Women's World Chess, "Gorgeous Grandmasters"

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Jul 11, 2007, 4:53 AM |
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The Women's World Championship was established by FIDE in 1927. It was a tournament that was held alongside the Chess Olympiad. It was won by the legendary Vera Menchik (picture right), who went on to win every challenge and indeed ever championship she ever played in during her lifetime. Menchik died, undefeated, during the Second World War, and was succeeded by Ludmilla Rudenko, who won a round robin in 1949-50 to receive the title.

After this the system was changed to mirror the men's championship, i.e. a cycle of Candidates tournaments and Interzonals was held to to pick a challenger. The first was Elizaveta Bikova in 1952, who won the title in 1953, lost it in 1956 and regained it in 1958. Then came the "Georgian era", which lasted from 1962 to 1991 and saw Nona Gaprindashvili and Maya Chiburdaidze dominating women's chess.

In 1991 the Chinese player Xie Jun defeated Chiburdanidze to take the title. She was defeated in 1996 by the oldest Polgar sister, Susan, who kept the title until she lost it in 1999 by default to Xie Jun due to the birth of her first child. After this FIDE installed the knockout system for the Women's World Championship, and this was won in 2001 by the Chinese player Zhu Chen. The last championship in 2004 saw Bulgarian GM Antoaneta Stefanova win the title.

All women's world champions

Vera Menchik 1927–1944 United Kingdom
Ludmilla Rudenko 1950–1953 Soviet Union
Elisabeth Bikova 1953–1956 Soviet Union
Olga Rubzowa 1956–1958 Soviet Union
Elisabeth Bikova 1958–1962 Soviet Union
Nona Gaprindashvili 1962–1978 Georgia
Maya Chiburdanidze 1978–1991 Georgia
Xie Jun 1991–1996 China
Susan Polgar 1996–1999 Hungary
Xie Jun 1999–2001 China
Zhu Chen 2001–2004 China
Antoaneta Stefanova 2004–2006 Bulgaria

Participants


GM Antoaneta Stefanova, BUL, Women's World Champion 2004


IM Ekaterina Kovalevskaya, RUS, runner-up of WWCC 2004


GM Koneru Humpy, IND, semi-finalist of WWCC 2004


GM Maya Chiburdanidze, GEO, semi-finalist of WWCC 2004


WGM Ekaterina Korbut, RUS, World Junior Champion 2004


IM Elizabeth Paehtz, GER, World Junior Champion 2005


GM Alisa Galliamova, RUS, Rating List 7/2004 - 1/2005


WGM Xu Yuhua, CHN, Rating List 7/2004 - 1/2005


GM Alexandra Kosteniuk, RUS, Rating List 7/2004 - 1/2005


GM Zhu Chen, CHN Rating List 7/2004 - 1/2005


WGM Natalia Zhukova, RUS, Dresden 2004


GM Pia Cramling, SWE, Dresden 2004


IM Tatiana Kosintseva, RUS, Dresden 2004


IM Kateryna Lahno, UKR, Kishinev 2005


IM Lilit Mkrtchian, ARM, Kishinev 2005


IM Almira Skripchenko, FRA, Kishinev 2005 (after TB)


WGM Viktoria Cmilyte, LTU, Kishinev, reserve player


WGM Irina Krush, USA, Zone 2.1


WGM Tuduetso Sabure, BOT, Cont. Championship

Seedings

 
1 Koneru, Humpy GM 2537
2 Cramling Pia GM 2515
3 Kosteniuk, Alexandra GM 2514
4 Chiburdanidze, Maya GM 2511
5 Xu, Yuhua WGM 2502
6 Lahno Kateryna IM 2500
7 Stefanova, Antoaneta GM 2499
8 Zhu, Chen GM 2482
9 Kosintseva Nadezhda IM 2480
10 Hoang Xuan Thanh Khiet IM 2480
11 Kosintseva Tatiana IM 2479
12 Vijayalakshmi, Subbaraman IM 2479
13 Socko Monika IM 2475
14 Cmilyte, Viktoria IM 2475
15 Zhao, Xue WGM 2473
16 Qin, Janying WGM 2469
17 Galliamova, Alisa IM 2467
18 Dembo Yelena IM 2461
19 Skripchenko Almira IM 2461
20 Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina IM 2458
21 Mkrtchian Lilit IM 2453
22 Dzagnidze Nana IM 2452
23 Krush, Irina IM 2447
24 Javakhishvili Lela IM 2444
25 Zhukova Natalia WGM 2432
26 Khurtsidze Nino IM 2430
27 Matveeva Svetlana IM 2428
28 Korbut, Ekaterina WGM 2427
29 Arakhamia-Grant Ketevan IM 2426
30 Danielian Elina IM 2423
31 Paehts, Elizabeth IM 2422
32 Zaiatz Elena IM 2422
33 Radziewicz Iweta IM 2421
34 Kononenko Tatiana WGM 2417
35 Sebag Marie IM 2415
36 Peng Zhaoqin GM 2407
37 Foisor Cristina-Adele IM 2402
38 Zielinska Marta WGM 2398
39 Ushenina Anna WGM 2398
40 Vasilevich Irina WGM 2386
41 Wang, Yu WGM 2385
42 Shen, Yang   2380
43 Slavina-Turova Irina WGM 2379
44 Ovod Evgenija WGM 2366
45 Ruan, Lufei   2361
46 Pina, Sulennis WGM 2358
47 Houska Jovanka WGM 2355
48 Lujan, Carolina WGM 2346
49 Purtseladze Maka WGM 2341
50 Aketaeva, Dana WIM 2330
51 Kursova Maria WIM 2319
52 Pourkashiyan, Atousa WIM 2296
53 Ju, Wenjun   2290
54 Meenakshi Subbaraman WGM 2289
55 Berezina-Feldman, Irina WIM 2285
56 Hou, Yifan WFM 2269
57 Arribas, Maritza WGM 2261
58 Abrahamyan, Tatev WFM 2254
59 Zapata, Karen WIM 2218
60 Khoudgarian, Natalia WIM 2106
61 Sohair Farid Basta WIM 2083
62 Sabure, Tuduetso WGM 2072
63 Mezioud Amina   1989
64 Reserve player from Americas