THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA BEATS CHINA

The second round of the World Team Championships produces a major upset, as the American men’s team beats China. This result leads to a complete redistribution of roles before the big match China-Russia on Thursday.

A Team World Championship usually means that several teams have to travel around the globe to reach the host country. This event is no exception, some players may find it difficult to take their mark. The Egyptian teams for instance have to adjust to a radical climate difference, and so far both had basically no chance against stronger opponents. In the second round, the men’s team lost 3-1 against Russia, while the women suffered their second 4-0, this time against the Ukraine. It is true that India is not favoured either by the cold weather in Astana. However, as Baskaran Adhiban noted in his after-game interview ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWSfyKesWkg ), most of his teammates came directly from the Aeroflot Open in Moscow and therefore got used to freezing temperatures beforehand. The Indian leader won a good game against the junior World Champion Parham Maghsoodloo, but his team had to settle for a draw with Iran.

Speaking about adjustment, jet lag is clearly an issue for players from the United States of America. Yet, they do not seem to feel any effect and created a huge surprise in the second round by defeating China 2,5-1,5. Aleksandr Lenderman won his game on board 4 against Ni Hua, whereas the other encounters ended in a draw. The last game to finish was particularly tragic, as Wei Yi missed several chances to decide the game in his favour against Alexander Onischuk. The match winner gives his impressions at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlXIITgWA28 . The United States of America has scored two victories so far, as Russia and England, who overcame Azerbaijan 2,5-1,5. In the fifth match of the day, Kazakhstan pleased their fans thanks to a comfortable 3-1 against Sweden.

The star match of the day in the women’s section featured China against Georgia. Even though both teams do not compete in their optimal line-up in Astana, they represent hot contenders for the medal. Former women world champion Tan Zhongyi scored the decisive win on board one against Bela Khotenashvili, when all other games had previously been drawn. They thus lead together with Russia, who scored a large 3,5-0,5 victory against Armenia. The young US team beat Hungary 3-1, while India got slightly lucky to escape with a draw against Kazakhstan, as Zhansaya Abdumalik explains in her interview – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWGDYncEzgc .

All videos and livestreams can be viewed on the FIDE YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/fidechannel/videos . The program of the third round promises two breathtaking matches in the open section, Russia-China and England-USA. In the encounter between both rating favourites of the event, the Chinese team might already consider this encounter as a last chance to fight for the gold medal.  Games start on Thursady March 7th at 3 pm. Live commentary can be followed in English and Russian on the official website – http://kazchess.kz/world_astana2019/ .

Results of day 2, and current standings

FIDE World Team Championship 2019

Open section

Round 2, 2019/03/06

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2.1    10      Sweden                                              1 – 3          6        Kazakhstan

1       GM    Grandelius Nils                      2694    ½ : ½         GM    Jumabayev Rinat                  2609

2       GM    Tikkanen Hans                       2510    0 : 1          GM    Ismagambetov Anuar           2545

3       GM    Blomqvist Erik                        2488    0 : 1          GM    Kazhgaleyev Murtas             2587

4       GM    Smith Axel                              2487    ½ : ½         IM     Makhnev Denis                     2476

2.2    7        Azerbaijan                                         1½ – 2½     5        England

1       GM    Naiditsch Arkadij                   2710    1 : 0          GM    Adams Michael                     2708

2       GM    Mamedov Rauf                      2701    0 : 1          GM    Mcshane Luke J                     2661

3       GM    Guseinov Gadir                      2664    ½ : ½         GM    Howell David W L                  2693

4       GM    Safarli Eltaj                             2662    0 : 1          GM    Jones Gawain C B                  2681

2.3    8        United States of America                  2½ – 1½     4        China

1       GM    Swiercz Dariusz                      2655    ½ : ½         GM    Ding Liren                              2812

2       GM    Sevian Samuel                        2642    ½ : ½         GM    Yu Yangyi                              2761

3       GM    Onischuk Alexander              2647    ½ : ½         GM    Wei Yi                                    2733

4       GM    Lenderman Aleksandr           2637    1 : 0          GM    Ni Hua                                   2683

2.4    9        Russia                                                3 – 1          3        Egypt

1       GM    Karjakin Sergey                      2753    1 : 0          GM    Amin Bassem                        2709

2       GM    Grischuk Alexander               2771    ½ : ½         GM    Adly Ahmed                          2611

3       GM    Andreikin Dmitry                   2725    ½ : ½         IM     Fawzy Adham                       2461

4       GM    Artemiev Vladislav                 2736    1 : 0          GM    Hesham Abdelrahman         2450

2.5    1        India                                                   2 – 2          2        Iran

1       GM    Adhiban B.                             2683    1 : 0          GM    Maghsoodloo Parham          2673

2       GM    Sasikiran Krishnan                 2678    0 : 1          GM    Idani Pouya                           2604

3       GM    Ganguly Surya Shekhar          2633    ½ : ½         GM    Tabatabaei M.Amin              2600

4       GM    Sethuraman S.P.                    2637    ½ : ½         GM    Firouzja Alireza                     2657

Standings after round 2:

 

1-2. Russia & USA 4 (5,5)

  1. England 4 (5)
  2. India 3 (5,5)
  3. China 2 (5)
  4. Kazakhstan 2 (4,5)
  5. Iran 1 (3,5)

8-9. Azerbaijan & Egypt 0 (2)

  1. Sweden 0 (1,5)

FIDE Women’s World Team Championship 2019

Women’s section

Round 2, on 2019/03/06

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

2.1    10         Egypt                                              0 – 4       6           Ukraine

1       WGM    Wafa Shahenda                 2175    0 : 1       GM       Muzychuk Anna         2555

2       WGM    Wafa Shrook                      2166    0 : 1       GM       Ushenina Anna         2443

3       WIM     Moaataz Ayah                    2036    0 : 1       IM         Gaponenko Inna         2427

4       WIM     Elansary Eman                    1944    0 : 1       IM         Buksa Nataliya         2416

2.2    7           Hungary                                         1 – 3       5           United States of America

1       GM       Hoang Thanh Trang            2454    ½ : ½      WGM    Abrahamyan Tatev         2377

2       IM         Gara Anita                          2384    ½ : ½      WGM    Nemcova Katerina         2315

3       WGM    Gara Ticia                           2324    0 : 1       FM        Yip Carissa         2279

4       WIM     Terbe Julianna                   2306    0 : 1       WCM    Wu Rochelle         2120

2.3    8           Georgia                                          1½ – 2½ 4           China

1       GM       Khotenashvili Bela             2474    0 : 1       GM       Tan Zhongyi         2513

2       IM         Arabdize Meri                    2392    ½ : ½      IM         Shen Yang         2453

3       IM         Javakhishvili Lela                2455    ½ : ½      WGM    Huang Qian         2441

4       GM       Batsiashvili Nino                2454    ½ : ½      GM       Lei Tingjie         2477

2.4    9           Kazakhstan                                    2 – 2       3           India

1       IM         Abdumalik Zhansaya          2469    ½ : ½      IM         Karavade Eesha         2357

2       IM         Saduakasova Dinara         2462    ½ : ½      WGM    Soumya Swaminathan         2401

3       FM        Assaubayeva Bibisara        2374    1 : 0       IM         Padmini Rout         2332

4       WIM     Dauletova Gulmira             2263    0 : 1       WGM    Kulkarni Bhakti         2322

2.5    1           Armenia                                         ½ – 3½   2           Russia

1       GM       Danielian Elina                   2402    0 : 1       GM       Lagno Kateryna         2559

2       IM         Mkrtchian Lilit                    2390    ½ : ½      GM       Gunina Valentina         2515

3       WFM    Sargsyan Anna M.              2340    0 : 1       GM       Goryachkina Aleksandra         2504

4       WIM     Ghukasyan Siranush          2221    0 : 1       WGM    Girya Olga         2456

Standing after round 2:

  1. Russia 4 (6,5)
  2. China 4 (6)
  3. Ukraine 3 (6)
  4. USA 3 (5)
  5. Armenia 2 (4,5)
  6. India 2 (4)
  7. Georgia 1 (3,5)
  8. Kazakhstan 1 (3)
  9. Hungary 0 (1,5)
  10. Egypt 0 (0)

Preview of Round 3

 

FIDE World Team Championship 2019

Open section

Round 3 on 2019/03/07 at 15.00

 

Iran – Sweden

Egypt – India

China – Russia

England – United States of America

Kazakhstan – Azerbaijan

 

FIDE World Team Championship 2019

Women section

Round 3 on 2019/03/07 at 15.00

 

Russia – Egypt

India – Armenia

China – Kazakhstan

United States of America – Georgia

Ukraine – Hungary

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