2012, 05:26 PM
Does anyone know if the tiebreak scores used on the results page are correct? If so, it appears that the first tiebreak after match points is a Buchholz on game points. Isn't it a little odd to use this ahead of actual game points or indeed match points Buchholz?It isnt Buchholz.

http://www.fide.com/fide/handbook.html?id=95&view=article

G. Tie Breaking

14. The position of teams that finish with the same number of match points shall be determined by application of the following tie-breaking procedures in sequence, proceeding from (a) to (b) to (c) to the extent required:

a) the sum of Sonneborn-Berger points, which are calculated as follows:
match points of each opponent, excluding the opponent who scored the lowest number of match points, multiplied by the number of game points achieved against this opponent;

b) by the number of the game points scored;

c) by the sum of the match points of all the teams opponents, excluding the lowest one.

For tie-break purposes a bye or an unplayed match - if the opponent team does not appear on time – are counted as a drawn match against a virtual opponent. At the start of the round this virtual opponent has the same number of match points and game points as the team present. Then the result of the unplayed match is added (1 matchpoint and 4 gamepoints in case of an unplayed win, 1 matchpoint and 2 gamepoints in case of a bye, 0 matchpoints and 0 gamepoints in case of an unplayed loss) and finally for each subsequent round 1 matchpoint and 2 gamepoints.

Leonid Sandler
07-09-2012, 07:10 PM
Good luck Max! We hope that tonight you will join the company of Australian players who made norms at Olympiads!

pax
07-09-2012, 08:16 PM
It isnt Buchholz.

http://www.fide.com/fide/handbook.html?id=95&view=article
Ah, ok.

Kevin Bonham
07-09-2012, 10:03 PM
A draw in round 10 would mean a win would be required against a player (titled or untitled) rated at least 2292 in round 11 for a 9 game IM norm with the score of 6/9 against an average rating of 2325 after deleting the win against the first round opponent.

Why would this not be a 20 game norm too? As far as I can see, in the Handbook, the provision (e):


The result must be achieved in consecutive games starting from the first game the player plays in the tournament. If a player achieves ≥ 6 points (3½ points for CM/WCM), the title is awarded, even if the player does not play 9 games (7 games for CM/WCM) . These titles shall be awarded retrospectively.

...applies to FM/WFM/CM/WCM direct titles but is not shown as applying to higher norms. It is shown after "Olympiad" in the tables for the lower titles only and not for GM/IM etc.

Apart from that I agree with your calculations. (In any case the threshhold for defeating a player in round 11 without dropping the low-rated player, ie a norm over 10 games, is not much higher. I think it is 2327.)

peter_parr
07-09-2012, 10:25 PM
yes of course a 20 game IM norm.

peter_parr
07-09-2012, 10:35 PM
without dropping round 1 a ten game norm would also require an IM in round 11

which is not required in the nine round norm after round 11.

My last message was posted in haste on my way to the annual Presentation at Norths, Cammeray - the award winner was ........ Max ! - his mother received the award on behalf of Max Illingworth. The who's who of chess were at the dinner.

Carl Gorka
07-09-2012, 10:45 PM
Olympiad is heating up (http://gorkachc.blogspot.com.au/2012/09/olympiad-heating-up.html). Got to say chessvibes (http://www.chessvibes.com/) video coverage of the Olympiad has been excellent :)

peter_parr
08-09-2012, 03:13 AM
max wins at 3.15 am. great result.

Kevin Bonham
08-09-2012, 03:16 AM
Yes, Max's opponent had a tablebase draw with 59.e4 but to our great relief missed his only chance. Well done Max, I'll hopefully get to say it to him in person even before he reads this!

Kevin Bonham
08-09-2012, 03:26 AM
My very quick back-of-envelope* says that Moulthun is on for a 20-game GM norm if he beats a GM rated 2553 or higher. (His first win is dropped.) I have spent all of a few mins on this so someone may wish to check whether or not my brain's too addled to add.

* Actually it's back of an ad for the local restaurant/bar.

Kevin Bonham
08-09-2012, 05:44 AM
Aus play 42. Slovakia who have been performing about to rating.


1 GM Ftacnik Lubomir 2532 SVK 1 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 4.0 9 2512 4 4.23 -0.23 10 -2.3
2 GM Petrik Tomas 2529 SVK 1 1 ½ 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 6.5 10 2567 6.5 5.82 0.68 10 6.8
3 GM Michalik Peter 2508 SVK 1 1 1 ½ 0 0 1 0 1 ½ 6.0 10 2465 6 6.01 -0.01 10 -0.1
4 IM Jurcik Marian 2486 SVK 1 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 6.5 8 2563 6.5 5.38 1.12 10 11.2
5 IM Pacher Milan 2442 SVK 1 0 1 2.0 3 2415 2 1.98 0.02 10 0.2

If my calculations are correct, a bit too low for a GM norm for Moulthun.

Aus (w) play 17. Netherlands


1 GM Peng Zhaoqin 2411 NED ½ 1 0 1 0 ½ 0 3.0 7 2324 3 3.83 -0.83 10 -8.3
2 IM Lanchava Tea 2351 NED 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 4.0 9 2118 4 6.19 -2.19 15 -32.8
3 WIM Schut Lisa 2305 NED 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 ½ 7.5 9 2380 7.5 6.42 1.08 15 16.2
4 WIM Haast Anne 2235 NED ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 0 4.5 8 2156 4.5 5.00 -0.50 15 -7.5
5 WIM Van Weersel Arlette 2151 NED 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 5.0 7 2212 5 4.19 0.81 15 12.1

Their board 3 is doing extremely well but 1 and 2 are not. They've lost to 33. Lithuania and drawn with two teams below them.

Note that tomorrow is a rest day.

Desmond
08-09-2012, 05:44 AM
Congratulations IM Max, you did us proud. :clap:

Kevin Bonham
08-09-2012, 06:37 AM
Hilarious scene from Emma's game today:

r1R1Qbk1/4p2p/q2rPpp1/3p4/1p1P4/1P2P3/2R3PP/6K1 b - - 0 1

Emma, black to move, is lost and in terrible time trouble and without realising what a blunder it was she came up with the unintentional bluff ...Rd8. White gets confused and misses the easy win Qxd8, plays Rxd8 instead, and has not only thrown the win away but actually goes on to be lost herself before getting away with a draw. :lol:

Adamski
08-09-2012, 07:03 AM
Congratulations IM Max, you did us proud. :clap:Absolutely ditto to a young man I have known since he was 9 years old!

Adamski
08-09-2012, 07:15 AM
Max did play Daniel again and Aus beat Singapore 3-1. Well done team!

Perpie
08-09-2012, 09:26 AM
Congratulations Max! Really great to see. :)

Vlad
08-09-2012, 09:39 AM
My very quick back-of-envelope* says that Moulthun is on for a 20-game GM norm if he beats a GM rated 2553 or higher. (His first win is dropped.) I have spent all of a few mins on this so someone may wish to check whether or not my brain's too addled to add.

* Actually it's back of an ad for the local restaurant/bar.

Looks like Molton is very unlucky... His average for a 9-game norm is 2431, which is just 3 points short of required 2434. His average for a 10-game norm is 2408, which is above 2407. However, he only has 3 GMs so can't have a 10-game norm.

Rincewind
08-09-2012, 11:45 AM
Max did play Daniel again and Anus beat Singapore 3-1.

Is there a typo in this sentence?

Altecman
08-09-2012, 12:03 PM
Looks like Molton is very unlucky... His average for a 9-game norm is 2431, which is just 3 points short of required 2434. His average for a 10-game norm is 2408, which is above 2407. However, he only has 3 GMs so can't have a 10-game norm.

Is that the calculation if he wins in the final round? Or does he still get a 9/10 games norm if he wins?

Chigoresov
08-09-2012, 12:28 PM
A very commendable performance so far by the Open team: After 10 rounds we are ranked 31, whilst seeded 61. :clap:
We have had 5 wins, 3 draws and just 2 losses. Could we outperform again against the Slovaks? Why not?

It appears our women are punching above their weight as well! :owned:

Tony Dowden
08-09-2012, 01:10 PM
Congratulations IM Max, you did us proud. :clap:

Fantastic news!! Well done Max :clap: :clap: :clap:

Roll on more GM norms ...

Adamski
08-09-2012, 01:42 PM
Is there a typo in this sentence?
There was and it has been fixed!!

Kevin Bonham
08-09-2012, 03:56 PM
Is that the calculation if he wins in the final round?

Yes. Seems he is just short even if he wins.

peter_parr
08-09-2012, 08:07 PM
Try a 13 game grandmaster norm for Moulthun Ly.

If he wins his last round game he will have played 10 games.

Uplift the 2034 to 2200

Average rating is 2408

GM Norm is 75 % against 2407+. (not a regular GM norm as only 3 GM)

If Ly wins his last game he has 75% against 2408.

A 13 game norm is recorded for a PERFORMANCE norm (over 2600) in an Olympiad (without a fourth GM in a ten game Olympiad)

75 % against 2408 is 2601.


How about that ? -


Anyway if Ly's opponent is 2508 not 2519 - problem

Ly needs to win in any case.

All the above is on my quick calculations and the best case I can think of
to try and claim a possible GM norm.

Kevin Bonham
08-09-2012, 09:37 PM
A 13 game norm is recorded for a PERFORMANCE norm (over 2600) in an Olympiad (without a fourth GM in a ten game Olympiad)

Correct.


Anyway if Ly's opponent is 2508 not 2519 - problem

I think this is unlikely to occur (unless one of them is sick or something exceptional like that). For that to happen Slovakia would need to drop their board 1 or 2 for the last round after a rest day. Their board 5 has only played 3 games so far. I think they will play 1-4.

Tony Dowden
09-09-2012, 10:24 AM
There was and it has been fixed!!

Pity, it was a good example of a Freudian lisp :lol:

peter_parr
09-09-2012, 11:30 AM
in addition to my post 186 (possible GM norm for Moulthun Ly) Giang Nguyen is performing well.

WFM title by rating and WFM title by 6/8 at Olympiad already.

WIM performance required is 2250+

A win in round 11 would give Giang a 2299 performance against 7 rated opponents including 2 x WGM, 1 x WIM and 2 WFM and two wins against unrated. A win gives a total score of 7/9.

All the above quick calculation is unchecked (good word) of course.

Adamski
09-09-2012, 03:15 PM
in addition to my post 186 (possible GM norm for Moulthun Ly) Giang Nguyen is performing well.

WFM title by rating and WFM title by 6/8 at Olympiad already.

WIM performance required is 2250+

A win in round 11 would give Giang a 2299 performance against 7 rated opponents including 2 x WGM, 1 x WIM and 2 WFM and two wins against unrated. A win gives a total score of 7/9.

All the above quick calculation is unchecked (good word) of course.
Go Giang! A norm would be great.

Kevin Bonham
09-09-2012, 08:17 PM
I today applied for the IM title for Max Illingworth and Mr. Michalis Kaloumenos of the FIDE Qualification Commission processed the application today (together with 41 direct titles) and advises it is accepted. (It will take a few days to be published on the website then 60 days to take effect if I understood correctly.)


in addition to my post 186 (possible GM norm for Moulthun Ly) Giang Nguyen is performing well.

WFM title by rating and WFM title by 6/8 at Olympiad already.

Yes, Giang is already eligible for WFM by rating and has been for over a decade. She's thus far not claimed it.

If she played in Australia more she would be WIM by zonal already.

Altecman
09-09-2012, 09:57 PM
I today applied for the IM title for Max Illingworth and Mr. Michalis Kaloumenos of the FIDE Qualification Commission processed the application today (together with 41 direct titles) and advises it is accepted. (It will take a few days to be published on the website then 60 days to take effect if I understood correctly.).
:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

ratinahat
09-09-2012, 10:11 PM
We could win this tie the way Solo is looking...

Kevin Bonham
10-09-2012, 03:25 AM
Excellent Open team result. We have finished in the tie for 19th (32nd on tiebreak). No lower seeded team finished ahead of us. We finished ahead of top 20 teams India, Czech and Spain and only lost two matches. Women's team have finished exactly to seeding on tiebreak, 50th.

Kevin Bonham
10-09-2012, 03:33 AM
As always, Juha Kivijärvi is publishing the "true" Olympiad performance ratings round by round:

http://www.cs.utu.fi/~juhkivij/chess/ol2012/olympiad2012_en.shtml

This is a great way to find out who is performing well in the Olympiad as a whole.

Final results for AUS


AUS 1 g Smerdon David 27 2507 4 10 2441 80
AUS 2 m Ly Moulthun 20 2397 7 10 2558 95
AUS 3 m Wohl Aleksandar 49 2411 ½ 5 1918
AUS 4 m Solomon Stephen 49 2378 6 9 2494 106
AUS 5 f Illingworth Max 19 2360 7 10 2474 97


AUS 1 wm Caoili Arianne 25 2204 4 9 2192 95
AUS 2 wm Guo Emma 17 2004 4 9 1977 108
AUS 3 Yu Sally 18 1990 4 8 2040 124
AUS 4 Nguyen Giang 26 2105 6 9 2210 133
AUS 5 wm Dekic Biljana 62 2104 6 9 1967 141

A pleasing aspect is that all of our first-time Olympians performed well.

Desmond
10-09-2012, 05:19 AM
Excellent Open team result. We have finished in the tie for 19th (32nd on tiebreak). No lower seeded team finished ahead of us. We finished ahead of top 20 teams India, Czech and Spain and only lost two matches. Women's team have finished exactly to seeding on tiebreak, 50th.
well done lads and ladies

pax
10-09-2012, 10:29 AM
Outstanding result, especially considering two of our GMs were unavailable.

Performance ratings:

AUS 1 g Smerdon David 27 2507 4 10 2441 80
AUS 2 m Ly Moulthun 20 2397 7 10 2558 95
AUS 3 m Wohl Aleksandar 49 2411 ½ 5 1918
AUS 4 m Solomon Stephen 49 2378 6 9 2494 106
AUS 5 f Illingworth Max 19 2360 7 10 2474 97

AUS 1 wm Caoili Arianne 25 2204 4 9 2192 95
AUS 2 wm Guo Emma 17 2004 4 9 1977 108
AUS 3 Yu Sally 18 1990 4 8 2040 124
AUS 4 Nguyen Giang 26 2105 6 9 2210 133
AUS 5 wm Novakovic-Dekic Biljana / Dekic Biljana N. 62 2104 6 9 1967 141

7/10 from Max and Moulthun and 6/9 from Giang especially notable.

Sheroff
10-09-2012, 10:39 AM
Exemplary job, ladies and gentlemen...

Cheers,
Kevin Casey
www.remoteriverman.com

pax
10-09-2012, 11:49 AM
The prize for "most astonishing performance" goes to Stanislav Mikheev of the IPCA. Rated 2244, he scored an astonishing 8.5/9 for a RPR (real performance rating) of 2757.


http://staff.cs.utu.fi/~juhkivij/chess/ol2012/olympiadperfratings_men_diff_en.shtml

Edit: not gold medallist under the new system

peter_parr
10-09-2012, 11:50 AM
The following article appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald on Monday 10 September 2012.

Final report will be published tomorrow Tuesday 11 September.

How is media coverage on the Chess Olympiad in other Australian newspapers etc going??

China leads Olympiads
Peter Parr

China lead the Open and Women’s Chess Olympiads on count-back in Istanbul with only one round left to play. Leading open match results round 9:- USA 2.5 v Russia 1.5 - Nakamura (USA) beat Kramnik (RUS)on board 1 – his first loss ever in 20 years of Olympiads. Philippines 0.5 v China 3.5, Armenia 2.5 v Germany 1.5. Round 10 :- China 2.5 v USA 1.5, Argentina 1.5 v Russia 2.5, Netherlands 1 v Armenia 3. All five players from 6th seeds China led by Wang Hao and Wang Yue are performing well above their ratings.

Aronian 6.5/9 on board 1 and Akopian on board 3 with 7/9 are the best scorers from Armenia. World no 3 Kramnik has only scored 4/8 on board 1 for Russia but Jakovenko has scored 6.5/8 on bottom board. Jakovenko won the European Championship in April above 175 grandmasters. Best individual performances are:- S.Mamedyarov AZE 2888, F.Amonatov TJK 2873, L. Aronian ARM 2869 , D.Navara CZE 2868, H. Nakamura USA 2865.

Australia drew 2-2 with Tajikistan (Smerdon lost on time on move 40 in a much better position against GM Amonatov) , Ly won, Solomon and Illingworth drew). Round 10 :- Australia 3 v Singapore 1 (Smerdon 0, Ly 1, Solomon 1, Illingworth 1 ). NSW Champion FM Max Illingworth (19), needed a win to secure a double-International Master norm giving him the final requirement for his IM Title. The ending that he converted to victory was very tense with KRP v KRP with Illingworth having a slightly more advanced pawn.

IM Ly,Moulthun (2397) – GM Bogdanovski,Vlatko ( MKD 2448) [B12] Rd 6
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.Be2 Nd7 6.0–0 Ne7 7.Nh4 Bg6 8.Nd2 c5 9.c3 Nc6 10.Nxg6 hxg6 11.Nf3 Qb6 12.g3 Be7 13.Kg2 Rc8 14.Rb1 a6 15.Be3 cxd4 16.cxd4 Na5 17.Bd3 Nc4 18.Bc1 Qa5 19.b3 Na3 20.b4 Bxb4 21.Bxa3 Qxa3 22.Rb3 Qa4 23.Qb1 Be7 24.Rxb7 0–0 25.Ra7 Ra8 26.Bc2 Qc6 27.Qb7! Qxc2 (If 27…Qxb7 28.Rxb7 and black loses a piece) 28.Rxa8 Rxa8 29.Qxa8+ Nf8 30.Qxa6 g5 31.h3 Qf5 32.Qb7 Ng6 33.Qb1 1–0

Moulthun Ly who is close to a Grandmaster norm and Illingworth have each scored 6.5/9 for Australia. Leading scores after round 10 in count-back order (150 teams, 11 rounds):- China, Armenia and Russia 17/20,Ukraine 16, Hungary ,USA, Germany and Poland 15. Australia ranked 61 is in 31st place with 13 match points and 22.5/40 game points and plays Slovakia ranked 42 (our highest ranked opponents in the Olympiad) in the last round.

Women’s Olympiad leading results round 9:- China 3 v France 1, India 1 v Russia 3. Round 10:- China 2 v Kazakhstan 2, Armenia 0.5 v Russia 3.5. Best individual performances are:- N.Kosintseva RUS 2705, Yifan Hou CHN 2674. Round 9 :- Australia 2.5 v Iceland 1.5 (Caoili 0, Guo 1,Nguyen 1,Dekic 0.5) Round 10:-Australia 3 v Argentina 1 (Caoili 0.5,Guo 0.5,Yu 1,Nguyen 1). Giang Nguyen and WIM Biljana Dekic have each scored 6/8 for Australia.

Leading scores after ten rounds in count-back order (127 teams, 11 rounds):- China ( World Champion Yifan Hou 6/8, Xue Zhao 7/9, Qian Huang 7/9) and Russia 17 (N.Kosintseva 7/8, N.Pogonina 6.5/8) ,Ukraine 16. Australia ranked 50th is in 38th place with 12 match points and 23 game points. Australia plays Netherlands seeded 17 in the last round. Australia is out-rated on all eight boards in their final round matches.

morebeer
10-09-2012, 04:02 PM
After reading his blog, I can't help but feel for GM Smerdon.

http://www.davidsmerdon.com/

At the moment he probably feels like someone as removed his spleen without anaesthetic.

The article does him great credit.

Kevin Bonham
10-09-2012, 04:15 PM
The great Soloswindle that gave us a 2-2 draw with Slovakia. After 50...Kb2! white realised the point and apparently his expression upon doing so was mortified and aghast.

GM Michalik,Peter (2508) - IM Solomon,Stephen (2378)
Olympiad 0:04.32-0:03.58 (11), 09.09.2012

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3 dxc4 5.Bg2 Nc6 6.Qa4 Bb4+ 7.Bd2 Nd5 8.Bxb4 Ndxb4 9.0-0 Rb8 10.Na3 0-0 11.Qb5 Qd5 12.Qxc4 b5 13.Qxd5 exd5 14.Rfc1 Bg4 15.e3 Rb6 16.Ne1 Rfb8 17.Nb1 Be6 18.a4 Ra6 19.Nc3 bxa4 20.Nxa4 Kf8 21.Ra3 Ne7 22.Bf1 Ra5 23.Rxc7 Nbc6 24.Nd3 Ke8 25.Nac5 Rxa3 26.bxa3 Bc8 27.Nb4 Rxb4 28.axb4 Kd8 29.Rxc6 Nxc6 30.b5 Ne7 31.Na4 Kc7 32.Bd3 Bd7 33.Kf1 Nc8 34.Nc3 Be6 35.Bxh7 g6 36.h4 Ne7 37.h5 gxh5 38.Bd3 Kb6 39.Ke1 Ka5 40.Kd2 Kb4 41.Be2 Bg4 42.f3 Bd7 43.e4 f5 44.exd5 f4 45.g4 h4 46.d6? [Objectively playable but madness all the same. 46.Bf1 here is perfectly safe and white has nothing to worry about, but he thinks he has better.] 46...h3 47.dxe7 h2 48.Nd5+ [48.b6! white's last chance to win 48...axb6 (not 48...h1=Q?? with the study-like refutation 49.e8=Q! (49.b7 Qh8 50.Nd5+ Ka3 51.Nf6 Qxf6 52.b8=Q is just drawn) 49...Bxe8 50.b7) 49.Bb5 Bxb5 50.Nxb5 h1=Q 51.e8=Q Qxf3 52.Qe2 Qg3 53.Qd3 Qxg4 probably white is winning though it looks difficult in practical terms] 48...Ka3 49.Nf6 h1=Q 50.Nxd7 Kb2! and now if white queens he is mated, and he loses his advanced pawn in all the other lines. 51.Bd1 Qh2+ 52.Kd3 Qh7+ 53.Kc4 Qf7+! 54.Kd3 Qxe7 55.Ne5 Qh7+ 56.Kc4 Qb1 57.Nd3+ Ka3 58.g5 Qxd1 59.Ne5 Qb3+ 60.Kc5 Qb4+ 61.Kd5 Qxb5+ 62.Ke4 Kb4 63.g6 Qb7+ 64.Kxf4 a5 65.Kg5 a4 66.Kh6 a3 67.g7 Qc8 68.Kh7 Qf5+ 69.Kh6 Qe6+ 70.Kh7 a2 71.g8=Q Qxg8+ 72.Kxg8 a1=Q 73.f4 Kc3 74.f5 Qf1 0-1

Kevin Bonham
10-09-2012, 04:28 PM
The article does him great credit.

Indeed.


My opponent was so shocked by the dramatic turn of events that he started laughing incredulously. I couldn’t leave the board for ten minutes after the game, and stayed sitting with my head in my hands, waiting for the ringing in my ears to stop. It didn’t.

What a horrible feeling.

I blame whoever kidnapped the inflatable roo.

pax
10-09-2012, 04:51 PM
Indeed.


My opponent was so shocked by the dramatic turn of events that he started laughing incredulously. I couldn’t leave the board for ten minutes after the game, and stayed sitting with my head in my hands, waiting for the ringing in my ears to stop. It didn’t.

What a horrible feeling.

I blame whoever kidnapped the inflatable roo.

Ditto. Hats off to the man for saying, in effect, "bring on 2014". It will be interesting to see what that team looks like, as I'm sure Cheng, Morris and Ikeda will be knocking on the door by then.

Capablanca-Fan
11-09-2012, 12:18 AM
After reading his blog, I can't help but feel for GM Smerdon.

http://www.davidsmerdon.com/

At the moment he probably feels like someone as removed his spleen without anaesthetic.

The article does him great credit.
Agreed. In an earlier column (http://www.davidsmerdon.com/?p=773), Smurf expressed apprehension about taking Board 1, and how useful ZYZ was for not only scoring points but also for their collaboration and team morale in general.

Vlad
11-09-2012, 12:34 AM
Agreed. In an earlier column (http://www.davidsmerdon.com/?p=773), Smurf expressed apprehension about taking Board 1, and how useful ZYZ was for not only scoring points but also for their collaboration and team morale in general.

Ох, тяжела ты, шапка Мономаха!

(Heavy is the head that wears the crown.) Karyakin also found it hard to play the first board when Kramnik was not available a few years ago, even though at that stage Karyakin's rating was marginally higher.

peter_parr
11-09-2012, 02:20 PM
Armenia and Russia Win Gold
Peter Parr

Armenia won the 40th Open World Chess Olympiad and Russia won the Women’s Olympiad in Istanbul. China was leading both divisions before the final round. Open - China lost to Ukraine with Wang Hao losing in a fine attacking game by Ivanchuk on top board. Movsesian (ARM) won the crucial game against Almasi (HUN). Russia beat Germany with two early draws with the black pieces followed by wins by world no 3 Kramnik and world no 7 Karjakin. Russia won 4-0 and China 2.5-1.5 in the last round of the Women’s Olympiad.

Leading open match results round 11 :- Ukraine 3 v China 1 , Armenia 2.5 v Hungary 1.5, Russia 3 v Germany 1 , USA 2.5 v Poland 1.5. Gold Medal performance winners:- board 1- L.Aronian ARM 2849, board 2 - D.Navara CZE 2869, board 3 - S.Mamedyarov AZE 2880, board 4 - V.Tkachiev FRA 2750 , board 5 - D.Jakovenko RUS 2783.

Australia (61) scored an excellent 2-2 against Slovakia (42) our highest rated opponents in the Olympiad. The first two games to finish were both equal throughout and agreed drawn in simplified rook and pawn endings - IM M.Ly (AUS 2397) v GM T.Petrik (SVK 2529) and IM M.Illingworth (AUS 2360) v IM M.Jurcik (SVK 2486). The last two games were looking grim. GM L.Ftacnik (SVK 2532) beat GM D.Smerdon (AUS 2507) with mating threats on an open board. IM S.Solomon (2378) was two pawns down and losing in a minor piece endgame against GM P.Michalik (2508). Solomon played very well and later queened both his rook pawns and won.

Leading final scores open (156 teams, 11 rounds). Armenia (winner on count-back) and Russia 19, Ukraine 18, China and USA 17. Russia last won the open Olympiad in 2002. Ukraine won in 2004 and 2010 and Armenia led by World no 2 Levon Aronian have won in 2006, 2008 and 2012. Australia ranked 61 finished in 32nd place with 14 match points and 24.5 /44 game points. (Smerdon 4/10, Ly 7/10, Wohl 0.5/5 ,Solomon 6/9, Illingworth 7/10). NSW Champion Max Illingworth will be listed as an International Master on the 1 December 2012 World Rating List. Final placings of other countries in the Oceania Zone :- 97 New Zealand, 134 Papua New Guinea , 147 Fiji , 154 Palau.

Women’s Olympiad Leading results round 11:- Russia 4 v Kazakhstan 0, Bulgaria 1.5 v China 2.5, Ukraine 3.5 v Germany 0.5, France 1.5 v India 2.5. Gold Medal performance winners :- board 1 World Champion Hou Yifan 2645. N.Kosintseva (RUS) scored 8/9 on board 3 for the best overall performance rating of 2693.

Australia (50) lost 1 - 3 to Netherlands (17) who were much higher rated on all boards in round 11. The match was evenly balanced for five hours with all games still in progress. Grandmaster Peng Zhaoqin,13 times Netherlands national women’s champion lost after Caoili won two pieces for a rook in an equal endgame. Guo, Nguyen and Dekic lost after 6 hours play. Leading final scores (127 teams, 11 rounds):- Russia (winner on count-back), China 19, Ukraine 18, India 17, Romania and Armenia 16. Russia also won gold with China silver in the 2010 Olympiad in Siberia.

Australia ranked 50 finished in 50th place with 12 match points and 24/44 game points (Caoili 4/9, Guo 4/9, Yu 4/8, Nguyen 6/9, Dekic 6/9. Final placings of other countries in the Oceania Zone:- 87 New Zealand , 120 Fiji.
The next Chess Olympiad in August 2014 will be held in Tromso, Norway inside the Arctic Circle. The following Olympiad in September 2016 backed by a twenty million dollar bid will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan. Istanbul is a candidate city for the 2020 Chess Olympiad.

Carl Gorka
11-09-2012, 08:59 PM
Great Olympiad (http://gorkachc.blogspot.com.au/2012/09/olympiad-round-up.html). Fantastic Aussie effort. :clap:

Adamski
11-09-2012, 11:59 PM
well done lads and ladies
Ditto from me. That is a great performance.

Adamski
12-09-2012, 12:16 AM
After reading his blog, I can't help but feel for GM Smerdon.

http://www.davidsmerdon.com/

At the moment he probably feels like someone as removed his spleen without anaesthetic.

The article does him great credit.
Yes I also feel for smerf.
What a horrible way to lose - to not move before the time control in a completely won position. And so sad that he lost the next 2 games as well.

ER
12-09-2012, 05:02 PM
I visited the venue last Tuesday (don't know if it was a day off or something but it either looked deserted or I went there too early)!

I can't say anything about the event's organisation in terms of conditions, play direction etc, but let me point out a few things:

The venue was in the middle of nowhere. Some unattractive lone buildings (the international trade centre and the WoW Hotel amongst them) and nothing else.

Apart from the train station's news agency and a couple of food stalls, neither a restaurant, some entertainment venue, nor some form of sightseeing were there to be seen (I hope the WoW hotel provided some sort of the former)!

The venue was situated one train stop before the airport and to get there with public transport you had to take the tram from the centre, then connect with the train and reach your destination more than an 1 1/2 hour later.

I presume that by using taxi the situation wouldn't be much better considering the chaotic Istanbul traffic

Then came the walking torture. I don't mind walking but having to reach your destination more than 1.5 km from the station under a very hot Istanbul sun not knowing which direction to go and the very nice and polite security guards (the place belonged to the huge grounds of the Istanbul Convention Centre) having no idea about satranç let alone chess and one of it's most (if not the most) important events as the Olympiad.

Finally reaching the venue I had to face some very strict :clap: security measures untill I reached the main reception area where a very nice lady asked for my passport, wrote my name on a piece of paper, placed it inside a plastic visitor's card, adjusted a colourful ribbon on it and then collared me with it.

I thanked her and asked her where the playing area was to be told that I had to pay 10 euros for the whole procedure. To be honest I didn't ask if the 10 euros were the price for the day or if it covered the duration of the whole event. Nevertheless, for that money one could have visited Hagia Sophia or Topcapi museums or for the more outdoor inclined a great Bosphorus cruise in one of the coolest ferries!

So I returned the visitor's card, thanked her again and moved out.

BTW on the way back I got off at Topcapi (the area not the palace which is on the other side of town) Station and visited the magnificent 1453 Panorama (4.35 Euro), followed by one (free of charge) of my numerous visits to the Old Walls.

In my younger years I visited Chess Olympiad venues in Europe and I am sure players and officials apart from the games played by some of the greatest players of all time had chances to enjoy the cities where those Olympiads were held.

I am very much afraid that players and officials who went to Istanbul only for the chess did not have much time to enjoy one of the most magnificent cities in the world!

An exception to the above is of course Gary Bekker, who combined the pleasure of Olympiad officialdom with the pleasure of a lovely journey across Europe as evidenced by the great pictures he published on facebook.

I am doing the same at the moment! After a very enjoyable three weeks in Turkey, I will be continuing my European campaign bar a short return to Australia for some important business. BTW my sole chess assignment (apart from the futile visit to the Olympiad venue) was restricted to window shopping of some beautifully hand carved chess sets and pieces the photographs of which I am going to publish at some other stage!

Kevin Bonham
12-09-2012, 05:27 PM
I visited the venue last Tuesday (don't know if it was a day off or something but it either looked deserted or I went there too early)!

Last Tuesday wasn't a rest day (Monday was) but play started 3 pm each day.


The venue was in the middle of nowhere. Some unattractive lone buildings (the international trade centre and the WoW Hotel amongst them) and nothing else.

Yes it was basically in an industrial wasteland surrounded by carparks and half-built structures. The advantage was it was very close to the airport.


Apart from the train station's news agency and a couple of food stalls, neither a restaurant, some entertainment venue, nor some form of sightseeing were there to be seen (I hope the WoW hotel provided some sort of the former)!

The WoW did have a restaurant section as well as the free-food hall but I never bothered going to it so can't say what it was like. The WoW's bar was extremely pricey. Just next to the WoW was Choppers Point which was a restaurant/cafe/bar; I didn't go there except for the "party" so am not sure what it was like either.


The venue was situated one train stop before the airport and to get there with public transport you had to take the tram from the centre, then connect with the train and reach your destination more than an 1 1/2 hour later.

Yes, I avoided using the Metro to get into town because of the need to change stops. Instead I took the free shuttle bus from the WoW hotel and back which runs a few times a day, but is one of those things that you only know about


Then came the walking torture. I don't mind walking but having to reach your destination more than 1.5 km from the station under a very hot Istanbul sun not knowing which direction to go and the very nice and polite security guards (the place belonged to the huge grounds of the Istanbul Convention Centre) having no idea about satranç let alone chess and one of it's most (if not the most) important events as the Olympiad.

The walk distance from the nearest station via the shortest route is actually only about 0.8 km according to Google Earth but it would seem more in the heat and I certainly agree about finding the venue being confusing! Even walking from the WoW and with some vague idea of where to go it took me a while to figure it out.


I thanked her and asked her where the playing area was to be told that I had to pay 10 euros for the whole procedure.

Wow, I had no idea they were gouging spectators to this extent. I did know they were charging one TL for guarding of a mobile phone.


I am very much afraid that players and officials who went to Istanbul only for the chess did not have much time to enjoy one of the most magnificent cities in the world!

Certainly being out in the sticks made it more difficult to get into town and see stuff and for this reason I did relatively little of it. I did go into Taksim one day and wander down a very long street lined with shops, and on another day I went down to the area near the Galata Bridge and spice market. On another day I decided to walk from the WoW Hotel to the sea and this took a lot longer than expected though I made it eventually.

Rincewind
12-09-2012, 06:39 PM
The WoW did have a restaurant section as well as the free-food hall but I never bothered going to it so can't say what it was like. The WoW's bar was extremely pricey. Just next to the WoW was Choppers Point which was a restaurant/cafe/bar; I didn't go there except for the "party" so am not sure what it was like either.

Could you order off either the Horde or the Alliance menus?

ER
13-09-2012, 12:33 AM
Last Tuesday wasn't a rest day (Monday was) but play started 3 pm each day.


thanks for that.


The walk distance from the nearest station via the shortest route is actually only about 0.8 km according to Google Earth but it would seem more in the heat and I certainly agree about finding the venue being confusing! Even walking from the WoW and with some vague idea of where to go it took me a while to figure it out.

According to my stopwatch counter I covered 1516.3 m but you must consider that I had to meander my way around those huge containers, and in two cases having taken the wrong direction I had to go back to specific points and start again.

Kevin Bonham
14-09-2012, 08:07 PM
A big thankyou should be said to Mustafa Erkan (Muzzy on CC) who acted as a helper for the teams and captains, including assisting us with a difficult problem. (The TSF have been claiming to not be able to see our payment for the registration fees in their account although our bank clearly shows that we paid.)

Kevin Bonham
14-09-2012, 08:33 PM
Great Olympiad (http://gorkachc.blogspot.com.au/2012/09/olympiad-round-up.html). Fantastic Aussie effort. :clap:

I see you give the four queens game Chunguane - Reefat from round 1

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 dxc4 5.e4 b5 6.a4 b4 7.e5 bxc3 8.exf6 cxb2 9.fxg7 bxa1=Q 10.gxh8=Q Qa5+ 11.Nd2 Bg4 12.f3 Be6 13.Qxh7 c3 14.Qhc2 cxd2+ 15.Bxd2 Qxd1+ 16.Kxd1 Qb6 17.Be3 Bb3 0-1

This looked much too familiar to me because in Lucas - Bonham Tasmanian State Interclub 1998, I missed 7...bxc3! and later got positionally massacred, probably as a result of accepting the Estonian Roast Dinner Gambit between rounds.

9.fxg7 is a blunder and white should actually play 9.Bxb2 when he is a pawn down but with some compensation.

The reason allowing the 4Q position is a blunder is that in the game line, 11...Q5c3 wins a bishop.

11...Bg4 shouldn't win a piece as white should play 12.Be2 which gets messy.

After 12.f3?, 12...Q5c3 also seems to win a piece, because after 13.fxg4 Qxc1 14.Qxc1 Qxc1 15.Ke2 c3, white will have to give up the knight to stop white getting his third queen inside the first 20 moves!

Adamski
16-09-2012, 12:31 AM
I see you give the four queens game Chunguane - Reefat from round 1

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 dxc4 5.e4 b5 6.a4 b4 7.e5 bxc3 8.exf6 cxb2 9.fxg7 bxa1=Q 10.gxh8=Q Qa5+ 11.Nd2 Bg4 12.f3 Be6 13.Qxh7 c3 14.Qhc2 cxd2+ 15.Bxd2 Qxd1+ 16.Kxd1 Qb6 17.Be3 Bb3 0-1

This looked much too familiar to me because in Lucas - Bonham Tasmanian State Interclub 1998, I missed 7...bxc3! and later got positionally massacred, probably as a result of accepting the Estonian Roast Dinner Gambit between rounds.

9.fxg7 is a blunder and white should actually play 9.Bxb2 when he is a pawn down but with some compensation.

The reason allowing the 4Q position is a blunder is that in the game line, 11...Q5c3 wins a bishop.

11...Bg4 shouldn't win a piece as white should play 12.Be2 which gets messy.

After 12.f3?, 12...Q5c3 also seems to win a piece, because after 13.fxg4 Qxc1 14.Qxc1 Qxc1 15.Ke2 c3, white will have to give up the knight to stop white getting his third queen inside the first 20 moves!
There is another recent 4 Queens game available on chessgames.com, featuring 2 Kiwis, both of whom I know. Hamish Gold 0 Matthew McNabb 1, Kings Gambit Accepted. http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1585708 Hamish Gold. This game was played in the same event as the chessgames.com GOTD Adams-Gold.

Kevin Bonham
16-09-2012, 10:19 AM
Nice one. White's whole game in that instance was one big mistake.

There is a fairly common four queens variation in the Meran Semi-Slav

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5 8.Be2 Bb7 9.e4 b4 10.e5 bxc3 11.exf6 cxb2 12.fxg7 bxa1=Q 13.gxh8=Q

The computer will say white is better here (at least mine does) but it is a line where the four queens can often stay on the board for a while.

Kevin Bonham
16-09-2012, 06:22 PM
As noted at the time not a good photo but here is a blurry image of Levon Ausonian at the board. :lol:

http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u275/therealsleepycat/ausonian.png

Much better pics in similar garb (but not at the board) may be found at Doubleroo (http://doubleroo.blogspot.com.au/2012/09/amazing-armenia.html) (and I think I saw some somewhere else too.)

peter_parr
17-09-2012, 11:33 AM
Armenia Team Honoured
Peter Parr

The President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan sent his private plane to Istanbul to pick up the Armenian team who had won the gold medals at the 40th Chess Olympiad. The President greeted and congratulated the players at the airport in Yerevan.

The team was driven around in an open car and greeted by thousands of fans. Sargsyan took the players to Liberty Square for a Gala Concert in their honour. Armenia has 91 titled players (33 GM, 27 active above 2450). Australia has 92 titled players (4 GM, 2 active above 2450).
Russia has 2133 titled, 214 GM, 70 above 2550. A Russian second team (average 2734) would have been seeded second below Russia.

China led both Olympiads on count-back before the last round. Ivanchuk won the following brilliancy on top board to secure bronze for Ukraine.

Ivanchuk,Vassily (UKR 2769) - Wang,Hao (CHN 2726) E52 Rd 11
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 0–0 5.Bd3 d5 6.Nf3 b6 7.a3 Bxc3+ 8.bxc3 c6 9.cxd5 cxd5 10.Qe2 Nc6 11.0–0 Na5 12.a4 Re8 13.Ne5 Ne4 14.f3 Nd6 15.Ba3 Bb7 16.Bxd6 (giving up the bishop pair for the powerful move f4) 16...Qxd6 17.f4 g6 18.Qg4 Nc4 19.Qg3 Qc7 20.Bxc4 dxc4 21.f5! f6 (if 21.. exf5 22 Rxf5 Bd5 23 Raf1 Rf8 24 Qg5! gives white a big advantage) 22.fxg6! (a winning deep piece sacrifice which needed perfect calculation) 22...fxe5 23.Rf7 Qc6 24.gxh7+! Kxf7 25.Rf1+ Ke7 26.h8=Q! (the point – white is a rook and bishop down but has a mating attack) 26...Rxh8 27.Qg7+ Kd6 28.dxe5+! Kd5 1–0 After 29.Rd1+ Ke4 (29…Kc5 30.Qe7+) 30.Qg5! and mates next move.

Movsesian,Sergei ( ARM 2698) - Wang,Yue ( CHN 2685) D15 Rd 7
1.c4 c6 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3 d5 4.e3 a6 5.d4 b5 6.c5 g6 7.Ne5 Bg7 8.f4 a5 9.Be2 h5 (better than 9.. Qc7 Gelfand-Wang Yue) 10.0–0 Bf5 11.Bf3 Ne4 12.a4 b4 13.Nxe4 dxe4 14.Be2 Be6! 15.Qc2 Bd5 16.f5? Bxe5 17.dxe5 gxf5 18.Rxf5 Nd7! (Brilliant) 19.Bxh5? (obvious but black is well prepared) 19...e6 20.Bxf7+ Ke7 21.Rf1 Qc7 22.Bg6 Nxe5 23.Bxe4 Nd3! (the winning move) 24.Qxd3 Qxh2+ 25.Kf2 Raf8+ 26.Ke2 Rxf1 27.Kxf1 Qg3 28.Ke2 Rh1 29.Bd2 Rxa1 30.Bxd5 cxd5 31.Qh7+ Kd8 32.Kd3 Qg4 33.Qh8+ Kd7 34.b3 Qf5+ 35.Kd4 0–1 (35.. Qe4 is mate).

Movsesian beat Zoltan Almasi (HUN) in the final round to win the match and gold medals for Armenia.

Australia ranked 61 did not play any of the top 40 ranked teams but finished in 32nd place on count-back with 14 match points and 24.5/44 game points. The Australian team with an average 2411 rating from the 44 games played performed at 2450. IM Moulthun Ly, IM Stephen Solomon and FM Max Illingworth all performed well above their rating. Australia ranked 50th in the Women’s Olympiad finished 50th with Giang Nguyen and Sally Yu performing above their rating. Open:- Gold –Armenia, Silver- Russia, Bronze -Ukraine. Women:- Gold – Russia, Silver - China, Bronze –Ukraine.

Adamski
17-09-2012, 12:58 PM
Very good article, Peter. It would be good to be in the Armenian team!