Ukraine Still Perfect at World Teams

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 29.11.2013, 02:19.

Ukraine tops the standings after three rounds at the World Team Championship in Kemer, Antalya (Turkey). After beating Azerbaijan 2.5-1.5, the team with Ivanchuk, Korobov, Moiseenko, Kryvoruchko and Areshchenko is the only one left with a perfect score. Armenia follows with one match point less.

Before we get to the third round, let's look at a few key games from round 1 and 2 which weren't mentioned here yet. For example, in the first round the big clash Armenia-Russia ended in four draws and on top board this match saw the game between the world's number 2 and 3! Here is that fascinating fight in the Botvinnik Semi-Slav with some brief notes by IMs Merijn van Delft and Robert Ris from CVO 256.

Aronian and Kramnik at the press conference | All photos courtesy of the Turkish Chess Federation

And here's another high-profile game from the same round; Ivanchuk's answer to Nakamura's Berlin was a transposition into a Spanish Four Knights.

After their big success against Russia, the USA went down 1.5-2.5 against Armenia the next day, in round 3. Kamsky-Movesian, Akopian-Onischuk and Akobian-Sargissan were all drawn, and so it was all about what happened on board one. 

Aronian decides the match...
...beating Nakamura in a rook ending

Ukraine won its third match in a row, against Azerbaijan. Ivanchuk and Mamedov drew a fascinating King's Indian, Petrosian Variation:

Moiseenko defeated Durarbayli, whose frivolous sacrifice in the opening didn't have the desired effect:

Alexander Moiseenko wins an important game

China-Russia was another hard-fought battle; only Wang Yue-Karjakin was drawn quickly. Nepomniachtchi scored the only (lucky) win:

A painful loss for Yu Yangyi

Kramnik tried for long to win an ending against Li Chao, but the Chinese number 5 did a good job on top board:

The Netherlands finally got their first two match points thanks to Giri's excellent win over Khenkin.

Anish Giri, the Dutch top ace


World Teams 2013 | Round 3 standings

Rank Team Gam. + = - MP Pts.
1 Ukraine 3 3     6
2 Armenia 3 2 1   5
3 Azerbaijan 3 2   1 4 7
4 Germany 3 2   1 4 7
5 Russia 3 1 1 1 3
6 United States of America 3 1   2 2 6
7 China 3 1   2 2
8 Netherlands 3 1   2 2 5
9 Turkey 3 1   2 2 5
10 Egypt 3     3 0 4

The FIDE World Team Championship is held every two years. It's taking place 26 November - 5 December in Kemer, Antalya (Turkey). It's a single round robin among ten teams.

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  • 3 lat temu


    Nakamura is a rather mercurial character... brilliant at times, volatile at other times... he needs more consistency in his game otherwise Carslen will take him to whipping school if they ever play in 2017 (his earliest chance at eligibility since 2015 is out of question)

  • 3 lat temu


    Ok, wrong wrong wrong. I was seeing the Q on g6 even after ...Qxe4.Sorry.

  • 3 lat temu


    Ivanchuk v Mameov   46...Bxe4 47.fxe4 Qxf4+


  • 3 lat temu


    Nakamura  looks very angry.


    Yu Yangyi lost,what a pity

  • 3 lat temu


    fabelhaft you are right! Kramnik is now 5th, but the margin is so small, it would be easy to advance.

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  • 3 lat temu


    Aronian has distanced himself a bit from third place (more than 20 points at the moment), but after that it's quite even on the rating list. A draw for Kramnik today would be enough for him to fall from third to fifth place.

  • 3 lat temu


    Aronaian-Nakamura i wonder why Nakamura played d4? i was following it at that time and he played it pretty quickly....Nepomniachtchi got lucky, Poor Kramnik could win, and Giri played nicely!

  • 3 lat temu


    The Lasker variation of the QGD in Aronian-Nakamura — that's the line I play :)

  • 3 lat temu


    Pretty interesting games

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