Ukraine Keeps Winning at World Teams

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 12/1/13, 7:01 AM.

Winning its fifth match 2.5-1.5 to Turkey at the World Team Championship in Kemer, Antalya, Ukraine kept its perfect score and maintained its three-point lead. Russia is in clear second place, while the Netherlands moved up to shared third place with China and Armenia.

All photos courtesy of the Turkish Chess Federation

Just about every round there's a big clash at the World Teams, and on Saturday it was China vs USA. It started well for the American team as Hikaru Nakamura won a good game against Li Chao on top board, in an Anti-Grünfeld.

However, on board 2 China kicked back as Ding Liren found an excellent set-up against Gata Kamsky pet variation as Black.

The start of the USA-China match

On board 3 Alexander Onischuk and Wang Yue drew a Semi-Tarrasch but it went wrong for the USA on board 4. The game was more or less balanced all the time until Robson lost the thread just before the time control.

Bu Xiangzhi scored a win for China

Armenia should always be considered one of the favorites, but it's not going to be easy for them this time as they dropped another match point against Azerbaijan. Sergey Movsesian and Eltaj Safarli drew their game on board 2. Vladimir Akopian scored a point for the Armenians:

Armenia vs Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan's hero was Vasif Durarbayli, who beat Gabriel Sargissan convincingly.

And so with a 1.5-1.5 score, Levon Aronian obviously tried everything he could to beat Rauf Mamedov. However, the Azerbaijani refused to surrender and at some point the infamous BR vs R ending came on the board. Mamedov defended it perfectly, until he finally made a mistake and Aronian got a winning position, but the 50-move rule saved Azerbaijan!

Levon Aronian: not in time for checkmate

Ukraine won its fifth match in a row, against the host country. The Turks managed to hold a draw on three boards, but it was Baris Esen who went down, against Yuriy Kryvoruchko. Sometimes one passed pawn and a more active king is enough to win an opposite-colored bishop ending. 

Ukraine should win their next match as well, against Egypt, but then two tough teams await them: Russia and Armenia. The former team played without Vladimir Kramnik on Saturday but still crushed Germany 3.5-0.5. Naiditsch' self-destruction against Vitiugov was exemplary for the whole match.

Netherlands-Egypt and Ukraine-Turkey

The Netherlands defeated Egypt 3-1 score. Here's Ivan Sokolov's win:

Sunday is the first and only rest day. The last four rounds will be played Monday-Thursday.

World Team Championship 2013 | Round 5 standings

Rank Team Gam. + = - MP Pts. Res. SB.
1 Ukraine 5 5 0 0 10 13 0 47,50
2 Russia 5 3 1 1 7 11½ 0 35,00
3 Netherlands 5 3 0 2 6 11½ 0 21,00
4 Armenia 5 2 2 1 6 11 0 27,50
5 China 5 3 0 2 6 10½ 0 33,50
6 Azerbaijan 5 2 1 2 5 10½ 0 24,00
7 United States of America 5 2 0 3 4 11 0 17,00
8 Germany 5 2 0 3 4 0 12,50
9 Turkey 5 1 0 4 2 7 0 5,50
10 Egypt 5 0 0 5 0 0 0,00

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  • 3 years ago


    Unfortunately winning game ended in draw 4 Levon

  • 3 years ago


    The Ding-Kamsky game was very hard fought. Can somebody explain to this patzer why black didn't capture the bishop on g4 on move 45? Where is white's trick that I am missing, the tactic that rendered that white bishop distasteful to Kamsky? 

  • 3 years ago


    Why aren't India and England in this event? They've got extremely strong teams.

  • 3 years ago


    If anyone can deal with Aronian and Kramnik, its Chucky. Love his attitude, and the way he cruched both Magnus and Kramnik in the last two rounds of the candidates. By the way, if he gave his comrad Vlady a draw in the last round, Kramnik would be world champ. No more collusion theorys anymore-best part of the candidates for me.

  • 3 years ago


    It's the first time I see a GM tournament game adjudicated as a draw due to the 50-move rule in an otherwise winning position.

    If only Aronian had another 3-4 moves, it would break the 50-move rule, as black would be forced to exchange their rook for white's bishop or else get checkmated immediately.  Some luck (and lots of excitement) around this was there for both teams apparently...

  • 3 years ago


    Woooow, Aronian must have been really pissed by that mate in 1 he didn't get it, because of the 50-move-rule!

  • 3 years ago


    beat em ol chucky...

  • 3 years ago


    @chessredpanda: it is not a good idea to sit on your keyboard... 1 question mark should suffice.

  • 3 years ago


    Ban mrhbaa from for his self-promoting materials, which are probbably irrelevant to the article and potentially dangerous. Who knows what his advertised site may attempt to run on your computer.

  • 3 years ago


    For echonoble what does AA mean????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????


  • 3 years ago


  • 3 years ago


    Good Job Armenian team, well done. Waiting more success in coming games

  • 3 years ago


    Amazing to see that Kamsky keeps on setting Ding Liren problems even when he is a couple of pawns down. Nice finish with b6 though and a deserved win :)

  • 3 years ago


    It seems like chess players never look each other in the eyes when they shake hands.  Look at the top picture.  When I watched some of the WCC, I always wondered how Carlsen's and Anand's hands ever met.

    Its a strange thing to comment on.  I know.

  • 3 years ago



  • 3 years ago


    Go Chuky!

  • 3 years ago


    Go Ivanchuk!

  • 3 years ago


    Go Naka!

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