Armenia wins World Teams, China second

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Armena wins World Teams, China secondArmenia won the World Team Championship in Ningbo, China. In the last two rounds 2-2 twice, against Azerbaijan and Ukraine, was enough to finish clear first. Host country China finished strongly and won the silver medals.

General info

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

Round 8

On Monday a furious Russia fought very hard for a medal, and crushed Israel 4-0. The Grischuk-Roiz game was instructive for the 'bishop pair' theme: the ending started with a symmeterical pawn structure, but still the Russian outplayed his opponent with two bishops against bishop and knight.

Leading with three match points, Armenia could have decided matters with a round to spare but they were held to 2-2 by Azerbaijan. On top board, Teimour Radjabov used more of his impressive QGD preparation for Kazan to draw with Levon Aronian. Vugar Gashimov and Sergey Movsesian also drew, but then on board four Shakhriyar Mamedyarov scored a full point for Azerbaijan against Gabriel Sargissian. Eventually Vladimir Akopian saved the day for Armenia with a difficult win against Rauf Mamedov on three.

Armena vs Azerbaijan at the World Team Championship

Armena vs Azerbaijan at the World Team Championship: 2-2



In this round China scored a good 3-1 win against India while Ukraine beat USA thanks to a win on the last board. Alexander Areshchenko played a nice exchange sac against Robert Hess in a Berlin Wall. Unsurprisingly, Hungary defeated Egypt.

Games round 8



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World Team Championship 2011 | Round 8 Results
Bo. 10 Russia Rtg - 9 Israel Rtg 4 : 0
1.1 GM Grischuk Alexander 2746 - GM Roiz Michael 2669 1 - 0
1.2 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2711 - GM Smirin Ilya 2676 1 - 0
1.3 GM Svidler Peter 2739 - GM Postny Evgeny 2618 1 - 0
1.4 GM Vitiugov Nikita 2733 - GM Nabaty Tamir 2584 1 - 0
Bo. 1 USA Rtg - 8 Ukraine Rtg 1½:2½
2.1 GM Kamsky Gata 2741 - GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2768 ½ - ½
2.2 GM Onischuk Alexander 2675 - GM Efimenko Zahar 2706 ½ - ½
2.3 GM Seirawan Yasser 2635 - GM Moiseenko Alexander 2715 ½ - ½
2.4 GM Hess Robert 2609 - GM Areshchenko Alexander 2682 0 - 1
Bo. 2 Armenia Rtg - 7 Azerbaijan Rtg 2 : 2
3.1 GM Aronian Levon 2805 - GM Radjabov Teimur 2744 ½ - ½
3.2 GM Movsesian Sergei 2700 - GM Gashimov Vugar 2760 ½ - ½
3.3 GM Akopian Vladimir 2667 - GM Mamedov Rauf 2679 1 - 0
3.4 GM Sargissian Gabriel 2663 - GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2765 0 - 1
Bo. 3 Egypt Rtg - 6 Hungary Rtg 1 : 3
4.1 GM Amin Bassem 2609 - GM Leko Peter 2717 ½ - ½
4.2 GM El Gindy Essam 2510 - GM Almasi Zoltan 2726 0 - 1
4.3 IM Shoker Samy 2475 - GM Polgar Judit 2699 0 - 1
4.4 IM Ezat Mohamed 2430 - GM Erdos Viktor 2613 ½ - ½
Bo. 4 China Rtg - 5 India Rtg 3 : 1
5.1 GM Wang Hao 2718 - GM Harikrishna Pentala 2669 1 - 0
5.2 GM Wang Yue 2709 - GM Sasikiran Krishnan 2681 1 - 0
5.3 GM Li Chao B 2669 - GM Ganguly Surya Shekhar 2627 ½ - ½
5.4 GM Ding Liren 2654 - GM Negi Parimarjan 2642 ½ - ½



Round 9

The tournament finished with an anti-climax as the top match Armenia vs Ukraine suddenly ended with four draws in positions where, here and there, there was something to play for. This way Armenia secured sole first place, and all was left was the fight for second place.

Four draws in Armena vs Ukraine at the World Team Championship

Four draws in Armena vs Ukraine at the World Team Championship



China also won their last match, against Hungary, to clinch the silver medals. Wang Hao held Leko to a draw on one while Wang Yue and Li Chao beat Zoltan Almasi and Judit Polgar respectively. Csaba Balogh saved Hungary's honour with a win against Yu Yangyi.

Russia finished on a disappointing 5th place after a last-round loss against India. Alexander Grischuk did all right with a nice, positional win in a 4.Bg5 Grünfeld against Pentala Harikrishna. However, in a slightly better position Ian Nepomniachtchi completely lost track and even lost against Krishnan Sasikiran. Then matters got even worse for Peter Svidler, who tried the Modern Defence against Surya Ganguly but was completely crushed. Parimarjan Negi held Nikita Vitiugov to a draw to secure the two match points.

India vs Russia at the World Team Championship

India vs Russia at the World Team Championship: 2.5-1.5



The USA finished a good tournament with a win over Israel. In the last two rounds Yasser Seirawan drew with Alexander Moiseenko and Ilya Smirin and must be very satisfied. Peter Leko, who made his comeback in Ningbo, did fine too. His rating has dropped to 2717 but with a 2803 performance he seems to be on the way back. The best score was for Wang Yue - the Chinese grandmaster also looks back on a mediocre period but scored a superb 7/9 in Ningbo.

Wang Yue at the World Team Championship

In the series of strong comebacks, part 1 of 3: Wang Yue



Leko at the World Team Championship

Part 2 of 3: Peter Leko



Seirawan at the World Team Championship

Part 3 of 3: Yasser Seirawan



Games round 9



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World Team Championship 2011 | Round 9 Results
Bo. 5 India Rtg - 10 Russia Rtg 2½:1½
1.1 GM Harikrishna Pentala 2669 - GM Grischuk Alexander 2746 0 - 1
1.2 GM Sasikiran Krishnan 2681 - GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2711 1 - 0
1.3 GM Ganguly Surya Shekhar 2627 - GM Svidler Peter 2739 1 - 0
1.4 GM Negi Parimarjan 2642 - GM Vitiugov Nikita 2733 ½ - ½
Bo. 6 Hungary Rtg - 4 China Rtg 1½:2½
2.1 GM Leko Peter 2717 - GM Wang Hao 2718 ½ - ½
2.2 GM Almasi Zoltan 2726 - GM Wang Yue 2709 0 - 1
2.3 GM Polgar Judit 2699 - GM Li Chao B 2669 0 - 1
2.4 GM Balogh Csaba 2643 - GM Yu Yangyi 2672 1 - 0
Bo. 7 Azerbaijan Rtg - 3 Egypt Rtg 2½:1½
3.1 GM Radjabov Teimur 2744 - GM Adly Ahmed 2631 1 - 0
3.2 GM Gashimov Vugar 2760 - GM Amin Bassem 2609 1 - 0
3.3 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2765 - IM Shoker Samy 2475 0 - 1
3.4 GM Guseinov Gadir 2625 - IM Ezat Mohamed 2430 ½ - ½
Bo. 8 Ukraine Rtg - 2 Armenia Rtg 2 : 2
4.1 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2768 - GM Aronian Levon 2805 ½ - ½
4.2 GM Eljanov Pavel 2697 - GM Movsesian Sergei 2700 ½ - ½
4.3 GM Efimenko Zahar 2706 - GM Akopian Vladimir 2667 ½ - ½
4.4 GM Moiseenko Alexander 2715 - GM Sargissian Gabriel 2663 ½ - ½
Bo. 9 Israel Rtg - 1 USA Rtg 1½:2½
5.1 GM Sutovsky Emil 2700 - GM Kamsky Gata 2741 ½ - ½
5.2 GM Roiz Michael 2669 - GM Onischuk Alexander 2675 ½ - ½
5.3 GM Smirin Ilya 2676 - GM Seirawan Yasser 2635 ½ - ½
5.4 GM Postny Evgeny 2618 - GM Hess Robert 2609 0 - 1



World Team Championship 2011 | Round 9 (Final) Standings
Rk. SNo Team # + = - TB1 TB2
1 2 Armenia 9 5 4 0 14 22.5
2 4 China 9 6 1 2 13 22.5
3 8 Ukraine 9 5 2 2 12 19.5
4 10 Russia 9 4 2 3 10 21.0
5 6 Hungary 9 4 2 3 10 19.5
6 1 USA 9 4 2 3 10 18.5
7 7 Azerbaijan 9 3 3 3 9 19.0
8 5 India 9 3 1 5 7 15.5
9 9 Israel 9 2 1 6 5 13.0
10 3 Egypt 9 0 0 9 0 9.0



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