Armenia wins 40th World Chess Olympiad in Istanbul

Armenia cemented its reputation as a chess superpower by winning gold at the Chess Olympiad, after defeating Hungary 2.5-1.5 in the final round of the World Chess Olympiad in Istanbul.

In the decisive round on Sunday Armenian men beat Hungary 2.5-1.5 to gather 19 points in the 11-round competition. Sergei Movsesian secured the crucial victory against Hungary’s Zoltan Almasi. Levon Aronian, Vladimir Akopian, and Gabriel Sargissian drew their games.

Russia defeated Germany 3-1, but fell behind Armenia on tiebreak. Ukraine beat China 3-1 and came third..

Armenia won the 2006 and 2008 Olympiads, and came in seventh in 2010. It came third in 1992, 2002 and 2004.

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