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China & Russia lead Women's World Teams after round 2

China & Russian lead Women's World Teams after round 2

China and Russia started the Women's World Team Championship in Astana with two victories, and are tied for first place after two rounds. China beat France and Georgia while Russia won against Romania and Kazakhstan.

Round 1 under way in the Duma Hotel in Astana | Photos © Anastasiya Karlovich courtesy of FIDE

The Women's World Team Championship takes place March 2nd-12th, 2013 at the Duman hotel in in Astana, Kazakhstan. It is organized by the Kazakhstan Chess Federation together with FIDE. After the 2012 World Blitz and Rapid Championship, the Women's World Team Championship is the second big chess event held in Astana in less than a year. At the opening ceremony it was announced that the Kazakhs have even bigger plans: they want to organize the 2018 Olympiad as well.

The press conference right after the opening ceremony on Saturday

The time control of the Women's World Team Championship is 90 minutes per 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game, plus 30 seconds increment per move from move 1. Ten teams of four players (and one reserve) compete in a single round robin. The teams were selected as follows:

  • the three teams which were ranked the best at the 2012 Olympiad (Russia, China, Ukraine)
  • five continental champions (USA, India, France, Georgia, Romania)
  • the country of the organizer (Kazakhstan)
  • one team selected by the FIDE President (Turkey)

The Women's World Team Championship has been organized since 2007 and Chinese team has won all the championships in the past. Hou Yifan and Zhao Xue did not come to Astana, so it won't be easy for the team to prove their dominance again. The top seeded team is Ukraine, who travelled to Astana with their top 5 of the country: reigning World Champion Anna Ushenina, Kateryna Lagno (now spelled with a 'g' instead of an 'h' by FIDE on the rating list), Mariya Muzychuk, Inna Gaponenko and Natalia Zhukova.

The Russian team, which won the Olympiad last September and took three silver medals in previous Women’s World Team Championships, is also playing without two top players: Nadezhda and Tatiana Kosintseva. The two sisters left the team because they refused to play under the leadership of the current captain, Sergei Rublevsky, citing "psychological incompatibility". The two former leaders of the team were replaced by Alisa Galliamova and Olga Girya and with them the Russian team is still ranked second behind Ukraine.

A remarkable team in the list is Turkey, last seeded with an average rating as low as 2162, 147 points lower than the number 9 on the list.

Women's World Team Championship 2013 | Teams

1   UKRAINE 2494
1 GM Ushenina Anna 2477
2 GM Lagno Kateryna 2547
3 IM Muzychuk Mariya 2479
4 IM Gaponenko Inna 2421
5 GM Zhukova Natalia 2471
2   GEORGIA 2489
1 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2554
2 IM Khotenashvili Bela 2499
3 IM Javakhishvili Lela 2464
4 IM Khurtsidze Nino 2437
5 IM Melia Salome 2419
3   RUSSIA 2484
1 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2495
2 IM Gunina Valentina 2505
3 WGM Pogonina Natalija 2475
4 IM Galliamova Alisa 2459
5 WGM Girya Olga 2440
4   CHINA 2472
1 WGM Ju Wenjun 2505
2 WGM Huang Qian 2476
4 WGM Guo Qi 2435
4 IM Shen Yang 2415
5 WGM Tan Zhongyi 2471
5   USA 2386
1 IM Zatonskih Anna 2474
2 IM Krush Irina 2448
3 WGM Abrahamyan Tatev 2300
4 WGM Foisor Sabina-Francesca 2323
5 WIM Ni Viktorija 2263
6   INDIA 2354
1 WGM Gomes Mary Ann 2387
2 IM Karavade Eesha 2387
3 IM Mohota Nisha 2325
4 WGM Padmini Rout 2316
5 WGM Soumya Swaminathan 2283
7   ROMANIA 2361
1 IM Foisor Cristina-Adela 2401
2 WGM Cosma Elena-Luminita 2336
3 WGM Bulmaga Irina 2354
4 WGM l'Ami Alina 2353
5 WGM Voicu-Jagodzinsky Carmen 2281
8   FRANCE 2335
1 IM Milliet Sophie 2401
2 WGM Maisuradze Nino 2330
3 IM Collas Silvia 2282
4 WGM Safranska Anda 2328
5 WIM Benmesbah Natacha 2266
1 WGM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan 2344
2 WGM Saduakassova Dinara 2353
3 WIM Davletbayeva Madina 2272
4 WIM Dauletova Gulmira 2265
5 WIM Abdumalik Zhansaya 2187
10   TURKEY 2162
1 WGM Yildiz Betul Cemre 2341
2 WGM Ozturk Kubra 2252
3 WCM Cemhan Kardelen 2025
4 WFM Sop Selen 2028
5 WCM Kaya Emel 1995

Round 1

The first round saw a small upset: Kazakhstan managed to hold the USA to 2-2. Well, in fact the rating difference wasn't that big. There were even chances of winning for the home team, as Dinara Saduakasova came close to victory but then she spoilt it:

PGN string

The following game is from the Russia-Romania match. Alisa Galliamova, the former World Championship contender (and former wife of Vassily Ivanchuk), doesn't like airplanes. She travelled to Astana by train, and with only a few hours rest she faced Alina l'Ami, who was still playing in Reykjavik a few days before.

PGN string

FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov makes the first move for the game Nakhbayeva-Zatonskih

Round 2

Kazakhstan couldn't follow up with another good result; they went down 1-3 against the Russian ladies. Except for board one: Guliskhan Nakhbayeva, who drew with Anna Zatonskih, now crushed Valentina Gunina!

PGN string

The USA team again didn't really convince. Against lower rated players they drew all games on the first three boards, but they won the match against Turkey thanks to the following blunder:

PGN string

Women's World Team Championship 2013 | Round 2 standings

Rank Team Rds. + = - MP Pts.
1 CHINA 2 2 0 0 4 60.5
2 RUSSIA 2 2 0 0 4 60.5
3 UKRAINE 2 1 1 0 3 5
4 USA 2 1 1 0 3 40.5
5 GEORGIA 2 1 0 1 2 4
6 INDIA 2 1 0 1 2 30.5
7 KAZAKHSTAN 2 0 1 1 1 3
8 ROMANIA 2 0 1 1 1 20.5
9 TURKEY 2 0 0 2 0 20.5
10 FRANCE 2 0 0 2 0 2


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AK's picture

Those, who love to complain about uninteresting games, lack of fighting spirit and decisive results should really follow this event.

Strange that so many teams choose to play with weaker team. India misses three best players, France and China two. Oh... that Kazakh team might be a real force in 5 years or so. All players are young and improving. Turkey is playing once again thanks to politics. They are rated 36th in the world and they get the wildcard. Good old FIDE. Poland, Armenia, Serbia would have been so much more deserving.

Lee's picture

"Turkey is playing once again thanks to politics."

I read yesterday that Vietnam, having won the Asian Championship (ahead of Turkey) should have been playing. Poor buggers.

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