The first bit of news today was nearly as fast as zero tolerance forfeits - in the Women's match between Zimbabwe and Togo, White delivered mate on her third move, executing what is usually a trivia question, on the board.
by GM Jonathan Tisdall
Suspicion set in when the victim in the game appeared to be
the rated player, and a quick investigation revealed that the teams had been
allowed to sit in the wrong places, and that the colors of the players in the
game feed needed to be reversed, so that it was in fact the unrated player from
Togo who lost the game.
In more conventional action, several of the top players and matches attracted attention with aggressive play in heavyweight bouts. World Champion Magnus Carlsen launched a vicious attack against Polish number one Radoslaw Wojtaszek, and it was crowned with success:
1. e4 c5 2. ♘c3 d6 3. g3 ♘c6 4. ♗g2 g6 5. d3 ♗g7 6. ♗e3 e5 7. ♘h3 ♘ge7 8. f4 ♘d4 9. 0-0 0-0 10. ♕d2 ♗d7 11. ♘d1 ♕c8 12. ♘df2 ♘dc6 13. c3 b5 14. fxe5 ♘xe5 15. ♗h6 ♘7c6 16. ♗xg7 ♔xg7 17. ♘f4 ♕d8 18. ♖ad1 ♖c8 19. ♕e2 h5 20. d4 cxd4 21. cxd4 ♘g4 22. h3 ♘xf2 23. ♕xf2 ♘e7 24. ♖d3 b4 25. ♖f3 ♕e8 26. g4 hxg4 27. hxg4 ♗b5 28. ♖e1 ♕d8 29. g5 ♕b6 30. ♗h3 ♖cd8 31. ♗e6! ♗e8
Former champ Vladimir Kramnik was pressing
energetically against China's first board, Yue Wang, but the Russian may have
been tempted by an unnecessarily violent continuation. Board 4 was drawn in
The France-Azerbaijan showdown on table one looked tense, where French number one Maxime Vachier-Lagrave appeared to be fighting an uphill battle against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov.
Norway 1 fans were finally excited as the contours of a big win against a big team began to take shape, as Simen Agdestein, sitting next to Magnus, had a very promising position against GM colleague Grzegorz Gajewski.
In the women's section favorites China drew on second board surprisingly quickly against Azerbaijan, but cannon Yifan Hou appeared to be steering towards another victory against WGM Zeinab Mamedjarova. The Russian women seemed to be taking slow and steady control of their match against Germany, but there were no early decisions. The surprise occupants of the top table, Iran, rated 21st, were locked in a tense battle with 18th seed Slovakia.
Zero tolerance watch: The first forfeit-free day of the 41st Olympiad was nearly achieved, but there was one casualty - Libyan IM Ibrahim Chahrani failed to appear at the board in time to meet IM Yuri Meshkov from the International Braille team.