SIMPLECHESS

Russia just ahead of the USA

Russia won heavily against the hosts and the United States edged the crunch match against Israel. These two teams are now best placed.
Player of the tournament so far has to be Shakhriyar Mamedyarov with 100% from his first five games!
Nakamura is also doing quite well with 3.5/4 on top board including a win with Black over the World Cup champion Boris Gelfand.

Here are further details about today's round.

India 2-2 Armenia

(first drawn match of the tournament)

Sasikiran 1-0 Aronian

Harikrishna 0-1 Akopian

Russia 3.5-0.5 Turkey

(predictable)

Egypt 1-3 Azerbaijan

Adly 1-0 Gashimov

(continuing Gashimov's miserable performance: three losses in a row!)

Mamedyarov wins again making it 5/5!!

Brazil 1-3 Greece

(Another good result for the Greeks this time against close rivals)

Israel 1.5-2.5 USA

Gelfand (2761) 0-1 Nakamura (2708)

Smirin (2668) 0-1 Onischuk (2670)

Sutovsky (2657) 1-0 R.Hess (2572)

Postny (2648) 0.5-0.5 Ray Robson (2570)

(Great experience for young Robson who was born as recently as 1994!)

The fifth round standings have Russia in the lead just half-a-point ahead of the United States. Armenia and India are just one match point behind.

RankingCountryWinsDrawsLossesMatch pointsGame points
1Russia401813
2USA401812.5
3Armenia311712
4India311711
5Azerbaijan302611.5
6Israel302611
7Greece203410
8Brazil10428
9Egypt10427
10Turkey00504

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