Chengdu Final: Georgia World Champions!

by Alejandro Ramirez
4/29/2015 – They led from beginning to end, and their performance (especially Khotenashvili's) was absolutely fantastic. The Georgian team, perhaps not one of the pre-tournament favorites to take first, was able to win over the strong Chinese team in the last round to secure their gold medal! Russia and China finished silver and bronze, respectively. Last round overview.

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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.

Final Round

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

Due to technical difficulties at the FIDE website, we were unable to report yesterday. You will find the games from round eight at the bottom of the report.

Last round, ready to roll

9.1 5 ARMENIA   1 - 3 10 INDIA  
1 IM Mkrtchian Lilit 2442 1 : 0 GM Koneru Humpy 2581
2 IM Galojan Lilit 2277 0 : 1 GM Harika Dronavalli 2492
3 WGM Kursova Maria 2290 0 : 1 WGM Padmini Rout 2446
4   Gaboyan Susanna 2175 0 : 1 WGM Soumya Swaminathan 2347

Lilit Galojan

Neither team was fighting for medals, but India certainly needed to get some pride back. With two grandmasters on their top boards, they were expected to be putting pressure on the top teams constantly, but instead they weren't really a factor in this tournament. A nice last round win for India, who outrated their opponents on every board.

After an excellent performance in Sochi, this tournament in Chengdu was a little disappointing for India's #1

9.2 6 CHINA   1½ - 2½ 4 GEORGIA  
1 WGM Tan Zhongyi 2487 ½ : ½ GM Khotenashvili Bela 2513
2 IM Shen Yang 2459 0 : 1 IM Arabidze Meri 2374
3 WGM Lei Tingjie 2444 ½ : ½ IM Batsiashvili Nino 2473
4 WGM Ding Yixin 2434 ½ : ½ IM Melia Salome 2459

Shen Yang dropped a full point today against Arabidze

Georgia had to make sure they didn't lose in order to preserve their gold medal. However a draw was sufficient, and even though a loss, a draw or a win for China did not matter in the final standings (their bronze was absolutely safe, with no chances of silver), it is still a moral blow to have lost their final round.

Melia Salome

7.5/9 on board one. Khotenashvili was a monster.

This guy (Chinese coach Yu Shaoteng) can't be happy right now

9.3 7 RUSSIA   3½ - ½ 3 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
1 GM Gunina Valentina 2532 1 : 0 WGM Abrahamyan Tatev 2301
2 WGM Pogonina Natalija 2456 ½ : ½ WGM Nemcova Katerina 2279
3 WGM Goryachkina Aleksandra 2473 1 : 0 WGM Foisor Sabina-Francesca 2235
4 WGM Girya Olga 2464 1 : 0 WIM Ni Viktorija 2188

Abrahamyan had a tough time on a tough board one. She still scored above her rating expectation.

Team America before their last round

Russia played a good tournament while a weakened USA struggled to stay alive. It is not surprising that Russia took this match easily. Ni had the best chances after she played a nice combination against Girya, but she spoiled her opportunities with a blunder.

A little scare for Girya, but she won in the end

9.4 8 EGYPT   ½ - 3½ 2 UKRAINE  
1 WIM Moaataz Ayah 2022 0 : 1 GM Muzychuk Anna 2552
2 WIM Wafa Shahenda 2118 0 : 1 IM Muzychuk Mariya 2526
3 WIM Sherif Amina 1971 0 : 1 GM Ushenina Anna 2486
4 WGM Wafa Shrook 2058 ½ : ½ IM Gaponenko Inna 2384

Despite having the Muzychuk sisters, Ukraine was never in medal contention

Gaponenko can thank her lucky stars she didn't lose, but the other boards were never in question. At least Wafa Shrook can be very pleased with her 3.0/9 against a tough rating opposition.

Egypt didn't score a single match point, more or less as expected

9.5 9 POLAND   2 - 2 1 KAZAKHSTAN  
1 GM Socko Monika 2463 ½ : ½ WGM Abdumalik Zhansaya 2411
2 WGM Zawadzka Jolanta 2422 ½ : ½ WGM Saduakassova Dinara 2393
3 WGM Szczepkowska Karina 2414 1 : 0 WGM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan 2329
4 WGM Kulon Klaudia 2310 0 : 1 WIM Dauletova Gulmira 2201

A tournament to learn from for Zhansaya Abdumalik

Kazakhstan had a solid performance overall, despite the dreadful score of Abdumalik on the first board (1.5/8). Had the prodigy performed better, Kazakhstan might have been a real annoyance for the top teams. Poland was a real disappointment after their explosive start (beating Ukraine 3.5-0.5, a long time ago, in a far away galaxy). Kulon's 0.0/4 did not help the cause.

Karina Sczcepkowska-Horowska finished with 50% after today's win

Tomorrow we will bring you a recap and impressions from the closing ceremony in Chengdu

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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 & Anatasiya Karlovich

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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Ajay Annamareddy Ajay Annamareddy 4/30/2015 11:46
@karavamudan.. Now she will since she was waiting for your approval.. haha.. so easy to make potshots than to be in their shoes..

I truly hope Humpy will one day become world champion again..
cheat3 cheat3 4/29/2015 02:50
Sakartvelos gaumajos!
karavamudan karavamudan 4/29/2015 10:27
Indian women play better chess than men; Koneru retire to married life
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