World Team 06: Dutch defeat Ukraine

12/3/2013 – Ukraine has finally been stopped and it was done by a resilient Dutch team. Despite being worse in almost every board at some point, the team led by Anish Giri was able to win thanks to Loek Van Wely outplaying Anton Korobov with black. Russia crushed Turkey and is now in close striking distance. Replay today's beautiful combinations.

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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.

Commemorative... plates?

Round six

Today was a great round for the excitement of the event as the super-leaders of Ukraine have been dismantled by a resilient Dutch team that keeps getting win after win. Now Ukraine still leads but it is only half a match point ahead of Russia and one ahead of China and the Netherlands.

The Netherlands: (back) Tiviakov, Chuchelov (coach), L'Ami, Sokolov. (sitting) Giri, Van Wely

Korobov has given Ukraine many reasons to smile in this tournament, including
some absolutely clutch victories, but today he lost to Van Wely and was the
tipping point of the round

Sokolov survived a clearly worse position against
Kryvoruchko, and at the end he was even trying to win

Azerbaijan fell prety America as Guseinov could not recover from the shock factor of one of Robson's moves:

[Event "World Teams 2013"] [Site "Antalya TUR"] [Date "2013.12.02"] [Round "6.2"] [White "Robson, Ray"] [Black "Guseinov, Gadir"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B30"] [WhiteElo "2613"] [BlackElo "2607"] [SetUp "1"] [FEN "r4rk1/3n2p1/p1n1pq2/1ppp3Q/3P1P2/P1P3bP/1P1N2P1/R1BR1BK1 b - - 0 20"] [PlyCount "36"] [EventDate "2013.11.26"] [WhiteTeam "USA"] [BlackTeam "Azerbaijan"] [BlackTeamCountry "AZE"] 20... c4 {Black's played a good came and he has a very nice position. He will recover the lost pawn by taking on f4 next move and it seems like things are going well.} 21. Nxc4 $1 {A shocker. The move is not only spectacular at sight but it is probably also the best move.} bxc4 22. Qg4 {The point is that the bishop on g3 is surprisingly trapped.} Qh4 $2 {Faced with the shock Guseinov doesn't react the best way.} (22... Bxf4 23. Bxf4 Qxf4 24. Qxe6+ Qf7 25. Qxc6 { leaves White two pawns ahead, but this position is not so easy to play as White is very passive and there are some real dark squared weaknesses. A draw might be likely.}) (22... Bh4 23. g3 Bxg3 24. Qxg3 {also gives Black plenty of compensation for the material, this time just a pawn.}) 23. Qxe6+ Kh8 24. Qxd7 (24. Qxd5 $2 Rf6 25. Qxd7 Rd8 $1 {Lands White in trouble.}) 24... Na5 25. Qxd5 Nb3 26. Rb1 Nxc1 27. Rbxc1 Bxf4 28. Bxc4 Rad8 29. Qa5 Rc8 30. Bd3 Bc7 $2 {The losing mistake.} (30... Rc6 $1 {it was imperative to protect h6 with a rook so as to free the queen to go to g3.}) 31. Qd5 g6 32. Bxg6 {Now Robson comfortably wins... he is five pawns up after all.} Kg7 33. Qh5 Qf2+ 34. Kh1 Rh8 35. Qg4 Rh4 36. Qd7+ Kxg6 37. Rf1 Rxh3+ 38. Qxh3 1-0

Nakamura tried to win for what seemed like forever but it was to no avail,
while the other games were also draws. USA now has 6.0/12 points

Who said it doesn't pay off to be a chess player?

In another shocker of the day Germany was able to convincingly beat Armenia, no questions asked, with a 3-1 margin. Having their highest rated player on board four was beneficial to Germany as Naiditsch took out Akopian in what can only be described as a completely bizarre anti-Berlin Spanish.

Fridman (pictured above) absolutely crushed Movsesian with black in a positional game. A final tactical finesse put the nail in the coffin for Armenia who surprisingly only has 50% of the points, tied with Germany and USA.

In a more expected result China was able to beat Egypt, though they did incur on a loss on their third board as Amin Bassem beat Wang Yue.

Ding Liren is China's third rated player (behind Wang Hao
and Wang Yue) and is scoring a nice 2800 performance
this event

Shoker started with a surprise win on round one but has
only scored half a point since. That is still good enough for
a solid 2520 performance though.

Last but not least Russia showed great class in beating Turkey. Simply look at Kramnik's win today:

[Event "World Teams 2013"] [Site "Antalya TUR"] [Date "2013.12.02"] [Round "6.4"] [White "Ipatov, Alexander"] [Black "Kramnik, Vladimir"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A46"] [WhiteElo "2630"] [BlackElo "2793"] [PlyCount "82"] [EventDate "2013.11.26"] [WhiteTeam "Turkey"] [BlackTeam "Russia"] [WhiteTeamCountry "TUR"] [BlackTeamCountry "RUS"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. Bg5 {Not the most formidable of moves, but who wants to get into a theoretical duel with a near 2800?} h6 4. Bh4 d6 5. e3 g5 6. Bg3 Nh5 {Immediately going after the dark-squared bishop is a common way of exploiting its rapid deployment. Although admittedly this is more common on King's Indian type of setups.} 7. Bd3 Bg7 8. Nbd2 Qe7 9. c3 Nd7 10. Qc2 a6 11. O-O-O b5 {The game is already quite strange. White has castled queenside but it seems like he is coming under some pawn storm fire, while Black is simply pushing all his pawns and not developing too much.} 12. Nb3 Rb8 13. Kb1 O-O 14. Nfd2 f5 {White has transferred all of his pieces to the queenside for the defense so Black resumes his kingside expansion. White hoeps to exploit the weaknesses left by these pawn movements, for example c6 looks like a tempting target at the moment.} 15. f3 Nxg3 16. hxg3 c5 17. Na5 Rb6 18. f4 d5 19. b4 $5 {A little intrepid pawn sacrifice.} c4 {That was politely declined.} (19... cxb4 20. cxb4 Qxb4+ 21. Ndb3 {and the control of the c-file is actually significant. Black's position is quite difficult to play here even if with perfect play he might be able to retain his extra pawn and slowly push White away.}) 20. Be2 Nf6 21. Rdf1 Bd7 22. Qd1 g4 {The position is completely locked up, but that doesn't mean it is a draw just yet. Notice that if anything happens that knight on a5 will never return to the game.} 23. Kb2 Rf7 24. Qc1 Bf8 25. Kc2 Rh7 26. Rh2 Be8 27. Rfh1 Nd7 {Black's last moves seem rather pointless, but Kramnik has a devilish idea in mind. How exactly, or if, Ipatov can stop it even if he knew it was coming is rather difficult to explain.} 28. Qb2 h5 29. Kc1 e5 $3 {An excellent and unexpected break. This is the type of moves that computers would never play but Kramnik does it without a problem.} 30. dxe5 Nxe5 31. fxe5 Qxe5 {White is horribly placed to deal with the opening of the position. Notice how useless his rooks on the h-file are and how bad his knight is on a5. This wouldn't be issues in a closed position which is why the sacrifice is easily justified.} 32. Nf1 Bg7 33. a3 (33. Kd2 {is not aesthetically pleasing but was perhaps better than the game continuation. Black would continue with} Re6 $17 { and further pressure on e3.}) 33... Qxc3+ 34. Qxc3 Bxc3 {Black is technically down material but he has so much activity it just doesn't look like it.} 35. Bd1 Re6 36. Bc2 Bg6 37. Nd2 Rxe3 38. Rd1 Bf6 39. Rhh1 d4 40. Rde1 Rhe7 41. Rxe3 Rxe3 {Kramnik showed it is not wise to play so passively against a 2793 player. } 0-1

With this win Kramnik is back at 50% after he lost to Nakamura in round two

Arbiter Anastasiya Soryakina hard at work...

...and not hard at work.



6.1 Egypt
1 - 3
1 Ezat Mohamed 2454
0 : 1
Li Chao B 2679
2 Shoker Samy 2500
0 : 1
Ding Liren 2711
3 Amin Bassem 2652
1 : 0
Wang Yue 2725
4 Labib Ibrahim Hasan 2411
0 : 1
Yu Yangyi 2668
6.2 Azerbaijan
1½ - 2½
United States of America
1 Mamedov Rauf 2647
½ : ½
Nakamura Hikaru 2786
2 Safarli Eltaj 2653
½ : ½
Kamsky Gata 2721
3 Mamedov Nidjat 2616
½ : ½
Onischuk Alexander 2672
4 Guseinov Gadir 2607
0 : 1
Robson Ray 2613
6.3 Germany
3 - 1
1 Meier Georg 2623
½ : ½
Aronian Levon 2801
2 Fridman Daniel 2600
1 : 0
Movsesian Sergei 2700
3 Naiditsch Arkadij 2727
1 : 0
Akopian Vladimir 2681
4 Baramidze David 2614
½ : ½
Sargissian Gabriel 2676
6.4 Turkey
1 - 3
1 Ipatov Alexander 2630
0 : 1
Kramnik Vladimir 2793
2 Solak Dragan 2618
½ : ½
Karjakin Sergey 2756
3 Yilmaz Mustafa 2577
0 : 1
Nepomniachtchi Ian 2721
4 Esen Baris 2565
½ : ½
Vitiugov Nikita 2741
6.5 Netherlands
2½ - 1½
1 Giri Anish 2732
½ : ½
Ivanchuk Vassily 2731
2 Van Wely Loek 2678
1 : 0
Korobov Anton 2713
3 Sokolov Ivan 2625
½ : ½
Kryvoruchko Yuriy 2701
4 L'ami Erwin 2648
½ : ½
Areshchenko Alexander 2720



Rank Team
Match Pts.
Board Pts.
1 Ukraine
2 Russia
3 Netherlands
4 China
5 United States of America
6 Armenia
7 Germany
8 Azerbaijan
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 Anastasiya Karlovich


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