FIDE World Team Championship: China crushes Belarus

by Alex Yermolinsky
6/18/2017 – The first round of the FIDE World Team Championship saw a few surprises from the get-go. The biggest one was Ukraine's inability to beat the much lower-rated Turkey, held to a draw, though top-seed China was in crushing form as they defeated Belarus 3.5-0.5. In the women's event, Russia and China were paired straightaway and the Russians scored an important win. Still, the most exciting match of the day was the epic bout between India and Poland, fully annotated by GM Alex Yermolinsky.

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Some of my warmest memories of my own chessplaying days are connected with World Team Championships. In the 1990's those events were held in the beautiful town of Lucerne, Switzerland. Ten teams, selected by a mix of geographical representation and placings in the previous Chess Olympiad, would get together for a round-robin event. The U.S. Team I was honored to be a part of won gold in 1993 and barely missed the repeat gold performance in 1997, finishing in second place.

CEO of FIDE, Geoffrey Borg is also a strong player in his own right, rated 2367

Now, two decades later, a new generation of players gathered together in the Siberian oil capitol of Khanty-Mansiysk.

There are two tournaments running alongside, the Men's and Women's events. In anticipation of angry comments by some readers, I will state that I find the modern moniker of “open”, at best, unnecessary. Lots of female players participated in Men's events way before the current fashion of political correctness, and I don't recall any complaints from Nona Gaprindashvili, Maia Chiburdanidze or the Polgar sisters. Neither was any slight intended in my not selecting any women's games for this report. I always follow Women's events closely, and will make sure to include some coverage of their Championship in my future reports.

To the main part now. The blind luck of the draw could have paired favorites against one another in round one, but as it went, the highest-rated teams thus time avoided face-to-face encounters.

Top-seed China, with a 2746 average rating, demolished the Belarus squad 3.5-0.5. Both Yu Yangyi and Wei Yi are not in the world's Top 20.

Rating leader and defending Champion, the Chinese team did a convincing demolition job on Belarus, only surrendering one draw, and the same score was registered in Russia-Egypt, but I'd like to point out the draw on board one. Ian Nepomniatchtchi continues to shed rating points in anticipation of his Grand Chess Tour debut later this year. Look out for Nepo to be a major contender there, as I refer to constant oscillations at the top of chess rankings being an indicator of the worse you play before the main event, the better your chances are in it.

Ian Nepomniachtchi was a powerful performer for the Russian team in the Baku Olympiad

The United States managed to squeak by Norway, sans Magnus Carlsen, by a minimal margin, provided by a Var Akobian's smooth technical victory over Frode Elsness. Speaking of Carlsen, he could have easily flown his private plane to Khanty, to play a few rounds there and return in time for the start of the opening leg of the 2017 Grand Chess Tour in Paris on June 21st… Just kidding. By the way, Nepo isn't scheduled to play in Paris, so he's free to play for Russia, while no such luck for the American stars, Wesley, Fabiano and Hikaru.

The other two matches today ended unexpectedly. First I would like to present you with a complete account of the India-Poland match.

Vidit Santosh Gujrathi vs Radoslaw Wojtaszek

[Event "World Team-ch 2017"] [Site "Khanty-Mansyisk"] [Date "2017.06.17"] [Round "1"] [White "Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi"] [Black "Wojtaszek, Radoslaw"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A14"] [WhiteElo "2692"] [BlackElo "2730"] [Annotator "AlexYermo"] [PlyCount "53"] [EventDate "2017.??.??"] 1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 e6 4. O-O Be7 5. c4 O-O 6. Ne5 $5 {An interesting move designed to avoid all dxc4 lines.} c5 ({In the recent online blitz game Giri-So, 2017 White was able to drag his opponent into a different setup:} 6... Nbd7 7. d4 c6 8. Nc3 Nxe5 9. dxe5 Nd7 10. cxd5 exd5 11. f4 { while the position in question is rather unclear, Anish was able to prevail.}) 7. cxd5 exd5 8. e3 (8. d4 {leads to a Tarrasch Defense structure, where White cannot maintain a blockade on d4 because his knight is out of position. Nevertheless, Black must stay active, e.g.} Nc6 9. Nxc6 bxc6 10. dxc5 Bxc5 11. Qc2 Bb6 $1 (11... Qb6 12. Nc3 $14) 12. Qxc6 Be6 13. Nc3 Rc8 14. Qa4 d4 15. Ne4 Bg4 $44) 8... Qd6 $6 {Very academic.} ({Rado must have felt uneasy about his pawn structure after} 8... Nc6 9. Nxc6 bxc6 10. d3 {but he would have had plenty of chances elsewhere. A good start is} h5 $5) 9. d4 cxd4 ({Once again, a more dynamic choice would have been} 9... Nc6 10. Nxc6 bxc6 11. dxc5 Qxc5 12. b3 Qa5 13. Bb2 Bf5) 10. exd4 Be6 $14 11. Nc3 Qb6 {[#]} 12. Re1 $1 {One of these little moves that make a huge difference.} ({The immediate} 12. Na4 { would allow} Qb5 13. Re1 Bb4) 12... Nc6 13. Na4 Qd8 (13... Qa6 14. Bf1 { was Vidit's idea.}) 14. Nxc6 bxc6 15. Bf4 $14 Re8 (15... Ne4 $5 16. Rc1 Rc8 17. f3 Ng5) 16. Rc1 Bd7 $6 {Soon Rado will be reduced to a pathetic sequence of bishop moves.} ({Perhaps he'd be better off conceding the loss of his DSB with } 16... Qd7 {as} 17. Qc2 Bh3 18. Nc5 Bxc5 19. Qxc5 Bxg2 20. Kxg2 Rxe1 21. Rxe1 Ne4 {offers counterchances.}) 17. Nc5 Bf5 18. Re5 $1 Bc8 ({For better or worse, } 18... Bxc5 19. Rxf5 Bd6 20. Rxc6 Bxf4 21. Rxf4 {although White is enjoying a sizable advantage here.}) 19. Qa4 Bd7 {[#]} (19... Bxc5 20. Qxc6) 20. Nxd7 $1 { Played with no prejudice. The c6-pawn will fall.} Nxd7 21. Re2 $18 g5 22. Bd2 Nb6 23. Qxc6 Rc8 24. Qh6 Rxc1+ 25. Bxc1 f6 26. Bh3 Bf8 27. Rxe8 {The young Indian star has certainly shown some serious positional chops today.} (27. Rxe8 Qxe8 28. Qxf6 Qe1+ 29. Kg2 Qxc1 30. Be6#) 1-0

Vidit showed some 'serious positional chops' according to GM Yermolinsky. He is also now just a couple of points away from joining the 2700 club.

In the next game,the talented Indian player, Baskaran Adhiban, who had been the surprise of Tata Steel earlier this year, finds himself in trouble aganst the 19-year-old Jan-Krzystof Duda, and unable to wait passively, precipitates his loss by trying to 'take action'.

Jan-Krzysztof Duda vs Adhiban B.

[Event "World Team-ch 2017"] [Site "Khanty-Mansyisk"] [Date "2017.06.17"] [Round "1"] [White "Duda, Jan-Krzysztof"] [Black "Adhiban, B."] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D46"] [WhiteElo "2697"] [BlackElo "2670"] [Annotator "AlexYermo"] [PlyCount "131"] [EventDate "2017.??.??"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e3 e6 5. Nf3 Nbd7 6. Qc2 Bd6 7. Bd3 O-O 8. O-O dxc4 9. Bxc4 e5 10. h3 Qe7 11. Bb3 Bc7 12. Bd2 h6 13. Rad1 Re8 14. Nh4 Nf8 15. Nf5 Bxf5 16. Qxf5 e4 17. h4 Rad8 18. a3 Qd7 19. Qxd7 N8xd7 20. g3 Nb6 21. Kg2 h5 22. Rc1 g6 23. Rc2 Re7 24. Ba2 Bd6 25. Rb1 Red7 26. b4 Bf8 27. Kf1 a6 28. Ke2 Kg7 29. Be1 Re8 30. Rbb2 Ng4 31. Nb1 f5 32. Bb3 Nf6 33. Nd2 Nfd5 34. Rb1 Kf6 35. Ba2 {[#] In this roughly balanced position Adhiban was looking to create something.} g5 $6 36. hxg5+ Kxg5 37. Nb3 Nf6 38. Bd2 Rh7 39. Na5 { This reminds me of Caruana's unfortunate misuse of his knight in the game against Anand at the Norway Chess a few days ago. Luckily for the young Polish star there are no queens on the board here, so White has a lot of leeway.} ({ I can see nothing wrong with} 39. Nc5 Nbd5 40. a4 {as such positions have been handled since the times of Lasker and Capablanca.}) 39... Ree7 40. Rh1 h4 ( 40... Nbd5 41. Rcc1 Rd7 42. Nc4 Bd6 $14) 41. gxh4+ Rxh4 42. Rxh4 Kxh4 43. Rc1 Kg5 44. Rh1 Bg7 45. Nb3 Nbd5 46. Nc5 {[#] Duda has fixed his slight error with the knight placement and now stands better. However, it would have taken him a lot more effort to make progress if Baskaran just sat still.} f4 $6 {But no, he won't do that.} 47. Rg1+ Kf5 48. exf4 $1 {By breaking his own pawn chain, Duda begins concrete play against the suddenly weak e4-pawn.} Bh6 (48... Nh7 49. Bb1 Bxd4 {meets with} 50. Nxe4 $1 Rxe4+ (50... Nhf6 51. Kf3) 51. Kf3 Nhf6 52. Rg5+) (48... Nxf4+ $2 49. Bxf4 Kxf4 50. Rxg7 $1 {Adhiban could not have missed that, could he?}) 49. Bb1 $1 {There it is.} b6 (49... Nxf4+ 50. Kf1 { Powerless as he is to stop f2-f3 Black might as well fish for chances in} Nh3 51. Bxh6 Nxg1 52. Kxg1 Kg4 53. Kg2 b6 54. Nxa6 Rh7 55. Be3 Ra7 56. Nb8 Rxa3 57. Nxc6 Nd5 {but he's very unlikely to succeed.}) 50. Nxe4 Bxf4 51. Kd1 Bxd2 $2 { His final mistake.} ({Instead,} 51... Nxe4 52. f3 Bxd2 53. fxe4+ Kf4 {[#] gives White an interesting choice. Somewhat counterintuitively,} 54. exd5 $1 { is best.} ({but not the conservative} 54. Kxd2 Ne3 55. Bd3 Rh7 56. Kc3 Rh2 { and Black is alive and kicking}) 54... Bc3 55. Rf1+ $1 {An all-important check that drives the black king away.} Kg3 56. dxc6 Bxd4 57. Bf5 Be5 58. Kd2 { I believe White is winning here. A sample line runs as follows:} Bc7 59. Kd3 Kg2 60. Rd1 Kf3 61. Kd4 Kf4 62. Rf1+ Kg5 63. Bc8 a5 64. Kc4 axb4 65. axb4 Re8 66. Bh3 Rh8 67. Rf7 Bd6 68. Bf5 Rh4+ 69. Kd5 Bh2 70. Be4 {We have come a long way in understanding such endgames in past couple of decades. For further study I'd refer the reader to games of Alexey Shirov, the renowned expert in rook plus opposite-colored bishop endings.}) 52. Ng5+ $1 {Pretty.} Ne4 (52... Kf4 53. Nh3+ Kf3 {and the king journey ends right here.} 54. Rg3#) 53. Bxe4+ Rxe4 54. Nxe4 Kxe4 55. Kxd2 Kxd4 56. Rg4+ Ke5 57. Rg6 Nf6 58. Kd3 Kf5 59. Rg7 Ng4 60. Kd4 Ne5 61. Ra7 c5+ 62. bxc5 Nc6+ 63. Kd5 Nxa7 64. cxb6 Nc8 65. b7 Ne7+ 66. Kc5 1-0

Murali Karthikeyan vs Kasper Piorun

[Event "World Team-ch 2017"] [Site "Khanty-Mansyisk"] [Date "2017.06.17"] [Round "1"] [White "Karthikeyan, Murali"] [Black "Piorun, Kacper"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C65"] [WhiteElo "2582"] [BlackElo "2632"] [Annotator "AlexYermo"] [PlyCount "78"] [EventDate "2017.??.??"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. c3 O-O 6. O-O Re8 7. Nbd2 a6 8. Ba4 Ba7 9. Re1 b5 10. Bb3 d6 11. Nf1 h6 12. a4 b4 13. a5 bxc3 14. bxc3 Ne7 15. Be3 Ng6 16. g3 d5 17. exd5 Nxd5 18. Bxa7 Rxa7 19. d4 e4 20. Qc2 f5 21. N3d2 c6 { [#] Kacper Piorun made a statement by taking down Vassily Ivanchuk in a sharp counterattacking game in the recent Capablanca Memorial. Here he follows the same script: Black has surrendered space on the Q-side and has weakenesses, while looking for a chance to attack the king.} 22. Ba4 ({The surest way of nipping such ambitions in the bud would be} 22. f3 $1 Rae7 23. fxe4 fxe4 24. Ne3 {but the young Indian GM must have felt it wasn't enough for an advantage.} ) 22... Re6 23. Nb3 Nf8 24. Nc5 Rf6 25. Qb3 Re7 26. c4 ({Once again, us old hands would look at} 26. f3 $1 {before anything else. Black then would have to find} Kh8 $1 ({not} 26... exf3 $2 27. Rxe7 Qxe7 28. Bxc6 Rxc6 {where Black's position falls apart, and the forced line} 29. Qxd5+ Kh7 30. Qxc6 Qe2 31. Ra2 Qxa2 32. Qxf3 Qxa5 {leaves him struggling to survive down a piece after} 33. Qc6 Qxc3 34. Qxc8 Qxd4+ 35. Kg2) 27. fxe4 fxe4 {Surprisingly, the e4-pawn is poison:} 28. Rxe4 $2 Ne6 $1 29. Nxe6 Bxe6 30. Qa3 Rf3 {etc.}) 26... Nc7 27. d5 Qd6 ({Objectively speaking,} 27... Nd7 {was better, but Piorun is not interested in drawish lines.}) 28. Qa3 (28. Qb6 $1 cxd5 29. cxd5 Qxb6 30. axb6 Rxb6 31. Ne3 {was certainly worth investigating.}) 28... cxd5 29. cxd5 Kh8 30. Ne3 $2 {[#] One mistake from Murali and the floodgates are open.} f4 $1 31. Nc4 Qxd5 32. Nb6 Qf5 33. Nxc8 f3 $1 {From this moment on everything follows a familiar pattern - White has no chances left.} 34. Kh1 Re5 35. Rxe4 Qh3 36. Rg1 Rh5 37. Rh4 Rxh4 38. gxh4 Rg6 39. Qa1 Rg2 0-1

After a two-year layover, Parimarjan Negi returns to play to defend India's colors. It was an uneven effort, though he drew in the end against the Polish player Mateusz Bartel.

Parimarjan Negi vs Mateusz Bartel

[Event "World Team-ch 2017"] [Site "Khanty-Mansyisk"] [Date "2017.06.17"] [Round "1"] [White "Bartel, Mateusz"] [Black "Negi, Parimarjan"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C65"] [WhiteElo "2637"] [BlackElo "2670"] [Annotator "AlexYermo"] [PlyCount "161"] [EventDate "2017.??.??"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. Bxc6 dxc6 6. Qe2 Bg4 7. h3 Bxf3 8. Qxf3 Nd7 9. Qg3 O-O 10. Nd2 f6 11. O-O Re8 12. Nb3 Bd6 13. Na5 Qc8 14. Nc4 Nf8 15. f4 exf4 16. Bxf4 Bxf4 17. Rxf4 Kh8 18. e5 f5 19. Rf2 Ng6 20. Qf3 f4 21. d4 Qe6 22. Nd2 Rad8 23. c3 b6 24. Ne4 Qf5 25. b4 Rf8 26. Re1 h6 27. Nd2 c5 28. bxc5 bxc5 29. Nb3 cxd4 30. e6 Qf6 31. cxd4 Rfe8 32. d5 Rd6 {[#] White has made big strides with his central pawns, but his knight is unfortunately positioned. } 33. Rc2 (33. Nc5 Qd4 {drops the d5-pawn}) ({and} 33. Na5 Qg5 34. Rd1 Nh4 35. Qb3 f3 {is unnerving.}) 33... Qg5 34. Rxc7 Rxd5 35. Re4 Re5 {Clear edge to Black now, so Bartel takes a gamble.} 36. Nd4 $5 (36. Rxe5 Qxe5 37. Qc3 Qxc3 38. Rxc3 Rxe6 39. Rc4 $15) 36... Nh4 37. Rxe5 (37. Qe2 f3 $1 38. Nxf3 Rxe4 39. Qxe4 Qxg2#) 37... Nxf3+ 38. Nxf3 Qd8 39. Rd7 Qb6+ 40. Nd4 (40. Kh2 Rxe6 41. Rxe6 Qxe6 42. Rxa7 {I'm not sure Black is winning , but he's certainly going to try.}) 40... Qb1+ ({Opening the white king up with} 40... f3 $1 {was the way to go.}) 41. Kh2 Qxa2 $2 (41... Qb4 $142 42. e7 Kh7) 42. e7 $1 {[#] The tables have turned. Suddenly, it's Black who's in danger.} f3 $5 {Better late than never. Negi wants to create some perpetual check oportunities.} ({Truth to tell,} 42... Qg8 43. Ne6 Qf7 44. Rd8 (44. Nc7 f3) 44... Qxe7 45. Nxg7 Kxg7 46. Rxe8 Qa3 {was enough to draw.}) 43. Nxf3 Kg8 44. Nd4 Qd2 45. Re2 $2 { Another turnaround.} ({Bartel missed} 45. Rf5 Kh7 46. Ne6 {where White is out of danger.}) 45... Qf4+ 46. g3 Qf6 $17 47. Kg2 a5 48. Re6 Qg5 49. h4 Qg4 50. Rdd6 Kf7 $2 {The final twist in the tale.} (50... a4 $19) 51. Nc6 $1 Qxe6 52. Nd8+ Kxe7 53. Rxe6+ Kxd8 54. Ra6 {Black is just one tempo short.} Re5 55. Kf3 Kc8 56. Rg6 Kb8 (56... Re7 57. Ra6) 57. Rxg7 a4 58. Rg4 Ra5 59. Rb4+ Kc7 60. Rb1 a3 61. g4 Kd6 62. Ke4 a2 63. Ra1 Ke6 64. Kd3 Ra4 65. Kc3 Ke5 66. Kb3 Rxg4 67. Rxa2 Rxh4 {The game has reached an endgame book draw.} 68. Ra5+ Kf4 69. Kc3 Rh2 70. Kd3 h5 71. Ra8 h4 72. Rf8+ Kg3 73. Ke3 Ra2 74. Rg8+ Kh2 75. Kf3 h3 76. Rh8 Ra5 77. Rg8 Rf5+ 78. Ke2 Kh1 79. Rh8 h2 80. Rg8 Ra5 81. Kf1 1/2-1/2

In the absence of Magnus Carlsen or Jon Hammer, Norway's top board is 18-year-old GM Tari Aryan

A great match it was, and it saw #5 taking down #4, but a bigger surprise was #9 Turkey holding # 3 Ukraine to draws on all four boards. I was a bit surprised by the speed with which the much higher rated Ukrainian players wrapped up their games. Board 2: Korobov-Yilmaz in 23 moves; Board 3: Can-Moiseenko in 18 moves; and a bit more effort on Board 4: Kravtsiv-Dastan in 31 moves. I guess, they were looking for their leader, Ruslan Ponomariov, to bail them out, and for a long time it seemed he would do just that.

Ruslan Ponomariov vs Dragan Solak

[Event "World Team-ch 2017"] [Site "Khanty-Mansyisk"] [Date "2017.06.17"] [Round "1"] [White "Solak, Dragan"] [Black "Ponomariov, Ruslan"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B51"] [WhiteElo "2641"] [BlackElo "2712"] [Annotator "AlexYermo"] [PlyCount "145"] [EventDate "2017.??.??"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Nd7 4. d4 cxd4 5. Qxd4 a6 6. Bxd7+ Bxd7 7. O-O Nf6 8. c4 g6 9. Nc3 Bg7 10. a4 O-O 11. Qd3 Bg4 12. Nd2 Nd7 13. h3 Ne5 14. Qc2 Bd7 15. b3 Rc8 16. Bb2 b5 $1 17. axb5 axb5 18. Nd5 bxc4 19. bxc4 Be6 20. Bxe5 Bxe5 21. Ra7 Bxd5 22. exd5 Rc7 23. Rxc7 Qxc7 $15 24. Nf3 Bf6 25. Rc1 Rc8 26. g3 Qc5 27. Kg2 Qa3 28. Qd2 h5 29. g4 hxg4 30. hxg4 Ra8 31. g5 Bg7 32. Qe3 Qxe3 33. fxe3 Ra2+ 34. Kg3 Re2 35. Kf4 $2 (35. c5 dxc5 36. Kf4 $11) 35... Bb2 36. Rb1 Rc2 37. Nd4 Bxd4 38. exd4 Rxc4 {[#] Smoke has cleared and one would expect a master technician, such as Ruslan has always been, to be able to bring home the bacon.} 39. Ke4 Kg7 40. Rb7 Rc1 41. Ra7 Re1+ 42. Kf3 f5 43. gxf6+ Kxf6 44. Ra8 Rf1+ 45. Ke3 Kg7 46. Ra7 Rf7 47. Ra1 g5 48. Rh1 Kg6 49. Rg1 Rf5 50. Ke4 Rf4+ 51. Ke3 Kf5 52. Rh1 g4 {A bit strange.} ({I wonder what Ruslan disliked about} 52... Re4+ 53. Kd3 g4 54. Rh8 Re1 {The thing is, Black promotes the pawn without his king's help after} 55. Kd2 Ra1 56. Rf8+ Ke4 57. Rf7 g3 58. Rxe7+ Kxd5 59. Rg7 g2) 53. Rh5+ Kg6 54. Rh4 Kg5 55. Rh7 Rf3+ 56. Ke2 Rf5 57. Ke3 {[#]} g3 $4 {A terrible oversight that cost Ukraine a match victory.} ( 57... Rxd5 58. Rxe7 Rf5 {followed by d6-d5 is ironclad, as the white king remains cut off from the action.}) 58. Rxe7 Kg4 (58... Rxd5 59. Rg7+ $1 (59. Ke4 $2 Kf6 $1 {Did Ponomariov count on that?}) 59... Kh4 60. Rg6 $1 {with Ke4 to follow is similar to the game. Of course,} Rg5 {is answered by} 61. Rh6+ $1 Kg4 {and only then} 62. Rxd6 $11) 59. Re4+ Kh3 60. Re6 Rxd5 61. Rh6+ Kg4 62. Rg6+ Kh4 63. Rh6+ $1 ({It's never too late to blow it:} 63. Ke4 $4 Rg5) 63... Kg5 64. Rh3 Kg4 65. Rh6 Rg5 66. Rxd6 Kh5 67. Rd8 $1 {Everything clicks for White.} g2 68. Rh8+ Kg6 69. Rg8+ Kf5 70. Rxg5+ Kxg5 71. Kf2 Kf4 72. Kxg2 Ke4 73. d5 1/2-1/2

Well, oops. Losing a match point like this may prove to be costly in a round-robin event. Here there's no benefit of possibly getting an easier draw for the next round, since all of your competition will get to play Turkey later in the tournament.

In the Women's event, the clash of the titans took place in round one: Russia vs China

A big match was Alexandra Kosteniuk's 104-move victory over Ju Wenjun

The Women's event the draw for round one was quite opposite, as some of the best teams faced one another. Russia took down China 3-1, while India and Georgia drew their match. I expect a very tight race between the teams I mentioned, plus Ukraine that edged the US team by a minimal margin.

More fun tomorrow, stay tuned.

Team results Open section:

Round 1 on 2017/06/17 at 15:00
1 1 China
3½ – ½
Belarus 10
2 2 India
1½ – 2½
Poland 9
3 3 United States
2½ – 1½
Norway 8
4 4 Egypt
½ – 3½
Russia 7
5 5 Turkey
2 – 2
Ukraine 6

For board wise break down, click here

Team results Women section:

Round 1 on 2017/06/17 at 15:00
1 1 United States
1½ – 2½
Ukraine 10
2 2 India
2 – 2
Georgia 9
3 3 Poland
3½ – ½
Azerbaijan 8
4 4 Egypt
0 – 4
Vietnam 7
5 5 Russia
3 – 1
China 6

For board wise break down, click here


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Yermo is enjoying his fifties. Lives in South Dakota, 600 miles way from the nearest grandmaster. Between his chess work online he plays snooker and spends time outdoors - happy as a clam.


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