Russia vs China

by Johannes Fischer
6/13/2016 – Since 2001 Russia and China play friendship chess matches against each other. The tenth of these friendship matches takes place from 11th to 15 June in Moscow. Each team consists of five players and each player of one team plays against all players from the other team. After three rounds the score in the men's event is even but in the women's event Russia leads 8.5-6.5.

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Russia vs China Friendship Match

The match is organized by the Russian Chess Federation with the support of the Volga Group, the official partner of the men's national chess team of Russia, and UES Federal Grid Company, the general sponsor of Russia’s national chess teams.

Russian National Teams

Men: Ian Nepomniachtchi, Dmitry Yakovenko, Daniil Dubov, Dmitry Andreykin and Maxim Matlakov. Coaches: Alexander Motylev and Vladimir Potkin.

Women: Valentina Gunina, Natalia Pogonina, Anastasia Bodnaruk, Alexandra Goryachkina, and Ekaterina Lagno. Coaches: Sergey Rublevsky and Alexander Ryazantsev.

Chinese National Teams

Men: Wang Yue, Yu Yangyi, Lu Shanglei, Wen Yang and Zhou Jianchao. Coach: Yu Shaoteng

Women: Tan Zhongyi, Shen Yang, Guo Qi, Ding Yixin, and Lei Tintsze. Coach: Yu Shaoten.

The matches are hard fought but from 30 games only ten (four in the men's event, six in the women's event) were decided - and in each of these ten games White won.

Ian Nepomniachtchi

Wang Yue

One of the decided games was the encounter between Lu Shanglei and Dmitry Andreikin in round two which turned into a veritable slugfest with lots of interesting tactical motifs.


Lu Shanglei

Dmitry Andreikin


Yu Yangyi




The Chinese coach Yu Shaoteng


Ekaterina Lagno

Aleksandra Goryachkina

Vlalentina Gunina (left, with Black) before her game against Tan Zhongyi

Ding Yixin

Guo Qi

Valentina Gunina

Natalia Pogonina

Anastasia Bodnaruk




Photos: Russian Chess Federation

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Johannes Fischer was born in 1963 in Hamburg and studied English and German literature in Frankfurt. He now lives as a writer and translator in Nürnberg. He is a FIDE-Master and regularly writes for KARL, a German chess magazine focusing on the links between culture and chess. On his own blog he regularly publishes notes on "Film, Literature and Chess".


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