Nizhniy Novgorod: Russia closes in, China leads 41-39

8/29/2007 – What is this guerrilla mercenary (GM) doing with the knife? Was that how the Russians narrowed the lead of their Chinese opponents? No, they did it with good chess, especially in the men's team, which leads by 21.5-18.5. The knife was used to create carnage amongst melons and cantaloupes during a picnic on the free day. We bring you a special report: GMs in trunks.

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Nizhniy Novgorod: China vs Russia Chess Match

Round six and seven were good for the Russians, who scored 6.0-4.0 each time, with the men raking in a majority of the points. The total score was 34.5-35.5 in favour of the Chinese teams. In round eight the Russian men suffered a 2.0-3.0 defeat while the women held their own with a 2.5-2.5 draw. So the difference is now two points at 39-41, with two rounds to go. You can download the games using the links at the bottom of this page.

Results

Round 06 (Sunday, 26.08.2007)
1
Tomashevsky, E
½-½
Ni Hua 1
Huang Qian
0-1
Kovalevskaya, E
2
Wang Yue
½-½
Jakovenko, D 2
Kosintseva, T
½-½
Zhao Xue
3
Alekseev, E
1-0
Zhang Pengxiang 3
Shen Yang
½-½
Korbut, E
4
Bu Xiangzhi
½-½
Timofeev, A 4
Kosintseva, N
½-½
Wang Yu A.
5
Inarkiev, E
1-0
Wang Hao 5
Ruan Lufei
1-0
Tairova, E
Round 07 (Monday, 27.08.2007)
1
Wang Yue
½-½
Alekseev, E 1
Kosintseva, T
1-0
Shen Yang
2
Jakovenko, D
1-0
Bu Xiangzhi 2
Zhao Xue
0-1
Kosintseva, N
3
Ni Hua
1-0
Inarkiev, E 3
Kovalevskaya, E
½-½
Ruan Lufei
4
Timofeev, A
½-½
Wang Hao 4
Wang Yu A.
½-½
Tairova, E
5
Zhang Pengxiang
0-1
Tomashevsky, E 5
Korbut, E
0-1
Huang Qian
Round 08 (Tuesday, 28.08.2007)
1
Ni Hua
0-1
Jakovenko, D 1
Kovalevskaya, E
1-0
Zhao Xue
2
Inarkiev, E
½-½
Wang Yue 2
Ruan Lufei
1-0
Kosintseva, T
3
Zhang Pengxiang
1-0
Timofeev, A 3
Korbut, E
½-½
Wang Yu A.
4
Alekseev, E
½-½
Bu Xiangzhi 4
Shen Yang
0-1
Kosintseva, N
5
Wang Hao
1-0
Tomashevsky, E 5
Tairova, E
0-1
Huang Qian

Score

   1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 Score
Russia men 2.5 2.0 2.0 3.0 3.5 3.5 3.0 2.0     21.5
Russia women 2.0 0.5 3.0 3.0 1.0 2.5 3.0 2.5     17.5
Russia total 4.5 2.5 5.0 6.0 4.5 6.0 6.0 4.5     39.0
 
China men 2.5 3.0 3.0 2.0 1.5 1.5 2.0 3.0     18.5
China women 3.0 4.5 2.0 2.0 4.0 2.5 2.0 2.5     22.5
China total 5.5 7.5 5.0 4.0 5.5 4.0 4.0 5.5     41.0

Picture gallery

On the free day between the two halves of the match the organisers had a little outing planned for the participants: nature, swimming, shashlik, football.


The lakeside picnic spot – certainly not overrun by tourists


The Chinese teams occupy their position


Translator Oleg Zilbert with Chinese WGM Shen Yang, rated 2439


GM Vladimir Belov, Elena Tairova's coach, takes to the water


So does Zhang Pengxiang, 2649, the most enterprising GM on the Chinese side


GM Evgeny Alekseev protecting his 2689 rated brain


Chinese GM Ni Hua, rated 2681


Provisions for the day: melons, cantaloupe, bread, water, liquid yogurt


Guerrilla Mercenary (GM) Ernesto Inarkiev, 2663, leads the attack


The carnage is terrible, the enemy doesn't stand a chance


The other GMs (Guerrilla Mercenaries, remember?) join the fray


GM Yuri Dokhoyan, trainer of the Russian women's team, has taken a captive


The battle is over – so what do we do now?


Card tricks, that's what (three-card monte on a towel during a lakeside picnic?)

Photos by Ilya Odesskiy

All results Nizhniy Novgorod, 19–31.08.2007

Round 01 (Monday, 20.08.2007)
1
Ni Hua
1-0
Tomashevsky, E 1
Kovalevskaya, E
½-½
Huang Qian
2
Jakovenko, D
½-½
Wang Yue 2
Zhao, Xue
1-0
Kosintseva, T
3
Zhang Pengxiang
0-1
Alekseev, E 3
Korbut, E
½-½
Shen Yang
4
Timofeev, A
½-½
Bu Xiangzhi 4
Wang, Yu A.
½-½
Kosintseva, N
5
Wang, Hao
½-½
Inarkiev, E 5
Tairova, E
½-½
Ruan Lufei
Round 02 (Tuesday, 21.08.2007)
1
Alekseev, E
1-0
Wang Yue 1
Shen Yang
1-0
Kosintseva, T
2
Bu Xiangzhi
1-0
Jakovenko, D 2
Kosintseva, N
0-1
Zhao Xue
3
Inarkiev, E
½-½
Ni Hua 3
Ruan Lufei
½-½
Kovalevskaya, E
4
Wang Hao
1-0
Timofeev, A 4
Tairova, E
0-1
Wang Yu A.
5
Tomashevsky, E
½-½
Zhang Pengxiang 5
Huang Qian
1-0
Korbut, E
Round 03 (Wednesday, 22.08.2007)
1
Jakovenko, D
½-½
Ni Hua 1
Zhao Xue
1-0
Kovalevskaya, E
2
Wang Yue
½-½
Inarkiev, E 2
Kosintseva, T
½-½
Ruan Lufei
3
Timofeev, A
0-1
Zhang Pengxiang 3
Wang Yu A.
½-½
Korbut, E
4
Bu Xiangzhi
½-½
Alekseev, E 4
Kosintseva, N
1-0
Shen Yang
5
Tomashevsky, E
½-½
Wang Hao 5
Huang Qian
0-1
Tairova, E
Round 04 (Thursday, 23.08.2007)
1
Wang Yue
1-0
Tomashevsky, E 1
Kosintseva, T
1-0
Huang Qian
2
Inarkiev, E
1-0
Bu Xiangzhi 2
Ruan Lufei
1-0
Kosintseva, N
3
Ni Hua
0-1
Timofeev, A 3
Kovalevskaya, E
1-0
Wang Yu A.
4
Alekseev, E
½-½
Wang Hao 4
Shen Yang
1-0
Tairova, E
5
Zhang Pengxiang
½-½
Jakovenko, D 5
Korbut, E
1-0
Zhao Xue
Round 05 (Friday, 24.08.2007)
1
Timofeev, A
½-½
Wang Yue 1
Wang Yu A.
½-½
Kosintseva, T
2
Ni Hua
0-1
Alekseev, E 2
Kovalevskaya, E
0-1
Shen Yang
3
Tomashevsky, E
½-½
Bu Xiangzhi 3
Huang Qian
1-0
Kosintseva, N
4
Wang Hao
½-½
Jakovenko, D 4
Tairova, E
0-1
Zhao Xue
5
Inarkiev, E
1-0
Zhang Pengxiang 5
Ruan Lufei
½-½
Korbut, E
Round 06 (Sunday, 26.08.2007)
1
Tomashevsky, E
½-½
Ni Hua 1
Huang Qian
0-1
Kovalevskaya, E
2
Wang Yue
½-½
Jakovenko, D 2
Kosintseva, T
½-½
Zhao Xue
3
Alekseev, E
1-0
Zhang Pengxiang 3
Shen Yang
½-½
Korbut, E
4
Bu Xiangzhi
½-½
Timofeev, A 4
Kosintseva, N
½-½
Wang Yu A.
5
Inarkiev, E
1-0
Wang Hao 5
Ruan Lufei
1-0
Tairova, E
Round 07 (Monday, 27.08.2007)
1
Wang Yue
½-½
Alekseev, E 1
Kosintseva, T
1-0
Shen Yang
2
Jakovenko, D
1-0
Bu Xiangzhi 2
Zhao Xue
0-1
Kosintseva, N
3
Ni Hua
1-0
Inarkiev, E 3
Kovalevskaya, E
½-½
Ruan Lufei
4
Timofeev, A
½-½
Wang Hao 4
Wang Yu A.
½-½
Tairova, E
5
Zhang Pengxiang
0-1
Tomashevsky, E 5
Korbut, E
0-1
Huang Qian
Round 08 (Tuesday, 28.08.2007)
1
Ni Hua
0-1
Jakovenko, D 1
Kovalevskaya, E
1-0
Zhao Xue
2
Inarkiev, E
½-½
Wang Yue 2
Ruan Lufei
1-0
Kosintseva, T
3
Zhang Pengxiang
1-0
Timofeev, A 3
Korbut, E
½-½
Wang Yu A.
4
Alekseev, E
½-½
Bu Xiangzhi 4
Shen Yang
0-1
Kosintseva, N
5
Wang Hao
1-0
Tomashevsky, E 5
Tairova, E
0-1
Huang Qian
Round 09 (Wednesday, 29.08.2007)
1
Tomashevsky, E
Wang Yue 1
Huang Qian
Kosintseva, T
2
Bu Xiangzhi
Inarkiev, E 2
Kosintseva, N
Ruan Lufei
3
Timofeev, A
Ni Hua 3
Wang Yu A.
Kovalevskaya, E
4
Wang Hao
Alekseev, E 4
Tairova, E
Shen Yang
5
Jakovenko, D
Zhang Pengxiang 5
Zhao Xue
Korbut, E
Round 10 (Thursday, 30.08.2007)
1
Wang Yue
Timofeev, A 1
Kosintseva, T
Wang Yu A.
2
Alekseev, E
Ni Hua 2
Shen Yang
Kovalevskaya, E
3
Bu Xiangzhi
Tomashevsky, E 3
Kosintseva, N
Huang Qian
4
Jakovenko, D
Wang Hao 4
Zhao Xue
Tairova, E
5
Zhang Pengxiang
Inarkiev, E 5
Korbut, E
Ruan Lufei

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