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🏆 Russia - China (2012)

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Ding Liren, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Yu Yangyi, Dmitry Jakovenko, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Li Chao, Wang Yue, Wang Hao, Nikita Vitiugov, Maxim Matlakov

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Wang Hao vs Jakovenko ½-½522012Russia - ChinaC45 Scotch Game
2. I Nepomniachtchi vs Li Chao 1-0572012Russia - ChinaD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
3. Wang Yue vs Tomashevsky 1-0622012Russia - ChinaD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. M Matlakov vs Yu Yangyi 1-0792012Russia - ChinaE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
5. Vitiugov vs Ding Liren 1-0242012Russia - ChinaE81 King's Indian, Samisch
6. Ding Liren vs Jakovenko ½-½412012Russia - ChinaD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
7. Tomashevsky vs Wang Hao ½-½602012Russia - ChinaA88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
8. Yu Yangyi vs I Nepomniachtchi ½-½822012Russia - ChinaB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
9. Li Chao vs Vitiugov ½-½912012Russia - ChinaE00 Queen's Pawn Game
10. M Matlakov vs Wang Yue ½-½422012Russia - ChinaD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
11. Wang Yue vs Vitiugov ½-½622012Russia - ChinaD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
12. Li Chao vs M Matlakov ½-½962012Russia - ChinaA22 English
13. Wang Hao vs I Nepomniachtchi 1-0452012Russia - ChinaD85 Grunfeld
14. Tomashevsky vs Ding Liren ½-½442012Russia - ChinaE81 King's Indian, Samisch
15. Jakovenko vs Yu Yangyi 1-0332012Russia - ChinaE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
16. Ding Liren vs M Matlakov 1-0572012Russia - ChinaD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. Vitiugov vs Wang Hao ½-½462012Russia - ChinaE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
18. I Nepomniachtchi vs Wang Yue ½-½522012Russia - ChinaD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. Yu Yangyi vs Tomashevsky 0-1472012Russia - ChinaC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
20. Jakovenko vs Li Chao 1-0432012Russia - ChinaD97 Grunfeld, Russian
21. Wang Yue vs Jakovenko  ½-½252012Russia - ChinaA14 English
22. Li Chao vs Tomashevsky  ½-½312012Russia - ChinaD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. I Nepomniachtchi vs Ding Liren ½-½522012Russia - ChinaC11 French
24. Yu Yangyi vs Vitiugov 1-0292012Russia - ChinaC15 French, Winawer
25. M Matlakov vs Wang Hao  ½-½382012Russia - ChinaE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
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  offramp: <twinlark> from me also a laurel and a hearty handshake. Thanks! I was expecting to see China a fair way in the lead by now but those crazy Russkies are doing really well!

Very very hard fought games! What's the average move-length, I wonder?

Jul-04-12  twinlark:

You're welcome, fellers. There are other summit matches too but this is the big one.

Chessbase just posted an article that provides a bit of background, especially the earlier summits:

Jul-04-12  zakkzheng: I think China and Russia both have a 50% chance of winning this competition
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  offramp: <Chessbase: <Prize fund: Each men's team receives $15,000 (non-taxable); each women's team receives $10,000 (non-taxable)>>.

Not bad I suppose.

But when one visualises the TRILLIONS and TRILLIONS of dollars slooshing around Russia/China at the moment - it's not a fortune.

Where is Gazprom?
They made a profit of $45,000,000,000 last year.

That's enough money to stage 15 matches like this one every 6 seconds for the next nine years!

Why don't they do that?

Jul-05-12  HAPERSAUD: Russia will always win
Jul-05-12  Kinghunt: Russia would always win if they sent their top players like China does. We're essentially seeing Russia's B team versus China's A team. I think this tends to lead to pretty even, closely contested matches.
Jul-06-12  BishopofBlunder: <offramp: ...Where is Gazprom? They made a profit of $45,000,000,000 last year.

That's enough money to stage 15 matches like this one every 6 seconds for the next nine years!

Why don't they do that?>

Because they are too busy making $45,000,000,000 a year.

Jul-06-12  parmetd: Why did they play 5 boards in round1&2 but switch to 4 boards for round 3&4&5.
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  offramp: <BishopofBlunder: <offramp: ...Where is Gazprom? They made a profit of $45,000,000,000 last year. That's enough money to stage 15 matches like this one every 6 seconds for the next nine years!

Why don't they do that?>

Because they are too busy making $45,000,000,000 a year.>

Oh yeah...

Oh well...

Jul-06-12  hrobert5: I'm really impressed with Jakovenko. Two wins three draws no losses. Am I wrong or is he the only one in the tournament without a loss?
Jul-06-12  parmetd: Wang Yue has 1win and 4 draws. Wang Hao has 1 win and 3 draws.
Jul-06-12  waustad: The best Russians are playing in the World Rapid's Championship.
Jul-06-12  visayanbraindoctor: Wang Hao vs Matlakov in the last round is missing. Did Wang Hao get sick again?
Jul-07-12  Kanatahodets: Overall China won again: I copy from the week of chess - still there are some strange moments in statistics. I don't understand some numbers. "Day 5 Men CHN 3-2 RUS. Women CHN 3-2 RUS. Overall the classical match finished in a China win after they won both matches 3-2 on the final day. Men RUS 13-11 CHN. Women RUS 14-12 CHN. CHN 26 - RUS 24 the women's both 11 - 8"
Jul-07-12  Kanatahodets: I guess the classical match is over.
Jul-07-12  chessmoron: I wish they go back to the 2007 double round robin format. Now, it's too short.
Jul-07-12  visayanbraindoctor: Wang Hao vs Matlakov is already in. Glad to see that Wang Hao did not become sick.

I wonder if Russia will ever send its A team. The Russians seem to regard this match less seriously than the Chinese, maybe like some kind of training match for their 2nd tier players; while the Chinese are always out for the kill.

I would love to see an annual China-India match (with Anand participating).

When is the next top classical event?

Jul-08-12  blade2012: <visayanbraindoctor> <I would love to see an annual China-India match (with Anand participating)> Nice idea! More realistic without Anand.
Jul-08-12  parmetd: Karjakin, Svidler, Grischuk were all a bit busy playing World Rapid and Blitz.

Kramnik has no need to waste his time on this nor Anand.

For the Russians, this match is clearly a semi qualifier for who of the many qualified Russians might deserve the last Olympiad spot. For the Chinese, it is great practice and a source of pride. The problem is the Russians could send their C team and still win the match.

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  Natalia Pogonina: Standings in classical chess:
Men: Russia - 13.5; China - 11.5
Women: Russia - 10.5; China - 14.5
Combined: Russia - 24; China - 26

Standings in rapid chess:
Men: Russia - 29, China - 21
Women: Russia - 24.5, China - 25.5

Classical chess + rapid chess:
Men: Russia - 42.5, China - 32.5
Women: Russia - 35, China - 40
Combined: Russia - 77.5, China - 72.5

Jul-09-12  Don Cossacks: So Russia won overall?
Premium Chessgames Member Yes, Russia won 77.5 to 72.5. All games count equally toward the final score.
Jul-10-12  Kanatahodets: < Yes, Russia won 77.5 to 72.5. All games count equally toward the final score.> That's something new:) lol, since when classical games and rapid chess have the same weight? It contradicts a common sense and the spirit of chess. Rapid for me is just an entertaintment, clasical I play seriously counting all possible chances. It's like a fest for me. I play one-two calssical games a year. Rapid chess I despise, but I am addicted to it:(
Jul-10-12  Kanatahodets: anyway, this event is not serious anymore, I'm afraid. The question is then why such events are needed? Maybe it would be better to organize one more good chess tournament?
Jul-10-12  rannewman: How is an event with 10 players rated well over 2600 is not serious? top 10 players are not the only professionals in the world.
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