Russia still in the lead
Plenty of things happened on day four at the Astana International Financial Centre with Russia still in the lead.
Egypt go down fighting
The Egyptian ladies made Africa proud when they lost marginally to Hungary 2.5 – 1.5 in their encounter.
Wafa Shahenda defeated Anita Gara, who was 200 Elo points higher. Tasneem Ehab on board four played well to hold Bianka Havanecz to a draw. Wafa Shrook lost to Ticia Gara and Ayah Moaatz lost to Julianna Terbe.
Wafa Shahenda va Antia Gara
Bianka Havanecz v Tasneem Ehab
Women’s Day celebration
The organisers celebrated Women’s Day by exhibiting a large bunch of roses, from which every female participant could choose to take a piece.
American Rochelle Wu who is the youngest participant of the event, celebrated her 13th birthday today. She received a present which will remain as a nice souvenir of her trip to Kazakhstan.
Deputy Chief of Mission Theodore Lyng and other representatives of the US embassy in Astana attended the start of the 4th round.
Kazakhstan played well to defeat the USA with a score of 2.5 – 1.5. Zhansaya Abdumalik defeated Tatev Abrahamyan on board 1. Bibisara Assaubayeva then beat Carissa Yip on board 3. Dinara Saduakassova lost to Katerina Nemcova. Gulmira Dauletova played well hold USA Champion Sabina Foisor to a draw.
Egypt lost 3-1 to the young Iranian team.
Amin Bassem held World Junior Champion Parham Maghsoodloo to a draw on board one. Adly Ahmed missed some great opportunities and eventually managed to snatch a draw against Idani Pouya in a 103 move epic game. Hesham Abdelrahman & Imed Abdelnab lost to Tabatabae Amin and Alireza Firouzja respectively.
Parham Maghsoodloo v Bassem Amin
Adly Ahmed v Pouya Idani
England played well to hold the highly fancied Russian to a 2-2 draw. Bottom seed Sweden celebrated their first victory by dominating Azerbaijan 3-1.