Ukraine, Russia, or China – Who will be new Chess World Champion 2013?

Seven out of nine rounds of the Team World Championship 2013 in Chess have been played already. At this moment it is certain that only three of the ten teams still have chances on winning the title: The Ukraine, Russia, and China.


Ukraine takes lead two rounds before the end of World Championship 2013

Loek Van Wely

A glance at the overall standings shows us that the Ukraine has taken the overall lead with a score account of 12 match points. The Eastern Europeans were able to decide 5 games in their favor and had to comply with only one defeat. This defeat happened in round 6 against the Netherlands. While during this match three duels ended in draws, Loek Van Wely (ELO 2678) was surprisingly able to beat Anton Korobov (ELO 2713) who had shown a strong performance in previous rounds of the tournament. Round 7 was then again characterized by the victories of Korobov and Yuriy Kryvoruchko (ELO 2701) against Egypt, and the two defeats of Alexander Areshchenko (ELO 2720) and Amin Bassem (ELO 2652), which resulted in a final score of 2.5:1.5 points. In case the Ukraine is able to win both outstanding matches against Russia and Armenia, the World Championship title is safe and sound; possibly, prevailing over the Russians may even be enough to win, if also China unexpectedly loses against the German team.


Russia and China still with chances on title

On ranks 2 and 3 follow Russia (11 points) and China (10 points), who both still have chances on winning the title in Antalya. The Russians were able to decide 5 matches to their favor, played one draw and were defeated once. In the previous two duels, the Russians were able to score clear victories with 3.5:0.5 points against Germany and 3:1 against the home team from Turkey. The Chinese, on the other hand, have triumphed 5 times so far and were defeated twice. The Asians also won the previous two duels with 3:1 points against Egypt and 2.5:1.5 points against the United States. The Americans have a current score account of 8.0 match points out of four victories and three defeats, like Armenia and the Netherlands. Theoretically speaking, these teams even have a chance on the silver or bronze medal, if one of the top-favorite teams makes a severe mistake in one of the upcoming duels.


European Champion Azerbaijan far off

Out of all ten participating teams, the German team currently ranks 7th. With three victories and four defeats, the Germans, led by Arkadij Naiditsch, have only 6.0 match points at the moment. With China and European Champion Azerbaijan, they have two strong opponents to face in the remaining rounds of the World Championship 2013 in the Turkish city Antalya. Azerbaijan, however, still ranks behind Germany on 8th place with 5.0 points out of two victories, one draw, and four defeats. Azerbaijan is followed by the teams from Turkey (2.0) and Egypt (0) who both have no chances on successfully finishing the tournament.


Picture: Stefan64

written by Michael, translated by Birthe

Team Chess World Championship 2013: Ukraine strong, Russia struggles

After three out of nine rounds of the Team World Championship 2013 in Antalya, the Ukraine is clearly leading the field. The Russian team is struggling despite all expectations.


Ukraine with three victories out of three duels

Alexander Moiseenko

The Ukraine is the only team remaining with a clean slate at the Team Chess World Championship 2013. The Eastern

Europeans were able to win all three duels so far. The 2.5:1.5 victory against the United States in the opening stage of the tournament is followed by triumphs in rounds two and three against China (2.5:1.5) and the European Team Champion from Azerbaijan (2.5:1.5) who just recently secured the Championship title in Istanbul, despite the absence of Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. In the match against China, the Ukraine was successful through Vassily Ivanchuk (ELO 2731) who won against Li Chao (ELO 2679) and Anton Korobov (ELO 2713) who beat Ding Liren (ELO 2711). On the other hand, Yuriy Kryvoruchko (ELO 2701) was defeated by Wang Yue (ELO 2725). In the match against Azerbaijan, Alexander Moiseenko (ELO 2709) was able to score the decisive point against Vasif Durarbayli (ELO 2559). While the Ukraine is leading the field with a score of 6 points, Armenia is currently the runner-up with 5 points. The Armenians played a 2:2 draw against Russia in the top-duel in the opening stage, but were able to prevail over Egypt (3:1) and the United States (2.5:1.5). In the match against the USA, the world’s number 2, Levon Aronian (ELO 2801), scored a victory against Hikaru Nakamura (ELO 2786).


Top-favorite team from Russia only at midfield spot

Russia was one of the two top-favorite teams in Antalya but is having a hard time proving its strengths. After the 2:2 draw against Armenia, Russia was defeated by The United States at 1:3. Former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik (ELO 2793) had to admit defeat to US-American Hikaru Nakamura (ELO 2786), while Nikita Vitiugov (ELO 2741) had no chance against Robson Ray (ELO 2613). Russia is now three points short to front runner Ukraine and ranks 5th after 3 rounds. Ahead off Russia rank Azerbaijan in 3rd place at 4 points and the German team in 4th place at also 4 points. The German’s early success against Egypt was repeated against the home team from Turkey (3:1). Hereby, Georg Meier (ELO 2623) and the German top-player Arkadij Naiditsch contributed to the victory. However, in round 3 they were defeated by the Netherlands at 1.5:2.5 points, as Igor Khenkin (ELO 2612) was inferior to Giri Anish (ELO 2731). Naiditsch achieved at least a draw against L’ami Erwin (ELO 2648).


Picture: Przemysław Jahr

written by Michael, translated by Birthe