This way to the chess tournament: China leads Russia by 18:12

8/23/2007 – The Fourth China vs Russia Chess Match is currently taking place from August 18th - 31st, 2007, in Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia. After three rounds the Chinese men and women's teams are leading by a clear margin. The web site of the Russian Chess Federation is covering the event, in Russian and with something seldom seen in such reports: a nice dash of humour.

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Nizhniy Novgorod: China vs Russia Chess Match

Three round results

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

Score

   1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 Score
Russia men 2.5 2.0 2.0                6.5
Russia women 2.0 0.5 3.0                5.5
Russia total 4.5 2.5 5.0               12.0
 
China men 2.5 3.0 3.0                8.5
China women 3.0 4.5 2.0                9.5
China total 5.5 7.5 5.0               18.0

Picture gallery

The Russian language web site reports are unusual in that they are spiced with a liberal helping of humour. If you have any knowledge of the language you are urged to visit the site (links are given at the bottom of the page) to enjoy this important development. It would appear to be the doing of a photo journalist named Ilya Odesskiy.


Arrival at Novgorod airport – the players discuss the football match Saturn vs TSSKA


Caption in the Russian web site report by Ilya Odesskiy: "Yes," says Sergey Dolmatov, "I pulled out four such fish from the Volga – six kilograms." Tomashevsky and Timofeev find it difficult to believe.


The Russian site discusses their dress code of the Chinese players: the two on the left are simply well-dressed civilians, the one on the right is very iffy (coat too short, different colours emerging from the sleeves). But, says the photographer, he finds the player on the right most likable, and promises to learn their names as soon as he can.


"That way to the chess tournament," the great Vladimir Ilyich Lenin seems to say


GM Vladimir Belov, the trainer of Elena Tairova


Former Kasparov second Yuri Dokhoyan, trainer of the Russian Women's team


Nadezhda Kosintseva and Elena Tairova, with the omnipresent Kirsan Ilyumzhinov in the background


Russian web site caption: "Trainers Sergey Dolmatov, Mikhail Kobalia and Vladimir Belov tuning the secret ultramodern communication device. Unfortunately it did not work – it was fussy about the feed button."


Huang Qian vs Ekaterina Korbut in round two (1-0)


Ernesto Inarkiev vs Ni Jua in round two (draw)


Trainers and players (right Tomashevsky) follow the action


Evgeny Alekseev in the press center after the game

Photos by Ilya Odesskiy

All results Nizhniy Novgorod, 19–31.08.2007

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

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