Two U.S. Losses in World Teams

Team America took one on the chin today in the seventh round of the 2019 World Team Championship. The Open team fell to Russia 2.5-1.5, giving Russia a one-point cushion in the team standings over second-place England. The Women suffered their biggest loss of the tournament, getting swept by India 4-0.

OPEN RESULTS

The U.S.-Russia match was decided on the fourth board, where Russian GM Vladislav Artemiev (to whom we have twice referred in this series of reports) wove a bit of magic and defeated GM Zviad Izoria.

American GM Sam Sevian did his best to even the score in a long game against GM Alexander Grischuk, but Grischuk’s defenses held and so the match ended 2.5-1.5 in favor of the Russians.

Grischuk-Sevian, Rd 7 Astana (photo Emelianov)

WOMENS RESULTS

India pitched a perfect game in their match against the American women, taking all four boards to win the match 4-0. WGM Sabina Foisor played the most interesting game among the Americans, and might even have had the better end of things before a mistake as the time control approached.

IRANIAN YOUTH MOVEMENT

Team Iran, Rd 7 Astana (photo Llada)

The Iranian Open team – GMs Firouzja, Maghsoodloo, Sokolov (team captain), Idani, Tabatabaei (L to R above; identity of the two men on the right is unknown) – is one of the youngest teams in the event, with three of their five players born after 2000. Both Maghsoodloo and Firouzja are widely considered to be two of the top U21 talents in the world, and Firouzja shows why in this stunning victory over Kazakhstan’s GM Petr Kostenko.

STANDINGS AFTER RD 6

Open Division:

Women’s Division:

Tomorrow the U.S. plays India in the Open section, while the Women take on China. Rounds begin at 3pm local time, or 4am EST. Live on-site coverage is available at the official website:  http://kazchess.kz/world_astana2019/

 

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