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China edges Russia at rapidplay

After beating their guests in Classical chess (27-23 from the 6th-10th of August) the Chinese also edged the Russians in Rapidplay, this time by the close score of 101-99.
Their men, featuring the experienced Wang Yue, were just too strong in both matches.

As in the Classical games from last week, the Chinese men came out on top but the Russian women partially redressed the balance.

The rapid games had the time limit of 25 minutes per player plus an increment of 30 seconds per move. Each player played one game against each of the opposing team on each of the four days of hostilities.

The team members on the men's teams were as follows:

China:

GM Bu Xiangzhi 2676
GM Wang Hao 2724
GM Wang Yue 2716
GM Ni Hua 2645
GM Zhou Jianchao 2668

Russia:

GM Timofeev Artyom 2690
GM Rublevsky Sergei 2688
GM Potkin Vladimir 2626
GM Malakhov Vladimir 2732
GM Vitiugov Nikita 2722

The women's teams were as follows:

China:

WGM Ju Wenjun2496
WGM Tan Zhongyi2461
WGM Huang Qian2447
IM Wang Yu A2369
WFM Ding Yixin2385

Russia:

IM Kosintseva Nadezhda2551
WGM Gunina Valentina2462
WGM Kashlinskaya Alina2352
IM Bodnaruk Anastasia2397
WGM Pogonina Natalija2501

On each of the four days' play, the matches were very tight indeed as you can see from the table below:

DateRussia (Men) China (Men)Russia (Women) China (Women)Day score (R-C)
12/810.514.5131223.5-26.5
13/81411111425-25
14/81114131224-26
15/8131213.511.526.5-23.5
12-15/848.551.550.549.599-101

So after adding in the results of the Classical games, China scored 128 as opposed to Russsia's 122 and thus won their 7th annual match.

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