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WR Chess Team Wins FIDE World Rapid Team Championship 2023

Published on August 31, 2023
Current Context: World Rapid Team Championship 2023 was a chess tournament that featured six teams of nine players each, with a mix of professional, female, and amateur players. The tournament was held in Dusseldorf, Germany from August 26 to 28, 2023.
WR Chess Team Wins FIDE World Rapid Team Championship 2023
  • The winner of the tournament was WR Chess, a team led by GM Wesley So. They dominated the field by winning all of their nine matches and scoring 27 points out of 36 possible.
  • They had four players who scored perfect or near-perfect results: GMs Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu, Hou Yifan, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, and Ian Nepomniachtchi. They also defeated the top seed team, Freedom, led by GM Viswanathan Anand, by a convincing 5-1 score in round five.
  • The tournament was an innovative event that showcased the diversity and talent of chess players from different backgrounds and levels.
  • It also attracted many spectators who could watch the games live on-site or online with commentary by GM Maurice Ashley and others. It was a great success for chess and for the organizers, FIDE and Kompetenzakademie.


Q.1 Who was the leader of the winning team, WR Chess, in the World Rapid Team Championship 2023?
a. Viswanathan Anand
b. Pentala Harikrishna
c. Vladimir Kramnik
d. Wesley So
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