When it comes to chess, Russia appears to be unbeatable.
Shrugging off the loss of some star players with the breakup of the Soviet Union, Russia asserted its supremacy in capturing the gold medal at the 30th World Chess Olympiad in Manila."Carrying on the dominance of past Soviet teams," Dmitrije Bjelica of Reuter reports, world champion Gary Kasparov led the Russians in beating back every challenge from top rivals, such as the United States and Ukraine, to leave the record 112-nation field reeling in its wake.
"We could have won with a bigger (margin)," declared grandmaster Alexander Khalifman.
Kasparov's team ignored reports it may have been grievously weakened by the absence of former world champion Anatoly Karpov and kept the top spot with a steely grip. The Russians lost only four of their 56 games in the Olympiad.
Readers will recall that when the tournament began, the United States youth Gata Kamsky complained that Kasparov had kept him out of many tournaments in Russia because the world champion was afraid of him.
Well? When the Russian team played the United States team, Kasparov soundly beat Kamsky in 41 moves. The Russians defeated the U.S. team.
Pre-tournament favorite England fared badly with the competition, losing a string of critical games. "I don't know what happened. We just did not play well," English captain Michael Stean said.
"I expected England to be a very strong opponent, but I don't know what happened with them," said Kasparov. "I also expected more from the team from Ukaraine."
The final men's standings:
1. Russia, 39 points
2. Uzbekistan, 35
3. Armenia, 34.5
4. United States, 34
5-7. Latvia, Iceland, Georgia, 33.5
8-10. Georgia, Ukraine, England, 33
11-16. Israel, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Switzerland, China, 32.5
17-21. Hungary, Sweden, Bulgaria, Colombia, Slovenia, 32
22. India, 31.5
23-28. Netherlands, Lithuania, Estonia, Peru, France, Brazil, 31
29-31. Italy, Turkmenistan, Philippines A, 30.5
32-37. Poland, Norway, Argentina, Moldova, Romania, Turkey, 30One of the surprises of this Chess Olympiad was the fiery competition in the women's section. The world's woman champion, Xie Jun lifted her team from China to new heights.
Xie led China to a 21/2-1/2 rout of Romania when she defeated Dana Nutu-Gadic in 32 moves of an English opening. Pin Wang followed it up by defeating Luminita Radu in 42 moves of a Sicilian defense to power the Chinese effort.
Still, China was not able to hold onto the lead, and Georgia emerged the winner. The final women's standings:
1. Georgia, 30.5 points
2. Ukraine, 29
3. China, 28.5
4. Hungary, 36.5
5. Russia, 26
6-7. Romania, Azerbaijan, 25
8-9. Kazakhstan, United States, 24.5
10-12. Czechoslovakia, Estonia, Latvia, 24
13-14. Poland, Bulgaria, 23.5
15-17. Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Moldova, 23
18-21. Indonesia, Switzerland, Greece, Turkmenistan, 22.5
22-27. England, Mongolia, India, Israel, Slovenia, Bangladesh, 22
28-35. Netherlands, Argentina, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Armenia, Sweden, Vietnam, Brazil, 21.5- CHAMPIONSHIP - The 1992 "Utah Action Championship" tournament will be held July 18 in the Newgate Mall Community Room at 3300 Wall Ave., Ogden. It is being sponsored by the Utah Chess Association, with John Minnoch as tournament director.
It will be a five-round Swiss System and 30-minute time limit. All players must be members of the United States Chess Federation (USCF). Memberships will be available at the playing site.
The entry fee is $10. Send to Minnoch, 5154 S. 2600 West, Roy, UT 84067.
- CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SOLVERS! - Jim Reed, Hans Rubner, Vern Smith, Edwin O. Smith, Edwin Scherer, Jeff Thelin, Eugene Wagstaff, Warner Young, Steven Anderson, Loile Bailey, Kim Barney, Ramon E. Bassett, Daniel Barlow, Alan E. Brown, O. Kent Berg, Jack Crandall, George L. Cavanaugh, Farrell Clark, Bryan Chamberlain, William DeVroom, Ken Frost, Ed Felt, Gordon W. Greene, Steven Ivie, Hal Harmon, Brian Harrow, Alison Hermance, David Higley, Steven Jensen, Raeburn Kennard, Nathan Kennard, Steven Kennard, Hal Knight, Frank Knight, Richard B. Laney, Jim Low, Kay Lundstrom, Connie Miller, Lincoln McClellan, Dr. Kim James Michelson, Gary Neumann, Roger Neumann, Elsa Oldroyd, Ted Pathakis and Knute Petersen.