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Fifth China vs Russia Match in Ningpo

9/24/2008 – Ningpo or Ningbō is a provincial Chinese city – populated by over two million and covering an area of over 6000 square kilometres. It is playing host to a traditional China vs Russia match, which this year is going in favour of the Eastern players. After the five rounds of regular chess (rapid and blitz are to follow) the score is 26:24 points – thanks to the Russian girls. Pictorial report.
 

Fifth China vs Russia Match in Ningpo

The Fifth China vs Russia Chess Match is taking place from September 18-27 2008, in Ningpo, China. The name, also given as Ningbo, tanslates to literally to "Tranquil" (宁 Ning) "Waves" (bō 波). The city with a population of over two million is located in northeastern Zhejiang province, facing the East China Sea. You can browse around the area in the following Google Maps window:


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Wikipedia tells us that Ningbo is one of China's oldest cities, with a history dating back to 4800 B.C. the Hemudu culture. It was known as a trade city on the silk road and the major ports for foreign trade. In 1940 Piero Scaruffi reports Japan bombed Ningbo with fleas carrying the bubonic plague.


The metropolitan area of the city covers an area of over 9000 square kilometres


The famous Zhenhai Bridge in Ningpo


Tower on Zhaobao Mountain


The city at dusk

The China vs Russia match consists of standard (90 min + 30 sec), rapid (25' + 10") and blitz (3' + 2") games. In the first five games the Russian men were soundly defeated by their Chinese counterparts, but the Russian women fought back to reduce the distance between the two. This is now just two points.

Standings after five rounds of standard chess (90 min + 30 sec)

Chinese men   Russian men
1 Wang Hao GM 2691 3.5 2844
2 Wang Yue GM 2704 3.0 2767
3 Li Chao2 GM 2590 3.0 2767
4 Ni Hua GM 2705 2.5 2700
5 Bu Xiangzhi GM 2710 2.5 2707
 
1 Tomashevsky, Evgeny GM 2646 2.5 2680
2 Alekseev, Evgeny GM 2708 2.5 2680
3 Svidler, Peter GM 2738 2.0 2608
4 Jakovenko, Dmitry GM 2709 2.0 2608
5 Inarkiev, Ernesto GM 2675 1.5 2531
Total: 14.5
 
Total: 10.5
Chinese women   Russian women
1 Shen Yang WGM 2445 4.0 2706
2 Xu Yuhua GM 2483 2.5 2466
3 Ruan Lufei WGM 2499 2.0 2394
4 Zhao Xue IM 2522 2.0 2394
5 Huang Qian WGM 2430 1.0 2226
 
1 Kosintseva, Nadezhda IM 2460 3.0 2547
2 Pogonina, Natalija WGM 2469 3.0 2547
3 Korbut, Ekaterina IM 2459 3.0 2547
4 Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina IM 2435 2.5 2475
5 Kosintseva, Tatiana IM 2511 2.0 2403
Total: 11.5
 
Total: 13.5
Chinese total: 26.0   Russian total: 24.0

Individual round by round results

Round 1 – September 18, 2008
Wang Hao
1-0
Jakovenko, Dmitry
Tomashevsky, Evgeny
½-½
Ni Hua
Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina
½-½
Xu Yuhua
Li Chao2
1-0
Alekseev, Evgeny
Pogonina, Natalija
1-0
Ruan Lufei
Wang Yue
½-½
Inarkiev, Ernesto
Korbut, Ekaterina
0-1
Shen Yang
Huang Qian
½-½
Kosintseva, Nadezhda
Zhao Xue
½-½
Kosintseva, Tatiana
Svidler, Peter
½-½
Bu Xiangzhi
Round 2 – September 19, 2008
Shen Yang
1-0
Pogonina, Natalija
Ni Hua
1-0
Svidler, Peter
Kosintseva, Nadezhda
1-0
Zhao Xue
Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina
1-0
Huang Qian
Jakovenko, Dmitry
1-0
Bu Xiangzhi
Li Chao2
0-1
Tomashevsky, Evgeny
Xu Yuhua
0-1
Korbut, Ekaterina
Alekseev, Evgeny
½-½
Wang Yue
Inarkiev, Ernesto
0-1
Wang Hao
Ruan Lufei
½-½
Kosintseva, Tatiana
Round 3 – September 20, 2008
Shen Yang
½-½
Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina
Tomashevsky, Evgeny
½-½
Wang Hao
Ni Hua
½-½
Jakovenko, Dmitry
Kosintseva, Nadezhda
½-½
Ruan Lufei
Inarkiev, Ernesto
½-½
Li Chao2
Zhao Xue
½-½
Korbut, Ekaterina
Svidler, Peter
½-½
Wang Yue
Kosintseva, Tatiana
0-1
Xu Yuhua
Bu Xiangzhi
½-½
Alekseev, Evgeny
Huang Qian
0-1
Pogonina, Natalija
Round 4 – September 21, 2008
Wang Hao
½-½
Svidler, Peter
Wang Yue
1-0
Tomashevsky, Evgeny
Pogonina, Natalija
½-½
Zhao Xue
Alekseev, Evgeny
1-0
Ni Hua
Ruan Lufei
1-0
Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina
Korbut, Ekaterina
½-½
Huang Qian
Xu Yuhua
½-½
Kosintseva, Nadezhda
Bu Xiangzhi
1-0
Inarkiev, Ernesto
Jakovenko, Dmitry
0-1
Li Chao2
Kosintseva, Tatiana
0-1
Shen Yang
Round 5 – September 22, 2008
Shen Yang
½-½
Kosintseva, Nadezhda
Wang Yue
½-½
Jakovenko, Dmitry
Li Chao2
½-½
Svidler, Peter
Korbut, Ekaterina
1-0
Ruan Lufei
Tomashevsky, Evgeny
½-½
Bu Xiangzhi
Alekseev, Evgeny
½-½
Wang Hao
Xu Yuhua
½-½
Pogonina, Natalija
Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina
½-½
Zhao Xue
Inarkiev, Ernesto
½-½
Ni Hua
Huang Qian
0-1
Kosintseva, Tatiana


Wang Hao, 2691 vs Dmitry Jakovenko, 2709 in round one. Wang won this game and has scored 3.5/5 so far, with a sterling 2844 performance.


WGM Natalija Pogonina, 2469, with 3.0/5 and a 2547 performance

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