Russia, Croatia Tie for Lead in Third Round of Chess Olympiad
MANILA, Philippines (AP) _ Russia beat the Netherlands and Croatia whipped Sweden in a third round battle of early tournament leaders Wednesday at the World Chess Olympiad.
Russian world champion Garry Kasparov settled for a draw with white against Candidates finalist Jan Timman after 29 moves of a Sicilian Defense.
Kasparov, 29, refused to talk with reporters. Grandmaster Alexei Shirov of Latvia said after speaking with Kasparov that he claimed he had better position but did not risk continuing because he had to make 11 moves in just over two minutes.
Timman said both players were under time pressure.
Russian Alexander Khalifman, playing board two, drew with Joroen Piket. Sergei Dolmatov also drew with John Van Der Weil on board three.
Russia picked the win after Vladimir Kramnik on board four squeezed a win against Loek Van Wely.
Croatia’s top board player Miso Cebalo drew with Sweden’s Ulf Anderson. Board three player Bogdan Lalic also settled for a draw against Pia Cramling, one of the few women players who are fighting in the men’s side of the tournament.
Croatia won on two other boards. Krunoslav Hulak won his board two match against Jonny Hector on board two while Ognjen Cvitan bested Tom Wedberg on board four.
Both Russia and Croatia now has 10 points after three rounds. A victory scores a point and a draw gets half a point.
Bulgaria won two matches and drew two others against Belgium to score 9.5 points and take sole second place.
Nine teams have scored nine points to tie for third place. The teams include Bosnia-Herzegivina, Hungary, Armenia, Iceland, Lithuania, Kyrgyzstan, Germany, Georgia and Uzbekistan.
Ukraine has 8 1/2 points together with the Netherlands and Slovenia. However, Ukraine has an adjourned game against Scotland.
The other results were not immediately available.
Romania beat Azerbaijan to lead in women’s competition. Romania has eight points after three rounds.
Romania’s top women’s board player Cristina Foisor beat Fisusa Velikhanli and board three player Luminita Radu topped Fanaza Babaeva on board three. Board two match ended in a draw between Dana Nutu-Gajic and Ilaha Kadimova.
Ukraine settled for a draw with women’s top seed Georgia. Alisa Galiamova- Ivanchuk of Ukraine lost to Georgia’s former world champion Maya Chiburdanidze on board one. But Ukraine equalized when Marta Litinskaya beat Nona Gaprindashvili, also a former wolrd champion, on board two.
Georgia’s Nana Ioseliani and Ukraine’s Irina Chelushkina drew on board three.
Czechoslovakia beat Russia, to tie Ukraine with 7 1/2 points each for second place.
Georgia, the United States, England and Hungary are tied in third place with seven points each.
The 14-round, three week tournament will choose the best chess team in the world. The Olympiad is held every two years.