Coming up: Women's World Championship

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Coming up: Women World ChampionshipTomorrow the Women's World Championship kicks off with the opening ceremony, and the first games will be played next Saturday. It is a 64-player knock-out competition, with mini-matches of two longplay games and if necessary rapidplay/blitz tie-breaks. Alexandra Kosteniuk defends her title in Antakya, Turkey.

The 2010 Women World Championship, organized by the Turkish Chess Federation, takes place December 2-25 in Antakya, Hatay, Turkey. Antakya is the seat of the Hatay Province in southern Turkey, near the border with Syria. It is located on the banks of the Orontes River, approximately 22 km (14 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast. It has a bit more than 200,000 inhabitants.




In the coming three weeks, 64 of the world's best female players will be in Antakya to decide who will be the next Women World Champion. The format of the tournament is very similar to the men's World Cups held in Khanty-Mansiysk several times: a knock-out competition, with mini-matches of two longplay games and if necessary rapidplay/blitz tie-breaks.

There are five rounds of matches, comprising two games per round, with the winners progressing to the next round. The 6th and final round will be played over four games and the winner will be declared Women’s World Champion.

Time control

The time control is 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move from move one. If the scores are level after the regular games, after a new drawing of colours, two tie break games will be played. The time control is 25 minutes on the clock for each player with an addition of 10 seconds after each move. If the scores are level after the rapid games, then, after a new drawing of colours, two five-minute games will be played with the addition of 10 seconds after each move.

If the score is still level after the blitz games, the players will play one sudden death game. The player who wins the drawing of lots may choose the color. The player with the white pieces shall receive 5 minutes, the player with the black pieces shall receive 4 minutes whereupon, after the 60th move, both players shall receive an increment of 3 seconds from move 61. The winner qualifies for the next round. In case of a draw the player with the black pieces qualifies for the next round.

Prize money

1st round: 32 losers get 3,750 USD 2nd round: 16 losers get 5,500 USD 3rd round: 8 losers get 8,000 USD 4th round: 4 losers get 12,000 USD 5th round: 2 losers get 20,000 USD 6th round: 1 loser gets 30,000 USD Women’s World Champion gets 60,000 USD

Who qualified?

  • The Women’s World Champion, runner-up and semi-finalists of the previous Women’s World Championship (4 players)
  • The World Junior Girl Champions U-20 of 2008 & 2009 (2 players).
  • The five best rated players from the average of the FIDE rating lists of July 2008 and January 2009 (5 players).
  • Fifty-one qualifiers from the Women’s Continental Championships and Zones (51 players).
  • Two nominees of the FIDE President (2 players).


Women World Championship 2010 | Participants
Women World Championship 2010 | Participants


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