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The OP mentioned that she is not cheering for Irina Krush on principle however in my case I'm outside the USA and I like Irina ( she is married to a Candian GM plus she writes some nice articles for " Chess Life " from time to time ). She is also a 4 time USA Women's Champion.
I bet Anna Muzychuk will win, 20$ on Muzychuck
SHE IS ALREADY ELIMINATED. i take ur bet
Late I put my money on Marie Sebag
Cried a little when I saw Nadezhda and Tatiana the first time.
Socko has been eliminated from the tournament by former world champion Stefanova Antoaneta. Pogonina has been eliminated by Anna Ushenina.
I thought Pia Cramling was a former WWC, I was wrong. Here are the past world champions:
The Kosintseva sisters drew their game and now go to tie-breaks. Irina Krush only needed a draw to advance, but she lost so now will play tie-breakers w/ Huang Qian. Marie Sebag has advanced to the quarterfinals. Dronavalli Harika has advanced to the quarterfinals.
Natalia Zhukova needs to win in order to get to tie-breaks against Wenjun Ju. Zhukova has a queen and two pawns against Ju's bishop, knight, and one pawn. Oddly, the game looks like a draw! It may go to the fifty move rule to obtain the draw. The last capture or pawn move was move 55. They are now on move 78.
Zhukova actually found a way to win, so she will continue her match with Ju tomrrow in tie-breaks. The highest seeded player, number four seed Xue Zhao has also won today, advancing to the quarterfinals.
So, tomorrow we have three tie-break matches, including the Kosintseva sisters playing each other, and Qian vs Krush
edit: because I'm not too bright this morning
Hi pdela. I see that Marie Sebag is having an excellent tournament!
Thanks for these updates Trysts. I gather that since Irina Krush missed getting the draw today she will have to bring her " A-Game " tomorrow ( go big or go home ? ).
Thank you, cabadenwurt! Yes, her's and the other two matches tomorrow I expect to be filled with nerves.
This thread is a nice piece of journalism, Sharon. The knockout format seems overly complicated to me. Do you feel the players would be better served by a simpler format?
Thank you, electricpawn! I like the format myself, but I don't think the favorites of the tournament did. It's turned out to be like the open candidate's tournament(minus the absurd amount of draws), where the favorites are gone and winner is Gelfand
There was a thread on here, calling it a joke, so there has already been a thread on it.
Hi woodshover! Do you remember the name of the thread?
It was by Monster something. Can't remember his whole name, but it was "Is the women's world championship a joke?" He was saying he asked that because #64 in the world was only rated about 1800.
I think the Monster person is quite wrong. They don't just pick the highest rated players. Here is how the choices were made:
From World Women’s Championships 2010-2011:01. Hou, Yifan (CHN) – World Champion 02. Koneru, Humpy (IND) – World Champion Finalist 2011 03. Zhao Xue (CHN) – World Championship Semi finals 2010
b) World Girl Junior Champions 2010-2011:04. Muzychuk, Anna (SLO) 05. Cori T Deysi (PER)
c) Rating List average 7/2011 & 1/2012:06. Gunina, Valentina (RUS) 07. Galliamova, Alisa (RUS) 08. Zhu, Chen (QAT) 09. Kosteniuk, Alexandra (RUS) 10. Skripchenko, Almira (FRA) 11. Ushenina, Anna (UKR)
d) 28 players from European Women’s Championships 2010 & 201112. Cramling, Pia (SWE) (2010)13. Cmilyte, Viktorija (LTU) 14. Socko Monika (POL) 15. Sebag, Marie (FRA) 16. Kosintseva Tatiana (RUS) 17. Zhukova Natalia (UKR) 18. Dembo Elena (GRE) 19. Stefanova Antoaneta (BUL) 20. Kosintseva Nadezhda (RUS) 21. Muzychuk Mariya (UKR) 22. Rajlich Iweta (POL) 23. Ziaziulkina Nastassia (BLR) 24. Kovalevskaya Ekaterina (RUS) 25. Khurtsidze Nino (GEO) 26. Danielian, Elina (ARM) (2011) 27. Matveeva, Svetlana (RUS) 28. Khotenashvili, Bela (GEO) 29. Lahno, Kateryna (UKR) 30. Javakhishvili, Lela (GEO)31. Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan (SCO) 32. Foisor, Cristina-Adela (ROU) 33. Bodnaruk Anastasia (RUS) 34. Pogonina Natalija (RUS) 35. Ovod Evgenija (RUS) 36. Romanko Marina (RUS) 37. Hoang Thanh Trang (HUN) 38. Mkrtchian Lilit (ARM) 39. Khukhashvili Sopiko (GEO)
e) 8 players from Americas40. Arribas Robaina, Maritza (CUB) (Continental)41. Zatonskih, Anna (USA) (Zonal 2.1)42. Abrahamyan, Tatev (USA) (Zonal 2.1)43. Krush, Irina (USA) (Zonal 2.1)44. Khoudgarian, Natalia (CAN) (Zonal 2.2)45. Castrillon Gomez, Melissa (COL) (Zonal 2.3)46. Aliaga Fernandez, Ingrid (PER) (Zonal 2.4)47. Lujan, Carolina (ARG) (Zonal 2.5)
f) 12 players from Asia/Oceania48. Pourkashiyan, Atousa (IRI) (Continental 2010)49. Harika, Dronavalli (IND) (Continental 2011)50. Ghader Pour, Shayesteh (IRI) (Zonal 3.1)51. Ranasinghe, S D (SRI) (Zonal 3.2) 52. Li, Ruofan (SIN) (Zonal 3.3)53. Davletbayeva, Madina (KAZ) (Zonal 3.4)54. Ju Wenjun (CHN) (Zonal 3.5)55. Shen Yang (CHN) (Zonal 3.5)56. Huang Qian (CHN) (Zonal 3.5)57. Gu Xiaobing (CHN) (Zonal 3.5)58. Berezina, Irina (AUS) (Zonal 3.6)59. Soumya, Swaminathan (IND) (Zonal 3.7)
g) 3 players from African Women’s Championship 201160. Mona, Khaled (EGY) 61. Mezioud, Amina (ALG) 62. Frick, Denise (RSA)
h) 2 nominees of the FIDE President63. Guo Qi (CHN)64. Olga Girya (RUS)
TOTAL: 64 players
What happened about the other losing World Championship semi finalist I wonder?
Sad to see Natalya Pogonina go out but she appears to have been pretty comprehensively outplayed by Ushenina over the two games. Better luck next time for her.
Not sure who to root for now - maybe I'll be a male chauvenist pig and go for the prettiest lady. :)
I believe it was Monster with no name.
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