Russia Beat China In St.Petersburg

  • SonofPearl
  • on 7/9/12, 11:10 AM.

russia-china-match-logo.jpgRussia defeated China in the 2012 edition of the regular chess match between the two countries.

The match took place from 1-9 July 2012 in St.Petersburg, Russia and featured male and female teams of 5 players from both countries competing in separate Scheveningen format competitions (each team member plays each opposite team member) at classical and rapid time controls.

The Russian men won their classical match 13½-11½ but the Chinese women won by 14½-10½. However, in the rapid matches that followed, the Russian men won again by the more convincing scoreline of 29-21, while the Chinese women could only win by a narrow margin, of 25½-24½ thereby handing victory to the Russian team by 77½-72½ overall.

Russia's victory is revenge for China's victory in the last match in 2010.

The team line-ups were:

 Russia Men  China Men
 Evgeny Tomashevsky (2738)   Wang Hao (2738)              
 Dmitry Jakovenko (2736)  Li Chao B (2703)
 Ian Nepomniachtchi (2716)  Wang Yue (2690)
 Nikita Vitiugov (2703)  Ding Liren (2679)
 Maxim Matlakov (2668)  Yu Yangyi (2626)


 Russia Women  China Women
 Valentina Gunina (2530)  Zhao Xue (2549)               
 Alexandra Kosteniuk (2457)    Ju Wenjun (2529)  
 Natalia Pogonina (2447)  Shen Yang (2419)
 Olga Girya (2414)  Huang Qian (2417)
 Baira Kovanova (2391)  Ding Yixin (2353)


Five rounds of classical chess from 2-6 July made up the classical Scheveningen contest, after which there was a double-Scheveningen of rapid chess on 7-8 June.

The time control for the classical games was 90 minutеs for thе first 40 movеs, then 30 minutеs to a finish with a 30 second increment from the start. The rapid games were played at 15 minutеs plus 10 sесond increment, and no draw offers were allowed before move 40.

More information on the results and links to all the games can be found at the following links (in Russian): Men's Classical, Women's Classical, Men's Rapid, Women's Rapid.

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  • 4 years ago


    Good games:)

  • 4 years ago


    great match betweenchins russia

  • 4 years ago


    rorshach1985: From looking at the page it appears Kosteniuk beat Zhao Xue and Yixing Ding, lost to Shen Yang and drew the other two while Pogonina had a bit of a harder time, losing to Zhao Xue and Ju Wenjun and drawing the other three boards.


    In the rapid Kosteniuk did quite a bit better, beating each player once and losing to Huang Quin as black and Shen Yang as white for 5 wins, 3 draws and 2 losses.  Pogonina managed 4 wins, 1 draw, and 5 losses.  Chrome's automatic translate function does quite well on this page, so you can look through their games there as well without much hassle.

  • 4 years ago


    Nice to see the Russians win this match.   I would've liked to have seen the overall individual results especially those of Kosteniuk and Pogonina.

  • 4 years ago


    yeah go soviets

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