Friday, September 21, 2012


Palau chess team to the 2012 World Chess Olympiad suffered another shutout loss from Irag this time. First to lose is Elizabeth Manuel and Roberto Hernandez, left, who missed an exchange sacrifice to salvaged at least a draw. Bernardo Garcia played better this time while Menandro Manuel lost another long and tight game.
(Photo by Roberto Hernandez)

Bernard Garcia at the schedule board.
Roberto Hernandez
Menandro Manuel
Elizabeth Manuel
UKRAINE, the defending champion, defeated Qatar with a 3-1 score despite the loss by first board GM Vassily Ivanchuk to GM Mohamad Al-Modiahki, who defeated Roberto Hernandez of Palau in the 1st round.
Ivanchuk was slightly better with the black but he carelessly allowed the enemy queen to sneak into the back rank. Ivanchuk immediately resigned, not declining attempts to seek compensation for the piece.
The United States bested Lithuania by 3.5 - 0.5 after Hikaru Nakamura finally broke down the stubborn resistance of Grecian GM Vidmantas Malisauskas in a marathon 107-move long game. Hikaru once again proved why he is a cerebral assassin.
Azerbaijan had no difficulty in dispatching their Irish opponents, however the young talent FM Ryan Rhys Griffiths managed to steal the only draw for his team in the game against the seasoned Azeri GM Rauf Mamedov.
France and India defeated Peru and Turkey 2016 respectively, by a 3-1 score. Poland cleanly swept Costa Rica 4-0, while China took 3.5 points against Italy, with Wang Hao defeating the young Italian-American phenom Fabiano Caruana on the top board.
Russia allowed 2 quick draws against Greece, but they maintained pushing with the white pieces on the remaining 2 boards. Both Grischuk and Jakovenko were successful and Russia finished the day with a 3-1 victory.
England defeated Brazil by a narrow margin thanks to the full point of Nigel Short, while the remaining 3 games were drawn. The same scenario was seen in Germany-Georgia, only this time the executioner was Arkadij Naiditsch.
Multiple teams in the Women's section swept past their opponents with perfect scores -- China bested Sweden, while leaving the World Champion Hon Yifan on the bench for the 2nd day in a row; Georgia vs. Belgium and Poland vs. Venezuela.
In a stunning game, Brazilian WFM Vanessa Feliciano Ebert held European champion Valentina Gunina to a draw but it was not enough to help her team as Brazil fell to the Russian ladies 3.5 - 0.5.
Former U. S. Champion Anna Zatonskih rested today while her team handed Estonio a defeat by a score of 3.5 - 0.5. In the Asia-Pacific match-up, India won against Australia with the same score.
The Bulgarian team miscalculated and underestimated their Indonesian opponents. With the top Bulgarian lady and former World Champion Anastacia Stefanova resting, the wily Indonesian team seized advantage of her absence and tied the match.
In the top rated rated competitor in the Women's Olympiad, Anna Muzuchuk of Slovenia, entered the battlefield today to contribute to her team's 2.5 - 1.5 victory against the Philippines.
Source: 2012 World Chess Olympiad
Bulletin 2
August 29, 2012
Wow Convention Center
Istanbul, Turkey

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