USA win World Cup ahead of Germany

7/11/2006 – In the World Soccer Championship the US went out in the preliminaries, and Germany made it to the semi-finals to take third. In the Women's World Cup, that was played last weekend in Dresden, Germany, and mirrored the FIFA event, the picture was different: Susan Polgar triumphed for the USA. Illustrated report.

On July 7th and 8th, 2006,

The Women's Chess Cup took place in Dresden, Germany, on July 7th-8th 2006, which was the final weekend of the World Soccer Championship. In fact the Chess Cup mirrored the FIFA event.

There were eight groups, A to H, with four players from four different countries each. They were supposed to represent the same countries as in the FIFA event taking place in Germany. But a number of the football nations did not have a strong female player to send, and so some German players jumped in to represent them.

Group A   Group B
Martha Fierro Equador   Pia Cramling Sweden
Elisabeth Pähtz Germany Harriet Hunt England
Monika Socko Poland Chantal Fitzpatrick Trinidad&Tobago
Filiz Osmanodja Costa Rica Gabriela Vagas Paraguay
Group C   Group D
Peng Zhaoqin Holland   Caterina Leite Portugal
Carolina Lujan Argentina Paulina Carreras Mexico
Alisa Maric Serbien Montenegro Shadi Paridar Iran
Ketino Kachiani-G Ivory Coast Vera Jürgens Angola
Group E   Group F
Jana Jackova Czech Rep.   Myoko Watai Japan
Elena Sedina Italy Suzana Chang Brazil
Susan Polgar USA Vlasta Macek Croatia
Elena Winkelmann Ghana Anastasia Sorokina Australia
Group G   Group H
Jessica Nill Togo  
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Saudi Arabia

Marie Sebag France Monica Clazetta Ruiz Spain
Gundula Heinatz Switzerland Amani Matoussi Tunesia
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Korea Anna Ushenina Ukraine

As in the World Soccer Championship the two top players in each group, which was staged as a round robin, proceeded to the knockout stage, with two games and a tiebreak deciding who proceeded.

Elisabeth Pähtz Germany
1.5:0.5
Pia Cramling Sweden
Harriet Hunt England
0.0:2.0
Moniko Socko Poland
Ketino Kachiani-G Ivory Coast
1.5:0.5
Caterina Leite Portugal
Carolina Lujan Argentina
2.0-0.0
Vera Jürgens Angola
Elena Sedina Italy
1.0-1.0*
Suzana Chang Brazil
Susan Polgar USA
2.0-0.0
Vlasta Macek Croatia
Marie Sebag France
1.0-1.0*
Amani Matoussi Tunisia
Gundula Heinatz Switzerland
0.0-2.0
Anna Ushenina Ukraine

Quarterfinals

Elisabeth Pähtz Germany
2.0-0.0
Ketino Kachiani-G Ivory Coast
Suzana Chang Brazil
0.0:2.0
Marie Sebag France
Carolina Lujan Argentina
2.0-0.0
Moniko Socko Poland
Anna Ushenina Ukraine
0.0:2.0
Susan Polgar USA

Semifinals

Elisabeth Pähtz Germany
1.5:0.5
Marie Sebag France
Carolina Lujan Argentina
0.5-1.5
Susan Polgar USA

Third place

Marie Sebag France 1.0-1.0* Carolina Lujan Argentina

Final

Elisabeth Pähtz Germany
0.5:1.5
Susan Polgar USA

Picture Gallery


One of the sponsors was the German chip manufacturer ZMD.


The venue of the event was the modern shopping center Karstadt in Dresden


Amongst the spectators the famous German GM Wolfgang Uhlman (3rd. from right)


IM Martha Fierro of Ecuador facing IM Monika Socko of Poland


In the round of the sixteen finalists


Suzana Chang playing for Brazil


IM Marie Sebag of France


WGM Carolina Lujan playing for Argentina


IM Monika Socko of Poland


Germany's top player, former junior world champion IM Elisabeth Pähtz


Former women's world champion GM Susan Polgar with organiser Dr. Dirk Jordan


IM Ketino Kachiani-G of Germany, playing for the Ivory Coast, faces her main rival IM Elisabeth Pähtz, who won this quarterfinal match 2-0


Susan Polgar on her way to defeating 2006 Olympiad Gold Medalist WGM Anna Ushenina 2-0 in the quarterfinals


The final, with IM Elisabeth Pähtz resigning her second game against Susan Polgar


Winner Susan Polgar receiving the trophy from Dr. Dirk Jordan


Bronze, Gold and Silver to IM Marie Sebag, Susan Polgar and IM Elisabeth Pähtz


Susan poses with WGM Carolina Lujan in the Argentinian soccer tunic

Susan Polgar's performance was very impressive. In the quarterfinal, she defeated WGM Ushenina of the Ukraine 2-0, in the semifinal she defeated WGM Lujan of Argentina 1.5-0.5 (both Lujan and Ushenina are very tough rapid players). In the final she defeated IM Elisabeth Pähtz, a player who was herself on a hot streak. In match play Susan score 7/8 points, winning 6 and drawing 2. She won all four games with the white pieces and two games with black. The final tally: 7 wins, 4 draws and 0 loss = 9/11. All games were broadcast live on playchess.com.

Pictures provided by Paul Truong


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