Round 5 board pairings: Kramnik-Topalov, Aronian-Carlsen

Featured Round 5 board pairings: Kramnik-Topalov, Aronian-Carlsen

Tonight sees one of the great traditions of the Chess Olympiad – the Bermuda Party before the first rest day – but for chess fans the party will start hours earlier! The pairing system has come up with some of the most eagerly anticipated battles in world chess: no. 1 Magnus Carlsen takes on no. 2 Levon Aronian, while arch rivals Vladimir Kramnik and Veselin Topalov will once again lock horns. In the women’s event Lagno-Dzagnidze is the top pairing of the first big match – Russia-Georgia.

Great rivalries

Photographers will no doubt be primed to capture the inevitable "non-handshake" between Vladimir Kramnik and Veselin Topalov | photos: Paul Truong

Although Bulgaria are flying high with four wins in four matches, they’re heavy underdogs in their match against top seeds Russia. All eyes, however, will be on Vladimir Kramnik and Veselin Topalov. Neither player has made any secret of their feelings about the other (see, for instance, Kramnik’s interview during the Norway Chess tournament), which stretch back to “toiletgate”, the unseemly scandal that almost derailed their 2006 World Championship match after Topalov’s team accused Kramnik of cheating.

Before this morning there was some speculation that Kramnik might be dropped since this year he’s already suffered two painful defeats at the hands of Topalov. That might have been a sign of weakness on the part of Russia, however, and in any case Kramnik hasn’t lost with White against Topalov since their match – in fact the player with White has won five of their last six games.

Elsewhere there was no question whatsoever that Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian would head their teams in a mouth-watering encounter between the world’s top players. On paper Carlsen might need to win with the black pieces to give his team good chances in the match, but that's easier said than done.

Other big matches include China-Netherlands and Israel-Cuba, while we once again have a string of top games: Wang Yue-Giri, Ivanchuk-Kasimdzhanov, Gelfand-Dominguez, Le Quang Liem-Adams, Leko-Vallejo and more.

The top pairings are as follows:

Round 5 on 2014/08/06 at 14:00
Bo. 8 Azerbaijan (AZE) Rtg - 29 Serbia (SRB) Rtg 0 : 0
1.1 GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2743 - GM Ivanisevic, Ivan 2613  
1.2 GM Radjabov, Teimour 2724 - GM Perunovic, Milos 2602  
1.3 GM Mamedov, Rauf 2659 - GM Markus, Robert 2602  
1.4 GM Guseinov, Gadir 2613 - GM Sedlak, Nikola 2554  
Bo. 1 Russia (RUS) Rtg - 18 Bulgaria (BUL) Rtg 0 : 0
2.1 GM Kramnik, Vladimir 2760 - GM Topalov, Veselin 2772  
2.2 GM Svidler, Peter 2751 - GM Cheparinov, Ivan 2681  
2.3 GM Karjakin, Sergey 2786 - GM Iotov, Valentin 2553  
2.4 GM Nepomniachtchi, Ian 2714 - GM Rusev, Krasimir 2548  
Bo. 4 Armenia (ARM) Rtg - 14 Norway (NOR) Rtg 0 : 0
3.1 GM Aronian, Levon 2805 - GM Carlsen, Magnus 2877  
3.2 GM Sargissian, Gabriel 2686 - GM Agdestein, Simen 2630  
3.3 GM Movsesian, Sergei 2672 - GM Hammer, Jon Ludvig 2628  
3.4 GM Akopian, Vladimir 2655 - GM Johannessen, Leif Erlend 2528  
Bo. 7 China (CHN) Rtg - 11 Netherlands (NED) Rtg 0 : 0
4.1 GM Wang, Yue 2718 - GM Giri, Anish 2745  
4.2 GM Ding, Liren 2742 - GM L'Ami, Erwin 2631  
4.3 GM Yu, Yangyi 2668 - GM Van Wely, Loek 2662  
4.4 GM Wei, Yi 2638 - GM Van Kampen, Robin 2638  
Bo. 2 Ukraine (UKR) Rtg - 33 Uzbekistan (UZB) Rtg 0 : 0
5.1 GM Ivanchuk, Vassily 2744 - GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2700  
5.2 GM Ponomariov, Ruslan 2717 - GM Filippov, Anton 2615  
5.3 GM Eljanov, Pavel 2723 - GM Dzhumaev, Marat 2510  
5.4 GM Korobov, Anton 2680 - IM Vakhidov, Jahongir 2471  
Bo. 9 Israel (ISR) Rtg - 13 Cuba (CUB) Rtg 0 : 0
6.1 GM Gelfand, Boris 2753 - GM Dominguez Perez, Leinier 2760  
6.2 GM Rodshtein, Maxim 2671 - GM Bruzon Batista, Lazaro 2664  
6.3 GM Smirin, Ilia 2656 - GM Quesada Perez, Yuniesky 2649  
6.4 GM Sutovsky, Emil 2624 - GM Ortiz Suarez, Isan Reynaldo 2603  
Bo. 49 Kazakhstan (KAZ) Rtg - 26 Turkey (TUR) Rtg 0 : 0
7.1 GM Ismagambetov, Anuar 2531 - GM Solak, Dragan 2632  
7.2 GM Kotsur, Pavel 2559 - GM Esen, Baris 2589  
7.3 GM Kostenko, Petr 2461 - GM Can, Emre 2529  
7.4 GM Khusnutdinov, Rustam 2470 - GM Ipatov, Alexander 2614  
Bo. 21 Georgia (GEO) Rtg - 44 Belgium (BEL) Rtg 0 : 0
8.1 GM Jobava, Baadur 2713 - GM Winants, Luc 2545  
8.2 GM Mchedlishvili, Mikheil 2618 - GM Michiels, Bart 2535  
8.3 GM Pantsulaia, Levan 2581 - IM Ringoir, Tanguy 2508  
8.4 GM Nigalidze, Gaioz 2542 - IM Docx, Stefan 2491  
Bo. 31 Vietnam (VIE) Rtg - 10 England (ENG) Rtg 0 : 0
9.1 GM Le, Quang Liem 2710 - GM Adams, Michael 2740  
9.2 GM Nguyen, Ngoc Truong Son 2634 - GM Jones, Gawain C B 2665  
9.3 IM Nguyen, Duc Hoa 2501 - GM Howell, David W L 2650  
9.4 IM Nguyen, Huynh Minh Huy 2507 - GM Sadler, Matthew D 2653

Full pairings can be found on our Current Pairings page.

The first big four encounter

Mitra Hejazipour of leader's Iran will take on Anita Gara of Hungary today | photo: Georgios Souleidis, chess24

In the women’s event four teams clearly stand out from the crowd: China, Russia, Ukraine and Georgia. The odds are huge that one of them will win, and today sees the first match between them, with 2nd seeds Russia taking on 4th seeds Georgia. Other closely fought matches may include Spain-Netherlands and France-Germany, while chess fans will be eager to see whether the early heroes of the women’s event, Iran and Indonesia, can survive tough clashes against Hungary and China respectively.

The top pairings are:

Bo. 23 Indonesia (INA) Rtg - 1 China (CHN) Rtg 0 : 0
1.1 WGM Sukandar, Irine Kharisma 2396 - GM Hou, Yifan 2661  
1.2 WGM Aulia, Medina Warda 2397 - WGM Ju, Wenjun 2559  
1.3 WIM Sihite, Chelsie Monica Ignesias 2206 - GM Zhao, Xue 2508  
1.4 WFM Citra, Dewi Ardhiani Anastasia 2128 - WGM Tan, Zhongyi 2468  
Bo. 112 Barbados (BAR) Rtg - 38 Norway (NOR) Rtg 0 : 0
2.1 WCM Blackman, Katrina 1627 - WIM Sahl, Sheila Barth 2216  
2.2   Murray, Donna 1454 - WGM Dolzhikova, Olga 2166  
2.3 WCM Ramsay, Sheena 1579 - WGM Koskela, Niina 2213  
2.4   Nurse, Lydia 1364 - WIM Hagesather, Ellen 2182  
Bo. 13 Hungary (HUN) Rtg - 21 Iran (IRI) Rtg 0 : 0
3.1 GM Hoang, Thanh Trang 2485 - WGM Pourkashiyan, Atousa 2352  
3.2 IM Madl, Ildiko 2347 - WGM Khademalsharieh, Sarasadat 2324  
3.3 IM Gara, Anita 2327 - WIM Hejazipour, Mitra 2269  
3.4 WGM Papp, Petra 2274 - WFM Asgarizadeh, Minoo 2147  
Bo. 2 Russia (RUS) Rtg - 4 Georgia (GEO) Rtg 0 : 0
4.1 GM Lagno, Kateryna 2540 - GM Dzagnidze, Nana 2550  
4.2 GM Gunina, Valentina 2524 - GM Khotenashvili, Bela 2494  
4.3 GM Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2531 - IM Javakhishvili, Lela 2478  
4.4 WGM Pogonina, Natalija 2479 - IM Melia, Salome 2475  
Bo. 11 Spain (ESP) Rtg - 16 Netherlands (NED) Rtg 0 : 0
5.1 IM Vega Gutierrez, Sabrina 2395 - GM Peng, Zhaoqin 2391  
5.2 IM Alexandrova, Olga 2424 - WIM Haast, Anne 2324  
5.3 IM Matnadze, Ana 2385 - WIM Schut, Lisa 2317  
5.4 WIM Aranaz Murillo, Amalia 2314 - WGM Muhren, Bianca 2314  
Bo. 15 Serbia (SRB) Rtg - 3 Ukraine (UKR) Rtg 0 : 0
6.1 IM Bojkovic, Natasa 2425 - GM Muzychuk, Anna 2555  
6.2 WGM Vojinovic, Jovana 2312 - IM Muzychuk, Mariya 2530  
6.3 WGM Stojanovic, Andjelija 2297 - GM Ushenina, Anna 2487  
6.4 WIM Rakic, Marija 2323 - GM Zhukova, Natalia 2468  
Bo. 8 Poland (POL) Rtg - 17 Kazakhstan (KAZ) Rtg 0 : 0
7.1 GM Socko, Monika 2470 - WGM Nakhbayeva, Guliskhan 2336  
7.2 WGM Zawadzka, Jolanta 2398 - WGM Saduakassova, Dinara 2375  
7.3 WGM Szczepkowska-Horowska, Karina 2380 - WGM Abdumalik, Zhansaya 2333  
7.4 WIM Kulon, Klaudia 2301 - WIM Davletbayeva, Madina 2289  
Bo. 9 France (FRA) Rtg - 12 Germany (GER) Rtg 0 : 0
8.1 GM Sebag, Marie 2480 - IM Paehtz, Elisabeth 2464  
8.2 IM Milliet, Sophie 2385 - WGM Schleining, Zoya 2369  
8.3 WGM Guichard, Pauline 2375 - WGM Melamed, Tatjana 2364  
8.4 IM Collas, Silvia 2316 - WGM Ohme, Melanie 2301

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