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Bich Ngoc Pham vs Huang Qian
Yinzhou Cup Women World Teams (2009), Ningbo CHN, rd 9, Sep-11
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Mikenas-Carls Variation (A15)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Sep-14-09  percyblakeney: It seems as if the PGN files from the last round games of the World Team Championship were correct after all. I thought it was strange that both Chessdom and TWIC underlined that China-Vietnam had been a fair and hard fought match since none of the games were short draws. I found the length of the games less interesting than how they looked, and now also TWIC added to their report from a few days back that questions have been asked whether the match was fixed.

In this game draw was agreed in spite of the Vietnamese player having a completely winning position. Also Chessvibes find the last round slightly dubious when they finally posted their summary of the event today:

<Despite the fact that all games in the last round match between China and Vietnam seemed hard fought, it does look a bit like this match was fixed as a draw in advance, as Mark Crowther points out, since Vietnam had a big advantage on board one and a completely winning position on board four when the draws were agreed>

http://www.chessvibes.com/reports/c...

Sep-15-09  Jason Frost: This just seems so blatant that it's hard to call it was prearranged. But what other conclusion is there, I would understand if there was still some sharpness in the position, the lower rated player could just want to take the draw and go home, but there are absolutely no losing chances here for white.
Sep-15-09
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  whiteshark: It was certainly a put-up job.
Sep-15-09  dumbgai: In addition to the draw offer, the rest of the game looks fishy too. Lots of strange-looking tactical mistakes.
Sep-15-09
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  whiteshark: The only thing white has to avoid in this endgame is exchanging rooks.
Sep-15-09  percyblakeney: 37. Rf8 and running with the f-pawn would have won extremely quickly, but not much wrong with Bc5 either. Monokroussos on the game:

http://chessmind.powerblogs.com/pos...

Sep-15-09  SetNoEscapeOn: <whiteshark>

Even the ocb endgame looks trivially won to me, Monokroussos confirms this. Black cannot set up a light square blockade against passed pawns all over the board.

Sep-15-09
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  whiteshark: <SetNoEscapeOn> / <percyblakeney> You are right. The oc♗endgame is also won. Thanks for pointing out. :D
Sep-15-09  Albertan: The chessbase.com website has written an article about the 2009 Women's World Team Chess Championship, and in this article, it is asserted that the match in which this game was played (Vietnam versus China) must have been fixed beforehand.The chessbase.com statement about this situation is:

"the match was fixed as a draw in advance. Vietnam had a big advantage on board one and a winning advantage on board four when the draws were agreed."

This drawn match allowed the Chinese team to win the championship on a tiebreak over Russia.

Sep-15-09  Jason Frost: It will be interesting to see if FIDE or whatever other organization had jurisdiction over the tournament looks into this, although I highly doubt it.
Sep-15-09  chessmoron: <Jason Frost> Well, the responsibility of a complaint rest on Russia Chess Federation hands.

If they complaint that the Chinese took their Gold medal, the FIDE will investigate it.

If they don't, the Chinese gets away with it.

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