8th World Team Championship 2011 (3)
Russia retains the lead after draw with Armenia in Round 3
Mark Crowther - Tuesday 19th July 2011
Levon Aronian defeated Sergey Karjakin. Photo © Gu Xiaobing. | http://ningbo2011.fide.com
The 3rd round of the 8th World Chess Teams in Ningbo, China saw the fall of its final 100% record when Russia were held by Armenia with Aronian's win against Karjakin being the top pairing. Svidler leveled things up for the Russians. Hungary shocked Azerbaijan with a rather fortunate win on the back of a Polgar win and Gashimov's failure to convert a winning advantage against Almasi.
Peter Svidler scored Russia's win against Armenia. Team captain Evgeny Bareev looks on. Photo © Gu Xiaobing FIDE World Team Championship 2011
Armenia and Russia drew 2-2 in the fixture of the day. Levon Aronian beat major top 10 rival Sergey Karjakin in a lengthy game. Aronian's 17.Nxc6 was a shock move and perhaps Karjakin could have got an advantage with 17...Nxb3 but instead had to suffer in a major piece ending for a very long time a pawn down until Aronian forced the win on move 74. Grischuk-Movsesian and Akopian-Nepomniachtchi were both drawn. Peter Svidler won against Sargissian where his doubled rooks on the 7th proved decisive.
Judit Polgar's win was key for Hungary in Round 3. Photo © Gu Xiaobing FIDE World Team Championship 2011
Hungary scored their first win of the event in beating Azerbaijan 2.5-1.5 probably rather fortunately. Judit Polgar beat Rauf Mamedov in a lively, if rather strange game. Peter Leko drew his third game in a row but surely should have played on when the game was agreed drawn in 32 moves. Zoltan Almasi was very fortunate not to lose his 3rd game in a row as black against Vugar Gashimov when he missed the concrete 49...Qc8+ and allowed a perpetual. Mamedyarov was held by Balogh in a really lively game.
Israel beat hosts China 2.5-1.5. Wang Hao drew an interesting Sicilian against Emil Sutovsky on top board. Ilya Smirin may have had some winning chances against Yu Yangyi but in the end a draw by perpetual was probably fair enough. Tamir Nabaty scored the decisive point in beating Diren Ling in a French when black drifted into a lost ending after being fine out of the opening.
The US beat tail enders Egypt 3.5-0.5. Ahmed Adly traded his way to a draw as white against Kamsky but after that there were wins for Alexander Onischuk, Yasser Seirawan and Robert Hess on the othe boards.
The Ukraine edged past India 2.5-1.5 after a lengthy win by Alexander Moiseenko against Gopal. The remaining games were all drawn without too many traumas.
| 8th World Teams Ningbo CHN Sun 17th Jul 2011 - Wed 27th Jul 2011
Round 3 (of 9) Standings:
|8th World Teams Ningbo CHN Sun 17th Jul 2011 - Wed 27th Jul 2011|
|Round 3 on 2011/07/19 at 15:00|
|Bo.||10||Armenia||Rtg||-||6||Russia||Rtg||3 : 1|
|1.1||GM||Aronian Levon||2805||-||GM||Karjakin Sergey||2788||1 - 0|
|1.2||GM||Movsesian Sergei||2700||-||GM||Grischuk Alexander||2746||½ - ½|
|1.3||GM||Akopian Vladimir||2667||-||GM||Nepomniachtchi Ian||2711||½ - ½|
|1.4||GM||Sargissian Gabriel||2663||-||GM||Svidler Peter||2739||0 - 1|
|2.1||GM||Adly Ahmed||2631||-||GM||Kamsky Gata||2741||½ - ½|
|2.2||GM||Amin Bassem||2609||-||GM||Onischuk Alexander||2675||0 - 1|
|2.3||GM||El Gindy Essam||2510||-||GM||Seirawan Yasser||2635||0 - 1|
|2.4||IM||Shoker Samy||2475||-||GM||Hess Robert||2609||0 - 1|
|3.1||GM||Wang Hao||2718||-||GM||Sutovsky Emil||2700||½ - ½|
|3.2||GM||Wang Yue||2709||-||GM||Roiz Michael||2669||½ - ½|
|3.3||GM||Yu Yangyi||2672||-||GM||Smirin Ilya||2676||½ - ½|
|3.4||GM||Ding Liren||2654||-||GM||Nabaty Tamir||2584||0 - 1|
|4.1||GM||Harikrishna Pentala||2669||-||GM||Ivanchuk Vassily||2768||½ - ½|
|4.2||GM||Sasikiran Krishnan||2681||-||GM||Eljanov Pavel||2697||½ - ½|
|4.3||GM||Negi Parimarjan||2642||-||GM||Efimenko Zahar||2706||½ - ½|
|4.4||GM||Gopal G.N.||2576||-||GM||Moiseenko Alexander||2715||0 - 1|
|5.1||GM||Leko Peter||2717||-||GM||Radjabov Teimur||2744||½ - ½|
|5.2||GM||Almasi Zoltan||2726||-||GM||Gashimov Vugar||2760||½ - ½|
|5.3||GM||Polgar Judit||2699||-||GM||Mamedov Rauf||2679||1 - 0|
|5.4||GM||Balogh Csaba||2643||-||GM||Mamedyarov Shakhriyar||2765||½ - ½|
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