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China confirms domination, wins World Team Championship 2015

The national team of China continued its global domination by securing the gold medal at the FIDE World Team Chess Championship in Tsakhkadzor, having previously won the 2014 Chess Olympiad in Tromso.

Earlier, China had three silver medals from the World Team Championships in 2005, 2011 and 2013. In 2005 they were on the brink of winning the gold, before being overtaken by Russia in the dramatic last round.

The next generation of players took a leap ahead, with Bu Xiangzhi being the only member of the team both in 2005 and 2015.

The 2015 FIDE World Team Chess Championship was held from 19-28th April in Tsakhkadzor, Armenia.

China 2015 FIDE World Team Chess Championship

Ukraine was in contention for the first place, but a couple of setbacks in the final rounds forced them to take consolation in the team silver medal.

The host country Armenia had a shaky start, but they went on to win four matches in the last five rounds to claim the bronze medal.

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Final standings:

1. China – 15
2. Ukraine – 12
3. Armenia – 11
4. Russia – 10
5. USA – 10
6. Hungary – 9
7. Israel – 8
8. Cuba – 7
9. India – 7
10. Egypt – 1

Round 9 results:

China – India 3 : 1
GM Ding Liren 2751 CHN – GM Harikrishna P. 2731 IND ½ – ½
GM Yu Yangyi 2724 CHN – GM Sethuraman S.P. 2634 IND 1 – 0
GM Bu Xiangzhi 2681 CHN – GM Sasikiran Krishnan 2654 IND ½ – ½
GM Wei Yi 2703 CHN – GM Sengupta Deep 2576 IND 1 – 0

USA – Cuba 3 : 1
GM Shankland Samuel L 2661 USA – GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2729 CUB ½ – ½
GM Lenderman Aleksandr 2617 USA – GM Bruzon Batista Lazaro 2691 CUB 1 – 0
GM Akobian Varuzhan 2622 USA – GM Ortiz Suarez Isan Reynaldo 2612 CUB 1 – 0
GM Naroditsky Daniel 2640 USA – GM Gonzalez Vidal Yuri 2557 CUB ½ – ½

Hungary – Ukraine 2 : 2
GM Leko Peter 2713 HUN – GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2713 UKR ½ – ½
GM Erdos Viktor 2612 HUN – GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2731 UKR ½ – ½
GM Almasi Zoltan 2698 HUN – GM Kryvoruchko Yuriy 2686 UKR ½ – ½
GM Balogh Csaba 2651 HUN – GM Moiseenko Alexander 2697 UKR ½ – ½

Russia – Israel 2½:1½
GM Grischuk Alexander 2794 RUS – GM Gelfand Boris 2747 ISR ½ – ½
GM Karjakin Sergey 2757 RUS – GM Sutovsky Emil 2628 ISR ½ – ½
GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2745 RUS – GM Rodshtein Maxim 2667 ISR 1 – 0
GM Vitiugov Nikita 2736 RUS – GM Postny Evgeny 2636 ISR ½ – ½

Armenia – Egypt 2½:1½
GM Aronian Levon 2770 ARM – GM Shoker Samy 2482 EGY 1 – 0
GM Sargissian Gabriel 2674 ARM – IM Ezat Mohamed 2479 EGY 1 – 0
GM Movsesian Sergei 2665 ARM – GM Adly Ahmed 2595 EGY 0 – 1
GM Melkumyan Hrant 2651 ARM – IM Farahat Ali 2389 EGY ½ – ½

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