The World Team Championships in Jerusalem start on Sunday

by André Schulz
11/17/2022 – On Sunday, the World Team Championship begins in Jerusalem. Some federations come with the best possible line-up, other federations send B-teams. The tournament will be held in a new format with a shorter time-control. | Photo: FIDE

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The Israel Chess Federation is hosting the World Team Championship, which will be held from 19 to 26 November with 12 teams from all continents. Like the last Women's World Team Championship, the Open World Team Championship will be played in a new format.

Under the new format devised for this competition, the participant countries are split into two pools of similar strength, taking as a reference the rapid rating list for November 1st. The four best teams from each pool will advance to the knock-out stage, where they will play Quarter-finals, Semi-Finals, and Final, with each duel consisting of two matches between the teams.

The time control will be 45 minutes for the whole game with an increment of 10 seconds per move starting from move 1, which means that two rounds can be played per day. The rounds will start at 15.00 and 18.00 local time (14.00 and 15.00 CET, 8.00 and 11.00 ET). The group matches will be played from 20 to 22 November. If two teams are tied at the end, tiebreak matches may follow on 22 November.

The quarter-finals will be played on 23 November, the semi-finals on 24 November and the final on Friday 25 November. Playing venue is the Hotel "Dan" in Jerusalem.

Western Wall | Photo: Tournament page

Chess in the Dead Sea | Photo: Alon Cohen/ Tournament page

Tournament favourite is the team of Azerbaijan with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Teimour Radjabov on the top boards. The Netherlands also come with a strong team and have Anish Giri and the van Foreest brothers on the top boards.

Vidit plays on board one and though the Indian team is strong, it could have been stronger as Gukesh and Erigaisi do not play. France comes with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave but without Firouzja. Other strong players are also missing from the line-up.

Poland starts without Jan-Krzysztof Duda. Uzbekistan, the winner of the Olympiad 2022, bring almost the whole team that won gold in Chennai to Jerusalem, but Nodirbek Abdusattorov is missing.

Spain is also fielding its A team, with Shirov on board three. For Ukraine, Igor Kovalenko will play on board one. He played for Latvia until 2022 but now returned to Ukraine. Vasyl Ivanchuk plays on board two.

Israel plays without Boris Gelfand and the US team, which is led by Hans Niemann, is missing its nominally best players. For the first time since 2019, China is back in an international competition, but also comes without its top players. The players from South Africa, the African champions, are still little known internationally.

Vishy Anand and Almira Skripchenko commentate live for the FIDE.

The teams

ISRAEL

 

Ilana David

Captain

Maxim Rodshtein

player

Tamir Nabaty

player

Avital Boruchovsky

player

Ilia Smirin

player

Evgeny Postny

player

Ori Kobo

player

   

POLAND

 

Michal Bartel

Captain

Radoslaw Wojtaszek

player

Mateusz Bartel

player

Kacper Piorun

player

Bartosz Socko

player

Szymon Gumularz

player

Igor Janik

player

   

UKRAINE

 

Yurii Gnyp

Chief of delegation

Oleksander Sulypa

Captain

Igor Kovalenko

player

Vasyl Ivanchuk

player

Andriy Volokytin

player

Kirill Shevchenko

player

Vitali Bernadskyi

player

Mykhaylo Oleksyenko

player

   

CHINA

 

Wen Yang

Captain & player

Xu Xiangyu

player

Bai Jinshi

player

Lu Shanglei

player

Li Di

player

   

NETHERLANDS

 

Jan Smeets

Captain & player

Anish Giri

player

Jorden Van Foreest

player

Lucas Van Foreest

player

Max Warmerdam

player

Robby Kevlishvili

player

   

FRANCE

 

Jean-baptiste Mullon

Captain & Chief of delegation

Maxime Vachier-lagrave

player

Jules Moussard

player

Laurent Fressinet

player

Maxime Lagarde

player

Tigran Gharamian

player

   

INDIA

 

Suri Vaibhab

Captain

Gujarathi Vidit Santosh

player

Sunilduth Lyna Narayanan

player

Sarin Nihal

player

Krishnan Sasikiran

player

Sethuraman Panayappan Sethuraman

player

Gupta Abhijit

player

   

SOUTH AFRICA

 

Hendrink Petrus Du Toit

Captain & Chief of delegation

Kenneth Terence Solomon

player

Daniel John Cawdery

player

Daniel Barrish

player

Banele Fortune Mhango

player

   

UZBEKISTAN

 

Husan Turdialiev

Chief of delegation

Ivan Sokolov

Captain

Nodirbek  Yakubboev

player

Javokhir Sindarov

player

Jakhongir Vakhidov

player

Shamsiddin Vokhidov

player

Abdimalik Abdisalimov

player

Ortik Nigmatov

player

   

USA

 

John Donaldson

Captain

Hans Niemann

player

Lazaro Bruzon

player

Alexander Onischuk

player

Varuzhan Akobian

player

Yuniesky Quesada Perez

player

   

SPAIN

 

Javier Ochoa de Echagüen

Chief of delegation

David Martinez

Captain

Jaime Santos

player

David Anton

player

Alexei Shirov

player

Daniil Yuffa

player

Miguel Santos

player

   

AZERBAIJAN

 

Nijat Abasov

Captain

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov

player

Teimour Radjabov

player

Rauf Mamedov

player

Aydin Suleymanli

player

Gadir Guseinov

player

Vugar Asadli

player

Groups

Group A

Group B

China

Azerbaijan

France

India

Netherlands

Israel

South Africa

Poland

Spain

United States

Ukraine

Uzbekistan

Tournament page...


André Schulz started working for ChessBase in 1991 and is an editor of ChessBase News.
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