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Sunday, 10 May 2020 07:43
FIDE Chess.com Online Nations Cup: Schedule and Results

 

The Superfinal match China - USA ended in a draw 2-2 but it was enough for China as the team won the round-robin stage. Congratulations!

Ding Liren ½ - ½ Hikaru Nakamura
Wei Yi 0-1 Fabiano Caruana
Yu Yangyi 1-0 Wesley So
Hou Yifan ½ - ½ Irina Krush

The tournament takes place May 5-11, 2020. The group stage runs May 5-9, with two rounds per day. The Superfinal is played on May 10. The games start 15:00 CEST / 9 a.m. Eastern / 6 a.m. Pacific.

China and the USA qualified for the Superfinal.

FIDE Chess.com Online Nations Cup pairings and results:

May 05, 2020

Round 01

Round 02

May 06, 2020

Round 03

Round 04

May 07, 2020

Round 05

Round 06

May 08, 2020

Round 07

Round 08

May 09, 2020

Round 09

Round 10

Teams

China, with an average rating of 2717, is followed in the initial ranking by Europe (2687), Russia (2662), USA (2641), India (2605), and the "Rest of the World" team (2597).

The Chinese team is headed by Ding Liren and Wang Hao, the world's numbers three and twelve respectively. They are two of the eight players who are currently a part of the Candidates tournament - the final stage which decides who will be the finalist in the World Championship Match. But the main news is the return of Hou Yifan to the Chinese national team. The four-time World Champion is a former prodigy and the youngest female player ever to achieve the Grandmaster title. Two years ago Hou won the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford University and put her career on hold, but she is still the highest-ranked female player in ranking. Hou Yifan's temporary return to the board might imply that the reigning Women's World Champion, Ju Wenjun, is sent to the bench.

CHINA

 

 

Captain: Ye Jiangchuan

Std.

Rpd.

Ding Liren

2791

2836

Wang Hao

2763

2750

Wei Yi

2732

2752

Hou Yifan

2658

2621

Yu Yangyi

2709

2738

Ju Wenjun

2560

2610

 

2.702,17

2.717,83


Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, from France, will be leading a super-strong European team that also includes Levon Aronian, Anish Giri, and Anna Muzychuk, with Jan-Krzysztof Duda and Nana Dzagnidze as reserve players. But even the best players of the moment are slightly overshadowed when the team captain is a living legend like Garry Kasparov. The multiple-time world champion, who ruled the world of chess for two decades, put an end to his career in 2005 and has barely taken part in any competitive chess activity ever since. His presence in this event, even if only as a team captain, has been a pleasant surprise to chess fans all over the world.  

EUROPE

 

 

Captain: Garry Kasparov

Std.

Rpd.

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

2778

2860

Levon Aronian

2773

2778

Anish Giri

2764

2731

Anna Muzychuk

2535

2533

Jan-Krzysztof Duda

2753

2774

Nana Dzagnidze

2524

2447

 

2.687,83

2.687,17


Russia no longer dominates the chess world as it once did, but even with the absence of some important players - like Alexander Grischuk and Kateryna Largo - the Russian team cannot be ruled out as a possible winner. Ian Nepomniachtchi has proven to be in great shape recently, and he will be defending the first board, along with Vladislav Artemiev, Sergey Karjakin, and Aleksandra Goryachkina. With Dmitry Andreikin and Olga Girya as reserve players, Russian is still a formidable rival, with great team spirit.  

RUSSIA

 

 

Captain: Alexander Motylev

Std.

Rpd.

Ian Nepomniachtchi

2784

2778

Vladislav Artemiev

2716

2769

Sergey Karjakin

2752

2709

Aleksandra Goryachkina

2582

2502

Dmitry Andreikin

2726

2740

Olga Girya

2469

2471

 

2.671,50

2.661,50


The USA, winners of the 2016 Olympiad, brings to the competition all their top guns, starting with the world's number two Fabiano Caruana. With him, Hikaru Nakamura, who is considered one of the biggest specialists in fast time controls, and the Fischer Random World Champion Wesley So. The team is completed by two experienced female players - Irina Krush and Anna Zatonskih, plus the Cuban-born Leinier Dominguez, who has represented the US Chess Federation since 2018.  

USA

 

 

Captain: John Donaldson

Std.

Rpd.

Fabiano Caruana

2835

2773

Hikaru Nakamura

2736

2829

Wesley So

2770

2741

Irina Krush

2429

2392

Leinier Dominguez Perez

2758

2786

Anna Zatonskih

2420

2327

 

2.658,00

2.641,33


India will be led one more time by the legendary Viswanathan Anand who, despite having reached the age of 50 in November, is still one among the top 15 players in the world - and remains as dangerous as ever when it comes to rapid play. It is a bit paradoxical that the average age of this team is the highest in the event when India is producing more young chess prodigies than any other country in the world. But the young Indian cubs are not ready yet to make it into the national team: the generational changeover will have to wait a bit more.  

INDIA

 

 

Adviser to the team:
Vladimir Kramnik

Std.

Rpd.

Viswanathan Anand

2753

2751

Vidit Gujrathi

2726

2636

Pentala Harikrishna

2719

2690

Humpy Koneru

2586

2483

Adhiban Baskaran

2659

2624

Harika Dronavalli

2515

2450

 

2.659,67

2.605,67


The "Rest of the World Team" is, as it would be expected, the most colorful one, including players from Azerbaijan, Iran, Egypt, Peru, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan. On top of the list, the winner of the 2019 FIDE World Cup, Teimour Radjabov. With him, one of the main attractions of the event, the 16-year-old prodigy from Iran, Alireza Firouzja. The teenager is developing a rivalry with the World Champion Magnus Carlsen that is becoming more and more serious by the day, and probably all eyes will be on him, as he will be taking on some of the very top players in the world during this event. The team also features the best African player of all times, Bassem Amin, one of the biggest talents from South America, Jorge Cori, a former Women's World Champion, Mariya Muzychuk, and the Kazakhstani star Dinara Saduakassova. The FIDE President, Arkady Dvorkovich, will be acting as a captain for this team.

REST OF THE WORLD

 

 

Captain: Arkady Dvorkovich

Std.

Rpd.

Teimour Radjabov

2765

2758

Alireza Firouzja

2728

2703

Bassem Amin

2686

2608

Mariya Muzychuk

2544

2506

Jorge Cori

2652

2599

Dinara Saduakassova

2500

2412

 

2.645,83

2.597,67


The tournament will be broadcast live across multiple outlets including FIDE's and Chess.com's own channels across Twitch, YouTube, Mixer, Twitter, and other international streaming platforms. With an estimated audience of several million worldwide, commentary by chess experts will be conducted in multiple languages, including English, Spanish, Russian, Mandarin, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Turkish, and Polish.

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