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Egypt stun host Kazakhstan

Egypt stun host Kazakhstan by defeating them in their encounter in Astana during the 2019 World Team Championships.  The final score was 2.5-1.5 points in Egypt’s favour.

13th March 2019 saw the penultimate eighth round of the event.

Bassem Amin scored a decisive point by defeating Kazak star Rinat Jumbayev on board 1.

Bassem Amin v Rinat Jumbayev

Rinat Jumbayev (left) in action against Africa's top player Bassem Amin of Egypt. Photo credit David Llada.
Rinat Jumbayev (left) in action against Africa’s top player Bassem Amin of Egypt. Photo credit David Llada.

Fawzy Adham scored his maiden victory of the event by defeating Murtas Kazhgaleyev on board 3.

Adham Fawzy v Murtas Kazhgaleyev

Denis Makhnev of Kazakhstan defeated Hesham Abdelrahman on four board for a consolation win.

Adly Ahmed managed to obtain a draw against Anuar Ismagambetov on board two to seal the match victory.

Adly Ahmed watches his compatriots game. Photo credit David Llada.
Adly Ahmed watches his compatriots game. Photo credit David Llada.

Russia win gold!

The Russian national team won the Championship with one round to go when they defeated Sweden 3.5-0.5. (Grischuk, Andreikin, and Artemiev won, while Karjakin drew).

Head coach of the Russian national men’s team, RCF President Andrey Filatov was delighted and had this to say. “It was a tough & very emotional victory. This Championship has shown us that the chess players’ level has increased and that any team can spring a surprise. Not everything worked well for the rating favourite – the Chinese side, but our chess players were playing brilliantly. We have a real, united team. Our newcomer Vladislav Artemiev made a significant impact on our success. It is delightful to bring gold medals for your country, and this is a beautiful feeling!”

Grischuk, Artemiev Andreikin, Karjakin and coach Alexander Motylev. Photo credit David Llada.
Grischuk, Artemiev Andreikin, Karjakin and coach Alexander Motylev. Photo credit David Llada.

The other result was Iran – Azerbaijan 2-2.

England, India and China will be fighting for the silver and bronze medal in the final encounter. England will play Sweden, and China will play Kazakhstan. India will face an uphill battle when they play Russia.

We have an exciting match in round 9 which will feature two bitter political rivals. The USA calls Iran ‘The Axis of Evil‘ while Iran calls the USA ‘The Great Satan‘.

Ladies

In the women’s section, Team China defeated USA 3-1 to win the Championship with one round to go.

Proud China Captain - Shaoten Yu (left) and team member Yixin Ding. Photo credit David Llada.
Proud China Captain – Shaoten Yu (left) and team member Yixin Ding. Photo credit David Llada.

The Russian team beat Hungary 4-0 (Alexandra Kosteniuk, Valentina Gunina, Aleksandra Goryachkina, and Olga Girya won their games).

Other results: Armenia – Georgia 2-2, India – Ukraine 1.5-2.5, and Egypt – Kazakhstan 0.5-3.5.

Dinara Saduakassov of Kazakhstan in action against Wafa Shahenda of Egypt. Photo credit David Llada.
Dinara Saduakassov of Kazakhstan in action against Wafa Shahenda of Egypt. Photo credit David Llada.

China won the gold with a round to spare.

The fight for both other places on the podium is still open between Russia, Ukraine and Georgia.

Unsung heroes

In every chess tournament, there are a bunch of people who work extremely hard to ensure that the event receives the publicity it deserves.

Some of the unsung heroes of the event from left - Dastan Kapaev (photographer from Astana), David Llada (FIDE official photographer) & Yannick Pelletier (FIDE Press Officer). Photo credit Dastan Kapaev.
Some of the unsung heroes of the event from left – Dastan Kapaev (photographer from Astana), David Llada (FIDE official photographer) & Yannick Pelletier (FIDE Press Officer). Photo credit Dastan Kapaev.
Commentators of the event Evgenij Miroshnichenko & Anna Burtasova. Photo credit David Llada.
Commentators of the event Evgenij Miroshnichenko & Anna Burtasova. Photo credit David Llada.

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.

Egypt go down fighting – Day 7 report.

World Team Championship Website.

Start of World Team Championship Championship.