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World Team Championship

Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, will be the venue for the 2019 World Team Championship from 4th to 15th March 2019. The futuristic Astana International Financial Centre will be the venue for the WTCC.

Astana International Financial Centre which will be the venue for the event. Photo credit http://wteams.astana2019.fide.com.
Astana International Financial Centre which will be the venue for the event. Photo credit http://wteams.astana2019.fide.com.

Twenty teams will participate in the tournament.  Ten men’s and ten women’s teams will take part.  The teams are;  China, Azerbaijan, Iran, USA, Egypt, Russia, Poland, England, India, Ukraine, Georgia, Hungary, Armenia and Kazakhstan.

The teams selected are defending world team champion, continental champions, six highest-ranked teams from the FIDE Olympiad 2018, two team from host federation, two teams nominated by the FIDE President (India – both Open and Ladies).

Africa at the World Team Championship

Africa will be represented by Egypt who are making their 6th appearance at this event.

Team Egypt will include the following highly talented players.

1 Amin, Bassem GM 2710
2 Adly, Ahmed GM 2611
3 Hesham, Abdelrahman GM 2448
4 Fawzy, Adham IM 2447
5 Abdelnabbi, Imed IM 2444
6 Oleksiyenko, Mykhaylo (Captain) GM 2592

1 Wafa, Shrook WGM 2152
2 Wafa, Shahenda WGM 2171
3 Moaataz, Ayah WIM 2033
4 Elansary, Eman WIM 1942
5 Ehab, Tasneem WIM 1840
6 Elgendy, Hesham (Captain) 2049

Team Egypt from left - GM Amin, Bassem, GM Adly, Ahmed, GM Hesham, Abdelrahman & IM Fawzy, Adham.  Photo credit Kim Bhari.
Team Egypt from left – GM Amin, Bassem, GM Adly, Ahmed, GM Hesham, Abdelrahman & IM Fawzy, Adham. Photo credit Kim Bhari.

Team Russia

Sergey Karjakin, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Alexander Grischuk, Dmitry Andreikin, and Vladislav Artemiev will play for the Russian Open team.  Alexander Motylev will be the captain.

Team Russia - from left Sergey Karjakin and Ian Nepomniachtchi.  Photo credit Kim Bhari.
Team Russia – from left Sergey Karjakin and Ian Nepomniachtchi. Photo credit Kim Bhari.

Kateryna Lagno, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Valentina Gunina, Aleksandra Goryachkina, and Olga Girya will play for the Russian women’s team.  Sergei Rublevsky  will be the team captain.

Team Russia from left Alexandra Kosteniuk, Aleksandra Goryachkina, Valentina Gunina, and Olga Girya.  Photo credit Kim Bhari.
Team Russia from left Alexandra Kosteniuk, Aleksandra Goryachkina, Valentina Gunina, and Olga Girya. Photo credit Kim Bhari.
The charming Kateryna Lagno who will play for Russia and is top ranked player at 2560.  Photo credit David Llada.
The charming Kateryna Lagno who will play for Russia and is top ranked player at 2560. Photo credit David Llada.

Team Kazakhstan

Zhansaya Abdumalik, Dinara Saduakasova are two former World Junior Champions who will play for the Kazakhstan Ladies Team.  Others include Guliskhan Nakhbaeva, Gulmira Dauletova, and Madina Dauletbaeva.

Team Kazakhstan at the Batumi Olympiad, standing from left WFM Serikbay Assel, Dinara Saduakasova, Gulmira Dauletova,. Stiing from left Guliskhan Nakhbaeva and Zhansaya Abdumalik. Photo credit David Llada.
Team Kazakhstan at the Batumi Olympiad, standing from left WFM Serikbay Assel, Dinara Saduakasova, Gulmira Dauletova,. Stiing from left Guliskhan Nakhbaeva and Zhansaya Abdumalik. Photo credit David Llada.

The reigning world champions are Teams China and Russia in the Open and Women’s section respectively.

Links

2019 World Team Championship.

IM Fawzy Adham wins Africa Junior Chess Championship.