Chengdu R5: Georgia keeps pace

by Alejandro Ramirez
4/24/2015 – An important round, just before the rest day. Bela Khotenasvhili had a huge win against Anna Muzychuk and gave Georgia the victory over Ukraine 2.5-1.5 when all the other games were drawn. This keeps Goergia in the lead. Russia is trailing by only one match point after their victory against Egypt, while China tries to come back by defeating the Polish squad.

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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 Five

Name Res. Name
USA
1.0-3.0
India
Georgia
2.5-1.5
Ukraine
Armenia
2.0-2.0
Kazakhstan
China
3.0-1.0
Poland
Russia
4.0-0.0
Egypt
5.1 3 USA   1 - 3 10 INDIA  
1 WGM Abrahamyan Tatev 2301 0 : 1 GM Koneru Humpy 2581
2 WGM Nemcova Katerina 2279 ½ : ½ GM Harika Dronavalli 2492
3 WGM Foisor Sabina-Francesca 2235 ½ : ½ WGM Padmini Rout 2446
4 FM Melekhina Alisa 2235 0 : 1 WGM Soumya Swaminathan 2347

No questions asked, India was the better team. Melekhina and Abrahamyan were outplayed, and even though Foisor could have won a piece against Padmini it wouldn't have changed the fact that India took the match.

Tatev Abrahamyan got a good position, but was outplayed by Koneru Humpy

5.2 4 GEORGIA   2½ - 1½ 2 UKRAINE  
1 GM Khotenashvili Bela 2513 1 : 0 GM Muzychuk Anna 2552
2 IM Javakhishvili Lela 2481 ½ : ½ IM Muzychuk Mariya 2526
3 IM Batsiashvili Nino 2473 ½ : ½ GM Ushenina Anna 2486
4 IM Melia Salome 2459 ½ : ½ GM Zhukova Natalia 2471

Bela Khotenashvili with a very important win

A huge result for Georgia, who keeps their lead. Khotenashvili was the hero of the day. Her opening gamble paid off handsomely as Muzychuk did not seem to know what to do. Khotenashvili saw herself up a pawn and converted very well. If anything Ukraine can consider themselves lucky that Batsiashvili did not convert her advantage against Ushenina.

The strongest (active) chess sisters in the World

Lela Javakhishvili was born on the exact same day as Alexandra Kosteniuk...

5.3 5 ARMENIA   2 - 2 1 KAZAKHSTAN  
1 GM Danielian Elina 2488 1 : 0 WGM Abdumalik Zhansaya 2411
2 IM Mkrtchian Lilit 2442 ½ : ½ WGM Saduakassova Dinara 2393
3 IM Galojan Lilit 2277 0 : 1 WGM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan 2329
4 WGM Kursova Maria 2290 ½ : ½ WIM Davletbayeva Madina 2231

Kazakhstan before round five

Abdumalik keeps having a tough time on board one, and this time she could not hold a difficult position against Danielian. Meanwhile Nakhbayeva took advantage of a very unfortunate pawn advance by Galojan to gain a strong initiative and a full point.

Armenia spearheaded by Elina Danielian and Lilit Mrktchian

5.4 6 CHINA   3 - 1 9 POLAND  
1 GM Ju Wenjun 2557 ½ : ½ GM Socko Monika 2463
2 WGM Tan Zhongyi 2487 ½ : ½ WGM Zawadzka Jolanta 2422
3 WGM Lei Tingjie 2444 1 : 0 WGM Bartel Marta 2350
4 WGM Ding Yixin 2434 1 : 0 WGM Kulon Klaudia 2310

China needed this win, and they got it

Ju Wenjun seems to be unable to win a game, but Lei Tingjie and Ding Yixin came through huge for China with good victories.

Karina took the day off and acted as photographer

5.5 7 RUSSIA   4 - 0 8 EGYPT  
1 GM Gunina Valentina 2532 1 : 0 WIM Moaataz Ayah 2022
2 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2529 1 : 0 WIM Wafa Shahenda 2118
3 WGM Pogonina Natalija 2456 1 : 0 WIM Sherif Amina 1971
4 WGM Girya Olga 2464 1 : 0 WGM Wafa Shrook 2058

Russia had no problems today...

Alexandra Kosteniuk's 31st birthday! (Same as Lela's)

With a rating difference of about 500 on every board it was hard to imagine this match would go any other way than 4-0.

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Standings

Rank Team MP Pts.
1 GEORGIA 9 14
2 RUSSIA 8 13½
3 CHINA 7 13
4 ARMENIA 6 10½
5 UKRAINE 5 10½
6 INDIA 4 10
7 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 4 9
8 KAZAKHSTAN 4 8
9 POLAND 3
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
1.5-2.5
Russia
Egypt
0.0-4.0
China
Poland
1.5-2.5
Armenia
Kazakhstan
1.0-3.0
Georgia
Ukraine
3.0-1.0
USA

Round 5 - April 23, 15:00 Beijing

Name Res. Name
USA
1.0-3.0
India
Georgia
2.5-1.5
Ukraine
Armenia
2.0-2.0
Kazakhstan
China
3.0-1.0
Poland
Russia
4.0-0.0
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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Lorfa Lorfa 4/24/2015 09:49
Why are so many of the games missing from the pgn files : /
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