The formidable Russian team had been advancing through the tournament at full steam and it seemed as if nothing could take them away from the winning path. The fate of round seven wanted it a bit differently, though. Somewhere around move 40, Goryachkina and Vavulin resigned their second and third board games against Amin and Parham due to inevitable mating threats. In the remaining games the Iranian players had an extra pawn each, but the captain, IM Harandi demanded the top board player Asgarizadeh to offer a draw in order to seal the result. Russia eventually won the last board game but this did not change anything already. Iran won by 2,5 - 1,5!
An interview with Team of Iran, in a moment when the last game was still going on, can be found here.
The fight at the top has tightened as there are three teams in shared lead with 12 points, namely Iran, Russia and India, with Ukraine trailing by just a point. Four other teams have ten points. With three rounds to go, and Caissa seemingly willing to exert her whims, anything can happen...
The football tournament medallists were rewarded with the volumes of the "Judit Polgar teaches chess" trilogy
The football kings in Gyor - the team of Israel
The start of a historic match
The Iranian top board player Ahmad Asgarizadeh sealed the result with a draw in a better position
The intensity of fight is the same all over the playing hall
by WGM Anna Rudolf and GM Mihail Marin
As the tournament advances, matches become more leveled, increasing the probability of upsets. Since this is the second round of what we have baptized the "girl's day" we will take as a reference a match in which the girl's result had a big impact. Favorite 4 Ukraine had to conceal a 2-2 result to the modestly rated Uzbek team. The only win for Uzbekistan was scored on board three by the girl player Bakhora Abdusattorova.
"Rustam Kasimdzhanov is not the only Uzbek World Champion; my young brother Nodirbek won the under 8 World Championship two years ago"
An emotional video review of this match can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsw358UOSGs.
As it becomes customary, the brilliancy prize was awarded shortly before the start of the round. This time, the winner was Murali Khartekeyan of India. For the annotated game click here.
GM Mihail Marin mediating the transfer of the brilliancy prize from WGM Anna Rudolf to IM Murali Khartikeyan of India
WIM Jackie Peng of Canada 2 has been travelling a long way to take part in this Olympiad. From the interview concealed today to WGM Anna Rudolf you will find out that her Olympic carrier is longer than one may suspect. Please check at http://www.youtube.com/watch?list=UUW82rZEMr-c2lc6GuvN6XTw&v=aGhe01xKHKY.