Women's World Championship Reaches Quarter-Finals

Women's World Championship Reaches Quarter-Finals

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Sep 7, 2008, 1:07 AM |
15 | Chess Event Coverage

The Women's World Championship in Nalchik, Russia is starting to get to the business end of the tournament and the top 4 rated players have all survived intact to reach the quarter-finals.  They are Humpy Koneru (2622), Hou Yifan (2557), Antoaneta Stefanova (2550) and Pia Cramling (2544).

Both the Kosintseva sisters from Russia have now been eliminated - Tatjana lost to compatriot Alexandra Kosteniuk (pictured) and Nadezhda to China's Shen Yang (pictured below) on blitz tie-breaks.

Anna Ushenina of Ukraine convincingly beat Svetlana Matveeva to claim her place in the quarter-finals, and Lilit Mkrtchian of Armenia completes the line-up.  The pairings for the quarter-finals are:

Alexandra Kosteniuk (RUS) 2510 Anna Ushenina (UKR) 2476
Humpy Koneru (IND) 2622 Shen Yang (CHN) 2445
Lilit Mkrtchian (ARM) 2436 Hou Yifan (CHN) 2557
Antoaneta Stefanova (BUL) 2550 Pia Cramling (SWE) 2544


Official site here.

Shen Yang celebrates reaching the quarter-finals.

UPDATE: Q-FINALS FIRST ROUND:  PIA CRAMLING BEATS ANTOANETA STEFANOVA AND HUMPY KONERU BEATS SHEN YANG. GAMES ADDED BELOW.  OTHER GAMES DRAWN.

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