China Wins World Crew Chess Championship

Within the last of the World Crew Chess Championship in Jerusalem, the shock winner was the Chinese language staff, after successful each matches towards Uzbekistan, the champions from the Chennai Chess Olympiad.

Within the battle for the bronze medals, Spain and India headed right into a blitz play-off after the primary two matches have been tied, however in the long run, Spain pulled the longest straw and secured the win.

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In relative phrases, the veteran however lower-rated Chinese language staff of “unknowns” demonstrated that the truth that none of their prime eight gamers took half was not going to cease them from displaying simply how good they’re on this format and taking down the younger sensational Uzbeki gold winners from the Chennai Olympiad. 

The gamers are all able to go on the ultimate day. Picture: Maria Emelianova/

The Finals

Uzbekistan, by their presence within the finals, re-affirmed that they’re, in reality, the actual deal, even when displaying up with out their normal prime board, Nodirbek Abdusattorov.

Within the first match of the ultimate, it shortly grew to become evident that each groups had proven up keen to struggle. The primary recreation to finish was on board two between GMs Jakhongir Sindarov and Xu Xiangyu.

Subsequent to complete was the draw between Javongir Vakhidov and Li Di, a not terribly fascinating recreation within the Nimzo-Indian Protection (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4) that ended up in a drawn rook ending the place each gamers weren’t within the temper to examine one another’s skill for too lengthy.

On board one, issues began with a Scotch Sport the place each gamers despatched their kings to the queenside regardless of it wanting like essentially the most harmful place on the planet. Nevertheless, in a short time the gamers took the sport to the noticed works, trimming the wooden off the board, and sending the sport into an endgame that by no means veered away from the draw zone. Nonetheless, they saved enjoying on for a really very long time, primarily as a result of one aspect was making an attempt to equalize the result of the end result from the one decisive recreation of the match.

That leaves us with the board three battle between GMs Bai Jinshi and Shamsiddin Vokhidov, a recreation that determined the match…

This end result secured the spherical one victory for China, forcing the Uzbeks to play for match victory in spherical two.

The coaches nervously watch their proteges. Picture: Maria Emelianova/

On board, GM Nodirbek Yakubboev and the Chinese language “veteran,” the 27-year-old GM Lu Shanglei, performed yet one more marathon recreation, however this time their recreation was far more dramatic, and due to this fact we selected it as our Sport of the Day.

For some time, it seemed just like the board two encounter between Xu Xiangyu and Sindarov would grow to be the clincher for the Chinese language staff, when White had a decisive benefit within the endgame. However, regardless of an enormous time benefit (almost 10 minutes vs. lower than one in favor of the Chinese language participant), White performed too quick and blew all of it away, as soon as once more opening the match as much as the Uzbeks.

On board three, issues have been no much less tumultuous than on board one. 

Forward of the spherical, staff captain GM Ivan Sokolov had determined to play their reserve, IM Ortik Nigmatov, with the black items towards Li Di. At first, this seemed like an ideal resolution as Nigmatov effortlessly equalized and even gained one thing that resembled the higher hand. 

Ortik Nigmatov was a shock option to play within the last match for Uzbekistan. Picture: Maria Emelianova/

Nevertheless, within the rook ending, issues went awry for the Uzbek participant, permitting Li Di to choose up the win in each the sport, spherical, and match.

To say that China’s success on this match was sudden is an understatement. Lacking all of their prime gamers, but comfortably breezing by means of each stage of the match, together with an amazing victory within the last, was breathtaking to observe and exhibits the remainder of the world simply how robust China is as a chess nation.

The successful Chinese language staff with FIDE President Dvorkovich and former world champion Anand. Picture: Maria Emelianova/

The proud but disillusioned Uzbek staff, flanked by coach Ivan Sokolov. Picture: Maria Emelianova/

Match for the Bronze Medals

Enjoying for bronze medals on the finals day is, in fact, not what both of those groups had hoped for, however bronze is unquestionably higher than nothing. India and Spain each had robust line-ups regardless of lacking a number of of their prime gamers. But Spain got here with one thing near their strongest line-up.

In spherical one of many match, the highest gamers GMs Jaime Santos Latasa and Vidit Gurajthi performed an uneventful draw the place the Spanish participant, with the black items, was by no means worse.

Equally, on board three, the Spanish participant, the legend GM Alexey Shirov apparently effortlessly held a draw towards S.L. Narayanan in a Grunfeld Indian.

On board three, GM Miguel Santos Ruiz sacrificed/misplaced a pawn shortly after the opening with the white items towards GM Krishnan Sasikiran. Within the early middlegame, he quickly gained it again after which progressively gained a small however apparent benefit. After a string of subpar strikes for each side, Black made the ultimate blunder, after which there was no coming again.

Within the recreation between GMs David Anton Guijarro and Nihal Sarin, the Indian participant progressively took over management of the sport within the middlegame and ultimately transformed to attain an vital victory for India to safe the essential 2-2 end result.

The second spherical noticed very stable play from each groups, and not one of the video games have been ever significantly in peril of successful that spherical and, thus, what would have secured the bronze medals.

This necessitated a blitz playoff, the place Shirov returned to the line-up, taking the black items towards Narayanan. That recreation, nevertheless, resulted in a draw. and so did the board 4 encounter between Santos Ruiz and GM Abhijeet Gupta, very similar to of their spherical two recreation. 

On the highest board, Santos Latasa took command and squeezed a convincing win out of the sport towards Vidit.

Towards Nihal, Anton Guijarro pressed and ultimately bought one other win, securing the 3-1 victory for Spain.

David Anton Guijarro beat Nihal Sarin within the blitz playoff. Picture: Maria Emelianova/

Fortunately, with the decisive results of the blitz play-off, the groups prevented the ultimate tiebreaker, which, I believe, was chess boxing, one thing in all probability neither gamers nor organizers have been up for. 

The bronze-winning Spanish staff, sans Alexey Shirov, together with some acquainted FIDE personalities. Picture: Maria Emelianova/

All of the video games

The FIDE World Crew Championship takes place November 19-26, 2022, in Jerusalem, Israel. The format is a round-robin for groups with 5 rounds, adopted by a knockout with the highest eight finishers. The time management is 45 minutes for the complete recreation plus a 10-second increment beginning on transfer one.

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