Saturday, October 18, 2008

Chess: Hungary and Russia take gold in team blitz


Russia Women Team


Mens Prize Giving Ceremony

In the finals of 1st World Mind Sports Game Team Blitz, the very impressive Hungarian mens team beat their counterparts from China 2.5-1.5 and 2.5-1.5 to win Gold while Russia took revenge for their preminary round loss against China with a comprehensive 2.5-1.5 and 3-1 victory.

So China ended up with Silvers in both the mens and womens events while the Bronze medals were taken by Ukraine and Vietnam who beat India (1.5-2.5, 3.5-0.5) and (3-1, 4-0) respectively.

Earlier, in the Semi-Finals, China's men beat India 2.5-1.5 in the first match and went better in the second with a 3-1 victory to see them comfortably through against Hungary.

The Hungarian men drew a tense first match against the more favoured Ukraine side 2-2 but then won the second match decisively by 3-1 to book their place in the finals.

China's women also qualified for the finals with two 2.5-1.5 victories over a battling Turkey team while Russia trashed Vietnam 3.5-0.5 in their first match before drawing the second 2-2.

Overall Medal Standings (after the Team Blitz): 

1. China: 2 Gold, 3 Silver, 2 Bronze;
2. Russia: 2 Gold
3. Ukraine:  1 Gold, 2 Silver; 2 Bronze;
4. Bulgaria:  1 Gold, 1 Silver;
5-6. Ecuador, Hungary:  1 Gold each;
7. Vietnam: 1 Silver, 1 Bronze
8. India: 1 Silver; 9-11. Greece, Iran, Singapore: 1 Bronze each

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