World Team Ch. Rd3 – Day of Opposites

7/19/2011 – It was a day of opposites in the third round, and the villains of round two, were the heroes in round three and vice-versa. Aronian came back with a big win over Karjakin to help Armenia hold the Russians 2-2, while Israel pulled off a win over home team, China. Nevertheless, Judit Polgar was the hero(ine) of the round beating Mamedov and securing Hungary's victory over Azerbaijan. Round three report.

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The Chinese Chess Association with the patronage and support of the Ningbo Municipal Government and Ningbo Sports Bureau is staging the 2011 World Team Chess Championship in Ningbo, China. The event is being held from July 15 2011 (arrival) to July 26 2011 (Departure) at the playing venue in the five-star New Century Grand Hotel Ningbo.

Round three report

It was a day of opposites. For everything that happened yesterday, the opposite took place today. If Aronian had seemed somewhat beleaguered with a subpar game, today he was back to his usual boa constrictor self, and in a clash of the titans, defeated Karjakin on board one. Although this might have signaled a change in the leadership, Svidler struck back on board four to save the match 2-2.


Whatever plagues Aronian's play the day before, was well behind him today


The much awaited encounter between Armenia and Russia ended in a hard-fought draw

[Event "8th World Teams"] [Site "Ningbo CHN"] [Date "2011.07.19"] [Round "3"] [White "Aronian, Levon"] [Black "Karjakin, Sergey"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D45"] [WhiteElo "2805"] [BlackElo "2788"] [PlyCount "147"] [EventDate "2011.07.17"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e3 e6 5. Nf3 Nbd7 6. Qc2 Bd6 7. Bd3 dxc4 8. Bxc4 O-O 9. O-O a6 10. e4 e5 11. Rd1 Qc7 12. h3 b5 13. Bb3 (13. Bd3 Bb7 14. a4 Rfe8 15. dxe5 Nxe5 16. Nxe5 Bxe5 17. Be3 Bh2+ 18. Kh1 Bf4 19. Bd4 Be5 20. Bc5 Nd7 21. Be3 Nf8 22. Ne2 Ng6 23. Qc1 Qe7 24. f4 {1-0 (54) Tregubov,P (2612) -Gritsak,O (2537)/Warsaw 2005/CBM 108 (54)}) 13... exd4 14. Nxd4 Nc5 15. Bg5 Be5 16. Bxf6 Bxf6 17. Nxc6 Bb7 18. Nd4 Nxb3 19. Qxb3 Rad8 $2 {Although Black is down a pawn, the open position and bishop pair give him good compensation. This last move, however, allows White to trade off one of the bishops, rendering the material difference more serious.} 20. Nd5 Bxd5 21. exd5 Bxd4 22. Rxd4 Qe5 23. Rad1 Rd6 {[#]The stage is set: Aronian now has a clean extra pawn, passed at that, and excellent winning chances, which he does not squander.} 24. a4 bxa4 25. Qxa4 g6 26. Qc4 Rfd8 27. b4 Qf5 28. h4 h5 29. g3 Kg7 30. Kg2 Kg8 31. Ra1 Rc8 32. Qf1 $5 Qe5 ({The idea is} 32... Rxd5 33. Rf4 Qd7 34. Qxa6) 33. Qd1 Re8 34. Ra2 Qf5 35. Rc2 Re4 36. Rc5 Rf6 37. Rxe4 Qxe4+ 38. Kg1 Qxb4 39. Rc6 Qb2 40. Rxf6 Qxf6 41. d6 Qd8 42. Qd5 Kf8 43. Qc5 f6 44. Qc7 Ke8 45. Qc6+ Kf7 46. Qc4+ Ke8 47. Qg8+ Kd7 48. Qxg6 Qh8 49. Qd3 a5 50. Qd4 a4 51. Qc5 Ke6 52. Qc6 a3 53. Qa6 a2 54. Qxa2+ Kxd6 55. Qf7 Ke5 56. Qd7 Qh6 57. Qe8+ Kd6 58. Qd8+ Ke6 59. Qg8+ Kd6 60. Kg2 Ke7 61. f4 Qf8 62. Qd5 Qe8 63. Qc5+ Ke6 64. Kf3 Qg6 65. Kf2 Kf7 66. f5 Qh6 67. Qc7+ Kg8 68. Qc4+ Kh8 69. Qe2 Kg7 70. Qe3 Qh8 71. Qe7+ Kh6 72. Ke3 Qg8 73. Qxf6+ Kh7 74. Qg6+ 1-0

While the Americans managed a crushing 3.5-0.5 victory over Egypt, and Ukraine edged out India, the next biggest result was Israel's tournament comeback at the expense of the home team China. China still fielded their biggest guns, bringing back Yu Yangyi, but it was Ding Liren, who had been the key winner the previous day, who lost to Tamir Nabaty on board four, costing the Chinese the match.


Radjabov prepares to play Leko on board one

Once more, in a reversal of round two, there was the tough match between second seed Azerbaijan against Hungary. In round two both Almasi and Polgar had lost to their Russian opponents, and Hungary lost 3-1 however today it was precisely Judit who was the hero of the round by overcoming Mamedov in a Sicilian Maroczy, and securing the win for her team.


Note the sneaky tactic by the local photographers to secure a smile from Judit Polgar

[Event "8th World Teams"] [Site "Ningbo CHN"] [Date "2011.07.19"] [Round "3"] [White "Polgar, Judit"] [Black "Mamedov, Rauf"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B36"] [WhiteElo "2699"] [BlackElo "2679"] [PlyCount "95"] [EventDate "2011.07.17"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 g6 5. c4 Nf6 6. Nc3 Nxd4 7. Qxd4 d6 8. Be2 Bg7 9. Be3 O-O 10. Qd2 a5 11. f3 a4 12. Rc1 Qa5 (12... Be6 13. Nd5 Nd7 14. O-O Nc5 15. Rfd1 Re8 16. Bd4 Bxd5 17. cxd5 Qa5 18. Rc3 Qb4 19. Bxg7 Kxg7 20. Qc2 Rec8 21. Rc4 Qa5 22. Qc3+ Qxc3 23. Rxc3 a3 24. b3 Na6 25. Rxc8 Rxc8 26. Bxa6 bxa6 27. Rd2 {1/2-1/2 (49) Polgar,J (2681)-Tiviakov,S (2628)/Chalkidiki 2002/CBM 092 (49)}) 13. Rc2 Bd7 14. O-O Bc6 15. Rfc1 Nd7 16. Nd5 Bxd5 17. Qxa5 Rxa5 18. cxd5 Nc5 19. Kf1 b6 20. Rb1 f5 21. exf5 Rxf5 22. Rd1 Ra8 23. h4 a3 $2 {This is a positional mistake that not only creates a weak pawn on a3, but allows White to evict the knight from its strong outpost.} 24. b4 Na4 25. Rd3 Nb2 26. Rb3 Rxd5 27. Bxb6 Rb8 28. Ba7 Rb7 29. Be3 Bd4 30. Bc1 Ra5 $4 {A miscalculation that precipatates the loss.} 31. bxa5 Rxb3 32. Bc4+ Nxc4 33. axb3 Nb2 34. a6 a2 35. a7 a1=Q {[#]} 36. Rc8+ {No doubt the move that Mamedov missed when he played 30...Ra5?} Kf7 37. a8=Q Qxa8 38. Rxa8 Nd3 39. Bg5 h5 40. Ke2 Nb4 41. Ra4 Nc6 42. Rc4 Bc5 43. Be3 Ne5 44. Rf4+ Ke6 45. b4 Bxe3 46. Kxe3 Kd5 47. Rd4+ Kc6 48. Re4 $1 {[#]} (48. Re4 {Essentially ending any hopes of resistance, since} Kb5 {just runs into} 49. Rxe5+ dxe5 50. Ke4 {and the pawn endgame is an easy win for White.}) 1-0

Results of round three

Bd
2
  Armenia
Rtg
2 : 2
10
  Russia
Rtg
1.1
GM
Aronian Levon
2805
1 - 0
GM
Karjakin Sergey
2788
1.2
GM
Movsesian Sergei
2700
½ - ½
GM
Grischuk Alexander
2746
1.3
GM
Akopian Vladimir
2667
½ - ½
GM
Nepomniachtchi Ian
2711
1.4
GM
Sargissian Gabriel
2663
0 - 1
GM
Svidler Peter
2739
Bd
3
  Egypt
Rtg
½ :3½
1
  USA
Rtg
2.1
GM
Adly Ahmed
2631
½ - ½
GM
Kamsky Gata
2741
2.2
GM
Amin Bassem
2609
0 - 1
GM
Onischuk Alexander
2675
2.3
GM
El Gindy Essam
2510
0 - 1
GM
Seirawan Yasser
2635
2.4
IM
Shoker Samy
2475
0 - 1
GM
Hess Robert
2609
Bd
4
  China
Rtg
1½:2½
9
  Israel
Rtg
3.1
GM
Wang Hao
2718
½ - ½
GM
Sutovsky Emil
2700
3.2
GM
Wang Yue
2709
½ - ½
GM
Roiz Michael
2669
3.3
GM
Yu Yangyi
2672
½ - ½
GM
Smirin Ilya
2676
3.4
GM
Ding Liren
2654
0 - 1
GM
Nabaty Tamir
2584
Bd
5
  India
Rtg
1½:2½
8
  Ukraine
Rtg
4.1
GM
Harikrishna Pentala
2669
½ - ½
GM
Ivanchuk Vassily
2768
4.2
GM
Sasikiran Krishnan
2681
½ - ½
GM
Eljanov Pavel
2697
4.3
GM
Negi Parimarjan
2642
½ - ½
GM
Efimenko Zahar
2706
4.4
GM
Gopal G.N.
2576
0 - 1
GM
Moiseenko Alexander
2715
Bd
6
  Hungary
Rtg
2½:1½
7
  Azerbaijan
Rtg
5.1
GM
Leko Peter
2717
½ - ½
GM
Radjabov Teimur
2744
5.2
GM
Almasi Zoltan
2726
½ - ½
GM
Gashimov Vugar
2760
5.3
GM
Polgar Judit
2699
1 - 0
GM
Mamedov Rauf
2679
5.4
GM
Balogh Csaba
2643
½ - ½
GM
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar
2765

Rank table

Rk. Team Gms   +    =    -   Pts   BPts   TB3 
1 Russia 3 2 1 0 5 8.0 0
2 Armenia 3 1 2 0 4 7.5 0
3 Ukraine 3 2 0 1 4 6.5 0
4 Israel 3 2 0 1 4 6.0 0
5 Azerbaijan 3 1 1 1 3 6.5 0
6 USA 3 1 1 1 3 6.5 0
7 China 3 1 1 1 3 6.0 0
8 Hungary 3 1 1 1 3 5.5 0
9 India 3 0 1 2 1 4.5 0
10 Egypt 3 0 0 3 0 3.0 0

Schedule

Friday 15 July   Arrival
Saturday 16 July 18:00h Opening Ceremony
Sunday 17 July 15:00h Round 1
Monday 18 July 15:00h Round 2
Tuesday 19 July 15:00h Round 3
Wednesday 20 July 15:00h Round 4
Thursday 21 July 15:00h Round 5
Friday 22 July   Rest Day
Saturday 23 July 15:00h Round 6
Sunday 24 July 15:00h Round 7
Monday 25 July 15:00h Round 8
Tuesday 26 July 10:00h Round 9, closing ceremony
Wednesday 27 July   Departure

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