India, Israel, Ukraine and China scored victories at the start of the World Team Chess Championship in Armenia.
India is the provisional leader after recording the biggest victory of the day – 3,0-1,0 against Egypt. Harikrishna, Vidit, and Sengupta brought full points for India, while Mohamed Ezat defended the honor of Egypt with victory on board 2.
Ukraine downed the rating favorite Russia. A sole victory by Eljanov against Tomashevsky was enough, as the games Karjakin – Ivanchuk, Ponomariov – Grischuk, and Jakivenko – Kryvoruchko finished draw.
Israel surprised the hosts Armenia. Again a single victory separated the two teams, Maxim Rodshtein was the hero of the day defeating Vladimir Akopian with black. On the top board Gelfand and Aronian shook hands for a draw, the same score as in the games Sargissian – Sutovsky and Smirin – Movsesian.
China defeated USA 2,5-1,5. Ding Liren defeated Shankland on board one, while Yu Yangyi, Bu Xiangzhi, and Wei Yi held Lenderman, Onishchuk, and Akobian.
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