Chengdu Closing

by Alejandro Ramirez
4/30/2015 – The Chengdu Women's World Team Championship was definitely a success. From many compliments players had for the wonderful organization, to the drama over the board, it was certainly a memorable event. The team medals were handed out, with Georgia, Russia and China on top, but also the individual laurels were awarded. We bring you impressions from the award and closing ceremony.

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The city of Chengdu in China is hosting the Women's World Chess Team Championship from April 18th to 28. The organizers are Chinese Chess Association, FIDE World Chess Federation, with the support of Board and Card Administrative Center of General Administration of Sport of China and Chengdu Municipal Government.

The best teams of the world will participate in the coming championship, among which the previous event's Women’s World Team Champion, the three highest-placed teams in the FIDE Olympiad prior to the event, the four Continental Champions, a team from the organizing federation, a team to be nominated by FIDE President. The ten countries are: China, Russia, Ukraine, USA, India, Poland, Armenia, Georgia, Egypt and Kazakhstan. Every team consists of five players and the team-winner will be determined in a round-robin event after 9 rounds. Time control is 90 minutes per 40 moves and thirty minutes until the end of the game plus 30 seconds increment per move.

This year's participants are Kazakhstan, India, China, USA, Ukraine, Russia, Georgia, Armenia, Poland and Egypt.

Closing Ceremony

The closing gala started with a dinner, very much in Chinese style

Something for everyone!

Eteri Kublashvili, Press Secretary of the Russian Chess Federation

The coveted medals

Friends one the tournament finishes: Valentina Gunina on Koneru Humpy

Lilit Mrktchian and Harika Dronavalli

Russian team captain Sergei Rublevsky and one of the stars: Olga Girya (gold medal for her board)

Tian Hongwei (right, also known as Abigail) is a driving force behind chess in China

The table of, of course, FIDE representatives

The FIDE President came back for the closing

Zhansaya Abdumalik and Padmini Rout are two of the youngest participants of the event

Bronze medalist for their boards

China with their bronze medals (and trophy!)

A good performance by Russia...

But of course nothing compares to the brilliance of Georgia's team in Chengdu

Cheers! (but water for Goryachkina)

Last remarks by Kirsan Ilyumzhiinov

Team America posing one last time before scattering around the World

Performances by Chinese dancers

A balancing act

And a taste of Bian Lian - a Chinese dramatic art known as "face-changing" for the rapid changes of masks that the actors perform in order to switch characters or express different moods. It is an integral part of Sichuan Opera.

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And a more traditional performance to finish the night

Besides the team standings, the opening ceremony also prized the top performers per board:

Board One

Rank   Name Rtg Team % Pts. Games ratP
1 GM Khotenashvili Bela 2513 GEORGIA 83,3 9 2699
2 GM Gunina Valentina 2532 RUSSIA 62,5 5 8 2511
3 GM Koneru Humpy 2581 INDIA 61,1 9 2501

Board Two

Rank   Name Rtg Team % Pts. Games ratP
1 IM Mkrtchian Lilit 2442 ARMENIA 72,2 9 2577
2 GM Harika Dronavalli 2492 INDIA 68,8 8 2565
3 IM Muzychuk Mariya 2526 UKRAINE 68,8 8 2552

Board Three

Rank   Name Rtg Team % Pts. Games ratP
1 IM Arabidze Meri 2374 GEORGIA 85,7 6 7 2613
2 WGM Pogonina Natalija 2456 RUSSIA 64,3 7 2452
3 IM Shen Yang 2459 CHINA 64,3 7 2439

Board Four

Rank   Name Rtg Team % Pts. Games ratP
1 WGM Lei Tingjie 2444 CHINA 72,2 9 2494
2 WGM Goryachkina Aleksandra 2473 RUSSIA 71,4 5 7 2507
3 IM Batsiashvili Nino 2473 GEORGIA 64,3 7 2465

Board Five

Rank   Name Rtg Team % Pts. Games ratP
1 WGM Girya Olga 2464 RUSSIA 92,9 7 2695
2 WGM Ding Yixin 2434 CHINA 75 6 2482
3 IM Melia Salome 2459 GEORGIA 60 3 5 2404

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Final Standings

Rank Team MP Pts.
1 GEORGIA 17 25
2 RUSSIA 15 25
3 CHINA 11 22
4 INDIA 10 22
5 UKRAINE 10 20
6 KAZAKHSTAN 9 17½
7 ARMENIA 7 16
8 POLAND 6 15½
9 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 5 13
10 EGYPT 0 4

Matches won give two points, draws one point and losses zero points.

Photos by Liu Yunpeng

Schedule

Round 1 - April 19, 15:00 Beijing

Name
Res.
Name
Kazakhstan
2.5-1.5
India
Ukraine
0.5-3.5
Poland
USA
3.0-1.0
Egypt
Georgia
2.0-2.0
Russia
Armenia
1.0-3.0
China

Round 2 - April 20, 15:00 Beijing

Name Res. Name
India
2.0-2.0
China
Russia
2.0-2.0
Armenia
Egypt
0.0-4.0
Georgia
Poland
2.0-2.0
USA
Kazakhstan
0.5-3.5
Ukraine

Round 3 - April 21, 15:00 Beijing

Name Res. Name
Ukraine
2.0-2.0
India
USA
2.0-2.0
Kazakhstan
Georgia
2.5-1.5
Poland
Armenia
3.0-1.0
Egypt
China
1.0-3.0
Russia

Round 4 - April 22, 15:00 Beijing

Name Res. Name
India
1.5-2.5
Russia
Egypt
0.0-4.0
China
Poland
1.5-2.5
Armenia
Kazakhstan
1.0-3.0
Georgia
Ukraine
3.0-1.0
USA

Round 5 - April 23, 15:00 Beijing

Name Res. Name
USA
3.0-1.0
India
Georgia
2.5-1.5
Ukraine
Armenia
2.0-2.0
Kazakhstan
China
3.0-1.0
Poland
Russia
4.0-0.0
Egypt

Round 6 - April 25, 15:00 Beijing

Name
Res.
Name
India
4.0-0.0
Egypt
Poland
3.5-0.5
Russia
Kazakhstan
2.0-2.0
China
Ukraine
2.5-1.5
Armenia
USA
1.0-3.0
Georgia

Round 7 - April 26, 15:00 Beijing

Name
Res.
Name
Georgia
2.5-1.5
India
Armenia
2.0-2.0
USA
China
2.0-2.0
Ukraine
Russia
2.0-2.0
Kazakhstan
Egypt
1.0-3.0
Poland

Round 8 - April 27, 15:00 Beijing

Name
Res.
Name
India
3.5-0.5
Poland
Kazakhstan
3.5-0.5
Egypt
Ukraine
1.5-2.5
Russia
USA
0.5-3.5
China
Georgia
3.01.0
Armenia

Round 9 - April 28, 11:00 Beijing

Name
Res.
Name
Armenia
1.0-3.0
India
China
1.5-2.5
Georgia
Russia
3.5-1.5
USA
Egypt
0.5-3.5
Ukraine
Poland
2.0-2.0
Kazakhstan

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Topics Chengdu, Women

Grandmaster Alejandro Ramirez has been playing tournament chess since 1998. His accomplishments include qualifying for the 2004 and 2013 World Cups as well as playing for Costa Rica in the 2002, 2004 and 2008 Olympiads. He currently has a rating of 2583 and is author of a number of popular and critically acclaimed ChessBase-DVDs.
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