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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Ukraine, Russia win gold at 39th Chess Olympiad in Khanty Mansiysk

Alexandra Kosteniuk's Chess News & Trivia (c) 2010

Hi Everyone,

In a close finish at the 39th Chess Olympiad in Khanty Mansiysk, Ukraine and Russia have won the gold in the Open and Women's sections.

Ukraine won by drawing their last round match against Israel. They drew all their four games in the last round and concluded with a total of 19 points. Russia took the silver medal with 18 points after drawing with Spain.
Israel and Hungary shared the third pace but Israel took home the bronze medal on better tiebreak score.

Russia won the Nona Gaprindashvili Cup which is given for the best combined score of Open and Women's teams. The runners-up were China and Ukraine took the third place in this list.

In the Women's section, of course Russia 1 won the gold with one round to spare. China finished second and Georgia won the bronze on better tiebreak score from among six teams. You can find the full standings at the official site here.

As regards the Board winners in the Open Section, the winners were: Board 1-Vassily Ivanchuk, Ukraine; Board 2-Emil Sutovsky, Israel; Board 3-Vitaly Teterev, Belarus; Board 4-Sergey Karjakin, Russia; Board 5-Sebastien Feller, France.

In the Women's Section, the winners were: Board 1-Tatiana Kosintseva; Board 2-Nadezhda Kosintseva, Russia, Board 3--Yaniet Lopez Marrero, Cuba; Board 4-Inna Gaponenko, Ukraine; Board 5-Mariya Muzychuk, Ukraine.

The 39th Chess Olympiad took place from September 20 to October 3 at the Tennis Sport Development Centre in Khanty Mansiysk, Russia. A total of 148 teams (735 players) in the Open Section and 114 teams (559 players) in the Women's Section participated in the biennial event.

Each team included four players and one reserve. The rate of play was 90 minutes for 40 moves and then 30 minutes to finish the game, with 30 seconds increment from move one.

The chess action at Khanty Mansiysk doesn't end here as the World Cup 2010 will be held here soon.

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