Indian women stunned team USA with 4-0 score in Astana


The tension is growing in the Astana International Financial Centre

Before narrating the chess highlights of the round, it seems appropriate to stress that the organization of a prestigious event as the World Team Chess Championships is not self-evident. It would not take place without the financial support of general sponsor ERG, general partner Samruk Kazyna and partner the AIFC.

Both tournaments are slowly reaching a climate. The seventh round did not produce any real surprise, meaning that the leaders keep control of their dominating positions. Most matches were very close, especially in the open section. Russia had a hard time overcoming the United States of America, but eventually secured victory thanks to Vladislav Artemyev on board 4. Here are his post-game impressions in Russian - . England edged out Egypt and moved to sole second place after India drew against Azerbaijan. The English captain Malcolm Pein nevertheless remains cautious as to their chances of medal - . Details on results and ranking can be found at .

The main match of the women section was clearly the fight for the podium between Russia and Ukraine. Decisive results were achieved on the first two boards. Mariya Muzychuk won a good game for Ukraine against Kateryna Lagno, which she relates in a press conference [ ]. Alexandra Kosteniuk leveled the score against Anna Muzychuk, while both other games were drawn, thus sealing the 2-2 score. Georgia left no chance to the host country and won 3,5-0,5. They catch up Ukraine on shared third place. China won easily against Egypt and has a chance to clinch the gold medal one round before the end, in case of a victory against the US team in round 8. All other results and current standing are available on the official website -

The eighth round will start on Wednesday, March 13th at 3 pm in the Astana International Financial Centre. Live commentary in English and Russian can be followed at .

Preview of Round 8

FIDE World Team Championship 2019
Open section

Round 7 results

chn-swe Yu, Yangyi Grandelius, Nils ½-½
chn-swe Blomqvist, Erik Wei, Yi ½-½
chn-swe Bu, Xiangzhi Smith, Axel ½-½
chn-swe Johansson, Linus Ni, Hua 0-1

egy-eng Adams, Michael Amin, Bassem 0-1
egy-eng Adly, Ahmed McShane, Luke J ½-½
egy-eng Howell, David W L Fawzy, Adham 1-0
egy-eng Hesham, Abdelrahman Jones, Gawain C B 0-1

iri-kaz Jumabayev, Rinat Maghsoodloo, Parham ½-½
iri-kaz Idani, Pouya Ismagambetov, Anuar ½-½
iri-kaz Kazhgaleyev, Murtas Tabatabaei, M.amin ½-½
iri-kaz Firouzja, Alireza Kostenko, Petr 1-0

aze-ind Naiditsch, Arkadij Adhiban, B. ½-½
aze-ind Sasikiran, Krishnan Guseinov, Gadir ½-½
aze-ind Safarli, Eltaj Ganguly, Surya Shekhar ½-½
aze-ind Sethuraman, S.P. Abasov, Nijat ½-½

rus-usa Swiercz, Dariusz Nepomniachtchi, Ian ½-½
rus-usa Grischuk, Alexander Sevian, Samuel ½-½
rus-usa Lenderman, Aleksandr Andreikin, Dmitry ½-½
rus-usa Artemiev, Vladislav Izoria, Zviad 1-0

Round 8, 2019/03/13 at 15.00

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

FIDE World Team Championship 2019
Women section

Round 7 results

​chn-egy Tan, Zhongyi Wafa, Shrook 1-0
chn-egy Moaataz, Ayah Shen, Yang 0-1
chn-egy Huang, Qian Elansary, Eman 1-0
chn-egy Ehab, Tasneem Ding, Yixin 0-1

ind-usa Abrahamyan, Tatev Karavade, Eesha 0-1
ind-usa Soumya, Swaminathan Nemcova, Katerina 1-0
ind-usa Yip, Carissa Padmini, Rout 0-1
ind-usa Kulkarni, Bhakti Foisor, Sabina-Francesca 1-0

rus-ukr Muzychuk, Mariya Lagno, Kateryna 1-0
rus-ukr Kosteniuk, Alexandra Muzychuk, Anna 1-0
rus-ukr Ushenina, Anna Goryachkina, Aleksandra ½-½
rus-ukr Girya, Olga Gaponenko, Inna ½-½

arm-hun Hoang, Thanh Trang Danielian, Elina 0-1
arm-hun Sargsyan, Anna M. Gara, Anita 1-0
arm-hun Gara, Ticia Gevorgyan, Maria 1-0
arm-hun Ghukasyan, Siranush Havanecz, Bianka 0-1

geo-kaz Khotenashvili, Bela Abdumalik, Zhansaya 1-0
geo-kaz Saduakassova, Dinara Arabidze, Meri ½-½
geo-kaz Javakhishvili, Lela Assaubayeva, Bibisara 1-0
geo-kaz Nakhbayeva, Guliskhan Batsiashvili, Nino 0-1

Round 8, 2019/03/13 at 15.00

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