Nizhniy Novgorod: China beats Russia 52.5-47.5

8/31/2007 – The Russian men were in the lead for quite a long stretch, but in the last three rounds things went badly astray. In the end the men had lost narrowly to China by a 24.5-25.5 score, and since the Chinese women had defeated their Russian counterparts by 27-23, it was the far-eastern team that took overall victory. We bring you final results, games, statistics and a bunch of new pictures by Ilya Odesskiy.

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Nizhniy Novgorod: China vs Russia Chess Match

The final rounds of the nations match were all about China – at least in the men's section. After the Russian men had been leading for most of the event the Chinese GMs scored two victories of 3.0-2.0 and 4.0-1.0 points to edge out their opponents in the final round. China won this section by 25.5-24.5 points.

The Russian women fought bravely, drawing round nine and winning round ten with 3.0-2.0 points. But the overall score remained devastating: 27.0-23.0 for the Chinese players. The final total of both teams: China beat Russia by 52.5-47.5 points.

Results of the final rounds

Round 09 (Wednesday, 29.08.2007)
1
Tomashevsky, E
½-½
Wang Yue 1
Huang Qian
0-1
Kosintseva, T
2
Bu Xiangzhi
½-½
Inarkiev, E 2
Kosintseva, N
½-½
Ruan Lufei
3
Timofeev, A
½-½
Ni Hua 3
Wang Yu A.
½-½
Kovalevskaya, E
4
Wang Hao
½-½
Alekseev, E 4
Tairova, E
0-1
Shen Yang
5
Jakovenko, D
0-1
Zhang Pengxiang 5
Zhao Xue
½-½
Korbut, E
Round 10 (Thursday, 30.08.2007)
1
Wang Yue
1-0
Timofeev, A 1
Kosintseva, T
½-½
Wang Yu A.
2
Alekseev, E
½-½
Ni Hua 2
Shen Yang
½-½
Kovalevskaya, E
3
Bu Xiangzhi
1-0
Tomashevsky, E 3
Kosintseva, N
½-½
Huang Qian
4
Jakovenko, D
½-½
Wang Hao 4
Zhao Xue
½-½
Tairova, E
5
Zhang Pengxiang
1-0
Inarkiev, E 5
Korbut, E
1-0
Ruan Lufei

Final scores

   1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 Score
Russia men 2.5 2.0 2.0 3.0 3.5 3.5 3.0 2.0 2.0 1.0 24.5
Russia women 2.0 0.5 3.0 3.0 1.0 2.5 3.0 2.5 2.5 3.0 23.0
Russia total 4.5 2.5 5.0 6.0 4.5 6.0 6.0 4.5 4.5 4.0 47.5
 
China men 2.5 3.0 3.0 2.0 1.5 1.5 2.0 3.0 3.0 4.0 25.5
China women 3.0 4.5 2.0 2.0 4.0 2.5 2.0 2.5 2.5 2.0 27.0
China total 5.5 7.5 5.0 4.0 5.5 4.0 4.0 5.5 5.5 6.0 52.5

National players

China    

Ruan Lufei

2433

6.0

Wang Yue

2696

5.5

Wang Hao

2624

5.5

Zhao Xue

2500

5.5

Shen Yang

2439

5.5

Bu Xiangzhi

2685

5.0

Zhang Pengxiang

2649

5.0

Huang Qian

2410

5.0

Wang Yu A

2384

5.0

Ni Hua

2681

4.5

 
Russia    

Alekseev,Evgeny

2689

7.0

Kovalevskaya,E

2454

5.5

Inarkiev,E

2663

5.5

Kosintseva,T

2502

5.0

Kosintseva,N

2475

5.0

Korbut,E

2445

5.0

Jakovenko,D

2735

5.0

Tomashevsky,E

2654

3.5

Timofeev,Arty

2650

3.5

Tairova,E

2410

2.5

Individual scores and performances of the players

Picture gallery


Top scorer in the Russia-China match: GM Evgeny Alekseev with a 2814 performance


Russian team members and trainers watch anxiously as the final games are played


Serious sideline discussions between Sergey Dolmatov, Dmitrij Jakovenko, Artyom Timofeev, Ernesto Inarkiev and Evgeny Alekseev


The general public watching the games


So what were we supposed to do? WGM Ekaterina Korbut, 2445, with 5.0/10


So very, very tired: GM Dmitrij Jakovenko with an under-par performance


WGM Elena Tairova analysing a game in her hotel room


Chinese WGM Zhao Xue and GM Bu Xiangzhi


Chinese GM Wang Hao, rated 2624, scored 5.5/10 with a 2714 performance


5.5/10 and a prize: WGM Shen Yang, 2439


Zhang Pengxiang, Ni Hua and Bu Xiangzhi at the closing dinner


Enjoying a monster pizza: press chief Evgeny Tkachev and reporter Ilya Odesskiy


Photos and humorous, story-filled reports by
Ilya Odesskiy


All results Nizhniy Novgorod 2007

Round 01 (Monday, 20.08.2007)
1
Ni Hua
1-0
Tomashevsky, E 1
Kovalevskaya, E
½-½
Huang Qian
2
Jakovenko, D
½-½
Wang Yue 2
Zhao, Xue
1-0
Kosintseva, T
3
Zhang Pengxiang
0-1
Alekseev, E 3
Korbut, E
½-½
Shen Yang
4
Timofeev, A
½-½
Bu Xiangzhi 4
Wang, Yu A.
½-½
Kosintseva, N
5
Wang, Hao
½-½
Inarkiev, E 5
Tairova, E
½-½
Ruan Lufei
Round 02 (Tuesday, 21.08.2007)
1
Alekseev, E
1-0
Wang Yue 1
Shen Yang
1-0
Kosintseva, T
2
Bu Xiangzhi
1-0
Jakovenko, D 2
Kosintseva, N
0-1
Zhao Xue
3
Inarkiev, E
½-½
Ni Hua 3
Ruan Lufei
½-½
Kovalevskaya, E
4
Wang Hao
1-0
Timofeev, A 4
Tairova, E
0-1
Wang Yu A.
5
Tomashevsky, E
½-½
Zhang Pengxiang 5
Huang Qian
1-0
Korbut, E
Round 03 (Wednesday, 22.08.2007)
1
Jakovenko, D
½-½
Ni Hua 1
Zhao Xue
1-0
Kovalevskaya, E
2
Wang Yue
½-½
Inarkiev, E 2
Kosintseva, T
½-½
Ruan Lufei
3
Timofeev, A
0-1
Zhang Pengxiang 3
Wang Yu A.
½-½
Korbut, E
4
Bu Xiangzhi
½-½
Alekseev, E 4
Kosintseva, N
1-0
Shen Yang
5
Tomashevsky, E
½-½
Wang Hao 5
Huang Qian
0-1
Tairova, E
Round 04 (Thursday, 23.08.2007)
1
Wang Yue
1-0
Tomashevsky, E 1
Kosintseva, T
1-0
Huang Qian
2
Inarkiev, E
1-0
Bu Xiangzhi 2
Ruan Lufei
1-0
Kosintseva, N
3
Ni Hua
0-1
Timofeev, A 3
Kovalevskaya, E
1-0
Wang Yu A.
4
Alekseev, E
½-½
Wang Hao 4
Shen Yang
1-0
Tairova, E
5
Zhang Pengxiang
½-½
Jakovenko, D 5
Korbut, E
1-0
Zhao Xue
Round 05 (Friday, 24.08.2007)
1
Timofeev, A
½-½
Wang Yue 1
Wang Yu A.
½-½
Kosintseva, T
2
Ni Hua
0-1
Alekseev, E 2
Kovalevskaya, E
0-1
Shen Yang
3
Tomashevsky, E
½-½
Bu Xiangzhi 3
Huang Qian
1-0
Kosintseva, N
4
Wang Hao
½-½
Jakovenko, D 4
Tairova, E
0-1
Zhao Xue
5
Inarkiev, E
1-0
Zhang Pengxiang 5
Ruan Lufei
½-½
Korbut, E
Round 06 (Sunday, 26.08.2007)
1
Tomashevsky, E
½-½
Ni Hua 1
Huang Qian
0-1
Kovalevskaya, E
2
Wang Yue
½-½
Jakovenko, D 2
Kosintseva, T
½-½
Zhao Xue
3
Alekseev, E
1-0
Zhang Pengxiang 3
Shen Yang
½-½
Korbut, E
4
Bu Xiangzhi
½-½
Timofeev, A 4
Kosintseva, N
½-½
Wang Yu A.
5
Inarkiev, E
1-0
Wang Hao 5
Ruan Lufei
1-0
Tairova, E
Round 07 (Monday, 27.08.2007)
1
Wang Yue
½-½
Alekseev, E 1
Kosintseva, T
1-0
Shen Yang
2
Jakovenko, D
1-0
Bu Xiangzhi 2
Zhao Xue
0-1
Kosintseva, N
3
Ni Hua
1-0
Inarkiev, E 3
Kovalevskaya, E
½-½
Ruan Lufei
4
Timofeev, A
½-½
Wang Hao 4
Wang Yu A.
½-½
Tairova, E
5
Zhang Pengxiang
0-1
Tomashevsky, E 5
Korbut, E
0-1
Huang Qian
Round 08 (Tuesday, 28.08.2007)
1
Ni Hua
0-1
Jakovenko, D 1
Kovalevskaya, E
1-0
Zhao Xue
2
Inarkiev, E
½-½
Wang Yue 2
Ruan Lufei
1-0
Kosintseva, T
3
Zhang Pengxiang
1-0
Timofeev, A 3
Korbut, E
½-½
Wang Yu A.
4
Alekseev, E
½-½
Bu Xiangzhi 4
Shen Yang
0-1
Kosintseva, N
5
Wang Hao
1-0
Tomashevsky, E 5
Tairova, E
0-1
Huang Qian
Round 09 (Wednesday, 29.08.2007)
1
Tomashevsky, E
½-½
Wang Yue 1
Huang Qian
0-1
Kosintseva, T
2
Bu Xiangzhi
½-½
Inarkiev, E 2
Kosintseva, N
½-½
Ruan Lufei
3
Timofeev, A
½-½
Ni Hua 3
Wang Yu A.
½-½
Kovalevskaya, E
4
Wang Hao
½-½
Alekseev, E 4
Tairova, E
0-1
Shen Yang
5
Jakovenko, D
0-1
Zhang Pengxiang 5
Zhao Xue
½-½
Korbut, E
Round 10 (Thursday, 30.08.2007)
1
Wang Yue
1-0
Timofeev, A 1
Kosintseva, T
½-½
Wang Yu A.
2
Alekseev, E
½-½
Ni Hua 2
Shen Yang
½-½
Kovalevskaya, E
3
Bu Xiangzhi
1-0
Tomashevsky, E 3
Kosintseva, N
½-½
Huang Qian
4
Jakovenko, D
½-½
Wang Hao 4
Zhao Xue
½-½
Tairova, E
5
Zhang Pengxiang
1-0
Inarkiev, E 5
Korbut, E
1-0
Ruan Lufei

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