Heading into the final round, no less than six players had a realistic chance for first place. Four decisive games ensued and Alexander Riazantsev emerged victorious. World Chess’s columnist walks readers through how it all unfolded.
After a draw on the top board between Russia and the United States, three teams lead the open section. In the women’s section, after upsetting the Russian team, the United States is now tied for the lead with China.
In Round 4, Russia, the top seed, was upended by Ukraine, while the United States, the No. 2 seed, was held to a draw by the Czech Republic. And in the women’s section, the World Champion lost to a professional politician.