2017 Women’s World Championship: Round #1

2017 Women’s World Chess Championship
February 10th-March 4th, 2017 (Tehran, Iran)
Match Scores (Round #1)
Bracket 1
1 Ju Wenjun
CHN
2-0
Lane, N
AUS
2 Zhu Chen
QAT
1½-½
Sukandar, I
BLR
3 Hejazipour, M
IRI
4-5
Bodnaruk, A
RUS
4 Girya, O
RUS
*-*
Foisor, C
UKR
Bracket 2
5 Martinez, A
ARG
1-3
Zhao Xue
CHN
6 Danielian, Elina
ARM
½-1½
Padmini, Rout
IND
7 Tan Zhongyi
CHN
1½-½
Foisor, S
USA
8 Ziaziulkina, N
BLR
½-1½
Ushenina, A
UKR
Bracket 3
9 Shamima, Akter Liza
BAN
1½-2½
Harika, Dronavalli
IND
10 Saduakassova, D
KAZ
1½-½
Nechaeva, M
RUS
11 Hoang, T
HUN
1½-2½
Buksa, N
UKR
12 Guramishvili, S
GEO
2½-1½
Khademalsharieh, S
IRI
Bracket 4
13 Dzagnidze, Nana
GEO
4-2
Khaled, M
EGY
14 Zimina, Olga
ITA
1-3
Khotenashvili, Bela
GEO
15 Arribas Robaina, M
CUB
1-2
Shen Yang
CHN
16 Socko, Monika
POL
2½-1½
Savina, Anastasia
RUS
Bracket 5
17 Mezioud, A
ALG
0-2
Muzychuk, A
UKR
18 Cori, D
PER
½-1½
Kashlinskaya, A
RUS
19 Goryachkina, A
RUS
1½-½
Zhai Mo
CHN
20 Pham, Le Thao
VIE
1½-½
Javakhishvili, L
GEO
Bracket 6
21 Stefanova, A
BUL
2-0
Marrero Lopez, Y
CUB
22 Melia, S
GEO
2½-1½
Atalik, E
TUR
23 Gvetadze, S
GEO
0-2
Batsiashvili, Nino
GEO
24 Zhukova, N
UKR
½-1½
Khurtsidze, Nino
GEO
Bracket 7
25 Kosteniuk, A
RUS
2-0
Latreche, S
ALG
26 Gaponenko, I
UKR
1½-½
Kovalevskaya, E
RUS
27 Pourkashiyan, A
IRI
½-1½
Paehtz, E
GER
28 Cramling, P
SWE
1½-½
Nemcova, K
USA
Bracket 8
29 Ni, V
USA
0-2
Gunina, V
RUS
30 Mkrtchian, L
ARM
½-1½
Ni Shiqun
CHN
31 Pogonina, N
RUS
1½-½
Zhou Qiyu
CAN
32 Charochkina, D
RUS
1-3
Huang Qian
CHN
Drum Coverage
| Round 1 | Round 2 | Round 3 | Round 4 |
| Semifinals | Finals |

The opening round kicked off in Tehran, Iran leaving behind a cloud of controversy. As the clouds passed, the opening ceremony officially kicked off the championship and pairings released. Russia brought ten players, while Georgia had eight and China had seven. During the Opening Ceremony, there was a moment of silence for Cristina-Adela Foisor who had passed away prior to the tournament’s start. Her daughter Sabina-Franseca Foisor received gifts and condolences from the attendees. It was a touching moment.

WGM Sabina Foisor receives tributes, the statue of a knight (horse) and flowers, from Iran’s Minister of sport and youth affair, Masoud Soltanifar, and president of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. Photo by Reza Mahdipour

Sabina-Franseca Foisor receives condolences from the Iran’s Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs, Masoud Soltanifar, and President of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. Photo by Reza Mahdipour.

With the opening of the tournament, there were some complaints about the air conditioning which prompted an inquiry from the Association of Chess Professionals (ACP), but they were soon rectified.

There were a couple of upsets including Elina Danielian (Armenia), Natalia Zhukova (Ukraine) and Lilit Mkrtchian (Armenia). Mona Khaled of Egypt scored an upset victory over Nana Dzagnidze putting the Georgian player at the brink of elimination.

It was the first victory for an African player in the women’s championship. However, she could not clinch the match as Dzagnidze came storming back with a win. The Egyptian player then won the first rapid tiebreak game, putting her a draw away from advancing. Again… she could not clinch the match. She ultimately lost in the 10’+10″ tiebreaks.

Mona Khaled of Egypt

Mona Khaled of Egypt had her chances.
Photo by Reza Mahdipour

Sopiko Guramishvili plays Saradasat Khadmalsharieh in the tiebreak. The Georgian prevailed. Photo by Reza Mahdipour

Sopiko Guramishvili plays Saradasat Khadmalsharieh in the tiebreak. The Georgian prevailed. Photo by Reza Mahdipour

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Daaim Shabazz

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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