Istanbul Chess Olympiad Round 9: China, Russia, Armenia, USA in Joint Lead in Open Section
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov played another excellent game to gain the lead for Azerbaijan in the match against Poland. However, the well-prepared Radoslaw Wojtaszek, who had been Vishy Anand's second for several years, defeated Teimour Radjabov in his favourite King's Indian defence. the other two games were drawn and the match ended in a 2-2 tie.
The game Vassily Ivanchuk - Maxime Vachier-Lagrave was very interesting. The French player practically "forced" Ivanchuk to execute the typical sicilian sacrifice on d5. Black defended well for awhile, but apparently he forgot about the danger hiding behind the opening of the g-file. Ivanchuk efficiently concluded the game. Another Ukrainian victory by Aleksandr Moiseenko sealed the fate of the French team. Netherlands are making their way to the top as they defeated Israel thanks to Loek Van Wely's swift victory against Emil Sutovsky and Jan Smeets' effort on the 4th board.
In the women's section, China continued the winning streak by defeating France. Again the top two boards were at work, securing the final score of 3-1 in the favour of China. Russia drew with black, won with white, for the overall score of 3-1 in the match with India. Poland recovered from the drama in the previous two rounds and bounced back by signing a minimal win 2,5-1,5 against Bulgaria. Jolanta Zawadzka delivered the decisive punch.
Kazakhstan edged the equally talented team of Uzbekistan by a narrow margin 2,5-1,5. Ukraine and Armenia beat USA and Iran respectively by 3-1, while Azerbaijan stunned the 3rd-seeded Georgia. Israel shocked the higher-rated Serbia by imposing them a 3-1 defeat.
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