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8th World Team Championship 2011 (1)

Armenia jump to early lead after first round of World Team Chess Championships

There was an exciting first round of the 8th World Team Championship in Ningbo, China with just 8 of the 20 games drawn. Armenia took an early lead with a thumping 3.5-1.5 win against Israel, Russia convincingly beat the USA 3-1 and Ukraine beat bottom seeds Egypt 2.5-1.5 but conceded a loss, the other 2 matches were drawn.

Russia got off to a solid start with a convincing 3-1 win against the USA. Karjakin and Svidler held Kamsky and Shulman easily with black, Nepomniachtchi quickly outplayed Onischuk in the middlegame and Robert Hess' 14...Rf8 was new and he quickly got into trouble in a position his opponent probably knew better than him.

Emil Sutovsky of Israel went for Levon Aronian with an unsound sacrifice with black on move 10. Aronian had to get a wandering king safe but once that happened the result was a formality. With wins from Akopian and Sargissian Armenia took an early lead.

Ukraine beat bottom seeds 2.5-1.5 but they did have the consolation of Samy Shoker winning from a probably lost, but sharp position as black against Alexander Areschenko. Ivanchuk and Moiseenko won for Ukraine.

Host China drew 2-2 with Azerbaijan with Wang Yue winning with black against Vugar Gashimov. Gashimov returned to the Azerbaijani team following the departure of Zurab Azaiparashvili as captain. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov had an easy win against the young Yu Yangyi to level things up.

Ganguly blundered his position away just before second time control against Judit Polgar, a similar mistake cost Almasi his position against Sasikiran as Hungary and India drew 2-2.

8th World Teams Ningbo CHN Sun 17th Jul 2011 - Wed 27th Jul 2011
Round 1 (of 9) Standings:
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1Armenia * 23.50
2Russia * 323.00
3Ukraine * 22.50
4China * 212.01
5India * 212.01
6Hungary2 * 12.01
7Azerbaijan2 * 12.01
8Egypt * 01.50
9USA1 * 01.00
10Israel½ * 00.50
8th World Teams Ningbo CHN Sun 17th Jul 2011 - Wed 27th Jul 2011
Round 1 on 2011/07/17 at 15:00
Bo.1 USARtg-10 RussiaRtg1 : 3
1.1GMKamsky Gata2741-GMKarjakin Sergey2788½ - ½
1.2GMOnischuk Alexander2675-GMNepomniachtchi Ian27110 - 1
1.3GMShulman Yuri2617-GMSvidler Peter2739½ - ½
1.4GMHess Robert2609-GMVitiugov Nikita27330 - 1
Bo.2 ArmeniaRtg-9 IsraelRtg3½: ½
2.1GMAronian Levon2805-GMSutovsky Emil27001 - 0
2.2GMMovsesian Sergei2700-GMRoiz Michael2669½ - ½
2.3GMAkopian Vladimir2667-GMPostny Evgeny26181 - 0
2.4GMSargissian Gabriel2663-GMNabaty Tamir25841 - 0
Bo.3 EgyptRtg-8 UkraineRtg1½:2½
3.1GMAdly Ahmed2631-GMIvanchuk Vassily27680 - 1
3.2GMAmin Bassem2609-GMEfimenko Zahar2706½ - ½
3.3GMEl Gindy Essam2510-GMMoiseenko Alexander27150 - 1
3.4IMShoker Samy2475-GMAreshchenko Alexander26821 - 0
Bo.4 ChinaRtg-7 AzerbaijanRtg2 : 2
4.1GMWang Hao2718-GMRadjabov Teimur2744½ - ½
4.2GMWang Yue2709-GMGashimov Vugar27601 - 0
4.3GMLi Chao B2669-GMMamedov Rauf2679½ - ½
4.4GMYu Yangyi2672-GMMamedyarov Shakhriyar27650 - 1
Bo.5 IndiaRtg-6 HungaryRtg2 : 2
5.1GMHarikrishna Pentala2669-GMLeko Peter2717½ - ½
5.2GMSasikiran Krishnan2681-GMAlmasi Zoltan27261 - 0
5.3GMGanguly Surya Shekhar2627-GMPolgar Judit26990 - 1
5.4GMGopal G.N.2576-GMBalogh Csaba2643½ - ½

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