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8th World Team Championship 2011 (7)

Armenia three points clear in World Chess Teams after 7 of 9 rounds

Wang Hao of China won the decisive game against Karjakin of Russia in Round 7.

Wang Hao of China won the decisive game against Karjakin of Russia in Round 7. | http://ningbo2011.fide.com

Armenia moved one step closer to winning the 8th World Team Championship in Ningbo, China after a narrow win against Hungary. It might have been different as Almasi threw away an advantage before losing the only decisive game of the match to Movsesian. Although Sargissian missed a two move combination to win his game. Armenia moved further clear of the field as second place Russia lost to hosts China. Wang Hao beat Karjakin in a game that could have gone either way and the only decisive game of the match. China are now in 2nd place. Ukraine are third after beating Israel. USA beat Azerbaijan and India beat Egypt. With two rounds to go Armenia are three points clear although they are still to meet bitter rivals Azerbaijan and 3rd placed Ukraine, not easy matches.

Armenia 2.5-1.5 Hungary

Hungary lost to Armenia with Leko-Aronian (draw) in the foreground

Hungary lost to Armenia with Leko-Aronian (draw) in the foreground. Photo © Gu Xiaobing FIDE World Team Championship 2011

Armenia extended their lead with a narrow 2.5-1.5 win against Hungary. Leko drew with white against Aronian on top board. The only decisive game was on board 2 and Zoltan Almasi again wrecked a good position, this time as black against Sergei Movsesian to go on to lose. In particular he would almost certainly have won had he found 29...Bc1, his 37...Bd2 (37...Nxh3) which loses to both Rxc4 and the even better Nf3 cost him the game. Polgar-Akopian was a balanced draw. Gabriel Sargissian should have beaten Csaba Balogh, which would have happened if he had found the relatively simple 26.Ra3. Instead he pressed for a long time before having to settle for the draw.

China 2.5-1.5 Russia

Team Captain Evgeny Bareev and Peter Svidler who couldn't convert an advantage to save Russia against China

Team Captain Evgeny Bareev and Peter Svidler who couldn't convert an advantage to save Russia against China. Photo © Gu Xiaobing FIDE World Team Championship 2011

China beat Russia 2.5-1.5 to move into second place in a match which saw the decisive game on the top board where Wang Hao beat Sergey Karjakin in a fluctuating struggle. Karjakin was pushing for a win with black for some time but on the run up to the first time control there were a number of errors (35...Qe8?, 38.d5?, 40.Qd5? losing for white, 40...Ba6?? losing for black, both Bxe5 and e2 win) with Karjakin's final error costing him the game. Grischuk-Wang Yue and Li Chao-Nepomniachtchi were drawn without much action, Peter Svidler had a big advantage against Yu Yangyi but couldn't convert it and probably should have found a way to avoid the bishops of opposite coloured ending that saved black.

Ukraine 2.5-1.5 Israel

Ukraine against Isreal with Ivanchuk against Sutovsky in the foreground

Ukraine against Isreal with Ivanchuk against Sutovsky in the foreground. Photo © Gu Xiaobing FIDE World Team Championship 2011

Ukraine moved into 3rd place with a 2.5-1.5 win against Israel. There isn't much compromise in Emil Sutovsky's play and he went into a complex position against Vassily Ivanchuk which was pretty brave, probably he started to go astray on move 17 where 17...c5 was probably best, and he was lost after 19....Bc2? Ivanchuk didn't make a mistake in converting. Michael Roiz beat Pavel Eljanov with white. Black seemed more than fine in the opening but his 28...Qc7 lost the exchange for nothing so he resigned, both 28...Ne4 or 28...Qd5 would have held the balance. Evgeny Postny was fine as black against Alexander Moiseenko and was pressing at some point. The position was level at first time control but Moiseenko had a decisive advantage only four moves later. Nabaty drew with Areshchenko on bottom board.

USA 2.5-1.5 Azerbaijan

Gata Kamsky is one tough customer and turned round a worse position to a win against Radjabov

Gata Kamsky is one tough customer and turned round a worse position to a win against Radjabov. Photo © Gu Xiaobing FIDE World Team Championship 2011

The US Team beat Azerbaijan 2.5-1.5 in an interesting match. Teimour Radjabov pressed against Gata Kamsky for some time but Kamsky is a very tough customer. Kamsky turned the position around to a win just before the first time control. Alexander Onischuk against Vugar Gashimov was an interesting game that was drawn once they reached a position with bishops of opposite colours. I'm guessing endings aren't Yuri Shulman's great love as he lost another almost equal position by being ground down, this time against Rauf Mamedov in the final game to finish. Yasser Seirawan took his score to a very creditable 3.5/5 beating Shakhriyar Mamedyarov whose opening of 1.d4 c5 2.d5 f5 as black suggested he wasn't that respectful of Seirawan's current ability and he got the whooping he so richly deserved.

India 2.5-1.5 Egypt

India beat Egypt 2.5-1.5 with wins for Harikrishna and Ganguly for India and a win for Ezat for Egypt.

8th World Teams Ningbo CHN Sun 17th Jul 2011 - Wed 27th Jul 2011
Round 7 (of 9) Standings:
RkTeam12345678910TB1TB2TB3
1Armenia * 221218.50
2China * 2917.00
3Ukraine * 2915.00
4Russia22 * 3313815.50
5Hungary1 * 22815.00
6USA2½12 * 3814.50
7Azerbaijan23 * 32614.50
8India211 * 512.00
9Israel½½2 * 3511.50
10Egypt½½1½1 * 06.50
8th World Teams Ningbo CHN Sun 17th Jul 2011 - Wed 27th Jul 2011
Round 7 on 2011/07/24 at 15:00
Bo.4 ChinaRtg-10 RussiaRtg2½:1½
1.1GMWang Hao2718-GMKarjakin Sergey27881 - 0
1.2GMWang Yue2709-GMGrischuk Alexander2746½ - ½
1.3GMLi Chao B2669-GMNepomniachtchi Ian2711½ - ½
1.4GMYu Yangyi2672-GMSvidler Peter2739½ - ½
Bo.5 IndiaRtg-3 EgyptRtg2½:1½
2.1GMHarikrishna Pentala2669-GMAmin Bassem26091 - 0
2.2GMSasikiran Krishnan2681-GMEl Gindy Essam2510½ - ½
2.3GMGanguly Surya Shekhar2627-IMShoker Samy24751 - 0
2.4GMGopal G.N.2576-IMEzat Mohamed24300 - 1
Bo.6 HungaryRtg-2 ArmeniaRtg1½:2½
3.1GMLeko Peter2717-GMAronian Levon2805½ - ½
3.2GMAlmasi Zoltan2726-GMMovsesian Sergei27000 - 1
3.3GMPolgar Judit2699-GMAkopian Vladimir2667½ - ½
3.4GMBalogh Csaba2643-GMSargissian Gabriel2663½ - ½
Bo.7 AzerbaijanRtg-1 USARtg1½:2½
4.1GMRadjabov Teimur2744-GMKamsky Gata27410 - 1
4.2GMGashimov Vugar2760-GMOnischuk Alexander2675½ - ½
4.3GMMamedov Rauf2679-GMShulman Yuri26171 - 0
4.4GMMamedyarov Shakhriyar2765-GMSeirawan Yasser26350 - 1
Bo.8 UkraineRtg-9 IsraelRtg2½:1½
5.1GMIvanchuk Vassily2768-GMSutovsky Emil27001 - 0
5.2GMEljanov Pavel2697-GMRoiz Michael26690 - 1
5.3GMMoiseenko Alexander2715-GMPostny Evgeny26181 - 0
5.4GMAreshchenko Alexander2682-GMNabaty Tamir2584½ - ½

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