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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Astana Chess World Women's Team Event R2: China beat Georgia

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Hello everyone,

One of the most dramatic matches of the second round was the encounter between two medalists of the previous world team championship, China and Georgia. Despite the fact that Georgian team was the rating favorite in the match, the result was not easy to predict as after relatively quick draw on the last board all the other players continue to fight. Before the first time control the leader of Georgian team Nana Dzagnidze blundered a simple tactical idea and had to resign. The victory of Chinese team was secured after the win of Huang Qian against Bela Khotenashvili. 

The young team from Turkey put up a stubborn resistance in the match against the USA. Turkish players on the first three boards made draws with the opponents, whose rating was at least 150 points higher. Nevertheless, Viktorija Ni managed to win on the last board and brought the victory to American team.

The same scenario was in the match France-India – the result on the fourth board was fatal for the final score. Soumya Swaminathan outplayed Natacha Benmesbah and India won the match.

The leader of the Russian team Valentina Gunina blundered a piece right after the opening and Kazakh player Guliskhan Nahbaevoy didn’t lose her chance to win the full point. As Guliskhan said after the game she was surprised when her opponent decided to play Bc3. It took her 10 minutes to check once again all variations and play the winning move d4. Such course of the match looked promising for the young team from Kazakhstan but Russian players didn’t let their opponents to gain even half a point. The match finished with 3-1 in favor of Russia.

The match between Ukraine and Romania unexpectedly ended in a draw as all four games finished peacefully. It is undoubtedly successful result for Romanian team which placed seventh on the starting list. 

As a result Russia and China are on the lead after two rounds. Ukraine and the USA share the third place. In the third round China will meet with the USA and another leader Russia will fight with Turkey. Ukrainian team will face Kazakhstan, the team which already showed they can be really dangerous.

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