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Armenia Champions

A 'Shoker' for Mamedyarov!
In the last round, draws across the board against the Ukraine was sufficient for the Armenian team to get their hands on the gold medal in Ningbo China. They were the only team to have remained unbeaten. China won the big clash with Hungary 2½-1½ and thus obtained silver. The Ukrainians manged bronze, due in part to the Russian's surprising defeat at the hands of the Indians.

In the final rounds there were some surprises. India beat Russia, which can't have happened very often!

One individual performance that stuck out was that of Samy Shoker who beat Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, which was the cream on an amazing championships for him. He is well known in Paris circles, as he has been in France for several years, but despite a certain prowess at Blitz chess, Ningbo was certainly the tournament of his life (so far)!

      India   -     Russia   2½:
1.1 GM Harikrishna Pentala 2669 - GM Grischuk Alexander 2746 0-1
1.2 GM Sasikiran Krishnan 2681 - GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2711 1-0
1.3 GM Ganguly Surya Shekhar 2627 - GM Svidler Peter 2739 1-0
1.4 GM Negi Parimarjan 2642 - GM Vitiugov Nikita 2733 ½-½
      Hungary   -     China   1½:2½
2.1 GM Leko Peter 2717 - GM Wang Hao 2718 ½-½
2.2 GM Almasi Zoltan 2726 - GM Wang Yue 2709 0-1
2.3 GM Polgar Judit 2699 - GM Li Chao B 2669 0-1
2.4 GM Balogh Csaba 2643 - GM Yu Yangyi 2672 1-0
      Azerbaijan   -     Egypt   :1½
3.1 GM Radjabov Teimur 2744 - GM Adly Ahmed 2631 1-0
3.2 GM Gashimov Vugar 2760 - GM Amin Bassem 2609 1-0
3.3 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2765 - IM Shoker Samy 2475 0-1
3.4 GM Guseinov Gadir 2625 - IM Ezat Mohamed 2430 ½-½
      Ukraine   -     Armenia   2 : 2
4.1 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2768 - GM Aronian Levon 2805 ½-½
4.2 GM Eljanov Pavel 2697 - GM Movsesian Sergei 2700 ½-½
4.3 GM Efimenko Zahar 2706 - GM Akopian Vladimir 2667 ½-½
4.4 GM Moiseenko Alexander 2715 - GM Sargissian Gabriel 2663 ½-½
      Israel   -     USA   1½:2½
5.1 GM Sutovsky Emil 2700 - GM Kamsky Gata 2741 ½-½
5.2 GM Roiz Michael 2669 - GM Onischuk Alexander 2675 ½-½
5.3 GM Smirin Ilya 2676 - GM Seirawan Yasser 2635 ½-½
5.4 GM Postny Evgeny 2618 - GM Hess Robert 2609 0-1

The final standings:

Rank Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

 Points 

 TB2 
1 Armenia  *  2 2 2 2 14 22.5
2 China  *  2 3 13 22.5
3 Ukraine 2  *  2 12 19.5
4 Russia 2 2  *  3 3 1 4 3 10 21.0
5 Hungary 1  *  2 2 3 10 19.5
6 USA 2 ½ 1 2  *  3 10 18.5
7 Azerbaijan 2 2 3  *  3 2 9 19.0
8 India 1 2 1 1  *  7 15.5
9 Israel ½ 0 ½ 2  *  3 5 13.0
10 Egypt ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1  *  0 9.0

Armenia win the gold medal after winning five matches and drawing four.

More information from the official site:

http://chess.sport.org.cn

 

 


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