Thursday, 7 August 2014

2014 Olympiad Day 5 - And now there are none

Round 5 of the 2014 Chess Olympiad saw the last of the teams with a perfect score drop at at least 1 point. The top board match between Azerbaijan and Serbia ended 2:2 with Radjabov being upset by lower rated GM Milos Perunovic. Board 2 saw a something of a grudge match between Russia and Bulgaria, and although Kramnik beat Topalov in their individual game, this was cancelled out by Karjakin's loss to Iotov, so another 2:2. Armenia scored a 2.5-1.5 win over host country Norway, with Sargissian beating Agdestein in the only decisive game of the match. Aronian - Carlsen was a draw.
As a result 7 teams share the lead going into the first rest day. Included in this group are Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, along with Cuba and Georgia.
Australia ran into Italy (seeded 40 places higher) and went down 3-1. Anton Smirnov proved his worth on the bottom board by drawing with GM Danyyil Dvirnyy, while David Smerdon score the other half point against Alberto David. The next opponents are Botswana, who scored a 2:2 against neighbours South Africa in today's round.

Kramnik Vladimir (2760) - Topalov Veselin (2772) [D37]
WCO2014 Tromso (5.21), 06.08.2014

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