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Armenia held, but close to title

Ian Nepomniachtchi © official site
A draw with Azerbaijan has left Armenia ahead by two points going into the last round. Ukraine play the leaders tomorrow and will have to win by an unlikely 4-0 to overtake the Armenian squad. China play Hungary tomorrow, with both sides hoping for a medal.

Russia showed no mercy towards Israel, but even a win tomorrow may not be enough to win a medal.

Here is a summary of round 8:

      Russia       Israel   4 : 0
1.1 GM Grischuk Alexander 2746 GM Roiz Michael 2669 1-0
1.2 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2711 GM Smirin Ilya 2676 1-0 
1.3 GM Svidler Peter 2739 GM Postny Evgeny 2618 1-0
1.4 GM Vitiugov Nikita 2733 GM Nabaty Tamir 2584 1-0 
      USA       Ukraine   1½:2½
2.1 GM Kamsky Gata 2741 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2768 ½-½
2.2 GM Onischuk Alexander 2675 GM Efimenko Zahar 2706 ½-½ 
2.3 GM Seirawan Yasser 2635 GM Moiseenko Alexander 2715 ½-½
2.4 GM Hess Robert 2609 GM Areshchenko Alexander 2682 0-1
      Armenia       Azerbaijan   2 : 2
3.1 GM Aronian Levon 2805 GM Radjabov Teimur 2744 ½-½ 
3.2 GM Movsesian Sergei 2700 GM Gashimov Vugar 2760 ½-½ 
3.3 GM Akopian Vladimir 2667 GM Mamedov Rauf 2679 1-0
3.4 GM Sargissian Gabriel 2663 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2765 0-1
      Egypt       Hungary   1 : 3
4.1 GM Amin Bassem 2609 GM Leko Peter 2717 ½-½
4.2 GM El Gindy Essam 2510 GM Almasi Zoltan 2726 0-1
4.3 IM Shoker Samy 2475 GM Polgar Judit 2699 0-1
4.4 IM Ezat Mohamed 2430 GM Erdos Viktor 2613 ½-½ 
      China       India   3 : 1
5.1 GM Wang Hao 2718 GM Harikrishna Pentala 2669 1-0
5.2 GM Wang Yue 2709 GM Sasikiran Krishnan 2681 1-0
5.3 GM Li Chao B 2669 GM Ganguly Surya Shekhar 2627 ½-½
5.4 GM Ding Liren 2654 GM Negi Parimarjan 2642 ½-½ 

The standings after the eighth round:

Rank Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Points TB2
1 Armenia *   2 2 2 13 20.5
2 China *   2 3 11 20.0
3 Ukraine   * 2 11 17.5
4 Russia 2 2 * 3 3 1   4 3 10 19.5
5 Hungary   1 * 2 2 3 10 18.0
6 USA 2 ½ 1 2 * 3   8 16.0
7 Azerbaijan 2 2 3 * 3 2   7 16.5
8 India 1   2 1 1 * 5 13.0
9 Israel ½ 0 ½   2 * 3 5 11.5
10 Egypt ½ ½ 1 1 ½   1 * 0 7.5

The final round will start 5 hours earlier (10 am local time, 4am in Paris etc).


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