Russia & China grabbed the gold medals in the Open & Ladies section at the World Teams Championship that came to an end in Astana.
Both gold medals had already attributed one day before the end to Russia in the open section and China in the women section.
For Russia, it was a sweet consolation after only getting a bronze medal at the Batumi Olympiad.
Russia defeated India 2.5-1.5 (Grischuk won, while Karjakin, Nepomniachtchi, and Andreikin made draws). It was heartbreak for India who now missed the bronze medal by a whisker.
Surya Shekhar Ganguly v Ian Nepomniachtchi
England grab silver medal
England, were proud winners of the silver medal when they convincingly beat Sweden.
China overcame Kazakhstan by a thread to grab the bronze medal.
Political rhetoric took centre stage today when two political foes faced other. These two nations are usually in the news accusing each other and trading insults. The Great Satan (USA) defeated The Axis of Evil (Iran) with a score of 3-1.
Egypt played well but lost 2.5-1.5 to Azerbaijan. Bassem drew against Arkadij, while Adly drew in his game against Mamedov. Adham lost to Gadir while Hesham drew against Eltaj.
Gadir Guseinov v Fawzy Adham
In the women’s section, Team China defeated Ukraine 3.5-0.5 and won the Championship with 18 match points scored.
Russia drew against Georgia (the games Khotenashvili – Lagno, Kosteniuk – Arabidze, Javakhishvili – Gunina, Goryachkina – Batsiashvili were all drawn).
The Russian chess players won silver medals with 14 match points. Team Georgia got 12 points and edged out Ukraine due to superior tie-break.
For the Russian ladies, it was a joyous moment after painfully missing out a podium finish in the 2018 Batumi Olympiad.
The Kazakhstan women team reached their initial goal, a 5th place just behind the big-4. It is clear that this ambitious young team is poised to have a bright future. Zhensaya Abdumalik who is a former World Junior Champion speaks about the tournament – Zhansaya interview.
Egypt lost 2.5-1.5 to the USA. Shrook Wafa defeated Carissa Yip and, Shahenda Wafa drew against Katerina Nemcova. Toaatax & Elsansary lost their games.