With a close victory over China in the final round, the Georgian women clinched Gold at the World Team Chess Championship 2015 with a comprehensive margin of 2 match-points over the second placed Russia. IM Meri Arabidze, again, scored a crucial victory for Georgia, this time over IM Shen Yang. Meanwhile, the Russian women came up with a fantastic 3.5-0.5 victory over U.S.A. to clinch the Silver while Team China secured the Bronze.
The Indian women, despite being out of contention for any medal, did not show any signs of complacency as they scored a resounding 3-1 victory over Armenia to finish fourth in the final rankings. Although GM Koneru Humpy (IND) suffered a shock defeat at the hands of IM Mkrtchian Lilit (ARM), the rest of the Indian women won their respective games and ensured a nice finishing victory for their team.
The World Women’s Team Championship 2015 continued to be a fairy-tale for the Georgian women as they beat Armenia 3-1 in the 8th round of this 9-round event. The Georgians still lead with a margin of 2 match-points over the second-placed Russians, who overcame arch-rivals Ukraine with a close 2.5-1.5 scoreline. GM Anna Muzychuk’s (UKR) victory against GM Gunina (RUS) went in vain with WGMs Pogonina and Girya Olga scoring two crucial points for the Russians and GM Kosteniuk (RUS) holding the newly crowned women’s world champion IM Mariya Muzychuk (UKR) to a draw.
The Indian women, although out of contention for a medal, showcased immense determination as they routed 6th-seeds Poland 3.5-0.5. GM Koneru, WGM Soumya and WGM Mary Ann Gomes won their respective games while GM Harika held WGM Zawadzka with the black pieces.
With the 3rd-placed Chinese team taking on Georgia and the Russians facing a struggling American team in the final round, the fight for the top spot promises to be an exciting one as either Georgia or Russia have a chance at fame. The 9th round commences at 11:30 am Local Time and 10 am IST.
Overnight leaders Georgia continued their splendid show at the on-going World Women’s Team Chess Championship as they comfortably overcame the Americans 3-1 to maintain their spot at the top of the table. However, it was the 8th-seeded Kazakhstan’s ‘upset draw’ against China that hogged the limelight in the sixth round. The Kazakh women managed to hold their esteemed 3rd-seeded opponents on each of the four boards, thus making it a 2-2 draw.
The Indian women, meanwhile, registered their second consecutive match victory with an overwhelming 4-0 win over the Egyptians.
The 5th round of the World Women’s Team Championship 2015 saw the top seeds Ukraine go down to the in-form Georgians, thanks to GM Bela Khotenashvili’s win against GM Anna Muzychuk. As the rest of the games ended in draws, Georgia clinched the match 2.5-1.5.
Meanwhile, the Indian women, who were yet to register a team victory, finally got the ship sailing as they comfortably overcame U.S.A. with a 3-1 scoreline. GM Koneru Humpy and WGM Soumya Swaminathan starred in the victory with their wins over WGM Abrahamyan and FM Melekhina respectively.
After 5 rounds, Georgia leads solely with 9 match-points, followed by Russia on the 2nd spot and China on the 3rd.
The 4th round of the World Women’s Team Chess Championship 2015 saw the Georgian women maintain their top spot as they comfortably overcame Kazakhstan 3-1. GM Bela Khotenashvili and IM Nino Batsiashvili registered wins for Georgia whereas the remaining games finished in draws.
The India vs Russia encounter, on the other hand, proved to be a close one. GM Koneru Humpy looked well on her way to a victory over GM Valentina Gunina. However, a crucial mistake on the 34th move followed by a huge blunder on the 39th move costed Humpy the game. GM Harika quickly scored the equalizer as she beat former Women’s World Champion GM Alexandra Kosteniuk. The status quo was further maintained as WGM Padmini and WGM Goryachkina spilt points. In the end, GM Olga Girya’s determined win over WGM Soumya Swaminathan proved decisive as Russia beat India 2.5-1.5.
Meanwhile, Armenia clinched an important match against Poland with the former team winning by the narrowest of margins.
The Indian women scored a crucial match-point as they held top seeds Ukraine to a fighting 2-2 draw in the 3rd round of the World Women’s Team Chess Championship 2015. While GM Koneru Humpy and GM Harika Dronavalli could only manage draws against the Muzychuk sisters, WGM Padmini Rout scored the crucial point for India as she overcame former World Women’s Champion GM Anna Ushenina. However, GM Zhukova prevailed over WGM Soumya Swaminathan and ensured Ukraine a 2-2 draw.
In other match-ups between top teams, Russia outclassed hosts China 3-1 while Georgia overcame Poland 2.5-1.5.
The second round of the on-going World Women’s Team Chess Championship 2015 saw as many as three matches – India vs China, Russia vs Armenia and Poland vs U.S.A. – end in 2-2 draws. In the other encounters, Georgia whitewashed Egypt while Ukraine routed Kazakhstan 3.5-0.5.
In the India vs China match-up, Harika vs Tan Zhongyi and Padmini vs Shen Yang finished relatively early. With both those games ending in draws, the fate of the match-up rested on the remaining two games. Experienced Indian GM Koneru Humpy outwitted GM Ju Wenjun but WGM Lei Tingjie immediately scored the equalizer for China as she overcame WGM Mary Ann Gomes.
Meanwhile, Armenia managed a surprise draw against Russia, thanks to GM Danielian’s exciting win over GM Gunina.
The World Women’s Team Chess Championship was off to a stunning start as top seeds Ukraine were shocked comprehensively by 6th seeds Poland while 5th seeds India suffered an upset at the hands of an inspired 8th-seeded Kazakhstan team. Amongst other results, the giant match-up Georgia vs Russia ended in a 2-2 draw while China and U.S.A comfortably won their matches against Armenia and Egypt respectively.
The Kazakhstan vs India encounter witnessed as many as 3 decisive results, with the lone draw being played out on the top board between WGM Abdumalik Zhansaya and GM Koneru Humpy. On the second board, GM Harika (IND) duly won her game against WGM Saduakassova (KAZ), but WGM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan and WIM Dauletova Gulmira scored 2 stunning points on the last two boards and led Kazakhstan to a surprise 2.5-1.5 win over India.
In the Ukraine vs Poland match, only GM Zhukova (UKR) could manage half a point for her team, while the Polish women dominated their Ukrainian counterparts on the rest of the boards to score an astonishing 3.5-0.5 victory over the top seeds.
The World Women’s Team Chess Championship 2015 will commence tomorrow at Chengdu, China. 10 selected national teams will fight it out in this 9-round all-play-all tournament. Esteemed players like Koneru Humpy, Ju Wenjun, Anna Muzychuk, Mariya Muzychuk (who is the newly crowned Women’s World Champion) and Alexandra Kosteniuk will be the star attractions of the 2015 edition.
The teams participating are:
India has fielded a formidable team consisting of Koneru Humpy, Harika Dronavalli, Padmini Rout, Soumya Swaminathan and Mary Ann Gomes. Meanwhile, Chinese GM Hou Yifan, the Women’s World No. 1, is not a part of the Chinese team.
The first round is scheduled for 3 pm local time (12:30 pm IST). In the opening round, India will take on Kazakhstan while the Georgia-Russia clash is the key match-up.