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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.

Question:

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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