ANKARA, Dec. 18 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese team defeated the Turkish team in the first round of the 2011 World Women Chess Team Championship (WWTC), which started in Mardin province of southeastern Turkey on Sunday.
The top seeded Chinese team was a clear favorite against the young ambitious Turkish team with 2.5:1.5 in the WWTC first round.
Chinese coach Ye Jiangchuan confirmed that Chinese players Tan Zhongyi and Zhang Xiaowen defeated their Turkish rivals in the WWTC first round, adding that Turkish player Kubra Ozturk on the second board took an upper hand on Chinese player Zhao Xue and the first board game Turkish player Betul Cemre Yildiz vs. Chinese player Ju Wenjun ended in a draw.
Ye said: "the Turkish women chess team has been developing fast and has become an important rival for the Chinese team."
Russia defeated Vietnam, Georgia defeated South Africa, Armenia defeated Greece, Ukraine and India ended in a draw in the first round.
China has won the championships in both 2007 and 2009.
For the 2011 championship held in Mardin province between Dec. 18-28, China has dispatched five players of Hou Yifan, Ju Wenjun, Zhao Xue, Tan Zhongyi and Zhang Xiaowen.
Official website: http://wwct2011.tsf.org.tr
(Photo courtesy of official website)