Egypt draw with China
Egypt hold China to a draw in round six of the World Teams Championship in Astana, Kazakhstan.
Adly Ahmed set the ball rolling with a dramatic win against Yi Wei on board 2. You will recall Adly has had winning chances in at least two earlier rounds but only drew in both cases.
This time he made no mistake!
Yi Wei v Adly Ahmed
Ahmed Adly presents his instructive game http://bit.ly/2O04Hsf.
Hua Ni defeated Abdelnabbi on board 4 which left board 1 and 3 to be the deciding games.
Bassem Amin held one of Liren Ding who is one of China’s best players to a dramatic draw.
Bassem Amin v Liren Ding
Adham Fawzy on the other hand punched way above his weight when he held the powerful Xiangzhi Bu to a draw. Bu is rated 270 Elo points above Fawzy who is the current Africa Junior Champion.
Adham Fawzy v Xiangzhi Bu
Sergey Karjakin of Russia crashed to a second consecutive loss, this time to Arkady Naiditsch of Azerbaijan on board 1.
Nepomniachtchi won on board 2 against Mamedov while board 3 and 4 ended up in a draw. The final score was a 2-2 draw.
Sergey Karjakin v Akady Naiditsch
Akady Naiditsch post match interview http://bit.ly/2TGKlJT.
This draw was a big disappointment for Russia, but it still leaves them in the lead with ten match points. India & England are in second place with nine match points each.
India defeated Kazakhstan 3.5-1.5. Sweden lost to the USA 3.5-1.5.
England defeated the young Iranian team 3-1. Firouza’s game was one of the highlights of the day with a dramatic King march against well know chess author Jonathan Speelman.
Jonathan Speelman v Alireza Firouzja
Egypt lost 0.5-3.5 to Georgia in their encounter.
China is still on cruise control with another victory against India 2.5-1.5.
Famous boxer launches the 6th round of the World Team Championships
Serik Sapiyev who is the Chairman of the Sports Committee in Kazakhstan made the first symbolic move for Zhansaya Abdumalik in the match Kazakhstan-Hungary.
He is also the Olympic Champion 2012 in boxing.
“It is the first time I am making the opening move”, Sapiyev said. “I feel very excited that it happens to also be at the World Teams Championship and doing it for our fantastic champion Zhansaya”.
Serik Sapiyev praised the quality of the organisation of the World Championship.
“I played chess a little bit as a kid, and it helped me a lot for boxing”, the Olympic champion said.
Player on the rest day went on a tour of Astana.