Istanbul Chess Olympiad 2012 R5 - Armenia, Russia in Joint Lead in Open; Russia in Sole Lead in Women's Section
Round 5 at the 40th Chess Olympiad in Istanbul saw match-pairing more in keeping with team strengths. On the first match table, two-time Chess Olympiad Champion Armenia beat defending champions Ukraine. World #2 Levon Aronian beat Vassily Ivanchuk with a nice exchange-up and follow-up tactics which were enough to win the match for Armenia as the other games were drawn 2,5-1,5.
Russia comfortably beat Hungary on the second board on the basis of Alexander Grischuk's attacking win over Zoltan Almasi with a score of 2,5-1,5. Meanwhile, the Azeri and Chinese teams beat Canada and Iran 3,5-0,5 even as France lost to Croatia 2,5-1,5. USA drew with the Czech Republic.
The US suffered a devastating 3-1 loss against Vietnam who gave up an average of 158 rating points to the Americans. Sunday is a rest day. Monday is a crucial sixth round which could well make or break the teams' fortunes in the event.
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