The unthinkable almost happened. China 1 came into the final round with a small lead over Ukraine, Russia, Armenia, and Poland. To make things even more favorable, China played Vietnam, a team which has not won a single match. In the mean time, Armenia and Ukraine had to square off against each other while Russia had to face a dangerous China 2 team.
Things couldn’t get better than this. All China 1 had to do was to take care of their own business and nothing else would matter. But China 1 could not pull off a win against a team which they favored by around 300 rating points on every board. In fact, they almost lost and at the end could only score a 2-2 tie.
So it is all up to the others. The final match point for China 1 is 12 points and their board score is 21.5 points. That would mathematically eliminated Armenia from the Gold since the most they could score is 12 points with 21 points board score. However, if Ukraine and Russia could score a 4-0 win, both would jump pass China 1 for the Gold with 12 match points and 22 points board score.
At the end, China 1 team prevailed as Russia could only win by a 3-1 margin over China 2 while Ukraine could only squeak out a 2.5 -1.5 win against Armenia. That meant Gold for China by 1/2 tie break point, Silver for Russia, and Bronze for Ukraine, even though all three teams tie with 12 match points. The Olympiad Champion Georgia came in 4th. The US tied for 8th and 9th.
Congratulations to China, Russia, and Ukraine!
Here are the final round results:
||Rtg||–||10||USA||Rtg||3 : 1|
|1.1||IM||Dronavalli Harika||2474||–||IM||Krush Irina||2458||½ – ½|
|1.2||IM||Sachdev Tania||2405||–||IM||Zatonskykh Anna||2462||1 – 0|
|1.3||WGM||Karavade Eesha||2391||–||IM||Goletiani Rusudan||2391||1 – 0|
|1.4||WGM||Nadig Kruttika||2273||–||WIM||Melekhina Alisa||2220||½ – ½|
|2.1||IM||Danielian Elina||2489||–||IM||Ushenina Anna||2448||1 – 0|
|2.2||IM||Mkrtchian Lilit||2468||–||WGM||Zhukova Nataliya||2457||½ – ½|
|2.3||WGM||Galojan Lilit||2326||–||IM||Gaponenko Inna||2438||0 – 1|
|2.4||WGM||Aginian Nelli||2307||–||WGM||Zdebska Natalia||2410||0 – 1|
||Rtg||–||3||China Two||Rtg||3 : 1|
|3.1||IM||Kosintseva Tatiana||2536||–||Tan Zhongyi||2435||½ – ½|
|3.2||IM||Kosintseva Nadezhda||2493||–||WIM||Zhang Xiaowen||2391||1 – 0|
|3.3||IM||Kovalevskaya Ekaterina||2436||–||WFM||Ding Yixin||2321||½ – ½|
|3.4||WFM||Gunina Valentina||2437||–||Wang Xiaohui||2223||1 – 0|
|Bo.||8||China One||Rtg||–||2|| Vietnam
||Rtg||2 : 2|
|4.1||GM||Hou Yifan||2585||–||WGM||Hoang Thi Bao Tram||2265||½ – ½|
|4.2||GM||Zhao Xue||2542||–||WIM||Pham Le Thao Nguyen||2301||½ – ½|
|4.3||Ju Wenjun||2443||–||WFM||Hoang Thi Nhu Y||2114||½ – ½|
|4.4||WGM||Huang Qian||2424||–||WFM||Pham Bich Ngoc||2145||½ – ½|
||Rtg||3 : 1|
|5.1||GM||Chiburdanidze Maia||2506||–||IM||Rajlich Iweta||2465||1 – 0|
|5.2||GM||Dzagnidze Nana||2535||–||WGM||Zawadzka Jolanta||2414||1 – 0|
|5.3||IM||Javakhishvili Lela||2472||–||IM||Dworakowska Joanna||2345||½ – ½|
|5.4||IM||Lomineishvili Maia||2378||–||WGM||Majdan Joanna||2361||½ – ½|
Here are the final standings: