Olympiad, Round 7: Russia Leads
Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at 10:58PM
Dennis Monokroussos in 2012 Chess Olympiad

It has been ten years since they last won an Olympiad, but after seven rounds of this Olympiad the top-seeded Russian team is in the catbird seat. After beating Azerbaijan 2.5-1.5 on the strength of Grischuk's win over Safarli, they found themselves in clear first when the Armenians were upset by the Chinese. That match too was a 2.5-1.5 affair, and was likewise decided by a sole victory on board two - in this case with Wang Yue triumphing over Sergei Movsesian.

So Russia leads with 13 points (out of 14, on 2-1-0 team scoring) and China has 12, tied with Ukraine for second. Ukraine defeated Spain 2.5-1.5 thanks to Ivanchuk's win over Vallejo. Nine teams have 11 points, including the U.S.A. (convincing winners over Turkey - 3.5-.5). Here are the leading pairings for round 8:

Russia 13 - Ukraine 12
China 12 - Azerbaijan 11
Armenia 11 - Uzbekistan 11
FYROM 11 - USA 11
Germany 11 - Hungary 11
England 11 - Philippines 11

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