27 September 2010, Khanty-Mansiysk – In the fifth round of the chess Olympiad 2010, Ukraine met Bosnia Herzegovina. Ukraine won 3-1 with GM Vassily Ivanchuk leading Ukraine on board 1 against GM Sokolov of Bosnia. However, Ukraine showed its strength in depth with having a strong 4th board player in GM Efimenko. Efimenko took on IM Stojanovic of Bosnia & Herzegovina (BiH) and the Ruy Lopez Closed Variation transpired.
After white played 26.Qc2, black resigned as the white diagonal b1-h7 is strongly held by both bishop and Queen battery with a possible check at Qh7 pending.
If black takes the knight at e5, 26…. Bxe5, then 27. Qh7+ Kf8, 28.Qh8+ Ke7, 29. Qxg7 pinning the bishop at e5 with the rook at e1. With a strong white attack on the black king, Stojanovic of BiH resigned. It is a crisp and fun game to watch by the two chess players. With this win, Ukraine beat Bosnia Herzegovina, 3-1 and pushed Ukraine to 4th position with 9 MPs, just below Armenia and above Netherlands.
Top Ten Team Standings After Round 5, Chess Olympiad 2010.
Malaysia is at ranked 118th position after five rounds is right now playing San Marino, an opponent with 4 MPs, just one position above it, even though San Marino was initially ranked,118th,much lower at the start as compared to Malaysia at 86th. Look table below at current ranking.
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