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🏆 World Team Championship (2017)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Ding Liren, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Peter Svidler, Ruslan Ponomariov, Yu Yangyi, Li Chao, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Wei Yi, Nikita Vitiugov, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Maxim Matlakov, Vladimir Fedoseev, Sam Shankland, Vidit Santosh Gujrathi, Alexander Moiseenko, Anton Korobov, Alexander Areshchenko, Krishnan Sasikiran, Jeffery Xiong, Sergei Zhigalko, Alexander Onischuk, Baskaran Adhiban, Martyn Kravtsiv, Ray Robson, Aleksej Aleksandrov, Mateusz Bartel, Vladislav Kovalev, Varuzhan Akobian, Parimarjan Negi, Kacper Piorun, Grzegorz Gajewski, Alexei Fedorov, Dragan Solak, Mustafa Yilmaz, Aryan Tari, Wen Yang, Murali Karthikeyan, Emre Can, Kirill Stupak, Vahap Sanal, Muhammed Batuhan Dastan, Frode Olav Olsen Urkedal, Johan Salomon, Frode Elsness, Lars Oskar Hauge, Adham Fawzy, Imed Abdelnabbi, Moheb Ameir, Abdelrahman Hesham, Ali Farahat Chess Event Description
World Team Championship (2017)

The 11th World Team Chess Championship took place in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia 17th to 26th June 2017. Crosstable:, and

01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 MP Pts 1 CHINA * 2½ 2½ 2½ 2 2½ 3½ 2 3½ 3½ 16 24½ 2 RUSSIA 1½ * 3 2½ 2 2½ 3 4 3 3½ 15 25 3 POLAND 1½ 1 * 2½ 1½ 3 3 2½ 2½ 3 12 20½ 4 INDIA 1½ 1½ 1½ * 2 2½ 2½ 3½ 3 2½ 11 20½ 5 TURKEY 2 2 2½ 2 * 2 1½ 1 2½ 3 10 18½ 6 UKRAINE 1½ 1½ 1 1½ 2 * 2 2½ 3 2½ 8 17½ 7 BELARUS ½ 1 1 1½ 2½ 2 * 2 3½ 3½ 8 17½ 8 UNITED STATES 2 0 1½ ½ 3 1½ 2 * 2½ 3 8 16 9 NORWAY ½ 1 1½ 1 1½ 1 ½ 1½ * 2½ 2 11 10 EGYPT ½ ½ 1 1½ 1 1½ ½ 1 1½ * 0 9

China won with 16 match points (MP). Official site: Teams & players:

Previous edition: FIDE World Team Championship (2015). Next: World Team Chess Championship (2019). See also World Team Chess Championship (Women) (2017).

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 180  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Ding Liren vs S Zhigalko  ½-½412017World Team ChampionshipA13 English
2. V Kovalev vs Yu Yangyi 0-1392017World Team ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
3. Wei Yi vs A Aleksandrov 1-0522017World Team ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
4. K Stupak vs Li Chao 0-1292017World Team ChampionshipD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
5. V S Gujrathi vs Wojtaszek 1-0272017World Team ChampionshipA14 English
6. Duda vs B Adhiban 1-0662017World Team ChampionshipD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
7. M Karthikeyan vs K Piorun  0-1392017World Team ChampionshipC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
8. M Bartel vs Negi  ½-½812017World Team ChampionshipC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
9. Shankland vs A Tari  ½-½202017World Team ChampionshipC50 Giuoco Piano
10. Urkedal vs Onischuk  ½-½542017World Team ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
11. V Akobian vs F Elsness  1-0682017World Team ChampionshipD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
12. L O Hauge vs Xiong  ½-½302017World Team ChampionshipC53 Giuoco Piano
13. A Hesham vs Nepomniachtchi  ½-½382017World Team ChampionshipD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
14. Vitiugov vs Adham Fawzy  1-0432017World Team ChampionshipE16 Queen's Indian
15. Moheb Ameir vs M Matlakov  0-1292017World Team ChampionshipB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
16. V Fedoseev vs A Farahat  1-0632017World Team ChampionshipE46 Nimzo-Indian
17. D Solak vs Ponomariov  ½-½732017World Team ChampionshipB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
18. A Korobov vs M Yilmaz ½-½232017World Team ChampionshipD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. E Can vs A Moiseenko  ½-½182017World Team ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
20. M Kravtsiv vs M B Dastan  ½-½312017World Team ChampionshipB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
21. S Zhigalko vs Ponomariov  ½-½152017World Team ChampionshipC50 Giuoco Piano
22. Areshchenko vs V Kovalev  ½-½202017World Team ChampionshipC50 Giuoco Piano
23. A Aleksandrov vs A Moiseenko  ½-½132017World Team ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
24. M Kravtsiv vs Fedorov  ½-½222017World Team ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
25. Svidler vs D Solak  ½-½262017World Team ChampionshipE61 King's Indian
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Jun-21-17  botvinnik64: Atalik active; not sure why he's not here.
Krasnekow is no stranger to top flight chess: I remember he won the NY Open many years ago (in the 90's?) against a very strong field. I think he was robbed of everything as soon as he disembarked from his flight back in Europe - really horrible. An opening theoretician, I followed his work in the English systems with the early g4 spike. Quite interesting. Great to see his students succeed!
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  cro777: <keypusher> Suat Atalik (age 53), the first Turkish grandmaster, is still active. He is currently playing at the Silver lake Open 2017 in Serbia.

As far as this championship is concerned, the younger players Sanal (age 19) and Dastan (age 20) have been given a chance.

Jun-21-17  nok: <Suat Atalik (...) is still active. He is currently playing at the Silver lake Open 2017 in Serbia.> Do you work for the NSA or something?
Jun-21-17  I Like Fish:

where can i...
join team white...

Jun-21-17  Nf8: <Country-ranked players for each team: China: 1-2-3-4-13
Russia: 4-5-7-10-12
Ukraine: 3-4-6-7-8
India: 3-4-5-6-12
Poland: 1-2-4-5-7
USA: 4-6-7-8-9
Belarus: 1-2-3-5-6
Turkey: 2-3-4-5-8
Norway: 4-5-7-10-14
Egypt: 6-7-8-9-13

China is the only team to bring top-4, but Belarus, Poland and Turkey (although without Ipatov) clearly are taking this seriously as well. Ukraine and the US are bringing only top-10 players, but are missing top-2 and top-3 respectively. India is almost the same. Russia, Norway and especially Egypt (but why??) are bringing the comparatively weakest teams.>

I think Russia, the US & India are taking this quite seriously as well, at least at the level of the federations. In the case of the US, nos. 1-3 & 5 are simply unavailable (So, Caruana & Nakamura due to conflicting schedules with Altibox Norway & the Grand Tour, Kamsky retired from the national team a few years ago). Same for Russia's nos. 1-3; whereas their "10" & "12" (Matlakov & Fedoseev) are actually 6 & 9 according to live ratings, and were last-minute replacements for Jakovenko & Inarkiev probably because they're considered as "hot" players in good form - they've just finished the European Championship with great results (Matlakov won it), and Fedoseev is having a very good year in general (gained about 50 rating points in the last half year). Of course, Russia also has the luxury of several 2700+ players at a similar level to choose from - at least rating-wise, the difference between their no.6 and no.10 is very small, whereas the difference between USA's no.3 & no.4 is huge. And in India, Anand doesn't want to play in the national team for a very long time (his last time was 2006, I believe).

Jun-21-17  PhilFeeley: Re: <Suat Atalik>: If you check his <CG> page you'll find that he was banned by the Turkish Chess Federation in 2012 for petty reasons. He's never played for any of their teams since.
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  ketchuplover: You don't win by resigning for your country. You win by making the other poor dumb bastard resign for his country!
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  AylerKupp: <> Any chance that you could calculate and post the team standings as part of this page's header? After all, it IS a team competition and it's the team standings that count. You list the player standings in a regular tournament, and it wouldn't take up any more space.
Jun-22-17  sonia91: <AylerKupp> doesn't read the kibitzing boards, better ask in their forum. By the way, never made team standings.
Jun-22-17  ozu: <ketchuplover> BRAVIS
Jun-24-17  Imran Iskandar: Li Chao helps China edge Russia 3.5-2.5 and grab sole lead!
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  cro777: The defending champion Chinese men's team before the victory over Russia (2.5-1.5) in the seventh round:

(From right to left): Ding Liren, Yu Yangyi, Wei Yi, Li Chao with (standing) GMs Ye Jiangchuan, head coach, and Xu Jun, coach.

Standings after 7 rounds:

China 12
Russia 11
Poland 10
India 9
United States, Turkey 8
Belarus 6
Ukraine 4
Norway 2
Egypt 0

Jun-25-17  Chessinfinite: Vidit Gujrati in a very strong position against Svidler. India - Russia is very exciting at the 2 remains boards.
Jun-25-17  Chessinfinite: ..and Vidit blew a +6 winning advantage against Svidler.. what a blowout. He should have just taken the bishop on h3 and it was still winning.. unbelievable. Fight is on in the 2 games.
Jun-25-17  Chessinfinite: Fedoseev has to find Nd6 against Negi to win in a complex position and Vidit has managed to steal draw from Victory!.. this is very tight.
Jun-25-17  Syphic101: Ideal Chinese A team:

Board 1: Wei Yi = No pressure against him to perform against other board one players who are older and have more experience. This will put pressure on his board one opponents instead!

Board 2: Ding Liren = Super solid against weaker players. Needs to show his superiority.

Board 3: Wang Hao = Highly aggressive player. Will get plenty of wins against other board 3 opponents.

Board 4: Yu Yangyi = One of China's most promising players. The backbone of Team China.

Backup: Bu Xiangzhi = Best sub who can play any board and compete well.

Strategy: Accumulate wins from Yu Yangyi and Wang Hao. Wei Yi can settle for draws and have no pressure to perform. Ding Liren needs to get some wins against weaker opposition on board two.

Bu Xiangzhi subs for anyone not performing well or needs rest.

What do people think?

Jun-26-17  12Knaves: @syphic101
Li Chao as backup instead of Bu Xiangzhi.
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  cro777: The Chinese team defended the World Team Championship title.

1) China 16

2) Russia 15

3) Poland 12

GM Xu Jun (coach): "I think our key secret is that we have a very good team spirit, and our players have improved a lot during recent years". As GM Ye Jiangchuan (head coach) added, "this team is now more and more mature".

Li Chao and Ding Liren revealed the other secrets (blessed buddhist bracelet and playing billiards after dinner every evening):

Jun-26-17  SirRuthless: So is this like the B squad Olympiad or something?
Jun-26-17  siamesedream: Congratulations to medalists, especially for my countrymen from <Poland>.
Jun-26-17  12Knaves: <siamesdream> indeed, a valiant effort from the polish. I was particularly impressed by teenage wunderkind Duda, really rose to the challenge in this tourney.
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  cro777: The teams have returned home -

Flowers for champions (China) ... and for great performance (Turkey):

Jul-04-17  sonia91: Russia defeated US 4-0 (!) in the last round, but that was enough only for silver medal.

chess24: "Svidler notes Russia lost one game in the whole World Teams, but it was in the wrong match (vs. China)" Li Chao vs V Fedoseev, 2017

Jul-04-17  sonia91: chess24 report:

<If Poland had held China to a draw in the final round Russia could have snatched victory with a 3:1 victory over the USA. That looked a difficult ask against a team that, while underperforming and lacking the big three of So, Caruana and Nakamura, was still formidable. In the end, though, Russia claimed the only 4:0 whitewash of the whole Open tournament!>

<Poland score a historic result

The last time a Polish men’s team won medals at a major chess team competition was in 1939 in Buenos Aires, when a team including Tartakower and Najdorf took silver in an event utterly overshadowed by the outbreak of World War II. Najdorf would remain in Argentina and is now perhaps remembered more as an Argentinian player.>

Jul-09-17  sonia91: < 1 RUSSIA * 3 2½ 3 3 3½ 2 3 2 3½ 16 25½ 2 CHINA 1 * 3½ 2 2 3 3 2½ 2 3 13 22 3 GEORGIA 1½ ½ * 2 2½ 2 3 3 3 4 12 21½ 4 INDIA 1 2 2 * 1½ 2½ 2½ 2½ 3 3 12 20 5 UKRAINE 1 2 1½ 2½ * 2 2½ 3 2½ 2½ 12 19½ 6 POLAND ½ 1 2 1½ 2 * 2 2½ 3½ 3½ 9 18½ 7 UNITED STATES 2 1 1 1½ 1½ 2 * 2 2 3½ 6 16½ 8 VIETNAM 1 1½ 1 1½ 1 1½ 2 * 2½ 4 5 16 9 AZERBAIJAN 2 2 1 1 1½ ½ 2 1½ * 4 5 15½ 10 EGYPT ½ 1 0 1 1½ ½ ½ 0 0 * 0 5>

This is the women's crosstable!

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