China Wins World Team Chess Championship 2015

Team World Championship

Ten teams with each four top players from all over the world gathered in the Armenian city of Tsakhkadzor from April 18 to 29 2015 to take out the nine-round battle for the popular World Team Championship title.

Russia had the highest average team ELO-rating of 2760 points of all teams in the race.

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Team Ranking with ELO-Ratings

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1 Egypt Rtg-Ø:2548
Bo. Name IRtg FED
1 GM Amin Bassem 2634 EGY
2 GM Shoker Samy 2482 EGY
3 IM Ezat Mohamed 2479 EGY
4 GM Adly Ahmed 2595 EGY
IM Farahat Ali 2389 EGY

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2 Israel Rtg-Ø:2676
Bo. Name IRtg FED
1 GM Gelfand Boris 2747 ISR
2 GM Sutovsky Emil 2628 ISR
3 GM Smirin Ilia 2652 ISR
4 GM Rodshtein Maxim 2667 ISR
GM Postny Evgeny 2636 ISR

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3 Ukraine Rtg-Ø:2719
Bo. Name IRtg FED
1 GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2713 UKR
2 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2731 UKR
3 GM Eljanov Pavel 2733 UKR
4 GM Kryvoruchko Yuriy 2686 UKR
GM Moiseenko Alexander 2697 UKR

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4 Cuba Rtg-Ø:2665
Bo. Name IRtg FED
1 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2729 CUB
2 GM Bruzon Batista Lazaro 2691 CUB
3 GM Quesada Perez Yuniesky 2629 CUB
4 GM Ortiz Suarez Isan Reynaldo 2612 CUB
GM Gonzalez Vidal Yuri 2557 CUB

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5 China Rtg-Ø:2715
Bo. Name IRtg FED
1 GM Ding Liren 2751 CHN
2 GM Yu Yangyi 2724 CHN
3 GM Bu Xiangzhi 2681 CHN
4 GM Wei Yi 2703 CHN
IM Wang Chen 2531 CHN

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6 USA Rtg-Ø:2647
Bo. Name IRtg FED
1 GM Shankland Samuel L 2661 USA
2 GM Lenderman Aleksandr 2617 USA
3 GM Onischuk Alexander 2665 USA
4 GM Akobian Varuzhan 2622 USA
GM Naroditsky Daniel 2640 USA

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7 Hungary Rtg-Ø:2693
Bo. Name IRtg FED
1 GM Leko Peter 2713 HUN
2 GM Erdos Viktor 2612 HUN
3 GM Almasi Zoltan 2698 HUN
4 GM Rapport Richard 2710 HUN
GM Balogh Csaba 2651 HUN

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8 Russia Rtg-Ø:2760
Bo. Name IRtg FED
1 GM Grischuk Alexander 2794 RUS
2 GM Karjakin Sergey 2757 RUS
3 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2745 RUS
4 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2744 RUS
GM Vitiugov Nikita 2736 RUS

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9 Armenia Rtg-Ø:2691
Bo. Name IRtg FED
1 GM Aronian Levon 2770 ARM
2 GM Sargissian Gabriel 2674 ARM
3 GM Movsesian Sergei 2665 ARM
4 GM Akopian Vladimir 2656 ARM
GM Melkumyan Hrant 2651 ARM

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10 India Rtg-Ø:2662
Bo. Name IRtg FED
1 GM Harikrishna P. 2731 IND
2 GM Sethuraman S.P. 2634 IND
3 GM Sasikiran Krishnan 2654 IND
4 GM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi 2630 IND
GM Sengupta Deep 2576 IND

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Team Results Rounds 1 to 9

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Round 1 on 2015/04/19 at 15.00

India started off strong in Round 1 and scored the highest team result of 3 points and many victories at the expense of Egypt’s rating.

No. SNo. Team Res. Team SNo.
1 1 Egypt   1 – 3 India 10
2 2 Israel 2½ – 1½ Armenia 9
3 3 Ukraine 2½ – 1½ Russia 8
4 4 Cuba   2 – 2 Hungary 7
5 5 China 2½ – 1½ USA 6

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Round 2 on 2015/04/20 at 15.00

An all draw round helps India to maintain the lead. Israel, Cuba, and China, however, were only one match point short and close up after Round 2. Favorite team Russia was in bottom rank.

No. SNo. Team Res. Team SNo.
1 10 India 2 – 2 USA 6
2 7 Hungary 2 – 2 China 5
3 8 Russia 1½ – 2½ Cuba 4
4 9 Armenia 2½ – 1½ Ukraine 3
5 1 Egypt 2 – 2 Israel 2

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Round 3 on 2015/04/21 at 15.00

Israel took over the lead on the third game day. Three defeats and one draw caused India’s team to fall far behind. Israel and Cuba, on the other hand, rapidly enhanced to the very top with each five match points. The Ukrainian team was the only team of the tournament to achieve an unbelievable four victories in one round.

No. SNo. Team Res. Team SNo.
1 2 Israel 3½ – ½ India 10
2 3 Ukraine 4 – 0 Egypt 1
3 4 Cuba 2½ – 1½ Armenia 9
4 5 China 2 – 2 Russia 8
5 6 USA 1½ – 2½ Hungary 7

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Round 4 on 2015/04/22 at 15.00

Armenia scored the most unfavorable results of the fourth game day; they only scored one point through Levon Aroanian’s and Liren Ding’s draws. Cuba took over the overall lead with 7 match points and Ukraine advanced from rank 6 to 2 which it shared with China.

No. SNo. Team Res. Team SNo.
1 10 India 2½ – 1½ Hungary 7
2 8 Russia 2 – 2 USA 6
3 9 Armenia ½ – 3½ China 5
4 1 Egypt 1 – 3 Cuba 4
5 2 Israel 1½ – 2½ Ukraine 3

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Round 5 on 2015/04/23 at 15.00

Cuba and Ukraine switched positions in the rankings. Israel caught up with the top, so that Cuba had to comply not only with falling behind on rank 2 but also having to share it with Israel. China and Ukraine soundly remained at the rankings’ top. The greatest game point addition of the day was scored by Russia with victories of Karjakin, Tomashevsky, and Vitiugov. Only Grischuk couldn’t prevail, only tied against Peter Leko.

No. SNo. Team Res. Team SNo.
1 3 Ukraine 2½ – 1½ India 10
2 4 Cuba 1½ – 2½ Israel 2
3 5 China 2½ – 1½ Egypt 1
4 6 USA 1½ – 2½ Armenia 9
5 7 Hungary ½ – 3½ Russia 8

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Round 6 on 2015/04/25 at 15.00

Ukraine and China kept the lead and enhanced their advantage to Israel and Cuba on rank 2 by 3 match points. The bottom end of the rankings did not change at all – Egypt was stuck with only 1 match point in 6 rounds.

No. SNo. Team Res. Team SNo.
1 10 India 1½ – 2½ Russia 8
2 9 Armenia 2 – 2 Hungary 7
3 1 Egypt 1 – 3 USA 6
4 2 Israel 1½ – 2½ China 5
5 3 Ukraine 2½ – 1½ Cuba 4

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Round 7 on 2015/04/26 at 15.00

After round 7 had been played, everything pointed to Ukraine or China winning the tournament. None of the other teams were a serious threat to the teams with 11 match points each. India as well as Israel, Armenia, Cuba, and Hungary had only 7 points each. At least the battle for the silver medal remained suspenseful.

No. SNo. Team Res. Team SNo.
1 4 Cuba 1½ – 2½ India 10
2 5 China 2 – 2 Ukraine 3
3 6 USA 2½ – 1½ Israel 2
4 7 Hungary 2½ – 1½ Egypt 1
5 8 Russia 1½ – 2½ Armenia 9

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Round 8 on 2015/04/27 at 15.00

China scored a remarkable result against Cuba, while the United States interrupted Ukraine’s sequence of successful rounds. Therefore, China went ahead with two whole point’s advantage to the Ukraine. Russia scored 3 points against the hopelessly inferior team of Egypt and managed to enhance to where a match for a medal seemed realistic. Armenia remained in 3rd rank, but had to fear the approaching teams of Israel, Russia, Hungary, and the United States (all one point short).

No. SNo. Team Res. Team SNo.
1 10 India 1½ – 2½ Armenia 9
2 1 Egypt ½ – 3½ Russia 8
3 2 Israel 2 – 2 Hungary 7
4 3 Ukraine 1½ – 2½ USA 6
5 4 Cuba 1 – 3 China 5

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Round 9 on 2015/04/28 at 11.00

The victories of Yi Wie and Yangi Yu and the overall score of 3-0 against India were China’s overall tournament victory. Ukraine tied against Hungary which was enough to secure 2nd place. Armenia played against Egypt, their victory and bronze medal thus little surprising.

No. SNo. Team Res. Team SNo.
1 5 China 3 – 1 India 10
2 6 USA 3 – 1 Cuba 4
3 7 Hungary 2 – 2 Ukraine 3
4 8 Russia 2½ – 1½ Israel 2
5 9 Armenia 2½ – 1½ Egypt 1

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Final Results
Rank Team Gam. + = Matchpoint Gamepoints.
1 China 9 6 3 0 15 23
2 Ukraine 9 5 2 2 12 21
3 Armenia 9 5 1 3 11 18
4 Russia 9 4 2 3 10 20½
5 USA 9 4 2 3 10 19½
6 Hungary 9 2 5 2 9 17
7 Israel 9 3 2 4 8 18½
8 Cuba 9 3 1 5 7 16½
9 India 9 3 1 5 7 16
10 Egypt 9 0 1 8 1 10

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Find pairings, pictures, videos, and board results on the official tournament website:

http://tsaghkadzor2015.fide.com

 written by Sarah, translated by Birthe