On the women’s side, Zatonskih drew Stefanova. Goletiani and Baginskaite also drew. Therefore, USA and Bulgaria tie at 1.5 – 1.5. The US will play Mongolia next.
Zhukova defeated Kosteniuk. The 2 Kosintseva sisters drew Gaponenko and Ushenina. Ukraine has pulled within 1/2 point of Russia with this 2-1 win.
As you can see, it is very difficult to go undefeated in the Olympiad. Everyone wants to beat you. In a span of 16 years and 4 Olympiads (1988 – 2004), I played 56 straight games on board 1 (without ever sitting out any game) against the world’s best (Xie Jun, Chiburdanidze, Humpy, Kosteniuk and countless others) without ever losing a game. When a player takes the Olympiad seriously and puts in the efforts to train physically, mentally and in chess, it pays off.
Some interesting personal results this round:
Kramnik defeated Aronian. It looks like Kramnik is back! Excellent! This will give the fans a great thrill for the upcoming Topalov – Kramnik match.
Sargissian defeated Morozevich, Kasimdzhanov defeated Sokolov, Tiviakov defeated Gareev of the University of Texas in Brownsville, Ivanchuk defeated Georgiev, Cheparinov defeated Volotikin, etc.
I just landed in Fort Lauderdale and I am updating this blog from the car. Thank God for wireless Internet technology! I will have more updates soon!