ChesBase.com2010 Chess Olympiad Khanty-MansiyskRound 10It was a round defined by both the terrible and the sublime. On the terrible side, some players played uncharacteristically poorly, such as both 2800+ players losing once again. We could give you a game, or a diagram, but frankly, there are diagrams galore to follow for the sublime. The top match was between Ukraine against France, and after Ivanchuk’s loss yesterday, one had to wonder how he and the team would respond in this crucial penultimate round. The answer was a merciless 3.5-0.5 route of the young French players, with wins by all three top boards. Although Ivanchuk’s win over 19-year-old prodigy Vachier-Lagrave was the longest by far, his endgame win was truly one of the sublime, with spectacular technique and a perfect marriage of strategy and tactics.
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