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🏆 World Team Chess Championship (2019)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Alexander Grischuk, Ding Liren, Sergey Karjakin, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Yu Yangyi, Michael Adams, Wei Yi, Arkadij Naiditsch, Dmitry Andreikin, Vladislav Artemiev, Bu Xiangzhi, Alireza Firouzja, Ni Hua, Krishnan Sasikiran, Luke McShane, David Howell, Rauf Mamedov, Alexander Onischuk, Bassem Amin, Eltaj Safarli, Baskaran Adhiban, Parham Maghsoodloo, Nils Grandelius, Gawain Jones, Surya Shekhar Ganguly, Gadir Guseinov, Dariusz Swiercz, Nijat Abasov, Zviad Izoria, Samuel Sevian, Sethuraman P Sethuraman, Rinat Jumabayev, Murtas Kazhgaleyev, Jonathan Speelman, Chithambaram V R Aravindh, Ahmed Adly, Aleksandr Lenderman, M Amin Tabatabaei, Hans Tikkanen, Pouya Idani, Erik Blomqvist, Anuar Ismagambetov, Petr Kostenko, Axel Smith, Adham Fawzy, Denis Makhnev, Imed Abdelnabbi, Linus Johansson, Abdelrahman Hesham Chess Event Description
World Team Chess Championship (2019)

The FIDE World Team Championship 2019 took place from 5 to 14 March in Astana, Kazakhstan in the Astana International Campus (AIC), which is part of the Astana International Financial Centre. The World Team Championship is a biennial round-robin tournament reserved for ten teams, which were selected through various paths. (1) Matches took place on four boards, with 2 match points for a win and 1 for a draw. Players received 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes to the end of the game, with a 30-second increment starting from move 1. No draw offers allowed until after move 30. Russia won with 16 match points (MP), ahead of England (13 points) and China (12 points). (2)

Official website: Chessbase: TWIC:

01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 MP Pts 1 Russia * 2 2½ 2½ 2½ 2½ 2 3 3½ 3 16 23½ 2 England 2 * 1 2 2 3 2½ 2½ 3½ 2½ 13 21 3 China 1½ 3 * 2 1½ 2½ 3½ 2½ 2½ 2 12 21 4 India 1½ 2 2 * 2 2 2 3½ 3½ 3½ 11 22 5 USA 1½ 2 2½ 2 * 3 1 2 3½ 3 11 20½ 6 Iran 1½ 1 1½ 2 1 * 2 2½ 3½ 3 8 18 7 Azerbaijan 2 1½ ½ 2 3 2 * 2 1 2½ 8 16½ 8 Kazakhstan 1 1½ 1½ ½ 2 1½ 2 * 3 1½ 4 14½ 9 Sweden ½ ½ 1½ ½ ½ ½ 3 1 * 2½ 4 10½ 10 Egypt 1 1½ 2 ½ 1 1 1½ 2½ 1½ * 3 12½

Rating average: 2631. Chief arbiter: Anastasia Sorokina

Previous event: World Team Chess Championship (2017). See also World Team Chess Championship (Women) (2019).

(1) Initial list of qualifiers. (2)

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 180  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. B Adhiban vs N Grandelius 1-0312019World Team Chess ChampionshipC50 Giuoco Piano
2. E Blomqvist vs Sasikiran  ½-½222019World Team Chess ChampionshipB53 Sicilian
3. Ganguly vs Axel Smith 1-0322019World Team Chess ChampionshipC77 Ruy Lopez
4. L Johansson vs S P Sethuraman  0-1452019World Team Chess ChampionshipA37 English, Symmetrical
5. P Maghsoodloo vs Karjakin  ½-½342019World Team Chess ChampionshipE10 Queen's Pawn Game
6. Nepomniachtchi vs P Idani  ½-½602019World Team Chess ChampionshipA13 English
7. M A Tabatabaei vs D Andreikin  ½-½402019World Team Chess ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
8. V Artemiev vs Firouzja 1-0372019World Team Chess ChampionshipA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
9. B Amin vs Swiercz  0-1332019World Team Chess ChampionshipC53 Giuoco Piano
10. Sevian vs A Adly  ½-½312019World Team Chess ChampionshipB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
11. Adham Fawzy vs Onischuk  ½-½572019World Team Chess ChampionshipC78 Ruy Lopez
12. Z Izoria vs A Hesham  1-0482019World Team Chess ChampionshipD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. Ding Liren vs R Mamedov 1-0542019World Team Chess ChampionshipD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. G Guseinov vs Yu Yangyi  0-1922019World Team Chess ChampionshipC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
15. Wei Yi vs E Safarli  1-0862019World Team Chess ChampionshipA15 English
16. N Abasov vs Bu Xiangzhi  ½-½342019World Team Chess ChampionshipD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. Adams vs R Jumabayev  0-1502019World Team Chess ChampionshipC07 French, Tarrasch
18. A Ismagambetov vs McShane  ½-½552019World Team Chess ChampionshipC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
19. D Howell vs Makhnev  1-0322019World Team Chess ChampionshipC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
20. Kostenko vs G Jones  0-1632019World Team Chess ChampionshipC50 Giuoco Piano
21. Swiercz vs Ding Liren  ½-½352019World Team Chess ChampionshipC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
22. Yu Yangyi vs Sevian  ½-½542019World Team Chess ChampionshipE60 King's Indian Defense
23. Onischuk vs Wei Yi  ½-½712019World Team Chess ChampionshipD85 Grunfeld
24. Ni Hua vs Lenderman 0-1622019World Team Chess ChampionshipE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
25. B Adhiban vs P Maghsoodloo 1-0312019World Team Chess ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
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Mar-12-19  offramp: Baseem Amin missed a win against Adams at move 48!
Mar-12-19  offramp: England won 2½-1½. It'll be a while till we see the leader board.
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  devere: Karjakin benched against USA and Russia wins the match 2 1/2 -- 1 1/2
Mar-12-19  offramp: This seems to be the current standings after round 7/9.

1 Russia 12 17½
2 England 11 16½
3 India 10 18½
4 USA 8 15½
5 China 8 15½
6 Iran 7 15
7 Azer 5 12
8 Kazakh 4 11½
9 Sweden 4 9½
10 Egypt 1 8½

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  OrangeTulip: Why is the world elite not participating in their country teams? And what a crappy official website!
Mar-13-19  fisayo123: <OrangeTulip> This is actually one of the best organized team tournaments in a while. The Kazakh chess federation have done a fantastic job. Instead of moaning why not just enjoy the chess and the games played by the great players on show?
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  Tabanus: The organizers are using
Mar-13-19  sonia91: Russia wins with a round to spare after beating Sweden 3.5-0.5. Their last victory of this event was in 2013 in Antalya, Turkey.
Mar-13-19  sonia91: <fisayo123: [...] The Kazakh chess federation have done a fantastic job.> I fully agree. They organised the whole thing in only 6 weeks.

<scchess>, <Sokrates>, <OrangeTulip> The new FIDE administration had to sort out the mess left by the old one, which should have announced this event one year ago or so. Since all year was basically already booked for other competition, the new FIDE administration had to set the date of the World Teams at the last minute, nevertheless they managed to found a venue. With that premise and taking account of the tight schedules of the top players, no matter which month this event had taken place, many of them could not have participated.

Mar-13-19  boz: Good reporting Sonia.
Mar-13-19  Everett: Adams having a tough time, it seems.
Mar-14-19  Chessinfinite: Standingsafter Rd8 at the Team Championships (top5)-

1. Russia
2. India
3. England
4. China
5. USA

Congrats to Russia for the Championship win( with rd to spare)!

Mar-14-19  offramp: <Everett: Adams having a tough time, it seems.>

Yes, but today he managed to beat Grandelius in the Battle of the Mad Hairstyles. England is currently 3-0 up against Norway with only McShane - Blomqvist still going, and it looks level.

That is a good result!

Mar-14-19  Sokrates: Hi, <sonia91> ... <The new FIDE administration had to sort out the mess left by the old one, ...>

Undoubtedly! :-) Thanks for the clarification - they are sort of excused, so I have to modify my "ridiculous". I hope this was an exception and next year's WTCC will avoid the calamity.

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  Diademas: <offramp: England is currently 3-0 up against Norway with only McShane - Blomqvist still going, and it looks level.

That is a good result!>

I think you're confusing Norway with Sweden. You should probably not take a vacation in Scandinavia in the near future. It's not safe for you there now.

Mar-14-19  goodevans: From the official website

<The English national team creates a sensation at the World Team Chess Championship 2019 in Astana. Thanks to a steady high-level performance throughout the event, the men squad lead by coach Malcolm Pein earns the silver medal behind Russia...

Luke McShane earned the individual gold medal on the second board with 6 points in 9 games.>


Mar-14-19  offramp: <Diademas> I’m very good with flags but all Danelaw countries, including England, have the same plain cross on a plain background and I often mix them up.

I was recently on Christiana island in Copenhagen and I was trying to buy scones, jam, baked beans, tea, toad in the hole and loads of spotted dick. I thought I was in an English village!

Mar-14-19  offramp: I am really pleased with that silver medal. I believe <GoodEvans> is as well. That was tough, there were no easy matches, no bouncings up and down.

McShane is an old paddy and I love the guy. What is his Patroen number?

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  Diademas: <offramp: I was recently on Christiana island in Copenhagen and I was trying to buy scones, jam, baked beans, tea, toad in the hole and loads of spotted dick. I thought I was in an English village!>

Hmmm, I think the reason for your confusion may have had another reason.. ;)

<Famous for its main drag, known as Pusher Street, where hash and skunk weed is sold openly from permanent stands, it nevertheless does have rules forbidding 'hard drugs', such as cocaine, amphetamine, ecstasy and heroin. >

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  HeMateMe: why would you go all the way to Denmark for cans of baked beans? we'll send you all you want if tariffs are dropped.
Mar-14-19  SometimesGood: <fisayo123: <OrangeTulip> This is actually one of the best organized team tournaments in a while. The Kazakh chess federation have done a fantastic job. Instead of moaning why not just enjoy the chess and the games played by the great players on show?> absolutely agree. They did a great job. I am sure they had a very nice cultural program too. Astana is a marvel.
Mar-14-19  SometimesGood: Even though Bibisara lost the last round - no consequences for KZ won 3-1, she got 5/9, the best result for KZ team. She wouldn't have a chance to play for Russia, too much competition there. Good job, girl!
Mar-22-19  sonia91: This is Egypt's best result ever, despite their (usual) last place-finish: they scored 12.5 board points (compared to Sweden's 10.5), besting Bursa 2010, where they scored also 3 match points, but 12 board points. Also Egypt's line up in this event was their strongest ever, I think.
Mar-29-19  sonia91: Individual medals:
Nov-20-21  ndg2: This tournament gained Alireza Firouzja almost 40 ELO point. He jumped from 2618 in Feb 2019 to 2657 in the March 2019 list (
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