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World Team 2022 R3-4: A mixed day for India

by Shahid Ahmed - 22/11/2022

India defeated Azerbaijan in the third round of World Team Chess Championship 2022. Vidit Gujrathi's great turnaround against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov proved to be the key win which earned the team the first victory of the event. However, India suffered a crushing defeat against the 44th Olympiad Gold medalist team Uzbekistan. Even without the reigning World Rapid champion, Nodirbek Abdusattorov, the team is quite strong under the guidance of Ivan Sokolov. India must score against the USA in the fifth round today starting at 6:30 p.m. IST. A win guarantees a spot in the Knockout stage, whereas a draw will leave things into others' hands. Photo: FIDE/Mark Livshitz

Vidit secures victory for India against Azerbaijan

China, France and Ukraine in Group A and Uzbekistan in Group B have already advanced to the Quarterfinals. Spain is highly likely to be the fourth team in Group A as they should not have any trouble beating South Africa in the final round of the Group stage.

GM S L Narayanan scored a very important win in Round 2 | Photo: FIDE/Mark Livshitz

The tournament logo | Photo: Official site

Round 3: Azerbaijan - India: 1.5-2.5

GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (2747) got himself in control against GM Vidit Gujrathi (2662). However, Vidit kept fighting and waited for his opportunity. Mamedyarov's aggressive attack did not work out.

Mamedyarov - Vidit

Position after 29.Ne4

The knight sacrifice to clear up the path for the queen and create a battery on the g-file does not work. 29.Ne4 fxe4 30.Qg2 Nxf4! an excellent double attack 31.Qxg7+ Rxg7 32.Rxg7+ Kf8 33.Rf7+ Ke8 34.Rxf4+ Qxh5 and White has nothing left to continue the attack.

Interview with GM Vidit Gujrathi | Video: FIDE

Guseinov - S L Narayanan

Position after 36...e3

36.Rxa4 allowed Black to make a break e3 37.Rb4 exf2+ 38.Kxf2 Re2+ 39.Kf1 and now Black needed to go h5 and Be6 to help f-pawn promote. 39...Rc2 40.b3 Rc1+ 41.Kf2 Rc2+ 42.Kf1 and the game soon ended in a draw by perpetual check.

Nihal, S L Naraynaan and Sasikiran held the fort while Vidit scored the win to help the team register the first victory of the event | Photo: FIDE/Mark Livshitz

Round 3: Azerbaijan - India: 1.5-2.5

Round 4: India - Uzbekistan: 0.5-3.5

The 44th Olympiad Gold medalist, GM Nodirbek Yakubboev (2563) made a sound exchange sacrifice against GM Vidit Gujrathi (2662) in the endgame.

Vidit - Yakubboev

Position after 30.g4

30...Rxe5 31.dxe5 d4 32.Nh2 d3 33.Rd1 Ng5 34.Kg2 d2 35.e6 Qxe6 36.Rxd2 Kxh7 37.Rd4 Bxf3+! an excellent sacrifice which means Black is now behind a whole rook but the passed f-pawn ensured that Black regained his lost rook. A final moment blunder in the tricky queen endgame cost White the full point.

Sindarov - Nihal

Position after 42.d6

White was winning in the above position if he played 42.Rh5 instead of 42.d6. It allowed Black to save the game via 42...Rd2 42.Ke1 Qg2 43.Rg1 Re2+ 44.Kd1 Rd2+ 45.Kc1 Rxc2+ White would have left without a choice but to accept the perpetual check, taking the rook would result in White's loss. The draw would not have changed the overall outcome of the match though.

Uzbekistan would certainly like to clinch the Gold at World Team | Photo: FIDE/Mark Livshitz

Round 4: India - Uzbekistan: 0.5-3.5
World Team 2022 Round 4 Live Commentary by IM Sagar Shah | Video: ChessBase India

Ivan Sokolov tweeted on his team securing a spot in the Quarterfinals

Photo Gallery

Group A Round 3: France - Spain: 2-2 | Photo: FIDE/Mark Livshitz

Ivan Sokolov - The difference maker | Photo: FIDE/Mark Livshitz

K Sasikiran has played only one game out of four | Photo: FIDE/Mark Livshitz

IM and WGM Almira Skripchenko and Seven-time World Champion, GM Vishy Anand are the official commentators | Photo: FIDE/Mark Livshitz

The tournament hall during round 3 and 4 | Photo: FIDE/Mark Livshitz

Replay Group A Round 3-4 games

Replay Group B Round 3-4 games

Group A standings after Round 4

Rk.SNoFED TeamGames  +   =   -  TB1  TB2 
South Africa400401,5


Round 5 pairings

Round 5 on 2022/11/22 at 1500
  South Africa


Group B standings after Round 4

Rk.SNoFED TeamGames  +   =   -  TB1  TB2 
United States410326,5


Round 5 pairings

Round 5 on 2022/11/22 at 1500
  United States



Pool stage: 20th November - Round 1 at 6:30 p.m. IST and Round 2 at 9:30 p.m. IST.

21st November - Round 3 at 6:30 p.m. IST and Round 4 at 9:30 p.m. IST.

22nd November - Round 5 at 6:30 p.m. IST.


The Knockout stage comprises a duel starting at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. IST from 23rd to 25th November 2022. In case of a tie, tie-breaks will take place at 12 a.m. IST. having the time control 3 minutes + 2 seconds increment. For more details, check the tournament regulations.

World Team 2022 schedule | Photo: Official site

Time Control

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

FIDE World Team Championship 2022 Pool Round 3 and 4 Live Commentary by GM Vishy Anand and IM and WGM Almira Skripchenko | Video: FIDE


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