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Ukraine Still Perfect at World Teams

Ukraine Still Perfect at World Teams

Ukraine tops the standings after three rounds at the World Team Championship in Kemer, Antalya (Turkey). After beating Azerbaijan 2.5-1.5, the team with Ivanchuk, Korobov, Moiseenko, Kryvoruchko and Areshchenko is the only one left with a perfect score. Armenia follows with one match point less.

Before we get to the third round, let's look at a few key games from round 1 and 2 which weren't mentioned here yet. For example, in the first round the big clash Armenia-Russia ended in four draws and on top board this match saw the game between the world's number 2 and 3! Here is that fascinating fight in the Botvinnik Semi-Slav with some brief notes by IMs Merijn van Delft and Robert Ris from CVO 256.

Aronian and Kramnik at the press conference | All photos courtesy of the Turkish Chess Federation

And here's another high-profile game from the same round; Ivanchuk's answer to Nakamura's Berlin was a transposition into a Spanish Four Knights.

After their big success against Russia, the USA went down 1.5-2.5 against Armenia the next day, in round 3. Kamsky-Movesian, Akopian-Onischuk and Akobian-Sargissan were all drawn, and so it was all about what happened on board one. 

Aronian decides the match...
...beating Nakamura in a rook ending

Ukraine won its third match in a row, against Azerbaijan. Ivanchuk and Mamedov drew a fascinating King's Indian, Petrosian Variation:

Moiseenko defeated Durarbayli, whose frivolous sacrifice in the opening didn't have the desired effect:

Alexander Moiseenko wins an important game

China-Russia was another hard-fought battle; only Wang Yue-Karjakin was drawn quickly. Nepomniachtchi scored the only (lucky) win:

A painful loss for Yu Yangyi

Kramnik tried for long to win an ending against Li Chao, but the Chinese number 5 did a good job on top board:

The Netherlands finally got their first two match points thanks to Giri's excellent win over Khenkin.

Anish Giri, the Dutch top ace

 

World Teams 2013 | Round 3 standings

Rank Team Gam. + = - MP Pts.
1 Ukraine 3 3     6
2 Armenia 3 2 1   5
3 Azerbaijan 3 2   1 4 7
4 Germany 3 2   1 4 7
5 Russia 3 1 1 1 3
6 United States of America 3 1   2 2 6
7 China 3 1   2 2
8 Netherlands 3 1   2 2 5
9 Turkey 3 1   2 2 5
10 Egypt 3     3 0 4

The FIDE World Team Championship is held every two years. It's taking place 26 November - 5 December in Kemer, Antalya (Turkey). It's a single round robin among ten teams.

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