China wins World Women's Team Championship

9/14/2009 – By the skin of their teeth, we might add, half a tiebreak point ahead of Russia, which took Silver, and 1.5 ahead of Ukraine, which took Bronze. In the final round the Chinese team played Vietnam, which was in last position but appeared to be winning two games against the leaders. However, both were suddenly agreed as drawn, which led to suspicion of match fixing. Report and games.

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The 2nd Women's World Team Chess Championship took place in Yinzhou, China, from September 2nd to 11th 2009. The time controls were FIDE: 90 minutes for 40 moves, then 30 minutes for the rest with a 30 second increment per move.


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Tian Wang Dian and "Happy Fish Pond" at Eyuwang Temple [Wikipedia]


The World Women's Team Championship, here in round six with Anna Zatonskih
vs Shen Yang. The Chinese player won in 51 moves. [Photo Ye Rongguang]

Individual round results

Round 1 on 2009/09/02
1   Poland   America
2   Vietnam   Georgia
3   China Two   China One
1
3
4   Ukraine   Russia
2
2
5   India   Armenia
2
2
Round 2 on 2009/09/03
1   America   Armenia
½
2   Russia   India
3   China One   Ukraine
1
3
4   Georgia   China Two
2
2
5   Poland   Vietnam
Round 3 on 2009/09/04
1   Vietnam   America
2
2
2   China Two   Poland
3   Ukraine   Georgia
1
3
4   India   China One
1
3
5   Armenia   Russia
2
2
Round 4 on 2009/09/05
1   America   Russia
1
3
2   China One   Armenia
½
3   Georgia   India
3
1
4   Poland   Ukraine
2
2
5   Vietnam   China Two
1
3
 
Round 5 on 2009/09/06
1   China Two   America
2   Ukraine   Vietnam
½
3   India   Poland
1
3
4   Armenia   Georgia
5   Russia   China One
2
2
Round 6 on 2009/09/07
1   America   China One
3
1
2   Georgia   Russia
3   Poland   Armenia
½
4   Vietnam   India
1
3
5   China Two   Ukraine
2
2
Round 7 on 2009/09/09
1   Ukraine   America
2
2
2   India   China Two
3   Armenia   Vietnam
½
4   Russia   Poland
2
2
5   China One   Georgia
½
Round 8 on 2009/09/10
1   America   Georgia
1
3
2   Poland   China One
3   Vietnam   Russia
1
3
4   China Two   Armenia
5   Ukraine   India
Round 9 on 2009/09/11
1   India   America
3
1
2   Armenia   Ukraine
3   Russia   China Two
3
1
4   China One   Vietnam
2
2
5   Georgia   Poland
3
1

Apparently there was something strange going on in the final round, as Mark Crowther of TWIC pointed out. "China met bottom placed Vietnam in the final round and drew 2-2," he writes, "but this was a hard fought draw with long games – although there have now been questions asked as to whether the match was fixed as a draw in advance. Vietnam had a big advantage on board one and a winning advantage on board four when the draws were agreed. This draw allowed them to pip Russia on tie-break. Sadly, for them, long term leaders Poland lost for a second time in row and ended up 6th."

Pham Bich Ngoc (2145) - Huang Qian (2424) [A15]
2nd WTeam w Ningbo CHN (9), 11.09.2009
1.c4 Nf6 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 d5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.0-0 0-0 6.cxd5 Nxd5 7.Nc3 Nb6 8.d3 c6 9.Be3 h6 10.Qd2 Kh7 11.Rac1 N8d7 12.b4 Nd5 13.Nxd5 cxd5 14.Qc2 e5 15.Qc7 d4 16.Bd2 Nb6 17.Qxd8 Rxd8 18.Rc5 f6 19.Nh4 f5 20.f4 exf4 21.gxf4 Re8 22.Kf2 Re7 23.Rg1 Be6 24.Bh3 Bf7 25.Bxf5 gxf5 26.Nxf5 Bf6 27.Nxe7 Bxe7 28.Rc7 Nd5 29.Rxb7 Be6 30.e4 dxe3+ 31.Bxe3 Bc8 32.Bd4 h5 33.Rxe7+ Nxe7 34.Rg7+ Kh6 35.Rxe7 a6 36.Re8 Kg6

And now, three pawns up and with a decisive attack the Vietnamese girl played 37.Bc5 and offered a draw, which her Chinese opponent naturally accepted. With all games in this encounter drawn China One was able to nudge ahead of Russia (and Ukraine) to take first place. Vietnam remained in hopelessly in last place.

Ranking crosstable

Rk. Team
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
 TB1 
 TB2 
1 China One
 * 
2
1
3
1
3
2
12
21.5
2 Russia
2
 * 
2
2
2
3
3
3
12
21.0
3 Ukraine
3
2
 * 
1
2
2
2
12
20.5
4 Georgia
½
3
 * 
3
3
3
2
11
20.0
5 Armenia
½
2
 * 
2
½
10
18.5
6 Poland
2
2
1
½
 * 
3
10
17.5
7 India
1
1
2
1
 * 
3
3
9
17.5
8 America
3
1
2
1
1
 * 
2
6
16.5
9 China Two
1
1
2
2
 * 
3
6
16.0
10 Vietnam
2
1
½
½
1
2
1
 * 
2
11.0

Individual performance

No. Title Name Rtg Team Pts.
Gms
%
Bo.
Perf.
1 IM Kosintseva Nadezhda 2493 Russia 6.5
9
72.2
2
2608
2 IM Mkrtchian Lilit 2468 Armenia 6.5
9
72.2
2
2603
3 Tan Zhongyi 2435 China Two 5.5
8
68.8
1
2597
4 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2535 Georgia 6.5
9
72.2
1
2580
5 WFM Gunina Valentina 2437 Russia 6.5
8
81.3
4
2560
6 GM Chiburdanidze Maia 2506 Georgia 4.0
7
57.1
1
2531
7 WGM Zhukova Nataliya 2457 Ukraine 5.5
9
61.1
1
2522
8 IM Gaponenko Inna 2438 Ukraine 5.5
8
68.8
2
2519
9 IM Dworakowska Joanna 2345 Poland 4.5
7
64.3
3
2510
10 WGM Karavade Eesha 2391 India 6.0
9
66.7
2
2507
11 WGM Shen Yang 2453 China One 3.0
5
60.0
2
2504
12 WGM Huang Qian 2424 China One 6.0
8
75.0
4
2501
13 GM Hou Yifan 2585 China One 4.0
7
57.1
1
2498
14 GM Zhao Xue 2542 China One 4.5
8
56.3
1
2472
15 IM Krush Irina 2458 America 4.0
8
50.0
1
2471
16 WGM Galojan Lilit 2326 Armenia 5.0
8
62.5
3
2470
17 IM Dronavalli Harika 2474 India 4.5
9
50.0
1
2465
18 WIM Melekhina Alisa 2220 America 4.0
6
66.7
3
2463
19 IM Kosintseva Tatiana 2536 Russia 4.5
9
50.0
1
2458
20 IM Javakhishvili Lela 2472 Georgia 4.5
8
56.3
2
2447
21 WGM Zdebska Natalia 2410 Ukraine 4.5
7
64.3
4
2436
22 IM Rajlich Iweta 2465 Poland 4.0
9
44.4
1
2423
23 IM Ushenina Anna 2448 Ukraine 3.5
8
43.8
1
2420
24 WGM Hoang Thi Bao Tram 2265 Vietnam 3.5
9
38.9
1
2412

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