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Astana R5: Ukraine beats China, leads with Russia

3/8/2013 – It didn't go completely smoothly, but in the end the Ukrainian ladies scored a 3-1 win over rivals China. Russia trounced France 3½-½, and Georgia did the same to the USA. Russia and Ukraine lead by two point ahead of China and Georgia. In addition there is good news for Salome Melia and her desperately ill daughter. Round five 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 5 on 2013/03/07 at 15:00
Kazakhstan
1-3
India
Turkey
2-2
Romania
China
1-3
Ukraine
France
½-3½
Russia
Georgia
3½-½
USA
2013/03/08 – free day

Round five

The day before International Women's Day the chess players finished the round a bit earlier. The Romanian team, the most peaceful in the championship, shared two points with the Turkish girls, who finally opened “personal account” and moved from the last place. The equal score was achieved due to the victories on the first two boards.

WGM Betul Cemre Yildiz on board one for Turkey beat WGM Irina Bulmaga...

... while our special friend Alina L'Ami (ROM) defeated WCM Cemhan Kardelen

Ukraine, after a slightly weak start, showed its strength at its best. In spite of some worries (especially for Anna Ushenina) they were able to knock out China!

[Event "Women's World Team Championship 2013"] [Site "Astana"] [Date "????.??.??"] [Round "5.10"] [White "Ushenina, Anna"] [Black "Huang Qian"] [Result "1-0"] [PlyCount "195"] [WhiteClock "1:30:00"] [BlackClock "0:01:00"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Be2 e5 7. Be3 Na6 8. O-O c6 9. d5 Ng4 10. Bg5 f6 11. Bh4 c5 12. Ne1 h5 13. h3 Nh6 14. a3 Nf7 15. Nd3 Bd7 16. b4 b6 17. Qb3 $146 Bh6 18. Rab1 Bg5 19. Bg3 Qe7 20. f4 exf4 21. Nxf4 Ne5 22. Kh1 Kh7 23. Rbd1 Rf7 24. Nb5 Bxf4 25. Bxf4 Be8 26. Rf2 Rc8 27. Nc3 Nb8 28. Bg3 Nbd7 29. b5 Rg7 30. Rdf1 g5 31. Nd1 Bg6 32. Ne3 Rf8 33. Nf5 Bxf5 34. Rxf5 h4 35. Bh2 Ng6 36. Qf3 Nde5 37. Qf2 Rgf7 38. Qe3 Kg7 39. Qc3 Ra8 40. Bh5 Rh8 41. Bxg6 Kxg6 42. Bxe5 dxe5 43. a4 Rd8 44. a5 Rd7 45. Ra1 Qd8 46. Rf2 Rb7 47. Rfa2 Rb8 48. axb6 axb6 49. Qf3 Kg7 50. Ra7 Rbb7 51. Ra8 Rb8 52. R8a6 Qd7 53. Ra8 Qb7 54. R8a6 Qd7 55. Kg1 Qc8 56. Qh5 Qb7 57. Qg4 Qd7 58. Qh5 Rh8 59. Qf3 Rb8 60. Qc3 Kg6 61. Rf1 Qb7 62. Qa1 Qd7 63. Qd1 Kg7 64. Rf2 Qd8 65. Rfa2 Qd7 66. Qa1 Qd8 67. Ra7 Rfb7 68. Rxb7+ Rxb7 69. Ra8 Qc7 70. Qa6 Qd7 71. Kf2 f5 72. Qa1 Qe7 73. exf5 Kf6 74. Rc8 Kxf5 75. Rc6 Ke4 76. Ke2 Ra7 77. Qb1+ Kf4 78. Qb3 g4 79. hxg4 $2 {This, the computer tells us, allows Black to hold.} (79. g3+ $1 Kf5 ({after} 79... hxg3 80. Qe3+ {Black gets mated.}) 80. hxg4+ Kxg4 81. Qf3+ Kh3 82. gxh4+ Kh2 (82... Kxh4 83. Qe4+ {allows mate:} Kh5 84. Qg6+ Kh4 85. Qh6+ Kg4 86. Rg6+ Kf5 87. Qh5+ {etc.}) 83. Qf2+ Kh3 84. Qf1+ Kxh4 85. Qh1+ Kg5 86. Qh6+ Kf5 87. Qg6+ Kf4 88. Rf6+ Qxf6 89. Qxf6+ Kg4 90. d6 {and it is all over for Black.}) ({Or simply} 79. Rg6 e4 80. hxg4 {and wins.}) 79... Qh7 80. Rf6+ Kxg4 81. Kf2 Kg5 82. Rf3 Qe4 83. Qe3+ Qxe3+ 84. Kxe3 Ra4 $2 {This plan is good for White.} 85. Ke4 Rxc4+ 86. Kxe5 Rd4 87. d6 Rd2 88. Rf8 Kg6 89. Ke6 Kg7 90. Rf5 c4 91. Rf7+ Kg6 92. Rc7 Re2+ 93. Kd7 Re4 94. Kc8 Re8+ 95. Kd7 Re4 96. Kd8 c3 97. Rxc3 Kf7 98. d7 1-0

The Russian team defeated France 3.5-0.5. At the press conference after the completion of her game, Valentina Gunina was asked if she worried during the game, as even “computers started to get worried when they saw her position”, she noted that teammates could not feel very happy about her game. In any case Valentina managed to trick her opponent and even win the game.

The Georgian girls looked quite confidential today in the match against the Americans. Irina Krush (above) made the only draw, all the others lost their games.

WIM Viktorija Ni playing IM Salome Melia, whose four-month-old daughter desperately needs heart surgery, as we recently reported. In the meantime we have learnt that the Georgian Ministry of Health has donated some funds, as have some donors from Georgia – and a Western donor is willing to put up the rest of the costs for surgery in Germany. There will be follow-up operations required, so further contributions are welcome. Details in our previous report. This is how Salome played in round five:

[Event "FIDE Women's World Teams"] [Site "Astana KAZ"] [Date "2013.03.07"] [Round "5.4"] [White "Ni, Viktorija"] [Black "Melia, Salome"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "E12"] [WhiteElo "2263"] [BlackElo "2403"] [PlyCount "74"] [EventDate "2013.03.03"] [WhiteTeam "USA"] [BlackTeam "GEO"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. c4 b6 4. a3 Bb7 5. Nc3 g6 6. g3 Bg7 7. Bg2 O-O 8. d5 exd5 9. cxd5 c6 10. Nd4 c5 11. Ndb5 d6 12. Bf4 Ne8 13. Ne4 Bxb2 14. Nbxd6 Nxd6 15. Bxd6 $2 {White should have recaptured with the knight.} Re8 16. Bf4 Bxd5 17. Rb1 $2 Bxe4 $1 18. Bxe4 Bc3+ 19. Kf1 Qxd1+ 20. Rxd1 Rxe4 21. Rd8+ Kg7 22. Bxb8 Bf6 23. Rc8 Re7 24. g4 Rb7 25. g5 Raxb8 26. gxf6+ Kxf6 27. Rc6+ Ke7 28. Kg2 Rd8 29. a4 Rd5 30. Rb1 Rg5+ 31. Kf1 Rf5 32. Rc8 Rd5 33. a5 Kd7 34. Rf8 Kc6 35. e4 Rd4 36. Rc8+ Rc7 37. Rb8 Rb4 0-1

The Kazakhstan team lost to India 3:1, but it is not a reason for being discouraged. First of all there are four more rounds ahead, and secondly the team is the youngest at the championship, so the girls will be able to keep up their energy till the end.

After five rounds Russia and Ukraine are on the top. They share the first place, two points ahead of Georgia and China.

Rank
Team
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
MP
Pts.
1
Russia
*
2
3
4
9
16
2
Ukraine
*
3
3
2
9
13
3
China
2
1
*
3
7
13
4
Georgia
1
*
2
3
7
13
5
India
1
2
*
2
3
6
10½
6
Romania
½
2
2
*
2
2
4
7
USA
½
½
*
2
2
4
8
Kazakhstan
1
1
2
2
*
2
9
Turkey
0
1
2
*
1
6
10
France
½
½
½
2
*
1
5

On the 8th of March the organizers of the tournament will congratulate the participants and prepare a massive cultural and entertainment program with presents and unexpected surprises.

Report and photos provided 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
2-2
Georgia
USA
2-2
France
Russia
2-2
China
Ukraine
2½-1½
Turkey
Romania
2-2
Kazakhstan
Round 5 on 2013/03/07 at 15:00
Kazakhstan
1-3
India
Turkey
2-2
Romania
China
1-3
Ukraine
France
½-3½
Russia
Georgia
3½-½
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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