Gold to Russian Women

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11/6/2017 – The Women's event gold goes to Russia for the second straight year as they blanked Turkey 4 : 0 to clinch with a round to spare. The silver and bronze medal battle is between Georgia, Poland, Ukraine and Armenia. IM Irene Sukandar looks at key moments from Round 8. | Photo:

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Russian women repeat champions

After taking the sole lead in Round 4 with a crucial win over main rivals Georgia, the Russian team never relinquished their grip, and a final sweep of Turkey in the eighth round has already assured them first place in Crete regardless of the outcome of Monday's play.

Poland ended Georgia's hopes on Sunday, winnin their match 3 : 1 and the two teams will fight for the silver and bronze medals.

Ukraine kept themselves in medel contention with a narrow 2½ : ½ win over Spain. In the battle of the "Annas", Ana Matnadze scored an impressive win over former Women's World Champion Anna Ushenina, which included a mate-in-three tactic:


Anna Muzychuk vs. Sabrina Vega

Anna Muzychuk vs. Sabrina Vega | Photo:

Ukraine powered through with wins from Natalia Zhukova and Inna Gaponenko, but Spain was also successful on board one, as Sabrina Vega held the Women's World Champion in rapid and blitz to a draw with black.

Natalia Zhukova with team captain Mikhail Brodsky

Natalia Zhukova with team captain Mikhail Brodsky | Photo:


Notes by IM Irene Sukandar

Chess Endgames 8 - Practical Rook Endgames

Rook endings are amongst the most frequently encountered endgames there are, and so your training effort will be quickly repaid in the form of half and full points. Knowing even a few rules of thumb and key methods makes life a great deal easier and provides a guiding light even in complex positions. This DVD focuses on the important themes which are to be found in common rook endings.

Speaking of rook endgames, there was a nice endgame lesson on board 12 in Hungary's win over Croatia.


Notes by IM Irene Sukandar

Poland held Ukraine to a draw in Round 7, thanks to a win on board 4 from Klaudia Kulon.

Klaudia Kulon speask to Fiona Steil-Antoni | ETCC YouTube

That set the stage for their upset of Georgia, and both teams face weaker opposition in the final round as they bid for a silver medal.

Top Results for Round 8

Team MP Res. : Res. MP Team
Turkey 10 0 : 4 13 Russia
Poland 10 3 : 1 12 Georgia
Italy 9 2 : 2 9 Romania
Ukraine 9 : 9 Spain
Czech Republic 8 : 9 Armenia
Serbia 8 2 : 2 8 Netherlands
France 8 1 : 3 7 Azerbaijan
Switzerland 7 0 : 4 7 Israel
England 7 : 7 Austria
Slovenia 6 : 6 Belarus

Current standings (Top 10)

Rk. Team  TB1 
1 Russia 15
2 Georgia 12
3 Poland 12
4 Ukraine 11
5 Armenia 11
6 Italy 10
7 Romania 10
8 Turkey 10
9 Spain 9
10 Israel 9

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