Kosteniuk Out Of World Championship

Kosteniuk Out Of World Championship

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Dec 12, 2010, 10:49 AM |
30 | Chess Event Coverage

Reigning women's world chess champion Alexandra Kosteniuk (pictured) has crashed out of the 2010 competition after losing on tie-breaks to Chinese player Ruan Lufei in round three.

Kosteniuk's departure means that shockingly there are no Russians left to challenge for the title.  On the other hand, half of the eight remaining players through into the quarter-finals are Chinese!  China is certainly a dominant force in modern women's chess.

Former champions Antoaneta Stefanova and Maya Chiburdanidze lost in round two to Huang Qian and Xue Zhao respectively.  With yet another former champion Zhu Chen also falling by the wayside in round three, we now know that we will have a new name as the world champion.

The full results from round three:

Name FED Elo G1 G2 Rp1 Rp2 Bz1 Bz2 SD Total

Rd 3 Match 1








Kosteniuk, Alexandra RUS 2507 ½ ½ 0 ½


Ruan, Lufei CHN 2480 ½ ½ 1 ½



Rd 3 Match 2








Koneru, Humpy IND 2600 1 ½




Zatonskih, Anna USA 2478 0 ½




½

Rd 3 Match 3








Hou, Yifan CHN 2591 1 0 ½ 1


Zhu, Chen QAT 2477 0 1 ½ 0



Rd 3 Match 4








Zhao, Xue CHN 2474 1 ½




Dembo, Yelena GRE 2454 0 ½




½

Rd 3 Match 5








Cmilyte, Viktorija LTU 2514 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0
2
Skripchenko, Almira FRA 2460 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1
4

Rd 3 Match 6








Lahno, Kateryna UKR 2522 1 ½




Huang, Qian CHN 2402 0 ½




½

Rd 3 Match 7








Muzychuk, Anna SLO 2530 0 ½




½
Ju, Wenjun CHN 2524 1 ½





Rd 3 Match 8








Harika, Dronavalli IND 2525 ½ ½ 1 0 0 1 1 4
Muzychuk, Mariya UKR 2462 ½ ½ 0 1 1 0 0 3

 

'Chess Queen' Kosteniuk loses her crown on tie-breaks to Ruan Lufei

Kosteniuk_Rd3.jpg

 

So the quarter-final draw is:

 Ruan, Lufei CHN
 Harika, Dronavalli IND


 Koneru, Humpy IND
 Ju, Wenjun CHN


 Hou, Yifan CHN
 Lahno, Kateryna UKR


 Zhao, Xue CHN
 Skripchenko, Almira FRA


There is therefore a chance that all the semi-finalists could be Chinese!  Round four starts tomorrow (13 December) at 15:00 local time in Turkey (13:00 GMT).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture from the official website.

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