The 2013 Astana World Team Championships ended with the victory of the Ukrainian team with their top formation (Lahno, Ushenina, M. Muzychuk, Zhukova and Gaponenko), congratulations to a great team! The silver and bronze was taken by two teams that were not able to align their best formations, first China playing without Hou Yifan and Zhao Xue, and second Russia (Gunina, Kosteniuk, Pogonina, Galliamova, and Girya) playing without the Kosintseva sisters. My (Russian) team did well, with 4 players out of 5 receiving individual board medals (super performance by Olga Girya with 6.5/8 on the last board). I started on a roll with 4.5/5 and even though I lost the last 2 games, still ended up with a performance of 2502 and just about 1 Elo point gained. More info and photos about the event can be found below. I hope to comment one or more games soon for my YouTube channel. Read also the report on USA’s top chess blog www.chessblog.com.
The results of the event are as follows:
And the individual performances of the Russian team:
Photo of the Russian “Bronze” Chess Team
(Girls-players, from left to right: Pogonina, Galliamova, Kosteniuk, Gunina, Girya; Boys-coaches: Naer, Rublevsky, Riazantsev)
The second board medals went to Irina Krush (gold), Anna Ushenina (silver), and Alexandra Kosteniuk (bronze)
My 2 new medals: