China Dragon, made up of a mixed team of Chinese players, tied with 50-50, a team of East European players, to jointly win the Blitz team event of the 2014 Tradewise Chess Festival played in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere on Thursday night.
In Gibraltar for the first time, Chinese players: Li Chao, Wei Yi, Tan Zhongyi and Guo Qi, certainly made their mark.
The 50-50 team included: Daniil Dubov (Russia), Richard Rapport (Hungary), Natalia Zhukova (Ukraine) and Jovana Vojinovic (Serbia).
Blitz winning team members Xu Jun (coach) and Natalia Zhukova collect the prizes from Laurent Freyd and Stuart Conquest
This year’s team Blitz event saw a record number of entries with 108 players making up 27 teams. They each competed with four players over six rounds.
Both winning teams won four matches and drew two.
The next Blitz event with two players in each team will be held on Sunday evening.
Photos by Sophie Triay
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Guo Qi and Tan Zhongyi playing in the Blitz
Blitz in a friendly atmosphere with Wei Yi and Li Chao sorting out some moves
The 50-50 team ahead of the competition
Team Blitz played in a friendly atmosphere