FIDE World Team Championships 2017: Round 5 Print
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 08:53

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Round 5: Team Russia Spends Free Day as a Leader.

Russia and Ukraine are ahead in the women’s tournament.

On June 21, the games of the 5th round of the World Chess Team Championships were played in Khanty-Mansiysk.

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In the men’s championship team Russia defeated Norway 3:1 (winners were Nikita Vitiugov and Vladimir Fedoseev).

Polish team beat Ukraine by the same score. Winning points were supplied by Radoslaw Wojtaszek and Grzegorz Gajewski.

India won their match against Egypt by a slim margin. Point-winner was Baskaran Adhiban.

All the games of the match Turkey – China ended in draws.

Another tied match was USA vs. Belarus.

After 5 rounds the leader is team Russia with 8 matchpoints. One step behind them are China and Poland.

In the women’s tournament teams Russia and USA were tied; all four games ended in draws.

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Another tie took place in the match Poland vs. Ukraine. Anna Ushenina’s defeat on the first board was compensated by Nataliya Buksa’s victory on the board 4.

China smashed Georgia by the score 3.5 to 0.5.

Azerbaijan lost to Vietnam 1.5 to 2.5.

India defeated Egypt 3:1. The star of the loser team was Shrook Wafa who had won her game against Dronavalli Harika.

As before, the leaders are Russia and Ukraine with 8 matchpoints each. India trails them by a point.

Thursday, June 22 is a free day on both championships.

6th round pairings are:

Belarus – Norway, Poland – Russia, China – Ukraine, India –Turkey, USA - Egypt

Ukraine – Azerbaijan, Georgia – Vietnam, USA – China, India – Russia, Poland – Egypt.


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Round 4: Russia and China Lead a Tournament Race on the World Team Championship

Russia and Ukraine are at the top of the women’s competition table.

On June 20, the games of the 4th Round of the World Chess Team Championships were played in Khanty-Mansiysk.

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In the men’s event Russia beat Belarus 3:1 (the winners were Ian Nepomniachtchi and Maksim Matlakov).

China blew out Egypt 3.5 to 0.5; Yu Yangyi, Wei Yi and Li Chao scored.

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Team Turkey created another sensation: they defeated leaders from Poland by a slim margin. In the only decisive game Emre Can outplayed Mateusz Bartel.

Ukrainians beat Norway; winning points were supplied by Alexander Moiseenko and Martyn Kravtsiv.

India defeated team USA by a big score (the winners were Baskaran Adhiban, Krishnan Sasikiran and Parimarjan Negi, while Santosh Vidit drew).

After four rounds the leaders are Russia and China with 7 match points each; Turkey and Poland trail by one step.

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The winner of the pivotal confrontation Georgia vs. Russia was the “home team” with the score 2.5 to 1.5. Scorers were Alexandra Kosteniuk and Ekaterina Lagno, Aleksandra Goryachkina drew and Valentina Gunina lost her game.

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Ukraine defeated Vietnam 3:1; winning points were supplied by Anna Ushenina and Nataliya Buksa.

India won their match against Poland 2.5 to 1.5 thanks to Padmini Rout’s victory.

Team USA outplayed Egypt 3.5 to 0.5.

Team Azerbaijan made their supporters’ day once again by tying their match against China.

After four rounds Russia and Ukraine have 7 match points each, with India trailing by two points.

Fifth round pairings are:

USA – Belarus, Egypt – India, Turkey – China, Ukraine – Poland, Russia - Norway

Poland – Ukraine, Egypt – India, Russia – USA, China – Georgia, Vietnam - Azerbaijan

Official website of the Championship:

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Round 3: Poland Leads the World Team Championship

In the women’s tournament Ukraine caught up with Russia.

On June 19, the matches of the 3rd round of the World Team Championships were played in Khanty-Mansiysk.

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In the men’s tournament the leaders, team Poland, defeated Egypt three to one (the winners were Radoslaw Wojtaszek and Jan Krzisztof Duda, the other two games were drawn).

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Russia won the match against Ukraine by a slim margin. The victory was supplied by Jan Nepomniachtchti, who had beaten Anton Korobov on the 2nd board.

Team India defeated Belarus 2.5:1.5. The star of the match was Baskaran Adhiban who won his game against Vladislav Kovalev.

With the same score Turkey beat Norway. The winning point was supplied by Vahap Sanal.

All the games of the match USA vs. China ended in draws.

After 3 rounds team Poland never dropped a single point. Russia and China trail by a matchpoint.

In the women’s championship Russia tied their match against Azerbaijan: Valentina Gunina’ loss on the second board had been balanced out by Olga Girya’s win on the fourth.

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Team Ukraine defeated India; the scorer was Inna Gaponenko.

Match Poland – USA was also tied. The winner for Poland was Klaudia Kulon, and Sabina-Franceska Foisor scored for team USA.

Team China defeated Vietnam 2.5 to 1.5 (Ju Weijun and Lei Tingjie won their games, Guo Qi drew and Tan Zhongyi lost).

Georgians blew out Egypt 4:0.

The leaders after round 3 are Russia and Ukraine with 5 matchpoints each. Georgia and Poland are one step behind them.

Round 4 pairings are:
Belarus – Russia, Norway – Ukraine, Poland – Turkey, China – Egypt, India - USA

Ukraine – Vietnam, Azerbaijan – China, Georgia - Russia, USA – Egypt, India - Poland

Official website of the Championship:

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China and Poland Lead in the World Championship Race

Russian team heads the table of the women’s tournament.

The second round of the Team World Championships took place in Khanty-Mansiysk on June 18.

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The guest of honor of this round was the Governor of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra Natalya Komarova who, together with FIDE Vice-President Javier Ochoa, gave a start to the women’s match between Russia and Vietnam. After that the head of the Okrug made the first symbolic move in the game Svidler – Solak (Russia vs. Turkey match).

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Following that, the Governor of Ugra Natalya Komarova, President of the Russian Chess Federation, FIDE Vice-President Andrey Filatov, President of Ugra Chess Federation Vasily Filipenko and Director of the Department of Physical Culture and Sports of Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug - Ugra Igor Gubkin visited the rapid chess tournament held as part of the World Championships.

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In the men’s event team China defeated India 2.5 to 1.5. The scorer for the winners was Yu Yangyi.

The USA lost to Poland by a hair. The winning point was supplied by Radoslaw Wojtaszek who beat Samuel Shankland on the first board.

Norway won against Egypt 2.5 to 1.5 (Frode Urkedal and Johan Salomon won their games, Aryan Tari drew and Lars Hauge lost).

Matches Russia vs. Turkey and Belarus vs. Ukraine were both tied.

After two rounds the leaders are China and Poland. Both teams have 4 match points with Russia trailing by a point.

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In the women’s tournament Russian team beat Vietnam 3:1. The winners were Valentina Gunina and Aleksandra Goryachkina.

Match Ukraine vs. China was tied: Natalia Zhukova’s loss to the World Champion Tan Zhongyi on the second board was balanced out by Inna Gaponenko’s win against Lei Tingjie on the third.

Georgia and Poland were also tied; all the games were scored.

Team India defeated the USA 2.5 to 1.5; the scorer was Tania Suchdev who beat Sabina-Francesca Foisor.

Azerbaijan zipped Egypt 4:0.

After two rounds the Russian team scored maximum number of points with Poland, India and Ukraine trailing by a match point.

Third round pairings are:

India – Belarus, USA – China, Egypt – Poland, Turkey – Norway, Ukraine - Russia

India – Ukraine, Poland – USA, Egypt – Georgia, Russia – Azerbaijan, China – Vietnam.

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Round 1 of FIDE World Chess Team Championships was played on June 17 in Khanty-Mansiysk.

A surprising result in the men’s tournament was a draw in the match Turkey vs. Ukraine. In the pivotal confrontation Russian ladies defeated team China.

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The first symbolic move in the starting round of the Women’s Team Championship was made on Alexandra Kosteniuk’s behalf by the Deputy Governor of Ugra Mr. Vsevolod Koltsov. A similar “pawn face-off” in the game between Ian Nepomniachtchi and the Egyptian chess player Hesham Abdelrahman was jointly made by President of Ugra Chess Federation Vasily Filipenko and FIDE Vice-President Javier Ochoa.

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In the men’s tournament team, Russia defeated Egypt 3.5 to 0.5. Scorers were Nikita Vitiugov, Maxim Matlakov and Vladimir Fedoseev; the game between Hesham and Nepomniachtchi was drawn.

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Team China defeated Belarus with the same score (Yu Yangyi, Wei Yi and Li Chao won their games, and Ding Liren drew against Sergey Zhigalko).

Varuzhan Akobian’s victory on the third board helped team USA beat Norway 2.5 to 1.5.

Poland defeated Indian team by a hair (Yan Krzysztof Duda and Kacper Piorun scored for them, Radoslaw Wojtaszek lost and Mateusz Bartel drew).

A surprise of the start was a draw in the match Turkey vs. Ukraine: all four games were drawn.

In the pivotal match of the women’s championship Russia beat China 3 to 1. Alexandra Kosteniuk, Kateryna Lagno and Valentina Gunina scored, and Olga Girya lost her game.

Team Ukraine defeated USA 2.5 to 1.5 (the winning point was supplied by Iulija Osmak on the 4th board).

Polish ladies won their match against Azerbaijan by a big score. The winners for Poland were Monika Socko, Klaudia Kulon and Joanna Majdan.

Team Vietnam defeated Egypt four to nothing.

Match India vs. Georgia was drawn. First and fourth boards exchanged blows: Harika Dronavalli won her game against Nana Dzagnidze and Nino Batsiashvili defeated Vijayalakshmi Subbaraman.

Second round pairings are:


Belarus – Ukraine, Russia–Turkey, Norway – Egypt, Poland – USA, China - India


Ukraine – China, Vietnam – Russia, Azerbaijan – Egypt, Georgia – Poland, USA – India.

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The Opening Ceremony for FIDE Open and Women’s World Team Chess Championships took place in the capital of Ugra. For the first time in the history of chess, both events will be held at the same time and in the same place from June 16 to June 27, 2017.

Grand opening ceremony was staged in the CTC “Ugra-Classic” that is already familiar to many chessplayers.

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The official part of the event was opened by Governor of Ugra Ms. Natalya Komarova. First of all, the Head of the region read out the welcome letter of the President of Russian Federation. Siding with Vladimir Putin, she shared the people of Ugra’s feelings about this event: “We host a chess tournament of this level for the first time. The integration of two championships creates fantastic good vibrations for participants, supporters and organizers. We are grateful to FIDE for this decision. I think that you are going to be surprised with our summer that is much warmer than in many European cities of our country. I hope that you will manage to surprise us, your fans, with new combinations, brilliant moves and fine play. Let the strongest win! Welcome to Ugra!”

FIDE Vice-President Boris Kutin also greeted all the teams and their supporters: “I am simply very pleased to say the words “Welcome to Khanty-Mansiysk” because I have already lost count of my visits here. This is a small city with a great heart! Khanty-Mansiysk is a number one city in the world of chess!"

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President of the Russian Chess Federation, FIDE Vice-President Andrey Filatov expressed his gratitude to FIDE, Ugra and personally to Natalya Komarova: “Thank you ever so much! I agree with my colleague Mr. Kutin, for Khanty-Mansiysk is a great heart indeed. Thank you for your hospitality and all this cordiality we have already felt!” Boris Kutin pronounced main words of the night: “I declare the FIDE World Chess Team Championships open!”

A final and most expected moment of the official part was tournament pairing. Actors dressed as shamans of indigenous northern peoples in the course of their mystical dance have passed their main attributes, 10 shaman drums where the numbers were hidden, to other actors dressed as pawns. Then those souls of chess, as chess theoretician François-André Philidor used to call them, stood in line waiting to be chosen by a representative of a participating team. The number on the national musical instrument indicated the team’s position in the tournament table.

Teams were arranged as follows:

Open: 1. China, 2. India, 3. USA, 4. Egypt, 5. Turkey, 6. Ukraine, 7. Russia, 8. Norway, 9. Poland, 10. Belarus.

Round 1 pairs:

China - Belarus, India - Poland, USA - Norway, Egypt - Russia, Turkey - Ukraine.

Women: 1. USA, 2. India, 3. Poland, 4. Egypt, 5. Russia, 6. China, 7. Vietnam, 8. Azerbaijan, 9. Georgia, 10. Ukraine.

Round 1 pairs:

USA - Ukraine, India - Georgia, Poland - Azerbaijan, Egypt - Vietnam, Russia - China.

In the final part of the ceremony, the Okrug’s main theater scene was given to professional musicians and dancing groups that presented their colorful numbers.

Let us remind you that first games of the championships will be played on Saturday, June 17, at 15:00.

Official website:

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