Super GM beau or not, when you have a bad day, then you have a bad day. And today's eigth round was very, very bad for Aussie women's spearhead WIM Arianne Caoili. She lost in 23 moves to a fine attacking game by her Lithuanian opposite number, WGM Deimante Daulyte.
39th Olympiad Khanty-Mansiysk 2010 (Women)
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nge7 4. O-O g6 5. c3 a6 6. Bc4 b5 7. Bb3 Bg7 8. a4 b4 9. Ng5 O-O 10. f4 d5 11. fxe5 Nxe5 12. d4 Bg4 13. Qc2 Nd7 14. Qf2 Be6 15. Qh4 h6 16. Nxe6 fxe6 17. Nd2 c5 18. Nf3 g5 19. Bxg5 hxg5 20. Nxg5 Nf6 21. e5 Ng6 22. Qh3 Re8 23. exf6 1-0
That is such an awful game it's not even funny. Almost seems like one of those "hack & bash" in an U12 kiddies event. Too easy for the Lithuanian. But who knows? It might just be the flu. GM Smerdon tells us that there's a nasty bug going around in the Olympiad.
Meanwhile, one Aussie player who seems to have well and truly shed his virgin blues is IM George Xie. As I write he's just reeled in his third victory in this event, equalling his number wins from Dresden but just exceeding his total tally from 2 years earlier by a half point. This man can only get better over the years.