Such is the sorrow of chess: GM Vassily Ivanchuk lost this game to GM Al-Modiakhi and then sat looking at the pieces for half an hour says the official website. However, Ukraine did manage to beat Qatar 3-1. You can check a full Round 2 report from the Istanbul Chess Olympiad and videos at Chess Blog.


Al-Modiahki, Mohamad (2542) – Ivanchuk, Vassily (2769)

Result: 1-0
Site: 1:30.30-1:30.30
Date: 2012.08.29
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(54.£f8 ¤g4+ 55.¦xg4 ¦c7 56.£f6 £f7 57.£xf7+ ¦xf7 58.¢g3 ¦e7 59.¦f4 ¦d7 60.d5 g5 61.¦f5 c3 62.¥xg5 a5 63.d6 b4 64.axb4 axb4 65.¦b5 ¦xd6 66.¦xb4 c2 67.¦b7+ ¢g6 68.¥c1 ¦d3+ 69.¢g4 (0:00:34) 53…Rc6)