Armenia Nearly Home In Ningbo

Armenia Nearly Home In Ningbo

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Jul 25, 2011, 11:06 AM |
12 | Chess Event Coverage

Armenian Flag.jpgArmenia's lead was cut to two match points in the penultimate round of the World Team Championships in Ningbo, but they are still favourites to take the title.

Armenia drew their match with fierce local rivals Azerbaijan, leaving only China and Ukraine within striking distance.

China beat India 3-1 and Ukraine beat the USA 2½-1½ to close on the leaders.

Ukraine face Armenia in the final round, but need a 4-0 whitewash to overtake them. However, should Armenia lose to Ukraine by a lesser margin, China could catch them if they can beat Hungary.

Elsewhere, Russia have no chance of the gold medal, but they posted the first 4-0 scoreline of the event against the Israeli team.

Lastly, Egypt's suffering continued as they lost 3-1 to Hungary.

The full results in round eight:

 Russia
4-0  Israel
 Grischuk Alexander 2746 1 - 0  Roiz Michael 2669
 Nepomniachtchi Ian 2711 1 - 0  Smirin Ilya 2676
 Svidler Peter 2739 1 - 0  Postny Evgeny 2618
 Vitiugov Nikita 2733 1 - 0  Nabaty Tamir 2584
 USA
1½-2½  Ukraine
 Kamsky Gata 2741 ½ - ½  Ivanchuk Vassily 2768
 Onischuk Alexander 2675 ½ - ½  Efimenko Zahar 2706
 Seirawan Yasser 2635 ½ - ½  Moiseenko Alexander 2715
 Hess Robert 2609 0 - 1  Areshchenko Alexander 2682
 Armenia
2-2  Azerbaijan
 Aronian Levon 2805 ½ - ½  Radjabov Teimur 2744
 Movsesian Sergei 2700 ½ - ½  Gashimov Vugar 2760
 Akopian Vladimir 2667 1 - 0  Mamedov Rauf 2679
 Sargissian Gabriel 2663 0 - 1  Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2765
 Egypt
1-3  Hungary
 Amin Bassem 2609 ½ - ½  Leko Peter 2717
 El Gindy Essam 2510 0 - 1  Almasi Zoltan 2726
 Shoker Samy 2475 0 - 1  Polgar Judit 2699
 Ezat Mohamed 2430 ½ - ½  Erdos Viktor 2613
 China
3-1  India
 Wang Hao 2718 1 - 0  Harikrishna Pentala 2669
 Wang Yue 2709 1 - 0  Sasikiran Krishnan 2681
 Li Chao B 2669 ½ - ½  Ganguly Surya Shekhar 2627
 Ding Liren 2654 ½ - ½  Negi Parimarjan 2642

 

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.

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 eight rounds:

1  Armenia *
2 2 2 13 20.5
2  China *
2 3 11 20.0
3  Ukraine
* 2 11 17.5
4  Russia 2 2 * 3 3 1
4 3 10 19.5
5  Hungary
1 * 2 2 3 10 18.0
6  USA 2 ½ 1 2 * 3
8 16.0
7  Azerbaijan 2 2 3 * 3 2
7 16.5
8  India 1
2 1 1 * 5 13.0
9  Israel ½ 0 ½
2 * 3 5 11.5
10  Egypt ½ ½ 1 1 ½
1 * 0 7.5

 

A tense encounter between bitter rivals Armenia and Azerbaijan ended all square

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China beat India to keep their gold medal hopes alive

China v India _Rd8.jpg

 

 

 

Alexander Areshchenko's win means Ukraine still have a mathematical chance of Gold

Alexander Areschenko_rd8.JPG

 

 

Judit Polgar won again today. Hungary's final match against China could be crucial for the hosts.

Judit Polgar_rd8.jpg

 

 

 

Pictures from the FIDE website. More here.

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