TIED FOR FIRST PLACE, ARMENIA TO FACE HUNGARY IN FINAL ROUND AT CHESS OLYMPIAD
September 7, 2012
ISTANBUL, Turkey (A.W.)-With one round to go, Armenia shares the
lead with China and Russia, and will face Hungary in the final round
tomorrow, Sept. 8, at the Chess Olympiad in Istanbul.
Armenia will face off with Hungary in the final round. (Photo by Arman
Karakhanyan) Armenia defeated The Netherlands 3-1 in the tenth round
to maintain their spot on top of the standings with 18 points. China
defeated the U.S. and Russia defeated the Argentina, both 2.5-1.5,
to tie with Armenia for first place.
In the final round, Armenia will face off with Hungary, Russia will
take on Germany, while China will play the Ukraine.
Armenia has emerged victorious from eight out of nine matches so far.
It has only lost to China and drawn its match against Russia.
Organized by the International Chess Federation (FIDE), the Olympiad
is the most prestigious team competition in the chess world.
The top-seeds are Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Hungary, Azerbaijan,
China, and the U.S. respectively.
The Armenian national team is represented by Levon Aronian, Sergei
Movsesian, Vladimir Akopian, Gabriel Sargissian, and Tigran Petrosian.
Armenia won the 2006 and 2008 Olympiads, and came in 7th in 2010.
A number of Armenian chess players are representing other countries.
Most notable among them is Varuzhan Akobian, who is part of the U.S.
team, and Krikor Sevag Mekhitarian, on the Brazilian team.
The Olympiad comprises of 11 rounds, and will conclude on Sept. 10.
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