The results of round two brought many surprises. But first, in order:
2.1 10 INDIA 2.5-1.5 6 FRANCE
1 IM Karavade Eesha Sanjay 2387 0.5-0.5 IM Millet Sophie 2401
2 IM Mohota Nisha 2325 0.5-0.5 WGM Maisurasze Nino 2330
3 WGM Gomes Mary Ann 2387 0.5-0.5 WGM Safranska Anda 2328
4 WGM Swaminathan Soumya 2283 1-0 WIM Benmesbah Natacha 2266
The French battled hard but the Asians class told. The results reflected the relative strength of the sides.
2.2 7 GEORGIA 1-3 5 CHINA
1 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2554 0-1 WGM Ju Wenjun 2505
2 IM Khotenashvili Bela 2499 0-1 WGM Huang Qian 2476
3 IM JavaKhishvilli Lela 2464 0.5-0.5 WGM Tan Zhongyi 2471
4 IM Melia Salome 2419 0.5-0.5 WGM Guo Qi 2435
The meeting of the bronze and gold medallists from the last world championship was exceptionally hard. Melia equalised quite quickly and made a draw. Afterwards, at the press conference, she assessed the situation quite optimistically, considering that he team should certainly not ,lose this important match, in any event. However, after the first time control, the leaders of the Chinese team, showing exceptional will to win, managed to turn around the course of the match and scored two precious victories. They had their share of luck, but that does not only happen in women's chess:
40. Kxe5?? Bf6+ Black won (0:1)
2.3 8 USA 2.5-1.5 4 TURKEY
1 IM Zatonskih Anna 2474 0.5-0.5 WGM Yildiz Betul Cemre 2341
2 IM Krush Irina 2448 0.5-0.5 WGM Ozturk Kubra 2252
3 WGM Abrahamyan Tatev 2300 0.5-0.5 WCM Cemhan Kardelen 2025
4 WIM Ni Viktorija 2263 1-0 WCM Kaya Emel 1995
The young Turkish team put up stiff resistance to the Americans. Only on board four did Minsk-born Viktorija Ni score their only win and lead her team forward. If anyone thought the Turks would be a free source of points, than after two rounds, it is quite clear that such idaes are totally wrong at the root.
Kaya - Ni
34. Rce5?? (34.Rxg5 Rxg5 35.Re7 и согласно, As Tartakower said, all rook endings are drawn! Computerkibitz: Houdini 2.0c x64 Depth: 38 with 307.873 kN in 39s; http://astana2013.live.whychess.com/) 35...Rf6+ White resigns (0:1)
2.4 9 RUSSIA 3-1 3 KAZAKHSTAN
1 IM Gunina Valentina 2505 0-1 WGM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan 2344
2 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2495 1-0 WGM Saduakassova Dinara 2353
3 WGM Pogonina Natalija 2475 1-0 WIM Davletbayeva Madina 2272
4 WGM Girya Olga 2440 1-0 WIM Abdumalik Zansaya 2187
The win by the Kazakh board one was compensation for three defeats. But during the match, the mood of Russian captain Sergey Runlevsky was far from complacent. The match score could easily have been different, and only lack of experience cost the hosts. 13-year old Zhansaya Abdumalik was playing an adult event for the first time...Russia, in their turn, put out national champion Natalya Pogonina and rested Alisa Galliamova.
2.5 1 UKRAINE 2-2 2 ROMANIA
1 GM Lagno Kateryna 2547 0.5-0.5 IM Foisor Cristina Adela 2401
2 IM Muzychuk Mariya 2479 0.5-0.5 WGM Bulmaga Irina 2354
3 GM Zhukova Natalia 2471 0.5-0.5 WGM Cosma Elena Luminita 2336
4 IM Yanovska-Gaponenko Inna 2421 0.5-0.5 WGM Lami Alina 2353
The only drawn match was interesting, as four draws is a rare thing in women's chess. The Rumanians came to the match ready to battle their higher-rated opponents. Afterwards in the restaurant, they were discussing the cours eof the match in lively fashion with their trainer, barely concealing their delight. The Ukrainians were rather disappointed, but they have seven more rounds ahead of them and individual meetings with their main rivals.
Russia and China march in step and lead the race, with 4 match points and 6.5 game points. Third and fourth places are shared by Ukkraine (3 match points and 5 board points) and USA (3 and 4.5 respectively).
Text: Serey Kim
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Astana Women's world Team Championship. Second Round: Russia and China on parity!