Astana R1: Kazakhstan holds USA 2-2

3/4/2013 – The only surprise of round one was the brave stand put up by the Kazakh squad that almost defeated the higher-ranked team from the USA. India, playing without their three top seed, lost 1-3 to Ukraine, while favourites China and Russia both scored thumping 3½-½ victories over France and Romania respectively. We bring you all the  results, games and pictures.

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The city of Astana in Kazakhstan is hosting the Women's World Chess Team Championship from March 2nd to 12 in the Duman Hotel in Astana. Ten best teams in the world are participating: China, Russia, Ukraine, USA, India, France, Turkey, Georgia, Rumania and Kazakhstan. Each team consists of five players, with four playing in each of the nine rounds of this round robin tournament. Time control is 90 minutes per 40 moves and thirty minutes until the end of the game plus 30 seconds increment per move.

Round 1 on 2013/03/03 at 15:00
Ukraine
3-1
India
Romania
½-3½
Russia
Kazakhstan
2-2
USA
Turkey
1-3
Georgia
China
3½-½
France
Round 2 on 2013/03/04 at 15:00
India
-
France
Georgia
-
China
USA
-
Turkey
Russia
-
Kazakhstan
Ukraine
-
Romania

Round one

FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov ceremonially executes the first move in the game
Anna Zatonskih vs WGM Guliskhan Nakhbayeva in the match USA vs Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan and USA drew their match with wins by Madina Davletbayeva and Irina Krush. Turkey was outplayed by Georgia, with young WGM Kubra Ozturk scoring the only point for the team from the Bosporus.

Trainer of the Turkish team trainer GM Adrian Mikhalchishin, with FIDE Continental
President for Africa Lakhdar Mazouz and General Secretary Ignatius Leong

Ukraine beat India 3-1 with wins by Women's World Champion GM Anna Ushenina over IM Nisha Mohota and IM Mariya Muzychuk over WGM Padmini Rout. We must remember that India is playing without its top three seeds, Humpy Koneru, Harika Dronavlli and Tania Sachdev.

Indian IM Nisha Mohota, rated 2325, facting Ukrainian GM Anna Ushenina, 2477 (0-1)

WGM Mary Ann Gomes, 2387, playing Inna IM Yanovska-Gaponenko, 2421 (draw).
In the background: FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and CEO Geoffrey Borg.

Russia trounced Romania with wins by Valentina Gunina, Alisa Galliamova and Olga Girya over Cristina Adela Foisor, Alina L'Ami and Carmen Voicu-Jagodzinsky respectively.

Russian women's team coach GM Sergei Rublevsky follows the games of round one

China similarly finished off France with wins by Ju Wenjun, Tan Zhongyi and Guo Qi over Nino Maisurasze, Anda Safranska and Collas Silvia.

WGM Guo Qi, rated 2431, defeated French IM Silvia Collas, 2282, in 32 moves

The only half-point dropped by China was by IM Shen Yang against WIM Natacha Benmesbah

Photos from Astana by Anastasiya Karlovich

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Schedule and results

           
Round 1 on 2013/03/03 at 15:00
Ukraine
3-1
India
Romania
½-3½
Russia
Kazakhstan
2-2
USA
Turkey
1-3
Georgia
China
3½-½
France
           
           
Round 2 on 2013/03/04 at 15:00
India
-
France
Georgia
-
China
USA
-
Turkey
Russia
-
Kazakhstan
Ukraine
-
Romania
           
           
Round 3 on 2013/03/05 at 15:00
Romania
-
India
Kazakhstan
-
Ukraine
Turkey
-
Russia
China
-
USA
France
-
Georgia
           
           
Round 4 on 2013/03/06 at 15:00
India
-
Georgia
USA
-
France
Russia
-
China
Ukraine
-
Turkey
Romania
-
Kazakhstan
           
           
Round 5 on 2013/03/07 at 15:00
Kazakhstan
-
India
Turkey
-
Romania
China
-
Ukraine
France
-
Russia
Georgia
-
USA
           
2013/03/08 – free day
           
Round 6 on 2013/03/09 at 15:00
India
-
USA
Russia
-
Georgia
Ukraine
-
France
Romania
-
China
Kazakhstan
-
Turkey
           
           
Round 7 on 2013/03/10 at 15:00
Turkey
-
India
China
-
Kazakhstan
France
-
Romania
Georgia
-
Ukraine
USA
-
Russia
           
           
Round 8 on 2013/03/11 at 15:00
India
-
Russia
Ukraine
-
USA
Romania
-
Georgia
Kazakhstan
-
France
Turkey
-
China
           
           
Round 9 on 2013/03/12 at 11:00
China
-
India
France
-
Turkey
Georgia
-
Kazakhstan
USA
-
Romania
Russia
-
Ukraine
           

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