Egypt went down fighting when they played England in their match in round 7. This was during the World Teams Championship currently going on in Astana, Kazakhstan.
Amin Bassem scored the first win for the team when he defeated British Champion Micky Adams on board 1.
Adly Ahmed on board 2 drew against Luke McShane.
Fawzy Adham lost to David Howell on board 3.
Hesham Abdelrahman lost to Gawain Jones on board four which meant that England won the match with a 2.5-1.5 score.
Michael Adam v Bassem Amin
Adly Ahmed v Luke McShane
England is now in second place. Malcolm Pein, the English captain, nevertheless remains cautious as to their chances of silver or bronze medal.
Russia had a hard time overcoming the USA, but eventually secured victory thanks to Vladislav Artemyev on board 4.
Vladislav Artemiev v Zviad Izoria
India drew against Azerbaijan. Iran overcame host nation Kazakhstan with a 2.5-1.5 victory.
Rinat Jumbayev of Kazakhstan had a lucky escape today from the powerful jaws of Iranian Parham Maghsoodloo.
Rinat Jumbayev v Parham Maghsoodloo
The main match of the women section was the fight for the podium between Russia and Ukraine. Russian & Ukraine are locked in a bitter political dispute, and hence any match between these two neighbours is hotly contested one!
Board one & two had decisive results. Mariya Muzychuk won a good game for Ukraine against Kateryna Lagno. See video of Mariya Muzychuk interview.
Alexandra Kosteniuk levelled the score against Anna Muzychuk, while both other games were drawn, thus sealing the 2-2 score.
Mariya Muzychuk v Kateryna Lagno
Georgia left no chance to the host country and won 3,5-0,5. They catch up with Ukraine and share third place.
China won easily against Egypt and has a chance to clinch the gold medal one round before the end, in case of a victory against the US team in round 8.
There was an unusual exhibition at the venue. Falerist Kairbek Ramazanov has been collecting sports badges from all over the world. He presented his collection which spans over 50 years.
General sponsor of the World Championships – ERG – Eurasian Resources Group (ERG).
General-partner of the World Championships – Samruk Kazyna (Samruk Kazyna).