Russia is poised to win Gold in both Open and Women’s Olympiad. They also have a record 8 teams in Khanty-Mansiysk. In my opinion, this would be one of the biggest upsets in Chess Olympiad history if Russia fails to produce Gold. In fact, they may even have a shot at 2 Gold and 2 Silver team medals or more plus individual medals.

Russia with 8 teams at the Chess Olympiad
All teams paired in round 1
Report by Chessdom

The Chess Olympiad 2010 will take place in Khanty Mansiysk. As a host country it is entitled by FIDE rules to get 2 men and two women team (the so called first team and youth team) participating in the event.

According to the Olympiad rules, “2. The organizing federation shall be entitled to enter a second team (“B” team). If there is an odd number of participating teams the organizing federation has the right to enter a third team (“C” team).” This is, in case there are odd number of teams one more is added to have everyone playing. However, “If the “C” team is paired and plays round 1 it shall remain in the tournament to the conclusion even though a team or teams dropping out or a new team or teams arriving subsequently results in an odd number of teams still in competition.

As informed in a preview article, the odd number of teams in the open section produced a Russia 3 team.

However, in the pairings of round 1 appear 5 men and 3 women teams, making their total number 8.

The reason to getting Russia 4 team in the open section might be the late cancelation of Romania due to internal problems. If Russia 3 was promised to participate in the event, then the Russia 4 team could have been needed to balance out odd number of teams. The logic behind the including of Russia 5 could have been the same – Russia 4 is promised participation and one team failed to arrive, thus Russia 5 is included to have even number of participants. journalists have not confirmed if this is the correct answer to Russia having 8 teams at the Olympiad. If you have information on the topic, please, contact us here.

Here are the five men and three women teams of Russia.

Russia 1

1 GM Kramnik Vladimir 2780 RUS
2 GM Grischuk Alexander 2760 RUS
3 GM Svidler Peter 2731 RUS
4 GM Karjakin Sergey 2747 RUS
5 GM Malakhov Vladimir 2725 RUS

Russia 2

1 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2706 RUS
2 GM Alekseev Evgeny 2691 RUS
3 GM Vitiugov Nikita 2709 RUS
4 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2701 RUS
5 GM Timofeev Artyom 2690 RUS

Russia 3

1 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2726 RUS
2 GM Motylev Alexandr 2694 RUS
3 GM Rublevsky Sergei 2683 RUS
4 IM Pridorozhni Aleksei 2556 RUS
5 GM Kabanov Nikolai 2500 RUS

Russia 4

1 GM Sjugirov Sanan 2627 RUS
2 GM Bezgodov Alexei 2485 RUS
3 IM Genba Vladimir 2445 RUS
4 Iljiushenok Ilia 2412 RUS
5 IM Yoshan Valeriy 2408 RUS

Russia 5

1 IM Potapov Pavel 2464 RUS
2 FM Kopylov Alexander A 2438 RUS
3 Savitskiy Sergey 2373 RUS
4 CM Yuffa Daniil 2235 RUS
5 GM Prokopchuk Evgeny 2522 RUS

Russia 1 women

1 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2573 RUS
2 IM Kosintseva Nadezhda 2565 RUS
3 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2524 RUS
4 IM Galliamova Alisa 2482 RUS
5 WGM Gunina Valentina 2465 RUS

Russia 2 women

1 WGM Pogonina Natalija 2491 RUS
2 WGM Girya Olga 2414 RUS
3 WGM Savina Anastasia 2404 RUS
4 IM Bodnaruk Anastasia 2399 RUS
5 WGM Kashlinskaya Alina 2358 RUS

Russia 3 women

1 Kovanova Baira
2 Bezgodova Mariya
3 Bezgodova Svetlana
4 Kabanova Yekaterina
5 Yakupova Aysilu


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