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🏆 Olympiad (2008)

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Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Levon Aronian, Wesley So, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Vladimir Kramnik, Veselin Topalov, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Hikaru Nakamura, Alexander Grischuk, Teimour Radjabov, Alexander Morozevich, Sergey Karjakin, Vassily Ivanchuk, Boris Gelfand, Peter Svidler, Leinier Dominguez Perez, Pentala Harikrishna, Pavel Eljanov, Gata Kamsky, Peter Leko, Michael Adams, Vugar Gashimov, Dmitry Jakovenko, Li Chao, Wang Yue, Alexey Shirov, Wang Hao, Sergei Mushegovic Movsesian, David Navara, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Etienne Bacrot, Le Quang Liem, Arkadij Naiditsch, Judit Polgar, Viktor Antonovich Bologan, Baadur Aleksandrovich Jobava, Bu Xiangzhi, Zoltan Almasi, Francisco Vallejo Pons, Andrei Volokitin, Ni Hua, Laurent Fressinet, Krishnan Sasikiran, Lazaro Bruzon Batista, Rustam Mashrukovich Kasimdzhanov, Loek van Wely, Ivan Cheparinov, Vladimir Eduardovich Akopian, Nigel Short, David Howell, Sergei Zhigalko, Maxim Rodshtein, Alexander Beliavsky, Rauf Mamedov, Zahar Efimenko, Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu, Ferenc Berkes, Viktor Laznicka, Gabriel Sargissian, Alexander Onischuk, Jon Ludvig Hammer, Markus Ragger, Peter Heine Nielsen, Bassem Amin, Viktor Korchnoi, Kiril Dimitrov Georgiev, Mikhail Gurevich, Michael Roiz, Aleksej Gennadyevich Aleksandrov, Andrei Istratescu, Mateusz Bartel, Gawain Jones, Predrag Nikolic, Evgeny Postny, Eduardo Patricio Iturrizaga Bonelli, Varuzhan Eduardovich Akobian, Csaba Balogh, Vladislav Ivanovich Tkachiev, Surya Shekhar Ganguly, Tigran Levonovich Petrosian, Georg Meier, Igor Khenkin, Daniel Grigoryevich Fridman, Jan Smeets, Aleksander Petkov Delchev, Boris Avrukh, Gadir Guseinov, Sergei Azarov, Ivan Ivanisevic, Anton Kovalyov, Bartosz Socko, Ngoc Truongson Nguyen, Luka Lenic, Zviad Izoria, Grzegorz Gajewski, Alexei Dmitriyevich Fedorov, Mikhael Mchedlishvili, Constantin Lupulescu, Chanda Sandipan, Tomi Nyback, Axel Bachmann Schiavo, A R Saleh Salem, Kamil Miton, Yuniesky Quesada Perez, Borki Predojevic, Murtas Muratovich Kazhgaleyev, Ioannis Papaioannou, Jan Gustafsson, Viorel Iordachescu, Erwin L'Ami, Zbynek Hracek, Eduardas Leovich Rozentalis, Mircea-Emilian Parligras, Yury Markovich Shulman, Hristos Banikas, Rainer Buhmann, Milos Perunovic, Dragan Solak, Mustafa Yilmaz, Ahmed Adly, Zdenko Kozul, Miguel Illescas Cordoba, Vasilios Kotronias, Daniel Stellwagen, Simen Agdestein, Hrvoje Stevic, Ehsan Ghaem Maghami, Fernando Peralta, Levente Vajda, Dimitrios Mastrovasilis, Bojan Vuckovic, Levan Pantsulaia, Andrey Zhigalko, Emanuel Berg, Sebastien Maze, Rinat Jumabayev, Ruben Felgaer, Yannick Pelletier, David Baramidze, Dmitry Svetushkin, Artashes Navasardovich Minasian, Mladen Palac, Lubomir Ftacnik, Tiger Hillarp Persson, Sabino Brunello, Evgenij Romanovich Agrest, Aleksandar Kovacevic, Dusko Pavasovic, Mark Bluvshtein plus 558 more players

 page 1 of 123; games 1-25 of 3,071  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Svidler vs Korchnoi ½-½562008OlympiadC11 French
2. Pelletier vs Grischuk  ½-½312008OlympiadD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
3. Morozevich vs F Jenni 1-0252008OlympiadE90 King's Indian
4. J Gallagher vs Jakovenko  ½-½532008OlympiadB66 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6
5. Naiditsch vs J Rowson  1-0642008OlympiadC78 Ruy Lopez
6. J Shaw vs Khenkin 0-1482008OlympiadB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
7. J Gustafsson vs K Arakhamia-Grant 1-0552008OlympiadA48 King's Indian
8. C McNab vs D Baramidze  ½-½722008OlympiadA06 Reti Opening
9. Ngoc Truongson Nguyen vs Ivanchuk ½-½532008OlympiadA22 English
10. Karjakin vs Le Quang Liem ½-½502008OlympiadB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
11. T Dao vs Eljanov  ½-½422008OlympiadE15 Queen's Indian
12. Efimenko vs Van Huy Nguyen 1-0522008OlympiadB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
13. Wang Yue vs B Villamayor 1-0422008OlympiadD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. W So vs Ni Hua 1-0422008OlympiadC67 Ruy Lopez
15. Wang Hao vs J Gonzales 1-0642008OlympiadB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
16. J P Gomez vs Li Chao  ½-½562008OlympiadB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
17. V Georgiev vs Radjabov 0-1462008OlympiadA46 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Mamedyarov vs T Nedev 1-0252008OlympiadA45 Queen's Pawn Game
19. Z Stanojoski vs G Guseinov 0-1482008OlympiadB32 Sicilian
20. R Mamedov vs A Colovic  1-0822008OlympiadB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
21. Judit Polgar vs E Ghaem Maghami ½-½352008OlympiadC42 Petrov Defense
22. E Moradiabadi vs Z Almasi  ½-½712008OlympiadE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
23. C Balogh vs A Bagheri  ½-½302008OlympiadC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
24. M Mahjoob vs F Berkes  ½-½472008OlympiadB10 Caro-Kann
25. G Meier vs I Cheparinov 1-0292008OlympiadB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
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Oh yes....The corporate endorsements and TV contracts are already pouring in ;-)

Nov-25-08  SetNoEscapeOn: Lol, <Davolni> unfortunately it's not going to happen. Remember the US already won the Bronze in 2006 and has plenty of medals throughout the history of the event.

Interest in chess could skyrocket in the US, but only another Bobby Fischer level player could make that happen.

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  Annie K.: <<SetNoEscapeOn> What I mean is, maybe the transmission or electronic board automatically updates the site with the correct score. Since it failed in this case, they had to do it manually, which gives them the opportunity to make the mistake.>

Unlikely, but possible, yes.

<They also cost me chessbucks today on what should have been a sure thing.>

Hehe... I made a decision to just not place any bets involving Russia a while back. It was probably a good idea. ;)

Nov-25-08  Davolni: <SetNoEscapeOn> I know what you mean, but we can only hope!!!


Last year sometime, I met a local chess coach, and when we started to talk about chess, and current players and everything, I mentioned the names of top 10 players at that time in the list, including Levon. He hasn't heard for example who Levon Aronian is, and a lot of the others, he wasn't sure of who's who, and what's what. And afterwards, he goes, do you know such and such player? I'm like NO, he goes he's the highest rated player in Arizona... LOL.

Matter of fact, he may be reading these lines. No offense to anyone, but if there was further interest among people in US, I'm sure people here have probably the best possible supporting chances, computers, financial means to be interested in chess- the most intelligent games of all times!

Nov-25-08  fizixgeek: Why didn't Morozevich play the last round? A win at one of those lower boards could have won the bronze for Russia.
Nov-25-08  mindanalyzer: Guys
Check Domiguez out. He only lost 3 games in 2006, 4 in 2007 and 1 in 2008 That's pretty good in my opinion!!!
Nov-25-08  ArmeniaNL: <Davolni: chess- the most intelligent games of all times!> I am afraid but i am not agree with you , GO is much much more difficult than chess.
Nov-25-08  Riverbeast: Quite a shellacking the US team gave to the strong Ukrainian team in the last round...I did not expect that at all!

The US finished strong after a slow start, as did Israel...Armenia was strong throughout and deserved the gold, I thought...

Hopefully we won't hear the sour grapes that we heard about the 2006 Olympics, that the US was 'lucky' to win the Bronze because they beat weaker teams while the strong teams were beating each other...

Beating Ukraine 3.5 -.5 is no joke

Nov-25-08  ARMENIA: Armenia won the gold... Another X-Soviet country diminating chess around the world... Frankly speaking it doesn't come as a suprise to me or anyone who has any modirate idea of the strong tradition of chess in X-Soviet Union countries... I also want to congratulate Vietnam for their brave performance...

On the other note, VERY shameful performance by Ukraine, Russia, Azerbaijan and Hungary... I expected much stronger performance from these countries...

So Armenia 1st... Israel 2nd... Ukraine 3rd... Again very disoppointing performance by Russia and Ukraine...

O USA is not a country... More than 3/4 of your players come from X-Soviet countries so please don't even think of raising your hands in the air as if "USA" won anything... When USA starts breeding their own players and having them perform than I may care to notice them...

Nov-25-08  Riverbeast: <Armenia> The US is a nation of immigrants, my friend.

<When USA starts breeding their own players and having them perform than I may care to notice them....>

Arguably the greatest chessplayer of all time was born and raised in the US, and don't you forget it.

AND he beat the best player your country ever produced (Petrosian) like a dog, I might add


Nov-25-08  ARMENIA: The best player to EVER play the game of chess has been and always will be Garry Kasparov...

So get your story straight you pathetic American... If you want to argue otherwise lets go over the nationalities of so called "American" players that represent your country... I won't say it since you already know it...

Nov-25-08  khursh: <Riverbeast:> Why do you hate Petrossian and praise the antisemit guy

Let me guess ... Petrossian's wife was a jew?

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  chancho: Kasparov, half Armenian and half Jewish.
He is the greatest imo, but Fischer did it basically all on his own, while Gazza had the vast resources of Soviet chess at his disposal to help him.
Nov-25-08  Riverbeast: <khursh>I don't hate Petrosian ...And players' Jewishness or anti-Jewishness has nothing to do with anything that I wrote....

But I was being gracious toward Armenia, and in response to my post I got a lot of heavy Armenian-Soviet bloc nationalism, and dismissal of American chess accomplishments.

So I thought it was important to remind certain people of the facts...Even if certain people find the facts inconvenient

Nov-25-08  ARMENIA: Gata Kamsky was born in Novokuznetsk, Russia

Alexander Onischuk was born in Crimea, Ukraine

Yuri Shulman was born in Minsk, Belarus

Hikaru Nakamura was born in Hirakata, Japan

Varuzhan Akobian was born in Yerevan, A rmenia

Now... to all dumb Americans who think they have won the bronze medal... Who actually won the broze medal?


Nov-25-08  Riverbeast: <Armenia> He still owned your boy Petrosian, though...The 'Pathetic American', that's right....His ethnicity is unimportant to the argument

He beat Petrosian like a D-O-G-G

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  chancho: <The best player to EVER play the game of chess has been and always will be Garry Kasparov...>

The future may have something to say about that. There may be a player alive, or not yet born, who could surpass all of Garry's accomplishments. Only a matter of time until it happens.

Nov-25-08  khursh: <Riverbeast:> calling Petrossian a dog who was beaten by Fischer has nothing to do with reminding with some facts.

You should have specific attitude towards Petrossian, Armenians and/or Jews to talk about former champion like that.

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  chancho: Highly doubtful that <Riverbeast> is antisemitic.
Nov-25-08  ARMENIA: All please rise and remove your hats...

The great USSR anthem is being played!

Today just like any day in chess Soviet Union and the countries that used to represent it have overwhelmingly dominated chess for another Olympic victory! Regardless what country they call home, X Soviet Union countries and their players who may play for European teams have demonstrated how great the Soviet school of chess truly is!

I also want to congratulate China and Vietnam and India for their recent accomplishments in chess and glad to see somebody other than X Soviet Union countries improving the skills in chess!

Nov-25-08  Riverbeast: <khursh> As the song goes...

Fischer was...BORN IN THE U-S-A

Yeah, he was BORN IN THE U-S-A

And he crushed Petrosian like a G-R-A (pe), Yeah.....

There's some nationalism for all of y'all....I'm sure you can appreciate it....

Nov-25-08  Udit Narayan: Fischer himself confessed that the match with Petrosian was tough and that he could have lost many of the games. Perhaps he was just being courteous but, even he was not being completely sincere, at least he showed some degree of humility. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same of many user on this site.
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  chancho: <Riverbeast> 5 to 1 with 3 draws. I have to admit that is one heck of a shellacking.
Nov-25-08  ARMENIA: <Riverbeast> as far as I can recall your so called American was not even welcome back to your own country... Too bad he died like a dog in Iceland...
Nov-25-08  Eban: Yes, well done to ARMENIA!

AND to the other emerging countries like India, Vietnam and China!!


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