Women's World Championship Q-Finals Completed
The 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
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.
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!
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.
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||3½|
|Huang, Qian (CHN)||½||½||½||½||½||0||2½|
|Q-Final Match 03|
|Kosintseva, Nadezhda (RUS)||½||0||½|
|Ushenina, Anna (UKR)||½||1||1½|
|Q-Final Match 04|
|Zhao, Xue (CHN)||½||½||0||½||1½|
|Harika, Dronavalli (IND)||½||½||1||½||2½|
The Semi-final pairings
Antoaneta Stefanova (Bulgaria, 16th seed) – Harika Dronavalli (India, 12th seed)
Anna Ushenina (Ukraine, 30th seed) – Ju Wenjun (China, 15th seed)
The remaining schedule is below. Games start at 15:00 local time (09:00 UTC).
|23.11.2012||Friday||Semi-finals - game 1|
|24.11.2012||Saturday||Semi-finals - game 2|
|27.11.2012||Tuesday||Final - Game1|
|28.11.2012||Wednesday||Final - Game2|
|29.11.2012||Thursday||Final - Game3|
|30.11.2012||Friday||Final - Game4|
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.