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World Team Chess Championship Tournament

Li Chao7/9(+5 -0 =4)[games]
Wei Yi6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Yu Yangyi6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Radoslaw Wojtaszek6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Vladimir Fedoseev6/8(+5 -1 =2)[games]
Ian Nepomniachtchi6/8(+4 -0 =4)[games]
Jan-Krzysztof Duda5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Alexander Moiseenko5.5/8(+3 -0 =5)[games]
Baskaran Adhiban5.5/9(+5 -3 =1)[games]
Nikita Vitiugov5/7(+3 -0 =4)[games]
Ding Liren5/8(+2 -0 =6)[games]
Maxim Matlakov5/7(+3 -0 =4)[games]
Vidit Santosh Gujrathi5/9(+1 -0 =8)[games]
Vladislav Kovalev4.5/8(+3 -2 =3)[games]
Krishnan Sasikiran4.5/7(+2 -0 =5)[games]
Mustafa Yilmaz4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Dragan Solak4.5/9(+0 -0 =9)[games]
Vahap Sanal4/6(+2 -0 =4)[games]
Sergei Zhigalko4/8(+1 -1 =6)[games]
Ray Robson4/8(+2 -2 =4)[games]
Alexei Fedorov4/8(+2 -2 =4)[games]
Parimarjan Negi4/8(+1 -1 =6)[games]
Martyn Kravtsiv4/7(+2 -1 =4)[games]
Kacper Piorun3.5/7(+1 -1 =5)[games]
Kirill Stupak3.5/7(+1 -1 =5)[games]
Aryan Tari3.5/8(+0 -1 =7)[games]
Samuel Shankland3.5/8(+1 -2 =5)[games]
Alexander Onischuk3.5/7(+1 -1 =5)[games]
Emre Can3.5/8(+1 -2 =5)[games]
(51 players total; 23 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
World Team Chess Championship (2017)

The 11th World Team Chess Championship takes place in Khanty-Mansiysk 17th to 26th June 2017. Also see World Team Chess Championship (Women) (2017).

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Teams & Players

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 180  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Ding Liren vs S Zhigalko  ½-½412017World Team Chess ChampionshipA13 English
2. A Hesham vs I Nepomniachtchi  ½-½382017World Team Chess ChampionshipD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
3. N Vitiugov vs Adham Fawzy  1-0432017World Team Chess ChampionshipE16 Queen's Indian
4. Moheb Ameir vs M Matlakov  0-1292017World Team Chess ChampionshipB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
5. V Fedoseev vs A Frhat  1-0632017World Team Chess ChampionshipE46 Nimzo-Indian
6. D Solak vs Ponomariov  ½-½732017World Team Chess ChampionshipB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
7. A Korobov vs M Yilmaz  ½-½232017World Team Chess ChampionshipD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. E Can vs A Moiseenko  ½-½182017World Team Chess ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
9. M Kravtsiv vs M B Dastan  ½-½312017World Team Chess ChampionshipB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
10. L O Hauge vs J Xiong  ½-½302017World Team Chess ChampionshipC53 Giuoco Piano
11. Akobian vs F Elsness  1-0682017World Team Chess ChampionshipD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
12. F Urkedal vs Onischuk  ½-½542017World Team Chess ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
13. V Kovalev vs Yu Yangyi 0-1392017World Team Chess ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
14. Wei Yi vs A Aleksandrov 1-0522017World Team Chess ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
15. K Stupak vs Li Chao 0-1292017World Team Chess ChampionshipD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. V S Gujrathi vs R Wojtaszek 1-0272017World Team Chess ChampionshipA14 English
17. J Duda vs B Adhiban 1-0662017World Team Chess ChampionshipD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
18. M Karthikeyan vs K Piorun  0-1392017World Team Chess ChampionshipC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
19. M Bartel vs Negi  ½-½812017World Team Chess ChampionshipC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
20. S Shankland vs A Tari  ½-½202017World Team Chess ChampionshipC50 Giuoco Piano
21. A Frhat vs L O Hauge  1-0242017World Team Chess ChampionshipC07 French, Tarrasch
22. R Wojtaszek vs S Shankland 1-0252017World Team Chess ChampionshipE60 King's Indian Defense
23. Onischuk vs J Duda  ½-½232017World Team Chess ChampionshipD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. K Piorun vs Robson  ½-½322017World Team Chess ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
25. J Xiong vs M Bartel  ½-½542017World Team Chess ChampionshipD00 Queen's Pawn Game
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Jun-21-17  Troller: <USA have a ready made excuse with the three top guns missing. No pressure there, the lads should just settle down and enjoy themselves.

Norway have no such excuse, Carlsen is only man not ¾ of a team. (under current form Norway may be better off without him :) )>

Norway is also missing their three top players, like the US, in fact as can be seen below the US brings a stronger team country-wise than Norway.

Country-ranked players for each team:

China: 1-2-3-4-13
Russia: 4-5-7-10-12
Ukraine: 3-4-6-7-8
India: 3-4-5-6-12
Poland: 1-2-4-5-7
USA: 4-6-7-8-9
Belarus: 1-2-3-5-6
Turkey: 2-3-4-5-8
Norway: 4-5-7-10-14
Egypt: 6-7-8-9-13

China is the only team to bring top-4, but Belarus, Poland and Turkey (although without Ipatov) clearly are taking this seriously as well. Ukraine and the US are bringing only top-10 players, but are missing top-2 and top-3 respectively. India is almost the same. Russia, Norway and especially Egypt (but why??) are bringing the comparatively weakest teams.

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  whiteshark: R4:

Day four saw a few astonishing results in the Open section that none could foresee. The <Turkish team,> which came as one of the lowest rated in the field, faced Poland, hitherto resting on a perfect 3/3. The Turks had done excellent, drawing two top teams, but in round four, they <defeated Poland in a big upset.> Still, the biggest surprise had to be <India’s crushing 3.5-0.5 win over the USA> with some inspired chess. Here is the illustrated report with GM analysis.

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  cro777: Big wheel keep on turning … Turkey’s rolling on the World Team Championship continues.

Turkey – China 2-2 (Four draws)

These names are worthy of being noticed (from left to right in the photo):

GM’s Dragan Solak, Mustafa Yilmaz, Vahap Sanal, Emre Can and Muhammed Batuhan Dastan.

GM Michał Krasenkow, the coach of the Turkish team, is a Polish chess grandmaster (born in Moscow and emigrated to Poland), a chess trainer and writer. He has made major contributions to several areas of opening theory.

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  keypusher: <cro777> Looks like a young team. Is Suat Atalik not active anymore? Is he not strong enough?
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  botvinnik64: Atalik active; not sure why he's not here.
Krasnekow is no stranger to top flight chess: I remember he won the NY Open many years ago (in the 90's?) against a very strong field. I think he was robbed of everything as soon as he disembarked from his flight back in Europe - really horrible. An opening theoretician, I followed his work in the English systems with the early g4 spike. Quite interesting. Great to see his students succeed!
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  cro777: <keypusher> Suat Atalik (age 53), the first Turkish grandmaster, is still active. He is currently playing at the Silver lake Open 2017 in Serbia.

As far as this championship is concerned, the younger players Sanal (age 19) and Dastan (age 20) have been given a chance.

Jun-21-17  nok: <Suat Atalik (...) is still active. He is currently playing at the Silver lake Open 2017 in Serbia.> Do you work for the NSA or something?
Jun-21-17  I Like Fish:

where can i...
join team white...

Jun-21-17  Nf8: <Country-ranked players for each team: China: 1-2-3-4-13
Russia: 4-5-7-10-12
Ukraine: 3-4-6-7-8
India: 3-4-5-6-12
Poland: 1-2-4-5-7
USA: 4-6-7-8-9
Belarus: 1-2-3-5-6
Turkey: 2-3-4-5-8
Norway: 4-5-7-10-14
Egypt: 6-7-8-9-13

China is the only team to bring top-4, but Belarus, Poland and Turkey (although without Ipatov) clearly are taking this seriously as well. Ukraine and the US are bringing only top-10 players, but are missing top-2 and top-3 respectively. India is almost the same. Russia, Norway and especially Egypt (but why??) are bringing the comparatively weakest teams.>

I think Russia, the US & India are taking this quite seriously as well, at least at the level of the federations. In the case of the US, nos. 1-3 & 5 are simply unavailable (So, Caruana & Nakamura due to conflicting schedules with Altibox Norway & the Grand Tour, Kamsky retired from the national team a few years ago). Same for Russia's nos. 1-3; whereas their "10" & "12" (Matlakov & Fedoseev) are actually 6 & 9 according to live ratings, and were last-minute replacements for Jakovenko & Inarkiev probably because they're considered as "hot" players in good form - they've just finished the European Championship with great results (Matlakov won it), and Fedoseev is having a very good year in general (gained about 50 rating points in the last half year). Of course, Russia also has the luxury of several 2700+ players at a similar level to choose from - at least rating-wise, the difference between their no.6 and no.10 is very small, whereas the difference between USA's no.3 & no.4 is huge. And in India, Anand doesn't want to play in the national team for a very long time (his last time was 2006, I believe).

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  PhilFeeley: Re: <Suat Atalik>: If you check his <CG> page you'll find that he was banned by the Turkish Chess Federation in 2012 for petty reasons. He's never played for any of their teams since.
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  ketchuplover: You don't win by resigning for your country. You win by making the other poor dumb bastard resign for his country!
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  AylerKupp: <> Any chance that you could calculate and post the team standings as part of this page's header? After all, it IS a team competition and it's the team standings that count. You list the player standings in a regular tournament, and it wouldn't take up any more space.
Jun-22-17  sonia91: <AylerKupp> doesn't read the kibitzing boards, better ask in their forum. By the way, never made team standings.
Jun-22-17  ozu: <ketchuplover> BRAVIS
Jun-24-17  Imran Iskandar: Li Chao helps China edge Russia 3.5-2.5 and grab sole lead!
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  cro777: The defending champion Chinese men's team before the victory over Russia (2.5-1.5) in the seventh round:

(From right to left): Ding Liren, Yu Yangyi, Wei Yi, Li Chao with (standing) GMs Ye Jiangchuan, head coach, and Xu Jun, coach.

Standings after 7 rounds:

China 12
Russia 11
Poland 10
India 9
United States, Turkey 8
Belarus 6
Ukraine 4
Norway 2
Egypt 0

Jun-25-17  Chessinfinite: Vidit Gujrati in a very strong position against Svidler. India - Russia is very exciting at the 2 remains boards.
Jun-25-17  Chessinfinite: ..and Vidit blew a +6 winning advantage against Svidler.. what a blowout. He should have just taken the bishop on h3 and it was still winning.. unbelievable. Fight is on in the 2 games.
Jun-25-17  Chessinfinite: Fedoseev has to find Nd6 against Negi to win in a complex position and Vidit has managed to steal draw from Victory!.. this is very tight.
Jun-25-17  Syphic101: Ideal Chinese A team:

Board 1: Wei Yi = No pressure against him to perform against other board one players who are older and have more experience. This will put pressure on his board one opponents instead!

Board 2: Ding Liren = Super solid against weaker players. Needs to show his superiority.

Board 3: Wang Hao = Highly aggressive player. Will get plenty of wins against other board 3 opponents.

Board 4: Yu Yangyi = One of China's most promising players. The backbone of Team China.

Backup: Bu Xiangzhi = Best sub who can play any board and compete well.

Strategy: Accumulate wins from Yu Yangyi and Wang Hao. Wei Yi can settle for draws and have no pressure to perform. Ding Liren needs to get some wins against weaker opposition on board two.

Bu Xiangzhi subs for anyone not performing well or needs rest.

What do people think?

Jun-26-17  12Knaves: @syphic101
Li Chao as backup instead of Bu Xiangzhi.
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  cro777: The Chinese team defended the World Team Championship title.

1) China 16

2) Russia 15

3) Poland 12

GM Xu Jun (coach): "I think our key secret is that we have a very good team spirit, and our players have improved a lot during recent years". As GM Ye Jiangchuan (head coach) added, "this team is now more and more mature".

Li Chao and Ding Liren revealed the other secrets (blessed buddhist bracelet and playing billiards after dinner every evening):

Jun-26-17  SirRuthless: So is this like the B squad Olympiad or something?
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  siamesedream: Congratulations to medalists, especially for my countrymen from <Poland>.
Jun-26-17  12Knaves: <siamesdream> indeed, a valiant effort from the polish. I was particularly impressed by teenage wunderkind Duda, really rose to the challenge in this tourney.
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