World Team Chess Championship: Englands Ties With Russia
Nepomniachtchi-Adams, one of four draws in Russia vs England. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

World Team Chess Championship: Englands Ties With Russia

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Russia still leads the World Team Championship in Astana, Kazakhstan even though it was held to 2-2 by England today. China and Russia are still going strong in the women's section.

Women's section:

Let's look at the women's section first, for a change. It's International Women's Day, after all!

For this occasion, the organizers had arranged a large bunch of roses, and every female participant could choose to take one. 

Kateryna Lagno Elina Danielian Roses World Team Chess Championship 2019
Kateryna Lagno and Elina Danielian with their roses. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.
Rochelle Wu 13th birthday today World Team Chess Championship 2019
Rochelle Wu (team USA) celebrated her 13th birthday today and received a nice souvenir. But what is inside? Find the answer later in this report! | Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

After its excellent win over Armenia yesterday, India couldn't repeat another success story. Russia was too strong: 3.5-0.5.

Bo. Fed 2 Russia Rtg - Fed 3 India Rtg 3½: ½
5/1 GM Lagno, Kateryna (w) 2559 - IM Karavade, Eesha (b) 2357 1 - 0
5/2 GM Kosteniuk, Alexandra (b) 2545 - WGM Soumya, Swaminathan (w) 2401 ½ - ½
5/3 GM Goryachkina, Aleksandra (w) 2504 - IM Tania, Sachdev (b) 2400 1 - 0
5/4 WGM Girya, Olga (b) 2456 - WGM Kulkarni, Bhakti (w) 2322 1 - 0

Kateryna Lagno reached a winning position against Eesha Karavade in a Sicilian, but then spoiled it all in time trouble. Karavade was an exchange up, but just before the time control she missed a combination leading to checkmate:

Kateryna Lagno World Team Chess Championship 2019
A narrow escape for Kateryna Lagno. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

In a tough match with Armenia, China eventually scored a win to remain atop of the standings with Russia. (The two teams will meet tomorrow!)

Bo. Fed 1 Armenia Rtg - Fed 4 China Rtg 1½:2½
4/1 GM Danielian, Elina (w) 2402 - GM Tan, Zhongyi (b) 2513 ½ - ½
4/2 IM Mkrtchian, Lilit (b) 2390 - WGM Huang, Qian (w) 2441 ½ - ½
4/3 WFM Sargsyan, Anna M. (w) 2340 - GM Lei, Tingjie (b) 2477 ½ - ½
4/4 WIM Ghukasyan, Siranush (b) 2221 - WGM Ding, Yixin (w) 2432 0 - 1

This time it was the 27-year-old WGM Ding Yixin who decided the match on board four against the 21-year-old WIM Siranush Ghukasyan, who miscalculated shortly after the time control. Before that, White had played an instructive endgame in which she just kept on improving her pieces, all the time.


Egypt is still on zero match points after a narrow 1.5-2.5 loss to Hungary, and USA lost to Kazakhstan with the same score.

Bo. Fed 9 Kazakhstan Rtg - Fed 5 United States of America Rtg 2½:1½
3/1 IM Abdumalik, Zhansaya (w) 2469 - WGM Abrahamyan, Tatev (b) 2377 1 - 0
3/2 IM Saduakassova, Dinara (b) 2462 - WGM Nemcova, Katerina (w) 2315 0 - 1
3/3 FM Assaubayeva, Bibisara (w) 2374 - FM Yip, Carissa (b) 2279 1 - 0
3/4 WIM Dauletova, Gulmira (b) 2263 - WGM Foisor, Sabina-Francesca (w) 2276 ½ - ½

FM Carissa Yip suffered her first loss, falling to FM Bibisara Assaubayeva. Tatev Abrahamyan threw in the towel against Zhansaya Abdumalik just before her kingside was about to get torn apart.

Zhansaya Abdumalik World Team Chess Championship 2019
Strong play by Zhansaya Abdumalik. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

The match between two strong outsiders, Georgia and Ukraine, ended 2-2. Both teams scored one win.

Bo. Fed 8 Georgia Rtg - Fed 6 Ukraine Rtg 2 : 2
2/1 GM Khotenashvili, Bela (w) 2474 - GM Muzychuk, Mariya (b) 2560 ½ - ½
2/2 IM Arabidize, Meri (b) 2392 - GM Muzychuk, Anna (w) 2555 1 - 0
2/3 IM Javakhishvili, Lela (w) 2455 - GM Ushenina, Anna (b) 2443 ½ - ½
2/4 GM Batsiashvili, Nino (b) 2454 - IM Gaponenko, Inna (w) 2427 0 - 1

GM Anna Muzychuk blundered a pawn in the opening against IM Meri Arabidze and never got it back. 

Ukraine was still doing well in this match that was important to the fight for medals, but it wasn't a good day for the Annas. The former women's world champion Anna Ushenina Spoiled a winning endgame vs Lela Javakhishvili:

World Teams (Women) | Round 4 standings

Rk. Fed Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 TB1 TB2 TB3
1 Russia 3 4 8 14,0 0
2 China 8 11,0 0
3 Ukraine 2 2 3 4 6 11,0 0
4 Georgia 2 2 4 9,0 0
5 India ½ 2 2 4 7,0 0
6 Kazakhstan 1 2 3 7,0 2
7 USA 2 ½ 3 3 7,0 0
8 Armenia ½ 4 2 7,5 0
9 Hungary ½ 1 1 2 5,0 0
10 Egypt 0 0 0 0 1,5 0

Pairings for round five: India-Egypt, China-Russia, USA-Armenia, Ukraine-Kazakhstan, Hungary-Georgia.

Open section:

England is still without a loss, even after facing Russia today. The team won two matches, then drew with USA and today it went 2-2 again, drawing all four matches against its higher-rated opponent. In neither game was there was real fireworks.

Bo. Fed 9 Russia Rtg - Fed 5 England Rtg 2 : 2
3/1 GM Nepomniachtchi, Ian (w) 2771 - GM Adams, Michael (b) 2708 ½ - ½
3/2 GM Grischuk, Alexander (b) 2771 - GM Mcshane, Luke J (w) 2661 ½ - ½
3/3 GM Andreikin, Dmitry (w) 2725 - GM Howell, David W L (b) 2693 ½ - ½
3/4 GM Artemiev, Vladislav (b) 2736 - GM Jones, Gawain C B (w) 2681 ½ - ½

Malcolm Pein Gawain Jones World Team Chess Championship 2019
The London Chess Classic director Malcolm Pein with Gawain Jones, who drew quickly. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

Gawain Jones and Vladislav Artemiev drew in just a few minutes, and in a very similar way as Alexander Grischuk had done two days before against Egypt's Ahmed Adly.

Adly Grischuk World Team Chess Championship 2019
Adly and Grischuk had done the same two days ago...| Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.
Adly Grischuk World Team Chess Championship 2019
...and were also done after a few minutes of play. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

India's 2-2 was a good result as well, as it was against pre-tournament favorite, and the winner of the last two editions, China. The latter's chances for a gold medal are very slim now. 

Bo. Fed 1 India Rtg - Fed 4 China Rtg 2 : 2
4/1 GM Adhiban, B. (w) 2683 - GM Ding, Liren (b) 2812 ½ - ½
4/2 GM Ganguly, Surya Shekhar (b) 2633 - GM Yu, Yangyi (w) 2761 1 - 0
4/3 GM Sethuraman, S.P. (w) 2637 - GM Wei, Yi (b) 2733 ½ - ½
4/4 GM Aravindh, Chithambaram Vr. (b) 2599 - GM Bu, Xiangzhi (w) 2731 0 - 1

Baskaran Adhiban drew his game with Ding Liren on board one, and when you are playing a 2800 that tends to be good for your rating. In fact, today Adhiban became only the fifth Indian player in history to break 2700!

Ding Adhiban World Team Chess Championship 2019
By drawing with Ding, Adhiban broke 2700. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

The best game from this match, however, was Surya Ganguly's black win against Yu Yangyi. The latter suffered his second loss in a row.

Ganguly Yu World Team Chess Championship 2019
An excellent win for Ganguly (middle). | Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

In the open section, Egypt has also lost all its matches; today's defeat was vs Iran. The USA tied with Kazakhstan. In that match, Dariusz Swiercz and Rinat Jumabayet reached a remarkable occupation of the f-file by move 34!

Swiercz Jumabayev World Team Chess Championship 2019
Jumabayev looking at a curious f-file. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

After three losses, Sweden scored its first upset win against Azerbaijan.

Bo. Fed 10 Sweden Rtg - Fed 7 Azerbaijan Rtg 3 : 1
1/1 GM Grandelius, Nils (w) 2694 - GM Naiditsch, Arkadij (b) 2710 1 - 0
1/2 GM Tikkanen, Hans (b) 2510 - GM Mamedov, Rauf (w) 2701 0 - 1
1/3 GM Blomqvist, Erik (w) 2488 - GM Guseinov, Gadir (b) 2664 1 - 0
1/4 IM Johansson, Linus (b) 2479 - GM Safarli, Eltaj (w) 2662 1 - 0

Although the wins on board three and four were even more impressive, here's the top board since it had a very nice moment at the end as pointed out online by GM Peter Heine Nielsen:

Nils Grandelius World Team Chess Championship 2019
Nils Grandelius found a nice mating idea to beat Arkadij Naiditsch in the endgame. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

World Teams (Open) | Round 4 standings

Rk. Fed Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 TB1 TB2 TB3
1 Russia 2 3 7 10,0 0
2 India 2 2 6 11,0 0
3 USA 2 2 3 6 9,5 0
4 England 2 2 6 9,0 0
5 Iran 2 3 5 10,0 0
6 Kazakhstan 2 3 2 4 8,5 0
7 China 2 3 8,5 0
8 Sweden ½ ½ 1 3 2 5,0 0
9 Azerbaijan 2 ½ 1 1 5,0 0
10 Egypt 1 ½ 1 1 0 3,5 0

Pairings for round five: Egypt-Sweden, China-Iran, England-India, Kazakhstan-Russia, Azerbaijan-USA.

You can follow the games of the tournament live at Chess.com/events.

Rochelle Wu Melik Khachiyan World Team Chess Championship 2019
Rochelle Wu's gift included lots of candy, as revealed by coach GM Melik Khachiyan.| Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

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