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🏆 World Chess Team Championship (2011)

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Levon Aronian, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Alexander Grischuk, Teimour Radjabov, Sergey Karjakin, Vassily Ivanchuk, Ding Liren, Peter Svidler, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Pentala Harikrishna, Pavel Eljanov, Gata Kamsky, Peter Leko, Vugar Gashimov, Yu Yangyi, Li Chao, Wang Yue, Wang Hao, Sergei Mushegovic Movsesian, Nikita Vitiugov, Judit Polgar, Alexander Moiseenko, Zoltan Almasi, Alexander Areshchenko, Krishnan Sasikiran, Vladimir Eduardovich Akopian, Rauf Mamedov, Zahar Efimenko, Emil Davidovich Sutovsky, Ilya Yulyevich Smirin, Gabriel Sargissian, Alexander Onischuk, Bassem Amin, Tamir Nabaty, Michael Roiz, Evgeny Postny, Csaba Balogh, Surya Shekhar Ganguly, Parimarjan Negi, Gadir Guseinov, Viktor Erdos, Yasser Seirawan, Yury Markovich Shulman, Ahmed Adly, Robert Hovhannisyan, Robert Lee Hess, Geetha Narayanan Gopal, Essam El Gindy, Samy Shoker, Mohamed Ezat

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Efimenko vs B Amin  ½-½782011World Chess Team ChampionshipC77 Ruy Lopez
2. Areshchenko vs S Shoker 0-1282011World Chess Team ChampionshipB07 Pirc
3. Wang Hao vs Radjabov  ½-½362011World Chess Team ChampionshipE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
4. V Gashimov vs Wang Yue 0-1432011World Chess Team ChampionshipA28 English
5. Li Chao vs R Mamedov ½-½602011World Chess Team ChampionshipE70 King's Indian
6. Mamedyarov vs Yu Yangyi 1-0482011World Chess Team ChampionshipE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
7. Harikrishna vs Leko ½-½442011World Chess Team ChampionshipE01 Catalan, Closed
8. Z Almasi vs Sasikiran 0-1852011World Chess Team ChampionshipC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
9. Ganguly vs Judit Polgar 0-1602011World Chess Team ChampionshipB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
10. C Balogh vs G N Gopal  ½-½692011World Chess Team ChampionshipC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
11. E El Gindy vs A Moiseenko 0-1382011World Chess Team ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
12. Y Shulman vs Svidler ½-½332011World Chess Team ChampionshipD85 Grunfeld
13. Kamsky vs Karjakin ½-½232011World Chess Team ChampionshipC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
14. I Nepomniachtchi vs Onischuk  1-0372011World Chess Team ChampionshipC45 Scotch Game
15. Vitiugov vs R Hess 1-0232011World Chess Team ChampionshipE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
16. Aronian vs Sutovsky 1-0382011World Chess Team ChampionshipD85 Grunfeld
17. M Roiz vs Movsesian  ½-½352011World Chess Team ChampionshipE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
18. Akopian vs E Postny 1-0572011World Chess Team ChampionshipC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
19. T Nabaty vs G Sargissian  0-1672011World Chess Team ChampionshipC67 Ruy Lopez
20. A Adly vs Ivanchuk 0-1432011World Chess Team ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
21. Sutovsky vs A Adly  1-0542011World Chess Team ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
22. Efimenko vs Li Chao  ½-½702011World Chess Team ChampionshipC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
23. Ivanchuk vs Wang Hao ½-½592011World Chess Team ChampionshipB56 Sicilian
24. Y Shulman vs Akopian  ½-½302011World Chess Team ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
25. B Amin vs Smirin  ½-½472011World Chess Team ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
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Jul-12-11  number 23 NBer: Does anyone have a link to a site with team members and pairings?
Premium Chessgames Member We've been trying to located the official site without luck, but The Week in Chess has this to say:

<There is at the time of writing no official site nor official team listings but all the teams are known. ... Peter Leko returns to chess after a long break. Yasser Seirawan continues his return to over the board chess started at the US Championship. Some missing players include Vladimir Kramnik (playing Dortmund), Boris Gelfand, Ruslan Ponomariov and Viswanathan Anand doesn't play team events for India anymore. See the current list below...>

(and then there is an excellent table of players and teams)

Jul-12-11  number 23 NBer: Thank you very much.
Jul-12-11  Blunderdome: Ukraine missing Pono, Russia missing Kram, US missing Naka -- looks good for Armenia or Azerbaijan. Apparently they and Gashimov have reconciled their differences?
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  wordfunph: Armenia or Russia may win this one but my heart palpitates for China..
Jul-12-11  SirChrislov: Go Mexico!
Jul-12-11  Kinghunt: Russia may be missing Kramnik, but they still have a very impressive lineup: Karjakin, Grischuk, Svidler, Nepomniachtchi, and Vitugiev. Given his recent performances, I think Karjakin can hold first board against everyone, and then the rest of the team just outclasses everyone with its depth. Azerbaijan is the other team I'd watch out for. They don't have quite the same depth through all five boards, but have an arguably even more impressive trio on the top three boards.
Jul-12-11  waustad: It's nice seeing Seirawan playing again.
Jul-13-11  pulsar: China has a strong field, too. They have a good chance to be on top three at least.
Jul-13-11  muradov: May the game begin, and Azerbaijan win!
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  Check It Out: waustad, yeah it's good to see him back on the battlefield after so long, regardless of his results.
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  HeMateMe: It would be nice to see some bare knuckle chess again, instead of that strategic drawing crap we had in most of the FIDE elimination matches. Barring Kamsky/Gelfand, much of the event was a snooze.
Jul-13-11  swr: Nice to see Leko return, too.

Azerbaijan looks like the strongest team.

Jul-13-11  Nietzowitsch: World Team Championship rules

Among the rules, there is a no short draw recommendation, as the players are not allowed to shake hands before move 30. The championships will be played using a 9 round, round-robin system. Each team will play a match against all other teams. Colours and starting numbers will be drawn at the Opening Ceremony. The time control: 90'/40 moves + 30'/end + 30'' increment per move, staring from move 1.

Each match will be scored by match points as used in the FIDE Olympiad. Winner will get 2 points, a draw will give each team 1 point, and a loss is scored as 0 points. If any teams finish with equal match points, the tie shall be resolved per match points, then direct match result, then Berger, and if a tie again results, it shall be decided by board count (that Berlin System: a win on Board 1 = 4 points, a win on Board 2 = 3 points, a win on Board 3 = 2 points, a win on Board 4 = 1 point). In the near imposible situation of a draw again, a rapid match will be played, and in case of a draw (again), then drawing of lots will decide the winner.

Jul-13-11  Layson: Is it so evil to declare two teams co-champions that a drawing of lots must be used to chose which team will be the world champion?

I realize the event a tie is extremely unlikely considering the number of games played from each team and the amount of tie-breakers in place, but it seems to me that there should be a point where one can say: "Dear golly! What we have here are two evenly matched teams, equally deserving of being called co-world champions for the year 2011."

Jul-13-11  Famfrenzy: i cant wait to see levon
Jul-13-11  fref: How do the national teams qualify for this competition? Is it only by invitation?
Jul-13-11  plimko: I have a doubt: who will be the player of this tournament? Yu Yangyi or Ding Liren? Perhaps Ding Liren, he is in a good mode.
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  ajile: All the games should be forced to start either:

1.d4 f5


1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5

Jul-13-11  karban: <All the games should be forced to start either: 1.d4 f5
OR 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5

I support this ! or the King's Gambit.
Jul-13-11  polarmis: Here's an entertaining account by Evgeny Bareev of how the Russian team got to their hotel in China (+ an interview with Svidler):

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  HeMateMe: Thanks, nice interview. I would say they are better off with the clen air, than having cell phones and smog.

Peter Svidler looks like he's lost weight, looks a bit more fit than in the past. Maybe he's hoping to replace Hope Solo in goal?

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  parmetd: god if all the positions started from e4 e5 Nf3 f5 then chess should be abandoned in favor of licking stamps or swatting flies as a professional sport.
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  parmetd: fref national teams qualify solely based on how they finish at the Olympiad. If a team that qualified based on Olympiad but federation turns down its spot... there are some weird replacements rules written somewhere. I think the first spot is awarded to organizer choice or something weird like that.
Jul-13-11  AuN1: i wonder if karjakin will sit out the games where russia has black on board one. :-D
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