World Team Championships Start Tomorrow In Armenia & China

World Team Championships Start Tomorrow In Armenia & China

PeterDoggers
PeterDoggers
Apr 18, 2015, 5:00 AM |
17 | Chess Event Coverage

Many top players can be found in both the World Team Championship and the World Women's Team Championship which start on Sunday in Armenia and China respectively.

World Team Championship

The World Team Championship takes place 18-29 April at the Golden Palace Hotel Resort & Spa in Tsaghkadzor, Armenia. The following countries participate (in order of average Elo): Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, China, Hungary, Israel, India, Cuba, USA and Egypt.

Top GMs such as Levon Aronian, Ding Liren, Leinier Dominguez, Peter Leko, Pentala Harikrishna, Boris Gelfand, Alexander Grischuk, Sergey Karjakin, Vassily Ivanchuk are representing their country. Here's the full list of participants:

2015 World Teams | Participants

Russia Title Name Rating
1 GM Grischuk Alexander 2794
2 GM Karjakin Sergey 2757
3 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2745
4 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2744
5 GM Vitiugov Nikita 2736
Ukraine Title Name Rating
1 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2731
2 GM Ponomarev Ruslan 2713
3 GM Eljanov Pavel 2733
4 GM Moiseenko Alexander 2697
5 GM Kryvoruchko Yuriy 2686
Armenia Title Name Rating
1 GM Aronian Levon 2770
2 GM Sargissian Gabriel 2674
3 GM Movsesian Sergei 2665
4 GM Akopian Vladimir 2656
5 GM Melkumyan Hrant 2651
China Title Name Rating
1 GM Bu Xiangzhi 2681
2 GM Ding Liren 2751
3 GM Yu Yangyi 2724
4 GM Wei Yi 2703
5 IM Wang Chen 2531
Hungary Title Name Rating
1 GM Leko Peter 2713
2 GM Balogh Csaba 2651
3 GM Erdos Viktor 2612
4 GM Almasi Zoltan 2698
5 GM Rapport Richard 2710
Israel Title Name Rating
1 GM Gelfand Boris 2747
2 GM Rodshtein Maxim 2667
3 GM Smirin Ilia 2652
4 GM Sutovsky Emil 2628
5 GM Postny Evgeni 2636
India Title Name Rating
1 GM Sethuraman Sethuraman Panayappan 2634
2 GM Harikrishna Pentala 2731
3 GM Vidit Santosh Gujarathi 2630
4 GM Sasikiran Krishnan 2654
5 GM Deep Sengupta 2576
Cuba Title Name Rating
1 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2729
2 GM Bruzon Batista Lazaro 2691
3 GM Quesada Perez Yuniesky 2629
4 GM Ortiz Suarez Isan R. 2612
5 GM Gonzalez Vidal Yuri 2557
USA Title Name Rating
1 GM Shankland Samuel 2661
2 GM Onischuk Alexander 2665
3 GM Naroditsky Daniel 2640
4 GM Akobian Varuzhan 2622
5 GM Lenderman Aleksandr 2617
Egypt Title Name Rating
1 GM Amin Bassem 2634
2 GM Adly Ahmed 2595
3 GM Shoker Samy 2482
4 IM Elsherief Mohamed 2479
5 IM Farahat Ali 2389

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The championship will be played with teams of four players. Each team was allowed to bring one reserve player and a captain. It is a round robin tournament with nine rounds; the playing days are 19-28 April with a rest day on the 24th. 

The time control is 90 minutes for 40 moves followed by 30 minutes to end the game, with 30 seconds increment per move, starting from move 1. The first tiebreaks are board points, mutual score and SB score.

World Women's Team Championship

In exactly the same period the World Women's Team Championship will held as well. This takes place 18-28 April in Chengdu, China. The following countries participate (in order of average Elo): Russia, Ukraine, China, Georgia, India, Poland, Armenia, Kazakhstan, USA and Egypt.

The big names in this tournament are GM Alexandra Kosteniuk, GM Valentina Gunina, GM Anna Muzychuk, IM Mariya Muzychuk (the reigning world champ!), GM Ju Wenjun, GM Bela Khotenashvili and GM Humpy KoneruHere's the full list of participants:

2015 World Teams | Participants

Russia Name Title Rating
1 Kosteniuk, Alexandra GM, WGM 2529
2 Gunina, Valentina GM, WGM 2532
3 Girya, Olga WGM 2464
4 Pogonina, Natalija WGM 2456
5 Goryachkina, Aleksandra WGM 2473
Ukraine Name Title Rating
1 Muzychuk, Anna GM, WGM 2552
2 Muzychuk, Mariya IM, WGM 2526
3 Ushenina, Anna GM, WGM 2486
4 Zhukova, Natalia GM, WGM 2471
5 Gaponenko, Inna IM, WGM 2384
China Name Title Rating
1 Ju, Wenjun GM, WGM 2557
2 Tan, Zhongyi WGM 2487
3 Shen, Yang IM, WGM 2459
4 Lei, Tingjie WGM 2444
5 Ding, Yixin WGM 2434
Georgia Name Title Rating
1 Khotenashvili, Bela GM, WGM 2513
2 Javakhishvili, Lela IM, WGM 2481
3 Melia, Salome IM, WGM 2459
4 Batsiashvili, Nino IM, WGM 2473
5 Arabidze, Meri IM, WGM 2374
India Name Title Rating
1 Padmini, Rout WGM 2446
2 Koneru, Humpy GM, WGM 2581
3 Harika, Dronavalli GM, WGM 2492
4 Gomes, Mary Ann WGM 2354
5 Soumya, Swaminathan WGM 2347
Poland Name Title Rating
1 Socko, Monika GM, WGM 2463
2 Zawadzka, Jolanta WGM 2422
3 Szczepkowska-Horowska, Karina WGM 2414
4 Bartel, Marta WGM 2350
5 Kulon, Klaudia WGM 2310
Armenia Name Title Rating
1 Danielian, Elina GM, WGM 2488
2 Mkrtchian, Lilit IM, WGM 2442
3 Kursova, Maria WGM 2290
4 Galojan, Lilit IM, WGM 2277
5 Gaboyan, Susanna 2175
Kazakhstan Name Title Rating
1 Saduakassova, Dinara WGM 2393
2 Abdumalik, Zhansaya WGM 2411
3 Nakhbayeva, Guliskhan WGM 2329
4 Dauletova, Gulmira WIM 2201
5 Davletbayeva, Madina WIM 2231
United States of America Name Title Rating
1 Abrahamyan, Tatev WGM 2301
2 Foisor, Sabina-Francesca WGM 2235
3 Nemcova, Katerina WGM 2279
4 Melekhina, Alisa FM, WIM 2235
5 Ni, Viktorija WIM 2188
Egypt Name Title Rating
1 Mona, Khaled WGM 2125
2 Wafa, Shrook WGM 2058
3 Moaataz, Ayah WIM 2022
4 Wafa, Shahenda WIM 2118
5 Sherif, Amina WIM 1971

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The regulations are more or less the same in China: a round robin of nine rounds played with teams of four, and under the same time control. 

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