Round 6 Preview

Featured Round 6 Preview

In terms of team clashes Round 6 of the Chess Olympiad is perhaps not quite the blockbuster we’ve been used to – Armenia-England looks the most finely-balanced top encounter – but we’ve got nothing to complain about when it comes to individual games. Magnus Carlsen takes on his great rival Fabiano Caruana, while other big games include Mamedyarov-Jobava, Kasimdzhanov-Kramnik, Le Quang Liem-Leko and Adams-Aronian.

Players of the stature of Magnus Carlsen have often been reluctant to play in Olympiads when their team is not among the favourites. They tend to end up playing weaker players and risk heavy ratings losses if something goes wrong. Carlsen himself suffered in the 2010 Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk, but so far in Tromsø that hasn’t been an issue. After meeting Radek Wojtaszek (2735) in his third game he came up against Armenian world no. 2 Levon Aronian (2805), and now he faces Italian world no. 3  Fabiano Caruana.

Or if you take live ratings into account (updated each day, not each month) it gets even stranger!

Among matches the top table pairing of Azerbaijan-Georgia sees a meeting of regional rivals and friends (Azerbaijan oil money funds the Georgian Chess Federation), while England-Armenia (Adams-Aronian on top board) is clearly a match to watch! Can the strong England side further damage the chances of Armenia defending their Olympiad title?

Rustam Kasimdzhanov has enjoyed a fine tournament so far | photo: Georgios Souleidis, chess24

Intrigue elsewhere includes the top pairing of Uzbekistan-Russia, with Rustam Kasimdzhanov taking on Vladimir Kramnik. Both players are in fine form, with former FIDE World Champion Kasimdzhanov having defeated Arkadij Naiditsch and Vassily Ivanchuk in consecutive rounds. A win against Kramnik would take Rustam to his highest ever rating. After pointing this out to him yesterday at dinner... and quickly apologising for possibly jinxing him, Rustam replied, “There’s no such thing as jinxes”!

The top pairings are as follows:

Round 6 on 2014/08/08 at 14:00
Bo. 8 Azerbaijan (AZE) Rtg - 21 Georgia (GEO) Rtg 0 : 0
1.1 GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2743 - GM Jobava, Baadur 2713  
1.2 GM Radjabov, Teimour 2724 - GM Mchedlishvili, Mikheil 2618  
1.3 GM Mamedov, Rauf 2659 - GM Nigalidze, Gaioz 2542  
1.4 GM Safarli, Eltaj 2649 - GM Shanava, Konstantine 2563  
Bo. 29 Serbia (SRB) Rtg - 18 Bulgaria (BUL) Rtg 0 : 0
2.1 GM Ivanisevic, Ivan 2613 - GM Topalov, Veselin 2772  
2.2 GM Perunovic, Milos 2602 - GM Cheparinov, Ivan 2681  
2.3 GM Markus, Robert 2602 - GM Iotov, Valentin 2553  
2.4 GM Indjic, Aleksandar 2539 - IM Dimitrov, Radoslav 2461  
Bo. 20 Italy (ITA) Rtg - 14 Norway (NOR) Rtg 0 : 0
3.1 GM Caruana, Fabiano 2801 - GM Carlsen, Magnus 2877  
3.2 GM David, Alberto 2565 - GM Hammer, Jon Ludvig 2628  
3.3 GM Vocaturo, Daniele 2587 - GM Johannessen, Leif Erlend 2528  
3.4 GM Brunello, Sabino 2560 - GM Lie, Kjetil A. 2528  
Bo. 13 Cuba (CUB) Rtg - 49 Kazakhstan (KAZ) Rtg 0 : 0
4.1 GM Dominguez Perez, Leinier 2760 - GM Ismagambetov, Anuar 2531  
4.2 GM Bruzon Batista, Lazaro 2664 - GM Kotsur, Pavel 2559  
4.3 GM Quesada Perez, Yuniesky 2649 - GM Kostenko, Petr 2461  
4.4 GM Ortiz Suarez, Isan Reynaldo 2603 - IM Aitbayev, Aslan 2425  
Bo. 33 Uzbekistan (UZB) Rtg - 1 Russia (RUS) Rtg 0 : 0
5.1 GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2700 - GM Kramnik, Vladimir 2760  
5.2 GM Filippov, Anton 2615 - GM Grischuk, Alexander 2795  
5.3 GM Dzhumaev, Marat 2510 - GM Svidler, Peter 2751  
5.4 IM Vakhidov, Jahongir 2471 - GM Nepomniachtchi, Ian 2714  
Bo. 42 Bosnia & Herzegovina (BIH) Rtg - 3 France (FRA) Rtg 0 : 0
6.1 GM Predojevic, Borki 2604 - GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2768  
6.2 GM Dizdarevic, Emir 2522 - GM Bacrot, Etienne 2720  
6.3 GM Stojanovic, Dalibor 2503 - GM Fressinet, Laurent 2708  
6.4 IM Kadric, Denis 2473 - GM Tkachiev, Vladislav 2624  
Bo. 24 Croatia (CRO) Rtg - 72 Indonesia (INA) Rtg 0 : 0
7.1 GM Saric, Ivan 2671 - GM Megaranto, Susanto 2527  
7.2 GM Stevic, Hrvoje 2606 - IM Farid, Firman Syah 2400  
7.3 GM Kozul, Zdenko 2608 -   Ali Lutfi, Muhammad 2339  
7.4 GM Zelcic, Robert 2548 - CM Setyaki, Azarya Jodi 2186  
Bo. 7 China (CHN) Rtg - 38 Egypt (EGY) Rtg 0 : 0
8.1 GM Wang, Yue 2718 - GM Amin, Bassem 2627  
8.2 GM Ding, Liren 2742 - IM Ezat, Mohamed 2466  
8.3 GM Yu, Yangyi 2668 - GM Adly, Ahmed 2589  
8.4 GM Ni, Hua 2666 - GM El Gindy, Essam 2486  
Bo. 31 Vietnam (VIE) Rtg - 5 Hungary (HUN) Rtg 0 : 0
9.1 GM Le, Quang Liem 2710 - GM Leko, Peter 2740  
9.2 GM Nguyen, Ngoc Truong Son 2634 - GM Balogh, Csaba 2637  
9.3 IM Nguyen, Duc Hoa 2501 - GM Almasi, Zoltan 2690  
9.4 IM Nguyen, Huynh Minh Huy 2507 - GM Polgar, Judit 2676  
Bo. 11 Netherlands (NED) Rtg - 39 Iran (IRI) Rtg 0 : 0
10.1 GM Giri, Anish 2745 - GM Moradiabadi, Elshan 2598  
10.2 GM L'Ami, Erwin 2631 - IM Idani, Pouya 2499  
10.3 GM Tiviakov, Sergei 2664 - GM Toufighi, Homayoon 2424  
10.4 GM Van Kampen, Robin 2638 - GM Golizadeh, Asghar 2490  
Bo. 58 Norway 2 (NOR2) Rtg - 16 Czech Republic (CZE) Rtg 0 : 0
11.1 IM Urkedal, Frode 2500 - GM Navara, David 2716  
11.2 IM Hansen, Torbjorn Ringdal 2450 - GM Laznicka, Viktor 2676  
11.3 IM Tari, Aryan 2440 - GM Hracek, Zbynek 2634  
11.4   Salomon, Johan 2353 - GM Babula, Vlastimil 2549  
Bo. 10 England (ENG) Rtg - 4 Armenia (ARM) Rtg 0 : 0
12.1 GM Adams, Michael 2740 - GM Aronian, Levon 2805  
12.2 GM Jones, Gawain C B 2665 - GM Sargissian, Gabriel 2686  
12.3 GM Short, Nigel D 2665 - GM Movsesian, Sergei 2672  
12.4 GM Sadler, Matthew D 2653 - GM Akopian, Vladimir 2655

Full pairings for both men and women, with handy clickable flags to jump straight to a particular team, can be found here.

The women’s pairings

The same that was said about the open event applies to the women’s event, but even more so. Most matches have clear favourites, and you perhaps have to scroll down to a match like India-Spain to find a contest that’s close on paper (India are higher rated on two boards, but lower rated on the other two). One big game to look out for is Anna Muzychuk (Ukraine) vs. Antoaneta Stefanova (Bulgaria).

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