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Anna Ushenina Is The New Women's World Chess Champion!

  • SonofPearl
  • on 12/1/12, 3:59 AM.

womens%20world%20chess%20championship%202012%20logo.jpgFLASH REPORT - Anna Ushenina of Ukraine has become the 2012 Women's World Chess Champion by defeating Antoaneta Stefanova on tie-breaks 1½-½.

Ushenina drew the first rapid tie-break game with the black pieces and won the second with white to take the title.

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Anna Ushenina, the 2012 Women's World Chess Champion!

2012 Women World Championship Anna Ushenina.jpg

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The start of the tie-break

2012 Women World Championship Final Tie-break Anna Ushenina Antoaneta Stefanova.jpg

Photos from the official website. Games via TWIC.

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  • 24 months ago

    Crazychessplaya

    Time for Kirsan to leave the chess scene for good.

  • 24 months ago

    burraganesh

    What's even thrilling is that from Semifinal stage if we see the participants Anna Ushenina is the only IM while other three are GMs/WGMs.

    But it doesn't even matter this IM is the New World Champion !

    Reasons why I love  Knockout format is:-

    1.It will force an experienced/old player to try to win every game because youngsters often have time advantage in Tie breaks !. Ultimately we get to see exciting games without boring draws.

    2.The chamionship title is a burden and this format tests the nerves of existing title holder in defending it.

    3.Since the title may change hands more often and as more new players participate, the opponent/book knowledge greatly diminishes and every game would be fresh, thus the calculative powers are tested to greater extent.

    Certainly this format put's a great pressure on existing title holder, but the good news is that they get eliminated without worrying about progressive/M.Buch etc !!, just like Tennis, how many times haven't we seen top seed (like Federer) losing in quarters/semis etc,and a new player (like Djokovic) becoming a new champion.

  • 24 months ago

    waltervettivel

    i was expecting Stefanova's win but sadly her opponent won.

  • 24 months ago

    Abhishek2

    Congrats Anna, but honestly knockout tournaments do not determine the best players; swisses really do.

  • 24 months ago

    chesslaic

    Sooo happy for Anna!  It was so fun to watch last moves - in a position she normally would have won all in a breath she was so nervous so afraid of winning or not letting it slip away again that she almost allowed triple repeat. (actually it could have happened if Etti didn't alert her on time)

    But all's well that ends well and the pawn of  Ukrainian national team became THE QUEEN! I remember reading a quite old interview of hers where she said that her dream is to be a world champion. Enjoy your dream coming true, Anna! Cope well with your new status and be a great ambassador for women's chess!

  • 24 months ago

    burraganesh

    Congrats Ushenina.

    Friends don't say Anna again and again, it sounds like Anna Kournikova (Tennis) LOL !!

    Anna Ushenina well done, keep going (That's much better to put!)

  • 24 months ago

    manafxp

    Congratulations Anna!!! Wish you all the best for your future events as well.

  • 24 months ago

    Twobit

    Wow, congrats!

  • 24 months ago

    mapearson1990

    My respect to both players in the Final. Both played magnificent chess. Congratulations to Anna for her hard fought victory.

  • 24 months ago

    dancentino

    Congrats Anna! No wonder why you defeated Natalia in the previous round... You're so lovely... Congrats and can't resist to see you in future tourneys...

  • 24 months ago

    pdela

    I knew it ;)

  • 24 months ago

    loved

    Gimme an A!

    A!

    Gimme an N!

    N!

    Gimme another N!

    N!

    Gimme an A!

    A!

    What's it spell?

    Anna!

    Woo!

  • 24 months ago

    loved

    Go Anna! Go Anna! Go! Go! Go Anna!

  • 24 months ago

    TheMagicianPaul

    Congratulations Anna, this is a dream come true for her!

  • 24 months ago

    mattyL

    Congratulations Anna! Loved how both games were very close and long.... showed both really wanted to win... :)

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