FIDE World Team Championship: Turkey holds Russia to draw

6/19/2017 – Day two of the FIDE World Team Championships saw a lot of hard-fought games with the favorites not always getting their way. After a surprise draw against Ukraine, Turkey was able to hold Russia to a draw as well, and it was not for lack of effort on the Russians' part. China overcame India in a match that could have gone either way. In the Women's section, Russia beat Vietnam easily, while China stumbled over Ukraine. Large illustrated report with many games analyzed by GM Alex Yermolinsky.

All photos by Anastasia Balakhontseva

On the Men's side, the battle of Asian giants, China and India, saw all four games still going on after the time control. In the end of the day the only victory belonged to Yu Yangyi, who beat Adhiban with black, thus providing the margin of victory. However, it could have easily gone the other way, as on board one Vidit Santosh Gujrathi proved to be a worthy opponent for Ding Liren. If anything, Black appeared to be better in a complex middlegame with the opposite-color bishops.

Another thrilling match by the Indians, this time against top-seed China. Vidit Santosh Gujrathi showed he was more than up to the challenge of the top board, and was even well ahead in his game against Top Ten player Ding Liren.

The bigger miss was on board three, where Sasikiran let his advantage of an extra pawn gradually slip away in the battle with Wei Yi. Negi also pushed against Li Chao in a minor piece endgame, but Black just had enough counterplay for the match-clinching draw. A disappointing loss for the young Indian squad, but they will unquestionably fight until the end of their stay in Khanty.

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Krishnan Sasikiran showed the fine form that brought him victory at the recent Capablanca Memorial. In the end, Wei Yi was able to save it, but just.

The encounter between two neighboring former Soviet Union Republics, Ukraine and Belarus, stood in sharp (should I say, bleak?) contrast. Lifeless draws on all four boards left me wondering about the tournament prospects for the Ukrainian team. Where's Ivanchuk, when they need him? Fresh off his victory over David Navara in the rapid version of this year's Cez Trophy, Vassily apparently is focusing on the Leuven stage of the Grand Chess Tour, which he will participate in as a wild-card invitee. Who knows, there may be some checkers tournament he doesn't want to miss.

An action-packed schedule of events this summer has deprived many teams of their best players. I have already mentioned the U.S. Team taking the heaviest loss, as all of their Top Three are playing in Paris (June 21st start). The “B” squad that showed up here, has failed to impress in the opening rounds. Today the U.S. team lost to Poland, 1.5-2.5. Once again, there was only one decisive game

A painful loss for USA's Sam Shankland

Wojtaszek (POL) vs Shankland (USA)

[Event "World Team-ch 2017"] [Site "Khanty-Mansyisk"] [Date "2017.06.18"] [Round "2"] [White "Wojtaszek, Radoslaw"] [Black "Shankland, Samuel L"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D78"] [WhiteElo "2730"] [BlackElo "2676"] [Annotator "AlexYermo"] [PlyCount "49"] [EventDate "2017.??.??"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. g3 c6 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. Bg2 d5 6. Nbd2 {A quiet line.} O-O 7. O-O a5 8. b3 Ne4 ({The main position of this line is reached after} 8... a4 9. Ba3 Re8 10. e3 {Radoslaw has played it before, without particular success, losing to Ivanchuk and Sjugirov in 2015. Likely, he had some improvement prepared.}) 9. e3 Bg4 ({Previously seen was} 9... Bf5 10. Bb2 a4 {mainly in the games of Predrag Nikolic, one of the first people to regularly employ this variation as White.}) (9... a4 10. cxd5 cxd5 11. Nxe4 dxe4 12. Ng5 f5 13. bxa4 {may offer White a little bit of something.}) 10. Ba3 ({I assume the point of Shankland's novelty was to provoke} 10. h3 {then Black returns to the main line,} Bf5 11. Bb2 a4 {and is ready to meet} 12. g4 $2 {with} a3) 10... b5 $6 { [#] A novel approach. Such ideas are commonly played against more modern white setups, such as the Reti. Here White is pretty solid in the center, so I'm not sure I'd give it my support.} 11. cxd5 ({Interesting was} 11. Qc1 b4 12. Bb2 Bf5 13. Nh4 Nxd2 14. Qxd2 Be6 15. a3 $5) 11... cxd5 12. Qc1 b4 ({The line} 12... Bf5 13. Ne5 b4 14. Bb2 Na6 15. Nxe4 Bxe4 (15... Rc8 $5 16. Nxf7 Rxf7 17. Nc5) 16. Bxe4 dxe4 17. Qc6 {illustrates the probelm on the c-file Black created for himself with his brush 11...b5}) 13. Bb2 Na6 {this looks very awkward considering Black's structure in the Q-side. The knight obviously has no prospects on a6.} (13... Nd7 14. Nxe4 dxe4 15. Ng5 a4 16. bxa4 Nb6 17. Nxe4 Nxa4 18. Qd2 {it doesn't seem Black has enough here.}) (13... Nxd2 14. Qxd2 Nd7 15. Ne5 Nxe5 16. dxe5 Be6 17. Rac1 Rc8 18. Qd4 {is clearly better for White.}) 14. Nxe4 dxe4 15. Ng5 e5 {This is what Sam was counting on. Indeed, Black will get his pawn back, but the resulting position turned out to be plain bad for him.} 16. Nxe4 exd4 17. Bxd4 Bxd4 18. exd4 Qxd4 19. Qg5 {The difference between White's well-organized army and Black's scattered forces is striking.} Be2 20. Rfe1 Rac8 21. Rac1 $2 (21. Qf6 {was winning on the spot:} Qxf6 22. Nxf6+ Kg7 23. Rxe2 Kxf6 24. Bb7) 21... Qb2 $2 ({However bad} 21... Rxc1 22. Qxc1 (22. Rxc1 f5 {and Black is fighting}) 22... Bd3 23. Rd1 Kg7 {might have looked to Sam, he still had to accept this position.}) 22. Rxc8 Rxc8 23. Nd6 $1 {The f7-pawn falls, and it's curtains.} Rf8 24. Qe7 Bh5 25. Bd5 1-0

Ray Robson has been unable to show his fire so far

A nice way for Rado to quickly redeem himself after a first-round loss, and a lot of soul-searching to do for the Americans, who desperately need to get their young stars, Xiong and Robson, going.

It wasn't the first time I ended up with my foot in my mouth, and it's certainly not going to be the last, but I did write yesterday after the Ukrainian surprise tie match with Turkey that other teams will get to play Turkey later in the tournament. Well, one of them did. It was Russia, and they haven't done a sight better. Same story: all games drawn, although not for the lack of effort on the part of Russia's newest additions to their squad, as both Matlakov and Fedoseev gave it their all today.

Matlakov (RUS) vs Can (TUR)

[Event "World Team-ch 2017"] [Site "Khanty-Mansyisk"] [Date "2017.06.18"] [Round "2"] [White "Matlakov, Maxim"] [Black "Can, Emre"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "E92"] [WhiteElo "2707"] [BlackElo "2589"] [Annotator "AlexYermo"] [PlyCount "81"] [EventDate "2017.??.??"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. h3 O-O 6. Be3 e5 7. d5 Na6 8. Nf3 Nc5 9. Nd2 a5 10. Be2 ({I always liked} 10. a3 {better. Kaidanov-Watson, 1989 went} Ne8 11. b4 axb4 12. axb4 Rxa1 13. Qxa1 Na6 14. Qa3 f5 15. Nb3) 10... Bd7 11. g4 c6 12. h4 cxd5 13. cxd5 Rc8 14. f3 a4 15. Rc1 b5 16. Kf2 b4 17. Ncb1 Ne8 18. h5 {[#]} Bf6 {Can settles on a conservative plan.} (18... f5 $5 19. hxg6 fxg4 20. gxh7+ Kh8 {would be a very exciting course of events.}) 19. Kg2 ({Perhaps, Matlakov rejected the natural} 19. Nc4 {on account of} Bh4+ 20. Kg2 gxh5 (20... Bg5 $6 21. Bxg5 Qxg5 22. Qd2 {is what White would love to see.}) {and here White has to go for} 21. Nxe5 $1 ({Indeed, the automatic recapture} 21. gxh5 { lands White is big trouble after} Kh8) 21... dxe5 22. Rxc5 (22. Bxc5 hxg4 23. fxg4 Qf6 $15) 22... hxg4 23. fxg4 Rxc5 24. Bxc5 Be7 $13 {White may have the winnng pawn structure for a possible endgame, but as Dr. Tarrasch has famously said, the chess gods invented the middlegame before the endgame.}) 19... Bg5 20. Qg1 h6 21. hxg6 fxg6 22. Nc4 Bb5 23. Nbd2 $14 Rc7 24. Qf2 Qf6 25. Bxg5 Qxg5 26. Qh4 Qxh4 27. Rxh4 Kg7 {[#] One would expect the newly crowned European Champion to scrape a technical win out of this, but White has to deal with his share of tactical problems.} 28. Rch1 (28. Kf2 {suggests itself, but then comes } Bxc4 29. Rxc4 (29. Bxc4 $2 Nd3+) (29. Nxc4 $2 Nxe4+) 29... Rf4 30. Rh1 Nf6 31. Ke3 Rc8 32. Rhc1 (32. Rxb4 $2 Nxd5+) 32... g5 33. Nf1 h5 {with counterplay. }) 28... Rh8 29. Kf2 Nb7 30. Ke3 Nf6 31. g5 Nh5 32. gxh6+ Rxh6 33. f4 $5 { A good try, but it also gets turned back by clever tactics.} exf4+ 34. Kd4 Bxc4 35. Nxc4 Ng3 $1 36. Rxh6 Nxe2+ 37. Kd3 Nc1+ 38. Kd4 {Matlakov accepts the inevitable.} (38. Kd2 $2 Rxc4 39. Rh7+ Kf6 40. Rxb7 b3 {Only Black can be better here.}) 38... Ne2+ 39. Kd3 Nc1+ 40. Kd4 Ne2+ 41. Kd3 1/2-1/2

Vladimir Fedoseev came even closer, as at some moment he had a clear extra pawn against Sanal in a minor piece endgame. His hasty decision to trade off his good bishop brought the game to a knight ending that simply could not be won. The ensuing queen and knight versus queen and pawn finale was anticlimactic.

No pressure: Sanal and Fedoseev were the longest game of the round, and decisive in determining whether Turkey would draw against Russia or lose. In the end, the Turkish player withstood the relentless pressure by the Russian on the rise.

Over the past dozen years a lot of attention was given to the struggles of the Russian team in the post-Kasparov era. Along with many others, I firmly believe in the need of bringing up fresh talent. Despite the glaring omission of Grischuk from this year's lineup – I have heard of Alexander's disagreement with the Russian Chess Federation – this group has the potential to turn the corner.

Now, as promised in yesterday's report, I turn my attention to the Ladies' event.

The key win for Russia over China has upset the apple cart early. Headed by the participants of the next World Championship match, Grand Prix winner Ju Wenjun and World KO Champion, Tan Zhongyi, the pre-tournament rating favorites now have to play catch-up, and that got off to a rough start as well. China-Ukraine ended in a tie after an exchange of blows on Boards two and three.

Ukraine proved to be a stumbling block for China, who needed win to hope to challenge Russia in the eventuality they should slip along the way

Tan (CHN) vs Zhukova (UKR)

[Event "World Team-ch Women 2017"] [Site "Khanty-Mansyisk"] [Date "2017.06.18"] [Round "2"] [White "Tan, Zhongyi"] [Black "Zhukova, Natalia"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D52"] [WhiteElo "2517"] [BlackElo "2449"] [Annotator "AlexYermo"] [PlyCount "85"] [EventDate "2017.??.??"] [EventType "team-tourn"] [EventCountry "RUS"] [SourceTitle ""] [Source "ChessBase"] [SourceQuality "1"] [WhiteTeam "CHN"] [BlackTeam "UKR"] [WhiteTeamCountry "CHN"] [BlackTeamCountry "UKR"] 1. c4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. Bg5 Nbd7 6. e3 Qa5 7. cxd5 Nxd5 8. Rc1 Nxc3 9. bxc3 Ba3 10. Rc2 b6 11. Be2 Ba6 12. O-O Bxe2 13. Qxe2 O-O 14. Rd1 Rfe8 15. Bf4 Rac8 16. c4 Bf8 17. e4 c5 18. d5 e5 19. Bc1 Qa4 20. Rd3 Nf6 21. Ne1 g6 22. Rb3 Qd7 23. Nd3 Nh5 24. h3 Bd6 25. Qg4 {[#] Tan has emerged with a stable advantage based on superior pawn structure, and, naturally, White is seeking a queen trade.} f5 $1 {A great reply from Zhukova.} 26. exf5 Nf6 ({ After the simple recapture} 26... Qxf5 {White is unable to stop e5-e4, and her advantage is very much in doubt.}) 27. Qh4 Qxf5 $2 {Now this is a fatal mistake } (27... e4 $8 28. Nf4 Qxf5 29. Re2 b5 $3 (29... g5 $2 30. Rg3) 30. Rxb5 g5 31. g4 Qe5 32. Qh6 {[#] What a mess. Don't ask me what's going on here, the only thing I can see is that} Bf8 {doesn't win the queen on account of} 33. Ng6 $3) 28. g4 $1 Qf3 29. Ne1 Qd1 {That queen is not coming back home.} 30. Kf1 Nxd5 31. Rd3 $18 {And I'll skip the rest of the moves.} Qxd3+ 32. Nxd3 e4 33. Ne1 Nb4 34. Re2 Nc6 35. g5 Nd4 36. Rxe4 Rf8 37. Rxd4 cxd4 38. Qxd4 Bc5 39. Qd5+ Rf7 40. Nd3 Kf8 41. Nxc5 bxc5 42. Bf4 Kg8 43. Be3 1-0

Inna Gaponenko helped save the match for her team

Gaponenko (UKR) vs Lei (CHN)

[Event "World Team-ch Women 2017"] [Site "Khanty-Mansyisk"] [Date "2017.06.18"] [Round "2"] [White "Gaponenko, Inna"] [Black "Lei, Tingjie"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B18"] [WhiteElo "2429"] [BlackElo "2488"] [Annotator "AlexYermo"] [PlyCount "101"] [EventDate "2017.??.??"] [EventType "team-tourn"] [EventCountry "RUS"] [SourceTitle ""] [Source "ChessBase"] [SourceQuality "1"] [WhiteTeam "UKR"] [BlackTeam "CHN"] [WhiteTeamCountry "UKR"] [BlackTeamCountry "CHN"] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Nc5 b6 6. Nb3 Nf6 7. Nf3 e6 8. g3 Bd6 9. Bg2 Qc7 10. Nbd2 b5 11. a4 Nbd7 12. O-O O-O 13. Re1 Rac8 14. c3 Rfe8 15. Qb3 a6 16. axb5 axb5 17. Nh4 Bg4 18. Ne4 Nxe4 19. Rxe4 Bh5 20. Re1 Nb6 21. Nf3 Nc4 22. Nd2 Nxd2 23. Bxd2 $14 Ra8 $2 (23... Qd7 24. Ra6 Bg6 25. c4 Bf8) 24. Rxa8 Rxa8 25. c4 $1 bxc4 26. Qxc4 Qb6 27. Qxc6 Qxc6 28. Bxc6 Ra2 29. Bc3 h6 30. Kg2 Bg6 31. d5 exd5 32. Bxd5 Ra4 33. h4 Kh7 34. Bf3 {[#]The game is in the technical stage, but it would still be tough for White to win if it wasn't for the following tactical exchange.} Bb4 $2 {Almost anything else would have been better, but Lei wanted to trade a pair of bishop and attack the b2-pawn.} 35. h5 $1 Bf5 36. Be4 $1 g6 (36... Bxc3 37. Bxf5+ g6 38. hxg6+ fxg6 39. Bxg6+ Kxg6 40. bxc3) 37. hxg6+ fxg6 (37... Kxg6 38. Bxf5+ Kxf5 39. Re5+ $1 Kg6 40. Re4 Bxc3 41. Rxa4 Bxb2 {is a simple matter of technique.}) 38. Bxf5 gxf5 {Black managed to keep the e4-square covered, but the white rook has a backup plan.} 39. b3 $1 Ra3 (39... Bxc3 40. Re7+) 40. Bxb4 {and it's all over.} Rxb3 41. Bd2 Rb6 42. Re7+ Kg6 43. Bc3 Rc6 44. Be5 Kh5 45. Kh3 Rc5 46. f3 Rc6 47. g4+ fxg4+ 48. fxg4+ Kg5 49. Rg7+ Rg6 50. Rxg6+ Kxg6 51. Kh4 1-0


In the meantime, the Russian team, who brought their optimal lineup, is firing on all cylinders. Today they downed Vietnam thanks to the wins on the bottom two boards. Valentina Gunina is on fire.

Russian top board, Alexandra Kosteniuk, shows Natalija Komarova, Governor of Ugra, the region where the event is held, her choice of opening move against her Vietnamese opponent

Nguyen (VIE) vs Gunina (RUS)

[Event "World Team-ch Women 2017"] [Site "Khanty-Mansyisk"] [Date "2017.06.18"] [Round "2"] [White "Nguyen, Thi Mai Hung"] [Black "Gunina, Valentina"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D05"] [WhiteElo "2301"] [BlackElo "2504"] [Annotator "AlexYermo"] [PlyCount "80"] [EventDate "2017.??.??"] [EventType "team-tourn"] [EventCountry "RUS"] [SourceTitle ""] [Source "ChessBase"] [SourceQuality "1"] [WhiteTeam "VIE"] [BlackTeam "RUS"] [WhiteTeamCountry "VIE"] [BlackTeamCountry "RUS"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. e3 b6 4. Bd3 Bb7 5. O-O d5 6. b3 Be7 7. Bb2 O-O 8. Ne5 c5 9. Nd2 Nbd7 10. Qf3 Qc7 11. Qh3 h6 12. f4 cxd4 13. exd4 Nxe5 14. fxe5 Ne4 15. Rad1 Bg5 16. Nb1 {[#] True to her uncompromising style, Gunina enters wild complications.} b5 $5 17. Ba3 Rfc8 18. Bxb5 $2 {White didn't have to do this, but the Veitnamese player counted on hitting the f7-pawn.} Qxc2 $1 19. Qf3 Kh8 $1 (19... f5 20. Bd7 Re8 $15) 20. Kh1 (20. Qxf7 Be3+ 21. Kh1 Rc7) 20... Qxa2 $5 ({Safer was} 20... Bc6 21. Ba6 Rc7 22. Bd6 Qxa2 23. Bxc7 Qxa6 $17) 21. Qxf7 { [#]} Be3 $2 {One move that can be criticized.} (21... Qxb3 22. Bd7 Ba6 23. Bxc8 Rxc8 {seems dangerous on account of} 24. Bf8 {but then comes} Qb7 25. Bxg7+ Kh7 26. Qxb7 Bxb7 27. Bf6 (27. Rf7 Kg6 28. Rxb7 Nf2+) 27... Ba6 {winning back the exchange.}) 22. Bd3 $2 (22. Qxb7 Qxb3 23. Qa6 Nf2+ 24. Rxf2 Bxf2 25. Be2 $14 { would allow White to regain coordination of her pieces.}) 22... Qxb3 23. Qf3 Nf2+ 24. Rxf2 Bxf2 25. Rf1 Bxd4 {[#] Gunina's bold play has brought her material gains, but she had to see deeper.} 26. Qg3 {How does Black stop Qg3-g6?} Ba6 $1 {The only way!} 27. Bxa6 Qxg3 28. hxg3 Rcb8 {Black stands better now.} 29. Bd6 Rb6 30. Be2 a5 31. Na3 Bb2 32. Nb5 a4 33. Rb1 Bd4 $1 ( 33... a3 $2 34. Nxa3) (33... Rxb5 34. Bxb5 a3 35. Bxa3 Bxa3 36. Bd7 $11) 34. Rd1 (34. Bd3 $142 Be3 35. Ra1) 34... Bf2 35. Nc7 Rc8 36. Kh2 Rb3 {Action against the white king!} 37. Bd3 a3 $19 38. g4 a2 39. Bg6 Bg3+ 40. Kg1 Rcb8 0-1

The U.S. team is missing two of their top players, Irina Krush and Tatev Abrahamyan, and so far, their absence has resulted in two match losses. In today's battle with India, Katerina Nemcova had her chances to equalize.

IM Rout Padmini was one of the key cogs in India's win (photo by Peter Ermakov)

Nemcova (USA) vs Padmini (IND)

[Event "World Team-ch Women 2017"] [Site "Khanty-Mansyisk"] [Date "2017.06.18"] [Round "2"] [White "Nemcova, Katerina"] [Black "Padmini, Rout"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D02"] [WhiteElo "2313"] [BlackElo "2375"] [Annotator "AlexYermo"] [PlyCount "99"] [EventDate "2017.??.??"] [EventType "team-tourn"] [EventCountry "RUS"] [SourceTitle ""] [Source "ChessBase"] [SourceQuality "1"] [WhiteTeam "USA"] [BlackTeam "IND"] [WhiteTeamCountry "USA"] [BlackTeamCountry "IND"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. Bf4 e6 3. e3 d5 4. Nf3 c5 5. c3 Nc6 6. Nbd2 cxd4 7. cxd4 Qb6 8. Qb3 Qxb3 9. Nxb3 Nh5 10. Bg5 f6 11. Bh4 g5 12. Bg3 Nxg3 13. hxg3 Kf7 14. Rc1 Bd6 15. a3 Ne7 16. Bd3 b6 17. Ke2 g4 18. Ne1 h5 19. Kd2 Bd7 20. Rc3 Rh6 21. Nc1 b5 22. b4 a5 23. Nc2 axb4 24. axb4 Ra4 25. Be2 e5 26. Nd3 Rh8 27. Nc5 Bxc5 28. Rxc5 Ra2 29. Kc3 Bf5 30. Bd3 Ke6 31. Rxb5 Bxd3 32. Kxd3 Nf5 33. Ra5 Ra8 34. Rxa2 Rxa2 35. Rxh5 Nd6 36. dxe5 fxe5 37. f4 gxf3 38. gxf3 Rb2 39. Rh6+ Kd7 40. Kc3 Rb1 41. g4 Rf1 42. Rh3 Nb5+ 43. Kb2 d4 44. exd4 exd4 {[#] [#] Relatively smooth sailing by Nemcova up to this point.} 45. Rh5 {This move sure looked good, but there were some unforeseen problems.} (45. Na3 $142 $1) 45... Kc6 46. Rc5+ Kb6 47. Rd5 $2 {It seems strange to repeat moves, especially since Katerina's team was losing by one point.} ({However, there was no win to be found anywhere.} 47. g5 Rf2 48. Kc1 d3 (48... Rxf3 $2 49. Rxb5+) 49. Ne3 Nd4 50. Nc4+ ({or} 50. g6 Nb3+ 51. Kb1 Nd2+ 52. Kb2 Nc4+) 50... Ka6 51. Nd2 Nxf3 52. Nxf3 Rxf3 53. Kd2 Rg3 54. Kc3 Kb6 55. Rf5 Kc7 56. Rf7+ Kd6 57. Rg7 Kc6 58. g6 Kb5 59. Rg8 Kb6 60. b5 Kb7 {and White can no longer improve her position.}) 47... Kc6 48. Rc5+ Kb6 49. Rd5 Kc6 50. Rc5+ 1/2-1/2

Young Akshita Gorti missed her chance to win her game and snatch the match from the jaws of defeat

Outside the venue, a number of parallel events are being held. Here Natalija Komarova, the governor of Ugra, region of Khanty-Mansiysk, greets a couple of the participants

It certainly isn't everyday that one sees someone sporting a... paperhat

GM Evgeny Miroshnichenko and IM Anna Rudolf have been doing an excellent job in the commentary box

Open results of round two:

Round 2 on 2017/06/18 at 15:00
For board wise break down, click here

Crosstable of Open section

Rank Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 MP Pts.
1 CHINA *               6 4
2 RUSSIA   *     2         3
3 POLAND     *           5 4
4 UNITED STATES     *           4 2
5 TURKEY   2     * 2         4 2
6 UKRAINE         2 *     2   4 2
7 NORWAY           *     4 2
8 INDIA           *     3 0
9 BELARUS ½         2     *   1
10 EGYPT   ½             * 2 0

Women's results of round two:

Round 2 on 2017/06/18 at 15:00

For a board wise break down, click here

Crosstable of Women's section

Rank Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 MP Pts.
1 RUSSIA *       3     3     4 6
2 POLAND   *       2       3
3 INDIA     *       2     3
4 UKRAINE       *       2   3
5 VIETNAM 1       *         4 2 5
6 AZERBAIJAN   ½       *       4 2
7 GEORGIA   2 2       *       2 4
8 CHINA 1     2       *     1 3
9 UNITED STATES             *   0 3
10 EGYPT         0 0       * 0 0


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