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Sunday, October 3, 2010

The 39th Chess Olympiad ends



The 39th Chess Olympiad ended on Sunday. For those of you not familiar with chess, every 2 years teams of players from many nations in the World come together to play and vie for  the top three positions in the World of Chess. This event used to have  Men's and Women's  teams events (although awards are given for the best performing players in the event as well).However, due to the fact that Women are now attaining great results in chess, the events are now know as the Open  Team Event and Women's team event.

This year's Olympiad was held from September 21st until October 3rd in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.264 teams from 145 countries competed on more than 650 boards. 19 out of 20 best players of the world came to this Olympiad.

Here are the final standings in the Women's and Open Olympiads:

Women's Olympiad
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The republic of Russia was given a chance to have more than one team in this year's Olympiad because they were the host country, and also due to the fact that some countries did not send chess teams to the Olympiad this year. Here are the final standings in the Women's Olympiad. In an amazing performance the Russia 1 team finished with an undefeated match record in this year's Olympiad, 11 matches, 11 match victories! Congratulations to the Russia 1 team!


Final Ranking after 11 Rounds - Women

Rk.SNoTeamTeamGames  +   =   -  TB1  TB2  TB3 TB4
11RUSRussia 1RUS111110022439,534,0147,00
22CHNChinaCHN1190218386,531,5146,00
34GEOGeorgiaGEO1172216384,029,0155,00
418CUBCubaCUB1180316348,530,0136,00
56USAUnited States of AmericaUSA1172216336,528,5140,00
610POLPolandPOL1172216336,029,5132,00
726AZEAzerbaijanAZE1180316320,028,0136,00
812BULBulgariaBUL1172216296,524,5147,00
93UKRUkraineUKR1171315366,528,5156,00
105RUSRussia 2RUS21163215335,526,5152,00
117ARMArmeniaARM1171315327,528,0137,00








Congratulations to the members of Russia 1: Tatiana Kostinseva, Nadezhda Kosintseva, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Alisa Gallimova and Valentina Gunina! Second place  went to the Team from China: this team was composed of the following players: Hou Yifan, Ju Wenjun, Xu Zhao, Quian Huang, and Yu Wang. In third place was the team from the Republic of Georgia: Nana Dzagnidze, Lela Javakhishvili, Salome Melia,  Sopiko Khukhashvili and Bela Khotenashvili. The Canadian Women's team finished in 67th place. It started the Olympiad as the 58th highest-rated team.

Open Olympiad
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 The Open competition ended with the Ukraine team on top. The team finished with a record of  8 match wins, 3 match draws, and 0 match losses to take the first place.







Final Ranking after 11 Rounds - Open

Rk.SNoTeamTeamGames  +   =   -  TB1  TB2  TB3 TB4
12UKRUkraineUKR1183019380,531,0143,00
21RUSRussia 1RUS11182118379,528,0157,00
311ISRIsraelISR1173117367,529,0148,00
45HUNHungaryHUN1181217355,526,5157,00
53CHNChinaCHN1172216362,029,0147,00
64RUSRussia 2RUS21180316355,029,5144,00
76ARMArmeniaARM1172216345,027,0147,00
816ESPSpainESP1172216332,028,5137,00
99USAUnited States of AmericaUSA1172216315,527,0141,00
1010FRAFranceFRA1164116311,525,0149,00




Congratulations to members of this team:Vassily Ivanchuk, Ruslan Ponomariov, Pavel Eljanov, Zaharl Efimenko,  and Alexandra Moiseenko!  The second-place Russia 1 team was composed of the following players: Vladimir Kramnik, Alexander Grischuk, Peter Svidler, Sergey Karjakin, and Vladimir Malakhov. The team from Israel finished in third place. Congratulations to team members:
Boris Gelfand, Emile Sutovsky, Ilia Smirin, Maxim Rodshtein, and  Victor Mikhalevski. The Canadian Men's team finished in  37th place, having started as the  53rd-highest-rated team.  Congratulations to Canada's Thomas Roussel-Roozmon,
who gained his final GM norm in the tournament!


 The winners of the Women's Board Prizes can be viewed at the following link:
 http://www.ugra-chess.com/boardprizes.php?tmnt=2

The winners of the  Open Board Prizes can be viewed at the following link:

http://www.ugra-chess.com/boardprizes.php 

You can read more about the 39th Chess Olympiad by going to the official website for the event:

http://www.ugra-chess.com/ 

 A final report about the event done by the Governing body of chess the FIDE can be read at:

http://www.fide.com/component/content/article/1-fide-news/4784-world-chess-olympiad-2010.html
 
Other resources for information are:

http://www.chessbase.com/

http://susanpolgar.blogspot.com/ 

http://tournaments.chessdom.com/chess-olympiad-2010 

http://www.chess-results.com/Tnr36795.aspx?art=33&lan=1 

 http://www.chess.co.uk/twic/chessnews/events/39th-chess-olympiad-khanty-mansiysk-2010

http://www.chessblog.com/  

http://gambit.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/09/21/as-chess-olympiad-begins-no-surprises-but-more-controversy/ 

http://www.europechess.net/ 

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