Women's World Team Champs Update

Women's World Team Champs Update

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After five completed rounds of the 2013 Women's World Team Championship in Kazakhstan, Russia are leading the competition, just ahead of Ukraine in second, and China in third place.

Standings After 5 Rounds

# Team MP BP TB
1 RUSSIA 9 16 33.50
2 UKRAINE 9 13 41.25
3 CHINA 7 13 33.50
4 GEORGIA 7 13 23.75
5 INDIA 6 10½ 23.25
6 ROMANIA 4 18.50
7 USA 4 12.25
8 KAZAKHSTAN 2 8.00
9 TURKEY 1 6 4.25
10 FRANCE 1 5 3.75

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Some of the Russian Team at the opening ceremony (l to r): Valentina Gunina, coach Sergey Rublevsky, Olga Girya and Alexandra Kosteniuk

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Round Three Results

ROMANIA 2 - 2 INDIA
KAZAKHSTAN 1½ - 2½ UKRAINE
TURKEY 0 - 4 RUSSIA
CHINA 3½ - ½ USA
FRANCE ½ - 3½ GEORGIA

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Round Four Results

INDIA 2 - 2 GEORGIA
USA 2 - 2 FRANCE
RUSSIA 2 - 2 CHINA
UKRAINE 2½ - 1½ TURKEY
ROMANIA 2 - 2 KAZAKHSTAN

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Round Five Results

KAZAKHSTAN 1 - 3 INDIA
TURKEY 2 - 2 ROMANIA
CHINA 1 - 3 UKRAINE
FRANCE ½ - 3½ RUSSIA
GEORGIA 3½ - ½ USA

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Valentina Gunina won a spectacular game on top board for Russia versus China

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Alexandra Kosteniuk also won her fourth round game, but the match was drawn 2-2

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Women's world champion Anna Ushenina won her game as Ukraine defeated China 3-1 in round 5

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Natalia Zhukova (left) won the lastest of several long games, playing on board 4 for Ukraine

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More games and information can be found at the official website.

The competition features 10 national teams, with 4 players plus a reserve for each team. The format is a single round-robin from 2-12 March at a time control of 40 moves in 90 minutes, then 30 minutes to finish with a 30 second increment from the start of the game.  Games start at 15:00 local time (GMT+6) and live coverage is available at the official website.

Photos by Anastasia Karlovich at the official website.

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