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World Team 2022 SF: Uzbekistan wins and eyes another Gold

by Shahid Ahmed - 25/11/2022

India drew with Uzbekistan in the first duel of the Semifinal. The 44th Chess Olympiad Gold medalist team, Uzbekistan won the second duel by a minimum margin 2.5-1.5 to advance to the Finals. They will face China to battle for the Gold. GM S L Narayanan showcased his consistency once again as he defeated GM Shamsiddin Vokhidov on both occassions. GM Vidit Gujrathi and GM Nihal Sarin lost and drew a game each. On the fourth board, GM Sethuraman S P lost in the first duel and GM K Sasikiran drew in the second. India will face Spain in the 3rd-4th place match to fight for Bronze today from 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. IST in a duel. Photo: FIDE/Mark Livshitz

India to face Spain for the Bronze medal

Just like Uzbekistan, China also drew their first duel with Spain. However, they won the second duel convincingly 3-1 without losing a single game.

The last game to conclude between India and Uzbekistan was between Vakhidov and Sasikiran | Photo: FIDE/Mark Livshitz

The tournament logo | Photo: Official site

Duel 1: Uzbekistan - India: 2-2

GM Vidit Gujrathi (2662) survived a tough game against GM Nodirbek Yakubboev (2563). Despite being significantly worse for the better part of the game, Vidit managed to salvage a draw. GM Nihal Sarin (2616) drew his game with GM Javokhir Sindarov (2454). GM S L Narayanan (2673) scored the sole victory for the team against GM Shamsiddin Vokhidov (2568). GM Sethuraman S P (2545) could not seize his advantage and lost to GM Jakhongir Vakhidov (2507).

Vokhidov - S L Narayanan

Position after 30.Qg4

Black was already better due to White's d2-bishop being completely blindsided by the black pawns on dark squares. 30.Qg4 gave Black a tempo Nh6 31.Qd7 Rd8 32.Qa4 Nf5 33.Bc1 h6 34.Ra8 Rxa8 35.Qxa8+ Kh7 36.Bb2 Qg6 37.Qa1 Nh4 38.Qf1 e4! and Black converted his advantage into a win comfortably.

S L Narayanan's win ensured India did not lose the first duel against Uzbekistan | Photo: FIDE/Mark Livshitz

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

Semifinals Duel 1: Uzbekistan - India: 2-2

Duel 2: India - Uzbekistan: 1.5-2.5

S L Narayanan defeated Shamsiddin Vokhidov again. Vidit and Nihal lost to Yakubboev and Sindarov respectively. Sasikiran drew with Vakhidov.

S L Narayanan - Vokhidov

Position after 35.Re8+

Which is the correct square for the king? Black went 35...Kd7 36.Rb8 Kc7 37.Rg8 Kd7 38.h4 Ke6 39.Re8+ Kf5 40.d5 and White won the game in the next few moves.

Interview with GM S L Narayanan | Video: FIDE

GM S L Narayanan won both his Semifinal games | Photo: FIDE/Mark Livshitz

India lost to Uzbekistan in the Semifinals and the chances of a Gold/Silver finish disappeared | Photo: FIDE/Mark Livshitz

Quarterfinals Duel 2: India - Uzbekistan: 1.5-2.5

GM Ivan Sokolov after his team Uzbekistan advanced to the Finals, tweeted

Interview with GM Ivan Sokolov | Video: FIDE

India will face Spain in the 3rd-4th place match for the Bronze medal | Photo: FIDE/Mark Livshitz

Semifinal duel 1 in progress | Photo: FIDE/Mark Livshitz

Semifinal duel 2 in progress | Photo: FIDE/Mark Livshitz

Spectators following the Semifinal match at the venue | Photo: FIDE/Mark Livshitz

Semifinal duel 1: Spain - China: 2-2 | Photo: FIDE/Mark Livshitz

Semifinal duel 2: China - Spain: 3-1 | Photo: FIDE/Mark Livshitz

The Official Commentators - IM and WGM Almira Skripchenko and GM Vishy Anand | Photo: FIDE/Mark Livshitz
World Team 2022 Semifinals Live Commentary by IM Sagar Shah | Video: ChessBase India

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Semifinal results

Semifinal - Round 2 (2022/11/24)
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3rd-4th place and Final pairings

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



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

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

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


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