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Thursday, December 22, 2011

When chess makes you smile in Turkey at the women's world team chess event!

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Hi everyone,

One reason you can smile away in Turkey right now is of course chess! Can you name all these lovely ladies playing at the women's world team chess event currently on in Mardin, Turkey?

Meanwhile, the chess news update from the event. Round 4 did not bring many surprises. China won against Vietnam 3-1, scoring on the two lower boards (Zhao Xue - Nguyen Thi Thanh An 1-0 and Hoang Thi Nhu - Tan Zhongyi Y 1-0) and remain in the lead with a perfect match score. India scored 3,5 board points against Armenia. Only Lilit Mkrtchian was able to draw against Harika Dronavalli on the second board. India is on second place with 7 match points.
The close encounter between Georgia and Russia ended in a draw – players shared points in all the games. The fourth board fight between Valentina Gunina and Nino Khurtsidze was the last game of the round. Ukraine crushed Greece 3,5 – 0,5 and Turkey took an upper hand on RSA 3-1. However, South African players scored first board points as Anzel Solomons made a draw against Kubra Ozturk and Lauren Van Niekerk shared a point with Yesim Patel.

Standings after 4 rounds: China – 8; India – 7; Russia – 6; Georgia – 5; Vietnam, Turkey – 4; Ukraine – 3; Armenia – 2; Greece – 1; RSA – 0. You can access the official website here.

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