2012 Women’s Chess Championship (Round #1)

2012 Women World Chess Championship
Round #1 Pairings
# Player ELO
Nation
Flag
Player ELO
Nation
Flag
1 Hou 2606
CHN
China
Ranasinghe 1821
SRI
Sri Lanka
2 Koneru 2600
IND
India
Frick 1871
RSA
South Africa
3 Muzychuk 2586
SLO
Slovenia
Mezioud 2055
ALG
Algeria
4 Zhao 2474
CHN
China
Khoudgarian 2138
CAN
Canada
5 Lahno 2522
UKR
Ukraine
Khaled 2155
EGY
Egypt
6 Kosintseva,N 2539
RUS
Russia
Castrillon 2159
COL
Columbia
7 Cmilyte 2524
LTU
Lithuania
Aliaga 2175
PER
Per
8 Sebag 2521
FRA
France
Berezina 2190
AUS
Australia
9 Guinina 2517
RUS
Russia
Gu 2209
CHN
China
10 Cramling 2516
SWE
Sweden
Ghaderpour 2219
IRI
Iran
11 Kosintseva,T 2515
RUS
Russia
Davletbayeva 2220
KAZ
Kazakhstan
12 Harika 2512
IND
India
Soumya 2220
IND
India
13 Khotenashvili 2504
GEO
Georgia
Arribas Robaina 2273
CUB
Cub
14 Kosteniuk 2495
RUS
Russia
Abrahamyan 2304
USA
USA
15 Ju 2501
CHN
China
Pourkashiyan 2321
IRI
Iran
16 Stefanova 2548
BUL
Bulgaria
Romanko 2355
RUS
Russia
17 Zhu 2491
QAT
Qatar
Ziaziulkina 2367
RUS
Russia
18 Zatonskih 2489
USA
USA
Lujan 2369
ARG
Argentina
19 Pogonina 2480
RUS
Russia
Mateeva 2339
RUS
Russia
20 Muzychuk, M 2476
UKR
Ukraine
Foisor 2383
ROU
Romania
21 Danielian 2476
ARM
Armenia
Khukhashvili 2383
CHN
GEO
22 Hoang 2480
HUN
Hungary
Ovod 2384
RUS
Russia
23 Krush 2480
USA
USA
Li 2394
SIN
Singapore
24 Galliamova 2468
RUS
Russia
Kovalevskaya 2409
RUS
Russia
25 Girya 2480
RUS
Russia
Rajlich 2410
POL
Poland
26 Huang 2465
CHN
China
Shen 2465
CHN
China
27 Mkrtchian 2457
ARM
Armenia
Arakhamia-Grant 2414
SCO
Scotland
28 Javakhishvili 2480
GEO
Georgia
Bodnaruk 2415
RUS
Russia
29 Dembo 2454
GRE
Greece
Khurtsidze 2428
GEO
Georgia
30 Ushenina 2452
UKR
Ukraine
Cori 2429
PER
Peru
31 Zhukova 2451
UKR
Ukraine
Guo 2432
CHN
China
32 Socko 2480
POL
Poland
Skripchenko 2460
FRA
France
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Daaim Shabazz is the founder of The Chess Drum, while serving as a tenured faculty member of Global Business & Marketing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. He holds a B.S. Computer Science from Chicago State University, an MBA in Marketing and a Ph.D. in International Affairs & Development, both from Clark Atlanta University. He has served the journalist community for more than 30 years and still competes in tournaments occasionally.

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  1. Round #1 – Game #1
    Sunday, 11 November 2012

    The gap is closing… top seeds meet resistance

    Alexander Khalifman noticed that while there was only one rating upset, the lower-rated players were competing very fiercely. In fact top-rated Humpy Koneru struggled mightily against South Africa’s Denise Frick who appeared to have a strong attack against the Kan Sicilian. However, the Indian defended well and closed the door before seizing control and securing the point. Hou Yifan mopped up her opponent from Sri Lanka with a crushing attack on the French.

    Hou Yifan and S.D. Ranasinghe watch the ceremonial move. Hou won easily against her Lankan opponent. Photo from https://chess2012.ugrasport.com.

    Kateryna Lahno also had serious resistance from Egypt’s Mona Khaled, but a stock exchange sacrifice broke the fortress. In one noted battle Abrahamyan-Kosteniuk, white smoked the black king out to the center of the board and seemed to have attacking chances, but black monarch scampered to safety. While there were several upset draws, the favorites carried the way on tough battles. Following are a few of the games.

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  2. Round #1 – Game #2
    Monday, 12 November 2012

    Fire on board as favorites go through, but eight will go to tiebreaks.

    The women’s knockout tournament saw the favorites go through rather convincingly, but there will be several tiebreak matches. There were only six draws out of the 32 games played. Cuban player Maritza Arribas-Robaina equalized against Bela Khotenashvili in a tense Caro-Kann.

    Iran’s Atousa Pourkashiyan (pictured right) easily repelled China’s Ju Wenjun’s attack while crushing her queenside to pull into a 1-1 tie. Lela Javakhishvili pulled even with Anastasia Bodnaruk avenging her crushing loss yesterday where she was mated in the middle of the board. The other five tiebreaks come after two drawn games.

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  3. Round #1 – Tiebreaks
    Tuesday, 13 November 2012

    Favorites go through… except one.

    The round of 64 has been completed and there was only one notable upset with Cuba’s Maritza Arribas-Robaina (2273) ousting Georgia’s Bela Khotenashvili (2504). The first tiebreak was strange in that white was trying to press, but overextended and exposed her king. At a tense moment, Khotenashvili overlooked a mate in one.

    Cuba's Maritza Arribas after her match victory.

    Cuba’s Maritza Arribas after her match victory.

    In other matches Natalia Pogonina advanced easily over Svetlana Matveeva 3-1. Lela Javakhishvili completed a comeback 3.5-2.5 match victory after losing the very first game to Anastasia Bodnaruk. Ju Wenjun fought to a 4-2 victory over Iran’s Atousa Pourkashiyan winning both 10-minute blitz battles.

    Irina Krush advanced by winning 4.5-3.5 over Singapore’s Li Ruofan while Foisor-Muzychuk was the marathon match of the round ending with the Ukrainian getting draw odds and holding with black. Selected games are below:

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