Friday, October 1, 2010

Ukraine maintains lead

I have been concentrating too much on the Malaysian results that I forgot to mention the "real" tournament.

Ukraine maintains its lead despite Ivancuk losing his first game (to Mamedyarov) yesterday. They lead with sixteen match points a slim one match point margin. Next is Russia 1 and France (!) with fifteen match points each. This could be France best outing so far, but it remains to be seen if they can maintain because today they have to face Ukraine!

Israel, China, United States are not far behind with fourteen match points a piece.

Some crucial matches are on today. Ukraine versus France, China plays Russia 1, United States square off with Israel.

Sergey Karjakin is in great form for Russia 1 with 7/8 and undefeated with a performance rating of 2957. Quite amazing. If he were still playing for Ukraine, it could possibly be over as far as the gold is concerned. Unfortunately for them , he changed his federation to Russia.

The entire Russia 1 team has only lost two games. Former world champion Ruslan Ponomariov has drawn all his seven games so far.

So many games to follow. I have to watch Alia's game as well to see whether she will achieve her norm.


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