The two England teams (Open and Women) are currently competing in Baku, Azerbaijan. Suffolk’s Dagne Ciuksyte is on Board 2 for the Women and is currently unbeaten on 4½/6. Sadly, the rest of her team is not faring so well.
The Open team is having a good tournament. Having convincingly won their last two matches against Vietnam and Chile, they faced third seeds China today. All four members of the China team are rated over 2700. The result was an astounding 3 – 1 win for England, who move into joint runners-up spot, with six wins out of seven. They are actually placed sixth on tie-break, the same as their seeding.
England’s Board 1, Michael Adams, beat Yue Wang (2737) when the latter blundered on move 35. And Nigel Short, who is having a great tournament (5/6), won against an opponent rated 80 points higher, again following a blunder, this time on move 36.
It doesn’t get any easier, as tomorrow England face India, with 2803-rated Harikrishna on top board (but there’s no Anand). India were thrashed 3½-½ by USA today, who now take top spot on 13 points (six wins and a draw).