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Egypt goes down fighting.

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.

Bassem Amin of Egypt (left) in action against Mickey Adam of England. Photo credit David Llada.
Bassem Amin of Egypt (left) in action against Mickey Adam of England. Photo credit David Llada.

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

Alexander Grischuk of Russia. Photo credit David Llada.
Alexander Grischuk of Russia. Photo credit David Llada.

India drew against Azerbaijan. Iran overcame host nation Kazakhstan with a 2.5-1.5 victory.

World Junior Chess Champion - Parham Maghsoodloo of Iran holds in head in agony when he let Rinat Jumbayev of Kazakhstan to escape with a draw. Photo credit David Llada.
World Junior Chess Champion – Parham Maghsoodloo of Iran holds in head in agony when he let Rinat Jumbayev of Kazakhstan to escape with a draw. Photo credit David Llada.

Rinat Jumbayev of Kazakhstan had a lucky escape today from the powerful jaws of Iranian Parham Maghsoodloo.

Rinat Jumbayev v Parham Maghsoodloo

Ladies Section

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

The hot match of the day Russia versus Ukraine. Kateryna Lagno in action against former World Champion Mariya Muzychuk. Photo credit David Llada.
The hot match of the day Russia versus Ukraine. Kateryna Lagno in action against former World Champion Mariya Muzychuk. Photo credit David Llada.

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.

View of the playing hall. Photo credit David Llada.
View of the playing hall. Photo credit David Llada.

Exhibition

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.

Falerist Kairbek Ramazanov with his collection. Photo credit Rauhan Tugumbayeva.
Falerist Kairbek Ramazanov with his collection. Photo credit Rauhan Tugumbayeva.

Sponsors

General sponsor of the World Championships – ERGEurasian Resources Group (ERG).

General-partner of the World Championships – Samruk Kazyna (Samruk Kazyna).

Partner of the World Championships – Astana International Financial Centre (Astana Financial Centre).

Links

Standings & Results.

Day 1 report – World Team Chess Championship.

Day 2 report – World Team Chess Championship.

Russia defeat China – Day 3 report.

Day 4 report – World Team Chess Championship.

Chinese Ladies take the lead – Day 5 report.

Egypt hold China to a draw – Day 6 report.

World Team Championship Website.

Start of World Team Championship Championship.