Chengdu R2: No one perfect

by Alejandro Ramirez
4/20/2015 – It's only been two rounds, but already no team can claim a perfect 2.0/2 match points in Chengdu. Ukraine came back with a vengeance and destroyed Kazakhstan 3.5-0.5 Poland was stopped by USA and the teams split the point. The matches between powerhouse India vs. China and Russia vs. Armenia also ended in draws. Georgia leads thanks to their board point advantage after squashing Egypt.

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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, Gerogia, Armenia, Poland and Egypt.

Round Two

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

The arbiter, hard at work

The plalyers get wanded down before the game. No cell phones, no cheating!

2.1 10 INDIA   2 - 2 6 CHINA  
1 GM Koneru Humpy 2581 1 : 0 GM Ju Wenjun 2557
2 GM Harika Dronavalli 2492 ½ : ½ WGM Tan Zhongyi 2487
3 WGM Padmini Rout 2446 ½ : ½ IM Shen Yang 2459
4 WGM Gomes Mary Ann 2354 0 : 1 WGM Lei Tingjie 2444

Ju Wenjun lost in the highest rated single encounter of this tournament

A nice game by Humpy who took out Ju Wenjun. Black's weaknesses on the center led to problems on the backrank ultimately. Ju Wenjun launched a counter-attack, but a cold blooded king walk finished the game perfectly. Meanwhile Lei Tingjie punished Mary Ann Gomes' weaknesses on a Benoni after the Indian's counterplay was squelched.

Lei Tingjie is a Chinese prodigy. She's 2444 and only 17. There is only one person higher rated and younger than her: Aleksandra Goryachkina who is playing for Russia in this tournament. We will see how quickly Lei Tingjie's career takes off, she has been stuck at the same rating for about a year.

2.2 7 RUSSIA   2 - 2 5 ARMENIA  
1 GM Gunina Valentina 2532 0 : 1 GM Danielian Elina 2488
2 WGM Pogonina Natalija 2456 ½ : ½ IM Mkrtchian Lilit 2442
3 WGM Goryachkina Aleksandra 2473 ½ : ½ IM Galojan Lilit 2277
4 WGM Girya Olga 2464 1 : 0   Gaboyan Susanna 2175

Armenia posing before an important game

Gunina's second loss in a row came in a very strange game. Not knowing important details in a sharp Ragozin, she found herself in a lost position out of the opening. The last 30 or 40 moves of the game did not have to be played. Meanwhile Gaboyan was doing a good job of holding Girya to a draw, but she inexplicably went for complications instead of playing solid in a drawish position, and Girya won the game.

Elina Danielian demolished Valentina Gunina

Not even the stiffest of stare-downs helped Susanna Gaboyan today

2.3 8 EGYPT   0 - 4 4 GEORGIA  
1 WIM Moaataz Ayah 2022 0 : 1 GM Khotenashvili Bela 2513
2 WIM Wafa Shahenda 2118 0 : 1 IM Javakhishvili Lela 2481
3 WIM Sherif Amina 1971 0 : 1 IM Arabidze Meri 2374
4 WGM Wafa Shrook 2058 0 : 1 IM Melia Salome 2459

Amina Sherif from Egypt

The skill difference in this match-up was never in question.

2.4 9 POLAND   2 - 2 3 USA  
1 GM Socko Monika 2463 ½ : ½ WGM Abrahamyan Tatev 2301
2 WGM Zawadzka Jolanta 2422 ½ : ½ WGM Nemcova Katerina 2279
3 WGM Szczepkowska Karina 2414 1 : 0 WIM Ni Viktorija 2188
4 WGM Kulon Klaudia 2310 0 : 1 FM Melekhina Alisa 2235

Two mating attacks on the bottom boards gave a full point to each team:

Karina Sczepkowska-Horowska wins longest name and most consonants in a row

Klaudia Kulon saw herself in the wrong side of a mating net

[Event "Women's World Teams 2015"] [Site "Chengdu CHN"] [Date "2015.04.20"] [Round "2.3"] [White "Szczepkowska-Horowska, Karina"] [Black "Ni, Viktorija"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B06"] [WhiteElo "2414"] [BlackElo "2188"] [SetUp "1"] [FEN "5rnk/1b3pb1/3Q1qp1/1pp1N3/5B1p/7P/1P3PP1/1B1RR1K1 b - - 0 32"] [PlyCount "12"] [EventDate "2015.04.19"] [SourceDate "2015.02.07"] [WhiteTeam "POLAND"] [BlackTeam "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"] [WhiteTeamCountry "POL"] {White is winning with pretty much anything she does, but the finish is quite picturesque.} 32... Qxf4 33. Qxg6 $1 Qxf2+ 34. Kxf2 fxg6+ 35. Kg1 Bxe5 36. Rxe5 Rc8 37. Rd7 $1 Bc6 38. Rh5+ $1 (38. Rh5+ gxh5 39. Rh7#) 1-0

[Event "Women's World Teams 2015"] [Site "Chengdu CHN"] [Date "2015.04.20"] [Round "2.4"] [White "Melekhina, Alisa"] [Black "Kulon, Klaudia"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B31"] [WhiteElo "2235"] [BlackElo "2310"] [SetUp "1"] [FEN "r3r1k1/5bb1/ppp5/2p1p2q/P1P1P1pN/1P4P1/2PBQ3/R2R2K1 b - - 0 27"] [PlyCount "20"] [EventDate "2015.04.19"] [SourceDate "2015.02.07"] [WhiteTeam "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"] [BlackTeam "POLAND"] [BlackTeamCountry "POL"] 27... Be6 28. Kg2 Rad8 29. Rh1 Bh6 $2 {Perhaps missing her opponent's reply.} 30. Be3 $1 {A very nice move. The bishop simply moves one square and the threat of Nf5 is suddenly unstoppable.} (30. Bxh6 Qxh6 31. Nf5 Qg5 {is not clear. Rd2 is coming and Bxf5 is also a threat.}) 30... Bxe3 31. Qxe3 Qf7 32. Raf1 {All of White's pieces are coming with a tempo. Melekhina finishes it off in style.} Qd7 33. Qg5+ Qg7 34. Ng6 Rd2+ 35. Kg1 $1 {The most precise! White only cares about mate.} (35. Qxd2 Qxg6 36. Qh6 {was also completely winning.} ( 36. Rh6 $1)) 35... Rdd8 36. Rh8+ $1 {picturesque.} Qxh8 37. Ne7+ (37. Ne7+ Kh7 38. Qg6#) 1-0

Katerina Nemcova comes from a strong performance in the U.S. Chess Championship

Finding time to pose while delivering checkmate: Alisa Melekhina was America's only win today

2.5 1 KAZAKHSTAN   ½ - 3½ 2 UKRAINE  
1 WGM Abdumalik Zhansaya 2411 0 : 1 IM Muzychuk Mariya 2526
2 WGM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan 2329 0 : 1 GM Ushenina Anna 2486
3 WIM Dauletova Gulmira 2201 ½ : ½ GM Zhukova Natalia 2471
4 WIM Davletbayeva Madina 2231 0 : 1 IM Gaponenko Inna 2384

Ukraine put the World Champion in, but not her sister

Young Zhansaya Abdumalik was powerless against Mariya Muzychuk

Ukraine came back with a vengeance! After being humiliated by Poland over the board, the Ukrainian team took out on Kazakhstan. Muzychuk showed a clearly better understanding of the Sveshnikov over Abdumalik, while Ushenina and Gaponenko won nice games with White. Things could have been worse for Kazakhstan as Dauletova was lost against Zhukova.

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Standings

Rank Team MP Pts.
1 GEORGIA 3 6
2 POLAND 3
3 CHINA 3 5
4 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 3 5
5 RUSSIA 2 4
6 UKRAINE 2 4
7 KAZAKHSTAN 2 3
8 INDIA 1
9 ARMENIA 1 3
10 EGYPT 0 1
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
-
India
USA
-
Kazakhstan
Georgia
-
Poland
Armenia
-
Egypt
China
-
Russia

Round 4 - April 22, 15:00 Beijing

Name Res. Name
India
-
Russia
Egypt
-
China
Poland
-
Armenia
Kazakhstan
-
Georgia
Ukraine
-
USA

Round 5 - April 23, 15:00 Beijing

Name Res. Name
USA
-
India
Georgia
-
Ukraine
Armenia
-
Kazakhstan
China
-
Poland
Russia
-
Egypt

Round 6 - April 25, 15:00 Beijing

Name
Res.
Name
India
-
Egypt
Poland
-
Russia
Kazakhstan
-
China
Ukraine
-
Armenia
USA
-
Georgia

Round 7 - April 26, 15:00 Beijing

Name
Res.
Name
Georgia
-
India
Armenia
-
USA
China
-
Ukraine
Russia
-
Kazakhstan
Egypt
-
Poland

Round 8 - April 27, 15:00 Beijing

Name
Res.
Name
India
-
Poland
Kazakhstan
-
Egypt
Ukraine
-
Russia
USA
-
China
Georgia
-
Armenia

Round 9 - April 28, 11:00 Beijing

Name
Res.
Name
Armenia
-
India
China
-
Georgia
Russia
-
USA
Egypt
-
Ukraine
Poland
-
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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babycroc babycroc 4/21/2015 11:22
No pics of the Indian team? Harika and Padmini are damn cute, please put their pictures next time.
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