China beats Russia

by André Schulz
7/21/2015 – In the traditional match between China and Russia the Chinese celebrated a double victory and confirmed their status as a new chess superpower. The Chinese men won 14-11, and the Chinese women, who were nominally weaker than the Russian women, had a strong finish and won 15-10. Best players were Bu Xiangzhi, Maxim Matlakov, and Shen Yang. Mehr...

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The Chinese Chess Federation hosted the match that took
place from 14. to 20. July in Yinzhou, a precinct of Ningbo.

The line-up of the Russian team

Men: Peter Svidler, Nikita Vitiugov, Maxim Matlakov, Vladimir Fedoseev, and Daniil Dubov
Women: Valentina Gunina, Olga Girya, Aleksandra Goryachkina, Natalia Pogonina, and Alina Kashlinskaya

The line-up of the Chinese team

Men: Yu Yangyi, Wei Yi, Bu Xiangzhi, Lu Shanglei, and Wang Chen
Women: Tan Zhongyi, Shen Yang, Huang Qian, Lei Tingjie, Ding Yixin

Men

After three rounds the Chinese were leading 9-6. In the second half of the match the Russian fared better and managed to draw the matches in round four and five 2.5-2.5. But this was of course not enough to catch up and thus China won the match 14-11. The best individual players were Bu Xianghzi and Maxim Matlakov, who both finished with 4.0/5.

Round 4

Bd. Nr.   Name Elo Pt. Result Pt.   Name Elo Nr.
1 6 GM Svidler Peter 2740 2 ½ - ½ 2 GM Lu Shanglei 2595 4
2 3 GM Bu Xiangzhi 2695 2 1 - 0 1 GM Vitiugov Nikita 2734 7
3 8 GM Matlakov Maxim 2691 2 1 - 0 IM Wang Chen 2521 5
4 9 GM Fedoseev Vladimir 2664 ½ 1 - 0 GM Yu Yangyi 2736 1
5 2 GM Wei Yi 2724 2 1 - 0 ½ GM Dubov Daniil 2661 10

Round 5

Bd. Nr.   Name Elo Pt. Result Pt.   Name Elo Nr.
1 5 IM Wang Chen 2521 ½ - ½ GM Svidler Peter 2740 6
2 4 GM Lu Shanglei 2595 ½ - ½ 1 GM Vitiugov Nikita 2734 7
3 8 GM Matlakov Maxim 2691 3 1 - 0 3 GM Wei Yi 2724 2
4 3 GM Bu Xiangzhi 2695 3 1 - 0 GM Fedoseev Vladimir 2664 9
5 10 GM Dubov Daniil 2661 ½ ½ - ½ GM Yu Yangyi 2736 1

 

Bu Xiangzhi

Maxim Matlakov

Games

 

Women

The Russian women at first seemed to do better than the Russian men and after three rounds led 8-7. But then they lost rounds four and five surprisingly clearly with 1-4 which gave the Chinese women a clear 15-10 victory. Top scorer of the Chinese team was Shen Yang with 4.0/5, in the Russian team only Alina Kashlinskaya reached 50%

Round 4

Bd. Nr.   Name Elo Pt. Result Pkt.   Name Elo Nr.
1 1 WGM Tan Zhongyi 2488 2 1 - 0 2 WGM Pogonina Natalija 2465 9
2 8 WGM Goryachkina Aleksandra 2486 0 - 1 2 IM Shen Yang 2465 2
3 3 WGM Huang Qian 2457 ½ 1 - 0 2 IM Kashlinskaya Alina 2432 10
4 4 WGM Lei Tingjie 2450 2 ½ - ½ GM Gunina Valentina 2548 6
5 7 WGM Girya Olga 2486 1 ½ - ½ ½ WGM Ding Yixin 2439 5

 

Round 5

Bd. Nr.   Name Elo Pt. Result Pt.   Name Elo Nr.
1 10 IM Kashlinskaya Alina 2432 2 ½ - ½ 3 WGM Tan Zhongyi 2488 1
2 9 WGM Pogonina Natalija 2465 2 0 - 1 3 IM Shen Yang 2465 2
3 3 WGM Huang Qian 2457 ½ - ½ WGM Girya Olga 2486 7
4 8 WGM Goryachkina Aleksandra 2486 0 - 1 WGM Lei Tingjie 2450 4
5 5 WGM Ding Yixin 2439 1 1 - 0 2 GM Gunina Valentina 2548 6

 

Shen Yang

Alina Kashlinskaya

Games

 

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André Schulz started working for ChessBase in 1991 and is an editor of ChessBase News.