News & Reports Aug 5, 2014 | 8:45 AMby Tromso Olympiad 2014

Round 4 board pairings: Olympiad heating up

The Chinese team are the first real test of Russia's chances of claiming their first Olympiad gold medals in 12 years | photo: Georgios Souleidis, chess24

The excitement builds by the round in Olympiads, as the stronger teams gradually climb to face each other. In Round 4 the highlights are France-Azerbaijan and Russia-China, featuring four all-2700 clashes that could help determine the eventual winners of the tournament. Norway-Poland and the Netherlands-Israel, meanwhile, are finely balanced matches, with Magnus Carlsen facing Viswanathan Anand’s long-term second Radek Wojtaszek.

Other stand-out games in the men’s event include Giri (Netherlands) – Gelfand (Israel), Kasimdzhanov (Uzbekistan) – Naiditsch (Germany) and Adams (England) – Shirov (Latvia). The top pairings are as follows:

Round 4 on 2014/08/05 at 14:00
Bo.3France (FRA)Rtg-8Azerbaijan (AZE)Rtg0 : 0
1.1GMVachier-Lagrave, Maxime2768-GMMamedyarov, Shakhriyar2743
1.2GMBacrot, Etienne2720-GMRadjabov, Teimour2724
1.3GMFressinet, Laurent2708-GMMamedov, Rauf2659
1.4GMTkachiev, Vladislav2624-GMSafarli, Eltaj2649
Bo.29Serbia (SRB)Rtg-16Czech Republic (CZE)Rtg0 : 0
2.1GMIvanisevic, Ivan2613-GMNavara, David2716
2.2GMPerunovic, Milos2602-GMLaznicka, Viktor2676
2.3GMMarkus, Robert2602-GMHracek, Zbynek2634
2.4GMSedlak, Nikola2554-GMPetr, Martin2530
Bo.14Norway (NOR)Rtg-15Poland (POL)Rtg0 : 0
3.1GMCarlsen, Magnus2877-GMWojtaszek, Radoslaw2735
3.2GMAgdestein, Simen2630-GMGajewski, Grzegorz2659
3.3GMHammer, Jon Ludvig2628-GMDuda, Jan-Krzysztof2576
3.4GMLie, Kjetil A.2528-GMBartel, Mateusz2640
Bo.1Russia (RUS)Rtg-7China (CHN)Rtg0 : 0
4.1GMKramnik, Vladimir2760-GMWang, Yue2718
4.2GMGrischuk, Alexander2795-GMDing, Liren2742
4.3GMSvidler, Peter2751-GMYu, Yangyi2668
4.4GMKarjakin, Sergey2786-GMNi, Hua2666
Bo.11Netherlands (NED)Rtg-9Israel (ISR)Rtg0 : 0
5.1GMGiri, Anish2745-GMGelfand, Boris2753
5.2GMTiviakov, Sergei2664-GMRodshtein, Maxim2671
5.3GMVan Wely, Loek2662-GMSutovsky, Emil2624
5.4GMVan Kampen, Robin2638-GMPostny, Evgeny2651
Bo.18Bulgaria (BUL)Rtg-32Romania (ROU)Rtg0 : 0
6.1GMTopalov, Veselin2772-GMLupulescu, Constantin2625
6.2GMCheparinov, Ivan2681-GMParligras, Mircea-Emilian2574
6.3GMIotov, Valentin2553-GMJianu, Vlad-Cristian2579
6.4IMDimitrov, Radoslav2461-GMVajda, Levente2561
Bo.33Uzbekistan (UZB)Rtg-12Germany (GER)Rtg0 : 0
7.1GMKasimdzhanov, Rustam2700-GMNaiditsch, Arkadij2709
7.2GMFilippov, Anton2615-GMMeier, Georg2646
7.3GMDzhumaev, Marat2510-GMFridman, Daniel2639
7.4FMTillyaev, Ulugbek2367-GMBaramidze, David2612
Bo.26Turkey (TUR)Rtg-20Italy (ITA)Rtg0 : 0
8.1GMSolak, Dragan2632-GMCaruana, Fabiano2801
8.2GMEsen, Baris2589-GMDavid, Alberto2565
8.3GMYilmaz, Mustafa2569-GMVocaturo, Daniele2587
8.4GMIpatov, Alexander2614-GMDvirnyy, Danyyil2530

You can find the full pairings here.

In the women’s event there are fewer direct clashes between the pre-tournament favourites, although Germany – Russia (Paehtz-Gunina on top board) and Bulgaria – Poland look like matches to follow, while it will also be interesting to see if Iran can maintain their position as early leaders.

Round 4 on 2014/08/05 at 14:00
Bo.21Iran (IRI)Rtg-18Slovakia (SVK)Rtg0 : 0
1.1WGMPourkashiyan, Atousa2352-IMRepkova, Eva2358
1.2WGMKhademalsharieh, Sarasadat2324-IMStockova, Zuzana2383
1.3WIMHejazipour, Mitra2269-WGMKochetkova, Julia2338
1.4WIMHakimifard, Ghazal2232-WFMGazikova, Veronika2034
Bo.38Norway (NOR)Rtg-27Czech Republic (CZE)Rtg0 : 0
2.1WIMBjerke, Silje2189-WIMHavlikova, Kristyna2215
2.2WGMDolzhikova, Olga2166-WIMOlsarova, Karolina2237
2.3WGMKoskela, Niina2213-WGMSikorova, Olga2289
2.4WIMHagesather, Ellen2182-WIMOlsarova, Tereza2271
Bo.1China (CHN)Rtg-22Azerbaijan (AZE)Rtg0 : 0
3.1GMHou, Yifan2661-WGMMamedjarova, Zeinab2229
3.2WGMJu, Wenjun2559-WGMMammadova, Gulnar2334
3.3WGMTan, Zhongyi2468-WGMMamedjarova, Turkan2274
3.4WGMGuo, Qi2453-WIMIbrahimova, Sabina2263
Bo.23Indonesia (INA)Rtg-10Armenia (ARM)Rtg0 : 0
4.1WGMSukandar, Irine Kharisma2396-GMDanielian, Elina2490
4.2WGMAulia, Medina Warda2397-IMMkrtchian, Lilit2453
4.3WIMSihite, Chelsie Monica Ignesias2206-IMGalojan, Lilit2275
4.4WFMCitra, Dewi Ardhiani Anastasia2128-WGMKursova, Maria2313
Bo.12Germany (GER)Rtg-2Russia (RUS)Rtg0 : 0
5.1IMPaehtz, Elisabeth2464-GMGunina, Valentina2524
5.2WGMMelamed, Tatjana2364-GMKosteniuk, Alexandra2531
5.3WGMOhme, Melanie2301-WGMGirya, Olga2484
5.4WGMHoolt, Sarah2318-WGMPogonina, Natalija2479
Bo.16Netherlands (NED)Rtg-4Georgia (GEO)Rtg0 : 0
6.1GMPeng, Zhaoqin2391-GMKhotenashvili, Bela2494
6.2WIMHaast, Anne2324-IMJavakhishvili, Lela2478
6.3WGMMuhren, Bianca2314-IMMelia, Salome2475
6.4IMLanchava, Tea2276-IMBatsiashvili, Nino2435

You can also find the full women’s pairings here.

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