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A day full of surprises at the World Women Championship

Ukraine destroy China, USA convincing against Armenia

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China – Ukraine

A day full of surprising results and interesting events witnessed the audience at the World Women Chess Championship. Round 2 of the competition started with a “zero default time” loss for Russia in their match against India. Tania Sachdev commented for Chessdom.com, “WFM Valentina Gunina showed up one minute late for the game and the arbiters forfeited her.” Exactly this game was decisive for the match – Nadezhda Kosintseva achieved her second consecutive victory for Russia, WGM Karavade returned the point for India, IM Harika held Tatiana Kosintseva and the forfeit of Gunina gave the match to India.

The favorites from China could never imagine a worse start of the event. The clear favorites could not score a single win against Ukraine, while IM Gaponenko and IM Mariya Muzychuk defeated WGM Shen Yang and Ju Wenjun to give Ukraine a 3:1 victory.

With yesterday’s stable draw and today’s victory Ukraine are taking the second position in the current standings. First is Poland with full match points, who barely escaped a shocking loss today. The team of IM Rajlich was facing the outsiders from Vietnam. It all started with a fast victory by WFM Hoang Thi Nhu Y against WGM Zawadzka (the second victory of Hoang Thi Nhu Y against 300 ELO points stronger opponent at the event!). As WGM Hoang Thi Bao Tram held IM Rajlich on board 1 things started to look worse for Poland. However, with good concentration and precise play WGM Majdan and WIM Szczepkowska-Horowska won their games to leave Poland as the only team with full match points.

The biggest victory of the day was for USA. The American team stormed through Armenia with a total score 3,5:0:5, with victories by Irina Krush, Goletiani, and Abrahamian Tatev, while the half a point for Armenia was achieved by IM Mkrtchian in the game with Anna Zatonskih.

China B achieved a nice result against Georgia, showing that they will be a factor in the final standings. GM Dzagnidze was victorious for Georgia, while WFM Ding Yixin scored the full point for China.

More about the World Women Team Chess Championship

Official site / Preview / Round 1

USA - Armenia 3½: ½

IM Krush Irina 2458 - IM Danielian Elina 2489 1 – 0

IM Zatonskih Anna 2462 - IM Mkrtchian Lilit 2468 ½ – ½

IM Goletiani Rusudan 2391 - WGM Aginian Nelli 2307 1 – 0

WFM Abrahamian Tatev 2275 - WIM Andriasian Siranush 2234 1 – 0

Russia - India 1½:2½

IM Kosintseva Tatiana 2536 - IM Dronavalli Harika 2474 ½ – ½

IM Kosintseva Nadezhda 2493 - IM Sachdev Tania 2405 1 – 0

IM Romanko Marina 2453 - WGM Karavade Eesha 2391 0 – 1

WFM Gunina Valentina 2437 - WGM Mary Ann Gomes 2396 - – +

China - Ukraine 1 : 3

GM Hou Yifan 2585 - IM Ushenina Anna 2448 ½ – ½

GM Zhao Xue 2542 - WGM Zhukova Nataliya 2457 ½ – ½

WGM Shen Yang 2453 - IM Gaponenko Inna 2438 0 – 1

Ju Wenjun 2443 - IM Muzychuk Mariya 2443 0 – 1

Georgia - China B 2 : 2

GM Chiburdanidze Maia 2506 - Tan Zhongyi 2435 ½ – ½

GM Dzagnidze Nana 2535 - WIM Zhang Xiaowen 2391 1 – 0

IM Javakhishvili Lela 2472 - IM Wang Yu A 2380 ½ – ½

IM Lomineishvili Maia 2378 - WFM Ding Yixin 2321 0 – 1

Poland - Vietnam 2½:1½

IM Rajlich Iweta 2465 - WGM Hoang Thi Bao Tram 2265 ½ – ½

WGM Zawadzka Jolanta 2414 - WFM Hoang Thi Nhu Y 2114 0 – 1

WGM Majdan Joanna 2361 - WFM Pham Bich Ngoc 2145 1 – 0

WIM Szczepkowska-Horowska Karina 2321 - WFM Vo Thi Kim Phung 2078 1 – 0

Standings

Team / Match points / Game points

1 Poland 4 / 5

2 Ukraine 3 / 5

3 India 3 / 4.5

4 Georgia 3 / 4.5

5 USA 2 / 5

6 China 2 / 4

7 Russia 1 / 3.5

8 China B 1 / 3

9 Armenia 1 / 2.5

10 Vietnam 0 / 3

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