News & Reports Aug 6, 2014 | 8:48 AMby Tromso Olympiad 2014

Round 5 board pairings: Kramnik-Topalov, Aronian-Carlsen

Tonight sees one of the great traditions of the Chess Olympiad – the Bermuda Party before the first rest day – but for chess fans the party will start hours earlier! The pairing system has come up with some of the most eagerly anticipated battles in world chess: no. 1 Magnus Carlsen takes on no. 2 Levon Aronian, while arch rivals Vladimir Kramnik and Veselin Topalov will once again lock horns. In the women’s event Lagno-Dzagnidze is the top pairing of the first big match – Russia-Georgia.

Great rivalries

Photographers will no doubt be primed to capture the inevitable "non-handshake" between Vladimir Kramnik and Veselin Topalov | photos: Paul Truong

Although Bulgaria are flying high with four wins in four matches, they’re heavy underdogs in their match against top seeds Russia. All eyes, however, will be on Vladimir Kramnik and Veselin Topalov. Neither player has made any secret of their feelings about the other (see, for instance, Kramnik’s interview during the Norway Chess tournament), which stretch back to “toiletgate”, the unseemly scandal that almost derailed their 2006 World Championship match after Topalov’s team accused Kramnik of cheating.

Before this morning there was some speculation that Kramnik might be dropped since this year he’s already suffered two painful defeats at the hands of Topalov. That might have been a sign of weakness on the part of Russia, however, and in any case Kramnik hasn’t lost with White against Topalov since their match – in fact the player with White has won five of their last six games.

Elsewhere there was no question whatsoever that Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian would head their teams in a mouth-watering encounter between the world’s top players. On paper Carlsen might need to win with the black pieces to give his team good chances in the match, but that's easier said than done.

Other big matches include China-Netherlands and Israel-Cuba, while we once again have a string of top games: Wang Yue-Giri, Ivanchuk-Kasimdzhanov, Gelfand-Dominguez, Le Quang Liem-Adams, Leko-Vallejo and more.

The top pairings are as follows:

Round 5 on 2014/08/06 at 14:00
Bo.8Azerbaijan (AZE)Rtg-29Serbia (SRB)Rtg0 : 0
1.1GMMamedyarov, Shakhriyar2743-GMIvanisevic, Ivan2613
1.2GMRadjabov, Teimour2724-GMPerunovic, Milos2602
1.3GMMamedov, Rauf2659-GMMarkus, Robert2602
1.4GMGuseinov, Gadir2613-GMSedlak, Nikola2554
Bo.1Russia (RUS)Rtg-18Bulgaria (BUL)Rtg0 : 0
2.1GMKramnik, Vladimir2760-GMTopalov, Veselin2772
2.2GMSvidler, Peter2751-GMCheparinov, Ivan2681
2.3GMKarjakin, Sergey2786-GMIotov, Valentin2553
2.4GMNepomniachtchi, Ian2714-GMRusev, Krasimir2548
Bo.4Armenia (ARM)Rtg-14Norway (NOR)Rtg0 : 0
3.1GMAronian, Levon2805-GMCarlsen, Magnus2877
3.2GMSargissian, Gabriel2686-GMAgdestein, Simen2630
3.3GMMovsesian, Sergei2672-GMHammer, Jon Ludvig2628
3.4GMAkopian, Vladimir2655-GMJohannessen, Leif Erlend2528
Bo.7China (CHN)Rtg-11Netherlands (NED)Rtg0 : 0
4.1GMWang, Yue2718-GMGiri, Anish2745
4.2GMDing, Liren2742-GML'Ami, Erwin2631
4.3GMYu, Yangyi2668-GMVan Wely, Loek2662
4.4GMWei, Yi2638-GMVan Kampen, Robin2638
Bo.2Ukraine (UKR)Rtg-33Uzbekistan (UZB)Rtg0 : 0
5.1GMIvanchuk, Vassily2744-GMKasimdzhanov, Rustam2700
5.2GMPonomariov, Ruslan2717-GMFilippov, Anton2615
5.3GMEljanov, Pavel2723-GMDzhumaev, Marat2510
5.4GMKorobov, Anton2680-IMVakhidov, Jahongir2471
Bo.9Israel (ISR)Rtg-13Cuba (CUB)Rtg0 : 0
6.1GMGelfand, Boris2753-GMDominguez Perez, Leinier2760
6.2GMRodshtein, Maxim2671-GMBruzon Batista, Lazaro2664
6.3GMSmirin, Ilia2656-GMQuesada Perez, Yuniesky2649
6.4GMSutovsky, Emil2624-GMOrtiz Suarez, Isan Reynaldo2603
Bo.49Kazakhstan (KAZ)Rtg-26Turkey (TUR)Rtg0 : 0
7.1GMIsmagambetov, Anuar2531-GMSolak, Dragan2632
7.2GMKotsur, Pavel2559-GMEsen, Baris2589
7.3GMKostenko, Petr2461-GMCan, Emre2529
7.4GMKhusnutdinov, Rustam2470-GMIpatov, Alexander2614
Bo.21Georgia (GEO)Rtg-44Belgium (BEL)Rtg0 : 0
8.1GMJobava, Baadur2713-GMWinants, Luc2545
8.2GMMchedlishvili, Mikheil2618-GMMichiels, Bart2535
8.3GMPantsulaia, Levan2581-IMRingoir, Tanguy2508
8.4GMNigalidze, Gaioz2542-IMDocx, Stefan2491
Bo.31Vietnam (VIE)Rtg-10England (ENG)Rtg0 : 0
9.1GMLe, Quang Liem2710-GMAdams, Michael2740
9.2GMNguyen, Ngoc Truong Son2634-GMJones, Gawain C B2665
9.3IMNguyen, Duc Hoa2501-GMHowell, David W L2650
9.4IMNguyen, Huynh Minh Huy2507-GMSadler, Matthew D2653

Full pairings can be found on our Current Pairings page.

The first big four encounter

Mitra Hejazipour of leader's Iran will take on Anita Gara of Hungary today | photo: Georgios Souleidis, chess24

In the women’s event four teams clearly stand out from the crowd: China, Russia, Ukraine and Georgia. The odds are huge that one of them will win, and today sees the first match between them, with 2nd seeds Russia taking on 4th seeds Georgia. Other closely fought matches may include Spain-Netherlands and France-Germany, while chess fans will be eager to see whether the early heroes of the women’s event, Iran and Indonesia, can survive tough clashes against Hungary and China respectively.

The top pairings are:

Bo.23Indonesia (INA)Rtg-1China (CHN)Rtg0 : 0
1.1WGMSukandar, Irine Kharisma2396-GMHou, Yifan2661
1.2WGMAulia, Medina Warda2397-WGMJu, Wenjun2559
1.3WIMSihite, Chelsie Monica Ignesias2206-GMZhao, Xue2508
1.4WFMCitra, Dewi Ardhiani Anastasia2128-WGMTan, Zhongyi2468
Bo.112Barbados (BAR)Rtg-38Norway (NOR)Rtg0 : 0
2.1WCMBlackman, Katrina1627-WIMSahl, Sheila Barth2216
2.2Murray, Donna1454-WGMDolzhikova, Olga2166
2.3WCMRamsay, Sheena1579-WGMKoskela, Niina2213
2.4Nurse, Lydia1364-WIMHagesather, Ellen2182
Bo.13Hungary (HUN)Rtg-21Iran (IRI)Rtg0 : 0
3.1GMHoang, Thanh Trang2485-WGMPourkashiyan, Atousa2352
3.2IMMadl, Ildiko2347-WGMKhademalsharieh, Sarasadat2324
3.3IMGara, Anita2327-WIMHejazipour, Mitra2269
3.4WGMPapp, Petra2274-WFMAsgarizadeh, Minoo2147
Bo.2Russia (RUS)Rtg-4Georgia (GEO)Rtg0 : 0
4.1GMLagno, Kateryna2540-GMDzagnidze, Nana2550
4.2GMGunina, Valentina2524-GMKhotenashvili, Bela2494
4.3GMKosteniuk, Alexandra2531-IMJavakhishvili, Lela2478
4.4WGMPogonina, Natalija2479-IMMelia, Salome2475
Bo.11Spain (ESP)Rtg-16Netherlands (NED)Rtg0 : 0
5.1IMVega Gutierrez, Sabrina2395-GMPeng, Zhaoqin2391
5.2IMAlexandrova, Olga2424-WIMHaast, Anne2324
5.3IMMatnadze, Ana2385-WIMSchut, Lisa2317
5.4WIMAranaz Murillo, Amalia2314-WGMMuhren, Bianca2314
Bo.15Serbia (SRB)Rtg-3Ukraine (UKR)Rtg0 : 0
6.1IMBojkovic, Natasa2425-GMMuzychuk, Anna2555
6.2WGMVojinovic, Jovana2312-IMMuzychuk, Mariya2530
6.3WGMStojanovic, Andjelija2297-GMUshenina, Anna2487
6.4WIMRakic, Marija2323-GMZhukova, Natalia2468
Bo.8Poland (POL)Rtg-17Kazakhstan (KAZ)Rtg0 : 0
7.1GMSocko, Monika2470-WGMNakhbayeva, Guliskhan2336
7.2WGMZawadzka, Jolanta2398-WGMSaduakassova, Dinara2375
7.3WGMSzczepkowska-Horowska, Karina2380-WGMAbdumalik, Zhansaya2333
7.4WIMKulon, Klaudia2301-WIMDavletbayeva, Madina2289
Bo.9France (FRA)Rtg-12Germany (GER)Rtg0 : 0
8.1GMSebag, Marie2480-IMPaehtz, Elisabeth2464
8.2IMMilliet, Sophie2385-WGMSchleining, Zoya2369
8.3WGMGuichard, Pauline2375-WGMMelamed, Tatjana2364
8.4IMCollas, Silvia2316-WGMOhme, Melanie2301

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