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Eight on eight in K-M!

Eight teams share the lead on eight points in the Olympiad which is taking place in the tennis club in Khanty-Mansiysk. In the Women's event only four teams have won their first four matches. We have a new VIDEO included in our report.

The eight leaders include Kramnik's Russia 1, Nepominachtchi's Russia 2, Jobava (who beat Carlsen today!)'s Georgia, Le Quang Liem's Vietnam, Leko's Hungary, Van Wely's Netherlands and Aronian's Armenia.

Just behind there are four teams that have won three matches and tied a fourth: Bosnia & Hercegovina, Poland, Ukraine and Sweden.

Maybe the surprise team so far, the Vietnamese, have a secret weapon (database confusion...!):

Nguyen and Nguyen (Vietnam) ©chessanytime

Perhaps the following picture will clarify things?

Nguyen (Vietnam)©chessanytime

Hmm!

In the first of these, (from left to right) Nguyen Anh Dung (2500) and the more famous Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son (2633) defend their country's colours.

The latter of the trio, Nguyen Duc Hoa (2385), is in the second of these pictures.

Have a look at our video selection:

In the Women's event the four at the top are Ukraine (Lahno), China (Hou Yifan), Russia 1 (Tatiana Kosintseva) and Bulgaria (Stefanova).

One point off the pace are Romania, Hungary, Slovenia and the USA.

There is one more round tomorrow before the rest day on Sunday.

For more information, and the possibility of downloading the games, go to the Official site

To follow the results Official site

Here are a selection of our recent photos:

An all-German clash ©chessanytime

Thomas Luther has represented Germany in four Olympiads and now he finds himself playing against his own country!

Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria) ©chessanytime
Nigel Short (England) ©chessanytime
Gilberto Milos (Brazil) ©chessanytime
Cmilyte (Lithuania) is one of several women playing in the 'open' event ©chessanytime
Elina Danielian (Armenia) ©chessanytime
Antoaneta Stefanova ©chessanytime

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