Monday, October 4, 2010

2010 Chess Olympiad (Part 17)

The World Chess Olympiad held in Khanty-Mansiysk ends on Sunday, 3rd October. The final results are known already. The players and officials are returning home bringing both sweet and bad memory and experience. GiLoCatur did not follow the last round because busy with some personal activities.

In the open category, the second seed Ukraine had emerged champion topping the top seed, Russia 1. Ukraine that consists of Ivanchuk, Ponomariov, Eljanov, Efimenko and Moiseenko proudly brings home the golden medal after winning 8 games and drawing 3 games. It means Ukraine is unbeaten. Russia 1, the favourite, just managed to emerge the silver medallist after trailing behind with 1 point. Meanwhile, the bronze medal goes to Israel who wins on tie-break over Hungary who includes a lady chess player, Judith Polgar, after a tie with 17 points.

The top 10 performers in the open category

The champion's, Ukraine, score card or individual performance

In the women section, the Kosintseva sisters help the first Russian team to be the champion. The team scores the perfect 22 points after winning all the eleven rounds. Their strategy to put the two sisters on the top two boards and Kosteniuk, the reigning world women chess champion, on the third board really paid off. Meanwhile, China led by Hou Yifan lives up to their second seed by winning the silver medal. The bronze medal is won by Georgia, the 4th seed. The 3rd seed Ukrainian ladies team just managed to be 9th placing.

China and United Stateds are the other countries that are among the top ten for both teams - open and women. In the absence of World Chess Champion, Vishy Anand, and Humpy Koneru who is among the current top three women chess players, India could not manage to be among the top 10 in either categories.

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