England made a fine start at this week’s World Team Championship in Astana, Kazakhstan, where they beat the host nation and Azerbaijan in the opening rounds, then drew with both the United States and, on Friday, the top-seeded Russians. These impressive results have put England in contention for silver or bronze medals before Saturday’s critical match with India. Yet it could have been even better. In Russia v England on Friday the tournament favourites showed their intent by resting their normal No 1 Sergey Karjakin in favour of the in-form Ian Nepomniachtchi on top board and the fast improving Vladislav Artemiev on board four. England countered in effect by the chess equivalent of parking the bus and aiming to draw every game. Despite having White, Gawain Jones chose a symmetrical opening against Artemiev and bailed out for …

Source: GameKnot online chess news