Four teams in the lead after Round 1

The first round of the WWTC appeared to be not an easy one for the favorites. A clear rating favorite in the match, China could overcome the ambitious Turkish squad only by a least margin. Kubra Ozturk on the second board took an upper hand on Zhao Xue and the first board game Betul Cemre Yildiz vs. Ju Wenjun ended in a draw. Chine managed to win the match only due to the victories on the lower boards.

The closest battle by rating was the Ukraine – India match. Here the teams exchanged the punches – Humpy Koneru won against Anna Ushenina on the first board and Rout Padmini lost to Natalia Zhukova on the last. Hard fought draw.

The last board was a good help for Russia to win against Vietnam – Valentina Gunina made her opponent Hoang Thi Nhu Y resign. The other games were drawn – Russian “sbornaya” won with the least margin.

Georgia and Armenia showed the best result in the round 1 – not even half a point did give both teams to their opponents, RSA and Greece accordingly.

After the first round four teams are in the lead – these are Armenia, Georgia, Russia and China.

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Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar
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