Israel Wins Silver Medal In Chess Olympiad, Beating Russia W

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Israel on Tuesday scored its first-ever medal in the Chess Olympiad, beating the Netherlands in the 11th round in Dresden to finish in second place. Topping the Dutch 2.5-1.5, the Israelis earned 18 points, one less than gold medalist Armenia, which beat China 2.5-1.5 to retain the title. The United States came in third after beating Ukraine. Israel's showing put it two points ahead of chess superpower Russia, which ended in fifth place in the event. In their final confrontation with the Netherlands, Grandmaster Boris Gelfand, Boris Avrukh and Maxim Rodshtein ended their games with a draw, but Michael Roiz prevailed over Jam Smeets on board 2, clinching the silver. 11/26/08