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Round 8: Turkey Defeats India Russia

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Russia swept of Slovakia to take the lead with 22.5 points followed by Azerbaijan who defeated Armenia 3-1 to follow the Russian team half point behind. Turkey-A was able to win narrowly against India 2.5-1.5 which would have been a crucial win if there were not still six teams ahead of the Turkish team. India and Azerbaijan shared third place with 21 points followed by 20.5 by Armenia and the sixth place is shared by Turkey and Georgia at 20 points.

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Azerbaijan defeated Armenia thanks to the wins of Safarli, Durarbeyli, and Talihszada against Ter-Sahakyan, Baghdasaryan and Tamazyan. The only win of Armenia came from Vardanian against Mammadov.

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Turkey-A defeated India narrowly by 2.5-1.5 after Yılmaz's win against Adhiban and Sipahioğlu's against Prasanna.For the Turkish team this may not prove sufficient since they have to cope with Russia afterwards. They are still at the sixth place. The dramatic game of the round was with Prasanna and Sipahioğlu where white played 18.Nh7 correctly assessing the position but with the wrong execution:

18..Kh7 19.Qh5? (After 19.Be3 white is close to the victory for example if 19...d4 20.Qh5 Kg7 21.Qh6 Kg8 22.Bg6 fg6 23.Qg6 Kh8 24.Qh5 Kg8 25.Bg6 and mate is

inevaitable according the silicon monster.) However after the text, 19...Kg8 20.Bg6 Qf2! 21.Kf2 fg6 22.Qf3 Bc5 black has an easy win thanks to the extra material.
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Philippines defeated England by 3-1 while Russia swept of Sri Lanka to take back the lead.

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Georgia also scored an important 4-0 win against Slovakia while Greece defeated Turkey Girls-A with 3-1 while Switzerland-A defeated Turkey-C with the same score. Syria

and Bosnia Herzegovina drew with 2-2 with wins on the first two boards for Bosnia while the wins for Syria on the last two boards.

Turkey-Mersin scored a comfortable win against South Africa-A with 3.5-0.5 while the game between Turkey-Girls-B and Switzerland-B could not produce any winner.

ISEM won narrowly against Kenya with 2.5-1.5 while Turkey- B had the clear upper hand against Albania with the only loss on the first board. In the last game of the round,

South Africa-B defeated Australia by 3-1.

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Andre Meyer (South Africa)

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Turkey-A and their trainer GM Efstratios Grivas
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Greece- Turkey Girls-A

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Switzerlan-A - Turkey -C

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Varvara Repine (Russia)

 
 Turkish Chess Federation 2008