3.1 2 ROMANIA 2-2 10 INDIA
1 IM Foisor Cristina Adela 2401 0.5-0.5 IM Karavade Eesha Sanjay 2387
2 WGM Bulmaga Irina 2354 1-0 IM Mohota Nisha 2325
3 WGM Cosma Elena Luminita 2336 0.5-0.5 WGM Gomes Mary Ann 2387
4 WGM Lami Alina 2353 0-1 WGM Swaminathan Soumya 2283
The match between two teams occupying the middle of the table was extremely important for both. Only one third of the event is gone, and consequently most teams retain ambitions. After many ups and downs, a drawn result was established.
3.2 3 KAZAKHSTAN 1.5-2.5 1 UKRAINE
1 WGM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan 2344 0-1 GM Lagno Kateryna 2547
2 WIM Dauletova Gulmira 2265 0.5-0.5 GM Ushenina Anna 2477
3 WIM Davletbayeva Madina 2272 0-1 GM Zhukova Natalia 2471
4 WIM Abdumalik Zansaya 2187 1-0 IM Yanovska-Gaponenko Inna 2421
The hosts gave the medal contenders a real scare. At the press conference, the Ukrainian captain Mikhail Brosdky, when asked if he expected such serious resistance from the home team, succinctly replied "Yes!" During the match, an overall draw looked the most likely outcome, but Nayalya Zhukova saved the honour of the 2006 Olympiad champions.
The main herione of the match was Zhansaya Abdumalik:
Gaponenko - Abdumalik
The fate of the game was decided in mutula time-trouble, where the 13-year old held her nerve better: 24.Bxe4? (24.Bb6 Qg5 25.Qe7 Qxg3 26.d7 Rb8 27.Re2 Kh7 28.Rf1 f6 29.d8=Q Rxd8 30.Qxd8 Ng5 31.Qd7 Rd3 32.Qc8 f5 33.Kh1 Nxh3 34.Qc7 Nf4 35.Qxe5 Nxe2 36.Qxe2 Qd6 37.Bc7 Qd4 38.Bf4 Bf7 39.Be5 Qd7 40.Rc1 h4; Computerkibitz: Houdini 2.0c x64 Depth: 38 with 307.873 kN in 39s; http://astana2013.live.whychess.com/) 24…Bxe4 25.Kh2 f5 26.d7 Rc7 27.Qb6 Rxd7 28.Qe6+ Rff7 29.Rfd2 Rxd2+ 30.Rxd2 Qf6 31.Qc4 Kh7 32.Qe2 Qg6 33. Bc5 f4 34.g4 hxg4 35.Qxg4 Qxg4 36.hxg4 Rc7 37.Bg1 Bf3 38.Kh3 Rc1 39.Bh2 Rh1 40.Kh4 e4 White resigns (0:1).
3.3 4 TURKEY 0-4 9 RUSSIA
1 WGM Yildiz Betul Cemre 2341 0-1 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2495
2 WGM Ozturk Kubra 2252 0-1 WGM Pogonina Natalija 2475
3 WCM Cemhan Kardelen 2025 0-1 IM Galliamova Alisa 2459
4 WCM Kaya Emel 1995 0-1 WGM Girya Olga 2440
The Turkish team is here to learn and gain experience. Their captain and trainer Adrian Mikhalchisin in an interview we will publish shortly, spoke of his team and the task set him by the Turkish federation. A whitewash at the hands of the Russians does not change the overall picture and is not a surprise.
3.4 5 CHINA 3.5-0.5 8 USA
1 WGM Ju Wenjun 2505 1-0 IM Zatonskih Anna 2474
2 WGM Huang Qian 2476 0.5-0.5 IM Krush Irina 2448
3 WGM Tan Zhongyi 2471 1-0 WGM Abrahamyan Tatev 2300
4 IM Shen Yang 2415 1-0 WGM Foisor Sabina 2323
One can only wonder what the Chinese ambassador said to his team, when he came to support them today. One thing is clear - They set about the job with a will and demolished the Americans brick by brick. There was never for one moment any doubt about teh Chinese ladies' victory.
Ju Wenjun - Zatonskih
30.Nf5 Rxa7 31.Rxa7 Re6 32.Nxg7 Qb8 33.Nxe6 Qxa7 34.Ng5 Nb8 35.Nf6+ Kg7 36.Ngxh7 Bd7 37.Bxd7Nxd7 38.Qg4+ Black resigns (1:0)
1 IM Millet Sophie 2401 0-1 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2554
2 WGM Maisurasze Nino 2330 0-1 IM JavaKhishvilli Lela 2464
3 IM Collas Silvia 2282 0.5-0.5 IM Khurtsidze Nino 2437
4 WIM Benmesbah Natacha 2266 0-1 IM Melia Salome 2419
The Georgians wrecked the French by the same score with which they themselves had lost yesterday. France and Turkey have only 2.5 individual points, and no match points so far, and are bottom of the tournament table. After the first third, the Chinese and Russians have the best chances, as predicted by most experts before the event. A large battle for the bronze medals is taking place between the Georgians and Ukrainians.
Text: Sergey Kim
Astana Women's world team championship, Round 3: The first third is over