USA B/C team took down mighty China A team at World Team Championship

US top players could not compete due to schedule conflict

The United States of America beat China

The second round of the World Team Championships produced a major upset, as the American men’s team beat China. This result leads to a complete redistribution of roles before the big match China-Russia on Thursday.

A Team World Championship usually means that several teams have to travel around the globe to reach the host country. This event is no exception, some players may find it difficult to take their mark. The Egyptian teams for instance have to adjust to a radical climate difference, and so far both had basically no chance against stronger opponents. In the second round, the men’s team lost 3-1 against Russia, while the women suffered their second 4-0, this time against the Ukraine. It is true that India is not favoured either by the cold weather in Astana. However, as Adhiban Baskaran noted in his after-game interview ( ), most of his teammates came directly from the Aeroflot Open in Moscow and therefore got used to freezing temperatures beforehand. The Indian leader won a good game against the junior World Champion Parham Maghsoodloo, but his team had to settle for a draw with Iran.

Speaking about adjustment, jet lag is clearly an issue for players from the United States of America. Yet, they do not seem to feel any effect and created a huge surprise in the second round by defeating China 2,5-1,5. Aleksandr Lenderman won his game on board 4 against Ni Hua, whereas the other encounters ended in a draw. The last game to finish was particularly tragic, as Wei Yi missed several chances to decide the game in his favour against Alexander Onischuk. The match winner gives his impressions at . The United States have scored two victories so far, as Russia and England, who overcame Azerbaijan 2,5-1,5. In the fifth match of the day, Kazakhstan pleased their fans thanks to a comfortable 3-1 against Sweden.

The star match of the day in the women’s section featured China against Georgia. Even though both teams do not compete in their optimal line-up in Astana, they represent hot contenders for the medal. Women vice world champion Tan Zhongyi scored the decisive win on board one against Bela Khotenashvili, when all other games had previously been drawn. They thus lead together with Russia, who scored a large 3,5-0,5 victory against Armenia. The young US team beat Hungary 3-1, while India got slightly lucky to escape with a draw against Kazakhstan, as Zhansaya Abdumalik explains in her interview - .

All videos and livestreams can be viewed on the FIDE YouTube channel at . The program of the third round promises two breathtaking matches in the open section, Russia-China and England-USA. In the encounter between both rating favourites of the event, the Chinese team might already consider this encounter as a last chance to fight for the gold medal. Games start on Thursady March 7th at 3 pm. Live commentary can be followed in English and Russian on the official website - .

Report by GM Yannick Pelletier
WTCC 2019 Astana
FIDE press officer

Results of day 2, and current standings

FIDE World Team Championship 2019

Open section

Round 2, 2019/03/06

2.1 10 Sweden 1 - 3 6 Kazakhstan

1 GM Grandelius Nils 2694 ½ : ½ GM Jumabayev Rinat 2609

2 GM Tikkanen Hans 2510 0 : 1 GM Ismagambetov Anuar 2545

3 GM Blomqvist Erik 2488 0 : 1 GM Kazhgaleyev Murtas 2587

4 GM Smith Axel 2487 ½ : ½ IM Makhnev Denis 2476

2.2 7 Azerbaijan 1½ - 2½ 5 England

1 GM Naiditsch Arkadij 2710 1 : 0 GM Adams Michael 2708

2 GM Mamedov Rauf 2701 0 : 1 GM Mcshane Luke J 2661

3 GM Guseinov Gadir 2664 ½ : ½ GM Howell David W L 2693

4 GM Safarli Eltaj 2662 0 : 1 GM Jones Gawain C B 2681

2.3 8 United States of America 2½ - 1½ 4 China

1 GM Swiercz Dariusz 2655 ½ : ½ GM Ding Liren 2812

2 GM Sevian Samuel 2642 ½ : ½ GM Yu Yangyi 2761

3 GM Onischuk Alexander 2647 ½ : ½ GM Wei Yi 2733

4 GM Lenderman Aleksandr 2637 1 : 0 GM Ni Hua 2683

2.4 9 Russia 3 - 1 3 Egypt

1 GM Karjakin Sergey 2753 1 : 0 GM Amin Bassem 2709

2 GM Grischuk Alexander 2771 ½ : ½ GM Adly Ahmed 2611

3 GM Andreikin Dmitry 2725 ½ : ½ IM Fawzy Adham 2461

4 GM Artemiev Vladislav 2736 1 : 0 GM Hesham Abdelrahman 2450

2.5 1 India 2 - 2 2 Iran

1 GM Adhiban B. 2683 1 : 0 GM Maghsoodloo Parham 2673

2 GM Sasikiran Krishnan 2678 0 : 1 GM Idani Pouya 2604

3 GM Ganguly Surya Shekhar 2633 ½ : ½ GM Tabatabaei M.Amin 2600

4 GM Sethuraman S.P. 2637 ½ : ½ GM Firouzja Alireza 2657

Standings after round 2:

1-2. Russia & USA 4 (5,5)

  1. England 4 (5)

  2. India 3 (5,5)

  3. China 2 (5)

  4. Kazakhstan 2 (4,5)

  5. Iran 1 (3,5)

8-9. Azerbaijan & Egypt 0 (2)

  1. Sweden 0 (1,5)

FIDE Women's World Team Championship 2019

Women’s section

Round 2, on 2019/03/06

2.1 10 Egypt 0 - 4 6 Ukraine

1 WGM Wafa Shahenda 2175 0 : 1 GM Muzychuk Anna 2555

2 WGM Wafa Shrook 2166 0 : 1 GM Ushenina Anna 2443

3 WIM Moaataz Ayah 2036 0 : 1 IM Gaponenko Inna 2427

4 WIM Elansary Eman 1944 0 : 1 IM Buksa Nataliya 2416

2.2 7 Hungary 1 - 3 5 United States of America

1 GM Hoang Thanh Trang 2454 ½ : ½ WGM Abrahamyan Tatev 2377

2 IM Gara Anita 2384 ½ : ½ WGM Nemcova Katerina 2315

3 WGM Gara Ticia 2324 0 : 1 FM Yip Carissa 2279

4 WIM Terbe Julianna 2306 0 : 1 WCM Wu Rochelle 2120

2.3 8 Georgia 1½ - 2½ 4 China

1 GM Khotenashvili Bela 2474 0 : 1 GM Tan Zhongyi 2513

2 IM Arabdize Meri 2392 ½ : ½ IM Shen Yang 2453

3 IM Javakhishvili Lela 2455 ½ : ½ WGM Huang Qian 2441

4 GM Batsiashvili Nino 2454 ½ : ½ GM Lei Tingjie 2477

2.4 9 Kazakhstan 2 - 2 3 India

1 IM Abdumalik Zhansaya 2469 ½ : ½ IM Karavade Eesha 2357

2 IM Saduakassova Dinara 2462 ½ : ½ WGM Soumya Swaminathan 2401

3 FM Assaubayeva Bibisara 2374 1 : 0 IM Padmini Rout 2332

4 WIM Dauletova Gulmira 2263 0 : 1 WGM Kulkarni Bhakti 2322

2.5 1 Armenia ½ - 3½ 2 Russia

1 GM Danielian Elina 2402 0 : 1 GM Lagno Kateryna 2559

2 IM Mkrtchian Lilit 2390 ½ : ½ GM Gunina Valentina 2515

3 WFM Sargsyan Anna M. 2340 0 : 1 GM Goryachkina Aleksandra 2504

4 WIM Ghukasyan Siranush 2221 0 : 1 WGM Girya Olga 2456

Standing after round 2:

  1. Russia 4 (6,5)

  2. China 4 (6)

  3. Ukraine 3 (6)

  4. USA 3 (5)

  5. Armenia 2 (4,5)

  6. India 2 (4)

  7. Georgia 1 (3,5)

  8. Kazakhstan 1 (3)

  9. Hungary 0 (1,5)

  10. Egypt 0 (0)

Preview of Round 3

FIDE World Team Championship 2019

Open section

Round 3 on 2019/03/07 at 15.00

Iran – Sweden

Egypt – India

China – Russia

England – United States of America

Kazakhstan – Azerbaijan

FIDE World Team Championship 2019

Women section

Round 3 on 2019/03/07 at 15.00

Russia – Egypt

India – Armenia

China – Kazakhstan

United States of America – Georgia

Ukraine – Hungary

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