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2002 Chess Olympiad
Compiled by chessmoron
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Where: Bled, Slovenia
When: 25th October - 11th November 2002

MEN TEAM PERFORMANCE:

No.--Team--------Code--Pts---Buch----WIN--DRAW--- LOST
1.---Russia------RUS---38---460.0---10-----3---- -1
2.---Hungary-----HUN---37---454.5---11-----2---- -1
3.---Armenia-----ARM---35----456.5----7-----4---- -3

MEN'S BEST PERFORMANCE:

No.-----------Name---------Code---ELOp
1.---GM Kasparov, Garry----RUS----2933
2.--GM Akopian, Vladimir---ARM----2827
3.-GM Khalifman, Alexander-RUS----2797

WOMEN TEAM PERFORMANCE:

No.--Team--------Code--Pts---Buch----WIN--DRAW--- LOST
1.---China-------CHN---29---347.5----10---2----- -2
2.---Russia------RUS---29----347.0----10----3---- -1
3.---Poland------POL---28----344.5----8----4----- -2

WOMEN'S BEST PERFORMANCE:

No.-----------Name---------Code---ELOp
1.-------WGM Zhao Xue------CHN----2707
2.-WGM Kosintseva, Tatiana-RUS----2661
3.--WGM Hoang Thanh Trang--VIE----2598

Mars Attack!
Ponomariov vs Akopian, 2002
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 71 moves, 0-1

White breaks through the pawns
A Kveinys vs Speelman, 2002 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 50 moves, 1-0

Courageous attack and outstanding series of sacs
H A Gretarsson vs G Sargissian, 2002 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 28 moves, 1-0

Positional Masterpiece by Kasparov
Sasikiran vs Kasparov, 2002 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 38 moves, 0-1

A impossible ending
Ponomariov vs F Vallejo Pons, 2002 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 67 moves, 1-0

Sokolov's 23. Nd6!!
I Sokolov vs Short, 2002 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 32 moves, 1-0

Bacrot cruising over Radjabov
Bacrot vs Radjabov, 2002 
(E97) King's Indian, 45 moves, 1-0

Cascade of tactical shots turned to be better for Black.
Van Wely vs Bacrot, 2002 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 40 moves, 0-1

GM opens the Bird Opening in Olympiad
Granda Zuniga vs Beliavsky, 2002 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 54 moves, 1-0

Don't leave the King alone.
V Babula vs F Braga, 2002 
(A55) Old Indian, Main line, 22 moves, 1-0

Crazy Game
J C Alvarez Marquez vs A Kulashko, 2002 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 28 moves, 1-0

Plain Insane
D Bryson vs T Luther, 2002 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kotronias vs N Murshed, 2002 
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 29 moves, 1-0

Sutovsky vs P H Nielsen, 2002 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 46 moves, 0-1

Bad counterattack on queenside
Kupreichik vs N Speck, 2002 
(B57) Sicilian, 20 moves, 1-0

Old ideas into some new
Judit Polgar vs Mamedyarov, 2002 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 23 moves, 1-0

White's control over open, central files.
P H Nielsen vs Sadvakasov, 2002 
(D26) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 24 moves, 1-0

Kransenkow's blunder
Krasenkow vs P Nikolic, 2002 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 18 moves, 0-1

Dominating game by Halkias
S Halkias vs Ftacnik, 2002 
(D82) Grunfeld, 4.Bf4, 44 moves, 1-0

Rare case that doubled isolated pawn have the upper hand
Ali Gattea vs A Istratescu, 2002 
(E34) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 49 moves, 0-1

Tactics weaken White's Kingside
A G Aleksandrov vs Adams, 2002 
(E55) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation, 35 moves, 0-1

Learning from your patzer-like years
L E Johannessen vs R Zelcic, 2002 
(E44) Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2, 27 moves, 0-1

Short game at Olympiad
M Al Dahbali vs E Ghaem Maghami, 2002 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 7 moves, 0-1

Sturua's Nightmar-ish blunder
Z Sturua vs S Atalik, 2002 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 14 moves, 0-1

Crowded bunch leads White to win
Ivanchuk vs J Radulski, 2002 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 28 moves, 1-0

Leko missed 53. Nf8+ to win Kasparov but played Ne5 for a draw
Leko vs Kasparov, 2002 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 54 moves, 1/2-1/2

Another missed win for LEKO
Leko vs Bologan, 2002
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 68 moves, 1/2-1/2

Expert on Ruy Lopez open meet Kasparov and LOST!
Kasparov vs Krasenkow, 2002 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 24 moves, 1-0

Simply awful blunder
P Roca vs J Emms, 2002 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 1-0

Fell into a trap
V Bui vs H Frey Perez, 2002 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 32 moves, 0-1

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