Armenia maintains lead in Ningbo

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Armenia maintains lead in NingboThanks to a 2.5-1.5 victory over host country China, Armenia retained the lead at the World Team Championship in Ningbo. Russia defeated Egypt 3-1 and the USA recovered by beating India with the same score. Hungary had a good day with a 3.5-0.5 win over Israel while Ukraine won 2.5-1.5 against Azerbaijan. The China vs Armenia match in round 5

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 5

During the last few Olympiads China has proved to be a tough opponent for anyone, and on Tuesday it wasn't different for Armenia. Wang Hao and Wang Yue on the top two boards held Levon Aronian and Sergei Movsesian, and so did Li Chao against Vladimir Akopian. The decision came on board four, where Gabriel Sargissian played a textbook game using the themes 'open file' and 'playing on two wings'.

Sargissian-Yu Yangyi Ningbo, 2011

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39. Kg3! Giving a new meaning to 'king's attack': attack with your king! 39... Kg8 40. g5 hxg5 41. fxg5 Qd8 42. Kg4 Kh8 43. Qb7 Kg8 44. g6 Qe8 45. Re7 1-0

The clash between Azerbaijan and Ukraine saw the same scenario: draws on boards 1-3 and a decision on board 4. In a quiet Réti/English, Teimour Radjabov won a pawn against Vassily Ivanchuk but the presence of opposite-coloured bishops made everything very drawish. Returning to his beloved Benoni, Vugar Gashimov held a rook ending to a draw by the skin of his teeth, against Pavel Eljanov. Shakhariyar Mamedyarov and Zahar Efimenko created lots of tactics in a Nimzo but also split the point, and so it was Alexander Moiseenko who brought home the two match points with an excellent rook ending win against Gadir Guseinov.

Alexander Moiseenko at the World Team Championship

Alexander Moiseenko played strongly against Gadir Guseinov's Accelarated Dragon



Hungary had an excellent day and scored 3.5-0.5 against Israel. Peter Leko won his second game in a row - a very smooth win over Michael Roiz. Judit Polgar squeezed a win out of a very tiny edge in an endgame.

Polgar-Postny Ningbo, 2011

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You'd say this will end in a draw very soon. Polgar finds a way to play on. 23. Bxe4! Bxe5 24. Bc6! Bxc6 25. Rxe5 Rxe5 26. Bxe5 Rc8 27. Bf6

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Black's pieces are tied down, but he should still be able to hold this. 27... Kf8 28. g4 Re8 29. Kh2 Re6 30. Rd8+ Re8 31. Rd1 Re6 32. g5 Rd6 33. Ra1 Rd2 34. Ra7 Rxf2+ 35. Kg1 Re2 36. Rxc7

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36... Re6? 36... Bd5 37. Rc5 Bxb3 38. Rxb5 Ba4 leads to a similar endgame as in the game, but with an active bishop for Black. 37. Rc8+ Be8 38. Kg2 Re2+ 39. Kf3 Re6 40. h4 h5 41. Rb8 Re1 42. c4 bxc4 43. bxc4 and White won on move 65.

Judit Polgar at the World Team Championship

Another win for Judit Polgar in a long ending



Games round 5



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World Team Championship 2011 | Round 5 Results
Bo. 3 Egypt Rtg - 10 Russia Rtg 1 : 3
1.1 GM Adly Ahmed 2631 - GM Grischuk Alexander 2746 0 - 1
1.2 GM Amin Bassem 2609 - GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2711 0 - 1
1.3 IM Shoker Samy 2475 - GM Svidler Peter 2739 ½ - ½
1.4 IM Ezat Mohamed 2430 - GM Vitiugov Nikita 2733 ½ - ½
Bo. 4 China Rtg - 2 Armenia Rtg 1½:2½
2.1 GM Wang Hao 2718 - GM Aronian Levon 2805 ½ - ½
2.2 GM Wang Yue 2709 - GM Movsesian Sergei 2700 ½ - ½
2.3 GM Li Chao B 2669 - GM Akopian Vladimir 2667 ½ - ½
2.4 GM Yu Yangyi 2672 - GM Sargissian Gabriel 2663 0 - 1
Bo. 5 India Rtg - 1 USA Rtg 1 : 3
3.1 GM Harikrishna Pentala 2669 - GM Kamsky Gata 2741 ½ - ½
3.2 GM Sasikiran Krishnan 2681 - GM Onischuk Alexander 2675 0 - 1
3.3 GM Ganguly Surya Shekhar 2627 - GM Shulman Yuri 2617 ½ - ½
3.4 GM Negi Parimarjan 2642 - GM Hess Robert 2609 0 - 1
Bo. 6 Hungary Rtg - 9 Israel Rtg 3½: ½
4.1 GM Leko Peter 2717 - GM Roiz Michael 2669 1 - 0
4.2 GM Almasi Zoltan 2726 - GM Smirin Ilya 2676 ½ - ½
4.3 GM Polgar Judit 2699 - GM Postny Evgeny 2618 1 - 0
4.4 GM Balogh Csaba 2643 - GM Nabaty Tamir 2584 1 - 0
Bo. 7 Azerbaijan Rtg - 8 Ukraine Rtg 1½:2½
5.1 GM Radjabov Teimur 2744 - GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2768 ½ - ½
5.2 GM Gashimov Vugar 2760 - GM Eljanov Pavel 2697 ½ - ½
5.3 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2765 - GM Efimenko Zahar 2706 ½ - ½
5.4 GM Guseinov Gadir 2625 - GM Moiseenko Alexander 2715 0 - 1



World Team Championship 2011 | Round 5 Standings
Rk. SNo Team Partijen + = - TB1 TB2 TB3
1 2 Armenia 5 3 2 0 8 13.5 0
2 10 Russia 5 3 1 1 7 12.0 0
3 6 Hungary 5 3 1 1 7 11.5 0
4 8 Ukraine 5 3 0 2 6 10.5 0
5 4 China 5 2 1 2 5 11.0 1
6 7 Azerbaijan 5 2 1 2 5 11.0 1
7 1 USA 5 2 1 2 5 10.0 0
8 9 Israel 5 2 0 3 4 8.0 0
9 5 India 5 1 1 3 3 8.0 0
10 3 Egypt 5 0 0 5 0 4.5 0



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