2010 Women Chess Cup (Antakya, Turkey)
Today starts the Women’s World Championship with most of the top players in the world. Of course, Judit Polgar has eschewed playing in the gender-based tournament, but as the gap closes, there may be more entrants into the upper echelon of chess. Two possibilities are from the Asian continent in India’s Humpy Koneru and China’s Hou Yifan. Both have shown their mettle amongst elite men and are favored to take over the crown from reigning champion, Alexandra Kosteniuk. Kosteniuk has held the title for two years, but has not been in top form lately. She will headline a field of 64 qualifiers from around the world. The winner will win US$60,000.
Photo by wwcxc2010.tsf.org.tr.
The tournament will be a knockout format with the first five rounds being two games of 40 moves in 90 minutes with a 30-second increment for each move thereafter. There will be two tiebreak games with the entire game player in 25 minutes with 10-second increment per move. Thereafter will be two five-minute games with 10-second increment per move. If the score is level there will be one sudden death playoff with draw odds for black. White will receive five minutes and black will receive four minutes. Black only has to score a draw to win.
December 2-25, 2010 (Antakya, Turkey)
|22||Hoang Thanh Trang||GM||Hungary||
|40||Cori T., Deysi||WGM||Peru||
|45||Fierro Baquero, Martha||IM||Ecuador||
|57||Yildiz, Betul Cemre||WIM||Turkey||
|59||Aliaga Fernandez, Ingrid||GM||Peru||
|62||Heredia Serrano, Carla||WIM||Ecuador||
|63||Greeff, Melissa||WGM||South Africa||
| Round 1 | Round 2 | Round 3 | Round 4 |
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Where’s Irina Krush?
Did she not qualify?
Apparently not. There is the other Kosintseva sister who is not there either.
Alexandra Kosteniuk, Koneru Humpy and Hou Yifan have mauled their opponents in the first game.
From the French website Nadezhda Kosinteva said she missed two qualifiers. First, while preparing for her final university exams and the second time due to illness. She tried to qualify by rating, but she didn’t make the cutoff. She could have gotten a spot as the President’s choice, but that was given to a Turkish player because they apparently got two spots on the condition that they organize the tournament. Politics never seem to escape chess. She also made the point that old ELO ratings were used to determine the selections by rating.
Hou Yifan (CHN) 1-0 Carla Heredia Serrano (ECU)
Baira Kovanova (RUS) 1-0 Natalija Pogonina (RUS)
Tatiana Shadrina (RUS) 0-1 Dronavali Harika (IND)
Alexandra Kosteniuk (RUS) 1-0 Amina Mezioud (ALG)
Marie Sebag (FRA) 1-0 Irina Vasilevich (RUS)
Amina Mezioud (ALG) 0-1 Alexandra Kosteniuk (RUS)
Zhao Xue (CHN) 1/2-1/2 Martha Fierro (ECU)
Ruan Lufei (CHN) 1-0 Camila Baginskaite (USA)
Zhang Xiaowen (CHN) 1-0 Lilit Mkrtchian (ARM)
Round #2 Pairings
FLASH! More upsets in Game 1 of Round #2… Kosintseva falls to Elena Dembo. More details on all the action coming!
Marina Romanko (RUS) 0-1 Hou Yifan (CHN)
Tatiana Kosintseva (RUS) 0-1 Yelena Dembo (GRE)
Viktorija Cmilyte (LTU) 0-1 Elisabeth Paehtz (GER)
Koneru Humpy (IND) 1-0 Jovanka Houska (ALG)
Antoaneta Stefanova (BUL) 1-0 Hoang Thanh Trang (HUN)
Zhao Xue (CHN) 1-0 Maia Chibudanidze (GEO)
Baira Kovanova (RUS) 0-1 Ju Wenjun (CHN)
Almira Skripchenko (FRA) 1-0 Nana Dzagnidze (UKR)
Monika Socko (POL) 0-1 Zhu Chen (QAT)
Round #3 Pairings
Round #3 – Tiebreak
Round #4 Pairings
Preview: Looking at the quarterfinals, you have Koneru Humpy and Hou Yifan in the same bracket. That is unfortunate and probably an oversight. Apparently, Alexandra Kosteniuk is the top seed as World Champion, but it still would not explain Humpy and Hou in the same bracket since they would be #2 and #3. It appears as if Kosteniuk was given the best chance to defend.
Full Coverage: https://www.thechessdrum.net/blog/2010/12/12/2010-womens-chess-championship-round-4/
Round #5 Pairings
Preview: As if on cue, China has made a statement on the world stage once again. They will boast three of the last four players in the 2010 Women’s World Chess Championship in Antakya, Turkey. This will assure that at least one Chinese will play for the world crown. India will send their best into the semifinals and will try to become the first nation in a long time to hold both the men’s and women’s titles.
Full Coverage: https://www.thechessdrum.net/blog/2010/12/15/2010-womens-chess-championship-round-5/
FINALS (Hou Yifan vs. Ruan Lufei)
Preview: The stage is set and at the end of this final match, the glory will be China’s once again. However, who will win the Women’s World Championship Chess match? If that question is asked, you may be inclined to reply either “Yes” or “Hou” depending on how you understood the question. Journalists are getting ready with double entrendres seen in the comical YouTube video of George W. Bush asking about Hu Jintao.
Full Coverage: https://www.thechessdrum.net/blog/2010/12/18/2010-womens-chess-championship-finals/
After the ceremonial move, customary handshake, let the game begin! FIDE Vice President and President of Turkey Chess Federation, Ali Nihat Yazici looks on while Chief Arbiter Erdem Uçarku? starts clock. Photo by wwcxc2010.tsf.org.tr.
Ruan Lufei and Hou Yifan battle in tiebreaks with FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov on hand to crown the new champion.
Grandmaster Hou Yifan, Women’s World Champion