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Russia & China win gold

Russia & China grabbed the gold medals in the Open & Ladies section at the World Teams Championship that came to an end in Astana.

Team Russia (Ladies & Open) and Team China (Ladies & Open) pose for a group photo. Photo credit Eteri Kublashvili.
Team Russia (Ladies & Open) and Team China (Ladies & Open) pose for a group photo. Photo credit Eteri Kublashvili.

Both gold medals had already attributed one day before the end to Russia in the open section and China in the women section.

Open section

For Russia, it was a sweet consolation after only getting a bronze medal at the Batumi Olympiad.

Team Russia. Standing from left Alexander Grischuk, Vladislav Artemiev, Dimitri Andreikin, Sergey Karjakin & coach Alexander Motylev. Photo credit David Llada.
Team Russia. Standing from left Alexander Grischuk, Vladislav Artemiev, Dimitri Andreikin, Sergey Karjakin & coach Alexander Motylev. Photo credit David Llada.

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.

Team England. Standing from left Luke McShane, Gawain Jones, Michael Adams, David Howell & coach Malcolm Pein. Photo credit David Llada.
Team England. Standing from left Luke McShane, Gawain Jones, Michael Adams, David Howell & coach Malcolm Pein. Photo credit David Llada.

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

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

Ladies

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 KhotenashviliLagno, KosteniukArabidze, JavakhishviliGunina, GoryachkinaBatsiashvili 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.

Team Russia. Photo credit David Llada.
Team Russia. Photo credit David Llada.

For the Russian ladies, it was a joyous moment after painfully missing out a podium finish in the 2018 Batumi Olympiad.

Team Kazakhstan

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.

Former World Junior Champion from Kazakhstan Zhansaya Abdumalik. Photo credit David Llada.
Former World Junior Champion from Kazakhstan Zhansaya Abdumalik. Photo credit David Llada.

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.

Shrook Wafa v Carissa Yip

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.

Host Kazakhstan stunned by Egypt – Day 8 report.

World Team Championship Website.

Start of World Team Championship Championship.