2010 Chess Olympiad: Round #9

Top Boards (Open)

Azerbaijan 1½-2½ Ukraine
Armenia 1½-2½ Russia 1
Georgia 1½-2½ France
Israel 2½-1½ Hungary
Cuba 1½-2½ China
Bulgaria 1½-2½ USA

Round #9 Analysis: We are winding down the Olympiad and the Ukraine is still holding onto its one-point lead. Russia 1 beat defending champion Armenia with Peter Svidler beating Gabriel Sargissian. Trying to win their first medal since 2004, the Russians will face China who also needs a win to remain in the medal hunt.

Georgia goes down against a surging France. Baadur Jobava facing Maxime Vachier-LaGraeve on board #1.

Georgia goes down against a surging France.
Baadur Jobava facing Maxime Vachier-LaGraeve on board #1 (½-½).

France has slowly crept into the medal hunt by accumulating point-after-point and will play the Ukraine. Hopefully Vladislav Tkachiev will not forfeit as he did against Azerbaijan in 2008. The USA will get Israel, a team they defeated in the World Team Championships in Bursa, Turkey.

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Top Boards (Women)

Russia 1 2½-1½ Serbia
Georgia 2½-1½ Russia 2
Hungary 1-3 China
Ukraine 3½-½ Croatia
Cuba 1½-2½ India

Round #9 Analysis: Russia 1 has virtually clinched the gold with yet another win against Serbia. With two rounds remaining they have a four-point lead and own favorable tiebreaks over all of the main rivals. Russia 2 stumbled against Georgia and is statistically eliminated from gold medal contention. There is a five-way tied for 2nd as China and the Ukraine will make a last-ditch effort to win a medal. China and Ukraine will most likely face each other in the last round if they win their last rounds. China is a heavy favorite over regional rival India while the Ukraine will have a tough battle against defending champion Georgia. Silver and bronze medals are still in the air!

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Daaim Shabazz

Daaim Shabazz is the founder of The Chess Drum, while serving as a tenured faculty member of Global Business & Marketing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. He holds a B.S. Computer Science from Chicago State University, an MBA in Marketing and a Ph.D. in International Affairs & Development, both from Clark Atlanta University. He has served the journalist community for more than 30 years and still competes in tournaments occasionally.

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