World Team Chess Championship

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The World Team Chess Championship is an international team chess event, eligible for the participation of 10 countries whose chess federations dominate their continent. It is played every two years. In chess, this tournament and the Chess Olympiads are the most important international tournaments for teams.

The strongest national teams in the world are participating, and also some teams representing a continent. A full round is played by the teams, meaning that each team plays against every other team. At the first tournament, in 1985, teams consisted of six players, since then of four players. Reserve players are permitted.

From 1985 the championship was held every four years, since 2011 every two years. Since 2007 there is a separate championship for women teams, which is also held every two years.
Since 2007 the final scores depend on the team results, before 2007 the individual scores determined the final ranking.

Summary of results[edit]

Open section team medals[edit]

Year Location
Gold Silver Bronze
1985 Switzerland Lucerne
Details
 Soviet Union
Anatoly Karpov
Artur Yusupov
Rafael Vaganian
Andrei Sokolov
Alexander Beliavsky
Vasily Smyslov
Alexander Chernin
Lev Polugaevsky
 Hungary
Lajos Portisch
Zoltán Ribli
Gyula Sax
Josef Pinter
András Adorján
Ivan Farago
István Csom
Atilla Groszpeter
 England
Tony Miles
John Nunn
Jonathan Speelman
Nigel Short
Jonathan Mestel
Murray Chandler
James Plaskett
Glenn Flear
1989 Switzerland Lucerne
Details
 Soviet Union
Anatoly Karpov
Alexander Beliavsky
Jaan Ehlvest
Rafael Vaganian
Vassily Ivanchuk
Mikhail Gurevich
 Yugoslavia
Ljubomir Ljubojević
Predrag Nikolić
Petar Popovic
Dragoljub Velimirovic
Božidar Ivanović
Branko Damljanovic
 England
Nigel Short
Jonathan Speelman
John Nunn
Murray Chandler
Michael Adams
Julian Hodgson
1993 Switzerland Lucerne
Details
 United States
Gata Kamsky
Alex Yermolinsky
Boris Gulko
Gregory Kaidanov
Joel Benjamin
Larry Christiansen
 Ukraine
Vassily Ivanchuk
Vladimir Malaniuk
Oleg Romanishin
Vladimir Tukmakov
Viacheslav Eingorn
Arthur Frolov
 Russia
Vladimir Kramnik
Alexander Khalifman
Evgeny Bareev
Sergey Dolmatov
Alexei Dreev
Alexey Vyzmanavin
1997 Switzerland Lucerne
Details
 Russia
Evgeny Bareev
Peter Svidler
Alexander Khalifman
Sergei Rublevsky
Alexei Dreev
Vadim Zvjaginsev
 United States
Alex Yermolinsky
Joel Benjamin
Boris Gulko
Nick De Firmian
Gregory Kaidanov
Larry Christiansen
 Armenia
Vladimir Akopian
Rafael Vaganian
Smbat Lputian
Artashes Minasian
Ashot Anastasian
Melikset Khachiyan
2001 Armenia Yerevan
Details
 Ukraine
Vassily Ivanchuk
Ruslan Ponomariov
Vladimir Baklan
Viacheslav Eingorn
Oleg Romanishin
Vadim Malakhatko
 Russia
Peter Svidler
Alexei Dreev
Alexander Grischuk
Sergei Rublevsky
Konstantin Sakaev
Alexander Motylev
 Armenia
Vladimir Akopian
Rafael Vaganian
Smbat Lputian
Karen Asrian
Ashot Anastasian
Artashes Minasian
2005 Israel Beersheba
Details
 Russia
Peter Svidler
Alexei Dreev
Alexander Grischuk
Alexander Morozevich
Evgeny Bareev
Sergei Rublevsky
 China
Bu Xiangzhi
Zhang Pengxiang
Ni Hua
Zhao Jun
Zhou Jianchao
Liang Chong
 Armenia
Levon Aronian
Vladimir Akopian
Karen Asrian
Rafael Vaganian
Smbat Lputyan
Ashot Anastasian
2010 Turkey Bursa
Details
 Russia
Alexander Grischuk
Dmitry Jakovenko
Alexander Morozevich
Evgeny Tomashevsky
Vladimir Malakhov
Nikita Vitiugov
 United States

Hikaru Nakamura
Alexander Onischuk
Yuri Shulman
Varuzhan Akobian
Robert Hess
Ray Robson

 India
Pendyala Harikrishna
Surya Shekhar Ganguly
Krishnan Sasikiran
Geetha Narayanan Gopal
Arun Prasad
B.Adhiban
2011 China Ningbo
Details
 Armenia

Levon Aronian
Sergei Movsesian
Vladimir Akopian
Gabriel Sargissian
Robert Hovhannisyan

 China

Wang Hao
Wang Yue
Li Chao
Yu Yangyi
Ding Liren

 Ukraine

Vassily Ivanchuk
Pavel Eljanov
Zahar Efimenko
Alexander Moiseenko
Alexander Areshchenko

2013 Turkey Antalya
Details
 Russia

Vladimir Kramnik
Sergey Karjakin
Alexander Grischuk
Ian Nepomniachtchi
Nikita Vitiugov

 China

Li Chao
Ding Liren
Wang Yue
Bu Xiangzhi
Yu Yangyi

 Ukraine

Vassily Ivanchuk
Anton Korobov
Alexander Moiseenko
Yuriy Kryvoruchko
Alexander Areshchenko

Women's team medals[edit]

Year Location
Gold Silver Bronze
2007 Russia Yekaterinburg
Details
 China
Hou Yifan
Zhao Xue
Shen Yang
Ruan Lufei
Huang Qian
 Russia
Tatiana Kosintseva
Nadezhda Kosintseva
Ekaterina Kovalevskaya
Ekaterina Korbut
Elena Tairova
 Ukraine
Kateryna Lahno
Anna Ushenina
Inna Gaponenko
Tatjana Vasilevich
Oksana Vozovic
2009 China Ningbo
Details
 China
Hou Yifan
Zhao Xue
Shen Yang
Ju Wenjun
Huang Qian
 Russia
Tatiana Kosintseva
Nadezhda Kosintseva
Ekaterina Kovalevskaya
Marina Romanko
Valentina Gunina
 Ukraine
Anna Ushenina
Natalia Zhukova
Inna Yanovska
Mariya Muzychuk
Natalia Zdebskaja
2011 Turkey Mardin
Details
 China
Hou Yifan
Ju Wenjun
Zhao Xue
Tan Zhongyi
Zhang Xiaowen
 Russia
Nadezhda Kosintseva
Tatiana Kosintseva
Alexandra Kosteniuk
Valentina Gunina
Natalia Pogonina
 Georgia
Nana Dzagnidze
Lela Javakhishvili
Bela Khotenashvili
Nino Khurtsidze
Salome Melia
2013 Kazakhstan Astana
Details
 Ukraine
Kateryna Lahno
Anna Ushenina
Mariya Muzychuk
Natalia Zhukova
Inna Gaponenko
 China
Ju Wenjun
Huang Qian
Tan Zhongyi
Guo Qi
Shen Yang
 Russia
Valentina Gunina
Alexandra Kosteniuk
Natalia Pogonina
Alisa Galliamova
Olga Girya

Total team ranking (Open section)[edit]

The table contains the men's teams ranked by the medals won at the World Team Championships.

Rank Country 1st place 2nd place 3rd place Total
1  Russia 4 1 1 6
2  Soviet Union 2 0 0 2
3  United States 1 2 0 3
4  Ukraine 1 1 2 4
5  Armenia 1 0 3 4
6  China 0 3 0 3
7  Hungary 0 1 0 1
7  Yugoslavia 0 1 0 1
9  England 0 0 2 2
10  India 0 0 1 1

Total team ranking (Women's team medals)[edit]

The table contains the women's teams ranked by the medals won at the World Team Championships.

Rank Country 1st place 2nd place 3rd place Total
1  China 3 1 0 4
2  Ukraine 1 0 2 3
3  Russia 0 3 1 4
4  Georgia 0 0 1 1

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