Ukraine Shocks Russia In 1st Round World Teams

Ukraine Shocks Russia In 1st Round World Teams

PeterDoggers
PeterDoggers
Apr 20, 2015, 5:35 AM |
15 | Chess Event Coverage

Top favorite Russia had a bad start at the World Team Championship in Tsaghkadzor with a first-round loss to Ukraine. Armenia also went down, against Israel.

The pairings of the World Team Championship resulted in a match between the number-one and two-seeded teams in the very first round. Russia came to Tsaghkadzor with clear intentions, bringing a squad of five 2730+ players! Nevertheless, it lost right away.

In a match where three games ended in draws (including Karjakin-Ivanchuk on board one), Ukraine's GM Pavel Eljanov's win over GM Evgeny Tomashevsky proved decisive:

An excellent win by Pavel Eljanov.

More or less the same happened in the Armenia-Israel match. Board one (Gelfand-Aronian) was drawn, and so were boards two and three. GM Vladimir Akopian, a member of the golden Olympic team in 2006, 2008 and 2012, couldn't help his team this time:


And if we continue the theme, the U.S. loss to higher rated China was rather acceptable with again three draws. Board one decided this match, where half of the game was an interesting queen ending with lots of pawns:


Ding decides the match vs the U.S.

Egypt is by far the lowest-rated participant, and so it...will be learning a lot in this tournament. In the first round Egypt lost 3-1 to India but scored one win. Mohamed Ezat refuted S.P. Sethuraman's reckless play in an important variation of the Caro-Kann:

Hungary and Cuba tied 2-2 with two wins and two draws each. Quesada showed how to play as White against the Modern: as aggressive as possible. Rapport didn't have much of a chance.


A tough loss for Rapport. | Photo World Teams.

mystery is the following game, which is given as 0-1 both in the game score and on the results page. White is completely winning in the final position. We've emailed Balogh for an explanation.

Update: the colors were mixed up in the database. Corrected now, Balogh won as White:

2015 World Teams | Round 1 Results

1.1 1 Egypt 1 - 3 10 India
1 GM Shoker Samy 2482 0 : 1 GM Harikrishna P. 2731
2 IM Ezat Mohamed 2479 1 : 0 GM Sethuraman S.P. 2634
3 GM Adly Ahmed 2595 0 : 1 GM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi 2630
4 IM Farahat Ali 2389 0 : 1 GM Sengupta Deep 2576
1.2 2 Israel 2½ - 1½ 9 Armenia
1 GM Gelfand Boris 2747 ½ : ½ GM Aronian Levon 2770
2 GM Sutovsky Emil 2628 ½ : ½ GM Sargissian Gabriel 2674
3 GM Smirin Ilia 2652 ½ : ½ GM Movsesian Sergei 2665
4 GM Rodshtein Maxim 2667 1 : 0 GM Akopian Vladimir 2656
1.3 3 Ukraine 2½ - 1½ 8 Russia
1 GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2713 ½ : ½ GM Grischuk Alexander 2794
2 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2731 ½ : ½ GM Karjakin Sergey 2757
3 GM Eljanov Pavel 2733 1 : 0 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2745
4 GM Kryvoruchko Yuriy 2686 ½ : ½ GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2744
1.4 4 Cuba 2 - 2 7 Hungary
1 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2729 ½ : ½ GM Leko Peter 2713
2 GM Bruzon Batista Lazaro 2691 ½ : ½ GM Almasi Zoltan 2698
3 GM Quesada Perez Yuniesky 2629 1 : 0 GM Rapport Richard 2710
4 GM Ortiz Suarez Isan Reynaldo 2612 0 : 1 GM Balogh Csaba 2651
1.5 5 China 2½ - 1½ 6 USA
1 GM Ding Liren 2751 1 : 0 GM Shankland Samuel L 2661
2 GM Yu Yangyi 2724 ½ : ½ GM Lenderman Aleksandr 2617
3 GM Bu Xiangzhi 2681 ½ : ½ GM Onischuk Alexander 2665
4 GM Wei Yi 2703 ½ : ½ GM Akobian Varuzhan 2622

The World Team Championship takes place April 18-29 at the Golden Palace Hotel Resort & Spa in Tsaghkadzor, Armenia. The Women's World Team Championship, which is also under way 5,385 km and four time zones away, will be covered separately.

A stunning opening ceremony with beautiful dances — do check the photo gallery of the official website for a set of wonderful pictures!


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