The second day brings first sensations

The second round of the 39th Chess Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk brought first upsets. The European champions from Azerbaijan lost their match to Vietnam – 1,5-2,5. Young players from Vietnam have demonstrated some excellent results recently, so their success is not a coincidence. Also Israel made an unexpected draw with Indonesia. Other matches ended logically, in the favor of stronger teams.

In the women tournament main favorites keep winning their matches without much trouble. Only both Russian teams experienced certain difficulties, defeating their opponents with the minimal margin 2,5-1,5 – Russia-1 won against Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Russia-2 defeated Turkey.

Natalya Komarova, the Governor of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug, is one of the most attentive followers of the event – today she visited the playing venue again.

“On one hand, I must control the services for the players and guests of the Olympiad – it is my duty, – said the Governor. – On the other hand, as a supporter, I want to wish luck to the Russian teams”.

Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar
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