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Monday, July 18, 2011

World team chess championship: Defending champions Russia lead after 2 rounds

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Hi everyone,

These are opening-ceremony photos from the world team chess championship that has begun in Ningbo, China with exciting chess. The Championship is taking place from July 15-26 in the 5-star New Century Grand Hotel in the seaside city. The teams include China, defending champion Russia, Israel, Hungary, Azerbaijan, india, USA, Egypt, Armenia.

Each team includes five players, one reserve and one coach/captain. The zero tolerance rule for appearing at the board is in effect, as well as a rule against draws before move 30. The event is a round-robin nine rounds with time control of 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes to finish the game with 30 seconds increment starting from move 1. Friday July 22 is a rest day. You can check the round-wise results for individual performances at

The standings after Round 2 are as follows:

1. Russia 4
2. Armenia, Azerbaijan, China 3
3. Ukraine, Israel 2
4. India, Hungary, USA 1
5. Egypt 0

Here are some interesting games from the two rounds. Enjoy.

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