The first round is hardly going to determine anything, but it does set the tone for the rest of the event, without doubt. This is how things panned out in the first round at Astana.
1.1 1 UKRAINE 3-1 10 INDIA
1 GM Lagno Kateryna 2547 1/2-1/2 IM Karavade Eesha Sanjay 2387
2 GM Ushenina Anna 2477 1-0 IM Mohota Nisha 2325
3 IM Muzychuk Mariya 2479 1-0 WGM Padmini Rout 2316
4 IM Yanovska-Gaponenko Inna 2421 1/2-1/2 WGM Gomes Mary Ann 2387
The Ukrainian team confidently outplaye dthe Indians. But it was a hopeless task for the latetr to hope to achieve anything without Koneru and Harika. Even so, it may be that the Indians have not yet acclimatised and that they will show their true strength when they do.
1.2 2 ROMANIA 0.5-3.5 9 RUSSIA
1 IM Foisor Cristina Adela 2401 0-1 IM Gunina Valentina 2505
2 WGM Bulmaga Irina 2354 1/2-1/2 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2495
3 WGM Lami Alina 2353 0-1 IM Galliamova Alisa 2459
4 WGM Voicu-Jagodzinsky Carmen 2281 0-1 WGM Girya Olga 2440
Lami Alina-Galliamova Alisa
27... g4 28.Nd2 Rd3 29.Rc8 Rxc8 30.Rxc8 Rxd2 White resigns (0:1).
Despite expectations, Alisa Galliamova is playing, and winning. She did not give her opponent the slightest chance. And this was after a long train journey, with only a few hours rest before the game! A great fighter! The Russians rested Natalya Pogonina, but Olga Girya made a successful debut for the team. .
1.3 3 KAZAKHSTAN 2-2 8 USA
1 WGM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan 2344 1/2-1/2 IM Zatonskih Anna 2474
2 WIM Dauletova Gulmira 2265 0-1 IM Krush Irina 2448
3 WGM Saduakassova Dinara 2353 1/2-1/2 WGM Foisor Sabina 2323
4 WIM Davletbayeva Madina 2272 1-0 WIM Ni Viktorija 2263
Recently, in an interview, Geoffrey Borg commented that, beside sthe four clear favourites (Russia, China, Georgia and Ukraine), there are otehr teams which can influence the final results. This is especially true of the young and ambitious home team, he said. The Americans know to their costs that the FIDE general director's words were not just a sop to the hosts. For a long time, it seemed the Central Asian team woudl win the match, and only Saduakassova's slip, when on the verge of winning, allowed the Americans to save face. Their team captain Mikhail Khodorkovsky was not there at the time, and only found out afterwards about the biggest surprise of the first round. .
Saduakassova, Dinara-Foisor, Sabina-Francesca
54.Kxb7? – Missing the win in game and match, whereas she could have won both with 54.Rxb7 h4 55.Kc6 Ke4 56.h3 f2 57.Rf7 Ke3 58.Kd5 Ke2 59.Ke4 Ke1 60.Ke3 f1=Q 61.Rxf1+ Kxf1 62.Kf3 Kg1 63.Kg4 Kf2 64.Kxh4 Ke3 65.Kg5 Ke4 66.h4 Ke5 67.h5 Ke6 68.Kg6 Kd7 (Computerkibitz: Houdini 2.0c x64 Depth: 38 with 307.873 kN in 39s; http://astana2013.live.whychess.com/) 57…h4 55.Kc6 h3 56.Rb8 Ke4 57.Kd6 f2 58.Rf8 Ke3 59.Ke5 Ke2 60.Ke4 f1=Q 61.Rxf1 Kxf1 62.Kf3 Ke1 63.Kg3 Ke2 64.Kxh3 Kf3. Draw ( ½ : ½ )
1.4 4 TURKEY 1-3 7 GEORGIA
1 WGM Yildiz Betul Cemre 2341 0-1 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2554
2 WGM Ozturk Kubra 2252 1-0 IM Khotenashvili Bela 2499
3 WCM Cemhan Kardelen 2025 0-1 IM JavaKhishvilli Lela 2464
4 WFM Sop Selen 2028 0-1 IM Khurtsidze Nino 2437
The Georgians won comfortably, but the Turks' wqin on board two clearly shows that they are not going to be a pushover for anyone.
1.5 5 CHINA 3.5-0.5 6 FRANCE
1 WGM Ju Wenjun 2505 1-0 WGM Maisurasze Nino 2330
2 WGM Tan Zhongyi 2471 1-0 WGM Safranska Anda 2328
3 WGM Guo Qi 2435 1-0 IM Collas Silvia 2282
4 IM Shen Yang 2415 1/2-1/2 WIM Benmesbah Natacha 2266
"The Chinese machine" crushed the French resistance without any apparent effort. Interestingly, Pavel Tregubov rested his number one, Sophie Millet, allowing the reserve to play instead. was he saving his top player? After the match, neitehr players nor captain looked very upset by the result.
So, the lead is held by the Olympiad champions and runenr-up, Russia and China. Georgia and Ukraine are half a point back. So far, it is all according to ratings. We will see what happens later.
Text: Sergey Kim
ASTANA, WOMEN'S WORLD TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP: ALL ACCORDING TO THE FORM-BOOK