Women's World Team Championship: China crushes Russia 4-0

12/24/2011 – The fifth round brought the much anticipated encounter between the leaders, China, and the reigning Olympic champions, Russia, but no one could have expected the crushing 4-0 score the Chinese ladies inflicted. They won again in the sixth round, and are on their way to a perfect score. Runners-up India fell to the Russians in round six though continue in second. Here are the report and pictures.

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The Women's World Chess Team Championship is being held from December 17th to the 28th in Mardin, Turkey.


A satellite view of Mardin, Turkey
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Ten teams of five players (four plus one reserve) will compete in a round-robin Scheveningen competition except on the scheduled rest day on December 23rd. The games are played at 40 moves in 90 minutes followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with a 30-second increment as of move one. All rounds start at 3 PM local time (8 AM NY / 2 PM Paris) except round nine played at 10 AM (3 AM NY / 9 AM Paris). Tiebreaks are decided by game points, individual encounter, Berger, and then the Berlin system.

Women's World Chess Team Championship

Round five


It was the most awaited encounter of the event, and there were no heroic results for
the Russians as they went down 4-0 to the Chinese.

The main encounter between the leader, China, and Russia, the reigning Olympic champions turned out to be a huge disappointment for the latter as China won by the no arguments score of 4-0!

Runner-up India crushed Vietnam by the same score of 4-0 to occupy the second rank just one match point below the leader. 


Greece-Georgia

Georgia celebrated a 3-1 victory over Greece, and Ukraine scored 4-0 against RSA.


The South Africans were unable to create any surprises against Ukraine

There was a free day on the 23rd of December and the tournament continued on the 24th with four rounds to go. 

Round six


The playing hall during the sixth round

China won again, this time against Greece, though the Greeks were a bit more fortunate than the Russians, and managed to draw two games. Note that in both cases, Marina Makropoulou against Ju Wenjun on board two and Ekaterini Pavlidou vs.Tan Zhongyi on fourth, the Greek ladies actually had an edge. 


India ultimately lost to Russia, though top boards Koneru and Dronavalli continue
undefeated as they drew the Kosintseva sisters.


The Chinese are now three match points ahead of runners-up India, as the latter lost to Russia in a tough encounter. While the top boards, Humpy Koneru–Nadezhda Kosintseva and Harika Dronovalli–Tatiana Kosintseva ended in draws, Russia dominated the encounter on the next boards: Valentina Gunina won against Tania Sachdev and Natalia Pogonina against Soumya Swaminathan. With this victory Russia joins Georgia for equal third.


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Ukraine vs. Georgia was a close match with chances for both sides. Each team scored one win: Bela Khotenashvili overcame Mariya Muzychuk and Natalia Zhukova overtook Nino Khurtsidze, but the draw also means Ukraine is very unlikely to obtain a medal. 


The delegations certainly have no complaints about the food as can be seen


The desserts are also just as richly varied


The accomodations at the Erdoba Elegance Hotel are top notch

Team standings after six rounds


Rank Team
Gms
+
=
M-pts
G-Pts
1
China
6
6
0
0
12
20½
2
India
6
4
1
1
9
18
3
Georgia
6
3
2
1
8
14½
4
Russia
6
3
2
1
8
12½
5
Ukraine
6
2
2
2
6
14
6
Armenia
6
3
0
3
6
13½
7
Vietnam
6
3
0
3
6
11½
8
Turkey
6
2
0
4
4
9
Greece
6
0
1
5
1
6
10
RSA
6
0
0
6
0
1

Top player performances after six rounds

Pictures by FIDE and the Turkish Chess Federation


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