Russia is unstoppable in the women section. Round 9 Report
September 30, 2010. Khanty-Mansiysk
Russian women team won the 9th match in a row at the 39th Chess Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk. With just two rounds to go they are 4 points ahead of the nearest competitor, and nobody seems to doubt their overall victory.
In the 9th round Russia-1 was a bit lucky – the score against Serbia was 1,5-1,5, and Nadezhda Kosintseva had a bad position. However, after five hours of play Kosintseva not only managed to survive, but also won the game and secured the match!
The main medal contenders also won their matches: Georgia defeated Russia-2 with a minimal margin, and China won 3-1 against Hungary. Ukraine crushed Croatia 3,5-0,5.
After 9 rounds Russia-1 has 18 points, and five teams have 14 points – China, Ukraine, Georgia, India, and Bulgaria.
On October 10 the following matches will be played: Russia-Bulgaria, India-China, Georgia-Ukraine, Serbia-Russia-2, and Armenia-Poland.
The struggle in the open section of the Olympiad became tenser – all six matches in the leading group ended in +1 victories. The leaders, Ukraine, defeated Azerbaijan and maintained the first place. Vassily Ivanchuk lost to Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, however, Vassily's teammates Pavel Eljanov and Zakhar Efimenko avenged him by beating Rauf Mamedov and Eltaj Safarli.
One point behind the leader are Russia-1 and France. The Russians won their match against the defending champions – Armenia. In the key game of the encounter Peter Svidler defeated Gabriel Sargissian. In other top matches France won against Georgia, Israel defeated Hungary, China won against Cuba, and USA – against Bulgaria.
In the 10th round Ukraine plays against France. Other important matches are China-Russia-1, USA-Israel, Spain-Georgia, Serbia-Poland, Czech Republic-Armenia.