Reports | November 29, 2013 11:25

Ukraine Still Perfect at World Teams

Ukraine Still Perfect at World Teams

Ukraine tops the standings after three rounds at the World Team Championship in Kemer, Antalya (Turkey). After beating Azerbaijan 2.5-1.5, the team with Ivanchuk, Korobov, Moiseenko, Kryvoruchko and Areshchenko is the only one left with a perfect score. Armenia follows with one match point less.

Kramnik-Aronian from round 1 | All photos courtesy of the Turkish Chess Federation

Before we get to the third round, let's look at a few key games from round 1 and 2 which weren't mentioned here yet. For example, in the first round the big clash Armenia-Russia ended in four draws and on top board this match saw the game between the world's number 2 and 3! Here is that fascinating fight in the Botvinnik Semi-Slav with some brief notes by IMs Merijn van Delft and Robert Ris from CVO 256.

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Aronian and Kramnik at the press conference

And here's another high-profile game from the same round; Ivanchuk's answer to Nakamura's Berlin was a transposition into a Spanish Four Knights.

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After their big success against Russia, the USA went down 1.5-2.5 against Armenia the next day. Kamsky-Movesian, Akopian-Onischuk and Akobian-Sargissan were all drawn, and so it was all about what happened on board one. 

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Aronian decides the match...

...beating Nakamura in a rook ending

Ukraine won its third match in a row, against Azerbaijan. Ivanchuk and Mamedov drew a fascinating King's Indian, Petrosian Variation:

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Moiseenko defeated Durarbayli, whose frivolous sacrifice in the opening didn't have the desired effect:

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Alexander Moiseenko wins an important game

China-Russia was another hard-fought battle; only Wang Yue-Karjakin was drawn quickly. Nepomniachtchi scored the only (lucky) win:

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A painful loss for Yu Yangyi

Kramnik tried for long to win an ending against Li Chao, but the Chinese number 5 did a good job on top board:

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The Netherlands finally got their first two match points thanks to Giri's excellent win over Khenkin.

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Anish Giri, the Dutch top ace

Rank Team Gam. + = - MP Pts.
1 Ukraine 3 3     6
2 Armenia 3 2 1   5
3 Azerbaijan 3 2   1 4 7
4 Germany 3 2   1 4 7
5 Russia 3 1 1 1 3
6 United States of America 3 1   2 2 6
7 China 3 1   2 2
8 Netherlands 3 1   2 2 5
9 Turkey 3 1   2 2 5
10 Egypt 3     3 0 4

The FIDE World Team Championship is held every two years. It's taking place 26 November - 5 December in Kemer, Antalya (Turkey). It's a single round robin among ten teams.

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NN's picture

Actually the world number two faced world number three twice in those three rounds

Bronkenstein's picture

Somewhat funny fact =)

jimknopf's picture

What fascinated me most in this round was Nakamura losing against Aronian in a way reminding a lot of Anand's endgame losses against Carlsen.

So how should Nakamura have been a better challenger for Carlsen than Anand has been, as some people tried to argue? Neither Nakamuras present score against Carlsen nor this particular game make this claim look very convincing, and certainly not Nakamura's silly Twitter claim that he is the only good hero left to kill the so called "Sauron" (not really funny way of denouncing the better player).

Nakamura plays some great chess and is one of the best top 10 players for good reasons. I like many of his games, but frankly I can't see how he should be more threatening to Carlsen than anyone else among the top playes.

In the annotation of the Aronian-Nakamura game above a comment is missing on the decisive blunder 40. ...Rh8?, a big rook endgame mistake. It was this move (and not the first mistake 26. ... d4?), which spoiled all chances for a draw.

kailas's picture

Childish post jim. Speculation on speculation.

Webbimio's picture

Black was already lost there - don't listen to Houdini.

jimknopf's picture

No, black wasn't lost there, compare qualified comment on chessbase:
40...Kxd5 41.Rd2+ Kc6 42.f6 h3 43.Kf5 Re3 e.g.: 44.f7 Rf3+ 45.Ke6 Re3+ 46.Kf6 Rf3+ 47.Kg7 Rg3+ 48.Kh7 Rf3=

ron's picture

Carlsen tricks like a genius every top player in hist type of position n kills them there slowly like a Boa constrictor. Anand like many others was not versatile n unpredictable enough to escape and impose his game on Magnus. Nakamura (like Ivanchuk) is extremly versatile but a bit too inconsistant. So many chess fans hope that with a little more accuracy and concentration Nakamura could cause dangerous problems to Magnus. With Nakamuras style of play Magnus will not always be able to get his positions.

Frits Fritschy's picture

It indeed is a draw after 40... Kxd5 41 Rd2+ Kc6 42 f6 h3 43 Kf5 Re3!, to give checks from behind (44 Rf2 Kd7). With the h-pawn still alive, white can't use the normal winning procedure, putting the pawn on f7 and the king on f8, and then the 'Lucena bridge' Rd4. I wonder what would have happened when Aronian had played 37 Rd3 instead of Rd2. The same manoeuvre as mentioned won't do anymore, as the h-pawn isn't covered. So maybe 26... d4 should have been the losing move after all?
About Nakamura: insulting your opponent before the fight is from all ages and all cultures. Remember Muhammed Ali? Some people perform better when they take their adrenaline to the boiling point. People like Botvinnik and Korchnoi had to hate their opponents. The downside ofcourse is that when you lose, your pre-fight behaviour looks a bit silly. I don't mind a bit of bravado, it adds spice to the game.

Harry_Flashman's picture

Naka still has to reach The World Championship match , and even play in The Candidates Tournament , he failed to qualify, and twits such statements.. Inflated balloon..

Chris's picture

...but with temperament and phantasy :)

Alter ego's picture

Naka Ut si , risus abundat in ore stultorum , ex post facto , videre est credere.Nakamura gnothe seauton .

Anonymous's picture

Naka has some ego issues.

Cbbishop's picture

The best answer to the Sauron post was from Giri:
"The danger is to end up like Smeagol!"

jimknopf's picture

What I consider as childish, is Nakamuras twitter comment on chessbase, and what I call speculative based on nothing, are claims I met here and elsewhere, that Nakamura would have been a better challenge for Carlsen.

Back to the facts:

- Nakamura just had the kind of endgame loss against Aronian which Anand had against Carlsen

- Nakamura - just like anyone else - would have a hard time playing ultra-sharp openings against the world elite all th time. He chose openings like a Berlin (against Ivanchuk) and a Lasker defense (against Aronian). Nothing wrong with that at all. It shows that it is nonsense to believe that any elite player can ignore calm variations altogether and play sharp all the time.

- bold claims (from players and chess enthusiasts), are easily published, but often hard to verify.

Anonymous's picture

World Championchip is over! Now please don't suck with your Carlsen-Dirty-Talk and let us enjoy top-level chess from "the rest".

Alter ego's picture

A: Insanabile cacoethes scribendi , post scriptum.

Chris's picture

Saecula seculorum

the real S3's picture

"bold claims (from players and chess enthusiasts), are easily published, but often hard to verify."

The only claim of jimknopf post that actually makes sense.

chesshire cat's picture

Is the guy not allowed make a light-hearted (and actually complimentary) tweet these days without the chess police descending in force? Calling Carlsen "Sauron" is a jokey way to refer to his huge strength.
Lighten up. Also, general circular; every silly claim made by twits on forums does not read endless rebuttal, or even any rebuttal at all. We do not need posts refuting claims by "fans" of x y and z; these people are overwhelmingly weak chess players with even weaker intellects who have latched onto a successful figure and have no idea of what they speak; most of them could not differentiate between an 1800 and 2200 player and yet are qualified to discuss super GM playing styles etc. in depth etc. Let them have their rather pathetic moments of joy, eh? Just put a peg on your nose.

Coco Loco's picture

If you want to see some funny but pathetic stuff, google "a peg on your nose"!

jimknopf's picture


Like in "If i slept with a peg on my nose every night for a year, would it get smaller? im 15?" ...:-))

Anonymous's picture

"Calling Carlsen "Sauron" is a jokey way to refer to his huge strength"

At least he didn't call him Grisnakh

jimknopf's picture

"light hearted" and even "complimentary" remark? Mabye our sense of humor differs quite a bit. Calling someone "Sauron" isn't exactly the kind of light hearted joke I would expect from a chess rival towards a 22 year old opponent.

In "lord of the rings" Sauron was the personification of pure evil and of the effort to enslave the rest of the world to his dark reign.

Even if you don't take the allusion too serious (you can't take it too serious anyway), it is malevolent at best, just like Naka's silly and respectless remarks about Garry have been before.

Else don't worry, I don't think that anyone is able to refute anyone in internet. ;-))

It's just exchanging points of view and arguments, not more and not less. And this Nakamura game really was provocative in reminding me of some silly arguments I have read and heard about the last WCh.

Alter ego's picture

jimknopf : Difficile est saturam non scribere. : )

Alter ego's picture

jimknopf....Potestatem obscuri lateris nescis.(Star Wars)

jimknopf's picture

Quis, quid, ubi, quibus auxilius, cur, quomodo, quando?
(Asterix & Obelix, Roman jailor)

jimknopf's picture

"satiram" was Juvenals wording

Anonymous's picture

Naka never won a single game against Carlsen. That is his frustration.

Chris's picture

He is no 3 again.
History is not deciding future.

Chris's picture

Harry Potter or Sauron what a difference.?

Anonymous's picture

Excellent coverage (and pictures). Much thanks.

Anonymous's picture

OT, but still: What a lovely video about Aljechin-Euwe 1935 tweeted by Garry Kasparov!

At the end, Aljechin and Euwe exchange declarations of friendship in German :-)

Alter ego's picture

Sui generis . Memorabilia,multi sunt vocati pauci vero electi,magnum bonum.mea culpa latine loqui coactus sum. Habetis bona deum.

Anonymous's picture

@ Alter ego; Quod licet iovi non licet bovi. Take that however which way you like.

Alter ego's picture

Anonymous@ Quomodo vales? Habetis bona deum (QL-LOVI-NLB) =)

Alter ego's picture

Maxima debetur Anand reverentia, Anand cura nihil aliud nisi ut valeas . Qui docent discit.Faber quisque fortunae suae.

jimknopf's picture

Cutting and pasting Cicero doesn't really ´help here.
We know by now that you can cite Latin snippets, and that others even know what they mean.

I propose game over :-)

Andreas's picture

nice interview, quite authentic

Thomas Richter's picture

Where is the article on round 4? Is Peter Doggers desperately searching for a new headline, while the same one would still be correct? Just kidding ...

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