China leveled Russia 20-20 after the fourth round at the
China-Russia Chess Contest held at the newly constructed Mongolian
Camp, near the Chinese side of the border with Russia on
The Chinese women clinched their fourth straight win, beating
Russia 3-2 while the Chinese men earned a 2.5-2.5 draw following
two consecutive defeats.
The Chinese women lead 12-8 over their Russian rivals and the
men trailed 8-12.
In the men's fourth round, rising star Wang Yue beat Evgeniy
Najer, becoming the best performing Chinese with two wins, one draw
and one loss. Zhang Pengxiang lost to Vadim Zvjaqinsev, Ni Hua drew
Vladimir Malakhov, Pu Xiangzhi tied Dmitry Jakovenko and Zhang
Zhong evened Alexey Dreev.
In the women's action, the Russian sisters Tatiana and Nadezhda
Kosintseva, ranked 9th and 12th in the world respectively, combined
for two wins, with Tatiana beating Zhao Xue and Nadezhda nipping
China's three points came from Shen Yang, Hou Yifan and Huang
China's former world champion Xie Jun, the chief umpire of the
competition, said the Chinese women's team holds a clear advantage
over their Russian counterparts while the men's side isn't on the
same par with the visitors.
"If the Chinese men don't lose too many games in later rounds
and let the Russians run too far away, the Chinese team will very
likely win the competition," Xie said on Sunday.
The China-Russia Chess Contest opened last Thursday and will end
on August 20, with 20 grandmasters from the two countries facing
off against each other.
The contest, widely reckoned as an event of the traditional
tycoon versus a rising power, was initiated in 2001 with Russia
winning on 41.5 points against China's 30.5 in Shanghai, before the
Chinese team took a revenge in the second edition in Moscow in
2004, beating Russia 37.5-34.5.
With three Chinese women crowned world champions and the Chinese
men's team finishing twice runners-up in the World Cup and World
Olympian Team Championships, China's chess chief Wang Runan is
expecting a victory.
"I believe China is strong enough to win this competition," said
Wang last Thursday.
(Xinhua News Agency August 14, 2006)