Tromso Olympiad Recap: Rd. 3

Another exciting day in Tromso, France managed to eek out a victory over a tough Armenian team and (much to my chagrin) the Americans lost to the Dutch. The Russians managed to climb to the top five once again after thoroughly dominating wily team from Macedonia (FYROM – Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia). As to be expected there were many upsets, before I get into those I am announcing that I have changed my upset formula (somewhat). From here on out I’m dividing the rating difference by two if the outcome of the game was drawn. So if player A rated 2800 draws player B rated 2200: (2800-2200)*.5 = 300. I’m doing this in an effort to show more decisive games and to help illustrate the achievements of players on boards that are largely ignored by most of us.

Before I begin I just wanted to show you this amusing little game that helps to illustrate why we should always be on guard in the opening. Perhaps the most amusing part of this whole thing is that this position occurs in my database twice, most recently with two players I know well! My friend (before this article was written anyhow) James H. (~2000 at the time) was playing White and a WNY player Mark C. (2098) was playing Black in the 129th NYS Championship, 2007!

After the first three rounds the standings are as follows:

Rank SNo Country Games + = - TB1 TB2
1 3 France 3 3 0 0 6 32.0
2 29 Serbia 3 3 0 0 6 32.0
3 1 Russia 3 3 0 0 6 30.0
4 33 Uzbekistan 3 3 0 0 6 28.0
5 11 Netherlands 3 3 0 0 6 26.0

You’ll notice only France and the Netherlands remain from last time, with Serbia, Russia and Uzbekistan clawing their way to top. The top 5 team upsets are as follows:

  1. Netherlands defeats the US 2.5-1.5
  2. China defeats Hungary 2.5-1.5
  3. Uzbekistan defeats Brazil 3.5-0.5
  4. Kazakhstan draws Latvia
  5. Norway 2 draws Bosnia & Herzegovina

The rivalries of this round are as follows:

Games Played Country Name Rating Score Country Name Rating
30 BUL Topalov 2772 16.5 – 13.5 CUB Vallejo-Pons 2698
20 USA Nakamura 2787 10.5 – 9.5 NED Giri 2745
12 ARM Aronian 2805 7.5 – 4.5 FRA Vachier-Lagrave 2768
12 HUN Leko 2740 5.5 – 6.5 CHN Yue 2718
9 ENG Adams 2740 4.5 – 4.5 GER Naiditsch 2709
8 NED Van Wely 2662 5.5 – 2.5 USA Onischuk 2659
5 ITA Caruana 2801 5.0 – 0.0 IND Negi 2645
5 FRA Bacrot 2720 3.0 – 2.0 ARM Sargissian 2686
4 UZB Kasimdzhanov 2700 2.5 – 1.5 BRA Leitao 2649
4 ISR Smirin 2656 3.0 – 1.0 BLR Aleksandrov 2595
3 CHN Ding 2742 2.5 – 0.5 HUN Balogh 2637
3 CZE Navara 2716 2.5 – 1.5 IRI Ghaem Maghami 2594
3 VIE Le 2710 1.5 – 1.5 SUI Pelletier 2578
3 FRA Fressinet 2708 1.5 – 1.5 ARM Movsesian 2672
3 BUL Cheparinov 2681 2.5 – 0.5 CUB Anton Guijarro 2624
3 PER Granda Zuniga 2663 0.0 – 3.0 MDA Bologan 2654
3 BOL Zambrana 2472 3.0 – 0.0 PAN Baules 2317

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