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🏆 Baku Olympiad (Women) (2016)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Yifan Hou, Anna Muzychuk, Ju Wenjun, Aleksandra Goryachkina, Xue Zhao, Nana Dzagnidze, Mariya Muzychuk, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Antoaneta Stefanova, Pia Cramling, Valentina Gunina, Viktorija Cmilyte, Dronavalli Harika, Anna Zatonskih, Bela Khotenashvili, Zhongyi Tan, Nino Batsiashvili, Thanh Trang Hoang, Natalija Pogonina, Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant, Olga Girya, Monika Socko, Anna Ushenina, Irina Krush, Lela Javakhishvili, Natalia Zhukova, Sarasadat Khademalsharieh, Elisabeth Paehtz, Davaademberel Nomin-Erdene, Zhansaya Abdumalik, Ekaterina Atalik, Salome Melia, Inna Gaponenko, Deimante Daulyte-Cornette, Qi Guo, Corina-Isabela Peptan, Zhaoqin Peng, Nazi Paikidze, Padmini Rout, Dagne Ciuksyte, Jolanta Zawadzka, Ana Matnadze, Eva Repkova, Cristina-Adela Foisor, Deysi Estela Cori Tello, Tania Sachdev, Gunay Mammadzada, Yuliya Shvayger, Irina Bulmaga, Jovanka Houska, Masha Klinova, Nastassia Ziaziulkina, Stavroula Tsolakidou, Regina Pokorna, Sabrina Vega Gutierrez, Olga Badelka, Le Thao Nguyen Pham, Sophie Milliet, Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova, Olga Zimina, Karina Cyfka, Carolina Lujan, Szidonia Lazarne Vajda, Martha Lorena Fierro Baquero, Hoang Thi Bao Tram, Tuvshintugs Batchimeg, Silvia Alexieva, Marta Michna, Gulnar Mammadova, Klaudia Kulon, Iva Videnova, Ruofan Li, Irina Chelushkina, Tea Lanchava, Anne Haast, Melanie Lubbe, Soumya Swaminathan, Monica Calzetta Ruiz, Sabina-Francesca Foisor, Ticia Gara, Anita Gara, Zeinab Mamedjarova, Ulviyya Fataliyeva, Katerina Nemcova, Marina Brunello, Adela Velikic, Betul Cemre Yildiz, Jovana Rapport, Petra Papp, Oleiny Linares Napoles, Khanim Balajayeva, Elena-Luminita Cosma, Atousa Pourkashiyan, Paula Andrea Rodriguez Rueda, Qianyun Gong, Margarita Voyska, Laura Unuk, Narmin Kazimova, Kubra Ozturk, Yuanling Yuan plus 562 more players. Chess Event Description
Baku Olympiad (Women) (2016)

In the women's section of the 42nd Chess Olympiad, China—featuring Hou Yifan, Ju Wenjun, Zhao Xue, Tan Zhongyi, and Guo Qi—won the gold. They finished with 20 points, well ahead of second-place Poland and Ukraine on 17 points. Defending champions Russia finished fourth on 16 points level with India, USA, Vietnam, Azerbaijan and Israel. (1)

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(1) The Week in Chess:

 page 1 of 117; games 1-25 of 2,919  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Ju Wenjun vs F Steil-Antoni 1-0382016Baku Olympiad (Women)B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
2. G Bakalarz vs X Zhao  0-1242016Baku Olympiad (Women)A47 Queen's Indian
3. Z Tan vs Alice Biryukov  1-0342016Baku Olympiad (Women)E21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
4. N Kremer vs Qi Guo 0-1282016Baku Olympiad (Women)C29 Vienna Gambit
5. A Baptista vs M Muzychuk  0-1312016Baku Olympiad (Women)B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
6. N Zhukova vs M Coimbra 1-0262016Baku Olympiad (Women)D43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
7. M S T Silva vs A Ushenina  0-1372016Baku Olympiad (Women)B32 Sicilian
8. I Gaponenko vs A I Teixeira Da Silva 1-0342016Baku Olympiad (Women)B17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
9. Kosteniuk vs K Arakhamia-Grant  1-0562016Baku Olympiad (Women)B32 Sicilian
10. Ali Roy vs Goryachkina  0-1322016Baku Olympiad (Women)A07 King's Indian Attack
11. N Pogonina vs J Durno 1-0512016Baku Olympiad (Women)A60 Benoni Defense
12. M Espinosa Cancino vs O Girya  0-1522016Baku Olympiad (Women)D04 Queen's Pawn Game
13. K Mendieta vs Z Mamedjarova  0-1562016Baku Olympiad (Women)B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
14. G Mammadova vs M E Granados Diaz  1-0242016Baku Olympiad (Women)B03 Alekhine's Defense
15. P Alarcon vs A Hojjatova  0-1242016Baku Olympiad (Women)E00 Queen's Pawn Game
16. N Kazimova vs M Moraga  1-0412016Baku Olympiad (Women)D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. T Baklanova vs L Javakhishvili  0-1462016Baku Olympiad (Women)E48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
18. B Khotenashvili vs O Lagutina 1-0382016Baku Olympiad (Women)A14 English
19. N Myronenko vs N Batsiashvili 0-1312016Baku Olympiad (Women)C24 Bishop's Opening
20. S Melia vs S Gonchar  1-0302016Baku Olympiad (Women)C09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
21. P Rout vs M Stojkovska  1-0442016Baku Olympiad (Women)C15 French, Winawer
22. B Bejatovic vs T Sachdev  0-1372016Baku Olympiad (Women)A46 Queen's Pawn Game
23. S Swaminathan vs D Nikolovska  1-0472016Baku Olympiad (Women)B78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
24. S Lakinska vs B Pratyusha  0-1392016Baku Olympiad (Women)C50 Giuoco Piano
25. N Antonova vs I Krush  0-1272016Baku Olympiad (Women)D05 Queen's Pawn Game
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Sep-11-16  notyetagm: <Beholder: <HeMateMe: she was outrated> Stop being a <<<Nazi apologist>>>>



Sep-11-16  notyetagm: <HeMateMe: Still wish she'd change the spelling to 'Nasi.'>

She doesn't say it like it rhymes with Yahtzee, she pronounces it like Nah-zhee, according to Seirawan.

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  HeMateMe: If she grew up in Georgia, central Asia, she knows full well who the Nazis were. I'm surprised that's even a first name a parent would choose, but it's her business.
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  alexmagnus: < I'm surprised that's even a first name a parent would choose, but it's her business.>

"Nazi" (pronounced "nah-zee", and not Seirawan's "nahzhee") means "tender" in Georgian. And Georgians use a different alphabet, so that no collision with the far right political movement occurs. I can imagine many Georgians are not even aware of the collision since they have not so many oppostunities to spell the name in English.

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  HeMateMe: We know it's pronounced differently. It's how it looks in print that raises eyebrows.

If your last name was Manson would you name your son 'Charles'?

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  HeMateMe: Our ladies just beat Mongolia. Not sure if they can still medal or not.
Sep-12-16  Fish55: <HeMateMe> No, USA drew Mongolia.
Sep-12-16  notyetagm: Should be China (18) vs Russia (16) for all the marbles tomorrow.

Russia will win the Gold only if they beat China, because then they tie at 18 MP and won the h2h.

Sep-12-16  Octavia: the 2 grand dames of chess agreed a draw today! Pia & Ketevan or Sweden & Scottland. It was a hard fought drew 57 moves & only seconds left!
Sep-12-16  FairyPromotion: OK, this is the dream final round! The champions of the last 3 Olympiads (Russia) have a chance to land a heavy blow on the current leaders and the rating favorites of the last 3 Olympiads (China). It is a must follow match.

Reminds me of the 2012 Olympiad, where the Chinese had a 1 point lead in match points, as well as a serious lead in SB entering the final 2 rounds. Then:

Rd. 10:
Russia - Armenia: 3.5-0.5
China - Kazakhstan: 2.0-2.0

Russia - Kazakhstan: 4.0-0.0
China - Bulgaria: 2.5-1.5

And the title had changed hands from China to Russia.

Will the history repeat itself? My gut says that this time Hou Yifan will make sure it doesn't, but one never knows...

Sep-12-16  notyetagm: <Fish55: <HeMateMe> No, USA drew Mongolia.>

Draw with Mongolia was *devastating*.

If we had won, USA would have 16 MP, tied with Russia, and have a chance to be in a 3-way tie with China for 1st at the end.

Now? Nope. But we can still win Silver if China beats Russia and we win our last match.


Sep-12-16  dumbgai: It's a testament to China's depth that they have a 2 MP lead despite boards 2 and 3 playing far below their usual level.
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  HeMateMe: china beats Russia 2.5--1.5. Draw on top board, AK v. Hou, and Pogonina won on 4th board, but China won on boards 2 and 3.

AK did her part, held off Hou Yifan, but Gunina and Goryachkina couldn't hold up their end. Changing of the guard?

Sep-13-16  chesslearner1991: Decisive results on all 10 rounds for Tania - 7 wins, 3 loses. Interesting games too.
Sep-13-16  optimal play: Congratulations to the China girls on finishing clear 1st.

Disappointing performance from the Australian ladies who came into the Olympiad ranked 54th but could only manage to finish 64th.

They certainly lost some games they should definitely have won!

But oh well, that's chess.

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  HeMateMe: Is Australia's women's team homegrown, or are the ubiquitous Russian emigrants in Oz, too?
Sep-13-16  optimal play: They could have done with a couple of those ubiquitous Russian emigrants ;)
Sep-14-16  Calar: 1. China
2. Poland
3. Ukraine

Congrats to them :) Very tense and close Olympiad

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  HeMateMe: Wow, Russia was knocked completely off the podium with that loss to China in the last round? That's a shocker. When have the Russian women not medaled at the Olympiad?

Congrats to the Muzychuk sisters on the top two boards for Ukraine. they didn't run off to Russia like some of their players did.

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  HeMateMe: Pia got bronze on board 1!


you can't stop Pia; she's the Energizer Bunny.

Pia and her beautiful chess playing daughter;


Pia and Satch


Pia has a normal smile; I don't know why she never shows her teeth.

Sep-14-16  dumbgai: Despite both performing below their rating, Hou Yifan and Ju Wenjun won individual silver medals on boards 1 and 2, respectively. A consolation prize for <notyetagm>.
Sep-14-16  dumbgai: Tan Zhongyi and Guo Qi also won individual gold medals for board 4 and reserve, respectively. When 4 out of your 5 players win individual gold or silver, it's no surprise that the team would win overall. Still, it wasn't easy, with many close matches, tough games and narrow escapes.
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  HeMateMe: I think India will medal next time. They seem on the upsweep.
Sep-15-16  greed and death: Gratulacje dla mojego kraju kobiet!
Sprowadziłeś chwałę Polsce!
Feb-14-17  Bratek: < the man on this picture>is Marek Matlak .He has been the Headcoach of thePOLISH TEAM for about 12 years
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