Russia stumbles but remains in the lead

A free day in chess is never easy to deal with. Players in good shape risk getting out of rhythm, whereas players in bad shape meditate endlessly on their misfortune. In other words, a surprise is likely to happen.

 

In the 6th round of the World Team Championships, this materialised into an unexpected draw by Russia against the off-form team from Azerbaijan. It could in fact have been worse for the leader of the open section. Ian Nepomniachtchi escaped from a very dangerous position against Rauf Mamedov, as he explains at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfHaZmGC3Ik . The equalizer was scored by Arkady Naiditsch, who inflicted a painful second defeat in a row to Sergey Karjakin on board 1. You will certainly appreciate his sense of humour in the post-match interview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPnCYbSUZJc .

Sergey Karjakin (RUS)
Grischuk Alexander (RUS)
Serik Sapiyev, Olympic Champion 2012 in boxing, Chairman of the Sports Committee in Kazakhstan
Women match RUS - USA

Russia’s direct pursuers England and India convincingly beat Iran and Kazakhstan respectively, and are closing in on the ranking ( http://wteams.astana2019.fide.com/en/elementor-6833/ ). China’s misery goes on, as the pre-tournament favourite was held to a draw by Egypt, which incidentally scored its first point in the event. GM Ahmed Adly won a very instructive game which he comments in a press conference https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAm9qULtqSc .

Almost all matches in the women section ended in close victories for the favourites, so that China maintains its perfect score. “Miss 100%” aka Alexandra Goryachkina scored the decisive point for her team, and gives her impression in an short interview in Russian https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxHvPfW7Ujg . All individual results and current ranking can be found at http://wteams.astana2019.fide.com/en/elementor-6842/ .

The seventh round will start on Tuesday March 12th 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 7

FIDE World Team Championship 2019
Open section
Round 7, 2019/03/12 at 15.00

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

FIDE World Team Championship 2019
Women section
Round 7, 2019/03/12 at 15.00

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

 

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.

Match RUS- AZE
Ni Hua (CHN)
Match IRI - ENG
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