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🏆 UK vs China Match (2007)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Michael Adams, Wang Yue, Wang Hao, Bu Xiangzhi, Ni Hua, David Howell, Nigel Short, Yifan Hou, Gawain Jones, Zhang Pengxiang, Jonathan Rowson, Nicholas Pert, Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant, Shen Yang, Ding Yixin, Jovanka Houska

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Houska vs Ding Yixin ½-½632007UK vs China MatchB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
2. Ding Yixin vs K Arakhamia-Grant  ½-½722007UK vs China MatchB83 Sicilian
3. Shen Yang vs J Houska ½-½542007UK vs China MatchD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
4. D Howell vs Wang Hao 0-1342007UK vs China MatchC07 French, Tarrasch
5. G Jones vs Yifan Hou  1-0572007UK vs China MatchC03 French, Tarrasch
6. Zhang Pengxiang vs N Pert  1-0452007UK vs China MatchC03 French, Tarrasch
7. Ni Hua vs J Rowson  1-0282007UK vs China MatchC45 Scotch Game
8. Short vs Wang Yue ½-½292007UK vs China MatchC46 Three Knights
9. Bu Xiangzhi vs Adams ½-½412007UK vs China MatchA30 English, Symmetrical
10. Wang Hao vs Short 1-0542007UK vs China MatchC75 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
11. K Arakhamia-Grant vs Shen Yang  1-0332007UK vs China MatchC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
12. Yifan Hou vs D Howell  ½-½222007UK vs China MatchC67 Ruy Lopez
13. G Jones vs Ni Hua  0-1522007UK vs China MatchC67 Ruy Lopez
14. N Pert vs Bu Xiangzhi ½-½222007UK vs China MatchD76 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6
15. J Rowson vs Zhang Pengxiang 0-1512007UK vs China MatchD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. Wang Yue vs Adams ½-½302007UK vs China MatchE12 Queen's Indian
17. Ding Yixin vs J Houska ½-½342007UK vs China MatchC78 Ruy Lopez
18. Shen Yang vs K Arakhamia-Grant  0-1392007UK vs China MatchE97 King's Indian
19. D Howell vs Zhang Pengxiang  1-0602007UK vs China MatchC05 French, Tarrasch
20. Wang Hao vs G Jones ½-½1042007UK vs China MatchC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
21. Yifan Hou vs N Pert 1-0742007UK vs China MatchC18 French, Winawer
22. Wang Yue vs J Rowson  1-0832007UK vs China MatchE15 Queen's Indian
23. Short vs Bu Xiangzhi 1-0392007UK vs China MatchB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
24. Adams vs Ni Hua 1-0512007UK vs China MatchB30 Sicilian
25. J Houska vs Shen Yang  0-1532007UK vs China MatchC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
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Sep-06-07  Youjoin: Wang won
or Wang wong? :-?
Sep-06-07  Squares: Rowson loses, but for the Brit supporters, a prosperous day and without wishing to sound too all encompassing a very exciting day for chess lovers!
Sep-06-07  cannibal: Btw, Zhang missed a threefold repetition (position after blacks 64th, 66th and 68th).
Sep-06-07  Squares: It would be good to get the Short v Bu analysis. Like everyone says, it does seem very premature.
Sep-06-07  percyblakeney: Only a difference of two games now, Adams-Zhang and Hou-Short tomorrow, this could get more even than I thought.
Sep-06-07  Ezzy: A great days chess. Gained 2 points back on the Chinese. Think I'll go look at the games in more detail.

I only live 30 miles from the venue, I should go down there and get a sense of the atmosphere. I bet the spectators were enthralled by todays play. Lets hope for a big comeback tomorrow.

<this could get more even than I thought> Just what I was thinking. The plot thicken's

Sep-06-07  doremi: <Hou wins!> God bless Hou Yifan and doremi too
Sep-06-07  Mameluk: Anybody knows who first popularized this 10...d5 of Jones? My sources say Gajewski:) Chessbase still has no games besides some old email games.
Sep-06-07  pawnofdoom: Bad day for China today, scoring -2. But the cool thing is that they're still in the lead cuz they did so well the days before. I really didn't expect Short to beat Bu, cuz he's been really out of form lately, and Bu's been doing pretty well
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  Robin01: It is time for Rowson to win a game!
Sep-07-07  Ezzy: Round 3

After two 5-3 losses, we finally get ourselves a 5-3 win, and now only trail by 2 points. A great days chess.

M Adam’s v Ni Hua 1-0

Majestic Michael Adam’s gets his first win of the match, and a fine win it was too. If you make a serious positional error against Michael Adam’s, you may as well start to pack your bags. This was the start of Hua’s downfall.

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Hua now played the horrible 13…Bxc4? Giving up his ‘good’ white squared bishop, and leaving serious weaknesses on his light squares. After 14 bxc4 g6 15 Qg4 Adam’s takes control of these weak light squares .and already has a strong advantage. Then after 15…0-0-0 castling into a pin and putting his king near the dangerous semi-open ‘b’ file, Hua’s problems have only just begun.

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Now after 28 Rxb7 Qxb7 29 Rxb7 Kxb7 30 Qxh5. whites queen is much stronger than black’s 2 rooks, and Adam’s calves his way through Hua’s position gobbling up pawns and generally creating havoc. Nice play by Adam’s

N Short v Bu Xiangzhi 1-0

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Bu Xiangzhi either resigned or lost on time here. He could of fought on but all the lines I have tried seem to lead to a loss for Bu. But it’s complicated, and errors will be made.

Nice win by Nigel though. A much needed confidence booster. Glad to see him play well again after the recent toothaches and bad back.

D Howell v Zhang 1-0

After yesterdays crushing defeat, Howell re-grouped to beat the zhang (who was on 2/2) A great game by him. Zhang oddly gave up material in the opening and was always on the ‘back foot’, but Howells technique to win a complicated endgame was pure class. Well played David Howell.

Wang Yue v J Rowson 1-0

Tough time for Jonathan suffering his third straight loss. He tried to hang on in a B+N ending, but was finally ground down. His next game is against the in form man of the moment Wang Hao, so things are not getting easier for Rowson. I wish him luck, but Hao has been playing well. But then again Jones nearly toppled Wang Hao yesterday. Was complicated though and took a computer to show the win.

Hou Yifan v N Pert. 1-0.

Hou Yifan must definitely be a future women’s world champion. She outplayed Pert in an interesting game where Pert was 2 pawns up, and then in the ‘blink of an eye’ he was a pawn down, which later turned into 2 and Pert could not then hold the game. Nice win by You Hifan.

Sep-07-07  Ezzy: Wang Hao v G Jones Draw.

Jones has really risen to the occasion of playing for the national team. He missed a winning line in a complex position, but all credit to him for the severe pressure he put on the talented Wang Hao. Hopefully Bu Xiangzhi will feel a little jaded after his loss to Short, so Jones may pick up some more points against him today.

Shen v Arakhmia-Grant 0-1

Kety, as I think she is affectionally known, seems to have the measure of Shen, beating her for the second time. The British women’s champion is in fine form.

Houska continued her unbeaten run with her third draw in a row. Hard to believe the first two games of hers were draws; one she should of won and one she should of lost.

Round 3 was a real chess match battle. 2 games of 83 moves, One game of 74 moves and one game of 104 moves.

Let’s hope we get the same today.

Come on the UK! .

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  Robin01: <Ezzy>Thanks for the great update!
Sep-07-07  malthrope: <Robin01: It is time for Rowson to win a game!> Decidedly! In fact I eagerly bet $100 chessbucks on GM Rowson that says it's so! ;-)

Another nice round recap there <Ezzy> ! Keep it up as I do think it's bringing the UK team some good old fashioned luck! :-)

Sep-07-07  Stonehenge: Adams-Zhang

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Nxc6 bxc6 7.e5 Nd5 8.Ne4 Qc7 9.f4 Qb6 10.c4 Bb4+ 11.Ke2 f5 12.exf6 Nxf6 13.Be3 Qa5 14.Nxf6+ gxf6 15.Kf2

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Sep-07-07  Karpova: Hou Yifan - Short

After 7.exd5

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Sep-07-07  Ezzy: <Robin01: <Ezzy>Thanks for the great update!> Cheers mate.

<malthrope: Another nice round recap there <Ezzy> ! Keep it up as I do think it's bringing the UK team some good old fashioned luck! :-)> You're right <malthrope> - It's all down to me! :-)

Sep-07-07  Stonehenge: Adams-Zhang

15...0-0 16.a3 Bc5 17.b4 Bxe3+ 18.Kxe3 Qc7 19.c5 a5

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Sep-07-07  Ezzy: Adam's v Zhang

After 15...0-0

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15 games in the database with this position and they all played 16 Bd3. Adam's played 16 a3 which seems to be the novelty.

Sep-07-07  Stonehenge: I didn't know that, but I would have played 16.a3 as well (fwiw).
Sep-07-07  Ezzy: <Stonehenge: I didn't know that, but I would have played 16.a3 as well (fwiw).> You have the wisdom of Michael Adam's! :-)

Gawain Jones beat Timman with a Kings Indian at the Staunton Memorial a few weeks ago, so he's trying it again against BU Xiangzhi!

Sep-07-07  Mameluk: Short is surely playing it interesting.
Sep-07-07  Karpova: Hou Yifan - Short after 14...Qd5

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Sep-07-07  Ezzy: Adam's v Zhang

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White to play. Possible plans for white is to double major pieces on the 'd' file with pressure against the d7 pawn.

Possible plans for black is to double rooks on the 'g' file with pressure on the g2 pawn.

Sep-07-07  Stonehenge: <Ezzy: <Stonehenge: I didn't know that, but I would have played 16.a3 as well (fwiw).> You have the wisdom of Michael Adam's! :-)> Or he's playing like a turnip. :-)
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