ISTANBUL, Turkey (A.W.)—With one round to go, Armenia shares the lead with China and Russia, and will face Hungary in the final round on Sept. 9, at the Chess Olympiad in Istanbul.
Armenia defeated the Netherlands 3-1 in the 10th round to maintain their spot on top of the standings with 18 points. China defeated the U.S., and Russia defeated Argentina, both 2.5-1.5, to tie with Armenia for first place. Armenia is second on tiebreak.
In the final round, Armenia will face off with Hungary, Russia will take on Germany, and China will play the Ukraine.
Armenia has emerged victorious from 8 out of 10 matches so far. It has only lost to China and drawn its match against Russia.
Organized by the International Chess Federation (FIDE), the Olympiad is the most prestigious team competition in the chess world.
The top-seeds are Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Hungary, Azerbaijan, China, and the U.S., respectively.
The Armenian national team is represented by Levon Aronian, Sergei Movsesian, Vladimir Akopian, Gabriel Sargissian, and Tigran Petrosian.
Armenia won the 2006 and 2008 Olympiads, and came in seventh in 2010.
A number of Armenian chess players are representing other countries. Most notable among them are Varuzhan Akobian, who is on the U.S. team, and Krikor Sevag Mekhitarian on the Brazilian team.
The Olympiad is comprised of 11 rounds, and will conclude on Sept. 10.
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