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Usain Bolt Playing Chess (Photo)

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Usain Bolt, a runner who is widely regarded as the fastest human ever, winner of 6 Olympic gold medals, is pictured playing chess.

Maybe he is preparing to help the chess team from Jamaica (currently ranked #113 at the Chess Olympiad) ?

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Chess Olympiad: Round 7 LIVE

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Live games
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21:40 In the Open section Russia is in sole lead and has excellent chances for gold. In the women's event China, Russia and Poland are leading. This will be a close race between Russia and China. Thank you for your attention and have a nice evening!

21:33 Russia vs. Poland: 2-2. Natalia saved the day.

21:31 Philippines - Hungary: 2-2. Amazing!

21:27 We need a draw!

21:20 China defeated Georgia 2.5-1.5, a pity.

21:17 Poland has a devilish strategy to neutralize Natalia Pogonina by heading for a dead drawn endgame with White. But they didn't take into account the fact that the Russian Women's Champion can beat her opponents in any positions! Natalia scores as Black.

21:15 Alexandra Kosteniuk lost :(

21:10 Nadezhda Kosintseva saves the game, 1/2-1/2. She had a hopeless position. That's what I call steel nerves!

21:00 Typical flame wars of fans at ChessBomb:

username: Kosteniuk saves the draw and 2-2 in the match

pesel: russian propaganda

Maxim: draws on boards 1,2,3 and pogonina wins somehow:-)

pesel: funny russian propaganda

dawid: russian dreams

20:48 Russia-Poland will make my hair grey prematurely. I don't event want to comment on what's happening. Let's just wait a bit.

20:36 Grischuk won! Russia is in a commanding position now! Sole lead.

20:28 Grischuk has a winning position.

20:15 Arentina is sensationally leading 2-1 against India

20:10 Germany should beat Moldova 2.5-1.5


19:56 Khotenashvili has trapped her opponent's rook, but Javakhishvili is down a pawn. I am shamelessly supporting Georgia. No objectivity involved.

19:45 I don't see how Russia can save the match against Poland. Our only hope to stay in the race for gold is a tie between China and Georgia. If China wins, the tournament will be close to over.

19:35 Safarli is very nervous:

19:32 Ukraine-France: 2-2 (women)

19:30 Russia-Azerbaijan. Everything depends on the Grischuk-Safarli game. Alexander has certain winning chances.

19:27 China-Armenia: 2.5-1.5

19:23 Kosteniuk blundered...

19:20 ussia is having a tough time against Poland:

19:12 China-Georgia: the battle is still going on. Ding Yixin has a winning position against Khurtsidze.

19:02 Levon Aronian, #2 in the world and the highest-rated player at the Olympiad:


18:52 Armenia seems to be losing to China! Two games were drawn. Wang Yue has a commanding advantage against Movsesian. An equal endgame on board #4.

18:40 Very close match between Ukraine and France (women). Milliet desperately sacrificed a piece. Looks like the game will end in a perpetual check.

18:30 Russia vs. Poland: what is going on? Pogonina and Gunina don't have any advantage. Kosteniuk is better, but there is no obvious plan of improving the position. Meanwhile, Kosintseva made a few inaccurate moves and is simply down a pawn.

18:18 USA is playing Turkey. There is a serious gap in chess skills. I don't think that USA will have any difficulties winning.

18:16 Both Kosteniuk and Kosintseva missed their chances to obtain a serious advantage.

18:10 China-Georgia. Georgian ladies had very nice positions out of the opening, but now it looks like China is slowly outplaying them.


18:00 Kramnik and Karjakin have less space and are slightly worse. Grischuk has a very nice position. Jakovenko sacrificed a pawn, but will he be able to justify it?

17:52 France-Ukraine:

17:50 Dzagnidze-Hou Yifan: draw.

17:46 Gunina: White didn't get anything out of the opening. Socko is doing well. Kosintseva Nadya has a chance to obtain an advantage now by playing 14...Qg6. Kosteniuk has a very promising attacking position. Pogonina has two bishops, but a slightly worse pawn structure. Balanced game.

17:42 Russia vs. Poland:

17:31 Germany-Moldova:

17:14 Armenia, one of the co-leaders, is playing China. Wang Hao-Levon Aronian: draw.

17:06 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov is posing for the camera:

17:00 Russian boards after one hour of play.

16:49 Radjabov made a move and prevented Kramnik from tasting a banana:

16:34 Hungary-Philippines. Philippines is playing on board 3, what a sensation. However, I know that chess is very popular there. Sometimes when I am playing on ChessCube it seems that half of my opponents are from there.

16:28 Double fianchettoe by Kramnik. This is more popular among amateurs than among super grandmasters.

16:20 China-Georgia:

16:12 Ukraine-Spain:

16:06 Game of the day: Radjabov-Kramnik.

16:02 Let's go!

15:10 Yuri Dokhoian, the Russian men team's coach, used to be a long-time second of Garry Kasparov.

15:00 The players live in two identical twin tower hotels. Each room has a door to the next one. For example, Valentina Gunina lives next room to Vladimir Kramnik. She says the leader of the Russian team is a night owl who goes to bed very late.


14:45 Tension at the Chess Olympiad is growing. In the Open section Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia are in the lead (11 match points). Russia is facing Azerbaijan, while Armenia has a tough match-up against China.


In the Women's section Poland is doing above expectations and sharing 1st with Russia. Will the reigning Olympic champions be able to beat their less titled opponents today? China vs. Georgia is an extremely important confrontation. Ukraine vs. France is also worth following.

The games begin at 16:00 Moscow time.

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Chess Olympiad: Round 6 LIVE

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Monday, 03 September 2012

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21:15 Thank you for following the breath-taking matches. Have a nice evening!

21:11 Georgia vs. Slovakia: 2.5-1.5 (women)

21:08 Russia vs. China ended in a draw. Well, this is a sensible result. Other teams have caught up with Russia, but at least China is still one point behind.

21:05 Yahoo! Nadya scores:

20:48 Movsesian defeated Grischuk, what an upset! Armenia-Russia ended in a tie.


20:39 All my attention is focused on Kosintseva N.-Zhao Xue.

20:26 Keeping fingers crossed.

20:15 India-Israel is a close fight. Two draws. Israel is better on board #4, India - on board #3.

20:11 Ukraine-Montenegro: 3-1.

20:08 By the way, isn't it great to watch the games live, including video? I remember the times when we used to find out the results from newspapers.

20:06 Like expected, 2-2 in USA vs. Germany

20:02 Ukraine-Azerbaijan: 3.5-0.5 (women)

19:50 18-year old Women's World Chess Champion Hou Yifan beats Tatiana Kosintseva.

19:45 Movsesian has a very good position against Grischuk. Premature joy in the Russian team?

19:38 Natalia drew her game. Let's hope that Nadezhda will be able to win her game.

19:36 Russia vs. China will be decided on boards #2 and #3. Hou is winning, Natalia has an opposite-colored bishop endgame. This is a draw.

19:32 USA-Germany: two games drawn, Kamsky and Nakamura also seem to have more or less equal positions.

19:30 Kramnik says a new super event featuring all the top players in coming in May 2013!

19:20 Hero of the day - Vladimir Kramnik:

19:15 Natalia's attack didn't work out. Looks like she will be defending a slightly worse endgame. The bishops are of opposite color, but the Black piece is more active. Also, the rooks are on the board.

19:12 Azerbaijan drew two games against Croatia and is winning the other two.

19:07 Karjakin-Akopian: draw.

19:05 I am very worried about the Russian women's team. While board #2-4 are unclear yet, Hou is definitely winning on board 1.

19:00 The answer to the last question is no...

18:58 Hou Yifan makes a serious mistake - b3. But will Tania be able to realize it and get back into the game? She has very little time left.

18:54 Kramnik-Aronian 1-0! Everybody is congratulating Vladimir. Even Garry Kasparov!

18:45 Aronian is shaking his head. The position is hopeless.

18:35 Tatiana Kosintseva is on the verge of losing.

18:23 Aronian must have overlooked an interesting knight sacrifice (Nb7). Now Kramnik has serious winning chances.

18:17 Runner-up of the last World Chess Championship Boris Gelfand looks determined. Israel-India:

18:15 Kramnik has some pressure on Aronian, but not much. Grischuk's position against Movsesian is somewhat cramped. Karjakin-Akopian: rather balanced, White looks a tad better. Sargissian-Jakovenko looks like a draw.

17:57 Hou Yifan - Kosintseva T. Hou seems to be better prepared for this line of the Marshall. Not sure that Black will be able to play actively enough to compensate for 2 missing pawns. Kosintseva N. has a positional advantage vs. Zhao Xue. Ju Wenjun sacrificed a pawn against Alexandr Kosteniuk, looks like full compensation. Natalia Pogonina has a double-edged position vs. Huan Quan. White is threatening to start an attack on the Black king, but the bishop on b5 is not taking part.

17:29 Russia vs. China is so interesting. Right, Levon?

17:19 Italy vs. England, a soccer match-up:

17:15 USA-Germany. Nakamura looks bored:

17:00 Russian boards after one hour of play. Balanced in the Open section. Some advantage for White on all the boards in the women's section.

16:45 Natalia Pogonina made a move and is now observing the other boards:

16:43 Russia vs. China, the main contenders for Gold in the Women's tournament:

16:34 Yesterday I took a careful look at the team compositions. Since I have no chance to play for Russia, maybe it makes sense to change the federation and participate in the Olympiad? The only problem is that I love Team Russia too much.

16:25 Armenia-Russia:

16:20 The games have begun:

15:40 Yesterday Alexander Morozevich won for the 6th time the prestigious annual Moscow Blitz event with a round to go. Some of his competitors were such world class players as Nepomniatchi, Malakhov, Bareev, Dreev, Grachev and many others.

13:45 If you want to see some sights from Turkey, take a look at this great photo report.

13:40 During the rest day World Women's Chess Champion Hou Yifan received the Caissa Cup award as the best female chess player in 2011. Unlike the traditional Chess Oscar, this prize has been established very recently, in 2009.

13:26 The key game today is Kramnik (2797)-Aronian (2816). Vladimir and Levon are the two highest rated players at the Olympiad. Objectively speaking, they are now of about the same playing strength. Their recent training match finished in a tie (2-2). However, each of the players will be trying to score and help his team succeed.

13:20 The Chess Olympiad is back The players has a chance to relax during the rest day, so let's hope that today some exciting games will be played. The central match-ups are Russia vs. Armenia (Open) and Russia vs. China (Women).

The games begin at 16:00 Moscow time.

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Sunday Puzzle-19

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Puzzle courtesy of Barry R. Clarke, columnist for The Daily Telegraph and
international puzzle expert.

Square Feet with Corn

Weedy Willie was getting too old to work the land alone so he decided to divide his corn field between himself and his four sons in proportion to their five work rates. He knew that Rastus, Wig, Twig and Swig together could plant a field of corn in five hours whereas Wig, Twig, Swig and himself together could manage the same task in six hours. So Weedy divided his field into a two-digit square number of parts and kept just one part for himself. Wig, Twig and Swig were identical triplets and each son received a whole number of parts. How many parts did each son get?

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Chess Olympiad: Round 5 LIVE

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21:00 Let's summarize the results. After 5 rounds Armenia and Russia are leading the open section. Russia is in sole lead in the women's event. Thanks for following the broadcast and have a nice weekend!

20:52 Gunina blundered a checkmate. Upsetting performance so far. Let's hope that she will recover during the rest days and show her true strength!

20:48 Georgia-Ukraine - draw (women).

20:46 Just like I predicted, the fate of England vs. India will be decided in the Negi-Short game. Other matches were drawn.

20:40 Armenia-Ukraine 2.5-1.5. Russia and Armenia have 10/10 going into round 6.

20:38 Milliet-Gunina, match of the blondes. I don't like Valentina's stubborness.

20:28 Vietnam is leading 2-1 against USA in the women's section. This is a sensation.

20:19 Kosteniuk won. Russia is the sole leader in the women's section going into round 6.

20:13 Azerbaijan is leading 3-0 against Canada.

20:07 USA vs. Czech Republic is officially a tie now.

20:06 Looks like Armenia will win 2.5-1.5

19:53 Hou Yifan is awarded the Caissa award as the best female player in 2011:

19:46 Grischuk defeated Almasi. Russia-Hungary 2.5-1.5.

19:36 Aronian won. So did Nadezhda Kosintseva.

19:31 Polgar-Karjakin should be a draw. Grischuk and Tomashevsky are better.

19:27 Leko-Kramnik: draw. All according to the Kramnik facts (google Kramnik facts humor).

19:21 Looks like MIllet has to go for a perpetual check.

19:18 Ju Wenjun defeated Tania Sachdev. Many fans will be disappointed.

19:12 And now Gunina missed a chance to achieve a winning position:

Qd4!! is -+

19:07 Kosintseva Tatiana drew Elmira Skripchenko. This is good news. Nadezhda and Alexandra have very promising positions. Milliet - Gunina is double-edged.

19:05 Aronian seems to be winning his game against Ivanchuk.

18:59 Millet could have executed a killing blow, but she became nervous and blundered in return. The fight continues.

18:56 Natalia Pogonina decided to visit the playing hall to support her teammates. Very tense match.

18:46 Gunina's position is absolutely hopeless...

18:42 Yuri Dokhoian, ex-coach of the Russian women's team and the current men's captain, came to support the girls:

18:38 India-England: a lot depends on the Negi-Short game. Negi is objectively better, but the position is double-edged.

18:35 Navara-Kamsky is also a draw! Heading for 2-2?

18:32 Aronian has found a way to open up Ivanchuk's king. He has a better position now.

18:29 Onischuk-Hracek: draw.

18:21 China-India, women: looks like 2.5-1.5 in China's favor so far.

18:11 Papua New Guinea defeated Burundi 4-0.

18:06 Ukraine-Georgia, women. Ukraine's chances seem to be higher.

18:04 Ukraine has a small edge against Armenia.

17:57 FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov is being interviewed about the Olympiad:

17:54 Crazy complications are stirring in Millet-Gunina:

17:43 Nakamura-Laznichka: draw. Other positions are also balanced.

17:42 Surprisingly, France seems to have an edge on 3 boards against Russia.

17:38 It is always interesting to take a look at your comrades' positions:

17:20 The Ukrainian coaches say that the members of their teams shouldn't visit the Bermuda Party. Afaik, the Russian members are allowed to go there, as long as they don't drink alcohol!

17:13 The Russian boards so far:

17:04 Ukrainian coaches (Alexandr Sulypa and Mikhail Brodsky) are giving a press conference:

17:00 France doesn't have any problems in the opening against Russia in the women's section. I would even say they have a slight edge.

16:44 Vladimir Kramnik, Peter Leko and Klitschko brothers:

16:36 England - India:

16:29 USA - Czech Republic. Nakamura broke Bobby Fischer's record today and from now on will be the highest-rated American chess player in history.

16:26 Judit Polgar defeated Sergey Karjakin in World Cup-2011 (1.5-0.5). How will their game end today?

16:22 Ukraine (Olympic Champions in 2004 and 2010) vs. Armenia (2006, 2008):

16:18 India-China. India is lacking Koneru Humpy.

16:16 Georgia vs. Ukraine:

16:10 Kramnik and Leko used to have the same manager, and even played a World Chess Championship match in 2004. Their confrontation can be called classical:

16:07 Russia vs. France:

16:01 Round 5 is live:

15:45 Any takes on who will be the leaders in both sections after round 5?

13:40 Round 5 pairings

13:30 Updated FIDE rating list and lists of highest-rated chess players of all times.

9:45 A warm and sunny video from the Olympiad. Highly recommended!

9:40 Congratulations with the 1st day of autumn! FIDE has published a new rating list. This time it looked rather weird. The initial version included all the inactive players and even the deceased Bobby Fischer. Stay tuned for the real list.

9:35 The FIDE Congress starts today. However, the participants are obviosly more excited about the upcoming traditional Bermuda Party. Where else would you meet so many chess stars and get to hang out with them? Tomorrow is a rest day, so it's a perfect time to relax a little.


9:30 Clashes of the titans are expected today! Russia (#1) vs. Hungary (#4) and Ukraine (#4) vs. Armenia (#3). These four teams have 8 match points out of 8.


There are two leaders in the women's section: Russia (#1) and France (#14). They are playing each other. Interestingly, both French teams are missing key players: the men's team - Etienne Bacrot and the women's team - Marie Sebag. Nonetheless, they are doing well so far. Two more epic fights are China (#1) vs. India (#6) and Georgia (#3) vs. Ukraine (#4). The losers in these matches will have very limited chances to win a medal, so we can expect the teams to try to do their best to succeed.

The games begin at 16:00 Moscow time.

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FIDE September 2012 Rating List

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The initial version of the rating list included all the inactive players and even the deceased Bobby Fischer. As of now, it has been corrected.

Anton Korobov, the new Ukrainian Chess Champion, rated 2705, +22 points

Rank Old
Name Country Title Rating Old
  1 1 Carlsen, Magnus NOR GM 2843 +6 2837 10
  2 2 Aronian, Levon ARM GM 2816   2816 0
  3 3 Kramnik, Vladimir RUS GM 2797   2797 0
  4 4 Radjabov, Teimour AZE GM 2788   2788 0
5 7 Nakamura, Hikaru USA GM 2783 +5 2778 10
  6 6 Anand, Viswanathan IND GM 2780   2780 0
7 5 Karjakin, Sergey RUS GM 2778 -7 2785 9
  8 8 Caruana, Fabiano ITA GM 2773   2773 0
9 10 Ivanchuk, Vassily UKR GM 2769   2769 0
10 9 Morozevich, Alexander RUS GM 2758 -12 2770 2
  11 11 Grischuk, Alexander RUS GM 2754 -9 2763 9
  12 12 Topalov, Veselin BUL GM 2752   2752 0
  13 13 Svidler, Peter RUS GM 2747 -2 2749 9
  14 14 Kamsky, Gata USA GM 2746   2746 9
15 23 Wang, Hao CHN GM 2742 +16 2726 10
16 15 Gelfand, Boris ISR GM 2738   2738 0
  17 17 Gashimov, Vugar AZE GM 2737   2737 0
18 16 Leko, Peter HUN GM 2737   2737 0
19 21 Jobava, Baadur GEO GM 2734 +4 2730 4
20 35 Giri, Anish NED GM 2730 +19 2711 10
21 20 Tomashevsky, Evgeny RUS GM 2730   2730 0
22 19 Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR GM 2729 -5 2734 11
23 22 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE GM 2729   2729 0
  24 24 Dominguez Perez, Leinier CUB GM 2725   2725 0
  25 25 Jakovenko, Dmitry RUS GM 2724 +2 2722 9
  26 26 Adams, Michael ENG GM 2722   2722 0
27 37 Volokitin, Andrei UKR GM 2718 +9 2709 11
  28 28 Andreikin, Dmitry RUS GM 2718 +3 2715 9
  29 29 Fressinet, Laurent FRA GM 2714   2714 10
30 41 Shirov, Alexei LAT GM 2714 +8 2706 6
31 36 Bruzon Batista, Lazaro CUB GM 2713 +2 2711 9
32 27 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw POL GM 2713 -4 2717 4
33 30 Almasi, Zoltan HUN GM 2713   2713 0
34 32 McShane, Luke J ENG GM 2713   2713 0
35 18 Bologan, Viktor MDA GM 2712 -22 2734 8
36 33 Naiditsch, Arkadij GER GM 2712   2712 0
37 34 Riazantsev, Alexander RUS GM 2712   2712 0
38 39 Sasikiran, Krishnan IND GM 2707   2707 0
39 31 Bacrot, Etienne FRA GM 2705 -8 2713 20
40 67 Korobov, Anton UKR GM 2705 +22 2683 11
41 46 Movsesian, Sergei ARM GM 2705 +7 2698 11
42 43 Nepomniachtchi, Ian RUS GM 2704   2704 0
43 56 Areshchenko, Alexander UKR GM 2702 +11 2691 11
44 38 Malakhov, Vladimir RUS GM 2700 -8 2708 10

Korobov and Areschenko entered the 2700+ club. Our congratulations!

Notable gains: Korobov +22, Giri +19, Wang Hao +16, Areschenko +11
Severe losses: Bologan, Morozevich -12

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Natalia Pogonina, the new Russian Women's Chess Champion, 2468, +20 points

Women's rating list:

Rank Old
Name Country Title Rating Old
  1 1 Polgar, Judit HUN GM 2698   2698 0
  2 2 Muzychuk, Anna SLO GM 2606   2606 0
  3 3 Hou, Yifan CHN GM 2599   2599 0
  4 4 Koneru, Humpy IND GM 2593   2593 0
  5 5 Zhao, Xue CHN GM 2549   2549 0
  6 6 Dzagnidze, Nana GEO GM 2547   2547 0
  7 7 Lahno, Kateryna UKR GM 2542   2542 0
8 9 Ju, Wenjun CHN WGM 2528   2528 0
9 10 Kosintseva, Nadezhda RUS GM 2524   2524 9
10 8 Kosintseva, Tatiana RUS GM 2524 -6 2530 9
  11 11 Sebag, Marie FRA GM 2521   2521 0
  12 12 Cmilyte, Viktorija LTU GM 2520   2520 0
13 16 Cramling, Pia SWE GM 2514 +11 2503 6
14 13 Zatonskih, Anna USA IM 2512   2512 0
  15 15 Gunina, Valentina RUS IM 2509 +2 2507 9
16 14 Khotenashvili, Bela GEO IM 2509   2509 0
  17 17 Harika, Dronavalli IND GM 2505 +2 2503 18
  18 18 Stefanova, Antoaneta BUL GM 2502   2502 0
  19 19 Ruan, Lufei CHN WGM 2492   2492 0
  20 20 Zhu, Chen QAT GM 2491   2491 0
  21 21 Kosteniuk, Alexandra RUS GM 2489   2489 0
  22 22 Paehtz, Elisabeth GER IM 2483   2483 0
  23 23 Danielian, Elina ARM GM 2476   2476 0
24 25 Krush, Irina USA IM 2471 +4 2467 6
25 27 Galliamova, Alisa RUS IM 2468 +3 2465 9
26 38 Pogonina, Natalija RUS WGM 2468 +20 2448 9
27 26 Muzychuk, Mariya UKR IM 2466   2466 0
  28 28 Xu, Yuhua CHN GM 2465   2465 0
  29 29 Hoang, Thanh Trang HUN GM 2464   2464 0
30 24 Socko, Monika POL GM 2463 -4 2467 17
31 33 Tan, Zhongyi CHN WGM 2460 +4 2456 9
32 35 Atalik, Ekaterina TUR IM 2458 +5 2453 7
33 31 Javakhishvili, Lela GEO IM 2458   2458 0
34 32 Dembo, Yelena GRE IM 2457   2457 0
35 34 Mkrtchian, Lilit ARM IM 2454   2454 0
  36 36 Hunt, Harriet V ENG IM 2450   2450 0
  37 37 Huang, Qian CHN WGM 2449   2449 0
38 39 Khurtsidze, Nino GEO IM 2444   2444 0
39 40 Skripchenko, Almira FRA IM 2443 +1 2442 10
40 30 Moser, Eva AUT IM 2443 -16 2459 9
  41 41 Zhukova, Natalia UKR GM 2442   2442 0
42 43 Girya, Olga RUS WGM 2440 +7 2433 9
43 45 Batsiashvili, Nino GEO WGM 2434 +2 2432 7
44 42 Munguntuul, Batkhuyag MGL IM 2434   2434 0

Biggest gainers: Pogonina +20, Cramling +11
Tough setbacks: Moser -16

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Chess Olympiad: Round 4 LIVE

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Live games
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21:26 Thank you for following the broadcast! Have a nice evening!

21:25 Kudos to Wang Hao for the valiant defense. Vladimir Kramnik couldn't penetrate his defense. Russia-China 3-1.

21:16 The Chinese ladies beat Germany 3-1.

21:08 Georgia-Cuba 4-0 (Women).

21:06 Germany holds Azerbaijan to a draw.

21:01 The hard-fought match between the Czech Republic and Russian (women) ended 3-1 in the favorites' favor.

21:00 Ukraine is doing quite impressively. They scored 3 points against Poland.

20:56 Natalia Pogonina wins the 4th game in a row in great style!

20:41 Most of the games are over already. However, some critical matches are still going on.

20:36 Czech Republic crushes Norway 4-0. Carlsen, Hammer, where are you?!

20:29 As far as I can tell, Natalia made a spectacular move. Chess engines don't see it unless you make it on the board! Bf2!!

20:19 Kramnik is still trying to convert his advantage, but Wang Hao is not an easy nut to crack.

20:13 USA-India 2-2. Armenia-Philippines 2.5-1.5. Hungary-Slovakia 3-1.

20:05 Natalia's game is likely to transpose into rook+bishop+h-pawn vs. rook+g6 and f5. Technical difficulties ahead.

19:59 Palau earned half a board point today - congrats!

19:56 Nadezhda Kosintseva outplayed her opponent in time trouble and won!

19:53 Short-Edouard ended in a stalemate.

19:46 Radjabov-Naiditsch 1-0.

19:43 Harikrishna outplayed Kamsky. USA-India will probably be a draw.

19:34 Gupta-Akobian: draw. Nakamura defeated Sasikiran.

19:32 Ponomariov scored with Black against Bartel.

19:25 Grischuk won. Vachier-Lagrave vs. Adams - draw.

19:19 Wang Yue blundered. Grischuk should win his game soon.

19:13 Gunina (2507) drew her game against Nemcova (2276) with White. Actually, a good result if you look at the position. Who would have thought? I hope Valya will score better in the following rounds: she made two draws already and won only one game.

19:07 Time is becoming a major factor on many boards. Some players have like 5-8 minutes left already.

19:01 Was I too optimistic about the chances of Russia against China? Wang Hao seems to have good chances to create a fortress, while Jakovenko made some inaccurate moves, and the position now is rather complicated.

18:49 I like Natalia's decision in the practical sense. Instead of playing with two extra pawns against two bishops, she decides to trade one of the bishops. Then she will have three pawns vs. one on the queenside; the color of the bishops will be the same.

18:46 Garry Kasparov is back. He is usually very swift in evaluating the positions. Takes a glance and says who's winning.

18:39 Russia - Czech Republic. Tania is doing better. Nadia's position is more or less equal. Valya has a somewhat worse ending. Natalia's opponent sacrificed another pawn for activity, very interesting turn of events.

18:32 A few brief evaluations: USA vs. India looks like 2-2; Russia-China 3-1; Azerbaijan-Germany 2-2; France-England 2-2.

18:25 Natalia Pogonina has an extra pawn, but her opponent's pieces are more active. Black also has two bishops.

18:22 Looks like Wang Hao blundered. Kramnik should be able to convert this.

18:19 Sargissian scores for Armenia on board 4 vs. Dimakiling.

18:16 Perpetual check in Paehtz-Yifan, draw.

18:14 Jones-Fressinet, draw.

18:11 Russia vs. China: Jakovenko and Kramnik seem to have very nice positions. Rather balanced on the other boards.

18:05 Kramnik is being interviewed. Says he is always happy to meet his old friends at the Olympiad. Recalls how his international career started at the 1992 Olympiad in Manila. Overall he played 6 Olympiads, earned 3 team gold medals. Says he prefers board points to match points and regrets that the scoring system has been changed. Luck is critical, says Vladimir. Simply being a strong and united team is not enough.

18:00 Exotic hairstyles:

17:48 In the Open section most of the positions are equal or slightly in favor of one of the sides.

17:42 China has a nice advantage vs. Germany on board 4.

17:38 I am concerned about the Russian ladies' positions. Pogonina has an equal endgame. Gunina is even worse. Kosintsevas?


17:21 Michalchishin: "At the European Championship Armenia was playing against Germany, not a strong team which has no team spirit at all, yet they lost" - what was that?!

17:18 Michalchishin: women are very predictable, you know what the other girl will play. With men it is completely different. Says that in the men's section it is very important to choose the right opening and the optimal team composition (taking into account the previous scores of the players). Women's chess is more dependent on psychology, he thinks.

17:14 Petrosian says that Armenia is very strong both chesswise and in terms of team spirit. Also thanks Movsesian for having joined the team and having helped win the last World Championship.

17:12 Michalchishin is talking about how important it is for a chess coach to be well-educated in pedagogics and psychology, not only chess. Says that special seminars are held to compensate for the lack of qualified professionals.

17:06 Press conference of two well-known chess coaches and grandmasters, Adrian Michalchishin and Arshak Petrosian:

17:00 The Russian boards so far:

16:46 Russia vs. China, the central match of the day:

16:42 China-Germany:

16:33 Amenia vs. Philippines. Very interesting match-up: So - Aronian. Wesley is known for being able to upset super grandmasters.

16:29 Germany vs. Azerbaijan:

16:22 India (alas, without Anand) vs. USA:

16:16 I believe that it is very important for everyone to support their own players. The predictions that some experts make, and the constant repetition by GM Sergey Shipov that China is the strongest team in the women's section are irritating. First of all, Russia is the reigning Olympic champion. Secondly, this looks like an inferiority complex to me. Let's just see how the tournament goes without labeling certain teams as champions in advance.

16:13 Russia vs. Czech Republic:


16:02 With just one reserve player the team captains don't have much space for maneuvering. If one of the team members is ill, exhausted or in a bad chess form, everyone else has to play.

15:49 Yesterday a "Chess in Education" press conference took place at the Olympiad. FIDE is actively trying to introduce chess into the school curriculum all over the world.

11:22 The board pairings are up. You can check them out here.

10:40 Natalia Pogonina and Alexandra Kosteniuk are by far the most popular female chess players on Twitter. You can follow either Natalia, or Alexandra, or both.

10:00 Three bogatyrs: Kramnik, Grischuk, Karjakin. In the history of chess only 6 players managed to reach the empyreal mark of 2800+ FIDE. Kramnik is one of them. The record belongs to Garry Kasparov (2851, Jan. 2000), but everyone is expecting that the amazing Norwegean Magnus Carlsen will break it soon.

9:45 In the modern world one can easily order books or software online. However, choosing it in real life is a much more pleasant experience:

9:35 Jokes aside! Only 13 teams in the Open section have 6/6 match points. Even less - 8 teams - in the women's event. Today we can expect a number of exciting match-ups. The central confrontation is Russia (#1) vs. China (#6). In July the reserve team of Russia defeated the main team of China, but that doesn't mean much. China is a very powerful team. Pair #2 is France (#8) - England (#11). Don't let me get into the history of the relationships between these two great European countries, and I don't mean chess. Of course, USA (#5) - India (#13) will also be followed very closely.

Pairings of the leaders in the Open section:

The ladies from Germany (#9) were very close to beating Georgia (#3) yesterday. Will they be able to repeat their achievement vs. China (#1) today? This is the match of the day in the Women's section. Russia (#2) is facing the Czech Republic (#23) - a solid team, but definitely not on par with the reigning Olympic champions. Interestingly enough, the Czech team also features sisters - Olsarovas. They are just like Kosintsevas, but rated about 300 rating points lower.

Leaders in the women's section:

The games begin at 4 p.m. Moscow time.

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Chess Olympiad: Round 3 LIVE

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21:52 Tatiana Kosintseva drew her game. Finally. 108 moves. Russia-Mongolia 3.5-0.5. Thanks for watching the online and see you tomorrow!

21:48 We can already say that in the Open section all the main favorites won their matches. On the contrary, in the Women's Olympiad China, Georgia and Ukraine lost a match point each. Oh...and United States drew Uzbekistan!

21:40 Armenia-Spain: 2.5-1.5

21:37 Tatiana Kosintseva's game should be a draw, but let's wait a bit...

21:34 Amazing! Georgia saves the match in the women's section. 2-2 vs Germany.

21:29 China is also on a roll. They defeated Romania 3-1.

21:26 USA-Venezuela: 3.5-0.5

21:25 England-Cuba: 3-1

21:20 Omg! What is going on in Georgia-Germany? The German ladies seemed to be winning 3.5-0.5, but now...

21:17 Russia-Latvia is officially 2.5-1.5

21:13 Veselin Topalov resigned against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. France-Bulgaria: 2.5-1.5.

21:05 One can only imagine how tired the players are by now. Play chess if you want to be smart and slim!

20:58 Ukraine defeats Israel in a critical match-up: 2.5-1.5

20:48 Ponomariov has steel nerves. First he was lost against Rodshtein. Then the position became equal, and the GM from Israel offered a draw. Ruslan calmly outplayed him, 0-1!

20:44 Hou Yifan beats Kateryna Lahno and saves the day for China: 2-2

20:42 Germany-Iran: 4-0!

20:35 Guess who has just logged on to follow the broadcast?

20:24 Surprised to hear that India has boards with them, not only laptop. I actually appreciate it, but it's a rare approach nowadays...

20:18 India won an important match vs. Armenia (2.5-1.5) and is now giving a press conference:

20:09 Ukraine-Israel is a thriller. Did Rodshtein blow away his win?

19:57 Russia-Mongolia: 3-0 so far. Kosintseva T. is still playing Munguntuul.

19:53 Robson and Onischuk won. Kamsky has a complicated position, but seems to be better too.

19:46 Natalia Pogonina had just 1 minute left. She still found a nice bishop sacrifice and played d2!

19:35 Russia will probably beat Latvia 2.5-1.5.

19:30 A draw between Ju Wenjun and Natalia Zhukova. Mariya Muzychuk defeated Zhao Xue. The other two games are still going on, but so far Ukraine seems to be heading for a 2.5-1.5 score!

19:26 Nadezhda Kosintseva has two extra exchanges for a pawn:

19:22 My prediction is 3.5-0.5 in Russia-Mongolia (women).

19:19 Ivanchuk-Gelfand: draw.

19:13 Bulgaria vs. France. You can see ex-FIDE World Champion Veselin Topalov thinking hard:

19:10 Finally found the broadcast of the women's games at another website. Kosteniuk won! Pogonina has a serious advantage. The Kosintseva sisters has an edge too.

19:04 England vs. Cuba: looks like a tie so far.

18:57 I can see that Ilya Levitov, Head of the Russian Chess Federation and FIDE Vice-President, has written an open letter to Ali Nihat Yazici regarding Evgeny Surov, Chief Editor of

18:55 Azerbiajan-Faroe Islands looks like 3-1 to me atm.

18:48 Surprisingly, Ukraine seems to have very bad positions on two boards against Israel.

18:46 USA-Venezuela: so far expecting 3-1 in USA's favor.

18:40 Ukraine - China: I'd say that White has +/= in all the games. Very tense match.

18:35 So far Russia doesn't have any real advantage against Latvia.

18:28 Sorry. It looks like the orgnanizers aren't the only ones who are having technical problems.

Bator Sambuev used to be a Russian GM. Now he is a Canadian star:

18:05 Both Kosintseva sisters are playing today. A rare case of two sisters being top-10 players in the world:

18:00 One more glance at the Russian positions:

17:44 The G-spot: Germany vs. Georgia:

17:33 Hou Yifan is applying the Chinese proprietary ointment. Natalia has tried it a few years ago; told me that it has a serious impact on the thinking processes, enhances one's consciousness. She decided not to experiment with it anymore:

17:30 GM Sergey Shipov is discussing outfits and uniforms. Both I and Natalia have the official uniforms of Team Russia. I don't wear sports clothes in daily life, but this is an exception.

17:24 I guess the relay of the women's boards is broken again. The clocks are inadequate.

17:13 Ukraine - China:

17:07 This year there is also a Fantasy Olympiad contest. I don't know the full results, but the organizers have informed us today that Sergey Karjakin, Alexandra Kosteniuk and Natalia Pogonina are the top picks for their boards.

17:03 While the top grandmasters are lazily recalling their analyzes, Angola won two games against Burundi.

16:58 Is Alexandra Kosteniuk's home preparation really that deep? The clocks say that she has blitzed out 19 moves without thinking.

16:52 The higest-rated player at the Olympiad, Levon Aronian, is dating Arianne Caoili from Australia. Did he also borrow her t-shirt?

16:50 It is not hard to guess which city is Gata Kamsky's favorite one:

16:40 Spain vs. Armenia:

16:33 The Russian boards:

16:24 Vassily Ivanchuk is pondering his move blindfoldedly:

16:18 Kramnik vs. Shirov, classical chess: +15 -11 =27. Ivanchuk vs. Gelfand, classical chess: +11 -8 =37 (data:

16:03 Party time!

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Chess Olympiad: Round 2 LIVE

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21:50 All the favorites won their matches again. Thanks for following the online!

Vidmantas blundered in what seemed to be a dead drawn endgame. USA-Lithuania 3.5-0.5

Nakamura's game is still going on.

21:30 China-Italy: 3.5-0.5 (Open)

Four queens on the board in Naka's game:

21:13 Valentina Gunina drew her game. Russia-Brazil: 3.5-0.5

FM Griffitz earned a draw vs. Mamedov. Azerbaijan-Ireland: 3.5-0.5

Chess genius Vassily Ivanchuk lost to Al-Modiakhi. Ukraine-Qatar: 3-1.

Russia punished Greece for two hasty draws with White. Grischuk won; the final score is 3-1.

Don't judge Naka's positions by his facial expression:

China-Sweden: 4-0 (Women's section)

Natalia won: White either loses a bishop, or gets checkmated in 1:

A short friendly post-mortem in the Pogonina game.

Relay of the women's games has been broken for the last hour or so.

A girl named Vanessa is a princess" - rhymes GM Sergei Shipov:

France-Peru: 3.5-0.5

20:05 The European Team Champions from Germany defeated Georgia 2.5-1.5

Lithuania vs. USA:

Spain defeated Belarus 2.5-1.5 (Iljescas managed to beat Teterev)

19:53 Turkey - Czech Republic: 2-2

Mamedyarov and Gusseinov score for Azerbaijan in the match against Ireland.

19:40 Vanessa Feliciano Ebert is giving Valentina Gunina a hard time. Here is her FIDE profile.

Caruana is shaking his head...

19:25 Jakovenko won. Aronian's opponent had a solid position, but then blundered terribly. Can you find the winning move for White?

19:16 Alexandra Kosteniuk capitalized on her opponent's blunders and scored for Russia!

Ukraine knocked-out two of the opponents already (Eljanov and Moiseenko scored):

The Russia vs. Brazil match is keeping me nervous. Where is the move relay?

19:00 Wang Hao seems to have an edge in the endgame against Caruana.

The Greek grandmaster offered a draw to Kramnik. Vladimir agreed.

18:55 Susan calls herself a strong advocate of Fischer Random, because modern chess, in her opinion, requires too much home preparation and deep computer analysis.

18:46 Susan says that women's chess has a lot of potential and predicts a bright future for it.

18:36 Susan Polgar, ex-Women's World Chess Champion and Head of the FIDE Women Commission, press conference:

Nadezhda Kosintseva is calculating lines on Valentina Gunina's board. The Brazilian beauty has a good position.

The main dish of the day: Wang Hao vs. Caruana:

Alexandra Kosteniuk has a crazy position:

Ukraine: Moiseenko will be up a pawn. Volokitin has an extra exchange, but Black has two bishops and some compensation.

Nakamura's position looks risky. Don't see any real advantage for Team USA so far.

17:45 A very interesting double-edged position:

Looks like Kramnik is going to sacrifice a queen!

17:27 Brazil vs. Russia: hot or not?

Jakovenko has a nice position against Kotronias. The same can be said about Nadezhda Kosintseva. All the other Russian positions are close to equality.

The broadcast is indeed much better today. Kudos to the organizers!

Kramnik is a legendary player. In case you haven't seen those posts, check out the humorous facts about him:
Post 1
Post 2

Team Russia has left the boards:

16:55 A lovely bug. Natalia's opponent doesn't look like a girl:

Don't forget to press the "flip" button to view the games from the perspective of your favorite players

Banikas played rather unambitiously as White and made a draw in 15 moves against Sergey Karjakin:

Georgia (left) used to be the dominant force in women's chess back in the USSR and later on. Until China came along...

16:22 Vladimir Kramnik is facing his proprietary weapon - the Catalan:

16:15 Ukraine vs. Qatar. Vassily Ivanchuk makes an appearance:

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Read more... Banned from Covering the Olympiad

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Zhdanov Peter editor Peter Zhdanov, one of the leading chess websites in the world, was banned from covering the Chess Olympiad in Turkey. According to its chief editor Evgeny Surov, when he tried to obtain an accreditation for the event, he received a rather rude letter stating that he is not a journalist and he had better not come to Turkey at all.

Evgeny decided to travel there at his own risk. However, according to his own statement, when he attempted to enter the playing hall, the organizers didn't offer him a badge, and the guards virtually kicked him out of the playing hall. Later during the press conference Turkish Chess President Ali Nihat Yazichi mentioned that the playing hall must be free from "people who should not even be there". According to Evgeny Surov, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov promised he would try to resolve the matter peacefully, but, obviously, this hasn't been done.

Frankly speaking, I don't know the exact reason for the conflict. Some say it's about Chess News covering the Atalik case; others point out that it all started from allegedly illegally copying moves from the Turkish Chess Federation website and releasing an article in 2011 that not all the teams will be able to come to the Women's World Chess Championship in Turkey. In his short interview for ChessVibes Ali made a vague statement, one of the interpretations of which could be that Chess News is trying to blackmail the organizers by threatening to write something negative about the event...

What unites Evgeny Surov and Viktor Korchnoi? Both are severe, but just

Adding a personal touch. I have known Evgeny Surov for quite a few years. He is a passionate chess lover, an esteemed professional and a very liberal and critical-minded person. While many websites are posting glossy reports and praises, Evgeny is always looking into the essence of things and interviewing people about the most urgent and unspoken matters. In my opinion, it is unacceptable to prevent one of the leading chess journalists from working just on the basis of some personal feuds. Injustice done to one is injustice to all. I strongly believe in freedom of speech and want to support my friend and colleague.

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