World Team Ch. Rd6 – Seirawan clubs Polgar, Armenia still leads

7/23/2011 – There were no major changes in the team rankings in round six, with draws between Russia and Ukraine, and Israel against Azerbaijan. The most remarkable result was perhaps the drawn match between the USA and Hungary, thanks to Yasser Seirawan who saved the team by beating Judit Polgar in a gutsy game, his first win over a 2700 player in a long time. Round six 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 six report


Judit and Yasser share a laugh before the game

There were no major changes in the team rankings in round six, with draws between Russia and Ukraine, and Israel against Azerbaijan. The most remarkable result was perhaps the drawn match between the USA and Hungary, not so much because the Hungarians were obvious favorites, but how the Americans achieved it. Whereas Almasi (2726) beat Shulman (2617), it was Yasser Seirawan who saved the team by beating Judit Polgar in a gutsy game, his first win over a 2700 player in... a long time. And it could not have been better timed.


A sneak preview of Captain America took place on board three


Judit Polgar celebrated her birthday today

[Event "8th World Teams"] [Site "Ningbo CHN"] [Date "2011.07.23"] [Round "6"] [White "Seirawan, Yasser"] [Black "Polgar, Judit"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "E32"] [WhiteElo "2635"] [BlackElo "2699"] [PlyCount "87"] [EventDate "2011.07.17"] [WhiteTeam "USA"] [BlackTeam "Hungary"] [WhiteTeamCountry "USA"] [BlackTeamCountry "HUN"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 O-O 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. Qxc3 d6 7. Bg5 Nbd7 8. e3 b6 9. Ne2 Ba6 10. Qc2 c5 11. dxc5 bxc5 12. Nc3 Qb6 13. O-O-O {It takes a mix of moxy and madness to castle long here, right under an open file, while not having begun to activate play of his own.} Bb7 14. e4 Rab8 15. Rd2 Rfc8 16. Be2 Ne8 17. f4 Nf8 18. Rhd1 f6 19. Bh4 Ng6 20. g3 Rd8 21. Bg4 e5 22. Be6+ Kf8 23. f5 Ne7 (23... Nxh4 $2 {would be a serious mistake, opening the file on the king and facilitating White's work to generate threats.} 24. gxh4) 24. g4 h6 25. Bf2 Nc6 26. Nd5 Qa5 27. h4 Nd4 28. Bxd4 cxd4 29. g5 Bxd5 30. exd5 (30. Bxd5 $1 Nc7 31. gxf6 gxf6 32. Rg2 Nxd5 33. exd5 Rb7 34. Rg6 {was stronger, but Black still has not solved her king safety issues.}) 30... hxg5 $2 (30... Rb7 { was Black's best chance.} {After} 31. Rd3 (31. gxh6 {doesn't work as can be seen after} gxh6 32. Rg1 Rdb8 33. Rg8+ Ke7 34. Qd3 (34. Qd1 $2 Rxb2 $1 35. Rxb2 Qxa3 36. Qc2 d3 $1 {followed by d2+.}) 34... Rb3 35. Qe4 {and Black can draw with} Rxb2) 31... Rdb8 32. gxh6 gxh6 33. b4 {White is slightly better, but nothing is decided.}) 31. hxg5 {White is winning.} fxg5 32. f6 $1 {A decisive opening of lines to bring the queen in.} Rxb2 33. Kxb2 Nxf6 34. Ka2 Qc7 35. Rg2 Rc8 36. Bxc8 Qxc8 37. Rxg5 Nxd5 38. Qf5+ Qxf5 39. Rxf5+ Nf6 40. c5 Ke7 41. c6 Nd5 42. Rg1 d3 43. Kb3 Ke6 44. Rfg5 1-0

Though China beat Egypt handily, it was once more IM Samy Shoker who was the surprise of the team, holding GM Li Chao (2669) to a draw. It is worth mentioning that IM Shoker has the second lowest rating in the tournament with 2475, but has a 2663 performance until now, and has done his team proud. Armenia overcame India thanks to a nice win by Aronian against Harikishna, employing an interesting novelty in the QGD.


In spite of his second round loss to Kamsky, Aronian's 3.5/5
and 2875 performance has been crucial to his team's success.

[Event "8th World Teams"] [Site "Ningbo CHN"] [Date "2011.07.23"] [Round "6"] [White "Aronian, Levon"] [Black "Harikrishna, Pentala"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D56"] [WhiteElo "2805"] [BlackElo "2669"] [PlyCount "69"] [EventDate "2011.07.17"] [WhiteTeam "Armenia"] [BlackTeam "India"] [WhiteTeamCountry "ARM"] [BlackTeamCountry "IND"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bh4 O-O 7. e3 Ne4 8. Bxe7 Qxe7 9. Rc1 c6 10. h4 $5 $146 {An interesting novelty that yielded Aronian a very good game. Sometimes these moves are more about space than planning a flat out pawn roller. Which is it?} (10. g4 f5 11. gxf5 Qf6 12. Bg2 Qxf5 13. O-O Nxc3 14. Rxc3 Nd7 15. Qc2 {and though not worse, it is hard to believe this was what White hoped to achieve. (46) Halkias,S (2578)-Fridman,D (2645)/ Warsaw 2010/CB00_2011 (46)}) 10... Nd7 11. g4 {White is not kidding.} e5 {A logical and principled continuation, but is it best?} 12. cxd5 Nxc3 13. Rxc3 cxd5 14. g5 h5 15. Bb5 exd4 16. Qxd4 Qe4 17. Qxe4 dxe4 18. Nd2 {Though one could be wrong, this looks like it is still opening preparation.} Ne5 19. Nxe4 Be6 20. f4 Bd5 21. fxe5 Bxe4 22. O-O Bd5 23. Bd7 Rfd8 24. Rc7 a5 25. a4 Ra6 26. Rf4 Rf8 27. Rd4 Bc6 28. e6 fxe6 29. Bxe6+ Kh8 30. Bf7 Rb6 31. b3 Bf3 32. g6 Rc6 33. Rxc6 bxc6 34. e4 Be2 35. e5 1-0

Pictures by Gu Xiaobing and FIDE

Results of round six

Bd
10
  Russia
Rtg
2 : 2
8
  Ukraine
Rtg
1.1
GM
Karjakin Sergey
2788
½ - ½
GM
Ivanchuk Vassily
2768
1.2
GM
Grischuk Alexander
2746
½ - ½
GM
Eljanov Pavel
2697
1.3
GM
Nepomniachtchi Ian
2711
½ - ½
GM
Efimenko Zahar
2706
1.4
GM
Vitiugov Nikita
2733
½ - ½
GM
Moiseenko Alexander
2715
Bd
9
  Israel
Rtg
2 : 2
7
  Azerbaijan
Rtg
2.1
GM
Sutovsky Emil
2700
0 - 1
GM
Radjabov Teimur
2744
2.2
GM
Smirin Ilya
2676
½ - ½
GM
Gashimov Vugar
2760
2.3
GM
Postny Evgeny
2618
1 - 0
GM
Mamedov Rauf
2679
2.4
GM
Nabaty Tamir
2584
½ - ½
GM
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar
2765
Bd
1
  USA
Rtg
2 : 2
6
  Hungary
Rtg
3.1
GM
Kamsky Gata
2741
½ - ½
GM
Leko Peter
2717
3.2
GM
Shulman Yuri
2617
0 - 1
GM
Almasi Zoltan
2726
3.3
GM
Seirawan Yasser
2635
1 - 0
GM
Polgar Judit
2699
3.4
GM
Hess Robert
2609
½ - ½
GM
Balogh Csaba
2643
Bd
2
  Armenia
Rtg
2½:1½
5
  India
Rtg
4.1
GM
Aronian Levon
2805
1 - 0
GM
Harikrishna Pentala
2669
4.2
GM
Movsesian Sergei
2700
½ - ½
GM
Sasikiran Krishnan
2681
4.3
GM
Akopian Vladimir
2667
½ - ½
GM
Ganguly Surya Shekhar
2627
4.4
GM
Sargissian Gabriel
2663
½ - ½
GM
Negi Parimarjan
2642
Bd
3
  Egypt
Rtg
½ :3½
4
  China
Rtg
5.1
GM
Adly Ahmed
2631
0 - 1
GM
Wang Hao
2718
5.2
GM
Amin Bassem
2609
0 - 1
GM
Wang Yue
2709
5.3
IM
Shoker Samy
2475
½ - ½
GM
Li Chao B
2669
5.4
IM
Ezat Mohamed
2430
0 - 1
GM
Ding Liren
2654

Rank table

Rk.
Team Gms   +    =    -   Pts   BPts   TB3 
1
Armenia
6
4
2
0
10
16.0
0
2
Russia
6
3
2
1
8
14.0
0
3
Hungary
6
3
2
1
8
13.5
0
4
China
6
3
1
2
7
14.5
0
5
Ukraine
6
3
1
2
7
12.5
0
6
Azerbaijan
6
2
2
2
6
13.0
0
7
USA
6
2
2
2
6
12.0
0
8
Israel
6
2
1
3
5
10.0
0
9
India
6
1
1
4
3
9.5
0
10
Egypt
6
0
0
6
0
5.0
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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