2010 Women's World Chess Championship - Round one

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12/5/2010 – Sixty-four of the top female players in the world have gathered at Hatay, Turkey, to fight for the title of World Champion, and register their names in the annals of history. The tournament is a knockout event held in a beautiful, but unusual locale: the Antakya Archaeological Museum, famed for its impressive collection of ancient mosaics. Here is the opening and first round report.

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The Women's World Chess Championship is being held at Hatay, Turkey, from December 2nd to 25th. It is a 64-player knockout tournament, with two-game mini-matches qualifying a player to the next round, until the final and 6th round, which is a four-game match to determine the champion. In the event of a draw after the two tournament time-control games, there will be a rapid game tie-breaker, followed by a possible blitz playoff, and finally an armageddon blitz game. The time control is 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game, and a 30-second increment per move as of the first move. The games are held daily at 3 PM local time (2 PM Paris / 8 AM New York / 5 AM Los Angeles). The full schedule is available here.

Note that the organizers pulled out all the stops to provide coverage of the highest quality, including daily live video coverage during the rounds.

The official tournament poster

The venue is a rather original choice: the Antakya Archaeological Museum, in Antioch. Built in 1938, this large museum displays Antioch's magnificent Roman mosaics as well as other important archaeological finds from Hittite to Byzantine times.

The large mosaic on the floor in this photo is the Yakto Mosaic dating from the fifth
century AD, and found at Yakto village near Daphne.

The selection was made in order to highlight the cultural offerings of the city in an unmistakeable way, however, one must admit that it might be a bit disconcerting at times.

Not your usual spectators

The event was started with the usual fanfare

Top-rated Indian Humpy Koneru (2600 Elo) played South African Melissa Greeff (2087)

Mariya Muzychuk (2462) prepares for her first round game

Tatiana Kosintseva (2581) is also a top contender, after coming equal first at the
Russian Women's Championship and helping lead the national squad to victory at the

Hou Yifan, second Elo (2591), and finalist at the previous World Championship, had
a spiffy start.Standing beside her is her mother.

Hou Yifan (2591) - Heredia Serrano,C (2087) [B19]
WCh Women Antakya TUR (1), 04.12.2010

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 7.Nf3 Nd7 8.h5 Bh7 9.Bd3 Bxd3 10.Qxd3 e6 11.Bd2 Ngf6 12.0-0-0 Be7 13.Ne4 Nxe4 14.Qxe4 Nf6 15.Qd3 b5 16.Ne5 Qd5 17.Kb1 0-0 18.g4 Nd7 19.Nf3 c5 20.g5 hxg5 21.Rdg1 c4 22.Qe3 b4

23.Bxb4! That Hou Yifan overpowers her opponent is not surprising, but she sets a good tone for the rest of the tournament by showing how sharp her tactical eye is. 23...Bxb4 24.Rxg5 f5 [24...Qc6 25.Rhg1 g6 26.Rxg6+!! fxg6 27.Rxg6+ Kf7 28.Ng5+ Ke7 29.Rxe6++-] 25.h6 Rf7 26.hxg7 Rxg7 27.Rhg1 Bf8 28.Rxg7+ Bxg7 29.Qh6 Kf8 30.Rxg7 Ke8 31.Qh4 Qd6 32.Ng5 Qb4 33.Qh5+ Kd8 34.Nxe6+ Kc8 35.Qe8+ 1-0 [Click to replay]

Cheparinov is coaching Bulgarian compatriot Stefanova

Russian Nadezdha Kosintseva (left) is seconding her sister Tatiana Kosintseva

Betul Cemre Yildiz (Turkey) started with a positive result, drawing Pia Carmling, who
outrates her by over 300 Elo.

Two madonnas and a chessboard

With so much beauty in one place, there is no excuse for not visiting the museum

WGM Xiaowen Zhang (2339) drew in the opening round against Lilit Mkrtchian (2479)

Yixin Ding (2370) overcame her higher-rated opponent Hoang Thanh Trang (2473)

Peruvian Deysi Cori was unable to hold against Mariya Muzychuk

Women's World Speed Chess champion Kateryna Lahno (2522) won her first game

Pictures by Turkish Federation and Antakya Archaeological Museum

Europe Echecs is providing daily video reports

Round one results

Name Fed. Ti. Rtng
Name Fed. Ti. Rtng
Kosteniuk, Alexandra RUS g 2507
Mezioud, Amina ALG wm 2029
Greeff, Melissa RSA wg 2082
Koneru, Humpy IND g 2600
Hou, Yifan CHN g 2591
Heredia Serrano, Carla ECU wm 2087
Mona, Khaled EGY wg 2093
Kosintseva, Tatiana RUS g 2581
Dzagnidze, Nana GEO g 2551
Kagramanov, Dina CAN wm 2101
Aliaga Fernandez, Ingrid Y PER wf 2154
Stefanova, Antoaneta BUL g 2548
Muzychuk, Anna SLO m 2530
Zuriel, Marisa ARG wm 2208
Yildiz, Betul Cemre TUR wm 2225
Cramling, Pia SWE g 2526
Harika, Dronavalli IND m 2525
Nadig, Kruttika IND wg 2230
Caoili, Arianne AUS wm 2242
- +
Ju, Wenjun CHN wg 2524
Lahno, Kateryna UKR g 2522
Ozturk, Kubra TUR wm 2264
Demina, Julia RUS wg 2323
Cmilyte, Viktorija LTU g 2514
Chiburdanidze, Maia GEO g 2502
Meenakshi Subbaraman IND wg 2328
Soumya, Swaminathan IND wg 2332
Socko, Monika POL g 2495
Sebag, Marie FRA g 2494
Vasilevich, Irina RUS m 2333
Baginskaite, Camilla USA wg 2336
Ruan, Lufei CHN wg 2480
Mkrtchian, Lilit ARM m 2479
Zhang, Xiaowen CHN wg 2339
Lomineishvili, Maia GEO m 2347
Zatonskih, Anna USA m 2478
Zhu, Chen QAT g 2477
Muminova, Nafisa UZB wm 2360
Fierro Baquero, Martha L. ECU m 2363
Zhao, Xue CHN g 2474
Paehtz, Elisabeth GER m 2474
Zawadzka, Jolanta POL wg 2368
Ding, Yixin CHN wg 2370
Hoang Thanh Trang HUN g 2473
Pogonina, Natalija RUS wg 2472
Kovanova, Baira RUS wg 2380
Shadrina, Tatiana RUS wg 2384
Danielian, Elina ARM g 2466
Muzychuk, Mariya UKR m 2462
Cori T., Deysi PER wg 2384
Ovod, Evgenija RUS m 2387
Shen, Yang CHN wg 2461
Ushenina, Anna UKR m 2460
Huang, Qian CHN wg 2402
Foisor, Cristina-Adela ROU m 2403
Skripchenko, Almira FRA m 2460
Dembo, Yelena GRE m 2454
Munguntuul, Batkhuyag MGL m 2409
Romanko, Marina RUS m 2414
Zhukova, Natalia UKR g 2447
Rajlich, Iweta POL m 2446
- +
Houska, Jovanka ENG m 2421
Khukhashvili, Sopiko GEO m 2430
Turova, Irina RUS m 2439


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