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China becomes World Team Champion 2022, S L Narayanan wins Bronze

by Shahid Ahmed - 26/11/2022

India drew both Small final duels against Spain 2-2. They lost the tie-breaks 1-3 and Spain won the Bronze medal. Thus, India missed a medal and finished fourth for the third consecutive time. GM S L Narayanan's consistent performance earned him an individual Bronze medal on Board no.3. He performed at 2716. China defeated Uzbekistan 2.5-1.5 in both duels. They won the Gold medal by remaining undefeated throughout the tournament and without needing to play tie-breaks in the knockout stage. Uzbekistan had to settle for Silver. China had only one player - Lu Shanglei, from their top ten of the country. Photo: FIDE/Mark Livshitz

India finishes fourth

China becoming World Team 2022 champion by having only one player from their top ten of the country is quite remarkable. They had only three draws out of nine matches they played. France, Poland and Spain are the only three teams which managed to hold a draw against the eventual winner.

World Team 2022 champion - China | Photo: FIDE/Mark Livshitz

Runner-up - Uzbekistan | Photo: FIDE/Mark Livshitz

3rd - Spain | Photo: FIDE/Mark Livshitz

GM S L Narayanan won an individual Bronze medal on Board no.3 with a 2716 performance | Photo: FIDE/Mark Livshitz

The tournament logo | Photo: Official site

Duel 1: India - Spain: 2-2

GM Nihal Sarin (2616) scored the sole win in the first duel against GM David Anton Guijarror (2633). GM Vidit Gujrathi (2662) and GM S L Narayanan (2588) drew their respective games against GM Jaime Santos Latasa (2622) and GM Alexei Shirov (2590). GM K Sasikiran (2577) lost to GM Miguel Santos Ruiz (2480).

GM Nihal Sarin's win ensured India avoids a loss against Spain | Photo: FIDE/Mark Livshitz

India drew with Spain in the first duel | Photo: FIDE/Mark Livshitz

3rd-4th place Duel 1: India - Spain: 2-2

Duel 2: Spain - India: 2-2

All four games ended in draws. GM Nihal Sarin (2616) tried a lot to score a full point, unfortunately his opponent GM David Anton Guijarro (2633) did not crack in the rook endgame grind which was more than half of their game.

GM Nihal Sarin tried a lot to win against GM David Anton Guijarro in the second duel | Photo: FIDE/Mark Livshitz

The second duel between Spain and India ended in a winless draw | Photo: FIDE/Mark Livshitz

Quarterfinals Duel 2: Spain - India: 2-2
Interview with GM S L Narayanan | Video: FIDE
Interview with GM Abhijeet Gupta | Video: FIDE

Tie-breaks: India - Spain: 1-3

Vidit and Nihal lost to Jaime and Anton, S L Narayanan and Abhijeet drew with Shirov and Miguel respectively. Thus, India lost to Spain 1-3 and the latter won the Bronze medal.

Team with India with Captain - GM Vaibhav Suri | Photo: FIDE/Mark Livshitz

Tie-breaks: India - Spain: 1-3
World Team 2022 Finals and 3rd-4th place Live Commentary by IM Sagar Shah | Video: ChessBase India

Finals Duel 1: China - Uzbekistan: 2.5-1.5 | Photo: FIDE/Mark Livshitz

Finals Duel 2: Uzbekistan - China: 1.5-2.5 | Photo: FIDE/Mark Livshitz

Captain GM Vaibhav Suri observes the games | Photo: FIDE/Mark Livshitz

Spectators watching the Finals at the venue | Photo: FIDE/Mark Livshitz

Replay Final and 3rd-4th place games

3rd-4th place and Final results

3rd Place Playoff - Round 3 (2022/11/25)
No. TeamGame 1Game 2Game 3MatchPts.
Final - Round 3 (2022/11/25)
No. TeamGame 1Game 2Game 3MatchPts.


Time Control

The time control is 45 minutes + 10 seconds increment for the entire game.

FIDE World Team Championship 2022 Pool Finals Live Commentary by GM Vishy Anand and IM and WGM Almira Skripchenko | Video: FIDE


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