USA Tops Bulgaria; Women Tie Greece
September 30, 2010
Veselin Topalov and Hikaru Nakamura, Photo Tony Rich for CCSCSL
The US team defeated Bulgaria today as the Chess Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk approaches its finale. Our US Champion Gata Kamsky scored the clutch victory over Ivan Cheparinov. Ukraine currently leads the Olympiad, with Russia 1 and France right behind. The US is tied for 4th-6th with Israel and China. Tomorrow, we face Israel in the crucial penultimate match.

Alexander Onischuk and Gata Kamsky, Photo Tony Rich for CCSCSL

Nakamura drew with Black against the #2 ranked player in the World, Veselin Topalov (2803).


The women tied with Greece. On board four, Kamile Baginskaite won a nice game, while Anna Zatonskih and Tatev Abrahamyan drew on boards two and three.

Kamile Baginskaite, Photo Tony Rich for CCSCSL

Irina Krush had a better endgame against Yelena Dembo, but her king unexpectedly got caught in a net, to give Greece the tied point.


Russia 1 currently leads the Women's Olympiad by a wide margin.
The US are tied for 11th-21st and will hope to win their final two matches to jump the standings.

See more details and games on the official site and bookmark for pairings and standings. Photos by Tony Rich of the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis.