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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Istanbul Chess Olympiad Round 7: Russia in Sole Lead

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Hi everyone,

No messing with the Russians: Kramnik and Grischuk on the top boards for the leaders at the 40th Chess Olympiad in Istanbul.

Seventh round brought another win for Russia as they beat Azerbaijan with three draws and a win by Alexander Grischuk on the second board in the open section. Grischuk continued to fight and corner Eltaj Safarli eventually breaking the latter's defense. 

Top standings after Round 7
Russia has 13 match points. China and Ukraine have 12 points each. Armenia, USA, Hungary, Azerbaijan, Germany, Uzbekistan and Philippines have 11 points each. 

Armenia had another tough match this time against China on table two. Sergei Movsesian, who yesterday saved his team in the clash with Russia, fell victim to Wang Yue's counterattack. With the other three games being drawn, China celebrated an important victory that leaves them on the shared 2nd place, right behind Russia.

The defending champions from Ukraine have made a huge leap ahead by defeating Spain. Vassily Ivanchuk's win on the first board was the only decided game in the match. Ukraine will play Russia in the next round.

The Philippines, seeded only 35th in the starting list, bravely resisted the 4th-seed Hungary to go home with a 2-2 tie. Wesley So and Peter Leko played a wild line of the Marshall Attack, but the game ended in a draw.

Zoltan Almasi took his team into the lead with a win against Oliver Barbosa, but the legendary Eugenio Torre, first Asian Grandmaster and record holder with 21 appearances in the Olympiads, escaped from a passive position to pull a victory against Ferenc Berkes and equalise the score.

Germany edged Moldova 2,5-1,5 and England outplayed Georgia in the same manner. USA won against the young Turkish team by 3,5-0,5. Argentina and India, as well as Israel and France, traded a couple of defeats for each team to split the points in their respective matches.

The women's section saw an exciting match between overnight joint leaders Russia and Poland who drew each other after a very tough fight, but China beat Georgia. Ukraine and France drew even as Serbia and Vietnam followed suit.

Watch all the live action at the official site as the final rounds in the mega chess event of the year draws near.

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