Women's World Championship Q-Finals Completed

Women's World Championship Q-Finals Completed

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womens%20world%20chess%20championship%202012%20logo.jpgThe quarter-finals of the 2012 Women's World Championship were completed today, with three of the matches needing tie-breaks to decide the result.

The only match which ended in the standard time-control games was Anna Ushenina of Ukraine defeating Nadezhda Kosintseva, thereby eliminating the last Russian player in the competition.

Anna Ushenina (left) beat Nadezhda Kosintseva to reach the semi-finals

2012 Women World Championship Round 4 Anna Ushenina Nadezhda Kosintseva.jpg

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Antoaneta Stefanova won both her tie-break games against Marie Sebag to book her place in the semi-finals.  The first game was full of errors on both sides, but the second was well-played by Stefanova to seal the match victory.  The Bulgarian is aiming to regain the championship which she previously held from 2004-06.

Antoaneta Stefanova

2012 Women World Championship Round 4 Antoaneta Stefanova.jpg

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The tie-break between Harika Dronavalli and Zhao Xue ended in victory for the Indian player.  Harika Dronavalli turned the tables on her opponent in the first game and secured a safe draw to see her through to the semi-finals.

If Harika can take the title, then India will hold the World Champion (Vishy Anand) and Women's World Champion titles at the same time!

Harika Dronavalli

2012 Women World Championship Round 4 Harika Dronavalli.jpg

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The closest tie-break match was the all-Chinese pairing of Ju Wenjun and Huang Qian. After drawing the first two tie-break games, Ju Wenjun missed wining chances in the third game to allow another draw, but took advantage of a collapse from Huang Qian in the next game to take the match 3½-2½.

Ju Wenjun

2012 Women World Championship Round 4 Ju Wenjun.jpg

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The results in the quarter-finals

Q-Final Match 01 Pts
Sebag, Marie (FRA) 1 0 0 0 1
Stefanova, Antoaneta (BUL) 0 1 1 1 3
Q-Final Match 02
Ju, Wenjun (CHN) ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1
Huang, Qian (CHN) ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0
Q-Final Match 03
Kosintseva, Nadezhda (RUS) ½ 0 ½
Ushenina, Anna (UKR) ½ 1
Q-Final Match 04
Zhao, Xue (CHN) ½ ½ 0 ½
Harika, Dronavalli (IND) ½ ½ 1 ½

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The Semi-final pairings

Antoaneta Stefanova (Bulgaria, 16th seed) – Harika Dronavalli (India, 12th seed)

Anna Ushenina (Ukraine, 30th seed) – Ju Wenjun (China, 15th seed)

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The remaining schedule is below. Games start at 15:00 local time (09:00 UTC).

Date Day Event
23.11.2012 Friday Semi-finals - game 1
24.11.2012 Saturday Semi-finals - game 2
25.11.2012 Sunday Tiebreaks
26.11.2012 Monday Free Day
27.11.2012 Tuesday Final - Game1
28.11.2012 Wednesday Final - Game2
29.11.2012 Thursday Final - Game3
30.11.2012 Friday Final - Game4
01.12.2012 Saturday Tiebreaks
02.12.2012 Sunday Closing Ceremony

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The 2012 championship runs from 11 November - 2 December, with each round consisting of 2-game matches (4 in the final) between the players drawn against one another. Tied matches are decided by rapid and blitz tie-break deciders.

Pictures via the official website. Games via TWIC.

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