39th Chess Olympiad: Khanty-Mansiysk 2010

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Basic data

39th Chess Olympiad
(see all-time tournament summary)
Date: 20th September - 4th October 2010
City: Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia
Venue: Tennis Sport Development Center
Tournament Director: Mr. Valey Bovaev (RUS)
Chief Arbiter: IA Sava Stoisavljević (SRB)
Teams participating: 148 (incl. Senegal did no arrive)
Players participating: 741 (incl. 242 GMs, 123 IMs, 88 FMs, 2 WIMs and 33 CMs)
Games played: 3240 (15 games were forfeited)
Competition format: Four board eleven round Swiss.
Final order decided by: 1. Match points; 2. Deducted Berger; 3. Game points; 4. Deducted sum of match points (see explanations)
Time control: 40 moves in 90 minutes, then 30 minutes for the rest of the game; 30 sec. increment from move 1
Official logo: Olympiad logo
Website: http://ugra-chess.com
Other websites: Official results
FIDE coverage (pretty modest)
TWIC reports
The Chess Drum coverage
ChessBase coverage
Mig Greengard's daily blog (just a few posts)
Chessgames.com (a lot of user commentary)
ChessDom coverage
Downloadable game file: 10olm.zip

Tournament review

See links above for extensive reports, game analyses, photos and much more.

Individual medals

1st Board
no. name flag code ELOp
1. GM Ivanchuk, Vasyl Ukraine UKR 2890
2. GM Aronian, Levon Armenia ARM 2888
3. GM Nepomnyaschy, Yan Russia RUS2 2821

2nd Board
no. name flag code ELOp
1. GM Sutovsky, Emil Israel ISR 2895
2. GM Almási, Zoltán Hungary HUN 2801
3. GM Wang Hao China CHN 2783

3rd Board
no. name flag code ELOp
1. GM Teterev, Vitaly Belarus BLR 2853
2. GM Eljanov, Pavel Ukraine UKR 2737
3. GM Rublevsky, Sergei Russia RUS3 2727

4th Board
no. name flag code ELOp
1. GM Karjakin, Sergei Russia RUS 2859
2. GM Efimenko, Zahar Ukraine UKR 2783
3. GM Giri, Anish Netherlands NED 2730

1st Reserve Board
no. name flag code ELOp
1. GM Bartel, Mateusz Poland POL 2706
2. GM Babula, Vlastimil Czech Republic CZE 2668
3. IM Stupak, Kirill Belarus BLR 2660

Nona Gaprindashvili International Trophy
no. country ∑ MP ∑ dSB ∑ pts ∑ dSMP
1. Russia "A" 40 819.0 62 304
2. China 34 748.5 60½ 293
3. Ukraine 34 747.0 59½ 299
4. United States 32 652.0 55½ 281
5. Russia "B" 31 690.5 56 296
6. Poland 31 682.5 58½ 274

This trophy is awarded to the country with best combined score
(men + women).

Category Prizes
cat. seed range country MP dSB
A 1-29* Hungary 17 355.5
B 30-59 Belarus 15 307.5
C 60-89 Uruguay 13 227.0
D 90-119 Libya 11 187.5
E 120-149 Zambia 13 202.5

Category prizes are awarded in separate categories
for best teams within selected seeding numbers.
*Medal winners do not apply.

Interesting games

Shortest decisive game.
Bezgodov, Alexei (RUS4) - Al-Takrori, Husam (PLE) 1 - 0

Elo difference of 764 will not help when you blunder mate in 1!
Lin Chieh Sheng, Jason (TPE) - Can, Emre (TUR) 1 - 0

You wouldn't expect that sort of play from Tiger.
Hillarp Persson, Tiger (SWE) - Gajadin, Dewperkash (SUR) 0 - 1

Glorious Queen sac by the Pole.
Bartel, Mateusz (POL) - Adhiban, Baskaran (IND) 1 - 0

GM Adams will never leave putting Knight at h5 on move 3 unpunished.
Adams, Michael (ENG) - Carlsen, Magnus (NOR) 1 - 0

I wonder how Steinitz and Nimzowitsch would comment on this one. A must!
Ivanchuk, Vasyl (UKR) - Jobava, Baadur (GEO) 1 - 0

A great tactical shot by Judith on her 19th move.
Samhouri, Ahmad (JOR) - Polgár, Judit (HUN) 0 - 1

Experts labelled Chucky's play as "a perfect marriage of strategy and tactics".
Ivanchuk, Vasyl (UKR) - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime (FRA) 1 - 0

A poor play by World Championship contender.
Bluvshtein, Mark (CAN) - Topalov, Veselin (BUL) 1 - 0

An old-fashioned, romantic lines. Not very common at GM level.
Short, Nigel David (ENG) - Fressinet, Laurent (FRA) 1 - 0

Had Svidler won this game with White, Russia would pick gold, but he was just outplayed.
Svidler, Peter (RUS) - Salgado López, Iván (ESP) 0 - 1

It took him 137 moves in the last round to move Australia up from mere 56th to impressive 55th.
Campbell, Charles (NGR) - Johansen, Darryl (AUS) 0 - 1


In the first round, the Yemen team refused to play against Israel from political reasons. The similiar political frictions grew during 1972 Olympiad when then-communist Albania (ruled by Hodxa) refused to play Israel and were subsequently forfeited.


Three French players were caught in a scheme at this tournament to use a computer program to decide moves. Their plan involved one player, Cyril Marzolo, following the tournament at home and using the computer program to decide the best moves. He would send the moves by SMS to another player, Arnaud Hauchard, who would then stand or sit at various tables as a signal to the player, Sebasian Feller, to make a certain move. Sebastian Feller and Cyril Marzolo were given five year suspensions for this. Arnaud Hauchard was given a lifetime suspension. None of the other players on the French team knew of this or were involved. Feller, however, was not divested of hist gold medal for top performance at board #5.


Due to financial arguments top German players did not show up. Seriously weakened team of Germany came in poor 64th, just below the team of physically impaired players (IPCA) led by German GM Luther, a 4-time German Olympiad team member.


Brema Bah of Mali scored a perfect 7/7, but it was still not enough to get individual medal at his board.


FM Jan Rooze of Belgium, 63, was last seen at the Olympiads twice before: in 1968 and 1976. The 34-year gap between two consecutive appearances makes it all-time record.


Team of Jersey comprised of three Poles (Rosenbeiger, Mazurkiewicz, Belzo) and English-born Paul Wojciechowski, obviously bearing Polish name. The four were accompanied by Tito Kahn from Bangladesh. A "pure" Polish squad appearaed 2, 6 and 11.