World Team Championship in Beer Sheva, Israel Print
Tuesday, 01 November 2005 00:00
The World Team Championship reeled off in Beer Sheva, Israel with nine top teams competing in the round robin, namely Armenia, China (Asian champion men`s team and Women`s Olympiad champion) Cuba, Georgia, host Israel, Russia, Ukraine and the United States of America. Watch games live on the official web site. The World Team Championship reeled off in Beer Sheva, Israel with nine top teams competing in the round robin, namely Armenia, China (Asian champion men`s team and Women`s Olympiad champion) Cuba, Georgia, host Israel, Russia, Ukraine and the United States of America. Watch games live on the official web site.



At the opening ceremonies were, from left: Israel Chess Federation Chairman Aviv Bushinsky, Israel Chess Federation president Judge Mordechai Ben Dror, Beer Sheva Mayor Jaacov Turner, His Excellency Israel President Moshe Katzav, Ben Gurion University President Avishai Brotherman, main sponsor CEO Shimon Katzanelson of "mifaal hapis" and Organizing Committee Chairman Israel Gelfer, FIDE Vice President.

Mayor Turner, an avid chess afficionada, boasted that Beer Sheva was the Israel Cup champion and had two teams in the Israel upper league. He credited the Israeli immigration policy which has attracted a large ex-Soviet population to Beer Sheva. He predicted a bright chess future since, he said, they teach chess in schools and even have twenty kindergartens where they teach chess to 4 and 5 year olds.

President Katzav said that he was pleased with the position of Israel in world chess in the last few years and in European standings. He noted the training of chess for learning and thinking which have proven educational benefits around the world.

Ben Gurion University president Avishai Brotherman called for more emphasis on the celebration of culture and said that in the chess players they are educating lies the future of Israel.



Israel Chess Federation Chairman Aviv Bushinsky (left) about to make the ceremonial firstmove in the Israel-Armenia match between local hero GM Emil Sutovsky and GM Vladimir Akopian as Appeals Committee member Hamid Majid of Malaysia looks on.



Organizing Committee Chairman Israel Gelfer and Chief Arbiter Panagiotis Nikolopoulos conducting the Captains` meeting the night before the opening. It was agreed that the two Chinese teams should play each other in the first round. Then draw of lots were held in alphabetical order. The hotel of the participating teams is only a couple of minutes` walk to the playing hall.

  Gold Silver Bronze
1985 USSR - 37 Hungary - 34.5 England - 30.5
1989 USSR - 27.5 Yugoslavia - 22.5 England - 21.5
1993 USA - 22.5 Ukraine - 21 Russia - 20.5
1997 Russia - 23.5 USA - 23 Armenia - 21
2001 Ukraine - 21.5 Russia - 21 Armenia - 20


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