8th World Team Championship 2011 (8)
Armenia two points clear of China and Ukraine with a round to go
Mark Crowther - Monday 25th July 2011
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov won for Azerbaijan against Gabriel Sargissian of Armenia. Photo © Gu Xiaobing. | http://ningbo2011.fide.com
Armenia had their lead reduced to two points after drawing 2-2 with Azerbaijan in a lively match where Mamedyarov's win for Azerbaijan was equalised by Vladimir Akopian in the final game to finish. This means a draw against final round opponents Ukraine will give them the title, Ukraine in turn can catch them by beating them but only a 4-0 win will allow them to over-take. Closer are China who will need to beat Hungary in the final round by a big score for a chance. Final Round 9 play starts at 3am UK time.
Armenia 2-2 Azerbaijan
Aronian and Radjabov shake hands at the start of the Armenia - Azerbaijan Match. Photo © Gu Xiaobing FIDE World Team Championship 2011
With the threat of conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the air the chess matches between bitter rivals Armenia and Azerbaijan are always covered by the wider media in their countries and are always tense affairs. Levon Aronian looked to get a little something out of the opening against Teimour Radjabov but in the end it didn't amount to too much. Vugar Gashimov - Sergei Movsesian was likewise drawn. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov looked to have let Gabriel Sargissian off the hook after an early big advantage but then Sargissian blundered with 36...Kg6 rather than 36...Rd5 and lost because his rook could no longer stop the d-pawn. This left Vladimir Akopian having to try and salvage a point for Armenia by converting an advantage against Rauf Mamedov which he did so in a nervy looking finish from both players.
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov won for Azerbaijan. Photo © Gu Xiaobing FIDE World Team Championship 2011
Russia 4-0 Israel
Russia completed the only 4-0 win of the event so far in beating Israel. Alexander Grischuk beat Michael Roiz but only reached a decisive position late in the ending. things went similarly for Nepomniachtchi's win against Ilya Smirin. Peter Svidler beat Evgeny Postny on bottom board.
Ukraine 2.5-1.5 USA
Gata Kamsky. Photo © Gu Xiaobing FIDE World Team Championship 2011
Ukraine scored a narrow victory over the US. Gata Kamsky only just held on against Vassily Ivanchuk who was close to winning at one stage. Zagar Efimenko drew against Alexander Onischuk. Yasser Seirawan was quite lucky to draw against Alexander Moiseenko. Alexander Areshchenko who started the event with two losses finally won a game beating Robert Hess.
China 3-1 India
Wang Hao - Pentala Harikrishna. Photo © Gu Xiaobing FIDE World Team Championship 2011
Hosts China beat India 3-1 to move into second place with wins from Wang Hao over Pentala Harikrishna and Wang Yue over Krishnan Sasikiran. The other games were drawn.
Hungary 3-1 Egypt
Judit Polgar. Photo © Gu Xiaobing FIDE World Team Championship 2011
Hungary beat Egpyt with wins for Zoltan Almasi and Judit Polgar and draws in the games Amin Bassem against Peter Leko and Mohamed Ezat and Viktor Erdos.
| 8th World Teams Ningbo CHN Sun 17th Jul 2011 - Wed 27th Jul 2011
Round 8 (of 9) Standings:
|8th World Teams Ningbo CHN Sun 17th Jul 2011 - Wed 27th Jul 2011|
|Round 8 on 2011/07/25 at 15:00|
|Bo.||10||Russia||Rtg||-||9||Israel||Rtg||4 : 0|
|1.1||GM||Grischuk Alexander||2746||-||GM||Roiz Michael||2669||1 - 0|
|1.2||GM||Nepomniachtchi Ian||2711||-||GM||Smirin Ilya||2676||1 - 0|
|1.3||GM||Svidler Peter||2739||-||GM||Postny Evgeny||2618||1 - 0|
|1.4||GM||Vitiugov Nikita||2733||-||GM||Nabaty Tamir||2584||1 - 0|
|2.1||GM||Kamsky Gata||2741||-||GM||Ivanchuk Vassily||2768||½ - ½|
|2.2||GM||Onischuk Alexander||2675||-||GM||Efimenko Zahar||2706||½ - ½|
|2.3||GM||Seirawan Yasser||2635||-||GM||Moiseenko Alexander||2715||½ - ½|
|2.4||GM||Hess Robert||2609||-||GM||Areshchenko Alexander||2682||0 - 1|
|Bo.||2||Armenia||Rtg||-||7||Azerbaijan||Rtg||2 : 2|
|3.1||GM||Aronian Levon||2805||-||GM||Radjabov Teimur||2744||½ - ½|
|3.2||GM||Movsesian Sergei||2700||-||GM||Gashimov Vugar||2760||½ - ½|
|3.3||GM||Akopian Vladimir||2667||-||GM||Mamedov Rauf||2679||1 - 0|
|3.4||GM||Sargissian Gabriel||2663||-||GM||Mamedyarov Shakhriyar||2765||0 - 1|
|Bo.||3||Egypt||Rtg||-||6||Hungary||Rtg||1 : 3|
|4.1||GM||Amin Bassem||2609||-||GM||Leko Peter||2717||½ - ½|
|4.2||GM||El Gindy Essam||2510||-||GM||Almasi Zoltan||2726||0 - 1|
|4.3||IM||Shoker Samy||2475||-||GM||Polgar Judit||2699||0 - 1|
|4.4||IM||Ezat Mohamed||2430||-||GM||Erdos Viktor||2613||½ - ½|
|Bo.||4||China||Rtg||-||5||India||Rtg||3 : 1|
|5.1||GM||Wang Hao||2718||-||GM||Harikrishna Pentala||2669||1 - 0|
|5.2||GM||Wang Yue||2709||-||GM||Sasikiran Krishnan||2681||1 - 0|
|5.3||GM||Li Chao B||2669||-||GM||Ganguly Surya Shekhar||2627||½ - ½|
|5.4||GM||Ding Liren||2654||-||GM||Negi Parimarjan||2642||½ - ½|
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