Results are in at World Team Championships

The FIDE World Team Chess Championship is a 10-team round-robin event held from March 5-14 in Astana, Kazakhstan

Russia stumbles but remains in the lead

A free day in chess is never easy to deal with. Players in good shape risk getting out of rhythm, whereas players in bad shape meditate endlessly on their misfortune. In other words, a surprise is likely to happen.

In the 6th round of the World Team Championships, this materialised into an unexpected draw by Russia against the off-form team from Azerbaijan. It could in fact have been worse for the leader of the open section. Ian Nepomniachtchi escaped from a very dangerous position against Rauf Mamedov, as he explains at . The equalizer was scored by Arkady Naiditsch, who inflicted a painful second defeat in a row to Sergey Karjakin on board 1. You will certainly appreciate his sense of humour in the post-match interview .

Russia’s direct pursuers England and India convincingly beat Iran and Kazakhstan respectively, and are closing in on the ranking ( ). China’s misery goes on, as the pre-tournament favourite was held to a draw by Egypt, which incidentally scored its first point in the event. GM Ahmed Adly won a very instructive game which he comments in a press conference .

Almost all matches in the women section ended in close victories for the favourites, so that China maintains its perfect score. “Miss 100%” aka Alexandra Goryachkina scored the decisive point for her team, and gives her impression in an short interview in Russian . All individual results and current ranking can be found at .

The seventh round will start on Tuesday March 12th at 3 pm in the Astana International Financial Centre. Live commentary in English and Russian can be followed at .

Preview of Round 7

FIDE World Team Championship 2019
Open section

Round 6 results

swe-usa Grandelius, Nils Swiercz, Dariusz ½-½
swe-usa Onischuk, Alexander Blomqvist, Erik 1-0
swe-usa Smith, Axel Lenderman, Aleksandr 0-1
swe-usa Izoria, Zviad Johansson, Linus 1-0

aze-rus Karjakin, Sergey Naiditsch, Arkadij 0-1
aze-rus Mamedov, Rauf Nepomniachtchi, Ian 0-1
aze-rus Grischuk, Alexander Safarli, Eltaj ½-½
aze-rus Abasov, Nijat Artemiev, Vladislav ½-½

ind-kaz Adhiban, B. Jumabayev, Rinat ½-½
ind-kaz Ismagambetov, Anuar Sasikiran, Krishnan 0-1
ind-kaz Ganguly, Surya Shekhar Kazhgaleyev, Murtas 1-0
ind-kaz Makhnyov, Denis Sethuraman, S.P. 0-1

eng-iri Maghsoodloo, Parham Adams, Michael 0-1
eng-iri McShane, Luke J Idani, Pouya 1-0
eng-iri Tabatabaei, M.amin Howell, David W L 0-1
eng-iri Speelman, Jon S Firouzja, Alireza 0-1

chn-egy Amin, Bassem Ding, Liren ½-½
chn-egy Wei, Yi Adly, Ahmed 0-1
chn-egy Fawzy, Adham Bu, Xiangzhi ½-½
chn-egy Ni, Hua Abdelnabbi, Imed 1-0

Round 7, 2019/03/12 at 15.00

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

FIDE World Team Championship 2019
Women section

Round 6 results

egy-geo Wafa, Shahenda Khotenashvili, Bela 0-1
egy-geo Arabidze, Meri Moaataz, Ayah ½-½
egy-geo Elansary, Eman Batsiashvili, Nino 0-1
egy-geo Melia, Salome Ehab, Tasneem 1-0

hun-kaz Abdumalik, Zhansaya Hoang, Thanh Trang 0-1
hun-kaz Gara, Anita Saduakassova, Dinara ½-½
hun-kaz Assaubayeva, Bibisara Gara, Ticia 1-0
hun-kaz Terbe, Julianna Nakhbayeva, Guliskhan 0-1

arm-ukr Danielian, Elina Muzychuk, Mariya ½-½
arm-ukr Muzychuk, Anna Mkrtchian, Lilit 1-0
arm-ukr Sargsyan, Anna M. Gaponenko, Inna ½-½
arm-ukr Buksa, Nataliya Gevorgyan, Maria ½-½

rus-usa Lagno, Kateryna Abrahamyan, Tatev ½-½
rus-usa Nemcova, Katerina Gunina, Valentina ½-½
rus-usa Goryachkina, Aleksandra Yip, Carissa 1-0
rus-usa Wu, Rochelle Girya, Olga ½-½

chn-ind Karavade, Eesha Tan, Zhongyi ½-½
chn-ind Shen, Yang Soumya, Swaminathan ½-½
chn-ind Padmini, Rout Huang, Qian ½-½
chn-ind Lei, Tingjie Kulkarni, Bhakti 1-0

Round 7, 2019/03/12 at 15.00

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

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