Thursday, November 20, 2008

Zhao Defeats Kortchnoi

If you've not been following the live transmission from Dresden, the Australian team has just had a sensational result on board 1. GM Zong Yuan Zhao has defeated legend GM Viktor Kortchnoi in their round 6 board one match up.

Chess Olympiad 2008
Zhao, Zong-Yuan
Korchnoi, Viktor

1. Nf3 e6 2. c4 Nf6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 O-O 5. a3 Bxc3 6. Qxc3 a5 7. b3 d6 8. Bb2 e5 9. g3 c5 10. Bg2 Nc6 11. O-O Bg4 12. Rfe1 Qb6 13. e3 a4 14. bxa4 Rxa4 15. d3 Rd8 16. Rab1 Qa5 17. Qb3 Qa6 18. Nd2 Ra5 19. f4 an ambitious move, according to IM David Smerdon in our live blog.

Position after 19. f4

19...Be6 20. Bc1 Bc8 21. Qb6 Qxb6 22. Rxb6 Nd7 23. Rb3 Nf6 24. Bb2 Ra6 25. Bxc6 Rxc6 26. fxe5 Ng4 27. exd6 Rcxd6 28. d4 Rh6 29. Nf3 Bf5 30. e4 Bc8 31. d5 b6 32. Bc1 Rg6 33. Nh4 Rgd6 34. e5 Re8 35. Nf3 Rg6 36. h3 Nf6 37. exf6 Rxg3+ 38. Kf2 Rxe1 39. Kxe1 gxf6 40. Kf2 Rxh3 41. Rxb6 Bg4 42. Rxf6 Rh1 43. Bb2 Bxf3 44. Kxf3 1-0

UPDATE: Just now, GM Daryl Johansen has followed up with a win over GM Joseph Gallagher on board 3. The result, therefore, gives Australia the match 2.5-1.5!


Anonymous said...

Australia's been going pretty well this Olympiad!

With Zhao winning against Korchnoi, Johansen on 5/5... it's great!

Tony said...

Hello Mate/Kabayan,
Congratulations on the great round 6 for the Aussie teams!

Pls check out John Paul Gomez also, he's having a good Olympiad stint with 4.5 pts out of 6 games,with tough wins and ekked out
a draw last night with SuperGM Illescas.

Maraming salamat! Mabuhay!

ejh said...

One thing puzzling English readers is Adams being dropped from the team for the Russia match. It's speculated that he was ill. Do you know anything about this, or whether it was just a decision based on form or fatigue?

The Closet Grandmaster said...


I sat next to S. Berry and Mark Huba yesterday. Our theory is that he didn't want any risks losing 3 in a row!

But perhaps there is some other reason, but I personally don't know them. As I said in the live blog yesterday, I'm not following the ENG team.

But I tell you what, Mark and Stephen were getting all a bit excited! Understandably.


ejh said...

Ah, I just wondered whether anything more specific had actually been said, i.e. either "Adams is being rested" or "Adams is ill". Evidently not. Which is odd, because on the face of it it is extraordinary to rest your number one against the top seeds.