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Astana R9: Gold for Ukraine, China Silver

3/12/2013 – China defeated India and was poised to take Gold, if only Russia would beat Ukraine. But it was not to be – that match ended 2-2, and Ukraine was first with 16 match points, followed by China and Russia with 15 and 13 match points respectively. France beat Turkey 3½-½ to overtake them at the bottom of the table. Final illustrated report.
 

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

Round nine

Round 9 March 12 at 11:00
China
2½-1½
India
France
3½-½
Turkey
Georgia
2½-1½
Kazakhstan
USA
2-2
Romania
Russia
2-2
Ukraine

In the ninth round of WWTC Ukraine drew all four games against Russia – all finished peacefully after 31 or 32 moves (above board one with IM Valentina Gunina, 2505, playing GM Kateryna Lahno, 2547).

China outplayed India 2.5-1.5 score – Ju Wenjun defeated Eesha Karavade (picture above) while other games finished in a draw.

A tough match between Kazakhstan and Georgia finished in favor of the latter. Nana Dzagnidze outplayed Guliskhan Nakhbaeva but Abdumalik Zansaya (picture above) defeated Nino Khurtsidze and equalized the score. The youngest player in the tournament (Zansaya) sacrificed a rook at the right moment and didn’t let her opponent escape.

[Event "FIDE Women's World Teams"] [Site "Astana KAZ"] [Date "2013.03.12"] [Round "9.4"] [White "Abdumalik, Zhansaya"] [Black "Khurtsidze, Nino"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B42"] [WhiteElo "2184"] [BlackElo "2437"] [PlyCount "95"] [EventDate "2013.03.03"] [WhiteTeam "KAZ"] [BlackTeam "GEO"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. Bd3 Nc6 6. Nb3 Nf6 7. Nc3 Be7 8. O-O O-O 9. f4 d6 10. Qf3 Qc7 11. Be3 b5 12. Rae1 Bb7 13. Qh3 Rfe8 14. Kh1 Nb4 15. Nd4 Rac8 16. a3 Nxd3 17. cxd3 Nd7 18. Nf3 Nc5 19. f5 $6 {Not such a good idea.} exf5 20. Bxc5 dxc5 21. Qxf5 Rcd8 22. Rd1 Bf6 23. Ng5 Bxg5 24. Qxg5 Qe7 25. Qf4 Rd7 26. Rf2 Red8 27. Rfd2 f6 28. Kg1 Bc6 29. Ne2 g6 30. Ng3 Kg7 31. h4 h5 32. Kf2 Rd6 33. Qe3 Qe5 34. b4 cxb4 35. d4 Qe7 36. axb4 Bd7 37. Rc1 Rc6 38. Rxc6 Bxc6 39. Rc2 Bb7 40. Rc5 Rd7 $2 {Black has been nursing an advantage for much of the game, but it has slipped away, and now she opens herself to a fatal attack.} 41. Rxh5 $1 Qxb4 ({Not} 41... gxh5 {because of} 42. Nf5+) ({ Better was probably} 41... Bxe4 42. Qh6+ Kf7 43. Qh7+ Ke6 44. Qg8+ Qf7 {and now White does not have} 45. d5+) 42. Qh6+ Kf7 43. Qh7+ Ke6 44. Qg8+ Rf7 45. d5+ Ke7 46. Rh8 Qc5+ 47. Kf3 Qc7 48. Qxf7+ 1-0

However, the Georgian IM Lela Javakhishvili outplayed Madine Davletbayeva and Georgia won the match. The team finished in fourth place, while Kazakhstan seventh.

The fight between France and Turkey finished in favor of France. Kubra Ozturk (picture above) made a draw against Nino Maisuradze, while Turkey lost the rest of the games. As a result, French team finished on the ninth place, Turkey in tenth. The match Romania versus the USA finished in a draw and both teams finished the tournament in the second half of the table.

IM Irina Krush, 2448, scored +5 =3 –1 with a 2607 performance

JU Wenjun (7.0/9 with a 2651 performance, Irina Krush (7.0/9 = 2607), Tan Zhongyi (7.0/9 = 2570), Natalia Zhukova (6.0/8 = 2500) and Olga Girya (6.5/8 = 2522) showed the best results on boards 1–5.

GM Natalia Zhukova, rated 2471, scored +4 =4 –0 for a 2500 performance

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Final standings (after nine rounds)

Rank
Team
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
MP
Pts.
1
Ukraine
*
3
2
3
3
2
4
16
24½
2
China
1
*
2
3
3
3
4
15
25½
3
Russia
2
2
*
2
3
4
13
24
4
Georgia
1
1
2
*
2
3
3
12
21½
5
India
1
2
*
2
3
2
9
18
6
USA
½
½
2
*
2
2
2
8
15½
7
Kazakhstan
1
1
1
2
*
2
3
6
15½
8
Romania
2
1
½
1
2
2
2
*
2
2
6
14½
9
France
0
½
½
½
2
2
*
4
12
10
Turkey
0
0
1
1
2
½
*
1
9

 

Report and photos provided by Anastasiya Karlovich

Schedule and results

Round 1 March 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 March 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 March 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 March 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 March 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 March 09 at 15:00
India
2-2
USA
Russia
2-2
Georgia
Ukraine
4-0
France
Romania
1-3
China
Kazakhstan
3-1
Turkey
Round 7 March 10 at 15:00
Turkey
1½-2½
India
China
3-1
Kazakhstan
France
2-2
Romania
Georgia
1-3
Ukraine
USA
2½-1½
Russia
Round 8 March 11 at 15:00
India
1½-2½
Russia
Ukraine
2½-1½
USA
Romania
1-3
Georgia
Kazakhstan
2½-1½
France
Turkey
0-4
China
Round 9 March 12 at 11:00
China
2½-1½
India
France
3½-½
Turkey
Georgia
2½-1½
Kazakhstan
USA
2-2
Romania
Russia
2-2
Ukraine

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