World Team 03: Ukraine in the lead

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11/28/2013 – Ukraine took out Azerbaijan with a win by Moiseenko on board three to secure its lead. The only other team that could have caught it, Germany, fell to the Netherlands after Giri convincingly outplayed Khenkin. Aronian came through big today as he was able to vanquish Nakamura and gave Armenia a 2.5-1.5 victory. Report, results and standings.

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The World Chess Team Championship is currently being held in Antalya, Turkey. The tournament runs from November 26th to December 5th. The tournament is a round robin tournament between the best countries in the world who are sending their top participants. The event will have zero tolerance rules, no draw offers for the first 30 moves and will be played under the standard team tournament system with two points given to a match winner, one for a draw and zero the the loser of a match. Tiebreaks will be decided by board points. The time control is the FIDE 90 minutes for 40 moves and an additional 30 minutes at move 40 with thirty second increment throughout the game.

Kids came before the round and presented flowers to the players

Round 3

Armenia brought the American team down to earth with a narrow victory. Aronian was the hero for the defending champions as he took out Nakamura in a long technical game. Akobian and Kamsky didn't have any serious winning chances against Sargissian and Movsesian respectively, and with Onischuk having black it was difficult for him to win. The match ended in a 2.5-1.5 victory for Armenia.

The Armenian squad sharing a joke prior to the game

Akopian was not able to create real winning chances agianst Onischuk despite
having the white pieces, but this was not necessary

The World's number two reminded the new World's number three (Nakamura)
that two is greater than three

America has won one match and lost two, but has played the top three ranked teams

Egypt was able to get a point and a half off Turkey as Amin Bassem vanquished Emre Can and Abdel Razik held his own against Dragan Solak. However Ipatov and Esen stepped up to do their duties and Egypt lost their third match in a row.

Ukraine was able to squeak a victory past Azerbaijan, and with this they lead the tournament. Three draws allowed Moiseenko to be today's hero as he played a relatively strange game against Durarbayli in which neither side seemed to really like having any material. Black's king came under a devastating attack near the end of the game and it could not be repelled.

Areschenko's draw wasn't that solid, it was after all a poisoned pawn Najdorf, but
at the end of the day the game ended in a perpetual not too far from the end of theory

Ivanchuk's game was simply impossible to describe

Nepommniachtchi finally gave some fresh air to Russia as the number one seed beat China 2.5-1.5. Nepo was able to beat Yu Yangyi with Black to win the match.

This man's victory finally gave Russia a match win

Li Chao is one of the lower rated board ones

Finally in the Western Europe match Germany lost to the Netherlands as Anish Giri convincingly beat Igor Khenkin in a long and technical Spanish in which the Dutch player kept trading one advantage for another until Black's position could not be held. This truly came as a much needed win for the Netherlands who had lost their previous two matches.

Giri played a very nice game today and converted a winning endgame


3.1 Turkey
2½ - 1½
1 Ipatov Alexander 2630
1 : 0
Ezat Mohamed 2454
2 Solak Dragan 2618
½ : ½
Abdel Razik Khaled 2450
3 Esen Baris 2565
1 : 0
Shoker Samy 2500
4 Can Emre 2519
0 : 1
Amin Bassem 2652
3.2 Netherlands
2½ - 1½
1 Giri Anish 2732
1 : 0
Khenkin Igor 2612
2 Van Wely Loek 2678
½ : ½
Meier Georg 2623
3 Tiviakov Sergei 2663
½ : ½
Fridman Daniel 2600
4 L'ami Erwin 2648
½ : ½
Naiditsch Arkadij 2727
3.3 Ukraine
2½ - 1½
1 Ivanchuk Vassily 2731
½ : ½
Mamedov Rauf 2647
2 Korobov Anton 2713
½ : ½
Safarli Eltaj 2653
3 Moiseenko Alexander 2709
1 : 0
Durarbayli Vasif 2559
4 Areshchenko Alexander 2720
½ : ½
Guseinov Gadir 2607
3.4 Russia
2½ - 1½
1 Kramnik Vladimir 2793
½ : ½
Li Chao B 2679
2 Karjakin Sergey 2756
½ : ½
Wang Yue 2725
3 Grischuk Alexander 2785
½ : ½
Bu Xiangzhi 2683
4 Nepomniachtchi Ian 2721
1 : 0
Yu Yangyi 2668
3.5 Armenia
2½ - 1½
United States of America
1 Aronian Levon 2801
1 : 0
Nakamura Hikaru 2786
2 Movsesian Sergei 2700
½ : ½
Kamsky Gata 2721
3 Akopian Vladimir 2681
½ : ½
Onischuk Alexander 2672
4 Sargissian Gabriel 2676
½ : ½
Akobian Varuzhan 2625


Rank Team
Board Pts.
1 Ukraine
2 Armenia
3 Azerbaijan
4 Germany
5 Russia
6 United States of America
7 China
8 Netherlands
9 Turkey
10 Egypt

Teams receive two points for a match win, one for a draw and zero for a loss

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Photos by Fatma Koc Ozturk


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