Sunday, December 25, 2011

2011 FIDE Women's World Team Chess Championship

There are three more rounds to go.  The Chinese and Indian teams (currently numbers 1 and 2) will meet each other in the final round!  Standings after R6:

The start of Round 6.  What a beautiful playing venue!
From the official website:

China won another match, this time against Greece. However, Greek players made 2 draws with white (and from the position of strength): Marina Makropoulou against Ju Wenjun on the second board and Ekaterini Pavlidou vs. Tan Zhongyi on the fourth.

Chinese are now 3 match points ahead of runner up India, as the latter lost to Russia in a tough encounter. Humpy Koneru – Nadezhda Kosintseva and Harika Dronovalli – Tatiana Kosintseva ended in draws. However, Russia was stronger on the lower boards: Valentina Gunina won against Tania Sachdev and Natalia Pogonina against Soumya Swaminathan. Russia celebrated 3-1 victory to join Georgia on the third rank.

Ukraine vs. Georgia was a close match with chances for both sides. Each team scored one win: Bela Khotenashvili was stronger than Mariya Muzychuk and Natalia Zhukova overtook Nino Khurtsidze. This draw with big probability left Ukraine without medals.

Vietnam took an upper hand on Turkey.

RSA could not make a surprise against Armenia, losing 0-4.

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