Istanbul Chess Olympiad R4: Russia, Ukraine, Hungary, Armenia in Joint Lead
|Russia - in joint lead with Ukraine, Hungary and Armenia after four rounds|
Just before the time control India's top board Krishnan Sasikiran got caught in a mating net against Hikaru Nakamura, but Pentala Harikrishna immediately struck back on the second board by defeating Gata Kamsky. The other two games were drawn.
France and England split the points, while Armenia achieved a narrow victory against The Philippines. Ukraine caught up after the swift 3-1 victory against Poland. Vassily Ivanchuk won his first game in the Olympiad, while Ruslan Ponomariov beat Mateusz Bartel to avenge the loss from the recent Dortmund super-tournament.
Meanwhile, in the women's section Georgian beat Cuba 4-0, while China beat Germany 3-1. France beat Argentina and Russia beat the Czech Republic. Poland and Slovakia drew. So did US and Slovenia. The lower-rated Slovenia held India to a good draw.
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