FIRST MOVES AT THE WORLD TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS

The most prestigious team event in 2019 has been launched today in Astana. FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich played the symbolic starting move in the match between Russia and the host nation Kazakhstan. All main favourites prevailed in both sections, and only minor upsets occurred in the first round.

The Astana International Financial Centre World Team has opened its doors to the World Team Championships 2019. This impressive modern complex has been inaugurated in July 2018 and is perfectly suited to host an event of such dimension. FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich symbolically executed the first move on behalf on his fellow countrywoman Kateryna Lagno in her game against Zhansaya Abdumalik. This match had been announced as the highlight of the first round in the women section, and it definitely kept its promises. The young and ambitious Kazakh team maintained the tension until the fourth hour of play. The key game was certainly the one launched by the FIDE President. 19-year old Abdumalik had the women blitz world champion from Russia on the ropes, but let her advantageous position go out of control and eventually lost. 3-1 is a harsh score, but this defeat will certainly serve as a valuable experience. The other favourite, China, comfortably won 3,5-0,5 against Hungary, whereas India and Georgia tied their match. The only real shock of the day was the 2-2 garnered by the United States of America against the experienced Ukrainian team. And it could even have been better, had the young Rochelle Wu converted her winning position at the very end of the game.

The preview of the open section announced a duel for the first place between China and Russia. Both teams fulfilled their duty by winning their respective matches. In the absence of their two leaders Mamedyarov and Radjabov, Azerbaijan never really stood a chance and lost 3,5-0,5 to China. The Russian had the tricky task to start against the talented Iranian team, but they scored a solid 2,5-1,5 victory. Vladislav Artemiev celebrated his first selection in his national team on his 21st birthday with a smooth win! England won a close match against Kazakhstan despite the unexpected defeat of their leader Michael Adams against Rinat Jumabayev. In the other two matches of the day, the United States of America beat Egypt 3-1, and India defeated Sweden 3,5-0,5.

The second round will start on Wednesday March 6th at 3 pm. Live commentary can be followed in English and Russian on the official website – http://kazchess.kz/world_astana2019/ 

Results of the first day

 

FIDE World Team Championship 2019

Open section

Round 1 on 2019/03/05 at 15.00

 

           

1.1    1        India                                                               3½ – ½       10     Sweden

1       GM    Adhiban B.                                          2683    1 : 0          GM   Grandelius Nils  2694

2       GM    Sasikiran Krishnan                              2678    ½ : ½         GM   Blomqvist Erik  2488

3       GM    Ganguly Surya Shekhar                      2633    1 : 0          GM   Smith Axel 2487

4       GM    Sethuraman S.P.                                 2637    1 : 0          IM     Johansson Linus 2479

 

 

1.2    2        Iran                                                                 1½ – 2½     9       Russia

1       GM    Maghsoodloo Parham                       2673    ½ : ½         GM   Karjakin Sergey       2753

2       GM    Idani Pouya                                        2604    ½ : ½         GM   Nepomniachtchi Ian   2771

3       GM    Tabatabaei M.Amin                           2600    ½ : ½         GM   Andreikin Dmitry       2725

4       GM    Firouzja Alireza                                  2657    0 : 1          GM   Artemiev Vladislav   2736

 

 

1.3    3        Egypt                                                              1 – 3          8       United States of America

1       GM    Amin Bassem                                      2709    0 : 1          GM   Swiercz Dariusz      2655

2       GM    Adly Ahmed                                        2611    ½ : ½         GM   Sevian Samuel      2642

3       IM     Fawzy Adham                                     2461    ½ : ½         GM   Onischuk Alexander 2647

4       GM    Hesham Abdelrahman                       2450    0 : 1          GM   Izoria Zviad 2603

 

 

1.4    4        China                                                              3½ – ½       7       Azerbaijan

1       GM    Ding Liren                                           2812    1 : 0          GM   Mamedov Rauf 2701

2       GM    Yu Yangyi                                            2761    1 : 0          GM   Guseinov Gadir         2664

3       GM    Wei Yi                                                 2733    1 : 0          GM   Safarli Eltaj 2662

4       GM    Bu Xiangzhi                                         2731    ½ : ½         GM   Abasov Nijat 2627

 

 

1.5    5        England                                                          2½ – 1½     6       Kazakhstan

1       GM    Adams Michael                                  2708    0 : 1          GM   Jumabayev Rinat 2609

2       GM    Mcshane Luke J                                  2661    ½ : ½         GM   Ismagambetov Anuar        2545

3       GM    Howell David W L                               2693    1 : 0          IM     Makhnev Denis         2476

4       GM    Jones Gawain C B                               2681    1 : 0          GM   Kostenko Petr  2466

                            

                              

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                              

FIDE Women’s World Team Championship 2019

Women section

Round 1 on 2019/03/05 at 15.00

 

                                                                                                      

                                                                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                                                           

1.1       1           Armenia                                                       4 – 0         10         Egypt

1          IM         Mkrtchian Lilit                                  2390    1 : 0         WGM   Wafa Shahenda 2175

2          WFM    Sargsyan Anna M.                            2340    1 : 0         WGM   Wafa Shrook 2166

3          WIM     Gevorgyan Maria                             2264    1 : 0         WIM     Moaataz Ayah 2036

4          WIM     Ghukasyan Siranush                        2221    1 : 0         WIM     Elansary Eman 1944

 

 

1.2       2           Russia                                                           3 – 1         9           Kazakhstan

1          GM       Lagno Kateryna                                2559    1 : 0         IM         Abdumalik Zhansaya 2469

2          GM       Kosteniuk Alexandra                        2545    ½ : ½       IM         Saduakassova Dinara 2462

3          GM       Gunina Valentina                             2515    ½ : ½       FM        Assaubayeva Bibisara 2374

4          GM       Goryachkina Aleksandra                  2504    1 : 0         IM         Nakhbayeva Guliskhan 2295

 

 

1.3       3           India                                                             2 – 2         8           Georgia

1          IM         Karavade Eesha                                2357    ½ : ½       GM       Khotenashvili Bela 2474

2          WGM    Soumya Swaminathan                     2401    1 : 0         IM         Arabdize Meri 2392

3          IM         Padmini Rout                                   2332    0 : 1         GM       Batsiashvili Nino 2454

4          WGM    Kulkarni Bhakti                                 2322    ½ : ½       IM         Melia Salome 2385

 

 

1.4       4           China                                                            3½ – ½     7           Hungary

1          GM       Tan Zhongyi                                      2513    1 : 0         GM       Hoang Thanh Trang2454

2          WGM    Huang Qian                                      2441    1 : 0         IM         Gara Anita 2384

3          GM       Lei Tingjie                                         2477    1 : 0         WGM   Gara Ticia 2324

4          WGM    Ding Yixin                                         2432    ½ : ½       WIM     Havanecz Bianka 2270

 

 

1.5       5           United States of America                            2 – 2         6           Ukraine

1          WGM    Abrahamyan Tatev                          2377    0 : 1         GM       Muzychuk Mariya 2560

2          FM        Yip Carissa                                        2279    1 : 0         GM       Ushenina Anna 2443

3          WGM    Foisor Sabina-Francesca                  2276    ½ : ½       IM         Gaponenko Inna 2427

4          WCM    Wu Rochelle                                     2120    ½ : ½       IM         Buksa Nataliya 2416

 

 

Preview of Round 2

 

FIDE World Team Championship 2019

Open section

Round 2 on 2019/03/06 at 15.00

 

Sweden – Kazakhstan

Azerbaijan – England

United States of America – China

Russia – Egypt

India – Iran

 

FIDE World Team Championship 2019

Women section

Round 2 on 2019/03/06 at 15.00

 

Egypt – Ukraine

Hungary – United States of America

Georgia – China

Kazakhstan – India

Armenia – Russia

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