Reports | July 09, 2012 10:38

Russia beats China 77.5-72.5 in St. Petersburg

Russian team captain Yuri Dokhoian holds the cup

Russia defeated China 77.5-72.5 in their annual Scheveningen match, held in St. Petersburg this year. The Russian men's team won the classical chess 13.5-11.5 but their women went down 14.5-10.5. In rapid chess, the Russian men also won: 29-21. The Chinese women scored another victory as well, albeit with a smaller margin: 25.5-24.5.

Russian men's team captain Yuri Dokhoian holds the cup | Photos © Russian Chess Federation

Event Russia-China match | PGN: Men | Women | Men rapid | Women rapid
Dates July 1-9, 2012
Location St. Petersburg, Russia
System 20-player Scheveningen match (classical & rapid chess)

Men: Dmitry Jakovenko, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Nikita Vitiugov (Russia) vs Wang Hao, Wang Yue, Li Chao, Ding Liren, Yu Yangyi (China)

Women: Valentina Gunina, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Natalija Pogonina, Olga Girya, Baira Kovanova (Russia) vs Zhao Xue, Ju Wenjun, Huang Qian, Shen Yang, Ding Yixin (China)

Rate of play Classical: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes to finish the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move one
Rapid: 15 minutes for the game with an increment of 30 seconds
Extra No draw offers before move 40 are allowed
Prize fund Men US $30,000, Women US $20,000

The tradition Russia-China match finished on Sunday in St. Petersburg. Russia played with Evgeny Tomashevsky (2738), Dmitry Jakovenko (2736), Ian Nepomniachtchi (2716), Nikita Vitiugov (2703), Maxim Matlakov (2668), Valentina Gunina (2530), Alexandra Kosteniuk (2457), Natalia Pogonina (2447), Olga Girya (2414) and Baira Kovanova (2391). China's line-up was Wang Hao (2738), Li Chao (2703), Wang Yue (2690), Ding Liren (2679), Yu Yangyi (2626), Zhao Xue (2549), Ju Wenjun (2529), Shen Yang (2419), Huang Qian (2417), Ding Yixin (2353).

From our first report we know that Russia was leading the traditional match against China 11-9 after two days. Let's pick it up from there!

Day 3

On Wednesday, July 4th the men tied their match 2.5-2.5 while the Chinese women won 3.5-1.5. Shen Yang and Zhao Xue defeated Alexandra Kosteniuk and Natalia Pogonina respectively. The loss could have been even bigger for Russia, had Valentina Gunina not saved the draw miraculously.

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Day 4

In the fourth round the Russian men scored a 3-2 victory. Dmitry Jakovenko and Evgeny Tomashevsky scored convincing victories over Li Chao and Yu Yangyi. The Russian women's team suffered their second defeat in a row. Ju Wenjun and Zhao Xue won against Natalija Pogonina and Olga Girya respectively. Alexandra Kosteniuk did something back and defeated Ding Yixin. This meant that after four rounds the score was exactly equal: 20-20. 

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Day 5

In the final round of the games with classical time control the Chinese men finished with a small victory: 3-2. The decisive game was Yu Yangyi vs Vitiugov. Also in the women's match there was only one decisive game: Zhao Xue ensured victory for the Chinese ladies by beating Baira Kovanova. The men's score in classical chess was 13.5-11.5 in favor of Russia, while the match between the women finished in the same score, but in favor of China.

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Jakovenko was in good shape in St. Petersburg

Days 6-7

On Saturday the Russian men too a big lead in the first five rapid matches. At the end of the day the score was 16.5-8.5. The score in the women's match was also in favor of Russia: 13.5-11.5. On the final day the Russian men managed to keep their big lead, and the final score in the rapids was 29-21. The Russian ladies did worse, and eventually lost the rapid match with smallest of margins: 24.5-25.5.

The total score of the Russia-China match was 77.5-72.5 in favor of Russia. However, according to the regulations the prize money (US $30,000 for the men and US $20,000 for the women) was shared equally between the teams.

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Niima's picture

Excellent debut for coach Dokhoian.

Bias buster's picture

Yes the Men's team despite being the Russian-B team did very well. Kudos to them on a fine victory in both classical and rapid.

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