Nothing has been decided yet in the open section. France lost their first game on the third board (Mamedov – Edouard), but thanks to the clean victory of Vladimir Tkachiev they managed to draw a match. A prestigious match between Russia and Armenia finished with the victory of the second team. Three draws on first boards were concluded by the victory of Gabriel Sargissian over Tomashevsky. Greece an Hungary are coming back to the leading group after desired victories against Croatia and Switzerland. Ukraine made a draw against Belarus, while England managed to save a match against Georgia thanks to the tough defense of Gavain Jones.
In the women section Ukraine won their match and is really close to defend a gold medal. But Poland III keeps on fighting as well – neither Lagno nor Ushenina received the opening advantage and drew right after, Inna Gaponenko miscalculated in time trouble and didn’t find a solution that prevented Katarzyna Toma’s perpetual check. Ukraina won thanks to Maryia Muzychuk, who outplayed Marta Bartel in a very drawish endgame with opposite-colored bishops. Polish first team drew to Georgia – loss of Iweta Rajlich against Bela Khotenashvili was leveled by a good game of Jolanta Zawadzka against Nino Khurstidze. Armenia won 3-1 against Poland Futures, but I recommend seeing the way 13-years old Oliwia Kiolbasa won her game against Maria Kursova. Russia won against Hungary and Bulgaria won to Germany – both teams will take part in the fight for medals.