China Grabs the Lead on World Team Championship
On June 24, the games of the 7th Round of the World Chess Team Championships were played in Khanty-Mansiysk.
In the pivotal match of the round Russia vs. China the guest team won 2.5 to 1.5. The scorer was Li Chao who outplayed Vladimir Fedoseev on the 4th board.
Team Poland defeated Norway with the same score. Winners for Poland were Jan-Krzysztof Duda and Mateusz Bartel, Radoslaw Wojtaszek drew and Kacper Piorun lost his game.
Ukraine lost to India with a close score. Man of the day was Baskaran Adhiban who defeated Anton Korobov.
Team USA outplayed Turkey with the score 3 to 1. Winning points were supplied by Alexander Onischuk and Ray Robson.
Belarus smashed Egypt 3.5 to 0.5.
After round 7 China grabbed the lead with 12 match points. Russia trails by a step and Poland has 10 points.
In the women’s tournament Russians annihilated Poland 3.5 to 0.5. Alexandra Kosteniuk, Valentina Gunina and Aleksandra Goryachkina won their games and Ekaterina Lagno drew.
Ukraine bested Egypt 2.5 to 1.5. Winning points were supplied by Iuliya Osmak and Nataliya Buksa.
Georgia defeated Azerbaijan 3 to 1. The scorers were Nana Dzagnidze and Salome Melia.
Matches China – India and Vietnam – USA were both tied.
The leaders of the women’s tournament are the same: Russia and Ukraine have 12 match points each, but Russians are two individual points up.
Round 8th pairings are:
Belarus – Poland, China – Norway, India – Russia, USA – Ukraine, Egypt – Turkey
Ukraine – Georgia, USA – Azerbaijan, India – Vietnam, Poland – China, Egypt – Russia