Russia Edges Iceland in 11th Round of 30th Chess olympiad
MANILA, Philippines (AP) _ World champion Garry Kasparov defeated Johann Hjartarson Saturday to lead top-seeded Russia to a 2.5-1.5-point victory over Iceland in the 11th round of the 30th Chess Olympiad.
The rest of his Russian teammates drew their matches against rivals from Iceland.
Russia now has 32 points after 11 rounds, four points ahead of Armenia and Uzbekistan.
Kasparov forced Hjartarson to give up in 34 moves of an English Opening. Teammate Alexander Khalifman drew with Margeir Petursson in 26 moves, Vladimir Kramnik drew with Helgi Olafsson in 39 moves and Alexey Vyzmanavin drew with Jon Arnason in 22 moves.
Armenia drew with the United States to score 28 points. Uzbekistan defeated Lithuania 3-1 points to tie Armenia in second place.
The United States was in third place with 27.5 points.
Half a point behind in fourth place were Latvia and Georgia. Latvia beat Colombia 3-1 points, while Georgia defeated France 3.5-.5 points.
Iceland and Hungary were in fifth with 26.5 points.
In the women’s division, previous round leader China beat Romania 2.5-.5 points to reach 24.5 points.
World champion Xie Jun of China led the assault with a win on board one against Dana Nutu-Gajic of Romania. Teammate Wang Pin won against Luminita Radu on board two. Board three ended with a draw between China’s Qin Kanying and Corina Peptan.
In second place was Ukraine, which has 23.5 points after beating Latvia in two games. A third game was adjourned. Georgia with in third with 23 points.
A win gets one point and a draw earns half a point.
The biannual, 14-round Olympiad is a contest to determine the best men’s and women’s teams. The tournament ends on Thursday.