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Russia still in the lead

Plenty of things happened on day four at the Astana International Financial Centre with Russia still in the lead.

Egypt go down fighting

The Egyptian ladies made Africa proud when they lost marginally to Hungary 2.5 – 1.5 in their encounter.

Wafa Shahenda defeated Anita Gara, who was 200 Elo points higher.  Tasneem Ehab on board four played well to hold Bianka Havanecz to a draw.  Wafa Shrook lost to Ticia Gara and Ayah Moaatz lost to Julianna Terbe.

Wafa Shahenda of Egypt in action. Photo credit Egyptian Chess Federation.
Wafa Shahenda of Egypt in action. Photo credit Egyptian Chess Federation.

Wafa Shahenda va Antia Gara

Bianka Havanecz v Tasneem Ehab

Women’s Day celebration

The organisers celebrated Women’s Day by exhibiting a large bunch of roses, from which every female participant could choose to take a piece.

Birthday celebration

American Rochelle Wu who is the youngest participant of the event, celebrated her 13th birthday today.  She received a present which will remain as a nice souvenir of her trip to Kazakhstan.

Rochelle Wu receives a gift from Deputy Chief of Mission Theodore Lyng (leff) and from Zhandos Abishev. Photo credit David Llada.
Rochelle Wu receives a gift from Deputy Chief of Mission Theodore Lyng (leff) and from Zhandos Abishev. Photo credit David Llada.

Deputy Chief of Mission Theodore Lyng and other representatives of the US embassy in Astana attended the start of the 4th round.

Christian Wright from the USA Embassy in Kazakhstan makes a move for Dariusz Swiercz. Photo credit David Llada.
Christian Wright from the USA Embassy in Kazakhstan makes a move for Dariusz Swiercz. Photo credit David Llada.

Kazakhstan played well to defeat the USA with a score of 2.5 – 1.5.  Zhansaya Abdumalik defeated Tatev Abrahamyan on board 1.  Bibisara Assaubayeva then beat Carissa Yip on board 3.  Dinara Saduakassova lost to Katerina NemcovaGulmira Dauletova played well hold USA Champion Sabina Foisor to a draw.

Zhansaya Abdumalik (left) from Kazakhstan and Tatev Abrahamyan from the USA. Photo credit David Llada.
Zhansaya Abdumalik (left) from Kazakhstan and Tatev Abrahamyan from the USA. Photo credit David Llada.

Open section

Egypt lost 3-1 to the young Iranian team.

Amin Bassem held World Junior Champion Parham Maghsoodloo to a draw on board one.  Adly Ahmed missed some great opportunities and eventually managed to snatch a draw against Idani Pouya in a 103 move epic game.    Hesham Abdelrahman & Imed Abdelnab lost to Tabatabae Amin and Alireza Firouzja respectively.

Parham Maghsoodloo v Bassem Amin

Adly Ahmed v Pouya Idani

Pouya Idani of Iran in action against Adly Ahmed  of Egypt.  Photo credit David Llada.
Pouya Idani of Iran in action against Adly Ahmed of Egypt. Photo credit David Llada.

England played well to hold the highly fancied Russian to a 2-2 draw.  Bottom seed Sweden celebrated their first victory by dominating Azerbaijan 3-1.

Michael Adam of England in action during their match against Russia that ended in a 2-2 draw. Photo credit David Llada.
Michael Adam of England in action during their match against Russia that ended in a 2-2 draw. Photo credit David Llada.

Links

Standings & Results.

Day 1 report – World Team Chess Championship.

Day 2 report – World Team Chess Championship.

Day 3 report – World Team Chess Championship.

World Team Championship Website.

Start of World Team Championship Championship.