Round 8: Armenia Chess Team Beats Poland

KHANTY MANSIYSK, Russia (A.W.)—In Round 8 of the 2010 Chess Olympiad, Armenia beat Poland (2.5-1.5). The games between Levon Aronian and Radoslaw Wojtaszek; Vladimir Akopian and Bartosz Socko; and Arman Pashikian and Kamil Miton ended in a draw. The Armenian team secured victory thanks to a win by Gabriel Sargissian over Bartlomiej Macieja.

Vladimir Kramnik leads the Russian team.

In turn, the Russia-Ukraine, Hungary-Azerbaijan, and USA-China matches ended in draws (2-2), while Georgia beat Belarus and France Beat Russia-2. These results allowing Armenia, Georgia, and France to move up the scoreboard and share second place, alongside Russia, Azerbaijan, and Hungary, with 13 points, while Ukraine continues to lead with 14 (see standings below).

In the women’s section, Armenia defeated Israel (2.5-1.5). Elina Danielian and Lilit Galojan scored victories, while Lilit Mkrtchian’s game ended in a draw and Nelly Aginian lost.

Around 1,300 chess players from 124 countries are participating in the Olympiad.

The Armenian team won the Chess Olympiad in 2006 in Turin, Italy and in 2008 in Dresden, Germany. It took third place in 2002 and 2004 at Olympiads in Bled, Slovenia and in Calvia, Spain respectively. Armenia hosted the Chess Olympiad in 1996 in Yerevan.

Standings after Round 8

1 Ukraine 14 points
2 Russia 13
3 Georgia 13
4 Azerbaijan 13
5 Hungary 13
6 Armenia 13
7 France 13
8 China 12
9 12
10 Cuba 12
11 Israel 12

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