Armenia Beat China, Keep Lead In Ningbo

Armenia Beat China, Keep Lead In Ningbo

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Jul 21, 2011, 12:21 PM |
4 | Chess Event Coverage

Armenia narrowly defeated hosts China 2½-1½ on day five of the World Team Chess Championships in Ningbo.

A lone win by Gabriel Sargissian (pictured) on board four was enough to keep the Armenian team in gold medal position.

Russia achieved the expected win against underdogs Egypt, but conceded two draws for a 3-1 score which still moves them up to second in the standings.

Hungary continued their strong showing so far, thumping Israel 3½-½ to move into third place.

Azerbaijan slipped down the table after losing 2½-1½ to Ukraine. Alexander Moiseenko continued his fine form with a win for Ukraine on board four.

There was also brighter news for the US team, who recovered from yesterday's drubbing at the hands of China to win 3-1 against India.

The full results in round five:

 Egypt
1-3  Russia
 Adly Ahmed 2631 0 - 1  Grischuk Alexander 2746
 Amin Bassem 2609 0 - 1  Nepomniachtchi Ian 2711
 Shoker Samy 2475 ½ - ½  Svidler Peter 2739
 Ezat Mohamed 2430 ½ - ½  Vitiugov Nikita 2733
 China
1½-2½  Armenia
 Wang Hao 2718 ½ - ½  Aronian Levon 2805
 Wang Yue 2709 ½ - ½  Movsesian Sergei 2700
 Li Chao B 2669 ½ - ½  Akopian Vladimir 2667
 Yu Yangyi 2672 0 - 1  Sargissian Gabriel 2663
 India
1-3  USA
 Harikrishna Pentala 2669 ½ - ½  Kamsky Gata 2741
 Sasikiran Krishnan 2681 0 - 1  Onischuk Alexander 2675
 Ganguly Surya Shekhar 2627 ½ - ½  Shulman Yuri 2617
 Negi Parimarjan 2642 0 - 1  Hess Robert 2609
 Hungary
3½- ½  Israel
 Leko Peter 2717 1 - 0  Roiz Michael 2669
 Almasi Zoltan 2726 ½ - ½  Smirin Ilya 2676
 Polgar Judit 2699 1 - 0  Postny Evgeny 2618
 Balogh Csaba 2643 1 - 0  Nabaty Tamir 2584
 Azerbaijan
1½-2½  Ukraine
 Radjabov Teimur 2744 ½ - ½
 Ivanchuk Vassily 2768
 Gashimov Vugar 2760 ½ - ½  Eljanov Pavel 2697
 Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2765 ½ - ½  Efimenko Zahar 2706
 Guseinov Gadir 2625 0 - 1  Moiseenko Alexander 2715

 

FIDE are covering the championships here, and a live relay of the games (starting at 15:00 local time in Ningbo) can be found at the official Chinese site here. Games remain available for replay at the live link until the start of the next round.  Tomorrow (Friday) is a rest day.

The teams score 2 points for a match win, 1 for a draw, and 0 for a loss. The first tie-break is board points scored.

The standings after five rounds:


 Team M-Pts B-Pts
1  Armenia 8 13.5
2  Russia 7 12.0
3  Hungary 7 11.5
4  Ukraine 6 10.5
5  China 5 11.0
6  Azerbaijan 5 11.0
7  USA 5 10.0
8  Israel 4 8.0
9  India 3 8.0
10  Egypt 0 4.5

 

China and Armenia faced off in round five

China v Armenia_Rd5.JPG

 

 

Alexander Grischuk won with the black pieces to help Russia to defeat Egypt

Alexander Grischuk_Rd5.JPG

 

 

 

Judit Polgar won again for the Hungarian team as they crushed Israel

Judit Polgar_Rd5.JPG

 

 

 

Azerbaijan edged past Ukraine thanks to a win from Alexander Moiseenko

Azerbaijan v Ukraine_Rd5.JPG

 

 

 

 

Pictures from the FIDE website. More here.

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