Favorites Win at World Teams, Two Rounds To Go

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 04/12/13, 01:29.

The World Team Championship is about to reach its climax with just two rounds to go in Kemer, Antalya (Turkey). On Tuesday all the favorites won their important matches: tournament leader Ukraine beat Egypt (but only with 2.5-1.5), Russia outclassed the Netherlands 3.5-0.5 and the matches Armenia-Turkey, USA-Germany and China-Azerbaijan all ended in 3-1.

All photos courtesy of the Turkish Chess Federation

Let's start at the top, were Ukraine was the seventh team in a row to beat Egypt. With Vassily Ivanchuk enjoying a rest day (or starting his preparation for Kramnik!), Anton Korobov moved up to first board. As the only player to lose the day before against the Netherlands, he surely wanted a win here and, after many complications, he managed to do so in timetrouble.

Anton Korobov

Egypt's Bassem Amin, a doctor in Cairo when not playing chess, is doing quite well in Kemer. He won another white game, playing the Sicilian Bobby Fischer style:

The Netherlands had won four matches in a row, but against the strong Russians it went wrong on several boards. Vladimir Kramnik easily parried Anish Giri's piece sac in a a Slav:

Grischuk and Kramnik before the game

Sergey Tiviakov's 3...Qd6 Scandinavian was good enough for a draw against Alexander Grischuk, but both Loek van Wely and Ivan Sokolov lost with the white pieces:

After his shaky draw with Georg Meier, Levon Aronian won a good game against Alexander Ipatov, part of Armenia's 3-1 win over Turkey.

Aronian: two knights beat a rook

Another player who is on a slight rating plus in Turkey is Hikaru Nakamura. America's #1 is in fact just 1.5 rating points behind Kramnik in the live rating list. You could say that he beat Meier in Carlsen style, if Nakamura wasn't known as that other top GM who plays for a win in almost every game.

Nakamura vs. Meier

From the same match, don't miss this game:

A nice game from the China-Azerbaijan match was the following, a fine example of the Steel King (known in Dutch as 'winnende wandelkoning', literally translated as 'winning wanderking' which sounds a bit weird).

China in round 7: Li Chao, Ding Liren, Bu Xiangzhi and Yu Yangiy

In the eighth round the pairings are Egypt - Azerbaijan, Germany - China, Turkey - USA, Netherlands - Armenia and the most important one of the whole tournament, Ukraine - Russia.

World Team Championship 2013 | Round 7 standings

Rank Team Gam. + = - MP Pts. Res. SB.
1 Ukraine 7 6 0 1 12 17 0 75,50
2 Russia 7 5 1 1 11 18 0 73,00
3 China 7 5 0 2 10 16½ 0 67,00
4 United States of America 7 4 0 3 8 16½ 0 51,50
5 Armenia 7 3 2 2 8 15 0 49,00
6 Netherlands 7 4 0 3 8 14½ 0 46,50
7 Germany 7 3 0 4 6 12½ 0 32,00
8 Azerbaijan 7 2 1 4 5 13 0 31,00
9 Turkey 7 1 0 6 2 9 0 8,00
10 Egypt 7 0 0 7 0 8 0 0,00

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  • 3 anni fa


    @reyguapo : 39 ... Kxh7 40. Qa7+ !!!  

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    GO CHINA ..!!!

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    Amin's game has to be one of the best in this event.

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    Go Ukraine! Хлопцы, так держать!

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    Nice to see The Netherlands doing ok in 6th place :) Giri for world champion! ;)

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    Very difficult games. Good.

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    Top world countries China, Russia, US are top of world team championship, cool matching.

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    Aronian vs Ipatov?contiuation: If 1. ....Kh7 then 2. Qa7 then mate follows after several moves. If 1....Kg8 then 2. Rg7 Kh8 3. Qh2 mate.Thanks

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    reyguapo: Shibin123 has the right line, but if black takes the rook then you have 1. Qa7+ Kh6 (1...Kh8 or 1...Kg8 rae followed by 2. Qg7#) 2. Qg7+ Kh5 3. Qg5#.

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    @reyguapo after 39...Kxh7 40. Qa7 then Qg7, Qg5 and mate. 

    Lethal knight on e6

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    @regyuapo After King takes Rook, Qa7+ leads to forced mate very quickly.

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    The Nakamura stare.

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    Radjabov and Mamedyarov should have been playing. and france and hungary instead of Turkey and Egypt, why would Egypt play instead of france. so stupid! F*** the Fide( and the fifa btw. but that is a different sportxD )

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    @reyguapo 39..Kg8 40.Rg7+ Kh8 41.Qh2+

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    Does anyone knows how to continue the match of  Aronian and Ipatov?

    I can't see the winning line. That is why I'm not a GM.Innocent

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