Astana R6: Ukraine beats France 4-0, leads

3/10/2013 – They have only six draws in twenty games – and in round six the Ukrainian team crushed the French girls to go into the sole lead at the Women's World Team Championship. Russia is in second, China in third place. Friday was a free day, which was used to tour the remarkable Kazakh capital. We include a pictorial report by Alina L'Ami.

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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 6 on 2013/03/09 at 15:00
India
2-2
USA
Russia
2-2
Georgia
Ukraine
4-0
France
Romania
1-3
China
Kazakhstan
3-1
Turkey
Round 7 on 2013/03/10 at 15:00
Turkey
-
India
China
-
Kazakhstan
France
-
Romania
Georgia
-
Ukraine
USA
-
Russia

Round six

After six rounds Ukraine has taken the sole lead in the World Women’s Team Championship. They proved that they can play uncompromising chess, with only six of the twenty games played so far ending in a draw. The Ukrainian girls, led by GM Mikhail Brodsky, continued to show their fighting spirit and crushed France with a 4:0 score.

GM Kateryna Lahno, 2547, playing on board one ...

... and IM Mariya Muzychuk, rated 2479, on board three for Ukraine

The central match of the sixth round was an encounter between two strong teams: Georgia and Russia. After five hours all participants were still at the boards, and the outcome of the match was unpredictable till the end! Lela Javakhishvilli had an absolutely winning position against Alisa Galliamova, but a few inaccurate moves and a huge mistake in the endgame led to a catastrophe.

[Event "FIDE Women's World Teams"] [Site "Astana KAZ"] [Date "2013.03.09"] [Round "6.3"] [White "Galliamova, A."] [Black "Javakhishvili, L."] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "E12"] [WhiteElo "2459"] [BlackElo "2464"] [PlyCount "123"] [EventDate "2013.03.03"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. a3 Bb7 5. Nc3 d5 6. Bf4 Bd6 7. Bg3 O-O 8. e3 a6 9. cxd5 exd5 10. Bd3 Qe7 11. Bh4 Nbd7 12. Bf5 Rfd8 13. Qa4 Nf8 14. O-O Ng6 15. Bxg6 hxg6 16. b4 Qe6 17. Ne2 Re8 18. Rac1 Ne4 19. Rc2 f6 20. Rfc1 g5 21. Bg3 Nxg3 22. Nxg3 Re7 23. Qb3 g6 24. a4 Kg7 25. a5 Qd7 26. Qc3 Rh8 27. Nf1 Qg4 28. N3d2 Qh5 29. g3 Qh3 30. b5 axb5 31. axb6 cxb6 32. Qb3 Qd7 33. Nf3 Ra8 34. Ra2 Rxa2 35. Qxa2 b4 36. Ne1 Qb5 37. Rb1 Rc7 38. Qb2 Qc4 39. Nd2 Qc3 40. Qa2 Qa3 41. Qb3 Qxb3 42. Nxb3 Ba6 43. Nc1 {The position is totally winning for Black, but now come the inaccuracies:} Rc3 $2 44. Na2 Ra3 45. Nxb4 Bxb4 46. Nc2 Bd3 47. Nxa3 Bxb1 48. Nxb1 {Material is now balanced, and Black must give up hopes of winning.} f5 49. h3 Kf6 50. g4 Ke6 51. Kf1 Kd6 52. Ke2 Kc6 53. Kd3 Kb5 54. Nc3+ Bxc3 55. Kxc3 Ka4 56. Kb2 Kb4 57. f4 gxf4 $4 {Noooo! This loses on the spot.} 58. exf4 Kc4 59. gxf5 gxf5 {and the h-pawn is unstoppable.} 60. h4 Kxd4 61. h5 Ke3 62. h6 1-0

On the other board Valentina Gunina miscalculated in the equal endgame against Nana Dzagnidze and the Georgians equalized the score. Bela Khotenashvili defeated Alexandra Kosteniuk (picture above) and the fate of the match was decided in the game Melia-Girya. The Russian player defeated her opponent and the score in this exciting match was 2:2.

The girls from Kazakhstan won their first match in this tournament – they outplayed the Turkish team to occupy the seventh rank. Guliskhan Nakhbayeva and Dinara Saduakassova defeated Betul Yildiz and Kardelen Cemhan respectively, while the games on the other boards were drawn. India came very close to the victory in the match against the USA, but Eesha Karavade missed winning chances in her game against Anna Zatonskikh. China celebrated a 3-1 victory over Romania.

As a result, Ukraine is leading with 11 points; Russia is 1 point behind on the second place. China is on the third place with 8 points. One of the key matches in the seventh round is Ukraine-Georgia.

Rank
Team
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
MP
Pts.
1
Ukraine
*
3
3
2
4
11
17
2
Russia
*
2
2
3
4
10
18
3
China
1
2
*
3
3
9
16
4
Georgia
2
1
*
2
3
8
15
5
India
1
2
*
2
3
2
7
12½
6
USA
½
½
2
*
2
2
5
7
Kazakhstan
1
1
2
*
2
3
4
10½
8
Romania
2
½
1
2
2
*
2
4
9
Turkey
0
1
1
2
*
1
7
10
France
0
½
½
½
2
*
1
5

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Report and photos provided by Anastasiya Karlovich

Astana on the free day

Pictorial by WGM (and player) Alina L'Ami

On the 8th of March, International Women’s Day and the free day, participants the organizers were able to go on a sightseeing trip of the capital of Kazakhstan. The weather was not too friendly, but it was comfortable warm in the excursion buses.

The main point of attraction was the Museum of the First President of Kazakhstan, opened in 2004 in a former capital residence of the head of the country. The “King’s Game” exposition was especially organized for the opening of the chess championship.

The unique chess sets are made of different materials: wood, bone, metal, crystal and gold. They were the presents of the President of Kazakhstan and they reflect the spirit and culture of different times and nations.

During many centuries the chess figures were the subject of inspiration for artists of different countries. The example of this can be the chess from India, Russia, Belarus and China the figures of which are masterpiece.

The above set, with pieces shaped like elephants, were a gift from World Champion Viswanathan Anand to the President of Kazakhstan.

On International Women's Day all participants (above the Ukrainian team, with Natalia Zhukova, Anna Ushenina, Kateryna Lahno, Maria Muzychuk and Inna Yanovska-Gaponenko) received a gift...

A "Kunsulu" porcelain plate based on the works a Kazakh graphic artist named Mukhit. Kunsulu means beautiful like the sun – probably a message to all of the participants.

The Astana Hazrat Sultan Mosque in Astana, completed in 2012, stands on a 27 acre site (18 football fields) and can accommodate 5000 worshippers. Kazakhstan, the largest economy in Central Asia, is predominantly Muslim.

The skyline of the city of Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan since 1997
and the country's second largest city (after Almaty, the former capital)

Astana has some remarkable architecture – take a look on this pictorial page

Our hotel, where the championship is being held

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
2½-1½
France
Georgia
1-3
China
USA
2½-1½
Turkey
Russia
3-1
Kazakhstan
Ukraine
2-2
Romania
Round 3 on 2013/03/05 at 15:00
Romania
2-2
India
Kazakhstan
1½-2½
Ukraine
Turkey
0-4
Russia
China
3½-½
USA
France
½-3½
Georgia
Round 4 on 2013/03/06 at 15:00
India
2-2
Georgia
USA
2-2
France
Russia
2-2
China
Ukraine
2½-1½
Turkey
Romania
2-2
Kazakhstan
Round 5 on 2013/03/07 at 15:00
Kazakhstan
1-3
India
Turkey
2-2
Romania
China
1-3
Ukraine
France
½-3½
Russia
Georgia
3½-½
USA
2013/03/08 – free day
Round 6 on 2013/03/09 at 15:00
India
2-2
USA
Russia
2-2
Georgia
Ukraine
4-0
France
Romania
1-3
China
Kazakhstan
3-1
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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