Women's World Championship Begins

Women's World Championship Begins

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Despite some much publicised off-the-board battles, and the consequent absence of some strong Georgian players from the event, the Women's World Chess Championship kicks off tomorrow (29 August) in sunny Nalchik, Russia.

A total of 53 entrants are taking part, including reigning champion Xu Yuhua of China, and former champ (and winner of the recent North Urals Cup super-tournament) Anoaneta Stefanova of Bulgaria.

Aside from the title and a cool $60,000 the winner will receive a crown decorated with 46 diamonds and 3 large sapphires.

The tournament will follow a knock-out format, with paired players playing 2-game matches with each other (and rapid tie-breaks if needed) until there are just two players left to challenge each other in a 4-game final.

The entrants include:

UPDATE: The highlighted players below are NOT taking part in the event.

Xu Yuhua (CHN) 2483
Humpy Koneru (IND) 2622
Hou Yifan (CHN) 2557
Antoaneta Stefanova (BUL) 2550
Pia Cramling (SWE)
Marie Sebag (FRA)
Alexandra Kosteniuk (RUS)
Viktoria Climyte (LTU)
Irina Krush (USA)
Anna Zatonskih (USA)
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