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Ukraine and Russia lead at half-time in Astana

The day before the International Women’s Day, the chess players finished the tournament a bit earlier.

The Romanian team is the most peaceful in the championship. This time, they split the points with the Turkish girls, who finally opened their “personal account” and moved out from last place. The equal score was achieved due to victories on the first two boards.

Ukraine, after a slightly weak start, showed its strength at its best. Even though there were some doubts (especially in Anna Ushenina‘s game), the team was able to cope with it and knocked out China!

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Alina L'Ami from Romania

At the press conference after the completion of her game, Valentina Gunina was asked if she was worried during the game, because when the “computers started to distrust her position”, she noted that her teammates were not very happy about her game. In any case, Valentina managed to trick her opponent and even won the game. The Russian team defeated France 3.5-0.5.

The Georgian girls looked quite confidential today and were stronger in the match against the Americans. Irina Krush made the only draw for USA, while all her teammates lost their fights.

Kazakhstan lost against India 3:1, but that is no reason to lose hope among the locals. First of all, there are four more rounds ahead, and secondly, the team is the youngest at the championship, so the girls can keep the energy until the end.

Russia - France

After five rounds, Russia and Ukraine are on top. They share the first place 2 points ahead Georgia and China.

On the 8th of March the organizers of the tournament will congratulate the participants and prepared a massive cultural entertainment program with presents and unexpected surprises.

Kateryna Lahno from Ukraine

Standings after 5 rounds:

1 RUSSIA 9
2 UKRAINE 9
3 CHINA 7
4 GEORGIA 7
5 INDIA 6
6 ROMANIA 4
7 USA 4
8 KAZAKHSTAN 2
9 TURKEY 1
10 FRANCE 1

Photos by Anastasiya Karlovich

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