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World Teams Takes Off Today in Kemer, Antalya

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 11/26/13, 1:48 AM.

Today the World Team Championship starts in Kemer, Antalya (Turkey). Ten countries will be playing a single round robin tournament over nine rounds. The top seeds are Russia, who have Vladimir Kramnik, Alexander Grischuk, Sergey Karjakin, Ian Nepomniachtchi and Nikita Vitiugov. Their biggest rivals will be reigning champion Armenia, Ukraine and China.

The FIDE World Team Championship is held every two years, and these are the qualification criteria:

  • the previous event's World Chess Team Champion;
  • the three highest-placed teams in the FIDE Olympiad prior to the event;
  • the four Continental Champions;
  • a team from the organizing federation;
  • a team to be nominated by FIDE President and ranked in the official FIDE top sixteen countries list six months prior to the event.

This year's World Teams takes place 26 November - 5 December in Antalya, Turkey. It's a single round robin among ten teams, so there will be nine rounds. There is one rest day, on December 1st.

The tournament will be held in the Aspendos VI Hall in the Limar Limra Hotel in Kemer, Antalya. This is also where the players are staying.

The teams are made up of four players plus one reserve and one captain. Here's the line-up for all teams:

World Team Championship 2013 | Teams & Players

BOARD TITLE GERMANY RATING
1 GM KHENKIN IGOR 2612
2 GM MEIER GEORG 2623
3 GM FRIDMAN DANIEL 2600
4 GM NAIDITSCH ARKADIJ 2727
5 GM BARAMIDZE DAVID 2614
BOARD TITLE TURKEY RATING
1 GM IPATOV ALEXANDER 2630
2 GM SOLAK DRAGAN 2618
3 GM YILMAZ MUSTAFA 2577
4 GM ESEN BARIŞ 2565
5 GM CAN EMRE 2519
BOARD TITLE NETHERLANDS RATING
1 GM GIRI ANISH 2732
2 GM VAN WELY LOEK 2678
3 GM TIVIAKOV SERGEI 2663
4 GM SOKOLOV IVAN 2648
5 GM L ' AMI ERWIN 2625
BOARD TITLE UKRAINE RATING
1 GM IVANCHUK VASSILY 2731
2 GM KOROBOV ANTON 2713
3 GM MOISEENKO ALEXANDER 2709
4 GM KRYVORUCHKO YURIY 2701
5 GM ARESHCHENKO ALEXANDER 2720
BOARD TITLE RUSSIA RATING
1 GM KRAMNIK VLADLMIR 2793
2 GM KARJAKIN SERGEY 2756
3 GM GRISCHUK ALEXANDER 2785
4 GM NEPOMNIACHTCHI IAN 2721
5 GM VITIUGOV NIKITA 2741
BOARD TITLE ARMENIA RATING
1 GM ARONIAN LEVON 2801
2 GM MOVSESIAN SERGEI 2700
3 GM AKOPIAN VLADIMIR 2681
4 GM SARGISSIAN GABRIEL 2676
5 GM PETROSIAN TIGRAN 2660
BOARD TITLE USA RATING
1 GM HIKARU NAKAMURA 2786
2 GM GATA KAMSKY 2721
3 GM ALEX ONISCHUK 2672
4 GM RAY ROBSON 2613
5 GM VARUZHAN AKOBIAN 2625
BOARD TITLE CHINA RATING
1 GM CHAO LI 2679
2 GM LIREN DING 2711
3 GM YUE WANG 2725
4 GM XIANGZHI BU 2683
5 GM YANGYI YU 2668
BOARD TITLE AZERBAIJAN RATING
1 GM MAMEDOV RAUF 2647
2 GM SAFARLI ELTAJ 2653
3 GM MAMEDOV NIDJAD 2616
4 GM DURARBAYLI VASIF 2559
5 GM GUSEINOV GADIR 2607
BOARD TITLE EGYPT RATING
1 IM MOHAMED EZAT 2454
2 IM KHALED ABDEL RAZIK 2450
3 IM SHOKER SAMY AHMED 2500
4 GM BASSEM AMIN 2652
5 IM LABIB IBRAHIM HASAN 2411

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It's clear that Russia should be considered favorite, closely followed by Armenia. If Ivanchuk is in good shape, Ukraine must be a force to reckon with, and China is always in that category these days. USA and the Netherlands can be considered dangerous outsiders.

Like Germany and Turkey, without Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Teimour Radjabov probably Azerbeidzjan (the wild card from the organizers) won't play a significant role. As Teimour Radjabov explained on Twitter, their absence was a decision by the federation and the players together. And Egypt... well, they have a tough tournament ahead!

Here are the pairings of the first round. We see some interesting clashes especially on the top boards, e.g. Kramnik-Aronian (yes, Russia and Armenia clash immediately), Ivanchuk-Nakamura and Giri-Ding Liren.

World Team Championship 2013 | Pairings Round 1

1.1 1 Germany   - 10 Egypt  
1 GM Khenkin Igor 2612 : IM Ezat Mohamed 2454
2 GM Meier Georg 2623 : IM Abdel Razik Khaled 2450
3 GM Naiditsch Arkadij 2727 : IM Shoker Samy 2500
4 GM Baramidze David 2614 : GM Amin Bassem 2652
1.2 2 Turkey   - 9 Azerbaijan  
1 GM Ipatov Alexander 2630 : GM Mamedov Rauf 2647
2 GM Solak Dragan 2618 : GM Safarli Eltaj 2653
3 GM Yilmaz Mustafa 2577 : GM Mamedov Nidjat 2616
4 GM Esen Baris 2565 : GM Durarbayli Vasif 2559
1.3 3 Netherlands   - 8 China  
1 GM Giri Anish 2732 : GM Ding Liren 2711
2 GM Van Wely Loek 2678 : GM Wang Yue 2725
3 GM Tiviakov Sergei 2663 : GM Bu Xiangzhi 2683
4 GM Sokolov Ivan 2625 : GM Yu Yangyi 2668
1.4 4 Ukraine   - 7 United States of America  
1 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2731 : GM Nakamura Hikaru 2786
2 GM Korobov Anton 2713 : GM Kamsky Gata 2721
3 GM Moiseenko Alexander 2709 : GM Onischuk Alexander 2672
4 GM Kryvoruchko Yuriy 2701 : GM Akobian Varuzhan 2625
1.5 5 Russia   - 6 Armenia  
1 GM Kramnik Vladimir 2793 : GM Aronian Levon 2801
2 GM Karjakin Sergey 2756 : GM Movsesian Sergei 2700
3 GM Grischuk Alexander 2785 : GM Akopian Vladimir 2681
4 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2721 : GM Sargissian Gabriel 2676

You can watch the games live here.

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  • 8 months ago

    Kikelius

    Does anyone know at what time do the matches start?

  • 8 months ago

    somaja

    Azerbaijan   have no chance. 

  • 8 months ago

    Adammmurad12

    Yeah they do 

  • 8 months ago

    Lawdoginator

    Egypt and Turkey have no chance. 

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