Armenia Take Early Lead In Ningbo

Armenia Take Early Lead In Ningbo

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Jul 17, 2011, 10:37 AM |
23 | Chess Event Coverage

Armenia, the wildcard entry into the 2011 World Team Chess Championships, took an early lead by thrashing a Gelfand-less Israel 3½-½ in the first round.

Lev Aronian (pictured) won on top board against Emil Sutovsky, and Vladimir Akopian and Gabriel Sargissian also emerged victorious to seal an excellent result.

Russia also had a good first round, beating the USA by a score of 3-1, with Ian Nepomniachtchi beating Alexander Onischuk, and Nikita Vitiugov beating Robert Hess.

Ukraine lie in third place after the first day, but they only managed a 2½-1½ win against the lowest seeds, Egypt, after a bottom board upset from Samy Shoker.

The results of the first round in full:

 USA
1-3  Russia
 Kamsky Gata 2741 ½ - ½  Karjakin Sergey 2788
 Onischuk Alexander 2675 0 - 1  Nepomniachtchi Ian 2711
 Shulman Yuri 2617 ½ - ½  Svidler Peter 2739
 Hess Robert 2609 0 - 1  Vitiugov Nikita 2733
 Armenia
3½- ½  Israel
 Aronian Levon 2805 1 - 0  Sutovsky Emil 2700
 Movsesian Sergei 2700 ½ - ½
 Roiz Michael 2669
 Akopian Vladimir 2667 1 - 0  Postny Evgeny 2618
 Sargissian Gabriel 2663 1 - 0  Nabaty Tamir 2584
 Egypt
1½-2½  Ukraine
 Adly Ahmed 2631 0 - 1  Ivanchuk Vassily 2768
 Amin Bassem 2609 ½ - ½  Efimenko Zahar 2706
 El Gindy Essam 2510 0 - 1  Moiseenko Alexander 2715
 Shoker Samy 2475 1 - 0  Areshchenko Alexander 2682
 China
2-2  Azerbaijan
 Wang Hao 2718 ½ - ½  Radjabov Teimur 2744
 Wang Yue 2709 1 - 0  Gashimov Vugar 2760
 Li Chao B 2669 ½ - ½  Mamedov Rauf 2679
 Yu Yangyi 2672 0 - 1  Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2765
 India
2-2  Hungary
 Harikrishna Pentala 2669 ½ - ½  Leko Peter 2717
 Sasikiran Krishnan 2681 1 - 0  Almasi Zoltan 2726
 Ganguly Surya Shekhar 2627 0 - 1  Polgar Judit 2699
 Gopal G.N. 2576 ½ - ½  Balogh Csaba 2643

 

The official website (in Chinese) is here, and a live relay of the games (starting at 15:00 local time in Ningbo) can be found here.  All the first round games are currently available at the live game link.  Some highlights are below.

Lev Aronian leads from the front for Armenia

Lev Aronian_Rd1.jpg

 

 

 


Ian Nepomniachtchi had a strong start

Ian Nepomniachtchi_Rd1.jpg

 

 

 

 

A win for Judit Polgar, but Hungary could only draw with India
Judit Polgar_Rd1.jpg

 

 

Pictures from the official website.

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