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Round 1-Russia and Armenia Take the Lead
Sunday, 17 July 2011

Yinzhou Cup 2011 World Team Chess Championship today hosting at New Century Grand Hotel at Yinzhou District.

Defending champion Russia 3-1 won over the U.S. team to celebrate the great opening; Armenian team 3.5-0.5 triumphs over the Israeli team; Egyptian 1.5-2.5 team lost to Ukraine. Hungary and India draw with the score 2-2, while the host, Chinese team holding the same score 2-2 draw with Azerbaijan. Defending champion Russian team took the tournament extremely seriously, Top seed players including Sergey Karjakin, Alexander Grischuk,Peter Svidler,Nikita Vitiugov,and 2010 European champion Ian Nepomniachtchi all presented. Arrived to the hotel a week earlier to prepare and training, their defending ambition was pretty obvious. Even if got the number of 10th, the russian stars didn't let U.S. team got chances. Karjakin and Svidler drawed. Mr.Alexander Grishuck watched two other colleagues Nepomniachtchi and Vitiugov won the games. The score of 3-1 made the Russian Chess Federation President Levitov a satisfied smile.

Azerbaijan team brainstorming smartly in attempt to win the first game.Top player Shahriyar Mammadyarov is arranged at fourth broad,intended to  beat the host Chinese team unexpectedly. While he did won the game over teenager Yu Yangyi, the experienced Wang Yue then pulled one back, another 2 games between Wang Hao VS Teimour Radjabov, Li Chao VS Mamedov Rauf both ending up draw.the final two teams shake hands.

Today the biggest surprise was strong GM Areshchenko Alexander lost to IM Shoker Samy in white. But lucky Ivanchuk Vassily and Moiseenko Alexander was able to save Ukraine team.

The Men's World Championship lasted twelve days from July 16 to July 27 with nine slow chess game, 90 minutes for first 40 moves, 30 minutes bonus then with 30 seconds increment each move. July 22 is the rest day. FIDE President Mr.Kirsan Ilyumzhinov ,FIDE Vice President Mr.Chu Bo,former world champion Mrs.Xie Jun and all other important officers are participated the opening ceremony.

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