Norway upsets China at Chess Olympiad

By ROBERT HUNTINGTON – 2 hours ago

DRESDEN, Germany (AP) — Nineteenth-seed Norway upset 3rd-seed China in round three of the 38th Chess Olympiad on Saturday, while top-ranked Russia rolled on by beating Cuba 3.5-0.5.

Also in the third round of open division play, second-seed Ukraine edged Georgia 2.5-1.5.

On the women’s side, top-seed Russia suffered a minor upset and drew against 11th-seed India, while the other top teams won their matches.

But it was Norway that captured most attention Saturday. In the most closely watched game of the day, 17-year-old Norwegian prodigy Magnus Carlsen — currently rated fourth in the world — played 21-year-old Wang Yue of China on board one.

Wang had the advantage in the endgame, but Carlsen held the draw.

The real hero for Norway was Kjetil Lie, who beat the much higher rated Bu Xiangzhi on board two.

The Norwegians drew higher-rated Chinese opponents on boards three and four.

The 13-day tournament starting Thursday includes 146 teams in the open division — often referred to as the men’s division although it includes a few women — and 111 in the separate women’s division.

Here is the full article.


Round 3 on 2008/11/15 at 15:00

Bo.

1

Russia (RUS)

Rtg

16

Cuba (CUB)

Rtg

3½: ½

1.1

GM

Kramnik Vladimir

2772

GM

Dominguez Perez Leinier

2719

½ – ½

1.2

GM

Svidler Peter

2727

GM

Bruzon Batista Lazaro

2623

1 – 0

1.3

GM

Morozevich Alexander

2787

GM

Quezada Perez Yuniesky

2580

1 – 0

1.4

GM

Jakovenko Dmitry

2737

GM

Hernandez Carmenates Holden

2580

1 – 0

Bo.

11

Germany 1 (GER1)

Rtg

73

Malaysia (MAS)

Rtg

3½: ½

2.1

GM

Naiditsch Arkadij

2678

IM

Mas Hafizulhelmi

2439

1 – 0

2.2

GM

Gustafsson Jan

2634

FM

Lim Yee-Weng

2396

½ – ½

2.3

GM

Fridman Daniel

2630

FM

Mok Tze-Meng

2308

1 – 0

2.4

GM

Baramidze David

2557

IM

Liew Chee-Meng-Jimmy

2306

1 – 0

Bo.

17

Georgia (GEO)

Rtg

2

Ukraine (UKR)

Rtg

1½:2½

3.1

GM

Jobava Baadur

2664

GM

Ivanchuk Vassily

2786

1 – 0

3.2

GM

Izoria Zviad

2610

GM

Eljanov Pavel

2720

½ – ½

3.3

GM

Mchedlishvili Mikheil

2615

GM

Efimenko Zahar

2680

0 – 1

3.4

GM

Arutinian David

2584

GM

Volokitin Andrei

2659

0 – 1

Bo.

3

China (CHN)

Rtg

19

Norway (NOR)

Rtg

1½:2½

4.1

GM

Wang Yue

2736

GM

Carlsen Magnus

2786

½ – ½

4.2

GM

Bu Xiangzhi

2714

GM

Lie Kjetil A

2526

0 – 1

4.3

GM

Ni Hua

2710

GM

Johannessen Leif Erlend

2545

½ – ½

4.4

GM

Li Chao B

2622

IM

Hammer Jon Ludvig

2522

½ – ½

Bo.

20

Netherlands (NED)

Rtg

4

Azerbaijan (AZE)

Rtg

2 : 2

5.1

GM

Van Wely Loek

2618

GM

Radjabov Teimour

2752

1 – 0

5.2

GM

Smeets Jan

2604

GM

Mamedyarov Shakhriyar

2731

½ – ½

5.3

GM

L’Ami Erwin

2610

GM

Gashimov Vugar

2703

½ – ½

5.4

GM

Werle Jan

2582

GM

Huseynov Gadir

2650

0 – 1

Bo.

9

Armenia (ARM)

Rtg

72

Faroe Islands (FAI)

Rtg

4 : 0

6.1

GM

Akopian Vladimir

2679

IM

Ziska Helgi Dam

2416

1 – 0

6.2

GM

Sargissian Gabriel

2642

FM

Olsen Heini

2376

1 – 0

6.3

GM

Petrosian Tigran L

2629

IM

Rodgaard John

2383

1 – 0

6.4

GM

Minasian Artashes

2541



Poulsen Martin

2281

1 – 0

Bo.

74

Tajikistan (TJK)

Rtg

12

Spain (ESP)

Rtg

1 : 3

7.1



Khuseinov Rashid

2348

GM

Shirov Alexei

2726

0 – 1

7.2

IM

Isaev Jamshed

2400

GM

Vallejo Pons Francisco

2664

0 – 1

7.3

FM

Djuraev Sokhib

2339

GM

Khamrakulov Ibragim S

2580

0 – 1

7.4

IM

Khamdamov Suhrob

2219

GM

San Segundo Carrillo Pablo

2564

1 – 0

Bo.

13

India (IND)

Rtg

91

El Salvador (ESA)

Rtg

3½: ½

8.1

GM

Sasikiran Krishnan

2694

IM

Leyva Hector

2399

1 – 0

8.2

GM

Harikrishna P

2659

IM

Arias Lemmys A

2372

½ – ½

8.3

GM

Geetha Narayanan Gopal

2548



Chavez Hector Eduardo

2202

1 – 0

8.4

GM

Sandipan Chanda

2579

FM

Martinez Nelson

2149

1 – 0

Bo.

106

Japan (JPN)

Rtg

14

Romania (ROU)

Rtg

1 : 3

9.1



Kojima Shinya

2272

GM

Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter

2684

0 – 1

9.2



Baba Masahiro

2220

GM

Parligras Mircea

2611

0 – 1

9.3



Uesugi Shinsaku

2222

GM

Lupulescu Constantin

2594

0 – 1

9.4



Sano Tomu

2111

GM

Vajda Levente

2582

1 – 0

Bo.

15

England (ENG)

Rtg

109

Malta (MLT)

Rtg

4 : 0

10.1

GM

Adams Michael

2734



Sorensen Torben

2383

1 – 0

10.2

GM

Short Nigel D

2642

CM

Pace Colin

2148

1 – 0

10.3

GM

Howell David W L

2593



Borg Andrew

2112

1 – 0

10.4

GM

Conquest Stuart C

2526



Zerafa Patrick

2065

1 – 0

Bo.

5

Hungary (HUN)

Rtg

18

Czech Republic (CZE)

Rtg

3½: ½

11.1

GM

Leko Peter

2747

GM

Navara David

2633

1 – 0

11.2

GM

Polgar Judit

2711

GM

Laznicka Viktor

2591

½ – ½

11.3

GM

Almasi Zoltan

2663

GM

Babula Vlastimil

2608

1 – 0

11.4

GM

Berkes Ferenc

2645

GM

Stocek Jiri

2578

1 – 0

Bo.

7

France (FRA)

Rtg

27

Greece (GRE)

Rtg

2 : 2

12.1

GM

Bacrot Etienne

2705

GM

Papaioannou Ioannis

2597

½ – ½

12.2

GM

Vachier-Lagrave Maxime

2716

GM

Kotronias Vasilios

2587

½ – ½

12.3

GM

Fressinet Laurent

2676

GM

Banikas Hristos

2572

½ – ½

12.4

GM

Tkachiev Vladislav

2664

GM

Mastrovasilis Dimitrios

2572

½ – ½

Bo.

35

Lithuania (LTU)

Rtg

8

Israel (ISR)

Rtg

2 : 2

13.1

GM

Kveinys Aloyzas

2533

GM

Gelfand Boris

2719

½ – ½

13.2

GM

Rozentalis Eduardas

2577

GM

Roiz Michael

2677

0 – 1

13.3

GM

Sulskis Sarunas

2572

GM

Postny Evgeny

2674

1 – 0

13.4

IM

Zagorskis Darius

2509

GM

Rodshtein Maxim

2609

½ – ½

Bo.

84

South Africa (RSA)

Rtg

10

United States of America (USA)

Rtg

½ :3½

14.1

IM

Kobese Watu

2369

GM

Nakamura Hikaru

2704

0 – 1

14.2

CM

Steel Henry Robert

2280

GM

Onischuk Alexander

2644

0 – 1

14.3

CM

Cawdery Daniel

2265

GM

Shulman Yuri

2616

½ – ½

14.4

IM

Mabusela Johanne Mayedi

2273

GM

Akobian Varuzhan

2606

0 – 1

Bo.

101

Nicaragua (NCA)

Rtg

6

Bulgaria (BUL)

Rtg

0 : 4

15.1

IM

Canda Danilo

2289

GM

Topalov Veselin

2791

0 – 1

15.2



Espinoza Felix

2243

GM

Cheparinov Ivan

2696

0 – 1

15.3

FM

Bravo William

2157

GM

Delchev Aleksander

2632

0 – 1

15.4



Alfaro William

2200

GM

Iotov Valentin

2532

0 – 1



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