Round 5 of the Chess Olympiad brought a lot of changes in the standings. There are seven teams sharing first place in the open section. With four wins and one draw Azerbaijan has the best tiebreak. The rest of leaders are quite unexpected: Serbia, Kazakhstan, Bulgaria, Cuba, Uzbekistan and Georgia. The biggest surprise of the last round was Uzbekistan beating Ukraine 2.5 – 1.5. Top rated Russia didn’t manage to overcome the Bulgarians and they are only in 8th place before the rest day. Surprisingly, the other top rated teams are doing even worse so far. Armenia lost an important match against France, while USA and Ukraine both have one loss and one draw.
In the women’s section the situation is less complicated: China, Hungary and Russia won all their matches, while Netherlands, Poland and Serbia are sharing 4th-6th place with one draw and four wins.
It’s worth to mention some individual scores. There are only two players with 5 points out of five games – Deysi Cori from Peru (women’s section) and Valentin Iotov from Bulgaria (open section), who won today against Sergey Karjakin.
After the rest day we will for sure observe a lot of changes at the top of the standings and also a lot of unexpected results – it’s typical for the team events to bring many emotional games.
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