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Astana R3: Russia beats Turkey 4-0

3/6/2013 – “The Turkish team came here to learn and gain experience”, the captain and coach of the team, GM Adrian Mikhalchishin (above right). They gained a lot in the 0-4 drubbing they got from the Russian squad. China beat the US team 3½-½ and is now half a board point behind Russia. The two meet in round four on Wednesday. Illustrated round three report.
 

The city of Astana in Kazakhstan is hosting the Women's World Chess Team Championship from March 2nd to 12 in the Duman Hotel in Astana. Ten best teams in the world are participating: China, Russia, Ukraine, USA, India, France, Turkey, Georgia, Rumania and Kazakhstan. Each team consists of five players, with four playing in each of the nine rounds of this round robin tournament. Time control is 90 minutes per 40 moves and thirty minutes until the end of the game plus 30 seconds increment per move.

Round 3 on 2013/03/05 at 15:00
Romania
2-2
India
Kazakhstan
1½-2½
Ukraine
Turkey
0-4
Russia
China
3½-½
USA
France
½-3½
Georgia
Round 4 on 2013/03/06 at 15:00
India
-
Georgia
USA
-
France
Russia
-
China
Ukraine
-
Turkey
Romania
-
Kazakhstan

Round three

The third round started with the symbolic move in the game Ju Wenjun-Anna Zatonskikh made by Chinese Ambassador Zhou Li. He came today to support his compatriots and it obviously helped the Chinese girls, who confidently won against the American team with 3.5-0.5 score.

“The Turkish team came here to learn and gain experience”, the captain and coach of the team, GM Adrian Mikhalchishin (above right), said in an interview. Everyone could notice that Turkey showed really stubborn defence in the previous rounds. Nevertheless the luck was not on the side of Turkish girls today as they lost all the games in the match against Russia.

The outcome of the match Ukraine versus Kazakhstan was not easy to predict till the end. Katerina Lahno outplayed the leader of the team Guliskhan Nakhbayeva relatively quickly, but on the last board Inna Gaponenko lost to Abdumalik Zansaya, the youngest participant in the tournament. In the time trouble Inna missed winning chances and made a few crucial mistakes.

[Event "FIDE Women's World Teams"] [Site "Astana KAZ"] [Date "2013.03.05"] [Round "3.4"] [White "Gaponenko, Inna"] [Black "Abdumalik, Zhansaya"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B40"] [WhiteElo "2421"] [BlackElo "2187"] [PlyCount "80"] [EventDate "2013.03.03"] [WhiteTeam "UKR"] [BlackTeam "KAZ"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. g3 d6 4. Bg2 Nc6 5. d4 cxd4 6. Nxd4 Nf6 7. Nc3 Nxd4 8. Qxd4 e5 9. Qd3 h6 10. f4 Be6 11. Qb5+ Bd7 12. Qxb7 h5 13. h3 Be7 14. f5 Rc8 15. Qa6 d5 16. exd5 Bxf5 17. Be3 O-O 18. O-O Bxc2 19. Rf2 Bg6 20. Rd1 Bb4 21. d6 Bxc3 22. bxc3 Rxc3 23. Qxa7 Ne4 24. Bxe4 Bxe4 25. Kh2 f5 26. d7 Rc7 27. Qb6 $2 (27. Qa4 {was needed to defend the pawn.}) 27... Rxd7 28. Qe6+ Rff7 29. Rfd2 Rxd2+ 30. Rxd2 Qf6 {Black is a pawn up with a nice attacking position.} 31. Qc4 Kh7 32. Qe2 Qg6 33. Bc5 f4 $1 {Things are going from bad to worse for White.} 34. g4 hxg4 35. Qxg4 Qxg4 36. hxg4 Rc7 37. Bg1 Bf3 38. Kh3 Rc1 39. Bh2 Rh1 40. Kh4 e4 0-1

The world champion Anna Ushenina was also close to getting herself into big trouble today, but her opponent didn’t find very nice move 26…Kh8 and Anna Ushenina was able to force a draw.

[Event "FIDE Women's World Teams"] [Site "Astana KAZ"] [Date "2013.03.05"] [Round "3.2"] [White "Ushenina, Anna"] [Black "Dauletova, Gulmira"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D07"] [WhiteElo "2477"] [BlackElo "2265"] [PlyCount "60"] [EventDate "2013.03.03"] [WhiteTeam "UKR"] [BlackTeam "KAZ"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 Nc6 3. Nf3 Bg4 4. Bf4 e6 5. e3 Bd6 6. Bg3 Nf6 7. Nc3 O-O 8. Be2 dxc4 9. Bxc4 e5 10. d5 Ne7 11. h3 Bh5 12. e4 a6 13. Be2 Bxf3 14. Bxf3 Ng6 15. h4 Nf4 16. h5 c6 17. Bh4 cxd5 18. exd5 Qb6 19. Bxf6 gxf6 20. g3 Qxb2 21. Ne4 Nd3+ 22. Kf1 f5 23. Rb1 Qd4 24. Qd2 Be7 25. Rxb7 fxe4 26. Rxe7 exf3 (26... Kh8 $1 {would have given Black good winning chances, since the white queen must defend the mate on f2.}) 27. Qg5+ {This way the queen can initiate the perpetual with a check.} Kh8 28. Qf6+ Kg8 29. Qg5+ Kh8 30. Qf6+ Kg8 1/2-1/2

Once again Natalia Zhukova left alone in the playing hall and the outcome of the match depended on the result of her game (against WIM Davletbayeva Madina, above right). After a few hours of play the Ukrainian IM got an advantage and played precisely till the end to save the match.

The Georgian team has recovered after yesterday's defeat and showed a great result in the match against France. Silvia Collas was the only French player, who managed to grab half a point in her game against Nino Khurtsidze, while all the others were defeated.

WIM Natacha Benmesbah, 2266, facing IM Salome Melia, 2419 – white won in 86 moves

The only match which finished in a draw was India versus Romania.

After the third round China and Russia still keep the lead in the tournament and will play against each other in round four. Ukraine and Georgia shares the third place.

Rank
Team
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
MP
Pts.
1
Russia
*
3
4
6
10½
2
China
*
3
6
10
3
Ukraine
*
3
2
5
4
Georgia
1
*
3
4
5
India
1
*
2
3
6
USA
½
*
2
3
5
7
Romania
½
2
2
*
2
8
Kazakhstan  
1
2
*
1
9
Turkey
0
1
*
0
10
France
½
½
*
0

Photos from Astana by Anastasiya Karlovich

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Schedule and results

Round 1 on 2013/03/03 at 15:00
Ukraine
3-1
India
Romania
½-3½
Russia
Kazakhstan
2-2
USA
Turkey
1-3
Georgia
China
3½-½
France
Round 2 on 2013/03/04 at 15:00
India
2½-1½
France
Georgia
1-3
China
USA
2½-1½
Turkey
Russia
3-1
Kazakhstan
Ukraine
2-2
Romania
Round 3 on 2013/03/05 at 15:00
Romania
2-2
India
Kazakhstan
1½-2½
Ukraine
Turkey
0-4
Russia
China
3½-½
USA
France
½-3½
Georgia
Round 4 on 2013/03/06 at 15:00
India
-
Georgia
USA
-
France
Russia
-
China
Ukraine
-
Turkey
Romania
-
Kazakhstan
Round 5 on 2013/03/07 at 15:00
Kazakhstan
-
India
Turkey
-
Romania
China
-
Ukraine
France
-
Russia
Georgia
-
USA
2013/03/08 – free day
Round 6 on 2013/03/09 at 15:00
India
-
USA
Russia
-
Georgia
Ukraine
-
France
Romania
-
China
Kazakhstan
-
Turkey
Round 7 on 2013/03/10 at 15:00
Turkey
-
India
China
-
Kazakhstan
France
-
Romania
Georgia
-
Ukraine
USA
-
Russia
Round 8 on 2013/03/11 at 15:00
India
-
Russia
Ukraine
-
USA
Romania
-
Georgia
Kazakhstan
-
France
Turkey
-
China
Round 9 on 2013/03/12 at 11:00
China
-
India
France
-
Turkey
Georgia
-
Kazakhstan
USA
-
Romania
Russia
-
Ukraine

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