Chengdu R3: Russia beats China

by Alejandro Ramirez
4/21/2015 – It was the match of the day, and a hugely important one for the standings. China and Russia faced each other but it wasn't even close: Russia took a convincing 3-1 victory. Georgia edged out Poland by 2.5-1.5 and now leads the tournament by a match point, only one more than both Russia and USA. The American's tied with Kazakhstan to be on 4.0/6. Round three impression and an interview!

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The city of Chengdu in China is hosting the Women's World Chess Team Championship from April 18th to 28. The organizers are Chinese Chess Association, FIDE World Chess Federation, with the support of Board and Card Administrative Center of General Administration of Sport of China and Chengdu Municipal Government.

The best teams of the world will participate in the coming championship, among which the previous event's Women’s World Team Champion, the three highest-placed teams in the FIDE Olympiad prior to the event, the four Continental Champions, a team from the organizing federation, a team to be nominated by FIDE President. The ten countries are: China, Russia, Ukraine, USA, India, Poland, Armenia, Georgia, Egypt and Kazakhstan. Every team consists of five players and the team-winner will be determined in a round-robin event after 9 rounds. Time control is 90 minutes per 40 moves and thirty minutes until the end of the game plus 30 seconds increment per move.

This year's participants are Kazakhstan, India, China, USA, Ukraine, Russia, Gerogia, Armenia, Poland and Egypt.

Round Three

Name Res. Name
Ukraine
2.0-2.0
India
USA
2.0-2.0
Kazakhstan
Georgia
2.5-1.5
Poland
Armenia
3.0-1.0
Egypt
China
1.0-3.0
Russia
3.1 2 UKRAINE   2 - 2 10 INDIA  
1 GM Muzychuk Anna 2552 ½ : ½ GM Koneru Humpy 2581
2 IM Muzychuk Mariya 2526 ½ : ½ GM Harika Dronavalli 2492
3 GM Ushenina Anna 2486 0 : 1 WGM Padmini Rout 2446
4 GM Zhukova Natalia 2471 1 : 0 WGM Soumya Swaminathan 2347

Harika Dronavalli is India's second strongest female

A short chat before the game

Ukraine and India split the point. The top boards were drawn without much interest while in the bottom two it seemed that White had a clear advantage at one point, but was outplayed by her opponent. Padmini uncorked a beautiful move near the end of the game to take the full point:

The top boards were quickly drawn

Padmini Rout with an important win today

[Event "Women's World Teams 2015"] [Site "Chengdu CHN"] [Date "2015.04.21"] [Round "3.3"] [White "Ushenina, Anna"] [Black "Padmini, Rout"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A15"] [WhiteElo "2486"] [BlackElo "2454"] [SetUp "1"] [FEN "8/6bk/1p4pp/1N3p2/4n3/4P1B1/r4PPP/1R4K1 w - - 0 39"] [PlyCount "28"] [EventDate "2015.04.19"] [SourceDate "2015.02.07"] [WhiteTeam "UKRAINE"] [BlackTeam "INDIA"] [WhiteTeamCountry "UKR"] [BlackTeamCountry "IND"] 39. Nd4 $4 {Missing her opponent's resource.} (39. f3 Nxg3 40. hxg3 {is unpleasant but should be about equal.}) 39... Bxd4 40. exd4 f4 $1 {The bishop is trapped!} 41. f3 (41. Bh4 g5 $19) (41. Bxf4 Nc3 42. Re1 Ne2+ {and White can't even sacrifice the exchange because of back rank mate.}) 41... Nc3 42. Rxb6 Ne2+ 43. Kf1 fxg3 {The rest is easy.} 44. hxg3 Nxg3+ 45. Ke1 Rxg2 46. Rb7+ Kg8 47. d5 Re2+ 48. Kd1 Re5 49. Rd7 Nf5 50. Kd2 Re7 51. Rd8+ Kf7 52. d6 Re6 0-1

Meanwhile Zhukova outplayed her opponent to tie the score.

3.2 3 USA   2 - 2 1 KAZAKHSTAN  
1 WGM Abrahamyan Tatev 2301 1 : 0 WGM Abdumalik Zhansaya 2411
2 WGM Nemcova Katerina 2279 ½ : ½ WGM Saduakassova Dinara 2393
3 WGM Foisor Sabina-Francesca 2235 0 : 1 WGM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan 2329
4 FM Melekhina Alisa 2235 ½ : ½ WIM Dauletova Gulmira 2201

A close call. Abdumalik seemed to be outplaying Abrahamyan as she had a strong initiative on the kingside. However, she never pulled the trigger, and instead of crashing through she fell into a passive position. The American took perfect advantage of her opportunity and won the game. Meanwhile Foisor must have mixed up her opening as she lost a piece before move 20. Melekhina had good chances against Dauletova, but it was never clear how to break through.

Team USA got the memo that red is a lucky color in China

3.3 4 GEORGIA   2½ - 1½ 9 POLAND  
1 GM Khotenashvili Bela 2513 ½ : ½ GM Socko Monika 2463
2 IM Javakhishvili Lela 2481 ½ : ½ WGM Zawadzka Jolanta 2422
3 IM Batsiashvili Nino 2473 1 : 0 WGM Szczepkowska Karina 2414
4 IM Melia Salome 2459 ½ : ½ WGM Bartel Marta 2350

A big, big result. Zawadzka missed a great chance:

[Event "Women's World Teams 2015"] [Site "Chengdu CHN"] [Date "2015.04.21"] [Round "3.2"] [White "Zawadzka, Jolanta"] [Black "Javakhishvili, Lela"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B47"] [WhiteElo "2422"] [BlackElo "2481"] [SetUp "1"] [FEN "2kr3r/1b2Q1p1/1bq2p2/1N1p3p/1P1B1P2/P5P1/2P4P/2KRR3 b - - 0 21"] [PlyCount "6"] [EventDate "2015.04.19"] [SourceDate "2015.02.07"] [WhiteTeam "POLAND"] [BlackTeam "GEORGIA"] [WhiteTeamCountry "POL"] [BlackTeamCountry "GEO"] 21... Qxb5 22. Qxg7 $2 (22. Qe6+ $1 Kc7 23. Qxb6+ Qxb6 24. Re7+ Kd6 (24... Rd7 25. Bxb6+ Kc8 26. Rxd7 Kxd7 {also leaves White up two pawns.}) 25. Rde1 $3 Bc8 (25... Kc6 26. R7e6+ Rd6 27. Rxd6+ Kxd6 28. Bxb6 {with two extra pawns.}) 26. Bxb6 {and now the rook on e7 is defended.}) 22... Bxd4 23. Rxd4 Qb6 24. Rd3 { A complex came ensued. Black is probably better ,but it was drawn at the end.} 1/2-1/2

Batsiashvili positionally crushed Scczepkowska-Horowska to take the full point and the match.

Georgia beat Poland. The top board was a draw between Khotenashvili-Socko.

Interview with Melia Salome

3.4 5 ARMENIA   3 - 1 8 EGYPT  
1 GM Danielian Elina 2488 1 : 0 WIM Moaataz Ayah 2022
2 IM Mkrtchian Lilit 2442 1 : 0 WIM Wafa Shahenda 2118
3 WGM Kursova Maria 2290 1 : 0 WIM Sherif Amina 1971
4   Gaboyan Susanna 2175 0 : 1 WGM Wafa Shrook 2058

Again, the rating difference was just a bit too much. On a silver lining for Egypt, their fourth board convincingly outplayed the Armenian opponent and took home a very nice victory.

Wafa Shrook with a very nice win today over Sunsana Gaboyan

3.5 6 CHINA   1 - 3 7 RUSSIA  
1 GM Ju Wenjun 2557 0 : 1 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2529
2 WGM Tan Zhongyi 2487 ½ : ½ WGM Pogonina Natalija 2456
3 IM Shen Yang 2459 ½ : ½ WGM Goryachkina Aleksandra 2473
4 WGM Lei Tingjie 2444 0 : 1 WGM Girya Olga 2464

Alexandra Kosteniuk is seventh in the World after this win,
only nine points from Anna Muzychuk and Ju Wenjun

The round of the day, and it was a very clear win for Russia. China was unable to avenge their loss from the Olympiad. Things started to go badly from the opening for Ju Wenjun, who only has 0.5/3. Kosteniuk played a good game and wrapped up without any difficulties. Pogonina had real winning chances against Tan Zhongyi, but she was unable to convert and a draw was agreed.

Aleksandra Goryachkina holding down the draw with black

Shen Yang-Goryachkina was even throughout, while Lei Tingjie had a beautiful position against Girya. Having sacrificed an exchange she obtained two pawns for it and real winning chances in an endgame, but somehow she lost the thread of the game, her pawns fell apart and with it her position.

The match of the day was very clearly in favor of Russia

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Standings

Rank Team MP Pts.
1 GEORGIA 5
2 RUSSIA 4 7
3 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 4 7
4 POLAND 3 7
5 CHINA 3 6
6 UKRAINE 3 6
7 ARMENIA 3 6
8 KAZAKHSTAN 3 5
9 INDIA 2
10 EGYPT 0 2

Matches won give two points, draws one point and losses zero points.

Photos by Liu Yunpeng & Anatasiya Karlovich

Schedule

Round 1 - April 19, 15:00 Beijing

Name
Res.
Name
Kazakhstan
2.5-1.5
India
Ukraine
0.5-3.5
Poland
USA
3.0-1.0
Egypt
Georgia
2.0-2.0
Russia
Armenia
1.0-3.0
China

Round 2 - April 20, 15:00 Beijing

Name Res. Name
India
2.0-2.0
China
Russia
2.0-2.0
Armenia
Egypt
0.0-4.0
Georgia
Poland
2.0-2.0
USA
Kazakhstan
0.5-3.5
Ukraine

Round 3 - April 21, 15:00 Beijing

Name Res. Name
Ukraine
2.0-2.0
India
USA
2.0-2.0
Kazakhstan
Georgia
2.5-1.5
Poland
Armenia
3.0-1.0
Egypt
China
1.0-3.0
Russia

Round 4 - April 22, 15:00 Beijing

Name Res. Name
India
-
Russia
Egypt
-
China
Poland
-
Armenia
Kazakhstan
-
Georgia
Ukraine
-
USA

Round 5 - April 23, 15:00 Beijing

Name Res. Name
USA
-
India
Georgia
-
Ukraine
Armenia
-
Kazakhstan
China
-
Poland
Russia
-
Egypt

Round 6 - April 25, 15:00 Beijing

Name
Res.
Name
India
-
Egypt
Poland
-
Russia
Kazakhstan
-
China
Ukraine
-
Armenia
USA
-
Georgia

Round 7 - April 26, 15:00 Beijing

Name
Res.
Name
Georgia
-
India
Armenia
-
USA
China
-
Ukraine
Russia
-
Kazakhstan
Egypt
-
Poland

Round 8 - April 27, 15:00 Beijing

Name
Res.
Name
India
-
Poland
Kazakhstan
-
Egypt
Ukraine
-
Russia
USA
-
China
Georgia
-
Armenia

Round 9 - April 28, 11:00 Beijing

Name
Res.
Name
Armenia
-
India
China
-
Georgia
Russia
-
USA
Egypt
-
Ukraine
Poland
-
Kazakhstan

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Topics Chengdu, Women

Grandmaster Alejandro Ramirez has been playing tournament chess since 1998. His accomplishments include qualifying for the 2004 and 2013 World Cups as well as playing for Costa Rica in the 2002, 2004 and 2008 Olympiads. He currently has a rating of 2583 and is author of a number of popular and critically acclaimed ChessBase-DVDs.
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