Round 9 summary

Mamedyarov handed Ivanchuk his first loss in this Olympiad! But it was not enough to stop the Ukrainian chess machine. Eljanov and Efimenko won on board 3 and 4 to give Ukraine a 2.5 – 1.5 victory over Azerbaijan.

1. Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 1-0 Ivanchuk, Vassily
2. Radjabov, Teimour ½-½ Ponomariov, Ruslan
3. Mamedov, Rauf 0-1 Eljanov, Pavel
4. Safarli, Eltaj View Efimenko, Zahar

Russia A team still has their gold medal hope by beating the defending champs Armenia 2.5 – 1.5. Svidler is the hero of the day for Russia A.

1. Aronian, Levon ½-½ Kramnik, Vladimir
2. Akopian, Vladimir ½-½ Grischuk, Alexander
3. Sargissian, Gabriel 0-1 Svidler, Peter
4. Pashikian, Arman ½-½ Karjakin, Sergey

Feller once again provides France the important win to knockout the pesky Georgian team by the score of 2.5 – 1.5.

1. Jobava, Baadur ½-½ Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime
2. Mchedlishvili, Mikheil ½-½ Fressinet, Laurent
3. Pantsulaia, Levan ½-½ Tkachiev, Vladislav
4. Gelashvili, Tamaz 0-1 Feller, Sebastien

Judit avoided a draw to go all out for the win. But a blunder did her in.

1. Gelfand, Boris ½-½ Leko, Peter
2. Smirin, Ilia View Polgar, Judit
3. Rodshtein, Maxim ½-½ Berkes, Ferenc
4. Mikhalevski, Victor ½-½ Balogh, Csaba

Wang Hao scored the lone victory on board 2 to give China an important win against Cuba.

1. Dominguez Perez, Leinier ½-½ Wang, Yue
2. Bruzon Batista, Lazaro 0-1 Wang, Hao
3. Quesada Perez, Yuniesky ½-½ Bu, Xiangzhi
4. Hernandez Carmenates, Holden ½-½ Zhou, Jianchao

Kamsky also scored on board 2 to give the U.S. a 2.5 – 1.5 win over Bulgaria.

1. Topalov, Veselin ½-½ Nakamura, Hikaru
2. Cheparinov, Ivan 0-1 Kamsky, Gata
3. Georgiev, Kiril ½-½ Onischuk, Alexander
4. Delchev, Aleksander ½-½ Shulman, Yuri

Full results here: http://www.ugra-chess.com/results.php?tmnt=1&rn=9

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