World Team Ch. Rd5 – Armenia leads, Russia and Hungary second

7/21/2011 – Round and round it goes, where it stops nobody knows. While Armenia kept its slim lead, Russia and Hungary moved into clear second. Russia beat Egypt as expected, but Hungary's destructive win over Israel by 3.5-0.5 just confirmed no one was safe. Leko and Polgar have been the driving force behind their team, and Judit will be rejoining the 2700 ranks in the next list. Round five 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 five report

Round and round it goes, where it stops nobody knows. The tendency for unpredictability continues, though not blindly so. The Russians won their match against Egypt, which was expected, and a few players in the tournament are starting to show who is in sizzling form. The number one player is indeed Russian: Ian Nepomniachtchi, who has scored 4.0/5 and is at a 2923 performance.


Too hot to touch, Ian Nepomniachtchi has scored an impressive 4.0/5 and 2923 TPR

The next 800-pound gorilla thus far is Ukrainian Alexander Moiseenko, who has scored 3.5/4 and a 2925 performance.


Alexander Moiseenko has also done more than his share and was instrumental in
his team's victory in round five.

The most impressive result of round five was Hungary's third straight win, this time destroying Israel by 3.5-0.5. Peter Leko continues his ravage, and is at 3.5/5 and a huge 2877 performance, while Judit Polgar also took another scalp, and is also at 3.5/5 and a 2817 performance. Look to find her back in the 2700 club in the next rating list.


Judit Polgar ready to rejoin the 2700 club

[Event "8th World Teams"] [Site "Ningbo CHN"] [Date "2011.07.21"] [Round "5"] [White "Polgar, Judit"] [Black "Postny, Evgeny"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C95"] [WhiteElo "2699"] [BlackElo "2618"] [PlyCount "129"] [EventDate "2011.07.17"] [WhiteTeam "Hungary"] [BlackTeam "Israel"] [WhiteTeamCountry "HUN"] [BlackTeamCountry "ISR"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. c3 O-O 9. h3 Nb8 10. d4 Nbd7 11. Nbd2 Bb7 12. Bc2 Re8 13. Nf1 Bf8 14. Ng3 g6 15. b3 Rb8 16. a4 d5 17. axb5 axb5 18. Nxe5 $146 (18. Bg5 h6 19. Bh4 dxe4 20. Bxf6 Nxf6 21. Nxe5 b4 22. c4 c5 23. Nxe4 cxd4 24. Nxf6+ Qxf6 25. Ra5 Rbd8 26. Bd3 h5 27. Qd2 Re7 28. Bf1 d3 29. Nxd3 Qc3 30. Qxc3 bxc3 31. Rc1 Bh6 32. f4 Re3 $1 { and a big advantage for Black. 1/2-1/2 (53) Akopian,V (2694)-Mamedyarov,S (2763)/Astrakhan 2010/CBM 137 (53)}) 18... Nxe5 19. dxe5 Nxe4 20. Nxe4 dxe4 21. Bf4 Qxd1 22. Raxd1 Bg7 23. Bxe4 Bxe5 24. Bc6 Bxc6 25. Rxe5 Rxe5 26. Bxe5 Rc8 27. Bf6 Kf8 28. g4 Re8 29. Kh2 Re6 30. Rd8+ Re8 31. Rd1 Re6 32. g5 $1 { Although the material count is balanced, the position is quite venemous. Black has serious weaknesses on the dark squares, and the king still compromised on the back rank will become the defining theme of Judit's strategy.} Rd6 33. Ra1 Rd2 34. Ra7 Rxf2+ 35. Kg1 Re2 36. Rxc7 Re6 $6 (36... Bd5 {was probably more precise.} 37. c4 bxc4 38. bxc4 Be6 {and Black should be able to hold.}) 37. Rc8+ Be8 38. Kg2 Re2+ 39. Kf3 Re6 40. h4 h5 41. Rb8 Re1 42. c4 bxc4 43. bxc4 Re6 44. c5 Rc6 45. Be5 Re6 46. Ke4 Ke7 47. Rb7+ Kd8 $2 {A fatal mistake putting the king under fire. Kf8 was required.} 48. Kd4 Bd7 49. Ra7 Kc8 50. Bd6 Kd8 51. Ra8+ Bc8 52. Kd5 Re2 53. Kc6 Re6 54. Ra7 f6 55. gxf6 Rxf6 56. Rh7 Re6 57. Rg7 Ba6 58. Kd5 Re2 59. c6 Ke8 60. Ra7 Bc8 61. Ra8 Kd8 62. Bf4 Re1 63. Kd6 Rd1+ 64. Kc5 Rb1 65. Bd2 1-0


The Azerbaijani were unable to build up any momentum after yesterday, losing to
Ukraine in round five.

Among the top results were Armenia's 2.5-1.5 win over China, while the Ukraine beat the Azerbaijanis, ebullient over their victory over Russia, after a key victory by Moiseenko on board four. The US showed their resilience as a team, after having lost badly to the Chinese, and bounced back inflicting a strong 3-1 defeat on India.

[Event "8th World Teams"] [Site "Ningbo CHN"] [Date "2011.07.21"] [Round "5"] [White "Onischuk, Alexander"] [Black "Sasikiran, Krishnan"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "E92"] [WhiteElo "2675"] [BlackElo "2681"] [PlyCount "115"] [EventDate "2011.07.17"] [WhiteTeam "USA"] [BlackTeam "India"] [WhiteTeamCountry "USA"] [BlackTeamCountry "IND"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Be2 e5 7. Be3 exd4 8. Nxd4 Re8 9. f3 c6 10. Bf2 d5 11. exd5 cxd5 12. O-O Nc6 13. c5 Re5 14. Bb5 $146 (14. Re1 Bd7 15. a3 Nh5 16. g3 Qg5 17. Nxc6 Bxc6 18. Qc1 d4 19. Nb5 Qxc1 {0-1 (19) El Debs,F (2499)-Sasikiran,K (2690)/Caleta 2011/CB05_2011}) 14... Bd7 15. Qa4 Qc8 16. Rfe1 a6 17. Bxc6 Bxc6 18. Qc2 Rh5 $6 {A really strange move, and one wonders what the plan is. It is hard to believe this is the best square for the rook.} 19. b4 Bd7 20. Rad1 Bh6 21. Bg3 Bf8 22. a3 Bc6 23. Na4 ({In order to exploit the awkwardly placed rook, White had} 23. Bf4 $1 {threatening to trap the rook with g4.}) 23... Nd7 24. Nb6 Nxb6 25. cxb6 Bd7 26. Rc1 Qd8 ({ Black had to play} 26... Qxc2 27. Rxc2 Bg7 28. Ne2 Be5 29. Rec1 {and though the situation is tough, it would still offer the best chances to hold.}) 27. Qc7 $2 Bg7 28. Nb3 (28. Bf2 $1) 28... Ba4 29. Qxd8+ Rxd8 30. Bc7 Rf8 31. g4 Rh6 {There is a subtle idea behind this move.} 32. Nc5 ({The point is that after} 32. Na5 Bd4+ 33. Kg2 {Black manages to avoid having the house collapse immediately thanks to} g5 $1 34. Nxb7 Bxb6) 32... Bd4+ 33. Kg2 Bxc5 34. Rxc5 g5 35. Rxd5 Rg6 36. Re7 h6 37. Kg3 Re6 38. Rxe6 fxe6 39. Rc5 Bb3 40. f4 Bd5 41. a4 Kh7 42. h4 gxh4+ 43. Kxh4 Rc8 44. a5 ({The immediate} 44. f5 $1 {would have been stronger, but the overall evaulation of the position is not changed in any fundamental way.}) 44... Bf3 45. Kg3 Be2 46. b5 Rg8 47. bxa6 Bxa6 48. Re5 Rg6 49. Kf3 Kg8 50. Bd6 Kf7 51. Rc5 Rg8 52. Rc7+ Kg6 53. Ke4 h5 54. f5+ exf5+ 55. gxf5+ Kg5 56. Be7+ Kh6 57. Ke5 Rg2 58. Bf8+ 1-0

Results of round five

Bd
3
  Egypt
Rtg
1 : 3
10
  Russia
Rtg
1.1
GM
Adly Ahmed
2631
0 - 1
GM
Grischuk Alexander
2746
1.2
GM
Amin Bassem
2609
0 - 1
GM
Nepomniachtchi Ian
2711
1.3
IM
Shoker Samy
2475
½ - ½
GM
Svidler Peter
2739
1.4
IM
Ezat Mohamed
2430
½ - ½
GM
Vitiugov Nikita
2733
Bd
4
  China
Rtg
1½:2½
2
  Armenia
Rtg
2.1
GM
Wang Hao
2718
½ - ½
GM
Aronian Levon
2805
2.2
GM
Wang Yue
2709
½ - ½
GM
Movsesian Sergei
2700
2.3
GM
Li Chao B
2669
½ - ½
GM
Akopian Vladimir
2667
2.4
GM
Yu Yangyi
2672
0 - 1
GM
Sargissian Gabriel
2663
Bd
5
  India
Rtg
1 : 3
1
  USA
Rtg
3.1
GM
Harikrishna Pentala
2669
½ - ½
GM
Kamsky Gata
2741
3.2
GM
Sasikiran Krishnan
2681
0 - 1
GM
Onischuk Alexander
2675
3.3
GM
Ganguly Surya Shekhar
2627
½ - ½
GM
Shulman Yuri
2617
3.4
GM
Negi Parimarjan
2642
0 - 1
GM
Hess Robert
2609
Bd
6
  Hungary
Rtg
3½: ½
9
  Israel
Rtg
4.1
GM
Leko Peter
2717
1 - 0
GM
Roiz Michael
2669
4.2
GM
Almasi Zoltan
2726
½ - ½
GM
Smirin Ilya
2676
4.3
GM
Polgar Judit
2699
1 - 0
GM
Postny Evgeny
2618
4.4
GM
Balogh Csaba
2643
1 - 0
GM
Nabaty Tamir
2584
Bd
7
  Azerbaijan
Rtg
1½:2½
8
  Ukraine
Rtg
5.1
GM
Radjabov Teimur
2744
½ - ½
GM
Ivanchuk Vassily
2768
5.2
GM
Gashimov Vugar
2760
½ - ½
GM
Eljanov Pavel
2697
5.3
GM
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar
2765
½ - ½
GM
Efimenko Zahar
2706
5.4
GM
Guseinov Gadir
2625
0 - 1
GM
Moiseenko Alexander
2715

Rank table

Rk.
Team Gms   +    =    -   Pts   BPts   TB3 
1
Armenia
5
3
2
0
8
13.5
0
2
Russia
5
3
1
1
7
12.0
0
3
Hungary
5
3
1
1
7
11.5
0
4
Ukraine
5
3
0
2
6
10.5
0
5
China
5
2
1
2
5
11.0
1
6
Azerbaijan
5
2
1
2
5
11.0
1
7
USA
5
2
1
2
5
10.0
0
8
Israel
5
2
0
3
4
8.0
0
9
India
5
1
1
3
3
8.0
0
10
Egypt
5
0
0
5
0
4.5
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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