7th China-Russia match: Rapid Day 3 - Wash, rinse, and repeat

8/14/2010 – After striking their first blow to the Chinese men's team, the Russian men were entitled to some high-fives, and a slight feeling of relief. Unfortunately for them, the very next day the Chinese men struck back vigorously with a 14-11 win, in spite of Vitiugov's 4.0/5, and took the day for 26-24. It was high quality and entertaining chess with many flashy moments, which you won't want to miss.

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The 7th China vs Russia Chess Match is taking place from August 4th-15th, 2010 in Yinzhou, Ningbo, China. These matches have taken place between Russia and China since 2001. The first, in 2001 was in Shanghai, the next, in 2004 in Moscow, in 2006 in Argun, 2007 in Nizhni Novgorod, 2008 in Ningbo, and in 2009 in Sochi.

The match is a 'Scheveningen' team event between China team and Russia team. All members of each team play all members of the other team once. The games start on August 5th 2010 and continue until August 9th, 2010. The time control: 90 minutes for 40 moves + 30 minutes to the end of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move one.

From August 11th to August 14th, there will be four days of rapid games, with five rounds each day. First round starts at 10:30 and four rounds start at 14:00, 15:40 17:20 19:00, The time control: 25 minutes end of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 1.  

FIDE's draconian zero-tolerance rule for late arrivals is not in effect and a ten-minute window is provided for the players, also, the Sofia rules are not in effect here, since obviously team strategy brings in other factors.

Rapid Games - Day 3


The playing hall

After what must have been a very relieving and much needed victory, the Russian men returned to try and cement what they hoped was the beginning of a comeback. And why not? The match officially values the rapid games with the same importance as the slow games. However, the very first round no doubt crushed this idea irrevocably as they started with a nasty 4-1 loss right off the bat. By the time they took a round, the last of the day, the victory was more of a band-aid than a cure, only reducing the day's loss to 14-11. The only player who really shone was Nikita Vitiugov, with a strong 4.0/5. The Chinese men were extremely consistent, and made the most of their chances.


Vitiugov, the top scoring player of the day, won his game against Wang Hao here.

The women also reverted to the tale of previous rounds, with the Chinese ladies losing by a slight margin. That said, one of them has produced the highest scoring standard for the women in the rapid games, Tan Zhongyi, who has scored a very impressive 11.5/15 so far. In the men's department, Rublevsky leads the pack with 9.5/15.


Kosintseva against the leading rapid player for the women, Tan Zhongyi with 11.5/15.

The final score of the day was a 26-24 win for the Chinese hosts, who also lead the overall score by 104.5 to 95.5. One more round remains however, so the match is not over.

The games have been quite fun to watch, especially if one can catch them live. If not, feel free to look over some, or catch a glimpse of some of the highlights we have selected for you. See whether you can do as well or better than the players. The link to the solutions is at the bottom, and they can be replayed in case you have trouble visualizing the moves.

Position 1 - Malakhov - Wang Hao








Black to play and win

Position 2 - Potkin - Wang Yue








Black to play and win

Position 3 - Bu Xiangzhi - Rublevsky








White to play and win

Position 4 - Vitiugov - Wang Hao








White to play and win

Position 5 - Tan Zhongyi - Kosintseva








White to play and win

Position 6 - Pogonina - Ju Wenjun








White goes for the kill

Position 7 - Ding Yixin - Kashlinskaya








White found the move but missed the continuation. Can you do better?

Position 8 - Kosintseva - Ding Yixin








White has a decisive attack here. A good (and tough) position
to work on your calculation skills.

Position 9 - Gunina - Tan Zhongyi








Black put an end to White's resistance

Position 10 - Kashlinskaya - Ju Wenjun








Black to play and win

[Click to see solutions]

Photographs by sports.sina.com.cn


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