Women's World Chess Championship

Women's World Chess Championship

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Dec 1, 2010, 12:19 PM |
73 | Chess Event Coverage

Womens_World_Championships_LOGO_2010.jpgThe 2010 Women's World Chess Championship will take place in Hatay, Turkey from 3-24 December.

Alexandra Kosteniuk will be defending the title she earned two years ago in Nalchik, Russia.

The format is once again a 64-player, 6 round KO event, with Kosteniuk top seeded as the defending champion, and the rest seeded by Elo rating to create the draw:

Seed Name Nat Elo Seed Name Nat Elo
1 Kosteniuk, Alexandra RUS 2507 64 Mezioud, Amina ALG 2029
2 Koneru, Humpy IND 2600 63 Greeff, Melissa RSA 2082
3 Hou, Yifan CHN 2591 62 Heredia Serrano, Carla ECU 2087
4 Kosintseva, Tatiana RUS 2581 61 Mona, Khaled EGY 2093
5 Dzagnidze, Nana GEO 2551 60 Kagramanov, Dina CAN 2101
6 Stefanova, Antoaneta BUL 2548 59 Aliaga Fernandez, Ingrid Y PER 2154
7 Muzychuk, Anna SLO 2530 58 Zuriel, Marisa ARG 2208
8 Cramling, Pia SWE 2526 57 Yildiz, Betul Cemre TUR 2225
9 Harika, Dronavalli IND 2525 56 Nadig, Kruttika IND 2230
10 Ju, Wenjun CHN 2524 55 Caoili, Arianne AUS 2242
11 Lahno, Kateryna UKR 2522 54 Ozturk, Kubra TUR 2264
12 Cmilyte, Viktorija LTU 2514 53 Demina, Julia RUS 2323
13 Chiburdanidze, Maia GEO 2502 52 Meenakshi Subbaraman IND 2328
14 Socko, Monika POL 2495 51 Soumya, Swaminathan IND 2332
15 Sebag, Marie FRA 2494 50 Vasilevich, Irina RUS 2333
16 Ruan, Lufei CHN 2480 49 Baginskaite, Camilla USA 2336
17 Mkrtchian, Lilit ARM 2479 48 Zhang, Xiaowen CHN 2339
18 Zatonskih, Anna USA 2478 47 Lomineishvili, Maia GEO 2347
19 Zhu, Chen QAT 2477 46 Muminova, Nafisa UZB 2360
20 Zhao, Xue CHN 2474 45 Fierro Baquero, Martha L. ECU 2363
21 Paehtz, Elisabeth GER 2474 44 Zawadzka, Jolanta POL 2368
22 Hoang Thanh Trang HUN 2473 43 Ding, Yixin CHN 2370
23 Pogonina, Natalija RUS 2472 42 Kovanova, Baira RUS 2380
24 Danielian, Elina ARM 2466 41 Shadrina, Tatiana RUS 2384
25 Muzychuk, Mariya UKR 2462 40 Cori T., Deysi PER 2384
26 Shen, Yang CHN 2461 39 Ovod, Evgenija RUS 2387
27 Ushenina, Anna UKR 2460 38 Huang, Qian CHN 2402
28 Skripchenko, Almira FRA 2460 37 Foisor, Cristina-Adela ROU 2403
29 Dembo, Yelena GRE 2454 36 Munguntuul, Batkhuyag MGL 2409
30 Zhukova, Natalia UKR 2447 35 Romanko, Marina RUS 2414
31 Rajlich, Iweta POL 2446 34 Houska, Jovanka ENG 2421
32 Turova, Irina RUS 2439 33 Khukhashvili, Sopiko GEO 2430

 

So no special privileges for the defending champion (except the marginal advantage of being top seeded).

All matches will consist of two games at standard time controls (40 moves in 90 minutes, then 30 minutes to finish with a 30 second increment from the start) except the final which is contested over four games. 

Tie-breaks take the form of two rapid games (25 minutes plus a 10 second increment), then if the scores are still level there will be two blitz games (10 minutes plus 2 second increment). Finally, if necessary, there will be a sudden death game where white has 6 minutes and must win against black who has 5 minutes [EDIT: The official site has now changed the rules for the sudden-death games, so that white has five minutes and black has four, and there is an increment of 3 seconds/move from move 61].

The action starts each day at 15:00 local time (13:00 GMT).

The full schedule:

03/12/10 Opening Ceremony
04/12/10 Round 1, Game 1
05/12/10 Round 1, Game 2
06/12/10 Tiebreaks
07/12/10 Round 2: Game 1
08/12/10 Round 2: Game 2
09/12/10 Tiebreaks
10/12/10 Round 3: Game 1
11/12/10 Round 3: Game 2
12/12/10 Tiebreaks
13/12/10 Round 4: Game 1
14/12/10 Round 4: Game 2
15/12/10 Tiebreaks
16/12/10 Round 5: Game 1
17/12/10 Round 5: Game 2
18/12/10 Tiebreaks
19/12/10 Free Day
20/12/10 Round 6: Game 1
21/12/10 Round 6: Game 2
22/12/10 Round 6: Game 3
23/12/10 Round 6: Game 4
24/12/10 Tiebreaks + Closing Ceremony


The total prize fund is 450,000 USD split as follows.

1st round 32 losers x 3,750 = 120,000
2nd round 16 losers x 5,500 = 88,000
3rd round 8 losers x 8,000 = 64,000
4th round 4 losers x 12,000 = 48,000
5th round 2 losers x 20,000 = 40,000
6th round 1 loser x 30,000 = 30,000
Women's World Champion = 60,000

Good luck to all the competitors!

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