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Ukraine close to overall victory in Astana

In the eighth round of the Women’s World Team Championship, all the leaders confidently won their matches and kept the same standings.

World Champion Anna Ushenina lost for the first time in the tournament against Irina Krush, but Ukraine was still stronger in the match against the USA. Natalia Zhukova and Kateryna Lahno defeated their opponents, while Mariya Muzychuk made a draw to secure the team’s victory.

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Kateryna Lahno won her game for Ukraine

Kazakhstan outplayed France with a 2,5-1,5 score and moved up to the seventh place. Guliskhan Nakhbaeva, who is showing great results on the first board, defeated IM Sophie Milliet. The talented player from Kazakhstan has already secured an IM norm.

China crushed Turkey with a 4-0 score. Two participants of the match – Ju Wenjun (China) and Kubra Ozturk (Turkey) – have also achieved IM norms.

Georgia won against Romania 3-1. Nana Dzagnidze was defeated by Irina Bulmaga, but all other Georgian girls managed to win.

Irina Krush defeated World Champion Anna Ushenina

After eight rounds, Ukraine leads two points ahead of China. Russia is still one point behind China. Ukraine has already secured at least the silver medals, but needs not to lose against Russia to get the overall victory. On the other hand, the Russian team is also fighting for a place on the podium. Only a victory in the match against the Indian team is going to give the Chinese girls a chance to fight for the gold. Georgia needs to outplay Kazakhstan to keep chances for the bronze medals.

The crucial fight for the medals will begin at 11am local time on the 12th of March.

Valentina Gunina - first board of the Russian team

Standings after 8 rounds:

1 UKRAINE 15 22½
2 CHINA 13 23
3 RUSSIA 12 22
4 GEORGIA 10 19
5 INDIA 9 16½
6 USA 7 13½
7 KAZAKHSTAN 6 14
8 ROMANIA 5 12½
9 FRANCE 2
10 TURKEY 1

Round 9 pairings:

FRANCE - TURKEY
1 IM Millet Sophie 2401 : WGM Yildiz Betul Cemre 2341
2 WGM Maisuradze Nino 2330 : WGM Ozturk Kubra 2252
3 IM Collas Silvia 2282 : WCM Cemhan Kardelen 2025
4 WIM Benmesbah Natacha 2266 : WFM Sop Selen 2028
GEORGIA - KAZAKHSTAN
1 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2554 : WGM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan 2344
2 IM Khotenashvili Bela 2499 : WIM Dauletova Gulmira 2265
3 IM JavaKhishvilli Lela 2464 : WIM Davletbayeva Madina 2272
4 IM Khurtsidze Nino 2437 : WIM Abdumalik Zansaya 2187
USA - ROMANIA
1 IM Krush Irina 2448 : IM Foisor Cristina Adela 2401
2 WGM Abrahamyan Tatev 2300 : WGM Bulmaga Irina 2354
3 WGM Foisor Sabina 2323 : WGM Lami Alina 2353
4 WIM Ni Viktorija 2263 : WGM Voicu-Jagodzinsky Carmen 2281
RUSSIA - UKRAINE
1 IM Gunina Valentina 2505 : GM Lagno Kateryna 2547
2 WGM Pogonina Natalija 2475 : GM Ushenina Anna 2477
3 IM Galliamova Alisa 2459 : IM Muzychuk Mariya 2479
4 WGM Girya Olga 2440 : GM Zhukova Natalia 2471

Photos by Anastasiya Karlovich

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