5th World Team Chess Championship (women): Chengdu 2015

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Basic data

5th World Team Chess Championship (women)
(see all-time tournament summary)
Dates: 19th - 28th April 2015
City: Chengdu, China
Venue: Wang Jiang Hotel
Tournament Director: Mr. Jiang Quansheng (CHN)
Chief Arbiter: IA Takis Nikolopoulos (GRE)
Teams participating: According to FIDE Rulations D.
China - host nation;
Ukraine - defending champions from 2013 Women's World Team Ch
Ukraine - winners of 2013 Women's European Team Ch already qualified as incumbent World Champions;
China - winners of 2014 Women's Asian Team Cup already qualified as hosts;
United States - invited team from the Panamerican zone;
Egypt - winners of 2011 Women's All-Africa Games;
Russia, China, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Poland - best teams from 2014 Women's Olympiad*;
India - team nominated by FIDE president;

* if any team would have already qualified according to one of the above criteria, its place would be given to the next highest ranked country in the Olympiad preceding the Women’s World Team Championship
Players participating: 50 (incl. 11 GMs, 9 IMs, 22 WGMs, 1 FM and 6 WFMs)
Games played: 180
Competition format: Four board round robin.
Final order decided by: 1. Match points; 2. Game points
Time control: 40 moves in 90 minutes; then 30 minutes for the rest of the game; 30 seconds increment per move starting from move one
Website: http://chengdu2015.fide.com
Other websites: ChessBase reports: start, r1, r2, r3, r4, r5, Rest day, r6, r7, final
Summary on fide.com
Downloadable game file: 15wtchw.zip

Tournament review

With 17 match points out of nine games Georgia was the glorious winner at the 2015 Women's World Team Championship in Chengdu, China. Russia won the silver medals; China took bronze.

The Georgian team, fourth-seeded behind Russia, Ukraine and China, consisted of GM Bela Khotenashvili (2513), IM Lela Javakhishvili (2481), IM Salome Melia (2459), IM Nino Batsiashvili (2473) and the revelation of the recent World Women's Championship, IM Meri Arabidze (2374).

Especially the first and last board contributed strongly to the success. Khotenashvili scored a splendid 7½/9 (the best score of anyone in Chengdu) with three draws and six wins, good for a 2704 performance rating. Arabidze didn't lose either and scored 6/7 (a 2615 TPR).

Georgia started 2-2 against Russia, and then defeated Egypt 4-0 and Poland 2½-1½. This was all covered in FM Mike Klein's first report on the tournament. By now you will have figured out that Georgia finished with six more wins, and that Ukraine and China were among the victims!

Ukraine was beaten 2½-1½ in round five. With draws on boards two, three and four, the key game was GM Bela Khotenashvili versus GM Anna Muzychuk, where Black's opening wasn't great. In a slightly worse position, Muzychuk's 12...Ng4 just dropped a pawn. She would never see it back.

Unlike its male counterpart in Armenia, the Russian team still had a small chance to win gold before the last round. For that, Georgia needed to lose against host country China, but instead it won.

Also in this match three boards were drawn and this time it was IM Meri Arabidze who sealed the deal. We'll surely hear much more from this big talent in the future!

Russia remained unbeaten but after its 2-2 tie with Georgia on the first day, it also played 2-2 with Armenia in round two and against Kazakhstan, as well, in round seven. Russia beat bronze medal winners China in round three. Besides Khotenashvili, IM Lilit Mkrtchian (Armenia, 2443) and WGM Lei Tingjie (China, 2444) had excellent tournaments. Both scored 6.5/9, with 2562 and 2489 TPRs respectively.

The new world champion, IM Mariya Muzychuk, played a solid tournament with three wins and six draws. She was in trouble against USA's Katerina Nemcova but held the draw. The following win was quite interesting:

Team USA had a rough time in China. After its 3-1 win over Egypt (who lost nine times), the USA would play 2-2 with Poland, Kazakhstan and Armenia and lose five times, finishing ninth. However, without GM Irina Krush and IM Anna Zatonskih, the team was also ninth-seeded.

The tournament took place April 19-28 and was organized by the Chinese Chess Association, FIDE and the Chengdu Municipal Government. Alongside, FIDE's first Quarter Presidential Board Meeting was held.

/ Written by Peter Doggers for chess.com /

Best board results

Best Rating Performance
no. name flag code ELOp
1. GM Khotenashvili, Bela Georgia GEO 2699
2. WGM Girya, Olga Russia RUS 2695
3. IM Arabidze, Meri Georgia GEO 2613

1st Board
no. name flag code pts gms %
1. GM Khotenashvili, Bela Georgia GEO 9 83.3
2. GM Gunina, Valentina Russia RUS 5 8 62.5
3. GM Humpy, Koneru India IND 9 61.1

2nd Board
no. name flag code pts gms %
1. IM Mkrtchian, Lilit Armenia ARM 9 72.2
2. GM Harika, Dronavalli India IND 8 68.8
3. IM Muzychuk, Maria Ukraine UKR 8 68.8

3rd Board
no. name flag code pts gms %
1. IM Arabidze, Meri Georgia GEO 6 7 85.7
2. WGM Pogonina, Natalia Russia RUS 7 64.3
3. IM Shen Yang China CHN 7 64.3

4th Board
no. name flag code pts gms %
1. WGM Lei Tingjie China CHN 9 72.2
2. WGM Goriachkina, Alexandra Russia RUS 5 7 71.4
3. IM Batsiashvili, Nino Georgia GEO 7 64.3

1st Reserve Board
no. name flag code pts gms %
1. WGM Girya, Olga Russia RUS 7 92.9
2. WGM Ding Yixin China CHN 6 75.0
3. IM Melia, Salome Georgia GEO 3 5 60.0

Interesting games