The Great Olympiad. Event Summary

The 39th Chess Olympiad and the 81st FIDE Congress ended on Sunday, October 3 in a small northern town Khanty-Mansiysk. Another page of the chess history book has been written down. Read more »

Russian women's team won the Olympiad with one round to spare

For the first time in the post-Soviet history of our country Russian women's team won the golden medals of the Chess Olympiad. In Khanty-Mansiysk Russia-1 won ten matches in a row and cannot be reached by any of the competitors with one round left to play. Read more »

Russia is unstoppable in the women section. Round 9 Report

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. Read more »

Ukraine and Russia are leading. Round 8 Report

In the open section Russia-1 had a good chance to surpass Ukraine. Russia took the lead after Sergey Karjakin defeated Pavel Eljanov. Two other games ended in a draw, but Zakhar Efimenko managed to win in the ending against Vladimir Malakhov to tie the score. Read more »

Ivanchuk is fantastic!

The Ukrainian team seriously improved their chances of winning the Olympiad. In the 7th round Ukraine defeated Georgia and moved to the clear first place with 13 points. Vassily Ivanchuk secured the victory by beating Baadur Jobava. Three other games were drawn. Ivanchuk demonstrates phenomenal chess here – his score is 6 out of 6! Read more »

The Russian women team became a sole leader of the Olympiad. Round 6 Report

The 6th round of the 39th Chess Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk produced a sole leader in the women competition: Russia-1 defeated Ukraine, the winners of the Olympiad-2006, and moved to the clear first place. The Russians won all the six games and collected 12 team points.
The match was very tense; the Russians were trailing at some point, as Tatiana Kosintseva quickly lost to Kateryna Lahno. Read more »

And where is Kramnik?

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. Read more »

Russian women team defeats the reigning Olympiad champions. Round 4 Report

In the fourth round of the Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad the rating favorites of the women event Russia-1 defeated the winners of the Dresden Olympiad – Georgia. The key to success was Alisa Galliamova’s victory over Bela Khotenashvili; other three games were drawn.
Four teams won all their matches in the starting four rounds and collected 8 team points. According to the tie-break they are placed in the following order: 1. Ukraine, 2. Bulgaria, 3. China, 4. Russia-1. Other four teams collected 7 points. Read more »

The battles began!

The 3rd round of the 39th Chess Olympiad brought serious problems for some of the favorites. Despite the difference in ratings, some of the less distinguished teams managed to give their opponents a decent fight.
In the main event the second seed Ukrainian team was unable to beat Croatia (28), and Poland (15) drew with Bosnia and Herzegovina (32). Strong teams from Israel (11) and France (10) were paired with each other and drew their match, too. Read more »

The second day brings first sensations

The second round of the 39th Chess Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk brought first upsets. The European champions from Azerbaijan lost their match to Vietnam – 1,5-2,5. Young players from Vietnam have demonstrated some excellent results recently, so their success is not a coincidence. Also Israel made an unexpected draw with Indonesia. Other matches ended logically, in the favor of stronger teams.
 In the women tournament main favorites keep winning their matches without much trouble. Only both Russian teams experienced certain difficulties, defeating their opponents with the minimal margin 2,5-1,5 – Russia-1 won against Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Russia-2 defeated Turkey.
 Natalya Komarova, the Governor of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug, is one of the most attentive followers of the event – today she visited the playing venue again.
“On one hand, I must control the services for the players and guests of the Olympiad – it is my duty, – said the Governor. – On the other hand, as a supporter, I want to wish luck to the Russian teams”.