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8th World Team Championship 2011 (3)

Russia retains the lead after draw with Armenia in Round 3

Levon Aronian defeated Sergey Karjakin. Photo © Gu Xiaobing.

Levon Aronian defeated Sergey Karjakin. Photo © Gu Xiaobing. |

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

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

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:
1Russia * 23358.00
2Armenia2 * 247.50
3Ukraine * 46.50
4Israel½ * 346.00
5Azerbaijan * 2336.50
6USA12 * 36.50
7China2 * 36.00
8Hungary1 * 235.50
9India12 * 14.50
10Egypt1½ * 03.00
8th World Teams Ningbo CHN Sun 17th Jul 2011 - Wed 27th Jul 2011
Round 3 on 2011/07/19 at 15:00
Bo.10 ArmeniaRtg-6 RussiaRtg3 : 1
1.1GMAronian Levon2805-GMKarjakin Sergey27881 - 0
1.2GMMovsesian Sergei2700-GMGrischuk Alexander2746½ - ½
1.3GMAkopian Vladimir2667-GMNepomniachtchi Ian2711½ - ½
1.4GMSargissian Gabriel2663-GMSvidler Peter27390 - 1
Bo.3 EgyptRtg-1 USARtg½ :3½
2.1GMAdly Ahmed2631-GMKamsky Gata2741½ - ½
2.2GMAmin Bassem2609-GMOnischuk Alexander26750 - 1
2.3GMEl Gindy Essam2510-GMSeirawan Yasser26350 - 1
2.4IMShoker Samy2475-GMHess Robert26090 - 1
Bo.4 ChinaRtg-9 IsraelRtg1½:2½
3.1GMWang Hao2718-GMSutovsky Emil2700½ - ½
3.2GMWang Yue2709-GMRoiz Michael2669½ - ½
3.3GMYu Yangyi2672-GMSmirin Ilya2676½ - ½
3.4GMDing Liren2654-GMNabaty Tamir25840 - 1
Bo.5 IndiaRtg-8 UkraineRtg1½:2½
4.1GMHarikrishna Pentala2669-GMIvanchuk Vassily2768½ - ½
4.2GMSasikiran Krishnan2681-GMEljanov Pavel2697½ - ½
4.3GMNegi Parimarjan2642-GMEfimenko Zahar2706½ - ½
4.4GMGopal G.N.2576-GMMoiseenko Alexander27150 - 1
Bo.6 HungaryRtg-7 AzerbaijanRtg2½:1½
5.1GMLeko Peter2717-GMRadjabov Teimur2744½ - ½
5.2GMAlmasi Zoltan2726-GMGashimov Vugar2760½ - ½
5.3GMPolgar Judit2699-GMMamedov Rauf26791 - 0
5.4GMBalogh Csaba2643-GMMamedyarov Shakhriyar2765½ - ½

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