Saturday, July 16, 2011

US Chess Squad in China for the World Team Championship

GO USA!!! GO USA!!! GO USA!!! GO USA !!!

GM Robert Hess and GM Alex Onischuk, both former instructors with the MID-SOUTH CHESS CAMP are in China for the WORLD TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP!

GM Hess was here in Memphis just last month for the TENTH ANNIVERSARY of the MID-SOUTH CHESS CAMP! If you missed it, you really missed a great opportunity for chess instruction from some of the leaders in current chess competition.

US Squad Arrives in China for World Team Champs
By Tony Rich
July 15, 2011

The squad in Shanghai: Tony Rich of the CCSCSL, GM Yury Shulman, GM Ben Finegold, GM Robert Hess, GM Alexander Onischuk, IM John Donaldson and GM Gata Kamsky

The countdown has begun for the 2011 World Team Championship (Ningbo, China, July 15-26), and members of the U.S. team are congregating in Shanghai to prepare for the epic confrontation. GMs Gata Kamsky, Alex Onischuk, Yury Shulman and Robert Hess will meet their team member, GM Yasser Seirawan, in Ningbo, China tomorrow, while team captain John Donaldson and coaches Varuzhan Akobian and Ben Finegold burn the midnight oil to prepare.

The World Team Championship, organized every other year, is an invitational team round robin in which countries vie for top honors. The stellar performance by the Americans in 2009 in Bursa, Turkey earned them the silver medal. However, with a stronger field and the absence of GM Hikaru Namakura, who had a previous engagement in Dortmund, speculation remains on the possibility of repeating. Not to be deterred, GM Finegold said, "It would be perfectly reasonable to see us to finish in the top 3. Don't forget that other super GMs like Kramnik (Russia) and Ponomariov (Ukraine) will both be in Dortmund as well.", when asked what his hopes are for the U.S. team.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Bravo! Memphis rocks to your beat.