Wednesday, May 30, 2007

China wins Women's Team Championship 2007

The China team:Huang Qian, Zhao Xue, Hou Yefan, Sheng Yang and Ruan Lufei
-Photo from Chessbase.com
First World Women's Team Chess Championship 2007 has taking place from May 19 to 30 in Ekaterinburg, Russia . Ten women's teams from Russia, Ukraine, China, Armenia, Georgia, Netherlands, Poland and Vietnam participated.
China really proved that there are going to dominate chess world in near future. If you still remember, the Chinese men team nearly won the Men World Team Championship in Beer-Sheva, Israel 2005. They lead by 3 points in the final round and had to faced Russia. Russia had to beat their tough rivals China with a score of no less than 3 ½ in order to win the tournament and believe it or not-they manage to do it and won the tournament.
Anyway I think the time will rise where China will be the force to be reckoned.

[Event "1st WCh-Team Women"]
[Site "Ekaterinburg RUS"]
[Date "2007.05.20"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Zhao Xue"]
[Black "Le Kieu Thien Kim analisa"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D17"]
[WhiteElo "2467"]
[BlackElo "2298"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3 dxc4 5. a4 Bf5 6. Ne5 e6 7. f3 Bb4 8. e4

(Black must now sacrifiece on e4, if not he has to retreat her bishop to g6 and
her opening strategy will be meaningless and hopeless!) 8...Bxe4 9. fxe4 Nxe4 10. Bd2
Qxd4 11. Nxe4 Qxe4+
(White has won a piece for 3 pawns and it is still theory!)
12. Qe2 Bxd2+ 13. Kxd2 Qd4+ (13... Qd5+ {is the main line of this crazy line!!!
}) 14. Kc2 O-O (14... Na6 15. Nxc4 O-O-O 16. Qe3 Nb4+ 17. Kb3 Qxe3+ 18. Nxe3
Rd4 19. Nc4 Nd3 20. Bxd3 Rxd3+ 21. Kc2 Rd5 22. Ra3 +=) 15. Nxc4 Na6 16. Qe5
Qg4
(16... Qf2+ or 16... Qh4 should be considered) 17. Ne3 Qg6+ 18. Kc3
Rae8 19. Bxa6 bxa6
{Black position seems uncordinated. Usually the
queenside is the black superior side but not in this position.} 20. Rad1 f6 21. Qg3
{ala Karpov- play simple game when reaching superior postion.} Qh5 ?! (21...
Qf7 should be played to avoid white rook reachning the 7th rank.) 22. Rd7 Rf7
23. Rxf7
(23. Rhd1
should be better. Maintaining control on the d file and the 7th rank!) 23...
Qxf7 24. Rd1 Qb7 25. Nc4 c5 26. b3 e5 27. Qg4 e4 ?? {Black simply blunder.} 28.
Rd7 1-0

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