China Wins World Team Chess Championship

In the final of the World Chess Championship in Jerusalem, the Chinese team became a surprise winner after winning both games against Uzbekistan, the champion of the Chess Olympiad in Chennai.

In the battle for the bronze medals, at the time of publication, Spain and India entered a blitz play-off after drawing the first two matches, but in the end Spain drew the longest straw and secured victory.

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In relative terms, a more experienced but underrated team, the “unknown” China team showed that just because none of their top eight players were involved, they could not show how good they are in this game. The format and elimination of the young seasoner will not stop. Gold winners of Uzbekistan at the Chennai Olympics.

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The players are all ready to take the field on the final day. Photo: Maria Emelyanova/


With their presence in the finals, Uzbekistan reaffirmed that they are indeed the real deal, even without their usual mentor Nordybek Abdusattorov.

In the first match of the final, it became clear that both teams were ready to fight. The first match on the second board was between generals Jahongir Sindarov and Xu Xiangyu.

Behind the finish was the draw of Javongir Vahidov and Lee Dee, a less interesting game in the Nimzo-Indian Defense (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4) that ended at the end of a long pile in which players no . both check each other’s ability for long periods of time.

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On board, things started with a Scottish game where both players sent their kings to the queen, even though it looks like the most dangerous place on the planet. However, very quickly the players took the game to the saw, cut the wood from the board and sent the game to the final game, which, despite being played for a long time, never left the drawing area, primarily because a both sides are trying to equalize the result from the only decisive game of the match.

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This leaves us with three battles between Generals Bai Jinshi and Shamsiddin Vahidov, the game that decided the game…

This result secured victory for China in the first round and forced the Uzbeks to play for victory in the second round.

The coaches nervously look at their defenders. Photo: Maria Emelyanova/

On board, GM Nodibek Yakubboev and the “Chinese veteran”, 27-year-old GM Lu Shanglei played another marathon match, but this time their match was much more interesting, so we chose it as the match of the day.

For a while, it looked like the two-board matchup between Xu Xiangyu and Sindarov would go to Team China when White had a decisive advantage in the final game, but despite a huge time advantage, nearly 10 minutes and less than a door went in favor of the player. Chinese, White played very fast, lost everything and opened the game again to the Uzbeks.

On the third ship, things were not as turbulent as on the first ship.

Before this round, team captain GM Ivan Sokolov decided to play his backup, IM Ortik Nigmatov with black pieces against Li Di. At first it looked like a perfect decision as Nigmatov effortlessly equalized and even gained something resembling an advantage.

Artik Nigmatov was a surprise choice to play in the final for Uzbekistan. Photo: Maria Emelyanova/

However, things turned sour for the Uzbek player at the end of the match, allowing Li Di to win both the match, the round and the match.

To say that China’s success in this tournament was unexpected. Losing all of their top players but easily at every stage of the tournament, including a huge victory in the final, was amazing to watch and shows the world how strong China is as a chess nation.

The winning Chinese team with FIDE president Dvorkovich and former world champion Anand. Photo: Maria Emelyanova/

A proud but disappointed Uzbekistan team led by coach Ivan Sokolov. Photo: Maria Emelyanova/

Bronze medal game

The bronze medal match on the final day is certainly not what either of these teams were hoping for, but bronze is certainly better than nothing. India and Spain both had strong squads despite both losing some of their top players. However, Spain came with something close to their strongest squad.

In the first round of the match, the main players of the General General Jaime Santos Latasa and Vidit Gurajti drew, the Spanish player with black pieces has never been worse.

Similarly, on the third board, Spanish player, legendary GM Alexey Shirov apparently drew against SL Narayanan in Grunfeld India.

In the third plane, GM Miguel Santos Ruiz sacrificed/lost a pawn against GM Krishnan Sasikiran shortly after opening with white pieces. In the early middle game, he quickly took it back and then gradually gained a small but clear advantage. After a series of subpar moves for both sides, Black made a final error from which there was no turning back.

In a match between generals David Anton Guijarro and Nihal Sarin, the Indian batsman gradually took control of the game in the middle of the match and eventually turned in a crucial win for India to secure a crucial 2-2 draw.

The second round saw very solid play from both teams, with neither match ever seriously in danger of winning the round, thus securing the bronze medals.

This required a blitz playoff in which Shirov returned to the lineup and took the black pieces against Narayanan. But that game ended in a draw. and so, four board meetings between Santos Ruiz and GM Abhijeet Gupta, like their second round matchup.

On the top board, Santos Latasa took command and scored a convincing win over Vidit.

Against Nihal, Anton Guijarro pressed and finally scored another victory for the Spanish team, securing a 3-1 win for Spain.

David Anton Gijar defeated Nihal Sarin in a blitz playoff. Photo: Maria Emelyanova/

Fortunately, with the decisive result of the blitz playoffs, the teams avoided the final tiebreaker, which I think was a chess box, which neither the players nor the organizers might have liked.

Spain’s bronze-winning team, led by Alexey Shirov, along with some familiar faces from FIDE. Photo: Maria Emelyanova/

The FIDE World Team Championship will be held from November 19 to 26, 2022 in Jerusalem (Israel). The format is a round robin for teams with five rounds followed by a knockout with the top eight. Time control for the entire game is 45 minutes plus 10 second increments starting from the first move.

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The FIDE World Team Championship will be held from November 19 to 26, 2022 in Jerusalem (Israel). The format is a round robin for teams with five rounds followed by a knockout with the top eight. Time control for the entire game is 45 minutes plus 10 second increments starting from the first move.

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