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UAE women's team defeated Aruba 3.5-0.5 in the fifth round of 40th World Chess Olympiad held at Istanbul Expo Centre, Istanbul, Turkey.
WIM Noura Mohamed, WFM Amna Nuaman Al Ali and WFM Fayeqa Bukhashem registered facile victories.
Armenia defeated Ukraine 2.5-1.5. Armenian GM Levon Aronýan played a gambýt style openýng ýn Queens Indian defense to defeat GM Vasýlly Ivanchuk ýn a keenly contested game. Aronian unleashed a discovered mating threat to win an exchange. Under pressure, Ivanchuk played well but was tactically outplayed by Aronian.
UAE men lost to Egypt 1-3. GM Salem AR Saleh and IM Noaman Omar of UAE lost in keenly contested matches against GM Bassem Amin and GM Ahmed Adly while FM Jasem Al Huwar and CM Abdullah Faýsal held their own on the lower boards.
Russia won against Hungary on the second match 2.5-1.5. GM Alexander Grischuk of Russia defeated GM Zoltan Almasi on the second board in a keenly contested match. In a simple tactical combination, Grischuk won the game and the match for Russia. Russian GM Vladimir Kramnik drew with GM Peter Leko on the top board in 32 moves.
Azerbaijan and China demolished Canada and Iran respectively with a 3.5-0.5 score. Croatia and Poland defeated France and Argentina 2.5-1.5. On the fifth match table, Team USA were held to yet another draw by the Czech team. The US team has their work cut out for them still having to face the chess giants of Armenia, Russia, Ukraine, China, and Azerbaijan.
In the women's section, Russia registered a facile victory against France with two wins on the lower boards. IM Sophie Milliet of France delivered a brilliant checkmate to defeat the European Champion IM Valentina Gunina. Russia won 2.5-1.5 to assume sole lead as the only team with the perfect score.
Serbia defeated their Bulgarian neighbours 2.5-1.5. WGM Ana Benderac of Serbia won against WIM Elitsa Raeva. The experienced WGM Margarita Voiska of Bulgaria turned the tables against WGM Andjelija Stojanovic to even the score. – Khaleej Times
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