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Friday, September 11, 2009

China Team One wins the 2009 World Women's Team Chess Championship

Ju Wenjun(left) and Huang Qian (right)

Shen Yang

Zhao Xue
Hou Yifan

The 2009 World Women's Team Chess Championship has concluded. In one of the closest finishes ever, three teams:China Team One, Russia, and Ukraine all finished tied for first place after the 9 rounds of play had been completed.

The Chinese Chess Federation sent two teams to this year's World Women's Team Chess Championship. The Chinese Team one, was composed of China's strongest Women chess players:GM Hou Yifan (elo 2585) played on board one throughout the event, GM Zhao Xue (elo 2542), played on board two, WGM Shen Yang (elo 2453), played on board 3,untitled
Ju Wenjun (elo 2443), played on board four in the Championship, and WGM Huang Qian (elo 2424, played on board 5.

The Russian Chess Federation's team in this event consisted of the following players:
WGM/IM Tatina Kosintseva (elo 2536) played on board one, her sister Nadezhda Kosintseva (elo 2493), played on board 2, IM Ekaterina Kovalevskaya (elo 2436), played on board 3,IM Marina Romanko (elo 2435), played on board 4 and WFM Valentina Gunina (elo 2437), played on board 5.

The Ukrainian Chess Federation had the following players representing its country:
IM Anna Ushenina (elo 2448), played on board one, WGM Nataliya Zhukova (elo 2457), played on board 2, IM Inna Gaponenko (elo 2438), played on board 3, IM Mariya Muzychuk played on board 4 and WGM Natalia Zdebska (elo 2410), played on board 5.

After 9 rounds of play in the Championship the China Team one, Russian Team and Ukrainian team found themselves tied for first place

The method of deciding who finished first came down to the use of tie-breaks (wouldn't it have been nice to instead had a playoff between the three teams?). Based upon a better tie-break the China Team One became the 2009 World Women's Team chess champions. How close was this year's championship? This close.... the arbitrators of the event had to use a second tie-break to decide first,second and third place!!

Here are the final standings (after tiebreaks were used):

Rk.Team12345678910 TB1 TB2
1China Team One * 2131321221,5
2Russian Team2 * 2223331221,0
3Ukrain32 * 12221220,5
4Georgian Team½3 * 33321120,0
5Armenian Team½2 * 2½1018,5
6Poland Team221½ * 31017,5
7India Team1121 * 33917,5
8American Team31211 * 2616,5
9China Team Two1122 * 3616,0
10Vietnam Team21½½121 * 211,0

Tie Break1: Matchpoints (2 for wins, 1 for Draws, 0 for Losses)
Tie Break2: points (game-points)


Congratulations to Chinese Team One for being victorious, and congratulations also to The Russian and Ukrainian Teams for your wonderful performances in the championship! Congratulations to all the other teams for your great effort!!

Photo credits: Hou Yifan: ©,http:/,
Huang Qian Photo by Casto Abundo or Mehrdad Pahlevanzadeh

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