The not-so-surprising leader after two laps in the World Team Championship from June 17 to 26 in Ugra, Russia is the top ranked China. Slightly less anticipated Poland, which won dramatic matches against India and the United States, shares the top spot.
The opening ceremony presented an impressive production value
and dancing. | Photo courtesy of the official site.
the World Team Championship takes place every two years since 2007. This year for the first time, the open championship takes place at the same time as the women’s championship. The open tournament consists of the following 10 teams selected as follows according to the FIDE Manual according to section D.22.214.171.124:
World Team Championship: open teams
Many teams are disabled because their best players were unable to play due to commitments with Norway Chess or the Grand Chess Tour. China have most of their best players and are seeded. They won convincingly (3.5-0.5) against Belarus in the first round, but their victory over India in the second round was by the tiniest margin of half a point. Probably the most interesting game was Wei Yi vs Krishnan Sasikiran in which Black’s tower was trapped for ten hits but could never be taken.
The Board of Directors of Poland, Radoslaw Wojtaszek was arguably the most interesting player to watch in both rounds so far. He first lost in 27 against Santosh Vidit Gujrathi who used an opening idea first unveiled by Anish Giri (for whom Vidit second) in the Speed Chess Championship!
Wojtaszek had a very bad day and a very good one. | Photo courtesy of the official site.
Wojtaszek’s loss was avenged by the new 2700 Jan-Krzysztof Duda and Kacper Piorun. Piorun won with a pleasant attack.
In the second round, Wojtaszek scored an impressive rebound victory, scoring the only victory in the Poland-United States game to beat Sam shankland in just 25 shots.
This anguished photo was taken while Shankland’s position was still good … | Photo courtesy of the official site by Anastasia Balakhontseva.
A surprising non-leader is Russia, who were somewhat shocked by a draw by the Turkish team.
global teams | 2nd round classification
Women’s World Team Championship: Women’s teams
The women’s championship has gone very well for the home side so far as the Russians beat both Chinese and Vietnamese by a score of 3-1. They have the only perfect score. A critical match in the Russia-China game was the new women’s world champion Tan zhongyi to be defeated with the white pieces by Kateryna Lagno.
The Chinese team were also held in check by Ukraine in the second round. After just two laps, the seed will struggle to make a realistic race to catch up with the Russians.
The critical Russia-China match opened the tournament in the first round. | Photo courtesy of the official site by Anastasia Balakhontseva.
global teams | Women, classification of the 2nd round