The Women's World Chess Championship of 2012

chesskingdreamer escribió:
pdela wrote:

I bet Anna Muzychuk will win,  20$ on Muzychuck


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:

Vera Menchik 1927–1944  Soviet Union /  Czechoslovakia /  England
Lyudmila Rudenko 1950–1953  Soviet Union (Ukrainian SSR)
Elisabeth Bykova 1953–1956  Soviet Union (Russian SFSR)
Olga Rubtsova 1956–1958  Soviet Union (Russian SFSR)
Elisabeth Bykova 1958–1962  Soviet Union (Russian SFSR)
Nona Gaprindashvili 1962–1978  Soviet Union (Georgian SSR)
Maya Chiburdanidze 1978–1991  Soviet Union (Georgian SSR)
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
Xu Yuhua 2006–2008  China
Alexandra Kosteniuk 2008–2010  Russia
Hou Yifan 2010–  China


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 KrushWink

edit: because I'm not too bright this morning


hello trysts!


Hi pdela. I see that Marie Sebag is having an excellent tournament!Wink


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 GelfandLaughing


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.

Conflagration_Planet wrote:

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 & 2011
12. 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 Americas
40. 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/Oceania
48. 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 2011
60. Mona, Khaled (EGY) 
61. Mezioud, Amina (ALG) 
62. Frick, Denise (RSA)

h) 2 nominees of the FIDE President
63. 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.


I posted in it so you would see it. A joke that's not funny.


Everyone I picked has lost, johyoudell. After the next three tie-break matches are decided, I'll probably jinx two more innocent peopleLaughing