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Ukraine Wins World Chess Olympiad

The 2010 World Chess Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, ended on Sunday, Oct. 3. The winner of the last two Olympiads — the Armenian team — was left out of the running from the top 3 spots this year.

According to the tournament’s official website, Russia-1 only drew their match against Spain and were unable to challenge supremacy of the brilliant Ukrainian team. Ukraine made a draw with Israel and secured the gold; Russians remained a point behind and took the silver. Israel and Hungary shared the 3rd place; however, a better tie-break score gave the bronze to the Israeli athletes. 

In the last round, Armenia played off against France and tied: Gabriel Sargissian and Arman Pashikian ended their games with a score of 0.5-0.5 each, while Vladimir Akopian lost (0-1) and only Levon Aronian won his game against France’s Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (1-0).

Here are the final standings according to the 39th World Chess Olympiad website:

1. Ukraine – 19 points 

2. Russia-1 – 18 

3. Israel – 17

4. Hungary – 17

5-10. China, Russia-2, Armenia, Spain, USA, and France – all 16, etc.

Women section.

1. Russia – 22 points

2. China – 18

3. Georgia – 16

4-8. Cuba, USA, Poland, Azerbaijan, and Bulgaria – all 16, etc.

11. Armenia – 15 points