Armenia increases lead in Ningbo, Seirawan on a roll

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Seirawan on a roll in NingboArmenia is getting closer and closer to winning the World Team Championship in Ningbo, China. With two rounds to go, the team led by Levon Aronian is three match points ahead of China and Ukraine. Yasser Seirawan, who plays for the USA team, is in top form. The 51-year-old American crushed Judit Polgar in round 6, and a day later he also defeated Shakhriyar Mamedyarov to reach a 2811 performance.

General info

The World Team Championship takes place July 15-26 in Ningbo, China. China, Ukraine, Israel, Hungary, Azerbaijan, India, USA, Egypt and Armenia play. Each team consists of five players, one reserve and one coach/captain. The zero tolerance rule for appearing at the board is in effect, as well as a rule against draws before move thirty. The championship is a round-robin of nine rounds. The time control is 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes to finish the game with 30 seconds increment starting from move 1. There is one rest day, on Friday, July 22nd. More info here.

Round 6

On the day of the 6th round Judit Polgar celebrated her 35th birthday, and the Chinese organizers didn't forget about it.

Polgar receives a birthday cake and flowers

Judit Polgar turns 35 and receives a birthday cake and flowers



As Yasser Seirawan couldn't top that, he decided to give Polgar quite a different present. On third board of the USA-Hungary match, the American crushed her completely!

Seirawan-Polgar Ningbo, 2011

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Things went wrong for Black before already. Here the position plays almost by itself, if you find the right plan: 25. Bf2! Start rolling those pawns! 25... Nc6 26. Nd5 Qa5 27. h4 Nd4 28. Bxd4 cxd4 29. g5 Bxd5 30. exd5

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There's no way Black can hold this position. 30... hxg5 30... Rb7 31. Rd3 Rdb8 32. b4 Qa6 33. gxh6 gxh6 34. Rg1+-. 31. hxg5 fxg5 31... Rb7 32. gxf6 gxf6 33. Rg2 Rdb8 34. Rh1 Ke7 35. Rg8+-.

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32. f6! The threat of 33.Qg6 is killing. 32... Rxb2 33. Kxb2 Nxf6 34. Ka2 Qc7 35. Rg2 Rc8 36. Bxc8 Qxc8 37. Rxg5 Nxd5 38. Qf5+ Qxf5 39. Rxf5+ Nf6 40. c5 Ke7 41. c6 Nd5 42. Rg1 d3 43. Kb3 Ke6 44. Rfg5 1-0

Seirawan vs Polgar at the World Team Championship

Seirawan and Polgar in a good mood before their game,
with U.S. team captain GM Ben Finefold taking photos



The match between Russian and Ukraine was hard fought, but in the end all games ended in a draw. Interestingly, Vassily Ivanchuk repeated his Pirc defence against Sergey Karjakin, after the disaster at the Kings' Tournament recently. Did the Ukrainian wanted to demonstrate that there's nothing wrong with that opening? Against Karjakin's Austrian Attack Ivanchuk played the rare 6...Nbd7 and then defended a slightly worse ending to a draw.

The start of the 6th round, with Karjakin vs Ivanchuk as the top board of Russia-Ukraine

The start of the 6th round, with Karjakin vs Ivanchuk as the top board of Russia-Ukraine



As the match Israel-Azerbaijan also ended in 2-2, it was an excellent round for the leaders. Armenia defeated India 2.5-1.5 and had two match points more than Russia and Hungary on Saturday night. A key game was Levon Aronian vs Pentala Harikrishna, in which the Armenian uncorked a completely new and sharp plan with h4 and g4 in a well-known Lasker QGD tabiya. This excellent game by the world's number 3 is highly recommended for replay in the viewer below!

Aronian

Levon Aronian introduced a completely new concept in the QGD's Lasker Defence against Pentala Harikrishna



Games round 6



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World Team Championship 2011 | Round 6 Results
Bo. 10 Russia Rtg - 8 Ukraine Rtg 2 : 2
1.1 GM Karjakin Sergey 2788 - GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2768 ½ - ½
1.2 GM Grischuk Alexander 2746 - GM Eljanov Pavel 2697 ½ - ½
1.3 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2711 - GM Efimenko Zahar 2706 ½ - ½
1.4 GM Vitiugov Nikita 2733 - GM Moiseenko Alexander 2715 ½ - ½
Bo. 9 Israel Rtg - 7 Azerbaijan Rtg 2 : 2
2.1 GM Sutovsky Emil 2700 - GM Radjabov Teimur 2744 0 - 1
2.2 GM Smirin Ilya 2676 - GM Gashimov Vugar 2760 ½ - ½
2.3 GM Postny Evgeny 2618 - GM Mamedov Rauf 2679 1 - 0
2.4 GM Nabaty Tamir 2584 - GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2765 ½ - ½
Bo. 1 USA Rtg - 6 Hungary Rtg 2 : 2
3.1 GM Kamsky Gata 2741 - GM Leko Peter 2717 ½ - ½
3.2 GM Shulman Yuri 2617 - GM Almasi Zoltan 2726 0 - 1
3.3 GM Seirawan Yasser 2635 - GM Polgar Judit 2699 1 - 0
3.4 GM Hess Robert 2609 - GM Balogh Csaba 2643 ½ - ½
Bo. 2 Armenia Rtg - 5 India Rtg 2½:1½
4.1 GM Aronian Levon 2805 - GM Harikrishna Pentala 2669 1 - 0
4.2 GM Movsesian Sergei 2700 - GM Sasikiran Krishnan 2681 ½ - ½
4.3 GM Akopian Vladimir 2667 - GM Ganguly Surya Shekhar 2627 ½ - ½
4.4 GM Sargissian Gabriel 2663 - GM Negi Parimarjan 2642 ½ - ½
Bo. 3 Egypt Rtg - 4 China Rtg ½ :3½
5.1 GM Adly Ahmed 2631 - GM Wang Hao 2718 0 - 1
5.2 GM Amin Bassem 2609 - GM Wang Yue 2709 0 - 1
5.3 IM Shoker Samy 2475 - GM Li Chao B 2669 ½ - ½
5.4 IM Ezat Mohamed 2430 - GM Ding Liren 2654 0 - 1



Round 7

For the moment this World Team Championship is all about one name: Yasser Seirawan. The 51-year-old American is really on a roll now, after beating another strong 2700 player: Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. The game started with a off-beat opening: 1. d4 c5 2. d5 f5 3. e4 fxe4 4. Nc3 Nf6 5. g4 h6 6. h3, which is all theory as well (there's nothing new under the sun). In an ending, Mamedyarov miscalculated:

Seirawan-Mamedyarov Ningbo, 2011

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23... a5? Black should have defended with 23... Nc3 24. Nf5 Ne4 25. Re1 g6 although White still has the better chances, it seems. 24. Nf5 a4 25. Nxd6 a3 26. Nxb7 Nb4 26... Nc3 27. d6 a2 28. Ra1 Ne2+ 29. Kf2 Nd4 30. d7 Nc6 31. c5 Kf7 32. d8Q Nxd8 33. Nxd8+ Rxd8 34. Rxa2+-. 27. c3!

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This just wins. 27... Nd3 27... Rf8 28. Rc1 Nd3 29. Ra1+-. 28. c5 Nf4 29. d6 1-0

So far Seirawan's return to the chess board must have given the Amsterdam resident lots of joy. We're not sure yet if we can speak of a comeback, but we did note that he's listed among the participants of a strong open tournament in Vlissingen, The Netherlands right after this event. Obviously we'll keep a close eye on Yasser, who used to be among the very best players in the world, but has mainly dedicated himself to writing and online commenting during the last decade or so.

Seirawan on a roll at the World Team Championship

Yasser Seirawan: still going strong - in Ningbo he scored 3.5/5 and a 2811 performance so far



This game was not the only success for the USA on Sunday. Gata Kamsky defeated Teimour Radjabov with Black and with only one win for Azerbaijan (Rauf Mamedov beating Yuri Shulman) the two match points went to the Americans. Despite playing with their strongest possible line-up, the Azeris are having a disappointing championship.

In fact after today's round the Armenians seem to be cruising to victory. They dealt with Hungary themselves today, winning 2.5-1.5, while their other close rival Russia lost with the same score to China.

Hungary vs Armenia at the World Team Championship

Hungary vs Armenia: 1.5-2.5, with a draw between Leko and Aronian



Both matches were decided on one board only: Sergei Movsesian, who recently changed federations back to Armenia, defeated Zoltan Almasi from a King's Indian Attack while Wang Hao was the hero of the day for the Chinese, beating Sergey Karjakin on top board. It must have been a big disappointment for the Russians, since Karjakin was clearly better before the time trouble phase started, but then completely collapsed, while Peter Svidler was two pawns up against Yu Yangyi but his ending turned out to be drawn.

Wang Hao beats Karjakin

Wang Hao beats Karjakin in a disappointing match for the Russians



Games round 7



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World Team Championship 2011 | Round 7 Results
Bo. 4 China Rtg - 10 Russia Rtg 2½:1½
1.1 GM Wang Hao 2718 - GM Karjakin Sergey 2788 1 - 0
1.2 GM Wang Yue 2709 - GM Grischuk Alexander 2746 ½ - ½
1.3 GM Li Chao B 2669 - GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2711 ½ - ½
1.4 GM Yu Yangyi 2672 - GM Svidler Peter 2739 ½ - ½
Bo. 5 India Rtg - 3 Egypt Rtg 2½:1½
2.1 GM Harikrishna Pentala 2669 - GM Amin Bassem 2609 1 - 0
2.2 GM Sasikiran Krishnan 2681 - GM El Gindy Essam 2510 ½ - ½
2.3 GM Ganguly Surya Shekhar 2627 - IM Shoker Samy 2475 1 - 0
2.4 GM Gopal G.N. 2576 - IM Ezat Mohamed 2430 0 - 1
Bo. 6 Hungary Rtg - 2 Armenia Rtg 1½:2½
3.1 GM Leko Peter 2717 - GM Aronian Levon 2805 ½ - ½
3.2 GM Almasi Zoltan 2726 - GM Movsesian Sergei 2700 0 - 1
3.3 GM Polgar Judit 2699 - GM Akopian Vladimir 2667 ½ - ½
3.4 GM Balogh Csaba 2643 - GM Sargissian Gabriel 2663 ½ - ½
Bo. 7 Azerbaijan Rtg - 1 USA Rtg 1½:2½
4.1 GM Radjabov Teimur 2744 - GM Kamsky Gata 2741 0 - 1
4.2 GM Gashimov Vugar 2760 - GM Onischuk Alexander 2675 ½ - ½
4.3 GM Mamedov Rauf 2679 - GM Shulman Yuri 2617 1 - 0
4.4 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2765 - GM Seirawan Yasser 2635 0 - 1
Bo. 8 Ukraine Rtg - 9 Israel Rtg 2½:1½
5.1 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2768 - GM Sutovsky Emil 2700 1 - 0
5.2 GM Eljanov Pavel 2697 - GM Roiz Michael 2669 0 - 1
5.3 GM Moiseenko Alexander 2715 - GM Postny Evgeny 2618 1 - 0
5.4 GM Areshchenko Alexander 2682 - GM Nabaty Tamir 2584 ½ - ½



World Team Championship 2011 | Round 7 Standings
Rk. SNo Team # + = - TB1 TB2 TB3
1 2 Armenia 7 5 2 0 12 18.5 0
2 4 China 7 4 1 2 9 17.0 0
3 8 Ukraine 7 4 1 2 9 15.0 0
4 10 Russia 7 3 2 2 8 15.5 0
5 6 Hungary 7 3 2 2 8 15.0 0
6 1 USA 7 3 2 2 8 14.5 0
7 7 Azerbaijan 7 2 2 3 6 14.5 0
8 5 India 7 2 1 4 5 12.0 0
9 9 Israel 7 2 1 4 5 11.5 0
10 3 Egypt 7 0 0 7 0 6.5 0



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