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2nd round narrowed the leading teams to 3
round02 previewOne of the central matches of the second round was the encounter between Russia and Ukraine. After the start of the match, the result was not easy to predict due to the fights on all the boards. Deeper in the game Russia got an overall advantage that transformed first into the win of Valentina Gunina over Tatjana Vasilevich. The victory was secured by Tatiana Kosinseva who took an upper hand over Maria Muzychuk. The games between Anna Ushenina and Nadezhda Kosintseva on the first board and Natalia Zhukova and Alexandra Kosteniuk on the third board were drawn for Russia to win 3-1 and remain in the lead.

Another important encounter between two leaders after round 1: Georgia had a close match against Armenia and only the victory of Nana Dzagnidze against Elina Danielian on the first board contributed to an overall win. All the other games ended in draws. Georgia is another leader after round 2.
China convincingly won over RSA 4-0 and is the third leader after 2 rounds.

India scored 3,5 against Turkey – Kubra Ozturk on the second board was again the hero of the team as she drew with Tania Sachdev who is nearly 200 rating points above.

Lastly, Vietnam won against Greece with the least margin – all draws but win of Hoang Thi Bao Tram vs. Marina Makropoulou on the second board.

After 2 rounds three teams have won both matches and have 4 match points: Georgia, China, Russia. India has 3 match points. Armenia and Vietnam have 2 match points, Ukraine – 1. Turkey, Greece and RSA yet have not scored a match.

You can find the pictures of round 2 in the Gallery.

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