It all came down to hot Ukrainian women vs. hot Russian women in the final round of the 14th FIDE Women World Chess Team Championship in Astana, Kazakhstan. Ukraine had already secured silver so they only
needed to at least tie Russia to win.
Remarkably, all four games the Ukrainian girls played in the ninth and final round ended in ties. Kateryna Lagno, Anna Ushenina, Maria Muzychuk, Natalia Zhukova, and Inna Yanovska-Haponenko were awarded the big gold trophy and over 9,000 EUROS, or $12,000.
It was the first time that Ukraine's women's team won the world chess championship. Team China had been the victors in the past three tournaments, 2007, 2009, and 2011.
One of the Ukrainian players, Anna Ushenina, won the individual women's world chess championship back in December, making her the first in her country to do so.
Do you play chess? Do your favorite Ukrainian girls play? Perhaps you can plan a chess challenge on your next date!
Source: Worldwide News Ukraine, Photos: astana2013.fide.com