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World Team Championship starts today!

The World Team Championship starts today in Tsakhkadzor, Armenia. The tournament will take place at the Golden Palace Tsakhkadzor Hotel.

Ten countries: Russia, China, Hungary, India, USA, Egypt, Ukraine, Armenia, Cuba, Israel will play a 9-round round-robin system. Each team is composed by 4 players, 1 reserve player and one team captain.

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Teams composition:

Russia / 2760:
Grischuk, A (2794)
Karjakin,S (2757)
Tomashevsky, E (2745)
Jakovenko, D (2745)
Vitiugov, N (2736)

China / 2715:
Ding, L (2751)
Yu,Y (2724)
Bu Xiangzhi (2681)
Wei Yi (2703)
Wang Chen (2531)

Hungary / 2693:
Leko,P (2713)
Erdos,V (2612)
Almasi,Z (2698)
Rapport,R (2710)
Balogh,C (2651)

Armenia / 2691:
Aronian,L (2770)
Sargissian,G (2674)
Movsesian,S (2665)
Akopian,V (2656)
Melkumyan,H (2651)

India / 2662:
Harikrishna,P (2731)
Sethuraman S.P (2634)
Sasikiran Krishnan (2654)
Vidit Santosh Gujrathi (2630)
Sengupta Deep (2576)

USA / 2647:
Shankland Samuel L (2661)
Lenderman Aleksandr (2617)
Onischuk Alexander (2665)
Akobian Varuzhan (2622)
Naroditsky Daniel (2640)

Egypt / 2548:
Amin Bassem (2634)
Shoker Samy (2482)
Ezat Mohamed (2479)
Adly Ahmed (2595)
Farahat Ali (2389)

Ukraine / 2719:
Ponomariov Ruslan (2713)
Ivanchuk Vassily (2731)
Eljanov Pavel (2733)
Kryvoruchko Yuriy (2686)
Moiseenko Alexander (2697)

Cuba / 2665:
Dominguez Perez Leinier (2729)
Bruzon Batista Lazaro (2691)
Quesada Perez Yuniesky (2629)
Ortiz Suarez Isan Reynaldo (2612)
Gonzalez Vidal Yuri (2552)

Israel / 2676:
Gelfand Boris (2747)
Sutovsky Emil (2628)
Smirin Ilia (2652)
Rodshtein Maxim (2667)
Postny Evgeny (2636)

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Muzychuck’s (Mariya) killer sequence

The women world championship is almost on its final knockout stage with 8 players fighting to adavance to semi finals. In yesterday’s round (GM) Mariya Muzychuk (2526) beat the favorite (GM) Humpy Koneru (2581) in 29 moves of a Scotch opening.

muzychukm01(GM) Mariya Muzychuk (2526)

Position after 25.Nxg5:

Muzychuk-KoneruBlack is a pawn up, however his pieces on the queenside are temporaly out of play and what’s most important, away from the kingside. So we can say that white has material superiority on the kingside with three pieces attacking the black king, the threat of Qh4 has to be stopped but how? There is only one acceptable move for black and that is 25…Rd1! it is good idea to trade the enemy’s pieces when you are under pressure. Without the white rook on e1 Qh4 isn’t a deadly threat anymore because at least the black king can scape f8-e7. A possible continuation is 26.Bf1 Rxe1 27.Qxe1 Qa3!Read more

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