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The Women’s World Chess Cup 2012 round one

11/13/2012 – There were no big surprises in the first round, where the top seeds were generally paired against lower ranked players. Women's world champion Hou Yifan and 2012 challenger Humpy Koneru scored 2-0 victories over their lesser opponents, as did Anna Muzychuk, Zhao Xue, Kateryna Lahno and Nadezhda Kosintseva. We bring you the results, games and some wonderful portraits of the players.
 

The Women’s World Chess Cup 2012 is being staged by the Ugorian Chess Academy in Khanty-Mansiysk from 11 November to 2 December. The best 64 chess players in the world are taking part in the competition, which consist of six knock-out rounds of two games, which reduce the participants from 64 to 32, 16, 8, 4, and 2. The final consists of four games, the winner will play a match against the winner of FIDE Women’s Grand Prix 2011-2012 (Hou Yifan), which will determine the World Champion among women.

Round one

Two matches, Cristina-Adela Foisor (ROU) vs Mariya Muzychuk (UKR) and Irina Krush (USA) vs Li Ruofan (SIN) went into blitz tiebreaks and were decided in Armageddon games: both were drawn, but Muzychuk and Krush had the black pieces and advanced to the next round. You can call up the final results with colour allocations here. You can also download all the games from the same page (link at the top).

  Name
G1
G2
 R1
 R2
 r3
 r4
Tot
  Hou, Yifan (CHN)
1
1
       
2
  Ranasinghe, S D (SRI)
0
0
       
0
 
  Frick, Denise (RSA)
0
0
       
0
  Koneru, Humpy (IND)
1
1
       
2
 
  Muzychuk, Anna (SLO)
1
1
       
2
  Mezioud, Amina (ALG)
0
0
       
0
 
  Khoudgarian, Natalia (CAN)
0
0
       
0
  Zhao, Xue (CHN)
1
1
       
2
 
  Lahno, Kateryna (UKR)
1
1
       
2
  Mona, Khaled (EGY)
0
0
       
0
 
  Castrillon Gomez, Melissa (COL)
0
0
       
0
  Kosintseva, Nadezhda (RUS)
1
1
       
2
 
  Cmilyte, Viktorija (LTU)
½
1
       
1.5
  Aliaga Fernandez, Ingrid Y (PER)
½
0
       
0.5
 
  Berezina, Irina (AUS)
½
0
       
0.5
  Sebag, Marie (FRA)
½
1
       
1.5
 
  Gunina, Valentina (RUS)
1
1
       
2
  Gu, Xiaobing (CHN)
0
0
       
0
 
  Ghader Pour, Shayesteh (IRI)
0
0
       
0
  Cramling, Pia (SWE)
1
1
       
2
 
  Kosintseva, Tatiana (RUS)
½
1
       
1.5
  Davletbayeva, Madina (KAZ)
½
0
       
0.5
 
  Soumya, Swaminathan (IND)
½
0
       
0.5
  Harika, Dronavalli (IND)
½
1
       
1.5
 
  Khotenashvili, Bela (GEO)
1
0
0
½
1.5
  Arribas Robaina, Maritza (CUB)
0
1
1
½
2.5
 
  Abrahamyan, Tatev (USA)
½
0
0.5
  Kosteniuk, Alexandra (RUS)
½
1
1.5
 
  Ju, Wenjun (CHN)
1
0
½
½
1
1
4
  Pourkashiyan, Atousa (IRI)
0
1
½
½
0
0
2
 
  Romanko, Marina (RUS)
0
0
       
0
  Stefanova, Antoaneta (BUL)
1
1
       
2
 
  Zhu, Chen (QAT)
1
1
       
2
  Ziaziulkina, Nastassia (BLR)
0
0
       
0
 
  Lujan, Carolina (ARG)
½
0
       
0.5
  Zatonskih, Anna (USA)
½
1
       
1.5
 
  Pogonina, Natalija (RUS)
½
½
1
1
   
3
  Matveeva, Svetlana (RUS)
½
½
0
0
   
1
 
  Foisor, Cristina-Adela (ROU)
½
½
½
½
1
0
3
  Muzychuk, Mariya (UKR)
½
½
½
½
0
1
3
 
  Danielian, Elina (ARM)
1
0
0
1
1
1
4
  Khukhashvili, Sopiko (GEO)
0
1
1
0
0
0
2
 
  Ovod, Evgenija (RUS)
½
0
       
0.5
  Hoang, Thanh Trang (HUN)
½
1
       
1.5
 
  Krush, Irina (USA)
½
½
1
0
1
0
3
  Li, Ruofan (SIN)
½
½
0
1
0
1
3
 
  Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina (RUS)
½
½
0
0
   
1
  Galliamova, Alisa (RUS)
½
½
1
1
   
3
 
  Girya, Olga (RUS)
½
1
       
1.5
  Rajlich, Iweta (POL)
½
0
       
0.5
 
  Shen, Yang (CHN)
0
½
       
0.5
  Huang, Qian (CHN)
1
½
       
1.5
 
  Mkrtchian, Lilit (ARM)
1
1
       
2
  Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan (SCO)
0
0
       
0
 
  Bodnaruk, Anastasia (RUS)
1
0
½
½
½
0
2.5
  Javakhishvili, Lela (GEO)
0
1
½
½
½
1
3.5
 
  Dembo, Yelena (GRE)
½
0
       
0.5
  Khurtsidze, Nino (GEO)
½
1
       
1.5
 
  Cori T., Deysi (PER)
½
0
       
0.5
  Ushenina, Anna (UKR)
½
1
       
1.5
 
  Zhukova, Natalia (UKR)
½
1
       
1.5
  Guo, Qi (CHN)
½
0
       
0.5
 
  Skripchenko, Almira (FRA)
0
½
       
0.5
  Socko, Monika (POL)
1
½
       
1.5


The playing hall before the start of a round


The Governor of Khanty Mansiysk, Natalia Komarova, makes the first move in the game
Hou Yifan of China, rated 2606, vs S.D. Ranasinghe of Sri Lanka, 1821


The games of the round can begin


Top seed and women's world champion Hou Yifan went through 2-0 to the next round


Second seed Humpy Koneru did likewise, scoring 2-0 against Denise Frick, RSA


IM Atousa Pourkashiyan of Iran adjusts her head scarf before her second game...


... and grimly fights back to win and equalise against Chinese IM Ju Wenjun – only
to be taken out 3:1 in the rapid tiebreak games that followed


IM Anna Ushenina (UKR), rated 2452, defeated...


... WGM Deysi Cori (PER), rated 2429 (score: 1½-½)


GM Monika Socko of Poland won her first round match...


... against IM Almira Skripchenko of France (score: 1½-½)


Chinese W'GM Shen Yang, rated 2413, was knocked out by...


... her compatriot WGM Huang Qian, rated 2465


WGM Guo Qi, 2432, was knocked out ½-½ by...


... GM Natalia Zhukova of Ukraine, rated 2451


IM Lilit Mkrtchian of Armenia, rated 2457, scored 2-0 against...


... GM Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant of Scotland, rated 2414


WGM Olga Girya of Russia, rated 2467, defeated...


... IM Iweta Rajlich of Poland, rated 2410 (Iweta is the wife of Rybka author Vasik)

Credit: The extraordinary pictures above were supplied by the official web site and were made by Anna Burtasova, Etery Kublashvili, Vladimir Barsky and local photographers. Many more images are to be found here.


The live video coverage is provided by Mark Gluhovsky from ChessTV. There will be English language commentary by GM Alexander Khalifman. For the first time Mark is going to try to supply commentary in Chinese: GM Peng Zhaoqing speaking from her home in Holland. The Russian commentary will come from GM Sergei Shipov, working out of Moscow.


Links

The games will be broadcast live on the official web site and on the chess server Playchess.com. If you are not a member you can download a free Playchess client there and get immediate access. You can also use ChessBase 11 or any of our Fritz compatible chess programs.

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