China fights back and strengthens quest for silver… Russia clings to 3rd
Armenia 2-2 France
China 3-1 Czech Republic
Russia 3-1 Cuba
Israel 2˝-1˝ USA
Netherlands 2˝-1˝ Ukraine
Armenia and France drew four interesting games to hold a 2˝-point lead. China roared back into the medal race with a 3-1 drubbing off the Czech Republic. Wang Yue surgically dismantled against young star V. Laznicka and puts himself in prime position for a board medal on #4. Laznicka trotted out a Rossolimo, but allowed black to equalize fairly easily and later gain the initiative with nice play on the kingside. Zhang Peingxiang also scored his 4th victory in six games.
Russia got back on track with a 3-1 decision over Cuba. Vladimir Kramnik crushed Lazaro Bruson in fine fashion as all of white's pieces surrounded the black king. Alexanders Grischuk and Morozevich also scored and the Russians would gain one point from Armenia's position. Armenia has a total of 34 points while China has 31˝ and Russia has 31. Armenia needs just two points to clinch the gold.
Algeria 3-1 Pakistan; Italy "C" 3˝-˝ Angola;Papua New Guinea 2˝-1˝ Aruba Bermuda 3-1 Rwanda; Barbados 3-1 Afghanistan; Botswana 3-1 Jersey; British Virgin Islands ˝-3˝ Netherlands Antilles;Russia 3-1 Cuba; Dominican Republic 2-2 Italy "A"; Egypt 2-2 Morocco; Cyprus 3-1 Ethiopia; Haiti 2-2 Uganda; Jamaica 3˝-˝ Tunisia; Kenya 1˝-2˝ Trinidad & Tobago; Luxembourg 3˝-˝ Libya; Malawi 2˝-1˝ Suriname; IBCA 3-1 Mauritius; Morocco 2-2 Egypt; Hong Kong 2˝-1˝ Mozambique; Namibia 3˝-˝ Fiji; Netherlands Antilles 2˝-1˝ British Virgin Islands; Nigeria 1˝-2˝ Puerto Rico; Rwanda 1-3 Bermuda; Nepal 2˝-1˝ Seychelles; Belgium 2˝-1˝ South Africa; San Marino 2˝-1˝ Sudan; Trinidad & Tobago 2˝-1˝ Kenya; Tunisia 3˝-˝ Jamaica; Uganda 2˝-1˝ Honduras; Chinese Taipei 3˝-˝ US Virgin Islands; Zambia 2-2 Malta
Reporting from Cape Town, South Africa - Dr. Daaim Shabazz, The Chess Drum