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37th Chess Olympiad (2006)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Vladimir Kramnik, Viswanathan Anand, Hikaru Nakamura, Alexander Grischuk, Wesley So, Teimour Radjabov, Alexander Morozevich, Sergey Karjakin, Vassily Ivanchuk, Boris Gelfand, Peter Svidler, Leinier Dominguez Perez, Pavel Eljanov, Pentala Harikrishna, Gata Kamsky, Vugar Gashimov, Michael Adams, Wang Yue, Alexey Shirov, David Navara, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Etienne Bacrot, Evgeny Bareev, Arkadij Naiditsch, Viktor Bologan, Baadur Jobava, Alexander Moiseenko, Zoltan Almasi, Ni Hua, Francisco Vallejo Pons, Bu Xiangzhi, Andrei Volokitin, Le Quang Liem, Krishnan Sasikiran, Laurent Fressinet, Lazaro Bruzon Batista, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Loek van Wely, Vladimir Akopian, Ivan Cheparinov, Nigel Short, Alexander Beliavsky, Zahar Efimenko, Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu, Ivan Sokolov, Sergei Rublevsky, Ferenc Berkes, Viktor Laznicka, Emil Sutovsky, Ilya Smirin, Gabriel Sargissian, Alexander Onischuk, Peter Heine Nielsen, Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga, Sergei Tiviakov, Gregory Kaidanov, Viktor Korchnoi, Kiril Dimitrov Georgiev, Mikhail Gurevich, Eduardas Rozentalis, Joel Lautier, Timur Gareev, Christian Bauer, Artur Yusupov, Aleksej Aleksandrov, Rauf Mamedov, Mateusz Bartel, Andrei Istratescu, Zoltan Gyimesi, Csaba Balogh, Surya Shekhar Ganguly, Daniel Fridman, Aleksander Delchev, Boris Avrukh, Sergei Azarov, Gadir Guseinov, Giorgi Kacheishvili, Bartosz Socko, Ngoc Truongson Nguyen, Eduardo Patricio Iturrizaga Bonelli, Giovanni Portilho Vescovi, Luka Lenic, Alexei Fedorov, Zhong Zhang, Alexander (Nenashev) Graf, Chanda Sandipan, Tomi Nyback, Axel Bachmann Schiavo, Yuniesky Quesada Perez, Borki Predojevic, Bartlomiej Macieja, Alexandr Hilario Takeda dos Santos Fier, Varuzhan Akobian, Rafael Duailibe Leitao, Robert Markus, Jan Gustafsson, Erwin L'Ami, Viorel Iordachescu, Farrukh Amonatov, Mircea-Emilian Parligras, Zbynek Hracek, Zhang Pengxiang, Robert Kempinski, Karen Asrian, Hristos Banikas, Andrei Sokolov, Jonathan Speelman, Gilberto Milos, Ioannis Papaioannou, Friso Nijboer, Johann Hjartarson, Ahmed Adly, Ildar Ibragimov, Zdenko Kozul, Smbat Gariginovich Lputian, Miguel Illescas Cordoba, Valerij Filippov, Vasilios Kotronias, Emilio Cordova, Simen Agdestein, Suat Atalik, Zhao Jun, Utut Adianto, Ehsan Ghaem Maghami, Fernando Peralta, Vasif Durarbayli, Victor Mikhalevski, Levente Vajda, Dimitrios Mastrovasilis, Neuris Delgado Ramirez, Levan Pantsulaia, Andrey Zhigalko, Hichem Hamdouchi, Emanuel Berg, Merab Gagunashvili, Ruben Felgaer, Arturs Neiksans, Yannick Pelletier, Tamaz Gelashvili, Alberto David, Dmitry Svetushkin, Artashes Minasian, Lubomir Ftacnik, Tiger Hillarp Persson, Mladen Palac, Mark Paragua, Sabino Brunello plus 710 more players

 page 1 of 146; games 1-25 of 3,626  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. W Elliott vs Filippov 0-118 2006 37th Chess OlympiadC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
2. Grischuk vs R Kozlov 1-059 2006 37th Chess OlympiadB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
3. K Kuderinov vs Morozevich 0-156 2006 37th Chess OlympiadB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
4. Bareev vs A Ismagambetov 1-053 2006 37th Chess OlympiadE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
5. D Issabayev vs Rublevsky 0-157 2006 37th Chess OlympiadD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. Efimenko vs M Pribeanu 1-023 2006 37th Chess OlympiadB12 Caro-Kann Defense
7. P Dukaczewski vs Karjakin 0-131 2006 37th Chess OlympiadB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
8. A Volokitin vs V Berlinsky 1-045 2006 37th Chess OlympiadC11 French
9. P Aderito vs L E Johannessen 0-139 2006 37th Chess OlympiadE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
10. K Lie vs E Campos 1-067 2006 37th Chess OlympiadA15 English
11. C Domingos vs E J Gausel 0-157 2006 37th Chess OlympiadA56 Benoni Defense
12. R Djurhuus vs A Sousa  0-141 2006 37th Chess OlympiadE77 King's Indian
13. Ganguly vs J Elbilia ½-½26 2006 37th Chess OlympiadC41 Philidor Defense
14. K Asrian vs R Prasca Sosa 0-135 2006 37th Chess OlympiadC03 French, Tarrasch
15. G Sargissian vs O Soto Paez 1-047 2006 37th Chess OlympiadE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
16. A Hernandez vs A Minasian  0-130 2006 37th Chess OlympiadB06 Robatsch
17. Lautier vs O Zambrana 1-021 2006 37th Chess OlympiadD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
18. M Vachier-Lagrave vs J Cueto Chajtur ½-½64 2006 37th Chess OlympiadC41 Philidor Defense
19. A Obodchuk vs Sutovsky  0-128 2006 37th Chess OlympiadD85 Grunfeld
20. B Avrukh vs S Mikheev 1-037 2006 37th Chess OlympiadA40 Queen's Pawn Game
21. P Garbett vs I Ibragimov ½-½37 2006 37th Chess OlympiadC17 French, Winawer, Advance
22. R J Dive vs Akobian  ½-½57 2006 37th Chess OlympiadA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
23. J A Nilssen vs Tiviakov 0-145 2006 37th Chess OlympiadE20 Nimzo-Indian
24. Nijboer vs M Poulsen 1-018 2006 37th Chess OlympiadC41 Philidor Defense
25. J Rodgaard vs E van den Doel  0-160 2006 37th Chess OlympiadA28 English
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Jun-12-06  Marvol: <codtd>: what about the historic win for Armenia?

That is actually what I remember most of all.
Then I also remember the Russians finishing 6th - historically low - and, indeed, Kramniks return to form.

Anand underperforming is nothing to remember AFAIC, everyone's got bad spells sometimes and this was one of his, duh.

Jun-12-06  cotdt: this olympiad will be remembered for one thing, and one thing only, then. Gormally beating up Aronian and Yasser Serawein's subsequent martial arts moves to save Aronian.
Jun-12-06  Chopin: <cotdt> <this olympiad will be remembered for two things, and two things only: kramnik's comeback and ana>

I will remember this olympiad for losing all my chessbucks on Russia.

Jun-12-06
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  IMlday: I will remember this Olympics for (a) extra-Spartan accomodation; (b) Aronian and the Armenian wave; (c) Kramnik's return to health.
Jun-13-06
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  Benzol: I heard through the grape-vine that whilst the playing facilities were adequate the facilities for bathing and the accomodation were somewhat lacking.
Jun-14-06
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  acirce: <Incidentally, there was nothing to stop the chief arbiter Geurt Gijssen from double-forfeiting Armenia and Hungary for their pre-arranged match, but that would take some courage and Gijssen is not known for standing up to the top players or FIDE.>

<Armenia and Hungary broke the rules by agreeing to a result before the match started - just as Armenia and Georgia had done at the previous Olympiad. Both deals were common knowledge at the Olympiad; indeed the Israelis told the arbiters the score of the Georgia-Armenia match in 2004 before it had started. (Despite the official protest, lodged before the match, the arbiters took no action.) It just requires a bit of courage by arbiters to stop the flagrant rule-breaking but noone is prepared to do it. In this case Gijssen could have proven the breach easily, since the players were openly discussing it long before the games began. He just didn't have the guts to do it. (Note that Gijssen was not to blame in 2004 - Leong was chief arbiter.)>

http://www.chessninja.com/dailydirt...

If this is correct, it looks like a great scandal to me. Pre-arranged draws are of course commonplace, but the equivalent of this would never be tolerated in an important individual tournament. Imagine the leader of next year's World Championship tournament openly discussing beforehand with someone out of contention to agree to a draw in the final round to secure the former's victory.

Jun-14-06
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  notyetagm: <acirce> Totally agree with you. Armenia and Hungary should have scored 0-0 as a result of a double forfeit.

Scandalous to be so brazen about it. I remember the big scandal at the US Championship a few years back with the same problem in the last round. I don't know if those were pre-arranged though or just spontaneous short draws.

And you are right on your second point as well. Imagine if last year at San Luis if it was common knowledge that Topalov had pre-arranged a draw with Polgar late in the tournament before their game took place.

Jun-14-06
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  suenteus po 147: It is pre-arranged draws (and not GM draws) that make me question why both players sit down to play at all.
Jun-14-06  DUS: <acirce> Usually I agree with your comments but this time let me to say something. Below are the games of 2004. ELOs clearly are showing who was strong. Also, if there was a pre-arrangement, why then it was not 4:0? Then Armenia could have been in the clear second place... Or you think Georgians wanted still to see Russia in the second place? Finally, if Armenia was able to beat the very strong team of Israel (having GM Gelfand!) 3:1, why to be surprised if Armenia beats also Georgia 3.5:0.5?

GM Akopian 2692- GM Izoria 2600 1 - 0

GM Aronian 2675-GM Jobava 2614 -

GM Vaganian 2640 -GM Gagunashvili 2567
1 - 0

GM Lputian 2634-GM Gelashvili 2576 1 - 0

Jun-16-06  itz2000: where can I see which place every country won? rankings, points, table etc?
Jun-18-06  ARTIN: I think 2:2 between Armenia and Hungary is pretty normal. Hungary was unlikely to do better than that and they had a bad tournament so they probably wanted to go and get drunk. And Armenia, well, 2 points was sufficient for them. For sure Hungrary anticipated the draw offer and there may have been a friendly, informal discussion about it right before the games started. But that this discussion was planned etc, I find it very hard to believe. If the Armenian players were smart enough to lead for 8 rounds, they were smart enough to realize that Hungary is not a strong enough team to take the risk of prearranging games with them.

Besides, the apparent "source" posted above, is not an article or anything of the sort. It's somebody's opinion.

Jun-18-06  s4life: <ARTIN: If the Armenian players were smart enough to lead for 8 rounds, they were smart enough to realize that Hungary is not a strong enough team to take the risk of prearranging games with them.>

That's a slippery slope fallacious argument.

Jun-20-06  ARTIN: I think it's quite sound. Armenians had a mighty team in this Olympics. They totally dominated the whole event before the match with Hungary. Considering this, the probability that they would get their 2pts against a very weak Hungarian team is like .95. In fact, most likely they wouldn't even need 2pts, probably even 1 point would do (Armenia won 2pts ahead of the second place anyway). Which strong team is insane enough to risk an almost for sure victory by trying to fix a game. You make no sense at all.
Jun-24-06  DUS: "The Hamilton-Russell challenge cup, awarded to winners of the World Chess Olympiads, has arrived in Yerevan for two years.

Armenian chess fans hope the valuable trophy will stay longer in our country."

http://armchess.am/

Jun-25-06
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  Peligroso Patzer: <itz2000: where can I see which place every country won? rankings, points, table etc?>

This information is available on the official site for the Olympiad. Here is a link you can use:

http://www.chessolympiad-torino2006...

Jun-25-06  WMD: Alternatively:

http://www.olimpbase.org/2006/2006i...

Jun-25-06  DUS: <itz2000: where can I see which place every country won? rankings, points, table etc?>

The best is:

http://schach.wienerzeitung.at/tnr3...

It gives the answers of all questions.

Jul-04-06  cuendillar: The relatively good result of the Vietnamese team proves that not all countries in south-east Asia are laosy at chess.
Jul-07-06
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  notyetagm: Anyone know a link to where I can see what an official Chess Olympiad medal looks like? I am just really curious what these medals actually look like.
Jul-07-06  iron maiden: The Chessbase report had some pictures of the team members with their medals. http://chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp...
Sep-23-06  samsal27: <Who said chesspeople are boring ?> LOL!
Dec-10-06  Ch3ckmate: kramik had the highest performance rating of all participants tho he won only 4 games?
Dec-10-06  Karpova: <Ch3ckmate> he won 4 games out of 9 and faced the strongest opposition of all participants. http://schach.wienerzeitung.at/tnr3...
Dec-10-06  code13: "Anyone know a link to where I can see what an official Chess Olympiad medal looks like? I am just really curious what these medals actually look like."

Bill Hartston won the gold medal for board 3 in an Olympiad in the 70s (Siegen I think). He said that his medal looked suspiciously like the souvenir badges being sold at the event!!!

Dec-11-06  Chessdreamer: <code13<Chess Olympiad medal, check this:
http://www.ikondirect.it/ikon.php?a...
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