Archive for September, 2010

Olympiad standings after 9 rounds

Thursday, September 30th, 2010


Leaders after 9 rounds:

Rk. SNo Team Team Games + = TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4
1 2 Ukraine UKR 9 7 2 0 16 255.5 25.5 94
2 1 Russia 1 RUS1 9 7 1 1 15 266.5 23.5 107
3 10 France FRA 9 6 3 0 15 233.5 22.5 98
4 11 Israel ISR 9 6 2 1 14 238.5 24 90
5 3 China CHN 9 6 2 1 14 233.5 24.5 93
6 9 United States
USA 9 6 2 1 14 229 23.5 96
7 20 Georgia GEO 9 6 1 2 13 239 25 97
8 15 Poland POL 9 5 3 1 13 234.5 24.5 93
9 16 Spain ESP 9 6 1 2 13 229 23.5 94
10 6 Armenia ARM 9 6 1 2 13 227 22.5 97
11 5 Hungary HUN 9 6 1 2 13 227 21 106
12 17 Czech Republic
CZE 9 6 1 2 13 226 24.5 88
13 7 Azerbaijan AZE 9 6 1 2 13 226 24 94
14 35 Belarus BLR 9 6 1 2 13 219 24 90
15 21 Serbia SRB 9 6 1 2 13 214 23.5 94
16 30 Italy ITA 9 6 1 2 13 211 22.5 93

Women’s standings

Rk. SNo Team Team Games + = TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4
1 1 Russia 1 RUS1 9 9 0 0 18 295.5 27.5 101
2 2 China CHN 9 7 0 2 14 267 25.5 102
3 3 Ukraine UKR 9 7 0 2 14 262.5 25.5 102
4 4 Georgia GEO 9 7 0 2 14 260 25 103
5 8 India IND 9 7 0 2 14 236 23.5 100
6 12 Bulgaria BUL 9 6 2 1 14 222 21.5 98
7 17 Serbia SRB 9 6 1 2 13 237.5 24.5 99
8 7 Armenia ARM 9 6 1 2 13 217 23.5 88
9 10 Poland POL 9 6 1 2 13 214.5 24.5 86
10 5 Russia 2 RUS2 9 5 3 1 13 209.5 22 94

Full standings: http://www.ugra-chess.com/standings.php

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Can Kramnik lead Russia to gold?

Thursday, September 30th, 2010


Round 10 top team pairings:

1. Ukraine (16/25.5) France (15/22.5)
2. China (14/24.5) Russia 1 (15/23.5)
3. United States of America (14/23.5) Israel (14/24)
4. Spain (13/23.5) Georgia (13/25)
5. Serbia (13/23.5) Poland (13/24.5)
6. Czech Republic (13/24.5) Armenia (13/22.5)
7. Hungary (13/21) Belarus (13/24)
8. Italy (13/22.5) Azerbaijan (13/24)

Women’s Olympiad

1. Russia 1 (18/27.5) Bulgaria (14/21.5)
2. India (14/23.5) China (14/25.5)
3. Georgia (14/25) Ukraine (14/25.5)
4. Serbia (13/24.5) Russia 2 (13/22)
5. Armenia (13/23.5) Poland (13/24.5)
6. Cuba (12/25) Latvia (12/21.5)
7. Azerbaijan (12/22.5) Hungary (12/21)
8. Peru (12/21.5) United States of America (12/22)
9. Greece (12/22.5) Russia 3 (12/22)
10. Colombia (12/23) Vietnam (12/22)
11. Croatia (12/19.5) Mongolia (11/23.5)

Full pairings: http://www.ugra-chess.com/results.php

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You need to believe in yourself!

Thursday, September 30th, 2010


Veselin Topalov: “You need to believe in yourself!”
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Veselin is a true chess professional. He is completely focused on his favorite sport. But he is bright and interesting person at the same time, and some of his interests are far beyond the chessboard.

– Veselin, what season of the year do you prefer?

– Summer, of course! Everything is so lively in summer. People smile more often, and everything turns green. Isn’t it beautiful? Especially in Spain…

– Do you travel a lot?

– I travel too much! But I like it. There are so many beautiful places on Earth, and I want to see them all. My work and tourism are inseparable. If I go to play somewhere, I always visit all the places of interest, and often stay for a couple of days after the tournament as a tourist.

– What places do you intend to visit?

– First of all, Las Vegas. I cannot explain why, you just have to see it yourself – all those casinos at night… It’s simply unforgettable! I also love Paris. My favorite countries are Spain and China.

– Many chess players started to work on chess early and did not study in college. What about you?

– Unfortunately, I am not an exception. On the other hand, I know many languages: English, Bulgarian, Russian, Spanish, and a little bit of Serbian. I don’t have a diploma, but at least I am successful in my work!

– Do you ever have spare time?

– No. I don’t have time for anything; I don’t even have a hobby. I don’t complain, though: my life is full of bright moments. I greatly enjoy it.

– Have you thought about retirement?

– I try not to think about it. But I am sure that I will not be playing chess for the rest of my life.

– Are you interested in politics?

– I am trying to avoid it. I support neither dictatorship nor democracy. Many of my colleagues are interested in politics, philosophy, logic, math, etc., but not me. There is a lot of talking and thinking, and I am an action man! I hate inertia!

– Are you involved in charity?

– I cooperate with a charity organization that collects money for disabled children.

– You are a successful man. Do you have somebody to thank for it?

– Frankly speaking, I am very grateful to many people around me, and it is hard to name them all. But the most important people for me are my parents.

– What is the secret of success?

– You need to believe in yourself, and everything will be okay!

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Ukraine flexed its chess muscles against Azerbaijan

Thursday, September 30th, 2010


Round 9 summary

Mamedyarov handed Ivanchuk his first loss in this Olympiad! But it was not enough to stop the Ukrainian chess machine. Eljanov and Efimenko won on board 3 and 4 to give Ukraine a 2.5 – 1.5 victory over Azerbaijan.

1. Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 1-0 Ivanchuk, Vassily
2. Radjabov, Teimour ?-? Ponomariov, Ruslan
3. Mamedov, Rauf 0-1 Eljanov, Pavel
4. Safarli, Eltaj View Efimenko, Zahar

Russia A team still has their gold medal hope by beating the defending champs Armenia 2.5 – 1.5. Svidler is the hero of the day for Russia A.

1. Aronian, Levon ?-? Kramnik, Vladimir
2. Akopian, Vladimir ?-? Grischuk, Alexander
3. Sargissian, Gabriel 0-1 Svidler, Peter
4. Pashikian, Arman ?-? Karjakin, Sergey

Feller once again provides France the important win to knockout the pesky Georgian team by the score of 2.5 – 1.5.

1. Jobava, Baadur ?-? Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime
2. Mchedlishvili, Mikheil ?-? Fressinet, Laurent
3. Pantsulaia, Levan ?-? Tkachiev, Vladislav
4. Gelashvili, Tamaz 0-1 Feller, Sebastien

Judit avoided a draw to go all out for the win. But a blunder did her in.

1. Gelfand, Boris ?-? Leko, Peter
2. Smirin, Ilia View Polgar, Judit
3. Rodshtein, Maxim ?-? Berkes, Ferenc
4. Mikhalevski, Victor ?-? Balogh, Csaba

Wang Hao scored the lone victory on board 2 to give China an important win against Cuba.

1. Dominguez Perez, Leinier ?-? Wang, Yue
2. Bruzon Batista, Lazaro 0-1 Wang, Hao
3. Quesada Perez, Yuniesky ?-? Bu, Xiangzhi
4. Hernandez Carmenates, Holden ?-? Zhou, Jianchao

Kamsky also scored on board 2 to give the U.S. a 2.5 – 1.5 win over Bulgaria.

1. Topalov, Veselin ?-? Nakamura, Hikaru
2. Cheparinov, Ivan View Kamsky, Gata
3. Georgiev, Kiril ?-? Onischuk, Alexander
4. Delchev, Aleksander ?-? Shulman, Yuri

Full results here: http://www.ugra-chess.com/results.php?tmnt=1&rn=9

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Anything can happen in a split second

Thursday, September 30th, 2010


For a while, it looked like Russia A women’s team may face its first monumental defeat in this Olympiad. Kosteniuk lost with white on board 3 against Stojanovic, rated 2337, after Gunina quickly won on board 4. This gave Serbia a 1.5-1.5 tie with one game to go on board 2. Nadezhda’s position was not looking good. But one tragic move by her opponent turned everything around. Not only she was able to hold, she went on to win to give Russia A team the sure gold medal.

1. Kosintseva, Tatiana ?-? Bojkovic, Natasa
2. Kosintseva, Nadezhda 1-0 Chelushkina, Irina
3. Kosteniuk, Alexandra 0-1 Stojanovic, Andjelija
4. Gunina, Valentina 1-0 Eric, Jovana

Georgia edged Russia B 2.5 – 1.5 to keep the Silver medal hope alive.

1. Dzagnidze, Nana 1-0 Pogonina, Natalija
2. Javakhishvili, Lela ?-? Girya, Olga
3. Melia, Salome View Savina, Anastasia
4. Khotenashvili, Bela 0-1 Kashlinskaya, Alina

China defeated Hungary 3 – 1 to keep pace with Georgia.

1. Hoang, Thanh Trang ?-? Hou, Yifan
2. Madl, Ildiko 0-1 Ju, Wenjun
3. Vajda, Szidonia 0-1 Zhao, Xue
4. Gara, Ticia ?-? Huang, Qian

Ukrained crushed Croatia 3.5 – 0.5 to continue the medal chase.

1. Zhukova, Natalia ?-? Golubenko, Valentina
2. Ushenina, Anna 1-0 Medic, Mirjana
3. Gaponenko, Inna 1-0 Franciskovic, Borka
4. Muzychuk, Mariya 1-0 Solic, Kristina

India is hanging on to medal hope with a 2.5 – 1.5 win over Cuba.

1. Ordaz Valdes, Lisandra Teresa ?-? Tania, Sachdev
2. Linares Napoles, Oleiny 0-1 Karavade, Eesha
3. Marrero Lopez, Yaniet ?-? Meenakshi, Subbaraman
4. Arribas Robaina, Maritza ?-? Mohota, Nisha

Bulgaria is doing the same with a convincing 3 – 1 win over Romania.

1. Stefanova, Antoaneta 1-0 Foisor, Cristina-Adela
2. Voiska, Margarita 1-0 Cosma, Elena-Luminita
3. Nikolova, Adriana ?-? Voicu-Jagodzinsky, Carmen
4. Videnova, Iva ?-? L’Ami, Alina

Full results here: http://www.ugra-chess.com/results.php?tmnt=2&rn=9

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Chess trivia

Thursday, September 30th, 2010


It was great seeing my two long time friends again in Khanty-Mansiysk. Can you name who they are?

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Team Uganda

Thursday, September 30th, 2010


The women’s team from Uganda – Princesses of Kalmykia in Khanty-Mansiysk

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Canchallena.com: ‘Ilyumzhinov, por esc?ndalo’

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

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Un fuerte caballo en el centro, ventaja de espacio…

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

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K-K Press Conference

Thursday, September 30th, 2010


Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and Anatoly Karpov just finished their press conference not long ago. The atmosphere was surprisingly friendly and cooperative between the two.

The two formal rivals in the FIDE presidential elections had a meeting earlier today to discuss future cooperation between the two.

One reporter asked if the lawyers were present at their meeting. Kirsan said there was no need for it as they go back a long way and trust each other.

First, Kirsan was talking about back in 1995 when it was Karpov himself who had asked him to run for the FIDE presidency.

One of the changes that Karpov requested and Kirsan agreed was to lengthen the number of games in future world championship matches to at least 14 maybe 16. FIDE will get the feedback from top players to decide on the final number.

Karpov was asked if the rumor that he was offered the position of vice-president is true. He confirmed that is true. However, regarding the response to the offer, he said that he is not in “zeitnot” (time trouble) to response.

He said he will continue with his prior capacity with the UN, UNESCO, etc, as well as his numerous chess schools around the world.

Kirsan said that his focus in the next four years as FIDE president will be to introduce chess as a mandatory subject in all schools in all FIDE member countries. Also more focus will be given to the CACDEC program and Africa will be the continent of 2011.

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