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Champion of the Olympiad
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Now that the days of Soviet/Russian absolute dominance in world chess are over, every two years we are able to enjoy an interesting fight for the team gold medal in the Olympiad. In light of this, all members of Armenia's 2006 and 2008 gold medal winning teams deserve praise; but it was Gabriel Sargissian's two devastating performances on board 3 that played the greatest role. He managed to go +7, undefeated, in both events, accumulating an amazing total of 14 wins and only eight draws over all 22 games.

Such a score would be impressive even against a field of strong IMs, but Armenia's consistent presence on the top boards ensured that Sargissian's opponents included some of the very best players in the world. For instance, when the time came he defeated both of his world class Russian counterparts, Morozevich and Grischuk.

2006
G Sargissian vs O Soto Paez, 2006 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 47 moves, 1-0

B Olape vs G Sargissian, 2006 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 24 moves, 0-1

G Sargissian vs L B Hansen, 2006
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

R Djurhuus vs G Sargissian, 2006
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 50 moves, 0-1

G Sargissian vs Morozevich, 2006 
(B06) Robatsch, 41 moves, 1-0

S Kayumov vs G Sargissian, 2006
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 62 moves, 1/2-1/2

G Sargissian vs L'Ami, 2006
(D80) Grunfeld, 48 moves, 1-0

G Sargissian vs Y Quesada Perez, 2006
(E46) Nimzo-Indian, 78 moves, 1-0

G Sargissian vs A Moiseenko, 2006
(E12) Queen's Indian, 45 moves, 1-0

Ni Hua vs G Sargissian, 2006
(C45) Scotch Game, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

V Laznicka vs G Sargissian, 2006 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

G Sargissian vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2006
(D80) Grunfeld, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

2008
G Sargissian vs L Shytaj, 2008 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 43 moves, 1-0

A Khruschiov vs G Sargissian, 2008 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 48 moves, 0-1

H Olsen vs G Sargissian, 2008
(E15) Queen's Indian, 41 moves, 0-1

Efimenko vs G Sargissian, 2008 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

G Sargissian vs Stellwagen, 2008 
(A62) Benoni, Fianchetto Variation, 37 moves, 1-0

V Gashimov vs G Sargissian, 2008
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 90 moves, 1/2-1/2

G Sargissian vs Grischuk, 2008 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 64 moves, 1-0

Fressinet vs G Sargissian, 2008 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 37 moves, 0-1

G Sargissian vs B Avrukh, 2008 
(A33) English, Symmetrical, 63 moves, 1-0

M Perunovic vs G Sargissian, 2008
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

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