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8th World Team Championship 2011 (5)

Armenia retain the lead after a narrow win over China

Polgar ground down Postny as Hungary beat Israel 3.5-0.5. Photo © Gu Xiaobing.

Polgar ground down Postny as Hungary beat Israel 3.5-0.5. Photo © Gu Xiaobing. |

Armenia edged past the hosts China to retain their lead on 8 points after five rounds (of 9) of the 8th World Teams in Ningbo. Hungary moved strongly into contention with a big win over Israel which took them into 3rd place a point behind the leaders, second placed Azerbaijan lost to Ukraine and the USA recovered well from a heavy loss the day before to thump India 3-1. Russia beat Egypt 3-1 to move into second place a point behind Armenia on 7 points. Rest day Friday.

Alexander Moiseenko

Sergei Movsesian held on to draw against Wang Hao. Photo © Gu Xiaobing FIDE World Team Championship 2011

Armenia retained their lead with a 2.5-1.5 win over China. Wang Hao was very solid as white against Levon Aronian, Wang Yue had by far the better of it against Sergei Movsesian until his advantage disappeared on the run up to the first time control and Li Chao against Vladimir Akopian finished in a draw by perpetual check. Yu Yangyi was reduced to miserable passivity in a Rook and Queen ending as Gabriel Sargassian slowly increased his advantage and then broke through for the only decisive result of the match.

Alexander Grischuk

Alexander Grischuk won for Russia. Photo © Gu Xiaobing FIDE World Team Championship 2011

Russia completed an expected 3-1 victory over Egypt with wins for Grischuk and Nepomnichtchi. Nikita Vitiugov tried everything to exploit an extra pawn in a Queen ending against Mohamed Ezat but had to concede the draw after 158 moves and 6 and a half hours play. Samy Shoker drew with Peter Svidler.

The USA bounced back from their drubbing by China in round 4 with a convincing 3-1 win against India in round 5. Kamsky and Shulman drew comfortably enough with black. Alexander Onischuk will be very relieved to score a second win after grinding down Ganguly and Robert Hess had strong pressure but nothing concrete before Parimarjan Negi just blundered his position away in one move.

Hungary thumped Isreal 3.5-0.5. Peter Leko beat Michael Roiz when the latter went badly astray starting about move 25. Smirin-Almasi was a draw, Judit Polgar was somehow to generate chances in an ending that should have been a reasonably comfortable draw for Evgeny Postny and it somehow just all went wrong for Tamir Nabat against Csaba Balogh.

Ukraine scored a narrow 2.5-1.5 win against Azerbaijan. Teimour Radjabov got a small something in the opening against Vassily Ivanchuk but they eventually got to a drawn bishops of opposite colour ending, Eljanov-Gashimov draw in an interesting Benoni, Mamedyarov-Efimenko draw Nimzo-Indian, Alexander Moiseenko won a Rook and Pawn ending against Gadir Guseinov to win the match in the final game of the match to finish.

8th World Teams Ningbo CHN Sun 17th Jul 2011 - Wed 27th Jul 2011
Round 5 (of 9) Standings:
1Armenia * 22813.50
2Russia2 * 3133712.00
3Hungary1 * 2711.50
4Ukraine * 610.50
5China * 2511.01
6Azerbaijan32 * 3511.01
7USA21½ * 3510.00
8Israel½½ * 348.00
9India211 * 38.00
10Egypt½1½1 * 04.50
8th World Teams Ningbo CHN Sun 17th Jul 2011 - Wed 27th Jul 2011
Round 5 on 2011/07/21 at 15:00
Bo.3 EgyptRtg-10 RussiaRtg1 : 3
1.1GMAdly Ahmed2631-GMGrischuk Alexander27460 - 1
1.2GMAmin Bassem2609-GMNepomniachtchi Ian27110 - 1
1.3IMShoker Samy2475-GMSvidler Peter2739½ - ½
1.4IMEzat Mohamed2430-GMVitiugov Nikita2733½ - ½
Bo.4 ChinaRtg-2 ArmeniaRtg1½:2½
2.1GMWang Hao2718-GMAronian Levon2805½ - ½
2.2GMWang Yue2709-GMMovsesian Sergei2700½ - ½
2.3GMLi Chao B2669-GMAkopian Vladimir2667½ - ½
2.4GMYu Yangyi2672-GMSargissian Gabriel26630 - 1
Bo.5 IndiaRtg-1 USARtg1 : 3
3.1GMHarikrishna Pentala2669-GMKamsky Gata2741½ - ½
3.2GMSasikiran Krishnan2681-GMOnischuk Alexander26750 - 1
3.3GMGanguly Surya Shekhar2627-GMShulman Yuri2617½ - ½
3.4GMNegi Parimarjan2642-GMHess Robert26090 - 1
Bo.6 HungaryRtg-9 IsraelRtg3½: ½
4.1GMLeko Peter2717-GMRoiz Michael26691 - 0
4.2GMAlmasi Zoltan2726-GMSmirin Ilya2676½ - ½
4.3GMPolgar Judit2699-GMPostny Evgeny26181 - 0
4.4GMBalogh Csaba2643-GMNabaty Tamir25841 - 0
Bo.7 AzerbaijanRtg-8 UkraineRtg1½:2½
5.1GMRadjabov Teimur2744-GMIvanchuk Vassily2768½ - ½
5.2GMGashimov Vugar2760-GMEljanov Pavel2697½ - ½
5.3GMMamedyarov Shakhriyar2765-GMEfimenko Zahar2706½ - ½
5.4GMGuseinov Gadir2625-GMMoiseenko Alexander27150 - 1

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