photos, results, pairings, Mamedyarov-Nedev annotated
After the beautiful opening ceremony yesterday, today the Chess Olympiad in Dresden has started. The first move of the Olympiad was made by the Honorary FIDE President Florencio Campomanses in the giant playing hall full of players, journalists, and accompanying people. 1.e4 in Svidler – Korchnoi and the games have begun.
First move by the Honorary FIDE President in the game Svidler – Kortchnoi 1.e4
The mass of journalists obviously scared the players at first and they were going through the opening moves rather slowly. The big question of the day was whether there will be surprises in round 1 or the favorites will get easy victories. It turned out to be a combination of both: many players were stunned by their lower rated opponents, while there were few team result surprises.
New rules brought exciting games
The Chess Olympiad has new pairing system and also implies no short draws rule. This factor had a strong effect on the games, and there were very few games that finished before move 30 with a 3 move repetition. The boards turned into a battlefield and the chess fans could enjoy fantastic duels. All games were live on the official website, while the fans could also enjoy minute by minute reports from Chessdom.com and photographs by Susan Polgar.
Armenia start the defence of the tilte convincingly
The champions from Armenia started the defence of the Olympiad title convincingly with a 4:0 victory over Italy. GM Aronian declined the exchange sac that GM Caruana was offering for a while and opened the score of the day. He was followed by GM Akopian, who had a solid advantage during the bigger part of the game. GM Sargissian and GM Petrosian finished the work bringing home full points for the Armenia team.
Russia women convince, strange setup brings victory to the men
Despite a very interesting game on board 1 between Kosteniuk and Mamedyarova, the Russian women Olympic team won convincingly against Azerbaijan 4:0.
At the same time the men team created much confusion with the board order of the players. By the decision of the captain, GM Morozevich has been put on board 4 for this competition. Although no official explanation has been given for that, many Chessdom readers speculate that this is due to Morozevich ability to score full points against lower rated opponents. Exactly the win of Morozevich brought the Russian men victory over Switzerland today with a score 2,5:1,5.
Bulgaria stunned at the start, Topalov joins tomorrow
One of the biggest surprises of the day was the strong victory of Germany 2 over Bulgaria. Almost simutaneously two games finished – GM Cheparinov had to give up against the solid play of GM Georg Meier after less than 30 moves, while the Bulgarian debutant GM Iotov managed to return the point on the last board. With GM Delchev and GM Bindrich drawing on board 3, it was up to GM Georgiev and IM Arik Braun to decide the outcome. After a long game IM Braun managed to win material with a nice Ra7 and to bring the surprise of the day.
Bulgaria will have fresh power tomorrow as GM Topalov will join the team. They will be paired against the Dominican Republic.
Heavy loss for Bulgaria against Germany 2
Multiple draw surprises
Although the shockers were few in the first day of the Olympiad, multiple players with 300+ ELO lower managed to surprise their opponents and get a draw. Here is a short list of them:
GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2737 – GM Gallagher Joseph G 2480 ½ : ½
GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2716 – GM Drasko Milan 2537 ½ : ½
GM Tkachiev Vladislav 2664 – GM Kosic Dragan 2511 ½ : ½
GM Stefansson Hannes 2575 – GM Kamsky Gata 2729 ½ : ½
GM Sandipan Chanda 2579 – IM Noritsyn Nikolay 2372 ½ : ½
GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil 2615 – IM Agopov Mikael 2449 ½ : ½
GM Lima Darcy 2488 – GM Ivanisevic Ivan 2658 ½ : ½
GM Evgenij Ermenkov 2465 – GM Kazhgaleyev Murtas 2640 ½ : ½
FM Lim Yee-Weng 2396 – Elbaruni Mohamed 2072 ½ : ½
Yu Marco 2006 – CM Steel Henry Robert 2280 ½ : ½
IM Cueto Jonny 2320 – FM Ho Cheng-Fai 2041 ½ : ½
WFM Plazaola Maria De Los Angeles 2126 – IM Gaponenko Inna 2473 ½ – ½
WIM Zuriel Marisa 2189 – IM Ushenina Anna 2496 ½ – ½
WGM Rohonyan Katerina 2334 – WFM Stojanovic Marija R 2199 ½ – ½
WIM Moncayo Romero Evelyn 2142 – WGM Stojanovic Andjelija 2357 ½ – ½
IM Harika Dronavalli 2462 – WIM Heinatz Gundula Dr. 2227 ½ – ½
WGM Velcheva Maria 2280 – Jorgensen Line Jin 1946 ½ – ½
WGM Berend Elvira 2328 – IM Muzychuk Anna 2508 ½ – ½
Strong start for Azerbaidjan. Will this be their Olympiad?
France could not believe the final result
Stefanova (with her favorite Coca Cola) against WIM Hagesaether on board 1
Philippines vs China
Ukraine vs Argentina
IM Anna Zatonskih leads USA to a victory in round 1