Wednesday, October 8, 2008

1st gold for Ukraine throuh Martyn Kravtsiv in chess


In the Blitz Individual Men's event the Gold Medal went to the unfancied young Ukrainian GM Martyn Kravtsiv who surprised the strong competition to take the honors. This happened after the preliminary round winner GM Mark Paragua of the Philippines did not have a good start at the semi-final and lost 0-2 to GM Yuri Drozdovskij. In the other semi-final Kravtsiv defeated GM Chirstodoulos Banikas of Greece with a similar 2-0 score, and then repeated this achievement again against Drozdovskij in the all important final. 

Rank   Name Fed. Rtg.
1 IM Kravtsiv Martyn UKR 2549
2 GM Drozdovskij Yuri UKR 2587
3 GM Banikas Hristos GRE 2572
4 GM Paragua Mark PHI 2526
5 GM Gurevich Mikhail TUR 2634
6 GM Korobov Anton UKR 2605
7 GM Akobian Varuzhan USA 2606
8 GM Le Quang Liem VIE 2583
9 GM Wang Hao CHN 2696
10 GM Balogh Csaba HUN 2616

Source: Chessbase

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