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Chess Olympiad: Final Round LIVE

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Sunday, 09 September 2012


Live games
Video broadcast with commentary

22:20 Closing Ceremony - video broadcast

19:22 Congratulations to the winners and thanks for following the amazing event!

19:12 Bronze medals: Kateryna Lahno (UKR), Betul Cemre Yildiz (TUR), Tania Sachdev (IND), Alexandra Kosteniuk (RUS), Madina Davletbayeva (KAZ)

19:10 Silver medals: Nana Dzagnidze (GEOR), Mariya Muzychuk (UKR), Jolanta Zawadzka (POL), Silvia Collas (FRA), Melissa Castrillon Gomez (COL)

19:08 Gold medals in the Women Olympiad: Hou Yifan (CHN), Zhao Xue (CHN), Nadezhda Kosintseva (RUS), Huang Qian (CHN), Natalia Pogonina (RUS)

19:05 Bronze medals: Teimour Radjabov (AZE), Gata Kamsky (USA), Sergey Karjakin (RUS), Daniel Fridman (GER), Konstantine Shanava (GEOR)

19:03 Silver medals: Radoslaw Wojtasjek (POL), Anton Filippov (UZB), Vladimir Akopian (ARM), Abhijeet Gupta (IND), Bartolomej Macieja (POL)

19:00 Gold medals in the Open section: Levon Aronian (ARM), David Navara (CZE), Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE), Vladislav Tkachiev (FRA), Dmitry Jakovenko (RUS)

18:55 Coaches of the Russian women team and two of the players:

18:20 I guess they are double-checking the results, because they are were important!

18:00 Before the event I predicted a tight race for gold between Russia and Armenia, and decent chances to win bronze for Ukraine. Now this is coming true! :)

17:45 According to the information that I have, the standings are the following:

Open section: Armenia - gold, Russia - silver, Ukraine - bronze
Women: Russia  -gold, China - silver, Ukraine - bronze
Gaprindashvili Cup: Russia

Let's wait for the official stats and board medals.

17:20 We are waiting for the official results to be posted at the website. Very intriguing!


17:00 China defeated Bulgaria 2.5-1.5, as expected.

16:51 Ukrainian ladies won bronze.

16:50 Russia-Germany 3-1! Wow!

16:46 Or maybe Russia will win gold?

16:40 The critical game in the women's section now. Another one is Huan Qian-Raeva:

16:26 Bravo, Valya Gunina. She won. Now we need Alexandra to save the game!

16:17 Kosteniuk's game is critical - it is worth 15 SB points!

16:08 In the women's section I am supporting Ukraine against Germany (this gives Russia 6 SB points) and Armenia vs. Poland (this match is worth 9 points). Before the final round China had 357 SB and Russia - 348 SB

16:01 Movsesian is completely winning. Will Armenia win gold?

15:47 Very important result: Kosintseva T. - Nahbaeva, 1-0

15:41 Bravo, Voiska! She defeated Ju Wenjun. So far China is losing to Bulgaria 0.5-1.5, but the final score will probably be 1.5-2.5 in China's favor.

15:37 Kramnik-Naiditsch 1-0

15:32 Lahno-Paehtz 1-0.

15:25 Nadezhda Kosintseva scores!!! Amazing result - she will get gold on her board and probably best performance in the women's section overall.

15:23 Ivanchuk played h8Q!, and now Wang Hao is shaking his head:

15:15 Ivanchuk seems to be winning against Wang Hao and Kramnik - vs. Naiditsch.

15:02 Stefanova-Hou Yifan: draw. Meanwhile, amazing things happen on the Voiska-Ju Wenjun board. The Chinese player won an exchange, but then blundered and had to pay the price of a queen!

14:53 A simple, yet elegant tactical shot in Kosintseva's game. White is now up two pawns.

14:46 Gunina snatched a pawn in her opponent's time trouble.

14:42 Gustafsson-Jakovenko: draw. Russia is maintaining pressure on the White boards and drawing with Black.

14:38 Leko-Aronian: draw.

14:36 Surprisingly, some players are already in time trouble. Gunina's opponent has 10 minutes for 22 moves.

14:22 And now I am starting to like Armenia's positions over Hungarian.

14:02 Armenia-Hungary looks balanced; Ukraine has an edge against China. Russia is doing better against Germany.

14:00 After two hours:

13:53 Zhao Xue, Nadezhda Kosintseva and Kateryna Lahno have a serious advantage.

13:44 Melamed-Muzychuk, draw.

13:35 As to the Women Olympiad:

China - 3 gold
Russia - 2 gold
Kazakhstan - 2 silver
Georgia - 1 silver, 1 bronze
Ukraine - 1 silver, 1 bronze
India - 1 silver
Poland - 1 bronze
Germany - 1 bronze
Colombia - 1 bronze

13:30 If individual medals had been awarded after round 10, the Open standings would have looked like this:
Armenia - 1 gold, 1 silver
Czech Republic - 1 gold
Azerbaijan - 1 gold
Germany - 1 gold
Russia - 1 gold
China - 1 silver, 1 bronze
USA - 1 silver
Uzbekistan - 1 silver
France - 1 silver
Tajikistan - 1 bronze
Ukraine - 1 bronze
India - 1 bronze
Poland - 1 bronze

13:22 Grischuk finished his game quickly and is now supporting the Russian girls:

13:05 Most chess players are owls, so it's very hard for them to start playing so early. Some grandmasters are yawning, others are sipping drinks.

13:00 Russian positions after 1 hour of play:

12:56 Some statistics, scores between the leaders of the teams. Kramnik-Naiditsch: +5 -2 =6. Ivanchuk-Wang Hao +0 -0 =1. Aronian-Leko: +4 -1 =13

12:52 Russian ladies are trying to surprise the opponents. Gunina is playing the Scandinavian and Kosteniuk - improved Steinitz Defense.

12:40 Khenkin-Grischuk, draw in 15 moves!

12:36 Germany-Russia:

12:33 Armenia-Hungary:

12:30 Ukraine-China:

12:27 Ukraine-Germany:

12:23 China-Bulgaria:

12:17 Russia-Kazakhstan:

12:10 Off we go!

11:15 Today I am expecting a long and exciting round. We are going to wait until its very end in order to find out who won the team medals and the Gaprindashvili Cup (best federation award). Also, on each of the boards three medals are awarded (gold, silver, bronze). That is another 30 medals (15 for men, 15 for women). We will take note of them and congratulate.

11:05 Round 11, the ultimate fight. Earlier, when the scorings were kept using board points, one could calculate in advance how many points the team should score in the final round depending on how the competitiors do. Nowadays the first tie-break score is Sonneborn-Berger, which includes the results of the opponents. Hence, one is dependent on their performance and it's hard to predict anything in advance. On Friday evening I have spent some time in Excel calculating which results favor Russia today. However, first and foremost it is vital to win the match. Otherwise, there might not be any need to calculate anything.

In the Open section China had a favorable situation in terms of tie-breaks, but they are facing the reigning Olympic champions from Ukraine today. Armenia is challenged by a solid team from Hungary and Russia is playing the European Team Champion Germany. All the three matches are expected to be tense and intriguing.


Even more action is happening in the women's event. China and Russia are very close. Ukraine has a certain chance to sneak from behind. Russia is playing a dark horse of the tournament - Kazakhstan, China vs. Bulgaria, Ukraine vs. Germany.

The games begin at 12:00 Moscow time.

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