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Women's World Championship in Nalchik

7/10/2008 – The Women's World Chess Championship will be held from August 28th to September 18th 2008 in Nalchik, a city in the Caucasus region of southern Russia and capital of the Kabardino-Balkar Republic. 64 top qualified players take part in the knockout event for the highest title. Nalchik is not very well-known, but it is located in a hotbed region for chess. You can convice yourself by clicking on our map.
 

WORLD WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP 2008

The city of Nalchik is situated at an altitude of 550 meters (1,804 ft) in the foothills of the Caucasus Mountains. It covers an area of 131 square kilometers (50.6 sq mi). Population: 275,000. The city is named after the Nalchik River, on the shores of which it is located. The word "Nalchik" literally means "small horseshoe" in Kabardian – it is a diminutive of nal, the Turkic and Turkish word for "horseshoe". Nalchik was chosen the "second cleanest city of Russia" in 2003.

There is a lot of chess activity in the above region. We have marked off twenty-two hotspots on the map, which you can find by moving your map over it. Each is linked to a memorable event or story linked to the town. Some are hot. Can you find them all?

The FIDE Presidential Board has approved the list of qualifiers and the schedule of the World Women's Championship 2008, which has a prize fund of US $450,000. All qualifiers are requested to download, sign and send their Undertaking to the FIDE Secretariat in Athens, via fax: (+30) 2109212859 or email by the deadline of 17 June 2008.

The Qualifiers

The following is a list of all 64 players sorted according to their rating – with one exception: GM Yuhua Xu, the reigning Women's World Champion, appears as number 1 on the list, although according to her rating she would normally be number 15.

# Player Nation Title Rating

1

Xu, Yuhua

CHN

GM

2483

2

Koneru, Humpy

IND

GM

2622

3

Hou, Yifan

CHN

WGM

2557

4

Stefanova, Antoaneta

BUL

GM

2550

5

Cramling, Pia

SWE

GM

2544

6

Sebag, Marie

FRA

IM

2529

7

Zhao, Xue

CHN

IM

2522

8

Kosintseva Tatiana

RUS

IM

2511

9

Kosteniuk Alexandra

RUS

GM

2510

10

Cmilyte, Viktoria

LTU

IM

2508

11

Muzychuk, Anna

SLO

WGM

2504

12

Ruan, Lufei

CHN

WGM

2499

13

Zhukova, Natalia

UKR

WGM

2489

14

Chiburdanidze, Maya

GEO

GM

2489

15

Hoang Thanh Trang

HUN

GM

2487

16

Paehtz, Elisabeth

GER

WGM

2481

17

Ushenina, Anna

UKR

WGM

2476

18

Socko, Monika

POL

IM

2473

19

Krush, Irina

USA

IM

2470

20

Gaponenko, Inna

UKR

IM

2468

21

Javakhishvili, Lela

GEO

IM

2461

22

Harika, Dronavalli

IND

IM

2461

23

Kosintseva, Nadezhda

RUS

IM

2460

24

Korbut, Ekaterina

RUS

WGM

2459

25

Zatonskih, Anna

USA

IM

2446

26

Shen, Yang

CHN

WGM

2445

27

Mkrtchian, Lilit

ARM

IM

2436

28

Tania, Sachdev

IND

IM

2432

29

Bojkovic, Natasa

SRB

WGM

2423

30

Rajlich, Iweta

POL

IM

2418

31

Lomineishvili, Maia

GEO

IM

2414

32

Khurtsidze, Nino

GEO

IM

2413

33

Matveeva, Svetlana

RUS

IM

2412

34

Khukhashvili, Sopiko

GEO

WGM

2408

35

Mongontuul, Bathuyang

MGL

WGM

2406

36

Ju, Wenjun

CHN

2389

37

Tan Zhongyi

CHN

2387

38

Moser, Eva

AUT

IM

2383

39

Kachiani-Gersinska, Ketino  

GER

IM

2374

40

Bosboom Lanchava, Tea

NED

IM

2358

41

Gvetadze, Sopio

GEO

WIM

2355

42

Mohota, Nisha

IND

WGM

2354

43

Nebolsina, Vera

RUS

WGM

2350

44

Amura, Claudia

ARG

WGM

2345

45

Zhang Jilin

CHN

WGM

2344

46

Sedina, Elena

ITA

IM

2344

47

Foisor, Sabina-Francesca

ROM

WIM

2337

48

Le Thanh Tu

VIE

WIM

2325

49

Kadimova,Ilaha

AZE

WGM

2324

50

Arribas Robaina, Maritza

CUB

WGM

2323

51

Nguyen, Thi Thanh An

VIE

WGM

2323

52

Rohonyan, Katherine

USA

WGM

2321

53

Zakurdjaeva, Irina

RUS

WGM

2308

54

Velcheva, Maria

BUL

WGM

2281

55

Golubenko, Valentina

CRO

WIM

2271

56

Pourkashiyan, Atousa

IRI

WIM

2269

57

Muminova, Nafisa

UZB

2242

58

Zuriel, Marisa

ARG

WIM

2231

59

Gasik, Anna

POL

WFM

2211

60

Sanchez Castillo, Sarai

VEN

WGM

2202

61

Zapata, Karen

PER

WIM

2180

62

Khaled, Mona

EGY

WIM

2007

63

Alaa El Din, Yorsa

EGY

1959

64

Solomons, Anzel

RSA

WIM

1895

Pairings of Round 1

No. SNo
NAME
Result
NAME
1 1-64
Xu, Yuhua (CHN)
  Solomons, Anzel (RSA)
2 2-63
Koneru, Humpy (IND)
  Alaa El Din, Yorsa (EGY)
3 3-62
Hou, Yifan (CHN)
  Khaled, Mona (EGY)
4 4-61
Stefanova, Antoaneta (BUL)
  Zapata, Karen (PER)
5 5-60
Cramling, Pia (SWE)
  Sanchez Castillo, Sarai (VEN)
6 6-59
Sebag, Marie (FRA)
  Gasik, Anna (POL)
7 7-58
Zhao, Xue (CHN)
  Zuriel, Marisa (ARG)
8 8-57
Kosintseva, Tatjana (RUS)
  Muminova, Nafisa (UZB)
9 9-56
Kosteniuk, Alexandra (RUS)
  Pourkashiyan, Atousa (IRI)
10 10-55
Cmilyte, Viktorija (LTU)
  Golubenko, Valentina (CRO)
11 11-54
Muzychuk, Anna (SLO)
  Velcheva, Maria (BUL)
12 12-53
Ruan, Lufei (CHN)
  Zakurdjaeva, Irina (RUS)
13 13-52
Zhukova, Natalia (UKR)
  Rohonyan, Katherine (USA)
14 14-51
Chiburdanidze, Maya (GEO)
  Nguyen, Thi Thanh An (VIE)
15 15-50
Hoang Thanh Trang (HUN)
  Arribas Robaina, Maritza (CUB)
16 16-49
Paehtz, Elisabeth (GER)
  Kadimova, Ilaha (AZE)
17 17-48
Ushenina, Anna (UKR)
  Le Thanh Tu (VIE)
18 18-47
Socko, Monika (POL)
  Foisor, Sabina-Francesca (ROM)
19 19-46
Krush, Irina (USA)
  Sedina, Elena (ITA)
20 20-45
Gaponenko, Inna (UKR)
  Zhang Jilin (CHN)
21 21-44
Javakhishvili, Lela (GEO)
  Amura, Claudia (ARG)
22 22-43
Harika, Dronavalli (IND)
  Nebolsina, Vera (RUS)
23 23-42
Kosintseva, Nadezhda (RUS)
  Mohota, Nisha (IND)
24 24-41
Korbut, Ekaterina (RUS)
  Gvetadze, Sopio (GEO)
25 25-40
Zatonskih, Anna (USA)
  Bosboom Lanchava, Tea (NED)
26 26-39
Shen, Yang (CHN)
  Kachiani-Gersinska, Ketino (GER)
27 27-38
Mkrtchian, Lilit (ARM)
  Moser, Eva (AUT)
28 28-37
Tania, Sachdev (IND)
  Tan Zongyi (CHN)
29 29-36
Bojkovic, Natasa (SRB)
  Ju, Wenjun (CHN)
30 30-35
Rajlich, Iweta (POL)
  Mongontuul, Bathuyang (MGL)
31 31-34
Lomineishvili, Maia (GEO)
  Khukhashvili, Sopiko (GEO)
32 32-33
Khurtsidze, Nino (GEO)
  Matveeva, Svetlana (RUS)

Schedule

Thursday 28  August Opening Ceremony/Player's Meeting
Friday 29 August Round 1, game 1
Saturday 30 August Round 1, game 2
Sunday 31 August Tiebreaks
Monday 01 September   Round 2, game 1
Tuesday 02 September Round 2, game 2
Wednesday  03 September Tiebreaks
Thursday 04 September Round 3, game 1
Friday 05 September Round 3, game 2
Saturday 06 September Tiebreaks
Sunday 07 September Round 4, game 1
Monday 08 September Round 4, game 2
Tuesday 09 September Tiebreaks
Wednesday 10 September Round 5, game 1
Thursday 11 September Round 5, game 2
Friday 12 September Tiebreaks
Saturday 13 September Free Day
Sunday 14 September Round 6, game 1
Monday 15 September Round 6, game 2
Tuesday 16 September Round 6, game 3
Wednesday 17 September Round 6, game 4
Thursday 18 September Tiebreaks/Closing Ceremony

Useful links

Category Floor Beds
Price* 
Sub-rooms
Standard 5th floor 2 beds
2000
1
Standard 6th floor 2 beds
2000
1
Semi luxe 5th and 6th   2 beds
3000
2
De Luxe 7th floor 2 beds
3500
1
Semi Luxe 7th floor 2 beds
4500
1
Luxe 7th floor 2 beds
5000
1
Semi luxe 8th floor 1 bed
4500
2
De luxe 8th floor 1 bed
3000
1
De luxe 8th floor 2 beds
3000
1
Luxe 8th floor 1 bed
7700
2
Suite + office   8th floor 1 bed
7700
3

* Price in Rubles. Exchange rate: 1 EUR = 36.8019 RUB; US $1 = 23.4152 RUB; 2000 RUB = 54.33 EUR = US $85.41 (rates on July 10 2008)

Each price is per hotel room, which is paid without prejudice to the number of pax (not more than 2 persons in a room). This applies to all hotel rooms. Breakfast is not included into the room price and has to be paid separately (300 rubles = $12.81 or € 8.15). Approximate prices for meals in the restaurant of the Syndica Intour-Hotel: lunch from 400 rubles; dinner from 450 rubles. All payments must be made in local currency (foreign exchange is available in banks near the hotel). Credit cards are NOT accepted.

The contact person in respect of the room reservation and accommodation of participants of the Women's World Chess Championship is Ms Amina Lyueva.

  • Contact tel. number of Intour-Hotel "Sindica": +7 8662 492677
  • Fax:+7 8662 720045
  • Mobile: +7 960 429 54 15
  • The web-site of the hotel: www.kbinturist.ru
  • Email: sindica@list.ru (this e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it).

The local Organising Committe can be contacted via the office of the Chairman of Kabardino-Balkaria State Committee on Physical Culture and Sport, Mr. Aslan Afaunov - email \n minsport@list.ru (this e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it). and tel. numbers (+7 8662) 402325 or 403912.

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