World Team Championships Round 1 Report by GM Pelletier

FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich played the symbolic 1st move in the match between Russia and host nation Kazakstan

First moves at the World Team Championships

The most prestigious team event in 2019 has been launched today in Astana. FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich played the symbolic starting move in the match between Russia and the host nation Kazakhstan. All main favourites prevailed in both sections, and only minor upsets occurred in the first round.

The Astana International Financial Centre World Team has opened its doors to the World Team Championships 2019. This impressive modern complex has been inaugurated in July 2018 and is perfectly suited to host an event of such dimension. FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich symbolically executed the first move on behalf on his fellow countrywoman Kateryna Lagno in her game against Zhansaya Abdumalik. This match had been announced as the highlight of the first round in the women section, and it definitely kept its promises.

The young and ambitious Kazakh team maintained the tension until the fourth hour of play. The key game was certainly the one launched by the FIDE President. 19-year old Abdumalik had the women blitz world champion from Russia on the ropes, but let her advantageous position go out of control and eventually lost. 3-1 is a harsh score, but this defeat will certainly serve as a valuable experience. The other favourite, China, comfortably won 3,5-0,5 against Hungary, whereas India and Georgia tied their match. The only real shock of the day was the 2-2 garnered by the United States of America against the experienced Ukrainian team. And it could even have been better, had the young Rochelle Wu converted her winning position at the very end of the game.

The preview of the open section announced a duel for the first place between China and Russia. Both teams fulfilled their duty by winning their respective matches. In the absence of their two leaders Mamedyarov and Radjabov, Azerbaijan never really stood a chance and lost 3,5-0,5 to China. The Russian had the tricky task to start against the talented Iranian team, but they scored a solid 2,5-1,5 victory. Vladislav Artemiev celebrated his first selection in his national team on his 21st birthday with a smooth win! England won a close match against Kazakhstan despite the unexpected defeat of their leader Michael Adams against Rinat Jumabayev. In the other two matches of the day, the United States of America beat Egypt 3-1, and India defeated Sweden 3,5-0,5.

The second round will start on Wednesday March 6th at 3 pm. Live commentary can be followed in English and Russian on the official website - http://kazchess.kz/world_astana2019/ .

Yannick Pelletier
WTCC 2019 Astana
FIDE press officer

Results of the first day

FIDE World Team Championship 2019
Open section
Round 1 on 2019/03/05 at 15.00

1.1 1 India 3½ - ½ 10 Sweden
1 GM Adhiban B. 2683 1 : 0 GM Grandelius Nils 2694
2 GM Sasikiran Krishnan 2678 ½ : ½ GM Blomqvist Erik 2488
3 GM Ganguly Surya Shekhar 2633 1 : 0 GM Smith Axel 2487
4 GM Sethuraman S.P. 2637 1 : 0 IM Johansson Linus 2479

1.2 2 Iran 1½ - 2½ 9 Russia
1 GM Maghsoodloo Parham 2673 ½ : ½ GM Karjakin Sergey 2753
2 GM Idani Pouya 2604 ½ : ½ GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2771
3 GM Tabatabaei M.Amin 2600 ½ : ½ GM Andreikin Dmitry 2725
4 GM Firouzja Alireza 2657 0 : 1 GM Artemiev Vladislav 2736

1.3 3 Egypt 1 - 3 8 United States of America
1 GM Amin Bassem 2709 0 : 1 GM Swiercz Dariusz 2655
2 GM Adly Ahmed 2611 ½ : ½ GM Sevian Samuel 2642
3 IM Fawzy Adham 2461 ½ : ½ GM Onischuk Alexander 2647
4 GM Hesham Abdelrahman 2450 0 : 1 GM Izoria Zviad 2603

1.4 4 China 3½ - ½ 7 Azerbaijan
1 GM Ding Liren 2812 1 : 0 GM Mamedov Rauf 2701
2 GM Yu Yangyi 2761 1 : 0 GM Guseinov Gadir 2664
3 GM Wei Yi 2733 1 : 0 GM Safarli Eltaj 2662
4 GM Bu Xiangzhi 2731 ½ : ½ GM Abasov Nijat 2627

1.5 5 England 2½ - 1½ 6 Kazakhstan
1 GM Adams Michael 2708 0 : 1 GM Jumabayev Rinat 2609
2 GM Mcshane Luke J 2661 ½ : ½ GM Ismagambetov Anuar 2545
3 GM Howell David W L 2693 1 : 0 IM Makhnev Denis 2476
4 GM Jones Gawain C B 2681 1 : 0 GM Kostenko Petr 2466

FIDE Women's World Team Championship 2019
Women section
Round 1 on 2019/03/05 at 15.00

1.1 1 Armenia 4 - 0 10 Egypt
1 IM Mkrtchian Lilit 2390 1 : 0 WGM Wafa Shahenda 2175
2 WFM Sargsyan Anna M. 2340 1 : 0 WGM Wafa Shrook 2166
3 WIM Gevorgyan Maria 2264 1 : 0 WIM Moaataz Ayah 2036
4 WIM Ghukasyan Siranush 2221 1 : 0 WIM Elansary Eman 1944

1.2 2 Russia 3 - 1 9 Kazakhstan
1 GM Lagno Kateryna 2559 1 : 0 IM Abdumalik Zhansaya 2469
2 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2545 ½ : ½ IM Saduakassova Dinara 2462
3 GM Gunina Valentina 2515 ½ : ½ FM Assaubayeva Bibisara 2374
4 GM Goryachkina Aleksandra 2504 1 : 0 IM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan 2295

1.3 3 India 2 - 2 8 Georgia
1 IM Karavade Eesha 2357 ½ : ½ GM Khotenashvili Bela 2474
2 WGM Soumya Swaminathan 2401 1 : 0 IM Arabdize Meri 2392
3 IM Padmini Rout 2332 0 : 1 GM Batsiashvili Nino 2454
4 WGM Kulkarni Bhakti 2322 ½ : ½ IM Melia Salome 2385

1.4 4 China 3½ - ½ 7 Hungary
1 GM Tan Zhongyi 2513 1 : 0 GM Hoang Thanh Trang2454
2 WGM Huang Qian 2441 1 : 0 IM Gara Anita 2384
3 GM Lei Tingjie 2477 1 : 0 WGM Gara Ticia 2324
4 WGM Ding Yixin 2432 ½ : ½ WIM Havanecz Bianka 2270

1.5 5 United States of America 2 - 2 6 Ukraine
1 WGM Abrahamyan Tatev 2377 0 : 1 GM Muzychuk Mariya 2560
2 FM Yip Carissa 2279 1 : 0 GM Ushenina Anna 2443
3 WGM Foisor Sabina-Francesca 2276 ½ : ½ IM Gaponenko Inna 2427
4 WCM Wu Rochelle 2120 ½ : ½ IM Buksa Nataliya 2416

Preview of Round 2

FIDE World Team Championship 2019
Open section
Round 2 on 2019/03/06 at 15.00

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

FIDE World Team Championship 2019
Women section
Round 2 on 2019/03/06 at 15.00

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

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