Women’s World Championship

  GM Alexandra Kosteniuk … defending champ.

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  1. The World Women’s Championship, structured as a 64-player knockout, kicks off .. in Atakya, Turkey. IM Anna Zatonskih faces IM Maia Lomineishvili (2347, Georgia) and WGM Camilla Baginskaite plays WGM Lufei Ruan (2480, China). Anna and Camilla qualified from the 2009 US Women’s Chess Championship. The first game begins on December 4th, 2010 at 3 PM local time, 8 AM EST. See the official website for live games, schedule and full regulations.

    Miami resident GM Alexandra Kosteniuk is the defending champion, while GM Humpy Koneru is the top-rated player.


    1 Kosteniuk, Alexandra Mezioud, Amina
    2 Koneru, Humpy Greeff, Melissa
    3 Hou, Yifan Heredia Serrano, Carla
    4 Kosintseva, Tatiana Mona, Khaled
    5 Dzagnidze, Nana Kagramanov, Dina
    6 Stefanova, Antoaneta Aliaga Fernandez, Ingrid Y
    7 Muzychuk, Anna Zuriel, Marisa
    8 Cramling, Pia Yildiz, Betul Cemre
    9 Harika, Dronavalli Nadig, Kruttika
    10 Ju, Wenjun Caoili, Arianne
    11 Lahno, Kateryna Ozturk, Kubra
    12 Cmilyte, Viktorija Demina, Julia
    13 Chiburdanidze, Maia Meenakshi Subbaraman
    14 Socko, Monika Soumya, Swaminathan
    15 Sebag, Marie Vasilevich, Irina
    16 Ruan, Lufei Baginskaite, Camilla*
    17 Mkrtchian, Lilit Zhang, Xiaowen
    *18 Zatonskih, Anna Lomineishvili, Maia
    19 Zhu, Chen Muminova, Nafisa
    20 Zhao, Xue Fierro Baquero, Martha L.
    21 Paehtz, Elisabeth Zawadzka, Jolanta
    22 Hoang Thanh Trang Ding, Yixin
    23 Pogonina, Natalija Kovanova, Baira
    24 Danielian, Elina Shadrina, Tatiana
    25 Muzychuk, Mariya Cori T., Deysi
    26 Shen, Yang Ovod, Evgenija
    27 Ushenina, Anna Huang, Qian
    28 Skripchenko, Almira Foisor, Cristina-Adela
    29 Dembo, Yelena Munguntuul, Batkhuyag
    30 Zhukova, Natalia Romanko, Marina
    31 Rajlich, Iweta Houska, Jovanka
    32 Turova, Irina Khukhashvili, Sopiko


  2. All matches will consist of two games at standard time controls (40 moves in 90 minutes, then 30 minutes to finish with a 30 second increment from the start) except the final which is contested over four games.

    Tie-breaks take the form of two rapid games (25 minutes plus a 10 second increment), then if the scores are still level there will be two blitz games (10 minutes plus 2 second increment). Finally, if necessary, there will be a sudden death game where white has 6 minutes and must win against black who has 5 minutes [EDIT: The official site has now changed the rules for the sudden-death games, so that white has five minutes and black has four, and there is an increment of 3 seconds/move from move 61].

    The action starts each day at 15:00 local time (13:00 GMT).

    The full schedule:

    03/12/10 Opening Ceremony
    04/12/10 Round 1, Game 1
    05/12/10 Round 1, Game 2
    06/12/10 Tiebreaks
    07/12/10 Round 2: Game 1
    08/12/10 Round 2: Game 2
    09/12/10 Tiebreaks
    10/12/10 Round 3: Game 1
    11/12/10 Round 3: Game 2
    12/12/10 Tiebreaks
    13/12/10 Round 4: Game 1
    14/12/10 Round 4: Game 2
    15/12/10 Tiebreaks
    16/12/10 Round 5: Game 1
    17/12/10 Round 5: Game 2
    18/12/10 Tiebreaks
    19/12/10 Free Day
    20/12/10 Round 6: Game 1
    21/12/10 Round 6: Game 2
    22/12/10 Round 6: Game 3
    23/12/10 Round 6: Game 4
    24/12/10 Tiebreaks + Closing Ceremony

    The total prize fund is 450,000 USD split as follows.

    1st round 32 losers x 3,750 = 120,000
    2nd round 16 losers x 5,500 = 88,000
    3rd round 8 losers x 8,000 = 64,000
    4th round 4 losers x 12,000 = 48,000
    5th round 2 losers x 20,000 = 40,000
    6th round 1 loser x 30,000 = 30,000
    Women’s World Champion = 60,000

    *Source chess.com

  3. A good start….

    [Date “2010.12.06”]
    [Round “1, Game 1”]
    [White “*GM_Kosteniuk”]
    [Black “*WIM_Mezioud”]
    [Result “1-0”]

    Closed Ruy Lopez: {Anti-Marshall Systems} 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O b5 6. Bb3 Be7 7. Re1 O-O 8. a4 Bb7 9. d3 d6 10. Nbd2 Na5 11. Ba2 c5 12. Nf1 Qc7 13. Ng3 Rfe8 14. c3 c4 15. h3 Rac8 16. d4 Bc6 17.d5 Bd7 18. axb5 axb5 19. Be3 Nb7 20. Bb1 Ra8 21. Rxa8 Rxa8 22. Nd2 Nc5 23. f4 exf4 24. Bxf4 Ne8 25. Nf3 g6 26. Nd4 Bf6 27. Qf3 Na4 28. Qf2 Be5
    29. Rf1 f6 30. Bc1 Qd8 31. Nge2 Qb7 31. Nge2 Qe7 32. Nc2 Nc5 33. Nb4 Ng7 34. Bh6 Re8 35. Nd4 Nh5 36. Nbc6 Qf7 37. Nxe5 dxe5 38. Nxb5 Nxe4 39. Bxe4 Bxb5 40. g4 Nf4 41. Bxf4 exf4 42. Qxf4 Kg7 43. Bg2 Qe7 44. Ra1 Qd7 45. Qd4 Qd6 46. g5 Re7 47. Rf1 Rf7 48. h4 Ba6 49. Rf4 Bb5 ? 50. Bh3 1-0

  4. http://wwcc2010.tsf.org.tr/en/component/turnuva/?task=fileview&kid=132(…pairing tree)

    GO USA!!

    In round one of the Women’s World Championship IM Anna Zatonskih swept WGM Maia Lomineishvili (2347, Georgia). In round two, Anna will face GM Marie Sebag of France.

    Women’s World Championship, Turkey 2010
    White: Lomineishvili, Maia
    Black: Zatonskih, Anna

    1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Nf3 Ngf6 6.Nxf6+ Nxf6 7.Bd3 c5 8.Be3 Nd5 9.Ne5 Bd6 10.Qh5 Qc7 11.O-O Nf6 12.Qg5 O-O 13.Rae1 Nd5 14.c4 Nxe3 15.Rxe3 f5 16.f4 cxd4 17.Re2 b6 18.Qh5 Bb7 19.Nf3 Rf6 20.Qh4 Rh6 21.Qe1 Bxf4 22.h3 Be3+ 23.Kh1 Rf8 24.Rxe3 dxe3 25.Qxe3 Qc5 26.Qe2 Bxf3 27.Rxf3 Rhf6 28.Re3 f4 29.Re5 Qd4 30.Re4 Qd6 31.Qf3 g6 32.Bc2 Kg7 33.Re2 Qd4 34.Bb3 Rd8 35.c5 bxc5 36.Bxe6 Kh8 37.Bb3 c4 38.Re4 Qd3 39.Rxc4 Qxf3 40.gxf3 Rd2 41.Rc8+ Kg7 42.Rc7+ Kf8 43.Rc8+ Ke7 44.Rc7+ Kd8 45.Rc5 Rxb2 46.h4 Rf5 0-1

    WGM Camilla Baginskaite came back from a round one loss to WGM Lufei Ruan of China to tie the score….There will be a tie breaker..

    Women’s World Championship, Turkey 2010
    White: Ruan, Lufei
    Black: Baginskaite, Camilla

    1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Ne7 7.Qg4 Kf8 8.Bd3 Qa5 9.Bd2 Qa4 10.Ra2 b6 11.Nf3 Ba6 12.O-O Bxd3 13.cxd3 c4 14.Nh4 h6 15.f4 g6 16.Qf3 Nf5 17.Nxf5 gxf5 18.Qd1 Qxd1
    1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Ne7 7.Qg4 Kf8 8.Bd3 Qa5 9.Bd2 Qa4 10.Ra2 b6 11.Nf3 Ba6 12.O-O Bxd3 13.cxd3 c4 14.Nh4 h6 15.f4 g6 16.Qf3 Nf5 17.Nxf5 gxf5 18.Qd1 Qxd1 19.Rxd1 cxd3 20.a4 Nc6 21.Bc1 Ke7 22.Rxd3 Na5 23.Ba3+ Kd7 24.Rg3 Rhg8 25.Rxg8 Rxg8 26.Kf2 Rc8 27.Bb4 Nc6 28.Ba3 Nb8 29.Bb2 h5 30.Ke3 Nc6 31.Ba3 Na5 32.Bb4 Nc4+ 33.Kd3 h4 34.Ba3 Rg8 35.Bc1 Kc6 36.Be3 Kb7 37.Bc1 Ka6 38.Be3 Ka5 39.Bc1 a6 40.Be3 h3 41.gxh3 Nxe3 42.Kxe3 Rh8 43.Kf3 Rxh3+ 44.Kg2 Rxc3 45.h4 Rc8 46.Kh3 Rh8 47.Kg3 Rh7 48.Ra1 b5 49.axb5+ Kxb5 50.Rh1 Kc4 51.h5 Kxd4 52.Kh4 Ke3 53.Kg5 d4 54.Re1+ Kd2 55.Ra1 d3 0-1
    *** Lufei Ruan advances( wins tie breaker)

  5. Horrible day for Russian participants

    The second day was really horrible for Russian participants – 5 out 6 players were eliminated and only Aleksandra Kosteniuk continues to play tomorrow with Sopiko Khukhashvili on the tie-break.

    Among the promoted players are Humpy Koneru, Hou Yifan, Dembo Yelena, Anna Zatonskih,and Maria Muzichyk, Harika Dronavalli, Ju Wenjun, Zhao Xue, Anna Zatonskih. Seven matches will be decided on tie-breaks tomorrow.

    After unfortunate start of the 2nd round Viktorija Cmilyte and Huang Qian won their games and equalized the score in the matches against Elisabeth Paehtz and Antoanetta Stefanova accordingly. Playing with black pieces Tatiana Kosintseva had to win today against Yelena Dembo after the unlucky first game. She was really close to succeed but lost the chance to activate her pieces under the time trouble and had to accept a draw
    *Source Susan Polgar Chess Daily News

  6. U.S.A!!
    With a 2-0 victory over GM Marie Sebag (France) Anna Zatonskih advances to the final sixteen players of the World Women’s Championship.
    In round three, Anna will face the highest rated player in the competition, GM Humpy Koneru of India, who in round two defeated IM Jovanka Houska 1.5-0.5.

    Women’s World Championship, Turkey 2010
    White: Zatonskih, Anna 2478
    Black: Sebag , Marie 2494

    1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Qb3 dxc4 5.Qxc4 Bf5 6.g3 e6 7.Bg2 Nbd7 8.O-O Be7 9.e3 O-O 10.Rd1 Ne4 11.Qe2 Qc7 12.Ne1 e5 13.Nd3 exd4 14.g4 dxe3 15.gxf5 Nxf2 16.Nxf2 exf2+ 17.Qxf2 Bc5 18.Be3 Bxe3 19.Qxe3 Nf6 20.Qg3 Qa5 21.Rf1 Qb4 22.Nc3 Rfe8 23.Rab1 Rad8 24.a3 Qc4 25.Rbe1 Qd4+ 26.Kh1 Qd2 27.Ne4 Nxe4 28.Bxe4 Qxb2 29.f6 g6 30.Qf4 Qxa3 31.Bg2 a5 32.Re7 Qxe7 33.fxe7 Rxe7 34.Qg5 Rde8 35.Qxa5 Re2 36.Qb6 R8e7 37.Qd4 h5 38.Bf3 R2e5 39.Rb1 Kh7 40.Kg2 Rg5+ 41.Kf2 Rf5 42.Qd8 Re4 43.Rxb7 Ref4 44.Rb3 c5 45.Re3 Kg7 46.Qd2 g5 47.Kg2 g4 48.Be4 Rf6 49.h3 Re6 50.Bd3 Ref6 51.hxg4 hxg4 52.Re4 1-0
    *Source USCF

  7. GM Kosteniuk advances to Round 3 ~ Rd2 Tie-Off win…..
    White Aleksandra Kosteniuk 2507
    Black Sopiko Khukhashvili 2430
    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Be2 a6 7.0-0 Nf6 8.Be3 Be7 9. f4 d6
    10.Qe1 0-0 11.Qg3 Nxd4 12.Bxd4 b5 13.a3 Bb7 14.Kh1 Rad8 15.Bd3 Rd7 16.Rae1 Re8
    17.Re2 Qd8 18.Qh3 g6 19.f5 e5 20.Be3 Bc6 21.Ref2 h5.22.fxg6 fxg6 23.Qe6+ Kg7 24.Nd5 Bxd5
    25.exd5 Rf8 26.Rf3 h4 27.Bg5 e4 28.Bxe4……1-0

  8. Zatonskih Eliminated in Women’s World Championship……..
    At the Women’s World Championship in Antakya, Turkey (December 2-25), IM Anna Zatonskih was eliminated against top seed GM Humpy Koneru (India). Anna lost the first game with White and then drew her second with Black.

    Women’s World Championship, Turkey 2010
    White: Zatonskih, Anna
    Black: Koneru, Humpy

    1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3 dxc4 5.Bg2 a6 6.Ne5 Bb4+ 7.Nc3 Nd5 8.O-O O-O 9.Qc2 b5 10.Be4 Bb7 11.Bxh7+ Kh8 12.Be4 Bd6 13.b3 cxb3 14.axb3 Bxe5 15.dxe5 Nc6 16.Nxd5 exd5 17.Bg2 Nxe5 18.Ba3 Re8 19.Rfd1 c6 20.e4 Kg8 21.Rac1 Rc8 22.Bc5 Nd7 23.Bh3 Ra8 24.Ba3 Nf6 25.exd5 cxd5 26.Bb2 Ne4 27.Bd4 Ng5 28.Bg2 Rc8 29.Qb2 Rxc1 30.Qxc1 Ne6 31.Qd2 Nxd4 32.Qxd4 Qd7 33.h4 a5 34.Bf1 a4 35.bxa4 bxa4 36.Qc5 Rc8 37.Qd4 a3 38.Ra1 Ra8 39.h5 Qa4 40.Qb6 Qc6 41.Qd4 Ra4 42.Qe5 Re4 43.Qg5 d4 44.Rxa3 Re1 45.f3 Qc4 0-1

  9. Aleksandra Kosteniuk lost her title!
    Losing game 1 in the tie-break match wıth Chinese player Ruan Lufei, and played to a Draw in the second game..Round 3 rapid playoff..
    Aleksandra Kosteniuk white
    Ruan Lufei Black
    1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. O-O Nd4 6. Nxd4 Bxd4 7. Nd2 c6 8. Ba4 d6 9. c3 Bb6 10. Bb3 O-O 11. Nc4 Bc7 12. Bg5 h6 13. Bh4 g5 14. Bg3 Re8 15. Ne3 Kg7 16. Qf3 Be6 17. Nf5+ Bxf5 18. Qxf5 Qc8 19. Qf3 Qg4 20. Qxg4 Nxg4 21. f3 Bb6+ 22. Kh1 Ne3 23. Rfc1 f5 24. exf5 Nxf5 25. Be1 d5 26. Bd2 Kf6 27. g4 Nh4 28. Rf1 Ng6 29. Rae1 Re7 30. a4 a5 31. Bc2 Rf8 32. Re2 Kg7 33. Ree1 Ref7 34. Bd1 Bc7 35. Be3 Nh4 36. Bc5 Re8 37. Bd4 Ree7 38. Bc5 Re6 39. d4 b6 40. Ba3 e4 41. fxe4 Rxf1+ 42. Rxf1 Rxe4 43. Bf8+ Kg8 44. Ba3 Bf4 45. Kg1 Re3 46. Kf2 Rh3 47. Rh1 Kf7 48. Kg1 Be3+ 49. Kf1 Ng6 50. Bc2 Nf4 51. Ke1 Rf3 52. Kd1 Rf2 53. Re1 Ng2 54. Rh1 Bd2 0-1

  10. December 12, 2010, 8:49 pm
    Defending Champion Ousted as Women’s World Championship Reaches Quarterfinals
    There will be a new women’s world champion.

    Alexandra Kosteniuk, a Russian grandmaster, who won the world championship in 2008, was ousted from the Women’s World Championship tournament on Sunday by Ruan Lufei of China. Ruan was one of four Chinese players to advance to the quarterfinals. The others were Hou Yifan, the second-highest ranked player in the field, Zhao Xue and Ju Wenjun……………


  11. All-Chinese Final at the Women’s World Championships ………………………………………
    December 17, 2010
    16-year-old GM Hou Yifan has again advanced to the finals of the Women’s World Championship in Antakya, Turkey (December 2-25) by defeating top-seed GM Humpy Koneru 1.5-0.5.

    Two years ago in Nalchik, Russia Hou defeated the same opponent in the semifinals but lost to GM Alexandra Kosteniuk in the final. The final is a four-game match starting on Monday, December 20th. (Saturday is for tiebreaks and Sunday is a free day.) Hou will face the tiebreak winner of GM Zhao Xue and Carnegie Mellon doctoral candidate WGM Ruan Lufei, both of whom are representing China.

    Women’s World Championship, Turkey 2010
    White: Hou, Yifan
    Black: Koneru, Humpy

    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.O-O Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.dxe5 Nf5 8.Qxd8+ Kxd8 9.Nc3 Ke8 10.Ne2 Be7 11.b3 a5 12.a4 Be6 13.Bb2 h5 14.Nfd4 Nxd4 15.Nxd4 Rd8 16.Nxe6 fxe6 17.Rad1 Kf7 18.g3 Bb4 19.Kg2 Bd2 20.Kf3 Rd5 21.Ke2 Rhd8 22.c4 R5d7 23.Bc1 Bc3 24.Rxd7+ Rxd7 25.f4 g6 26.Rf3 Bb4 27.Rd3 Rxd3 28.Kxd3 Be7 29.Be3 c5 30.Ke4 b6 31.Kf3 Bf8 32.g4 Be7 33.Kg3 c6 34.Kh3 Bd8 35.Bf2 Bc7 36.Bh4 hxg4+ 37.Kxg4 Kg7 38.Bf6+ Kf7 39.Bh4 Kg7 40.Bf6+ Kf7 41.Kg5 b5 42.Kh6 bxa4 43.bxa4 Bb6 44.Be7 Bc7 45.Bxc5 Bd8 46.Bf2 Be7 47.c5 Bf8+ 48.Kg5 Be7+ 49.Kg4 Ke8 50.Be1 Bxc5 51.Bxa5 Be7 52.Kf3 Kd7 53.Ke4 c5 54.Kd3 Kc6 55.Kc4 Bh4 56.Bd2 Bf2 57.h3 Bg1 58.Bc1 Bf2 59.Bd2 Bg1 60.Kd3 Bf2 61.Be3 Be1 62.Kc4 Bb4 63.Bf2 Kb6 64.Be3 Kc6 65.Bg1 Kb6 66.Bf2 Kc6 67.Bh4 Bd2 68.Bg5 Be1 69.Be7 Bf2 70.a5 Be3 71.Bg5 Bf2 72.h4 Bg3 73.a6 Bf2 74.h5 gxh5 75.f5 exf5 76.e6 Bg3 77.e7 Kd7 78.a7 1-0

  12. December 19, 2010, 6:30 pm
    Two Chinese Players Are Finalists at Women’s World Chess Championship

    The next women’s world champion will be Chinese, only her identity is not known.

    Humpy Koneru of India, the last non-Chinese player in the Women’s World Championship tournament, was defeated by Hou Yifan of China in one semifinal on Friday. It was exactly the same result between the same two players as in a semifinal of the 2008 women’s championship. Alexandra Kosteniuk of Russia won the championship that year, beating Hou in the final. ……………

  13. December 24, 2010
    16-year-old GM Hou Yifan of China is the new Women’s World Champion! Hou defeated Ruan Lufei in the rapid tiebreak playoff to become the youngest World Champ in history and avenge her near-victory in Nalchik 2008, when Hou lost only in the final to GM Alexandra Kosteniuk.

    Here is the rapid victory that clinched the title for Hou:

    Women’s World Championship, Turkey 2010
    White: Hou, Yifan
    Black: Ruan, Lufei

    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nd4 4.Nxd4 exd4 5.O-O Bc5 6.Bc4 d6 7.c3 Ne7 8.d3 O-O 9.Bg5 Kh8 10.Nd2 f6 11.Bh4 c6 12.Qe2 d5 13.Bb3 dxc3 14.bxc3 d4 15.cxd4 Bxd4 16.Rad1 Ng6 17.Bg3 Ne5 18.h3 a5 19.a4 Qe7 20.Kh1 c5 21.f4 Nc6 22.Nf3 Be6 23.Bxe6 Qxe6 24.Rb1 Qd7 25.Rfd1 Rfc8 26.Rb5 Nb4 27.Be1 b6 28.Nxd4 Qxd4 29.Bf2 Qd6 30.e5 fxe5 31.fxe5 Qe6 32.d4 c4 33.d5 Qf5 34.d6 Nd3 35.Bxb6 Re8 36.Qg4 Qf7 37.d7 Re7 38.e6 Rxe6 39.Qxc4 Qxd7 40.Rxd3 Re1+ 41.Kh2 Qe7 42.Qc7 1-0

  14. Record Set for World’s Youngest Chess Champion
    Published: December 24,2010

    Hou Yifan, a 16-year-old chess player from China, became the youngest world chess champion on Friday, toppling a record held since 1978.

    16-Year-Old Is Youngest Chess Champion in History (December 24, 2010) Ms. Hou defeated another Chinese player, Ruan Lufei, in the final of the Women’s World Chess Championship, which was held in Antakya, Turkey.


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