EVENTFUL DAY AT THE WORLD TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS

Plenty of things happened today at the Astana International Financial Centre, at and besides the chess board. Russia and China cruise through in the women section, while all leading teams drew in the open section.

But let’s start our report by the famous “Ladies first!” The organizers celebrated women’s day by exhibiting a large bunch of roses, from which every female participant could chose to take a piece. The youngest participant of the event, American Rochelle Wu, celebrated her 13th birthday today. She received a present which will remain as a nice souvenir of her trip to Kazakhstan.


As a coincidence, both encounters between the United States of America and Kazakhstan took place today. The Kazakh ladies rose to the occasion and scored their first match victory, whereas the men’s encounter ended in a draw. 2-2 was actually the score of both other top matches in the open section, Russia-England and India-China. Thus, nothing changed at the top of the standings. Bottom seed Sweden celebrated a first victory by dominating Azerbaijan 3-1, and Iran won on the same score against Egypt. You will find all individual results and the standings at http://wteams.astana2019.fide.com/en/elementor-6833/ .
As expected, Russia and China dominate the women section and have won all their matches.

All eyes will be turned to their direct encounter tomorrow! The top match of the day between Georgia and Ukraine was hard-fought and eventually tied, which means that Ukraine still occupies the 3rd place. Finally, Hungary had trouble beating Egypt and eventually did so by the smallest margin. More details are available at http://wteams.astana2019.fide.com/en/elementor-6842/ .

The fifth round will start on Saturday March 9th at 3 pm in the Astana International Financial Centre. Live commentary in English and Russian can be followed at http://kazchess.kz/world_astana2019/ .

 

Preview of Round 5

 FIDE World Team Championship 2019

Open section

Round 5, 2019/03/09 at 15.00

 

Kazakhstan – Russia
Egypt – Sweden
England- India
China – Iran
Azerbaijan – United States of America

 

FIDE World Team Championship 2019
Women section

Round 5, 2019/03/09 at 15.00

 China – Russia
India – Egypt
United States of America – Armenia
Ukraine – Kazakhstan
Hungary – Georgia

General sponsor of the World Championships – ERG “Eurasian Resources Group”
General partner of the World Championships – Samruk Kazyna
Partner of the World Championships – Astana International Financial Centre.

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