The women World Championship title is decided one round before the end in Astana! Thanks to an eighth straight victory against the US team, China clinches the gold medal.
Team leader and vice World Champion Tan Zhongyi opens the score after about 2 hours with a flashy game. This brings her personal score to 6,5 out of 8 in this tournament, which means she has good chances to take an individual gold medal on board 1 in tomorrow’s last round. After two draws on the black boards, Lei Tingjie settles the final 3-1 score. Her personal performance, 6 out 7, is impressive as well.
At the press-conference, captain Yu Shaoteng confirmed that the strategy of letting Lei Tingjie play many games with the white pieces had worked well at the Olympiad 2018 in Batumi already, so that he decided to stick to it. He added that their team spirit is an essential component of their group and that the role it plays cannot be underestimated.
This press conference can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Rjg0AHQ2mI . A short interview in Chinese with team leader Tan Zhongyi is also available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHQnFmzLkGE .
The tournament finishes on Friday. Despite having secured the gold medal, China still faces a hard match against Ukraine, which fights for a place on the podium.
General sponsor of the World Championships – ERG “Eurasian Resources Group”
General partner of the World Championships – Samruk Kazyna
Partner of the World Championships – Astana International Financial Centre.