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Russian Women's Team Chess Championship 2020

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Sunday, 29 November 2020

L2r: Marina Guseva, Olga Badelka, Pavel Lobach (captain), Baira Kovanova, Olga Girya, Natalia Pogonina

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The Russian Women's Team Chess Championship took place in Sochi from November 19th to 28th. It was a much welcome event given the hiatus experienced by the chess world lately. For example, Natalia hasn't played any tournaments since January, which is quite a long time.

The defending champion, Ugra, was a strong rating favorite on paper, featuring Natalia Pogonina (#1 seed of the championship), Olga Girya (seeded #2), Olga Badelko (#4) and other strong and experienced players. Nevertheless, the Moscow Chess Federation team managed to clinch a critical victory against their main rivals in the fourth round (2.5-1.5) and cruised to victory.

The final standings were as follows:
1. Moscow Chess Federation - 16 team points out of 18
2. Ugra - 15
3. Cimmeria - 12
(13 teams in total)

Natalia performed more or less according to her rating, scoring 5.5 points out of 8 (4 wins, 1 loss, 3 draws).

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