The Russian national team secured the World Championship title 2013 at the Turkish city Antalya. With seven victories, one draw, and one defeat the Russians won the gold medal and prevailed over nine other participating teams.
Russia defeats Ukraine in preliminary decisive duel
Even before the final 9th round, the Russians took the overall lead at the tournament. In the ending stage of the event, the Russians achieved the expected victory against the Egyptian team which hadn’t won a single duel throughout the championship. Still, the team from Russia had a hard time winning; former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik, Sergey Karjakin, and Nikita Vitiugov were not able to triumph over their much lower-rated opponents and ended the duels in draws. The decisive point to the final score of 2.5:1.5 was secured by Ian Nepomniachtchi (ELO 2721) who won against Sam Shoker (ELO 2500). Therefore, Russia had an overall ending score of 15.0 match points and secured the gold medal, while Egypt ended up on 10th place with zero points. The preliminary decision, though, was already made in 8th round, when Russia defeated the Ukraine at 2.5:1.5 points. Again, Ian Nepomniachtchi scored the decisive point against Yuriy Kryvoruchko. The Ukraine finally prevailed over Armenia at 2.5:1.5 points and with an overall score of 14.0 points and secured the bronze medal of the Team Chess World Championship 2013 in Antalya.
China obtains silver medal, European Champion Azerbaijan is far off
The silver medal was obtained by the Chinese team, which in the end had a score account of 14.0 match points. China first prevailed over Germany in round 8 at 2.5:1.5 points; Yu Yangyi became the match-winner, as he decided the match against German player David Baramidze (ELO 2614) to his favor. In the following round, the Asian team scored an easy 3:1 victory against the home team from Turkey. The Turkish came off 9th at the Team Chess Championship 2013 with a final score of only 3.0 points. Germany, on the other hand, ranked 7th in overall standings, after a victory (3:1) against European Champion Azerbaijan in the final round. Daniel Fridman (ELO 2600) defeated Nidjat Mamedov (ELO 2616) and Germany’s top-rated player Arkadij Naiditsch (ELO 2727) prevailed over Vasif Durarbayli (ELO 2559). The European Team Champion from Eastern-Europe ended up in 8th place with disappointing 7.0 points, while the Netherlands became 4th (9.0), followed by Armenia and the United States at each 10.0 points.
written by Michael, translated by Birthe