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🏆 Turin Olympiad (2006)

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Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, Wesley So, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Vladimir Kramnik, Viswanathan Anand, Hikaru Nakamura, Alexander Grischuk, Teimour Radjabov, Alexander Morozevich, Sergey Karjakin, Vasyl Ivanchuk, Boris Gelfand, Peter Svidler, Leinier Dominguez Perez, Pentala Harikrishna, Pavel Eljanov, Gata Kamsky, Michael Adams, Vugar Gashimov, Yue Wang, Alexey Shirov, David Navara, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Etienne Bacrot, Evgeny Bareev, Le Quang Liem, Arkadij Naiditsch, Baadur Jobava, Victor Bologan, Xiangzhi Bu, Alexander Moiseenko, Zoltan Almasi, Andrei Volokitin, Francisco Vallejo Pons, Hua Ni, Laurent Fressinet, Krishnan Sasikiran, Lazaro Bruzon Batista, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Loek van Wely, Vladimir Akopian, Ivan Cheparinov, Nigel Short, Alexander G Beliavsky, Rauf Mamedov, Zahar Efimenko, Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, Ivan Sokolov, Sergei Rublevsky, Ferenc Berkes, Viktor Laznicka, Emil Sutovsky, Gabriel Sargissian, Ilia Smirin, Alexander Onischuk, Peter Heine Nielsen, Sergei Tiviakov, Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga, Gregory Kaidanov, Viktor Korchnoi, Kiril Georgiev, Mikhail Gurevich, Joel Lautier, Christian Bauer, Timur Gareyev, Artur Yusupov, Aleksej Aleksandrov, Mateusz Bartel, Andrei Istratescu, Zoltan Gyimesi, Varuzhan Akobian, Eduardo Iturrizaga Bonelli, Robert Markus, Surya Shekhar Ganguly, Csaba Balogh, Daniel Fridman, Aleksander Delchev, Boris Avrukh, Gadir Guseinov, Sergei Azarov, Giorgi Kacheishvili, Bartosz Socko, Truong Son Nguyen, Giovanni Vescovi, Luka Lenic, Alexei Fedorov, Zhong Zhang, Axel Bachmann, Alexander Graf, Tomi Nyback, Sandipan Chanda, Yuniesky Quesada Perez, Emilio Cordova, Borki Predojevic, Alexandr Fier, Bartlomiej Macieja, Jan Gustafsson, Ioannis Papaioannou, Rafael Leitao plus 759 more players. Chess Event Description
Turin Olympiad (2006)


 page 1 of 146; games 1-25 of 3,627  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Al-Modiahki vs Ftacnik 0-1402006Turin OlympiadB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
2. W Elliott vs Filippov 0-1182006Turin OlympiadC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
3. Grischuk vs R Kozlov 1-0592006Turin OlympiadB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
4. K Kuderinov vs Morozevich 0-1562006Turin OlympiadB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
5. Bareev vs A Ismagambetov 1-0532006Turin OlympiadE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
6. D Issabayev vs Rublevsky 0-1572006Turin OlympiadD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
7. Efimenko vs M Pribeanu 1-0232006Turin OlympiadB12 Caro-Kann Defense
8. P Dukaczewski vs Karjakin 0-1312006Turin OlympiadB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
9. A Volokitin vs V Berlinsky 1-0452006Turin OlympiadC11 French
10. P Aderito vs L E Johannessen 0-1392006Turin OlympiadE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
11. K Lie vs E Campos 1-0672006Turin OlympiadA15 English
12. C Domingos vs E J Gausel 0-1572006Turin OlympiadA56 Benoni Defense
13. R Djurhuus vs A Sousa  0-1412006Turin OlympiadE77 King's Indian
14. Ganguly vs J Elbilia ½-½262006Turin OlympiadC41 Philidor Defense
15. K Asrian vs R Prasca Sosa 0-1352006Turin OlympiadC03 French, Tarrasch
16. G Sargissian vs O Soto Paez 1-0472006Turin OlympiadE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
17. A Hernandez Jimenez vs Minasian  0-1302006Turin OlympiadB06 Robatsch
18. Lautier vs O Zambrana 1-0212006Turin OlympiadD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
19. Vachier-Lagrave vs J Cueto ½-½642006Turin OlympiadC41 Philidor Defense
20. A Obodchuk vs Sutovsky  0-1282006Turin OlympiadD85 Grunfeld
21. Avrukh vs S Mikheev 1-0372006Turin OlympiadA10 English
22. P Garbett vs I Ibragimov ½-½372006Turin OlympiadC17 French, Winawer, Advance
23. R J Dive vs V Akobian  ½-½572006Turin OlympiadA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
24. J A Nilssen vs Tiviakov 0-1452006Turin OlympiadE20 Nimzo-Indian
25. Nijboer vs M Poulsen 1-0182006Turin OlympiadC41 Philidor Defense
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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.

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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.
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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  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.)>

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  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  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 ½ - ½

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."

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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:


Jun-25-06  WMD: Alternatively:

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

The best is:

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  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.
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.
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:
Mar-12-20  Howard: Just read in a 2006 issue of New in Chess, that the 2006 Olympiad was Kramnik's first one since...1996 !

But, why ? He would have easily qualified for the Olympiad's in-between. Anyone know why ?

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