Gold for Russia at World Teams

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 05-12-13 07:05.

Russia expectedly won the gold medals at the World Team Championship in Kemer, Antalya (Turkey). Ian Nepomniachtchi was again the one who decided the match in Russia's favor - he beat Samy Shoker, while the other three games against Egypt were drawn. China clinched the silver medals, while bronze went to Ukraine.

It's not common to start with the tail-enders but let's do that for a change. Egypt lost all its matches at the World Team Championship, but nonetheless leave an excellent impression. Without #2 Ahmed Adly and #4 Essam El Gindy they still scored 9.5 board points, and also in the last round they were close to a 2-2 against Russia. Even a 2.5-1.5 win seemed possible for a moment!

Khaled Abdel Razik played an excellent game as White against Sergey Karjakin and drew comfortably. The same result was seen on board 4, where the position exploded right after the opening:

Ian Nepomniachtchi again played a key role by beating Samy Shoker in a Pirc.

Ian Nepomniachtchi again scored the decisive win for Russia

And then everyone waited for board one to finish. What a game that was! Mohamed Ezat played a known and interesting queen sacrifice against none other than Vladimir Kramnik. Materially speaking it shouldn't be enough, but over the board it's not so easy for White. At some point it was Black who was playing for a win (it was probably winning somewhere), but in the end Kramnik held the draw. (It should be noted that with a loss for Kramnik, Russia would have finished on the same number of match points as China and Ukraine but with half a board point more.)

China and Ukraine won their last-round matches and took the silver and bronze medals respectively - China scored one board point more. The Chinese GMs defeated Turkey 3-1 with wins for Li Chao and Wang Yue against Alexander Ipatov and Baris Esen respectively. At some point all Wang had to do was free the h-pawn and run with it.

Ukraine had a tougher pairing: Armenia, who still had a theoretical chance for a medal. The games Aronian-Ivanchuk, Sargissian-Moiseenko and Areshchenko-Petrosian were all drawn, and so it was Anton Korobov who secured bronze with the following win:

USA and the Netherlands finished their "so-so" tournament (not bad, not great) with a 2-2. Nakamura-Giri and Van Wely-Kamsky ended in draws but on board three Onischuk scored for the Americans.

Ivan Sokolov levelled the score with a fine positional game and an instructive rook ending.

Hikaru Nakamura, now #3 in the world in the live rating list

Azerbaijan didn't do badly without Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Teimour Radjabov, but finished with a 1-3 loss to Germany. Here's Daniel Fridman's won on board three:

And so Russia won the tournament with 15 match points (7 wins, 1 draw, 1 loss). Both China (silver) and Ukraine (bronze) finished on 14 match points (7 wins, 2 losses) with 23 board points for China and 22 for Ukraine. 

The first World Team Championship was held in 1985. Initially it was held every four years, but since 2011 every two years. After the Soviet Union win the first two editions, Russia won gold in 1997, 2005, 2010 and now in 2013.

World Team Championship 2013 | Final standings

Rank Team Gam. + = - MP Pts. Res. SB.
1 Russia 9 7 1 1 15 23 0 126,50
2 China 9 7 0 2 14 22 0 114,00
3 Ukraine 9 7 0 2 14 21 0 119,00
4 United States of America 9 4 2 3 10 20½ 0 82,00
5 Armenia 9 4 2 3 10 20 0 79,50
6 Netherlands 9 4 1 4 9 17 0 69,75
7 Germany 9 4 0 5 8 17 0 59,50
8 Azerbaijan 9 3 1 5 7 18 0 48,50
9 Turkey 9 1 1 7 3 12 0 19,75
10 Egypt 9 0 0 9 0 0 0,00

Ukraine: third (bronze)
China: second (silver)
Russia: first (gold)
Alexander Grischuk celebrates
Team captain Yuri Dokhoian lifted up by Grischuk, Karjakin, Vitiugov and Potkin

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  • 3 jaar geleden


    there is no mate in one in that game faraz69 the 19th move was a discovered attack from bassem.

  • 3 jaar geleden


    Congratulations to the Russian Chessmen for a grand win!!!

  • 3 jaar geleden


    Поздравляю Россию с победой. А также нашу команду с призовым местом. Быть рядом с странами, в которых население в 3 и 20 раз превышает наше - настоящий феномен. 

  • 3 jaar geleden


    the egyptian player was brave enough to sacrifies his queen against a super grand master.

  • 3 jaar geleden


    I've seen this Catalan queen sac in Reassess your chess. And Amin-Nikita's KIA game was great as well. 

  • 3 jaar geleden


    US team 4th!? Really not a bad result!!

  • 3 jaar geleden


    Congrats to Russia, China and Ukraine.

    I love the Queen sacrifice of Ezat. Never expected one to use it against a super GM.

  • 3 jaar geleden


    Isn't it awesome when there's only "the last samurai" - or in this case 2 samurais. Must be amazing to play the last game where everyone is watching and all those nerves... :)

  • 3 jaar geleden


    congratulation! dream team russia

  • 3 jaar geleden


    Congratulations Russia in winning The World Team Championship 


    Thanks for the coverage, Peter.Well done job!

  • 3 jaar geleden


    Congrads to the victors.... but the United States... im sorry to say... played piss poor.... they should have been in the top 3.... smh

  • 3 jaar geleden


    Congratulation Russia.

  • 3 jaar geleden


    Chessbase write in their last round report that Nakamura "is only the third American in ratings history to enter the top three after Fischer and Kamsky" but Kamsky was never top three on any rating list.

  • 3 jaar geleden


    conratulations ukraine

  • 3 jaar geleden


    no games?

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  • 3 jaar geleden


    Ian Nepomniachtchi is rising to the top!

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  • 3 jaar geleden


    I 'm so hapy Ezat had a great game against Kramnik, for various reasons. One thing Bronstein pointed out when he was left out of the 1994 Rapid Kremlin Cup ( it used to be called something like "Tournament of Stars") is that the professional circuit's top tournaments are played by the same players, over and over, and he said, "why not let some unkown players play too? They will do well." And Ezat just proved Bronstein's point, that lesser-known players can play the game of chess as well as the "Super Stars".

    Second of all, the way he played! He sacrificed his Queen in the opening, turning a "routine" double-fiancheto opening by White into a forceful battle for the centre and the initiative. Bravo!

  • 3 jaar geleden


    China won the silver medals twice(2005,2011),now the third.



    Lucky Russia (China lost to Russia because of Yu Yangyi lost in a winning position)

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