Gold for Russian Men & Chinese Women at 2019 World Team Chess Championships


They are the champions

It had been predicted, the Chinese women secured the gold medal today by winning their match convincingly. The real surprise occurred later in this eighth round, when all results in the open section coincided to grant the gold medal to the Russian team. Thus, both winners stand one round before the end.

The decision in the match China-United States of America fell on boards 1 and 3, when serial winners Tan Zhongyi and Lei Tingjie used their white pieces to win their games. China needed a win to get the gold medal one round before the end, they confidently achieved it with a 3-1 victory. The fight for both other places on the podium is still open between Russia, Ukraine and Georgia. All results and ranking can be found at . The press conference with the Chinese captain Yu Shaoteng and some players took place right after their victory and can be viewed at

The scenario of the open section was less predictable. True, the Russians left no chance to the Swedish team and confidently won 3,5-0,5. But it was clear they would not win gold on this day without external help. China trounced England 3-1 and is finally recovering from its bad start. The Chinese currently occupy the fourth place, one point behind their victim of the day and India, which was lucky to escape with a draw against the US team. The fight for both remaining medals will be fierce, as can be observed at

In view of the late outcome of the matches in the open section, and in order to secure the highest possible audience, the organizers decided to stage the title press conference with the entire Russian team on Friday at 16:00 local time. It will be broadcast live on the official website. In case, one or more games still run, the press conference will be slightly postponed accordingly. Please pay attention to the fact that the final round will start earlier than usual, at noon in the Astana International Financial Centre. Live commentary in English and Russian can be followed at .

Preview of Round 9

FIDE World Team Championship 2019
Open section
Round 9, 2019/03/14 at 12.00 (noon)

Russia – India
Azerbaijan – Egypt
Kazakhstan – China
England – Sweden
United States of America – Iran

FIDE World Team Championship 2019
Women section
Round 9, 2019/03/14 at 12.00 (noon)

Ukraine – China
Georgia – Russia
United States of America – Egypt
Kazakhstan – Armenia
Hungary – India