Heroes of the day!

Turkey tore up the form book and shocked Israel who had optimistically rested their top two boards.
Nakamura won again and so enabled the USA to take the lead with Russia only drawing against Armenia.
The USA have two tough matchs remaining so will still have to play at their best to stay ahead of their main rivals.

The battle for first place may be hotting up but it was the lowly Turkish side that created the big news by beating an Israeli side rated on average 160-odd points higher! What next?

Russia 2 - 2 Armenia

Morozevich 0-1 Akopian

Tomashevsky 1-0 Sargissian

Egypt 1.5 - 2.5 India

The former World Junior Champion Ahmed Adly has a honorable 4.5/7 on top board for Egypt.

Ahmed Adly from Egypt, happy about his form
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Israel 1.5 - 2.5 Turkey

Average ratings: Israel 2649 Turkey 2487

Bravo to the Turkish team who are continuing to battle away despite having a difficult time.

Sutovsky and Rodshtein both had their first losses and their opponents, Yilmaz and Esen, their first wins!

Brazil 0.5 - 3.5 Azerbaijan

Brazil have been out of form so far but play Turkey tomorrow in the battle to avoid the wooden spoon.

Greece 1.5 - 2.5 United States

Kotronias 0-1 Nakamura

Nakamura now has 5.5/6 and Onischuk 5.5/7, both of whom are now favourite to take their respective board prizes. Naturally this fact goes a long way to explaining why the US have been able to win six matches so far.

The USA are one match point ahead but have to face Armenia and Azerbaijan in the last two rounds. Russia have Egypt and Israel and must still fancy their chances.

RankCountry+=-Match (Game) pts.
1USA601 12 (18)
2Russia511 11 (17.5)
3Azerbaijan412 9 (17)
4India412 9 (15)
5Armenia322 8 (15)
6Israel313 7 (14.5)
7Greece304 6 (14.5)
8Egypt115 3 (10.5)
9Turkey115 3 (8.5)
10Brazil106 2 (9.5)

As for the individual performances, the highest percentages on each board are highlighted, on the condition that the player has played at least four games.

The highest performing player of all is Mamedyarov with 6.5/7 closely followed by Nakamura's 5.5/6 on board 1!

Russia rating average (over top four) 2729

1GMAlexander Grischuk273623070
2GMDmitry Jakovenko273013062.5
3GMAlexander Morozevich273212333.3
4GMEvgeny Tomashevsky270521162.5
5GMVladimir Malakhov271623070
6GMNikita Vitiugov269231087.5

Match points 11

Game points 17.5

Azerbaijan rating average 2718

1GMVugar Gashimov275912333.3
2GMTeimour Radjabov273324066.6
3GMGadir Guseinov261402133.3
4GMShakhriyar Mamedyarov274161092.9
5GMRauf Mamedov264011237.5
6GMNidjat Mamedov261011075

Match points 9

Game points 17

Armenia rating average 2697

1GMLevon Aronian278124157.1
2GMVladimir Akopian267833164.3
3GMGabriel Sargissian268014150
4GMArman Pashikian264712150
5GMTigran L Petrosian262703137.5
6GMTigran Kotanjian2537

Match points 8

Game points 15

Israel rating average 2686

1GMBoris Gelfand276112240
2GMMichael Roiz265704050
3GMIlia Smirin266813150
4GMEmil Sutovsky265732166.6
5GMEvgeny Postny264812066.6
6GMMaxim Rodshtein262203137.5

Match points 7

Game points 14.5

USA rating average 2658

1GMHikaru Nakamura270851091.7
2GMAlexander Onischuk267043078.6
3GMYuri Shulman262403230
4GMVaruzhan Akobian262823158.3
5GMRobert L Hess257210150
6IMRay Robson257002050

Match points 12

Game points 18

Alexander Onischuk is the best second board in Bursa
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India rating average 2641

1GMKrishnan Sasikiran265333164.3
2GMPentala Harikrishna267213241.7
3GMShekhar Ganguly Surya265414060
4GMGopal Geetha Narayanan258412150
5GMSubramanian Arun Prasad256712150
6IMBaskaran Adhiban251102050

Match points 9

Game points 15

Brazil rating average 2625

1GMGiovanni Vescovi266002514.3
2GMRafael Leitao262014060
3GMAlexandr Fier260106142.9
4GMGilberto Milos261804233.3
5GMAndre Diamant249701216.7
6GMDarcy Lima2481

Match points 2

Game points 9.5

Greece rating average 2601

1GMVasilios Kotronias259903325
2GMIoannis Papaioannou262523158.3
3GMHristos Banikas260825064.3
4GMStellos Halkias256622160
5GMDimitrios Mastrovasilis257111075
6GMAthanasios Mastrovasilis251001125

Match points 6

Game points 14.5

Egypt rating average 2519

1GMAhmed Adly259133164.3
2GMBassem Amin254423250
3IMMohamed Ezat24710030
4IMKhaled Abdel Razik246802320
5IMImed Abdelnabbi244802133.3
6IMWalaa Sarwat238601216.7

Match points 3

Game points 10.5

Turkey rating average 2501

1GMKivanc Haznedanglu249801312.5
2IMMert Erdogdu25130158.3
3IMMustafa Yilmaz247811330
4IMEmre Can244221250
5IMBaris Esen251311330
6FMBurak Firat241312066.7

Match points 3

Game points 8.5

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