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Team World wins the Rapid event against Kazakhstan 34.5-29.5

by Shahid Ahmed - 19/04/2023

Team Kazakhstan made a fantastic start on the second day by defeating team World in three consecutive matches. Each of them were won by a minimum margin 4.5-3.5. In the final round of the Rapid event, team World bounced back by winning 5.5-2.5 against team Kazakhstan. WIM Zsoka Gaal (HUN), IM Nurgyul Salimova (BUL) and WGM Savitha Shri B scored the key victories for World, while the remaining five games ended in draws. Thus, team World defeated team Kazakhstan 34.5-29.5 in the Rapid portion of te match. The Blitz event will be played in the same format with a time control of 3 minutes + 2 seconds increment. It starts today at 10 a.m. local time, 9:30 a.m. IST. Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

Kazakhstan beats World four times in-a-row

Kazakhstan beat World four times in-a-row to reduce the gap to 29-27. However, the much stronger team World showed their mettle by beating the home team, Kazakhstan 5.5-2.5 in the final round to win the rapid event. After losing all four matches on the first day, team Kazakhstan made a strong comeback on the second day. In the end it did not turn out to be enough.

Team World beat team Kazakhstan in the Rapid event | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

Harika - Meruert, Match #5

Position after 10...Ne4

GM Harika Dronavalli (2447) kept rolling her h-pawn which induced an error by her opponent WIM Meruert Kamalidenova (KAZ, 2273). 10...Ne4? gave White a substantial advantage 11.Bf4 Ndf6 12.hxg6 hxg6 13.Ne5 a6 14.g4 and White went on to win the game in another 14 moves.

GM Harika defeated WIM Meruert, although team Kazakhstan beat team World 4.5-3.5 | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

India's latest WGM Savitha Shri B scored an unbaeten 3.5/4 on the second day | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

Players in action during match 5 to 8 | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

The total prize fund is US$ 50000. The winning team receives $30000, $20000 equally shared by the women players, $10000 equally shared by the youth players. The final part of the match will take place on Wednesday, 19th April in a Blitz event. The time control will be 3 minutes + 2 seconds increment.

Replay Match 5-8 games

Match 5-8 results

Round 5 on 2023/04/18 at 14-00
1  Kazakhstan  World:
Round 6 on 2023/04/18 at 15-00
1  World  Kazakhstan:
Round 7 on 2023/04/18 at 16-30
1  Kazakhstan  World:
Round 8 on 2023/04/18 at 17-30
1  World  Kazakhstan:


Standings after Match 8

Rk.SNoTeamGames  +   =   -  TB1 



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