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1996 Chess Olympiad
Compiled by chessmoron
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Where: Yerevan, Armenia
When: 15th September - 2nd October 1996

MEN TEAM PERFORMANCE:

No.--Team--------Code--Pts---Buch----WIN--DRAW--- LOST
1.---Russia------RUS---38½---451.5---12-----2--- --0
2.---Ukraine-----UKR---35----442.0---10-----4---- -0
3.-United States-USA---34----448.5----8-----3----3

MEN'S BEST PERFORMANCE:

No.-----------Name---------Code---ELOp
1.---GM Kasparov, Garry----RUS----2873
2.---GM Ivanchuk, Vasyl----UKR----2809
3.---GM Yermolinsky, A.----USA----2760

WOMEN TEAM PERFORMANCE:

No.--Team--------Code--Pts---Buch----WIN--DRAW--- LOST
1.---Georgia-----GEO---30----349.5----10---4----- -0
2.---China-------CHN---28½---347.0----10---1---- --3
3.---Russia------RUS---28½---345.5----8----3---- --3

WOMEN'S BEST PERFORMANCE:

No.-----------Name---------Code---ELOp
1.------WGM Zhu Chen-------CHN----2561
2.---IM Ioseliani, Nana----GEO----2539
3.--IM Arakhamia-Grant, K.-GEO----2530

First best game prize.
Z Sturua vs R Kutirov, 1996 
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 27 moves, 1-0

Allegedly Kasparov's home preparation reached 20 moves.
Kasparov vs Hracek, 1996 
(B66) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6, 25 moves, 1-0

Sweet Revenge
Topalov vs Kasparov, 1996 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 63 moves, 0-1

Dealing w/ Queen's Gambit
Ivanchuk vs Ehlvest, 1996 
(D67) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line, 40 moves, 1-0

White's 14th move is NOT a typing error!
Polgar vs Short, 1996 
(C87) Ruy Lopez, 39 moves, 0-1

Black wall demolished: Qf6-f3-d3-a4!
Shirov vs Short, 1996 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 60 moves, 1-0

I'm too lazy!
H Spangenberg vs K Spraggett, 1996 
(B16) Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation, 34 moves, 1-0

Too much risk is always not a good thing
Gulko vs C Valiente, 1996
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 50 moves, 0-1

D'oh! I could've drew!
Svidler vs Lobron, 1996 
(C09) French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line, 61 moves, 1-0

Interesting game by Rublevsky
Rublevsky vs X Peng, 1996
(C45) Scotch Game, 33 moves, 1-0

OK, he took one of pinning pieces... So what?
L Christiansen vs A Anastasian, 1996 
(E40) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 31 moves, 1-0

Surprisingly passed pawn caused mortal threats.
Speelman vs N Borge, 1996 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 33 moves, 1-0

Cap. Short
Short vs Yudasin, 1996 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 44 moves, 1-0

Queenside Vulnerability
Piket vs Xu Jun, 1994 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 31 moves, 1-0

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