Instant Replay: US Wins in Round 7 and Leads World Team
January 11, 2010
Today's battle score: 2.5-USA, 1.5-Greece, Photo Tony Rich of CCSCSL

The US team won against Greece 2.5-1.5 to maintain at least a tie for the lead at the World Team Championship (Bursa, Turkey, January 4-13). In the final two rounds, we face two tough teams: Armenia and Azerbaijan. Today's Armenia-Russia match was a crucial battle for our closest rivals, Russia a team that was leading against the US on tiebreaks last round. Armenia-Russia was a 2-2 standstill, leaving US in the clear lead with just two rounds to go. Russia faces Egypt and Israel in the last two matches.

In the match against Greece, Nakamura defeated Kotronias with the Black pieces. Nakamura is truly a monster with the black pieces in this event-see his own annotations of his win over Gelfand here.

GMs Alexander Onischuk, Yury Shulman and Varuzhan Akobian, Photo Tony Rich of CCSCSL

Meanwhile, GMs Onischuk, Shulman and Akobian drew to assure the match point!



Varuzhan Akobian plays a move with captain IM John Donaldson in the background. Photo Tony Rich of CCSCSL

Watch the games live on the official website at 8 AM EST. For daily game analysis, see Ben's Blog on the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis website. See previous CLO reports: Nakamura's own annotations of his Gelfand scorcher, Opening Ceremony, Round 1 and Robson's Annotations of Round two.