Spectacular 4th round World Team Championship

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Armenia takes early lead at World Team ChampionshipIn a very interesting 4th round Armenia regained the lead at the World Team Championship in Ningbo, China. On Wednesday they defeated Egypt 3.5-0.5 while Russia lost 1-3 to Azerbaijan. Ukraine also lost, to Hungary, as Peter Leko defeated Vassily Ivanchuk at the black side of a Marshall Gambit. Leko beats Ivanchuk in round 4

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.

Rounds 4

Russia's loss against Azerbaijan isn't that much of a surprise since the two teams don't differ much rating wise. On top board Radjabov repeated his 3...f5 Ruy Lopez and improved upon Nisipeanu's play against Karjakin last month in Romania. The Azerbaijani had repaired his pet variation and drew without problems.

On second board Vugar Gashimov played an excellent game and scored an important board point against Candidates finalist Alexander Grischuk.

Gashimov-Grischuk Ningbo, 2011

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25... Bxa2? Better was 25... g6! 26. Bxg6 (26. Rd3 Rxd3 27. Bxd3 Rxe6 28. Bxg6 Bxa2) 26... Rxe6 27. Rxe6 Bxe6 28. Re1 Bf7 29. Bxf7+ Kxf7 30. Rb1 Ke6 and Black's active king and rook should provide enough compensation. 26. Ra1 Bd5 27. Rxa6 White will lose his pawn on e6 but not without a fight... 27... g5 28. e7 Kf7

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29. Bg4! This refutes Black's play. 29... Rxe7 30. Bh5+ Kf8 31. Rxf6+ Kg7 32. Rg6+ Kf8 33. Rxe7 Kxe7 34. hxg5 hxg5 35. b4! and White won.

gashimov

Vugar Gashimov played strongly in the 4th round



Nepomniachtchi and Mamedyarov drew in a French Advance but on board 4 Russia lost as well: Svidler went down with the black pieces against Gadir Guseinov.

So far Peter Leko's return to the chess scene has been quite successful. After three draws, on Wednesday the Hungarian beat Vassily Ivanchuk, the unpredictable genius and top board for Ukraine.

Ivanchuk-Leko Ningbo, 2011 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. c3 d5 9. exd5 Nxd5 10. Nxe5 Nxe5 11. Rxe5 c6 12. d4 Bd6 13. Re1 Qh4 14. g3 Qh3 15. Qe2 Bg4 16. Qf1 Qh5 17. Nd2 f5 18. c4

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18... f4N Quite an interesting novelty. 19. cxd5 c5 20. Re4 c4 21. Bc2 fxg3 22. hxg3 Bxg3 23. fxg3 Rxf1+ 24. Nxf1 Qh3 25. Re3 Rf8 26. Bd2 Bf3 27. Rxf3 Rxf3 28. Be4 Rxg3+ 29. Nxg3 Qxg3+

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30. Bg2?! Ivanchuk decides to play for a win, but it turns out to be very risky. After 30. Kf1 followed by Ra1-e1-e3 Black should probably decide to give perpetual somewhere. 30... Qd3 31. Be1 Qxd4+ 32. Bf2 Qxb2 33. Rf1 Qd2 34. Bc5 g6 35. Rf8+ Kg7 36. Rf2 Qd1+ 37. Rf1 Qd2 38. Kh2 c3 39. Rf2 Qe1 40. Bd4+ Kh6

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Here the only move to prolonge the game was 41.Kh3. Instead, 41. Bh3? c2 forced resignation as 42.Rxc2 Qe4 43.Rd2 Qf4+ picks up the rook. Those damned double attacks.

This game decided the Ukraine-Hungary match as all other games ended in draws.

Ivanchuk-Leko

The Ukraine-Hungary match with Ivanchuk-Leko on board 1



The Israel-India match was also decided on top board, where Pentala Harikrishna won a Berlin Wall ending against Emil Sutovsky.

If the USA-China match is saying anything about the economic situation in the coming years, Mr Obama needs to start worrying. The grandmasters from the far east crushed the Americans 0.5-3.5. Though we shouldn't forget that the USA is missing their top player, Hikaru Nakamura, who starts in Dortmund tomorrow.

Kamsky-Wang Hao

In USA-China Kamsky scored the only half point against Wang Hao



Armenia defeated cellar-dwellers Egypt with the same score and understandably gave their top name Levon Aronian a rest day for this match.

Games rounds 4



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World Team Championship 2011 | Round 4 Results
Bo. 10 Russia Rtg - 7 Azerbaijan Rtg 1 : 3
1.1 GM Karjakin Sergey 2788 - GM Radjabov Teimur 2744 ½ - ½
1.2 GM Grischuk Alexander 2746 - GM Gashimov Vugar 2760 0 - 1
1.3 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2711 - GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2765 ½ - ½
1.4 GM Svidler Peter 2739 - GM Guseinov Gadir 2625 0 - 1
Bo. 8 Ukraine Rtg - 6 Hungary Rtg 1½:2½
2.1 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2768 - GM Leko Peter 2717 0 - 1
2.2 GM Eljanov Pavel 2697 - GM Almasi Zoltan 2726 ½ - ½
2.3 GM Efimenko Zahar 2706 - GM Polgar Judit 2699 ½ - ½
2.4 GM Moiseenko Alexander 2715 - GM Balogh Csaba 2643 ½ - ½
Bo. 9 Israel Rtg - 5 India Rtg 1½:2½
3.1 GM Sutovsky Emil 2700 - GM Harikrishna Pentala 2669 0 - 1
3.2 GM Roiz Michael 2669 - GM Sasikiran Krishnan 2681 ½ - ½
3.3 GM Smirin Ilya 2676 - GM Ganguly Surya Shekhar 2627 ½ - ½
3.4 GM Nabaty Tamir 2584 - GM Gopal G.N. 2576 ½ - ½
Bo. 1 USA Rtg - 4 China Rtg ½ :3½
4.1 GM Kamsky Gata 2741 - GM Wang Hao 2718 ½ - ½
4.2 GM Onischuk Alexander 2675 - GM Wang Yue 2709 0 - 1
4.3 GM Shulman Yuri 2617 - GM Li Chao B 2669 0 - 1
4.4 GM Seirawan Yasser 2635 - GM Yu Yangyi 2672 0 - 1
Bo. 2 Armenia Rtg - 3 Egypt Rtg 3½: ½
5.1 GM Movsesian Sergei 2700 - GM Adly Ahmed 2631 1 - 0
5.2 GM Akopian Vladimir 2667 - GM Amin Bassem 2609 1 - 0
5.3 GM Sargissian Gabriel 2663 - IM Shoker Samy 2475 ½ - ½
5.4 GM Hovhannisyan Robert 2556 - IM Ezat Mohamed 2430 1 - 0



World Team Championship 2011 | Round 4 Standings
Rk. SNo Team Matches + = - TB1 TB2 TB3
1 2 Armenia 4 2 2 0 6 11.0 0
2 7 Azerbaijan 4 2 1 1 5 9.5 1
3 4 China 4 2 1 1 5 9.5 1
4 10 Russia 4 2 1 1 5 9.0 0
5 6 Hungary 4 2 1 1 5 8.0 0
6 8 Ukraine 4 2 0 2 4 8.0 0
7 9 Israel 4 2 0 2 4 7.5 0
8 5 India 4 1 1 2 3 7.0 0
9 1 USA 4 1 1 2 3 7.0 0
10 3 Egypt 4 0 0 4 0 3.5 0



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