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Kazakhstan vs World Day 1: Team World leads 18.5-13.5

by Shahid Ahmed - 18/04/2023

One of the side events of the ongoing FIDE World Championship Match is a Women's rapid rating team event. It is played in Scheveningen format which means each player faces all members of their opponent's team. GM Harika Dronavalli representing team World and GM Zhansaya Abdumalik (KAZ) are the only two players who remained undefeated on the first day. The encounter between them ended in a draw. Although, Harika at one point had a substantial advantage against her opponent. At the conclusion of the four rounds, team World is currently leading 18.5-13.5 against team Kazakhstan. The only other Indian taking part in this event is India's latest WGM Savitha Shri B. She scored 2/4 so far. Match no.5 starts today at 2 p.m. local time, 1:30 p.m. IST. Photo: FIDE/Stev Bonhage

Harika and Zhansaya make an unbeaten start

Team World won the first three matches on the first day, Kazakhstan ended the day on a winning note. Match #1 and #4 were closely fought 4.5-3.5. Team World won the second and third match convincingly: 5.5-2.5 and 3-5 respectively.

Team World is currently leading the match against team Kazakhstan 18.5-13.5 | Photo: FIDE/Stev Bonhage

Harika - Dinara, Match #2

Position after 12...Nc5

IM Dinara Saduakassova (KAZ, 2441) couldn't get out of the gate against GM Harika Dronavalli (2447). She went wrong early in the opening 12...Nc5. After 13.Bb5+ it was over for Black. 13...Bc6 14.Bxc6+ Nxc6 15.Rd1 Qc8 16.e5 Ne7 17.Nb5 Nf5 18.g4 a6 19.gxf5 axb5 20.f6 gxf6 21.Rxh7 Ke7 22.exf6+ Kxf6 23.Qd2 Rg8 24.Qf4+ and White checkmates in the next move.

Harika - Zhansaya, Match #3

Position after 29...Qf6?

29...Rf8 would have been fine for Black. However, GM Zhansaya Abdumalik (KAZ, 2454) erred 29...Qf6 allowing 30.Rxc4! Black obviously cannot take on c4 as Qxc4+ costs her material. 30...Rad8 31.Bxe5 Qe6 32.Rc6?! instead 32.Rc7 would have been a better way to maintain the pressure and decisive advantage. 32.Rc6 allowed Black to equalize Rd1. White could not regain her advantage and the game ended in a draw. The outcome of the match did not affect as Kazakhstan lost to the World 3-5.

GM Harika Dronavalli had a great opportunity to defeat GM Zhansaya Abdumalik (KAZ) | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

Team Kazakhstan features - GM Zhansaya Abdumalik, IM Dinara Saduakassova and IM Bibisara Assaubayeva among star players | Photo: FIDE/Stev Bonhage

A group photo of both teams | Photo: FIDE/Stev Bonhage

The ceremonial first move was made on IM Dinara Saduakassova (KAZ) and GM Hou Yifan's (CHN) board | Photo: FIDE/Stev Bonhage

Players of both teams | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

The playing arena | Photo: FIDE/Stev Bonhage

GM Nana Dzagnidze (GEO) signs autographs for fans | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

Captains of team Kazakhstan and World - WGM Gulmira Dauletova (KAZ) and WGM Dana Reizniece-Ozola (LAT) | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

Replay Match 1-4 games

Match 1-4 results

Round 1 on 2023/04/17 at 15-00
1  Kazakhstan  World:
Round 2 on 2023/04/17 at 16-00
1  World  Kazakhstan:
Round 3 on 2023/04/17 at 17-30
1  Kazakhstan  World3:5
Round 4 on 2023/04/17 at 18-30
1  World  Kazakhstan:


Standings after Match 4

Rk.SNoTeamGames  +   =   -  TB1 



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