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Podium Shuffle - Round 10 Report

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Sunday, 21 December 2014

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By WGM Anna Rudolf and GM Mihail Marin

None of the three teams having ensured a medal the night before maintained its position after the dramatic tenth round.

Top-seed India defeated the ambitious team of Turkey with 3-1 in a match without draws while a reborn Russian squad crushed Ukraine by 3,5-0,5.

The winning handshake

India's main scorer, Aravindh Chithambaram, was the first one to win today

The reborn and highly motivated Russian team managed to finish just one step away from their maximal goal

From the pre-round favourites only Iran stumbled by losing 2,5-1,5 to Hungary 1. This result allowed India and Russia to overtake the former leaders and occupy the first and second place in the final classification, respectively.

Iran "only" needed to win in order to conquer the gold medals, but things did not go their way. The last game to finish in this match was Lorparizangenesh - Antal, in which White was a pawn up in the endgame. Had the Iranian player won, his team would still have saved the match and clinched to the second place. But the Hungarian player defended well and his draw doomed Iran to a disappointing third place and raised Hungary 1 on the unshared fourth place.

The most bitter moment for the Iranis: Parham Magdhsoodloo resigned.

As usual, the round started with a moment of celebration: the last brilliancy award winners were Uurtsaikh Uuriintuya of Mongolia and Max Chew Lee of Australia.

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