Reports | December 28, 2011 16:00

Gold for China at Women's World Team Championship

Gold for China at Women's World Team Championship

Despite a 1.5-2.5 loss to Ukraine in the penultimate round, China won the gold medals at the Women's World Team Championship in Mardin, Turkey. After their disappointing start the Russian ladies eventually took silver while bronze went to Georgia.

China wins the 2011 Women's World Team Championship | All photos courtesy of the Turkish Chess Federation 

Event Women's World Team Championship | PGN via TWIC
Dates December 18th-27th, 2011
Location Mardin, Turkey
System 10 teams, round-robin
Players

Top players include Hou Yifan, Humpy Koneru, Elina Danielian, Nadezhda & Tatiana Kosintseva, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Nana Dzagnidze

Rate of play

40 moves in 90 minutes, then 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from move 1

Prize fund
€ 7,500
Tiebreaks

Game points, mutual result, Berger, board count (Berlin System)

From our first report we know that China was leading the Women's World Team Championship after five rounds as the only team left with a 100% score. The team with Hou Yifan, Ju Wenjun, Zhao Xue, Tan Zhongyi and Zhang Xiaowen continued strongly with 3-1 victories against Greece and Georgia.

In the penultimate round the Chinese ladies suffered an unexpected 1.5-2.5 loss to Ukraine, with a decisive win for Natalija Zhukova over Zhao Xue.

PGN string

Ukraine beats China 2.5-1.5

Nonetheless they secured tournament victory with a round to spare, beause their closest rival India lost to Georgia. After losing 1.5-2.5 to the gold medal winners in the final round, India didn't even get a medal.

The first game between Hou Yifan and Humpy Koneru after their World Championship match ended in a draw

Silver went to Russia, who agreed to four quick draws against Armenia in the last round - a disappointing affair that's normally only seen in men's events. Georgia, who beat Turkey 3-1 in the final round, went home with the bronze medals.

Selection of games rounds 6-9

PGN file

Women's World Team Championship 2011 | Final standings

Rank Team Gam. + = - MP Pts. Res. SB. BT
1 China 9 8   1 16 27½ 0 131,50 2550
2 Russia 9 5 3 1 13 21½ 0 103,00 1991
3 Georgia 9 5 2 2 12 21½ 0 90,75 2005
4 India 9 5 1 3 11 23 0 76,00 2154
5 Ukraine 9 4 3 2 11 21 0 94,75 1934
6 Armenia 9 4 1 4 9 19½ 0 56,75 1820
7 Vietnam 9 4 1 4 9 19 0 59,00 1768
8 Greece 9 2 1 6 5 15 0 22,75 1391
9 Turkey 9 2   7 4 11 0 22,00 1036
10 RSA 9     9 0 1 0 0,00 91

 

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Author: Peter Doggers

Founder and editor-in-chief of ChessVibes.com, Peter is responsible for most of the chess news and tournament reports. Often visiting top events, he also provides photos and videos for the site. He's a 1.e4 player himself, likes Thai food and the Stones.

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Comments

ff2017's picture

Humpy will win the next three.

choufleur's picture

Humpy will win the next ten.

Sabrina Schaefer's picture

Ich bin wirklich mit diesem Posting, dass Sie uns gegeben haben, zufrieden. Das ist wirklich eine erstaunliche Arbeit von euch getan. Vielen Dank und auf der Suche nach mehr Beitr?ge

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