Ukraine and Russia are leading. Round 8 Report


September 29, 2010 г. Khanty-Mansiysk


In the open section Russia-1 had a good chance to surpass Ukraine. Russia took the lead after Sergey Karjakin defeated Pavel Eljanov. Two other games ended in a draw, but Zakhar Efimenko managed to win in the ending against Vladimir Malakhov to tie the score.

Hungary drew against Azerbaijan, and USA drew against China. Armenia defeated Poland, Georgia defeated Belarus and France defeated Russia-2, all with the minimal score 2,5-1,5.

After 8 rounds Ukraine leads with 14 points, while Russia-1, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Hungary, Armenia, and France all have 13 points.

The 9th round pairings: Azerbaijan-Ukraine, Armenia-Russia-1, Georgia-France, Israel-Hungary, Cuba-China, Bulgaria-USA, etc.

In the women section Russia-1 once again increased theit lead, beating India decisively with the score 3,5-0,5 – only Karawade managed to take half a point from Alexandra Kosteniuk. Russia-1 has 16 points, and the nearest competitors are 3 points behind.

The defending champions Georgia lost their second match, this time against Serbia. Russia-2 defeated USA with surprisingly large margin – 3-1.

Ukraine defeated Germany 3-1, China crushed Belarus 3,5-0,5, Hungary and Bulgaria drew 2-2.

With three rounds to go Russia-1 has 16 points, Serbia and Russia-2 have 13 points, Georgia, Ukraine, Cuba, Hungary, India, Bulgaria, and Croatia – 11 points.

The 9th round pairings: Russia-1-Serbia, Georgia-Russia-2, Hungary-China, Ukraine-Croatia, Cuba-India, Bulgaria-Romania.


Press Office
39th World Chess Olympiad