And where is Kramnik?
September 25, 2010. Khanty-Mansiysk
The 39th World Chess Olympiad approached its equator. Only three men's teams managed to keep the pace and scored the maximum number of points – Armenia, Georgia, and Hungary. The Netherlands and Ukraine are one point behind, and 10 teams have 8 points.
The 5th round was unsuccessful for the first two Russian teams – both lost their matches with a minimal margin.
Russia-1, the main favorite of the competition, lost to Hungary. The Russians played without their leader, former world champion Vladimir Kramnik, and it didn’t work out: three games were drawn, and Alexander Grischuk lost to Peter Leko.
The defending champions from Armenia defeated Russia-2. Arman Pashikian won against Artyom Timofeev on the fourth board, and three other games ended in a draw.
The key match of the 5th round in the women competition was played between Russia-1 and China. The Russians prevailed with the score 2,5-1,5 – Nadezhda Kosintseva and Valentina Gunina won their games, while Alexandra Kosteniuk lost to Zhao Xue.
Russia-1 and Ukraine are leading after five rounds and will meet on Monday, September 27. USA and Hungary are one point behind; 12 teams collected 8 points.
The main results of the Round 5 and pairings for the Round 6:
Round 5, open: Russia-2 – Armenia – 1,5-2,5; Vietnam – Georgia – 0,5-3,5; Hungary – Russia – 2,5-1,5; Poland – Netherlands – 2-2; Bosnia and Herzegovina – Ukraine – 1-3; Azerbaijan – Sweden – 2,5-1,5.
Round 6, open: Georgia – Armenia, Ukraine – Hungary, Russia-2 – Netherlands, Russia-1 – Czech Republic, Azerbaijan – India, Vietnam – USA.
Round 5, women: Ukraine – Bulgaria – 3-1; China – Russia – 1,5-2,5; India – Iran – 3-1; Azerbaijan – Georgia – 0-4.
Round 6, women: Russia-1 – Ukraine, Georgia – USA, Hungary – Poland, Russia-3 – China, India – Italia, Bulgaria – Serbia, Armenia – Russia-2.
39th World Chess Olympiad