A fond farewell to Jinan

4/23/2005 – The tournament is over, the participants have returned to their homes, all with a feeling of nostalgia after a wonderful time in the Chinese metropolis. Our roving reporter Ali Nihat Yazici sends us a final report, with pictures of the last round, the prize giving and the closing ceremony. He also introduces us to a future world champion.

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World Ladies Tournament in Jinan

Report by Ali Nihat Yazici

This beautiful and very enjoyable tournament is unfortunately over, most of us are back home, still dreaming of the great time we had in the Chinese metropolis of Jinan. We brought you three extensive pictorial reports, the final results and the games. Today we offer you one more look back at the final day of the tournament. We start with some pictures of the players still at work.


A view of the tournament hall where the games were played


Former women's world champion Zhu Chen vs Iran's Shirin Navabi


Turkish player Betül Cemre Yildiz vs Vera Nebolsina from Russia


Almira Skripchenko, Franco-Moldovan chess star


Veronika Machalova of Slovakia


16-year-old Vera Nebolsina from Russia


Siranush Andriasian of Armenia


Zulaikha Siti Foudzi of Malaysia vs Irina Krush of USA


Hou Yifan vs Anna Zatonskih. Notice the young score-keepers in these pictures?


Hou Yifan, a great Chinese talent

As a journalist, president and chess person I must draw your attention to this young lady, Miss Hou Yifan. Take a good look at her – we are introducing you to a future women's world champion. Hou is just eleven years old, and her official rating is 2158. But her performance in Jinan was 2400. She is a great talent and I predict that she may soon become the youngest GM in the world. Not WGM, but GM!

Here again are the final results of the World Ladies Tournament in Jinan.

The Closing Ceremony

The tournament started and finished with the same intensity. The closing ceremony was very much like a world women championship prize-giving. The ladies were all beautifully dressed, the ceremony began with the prize giving, after which singers and dance groups came on to stage.


The winner, Anna Zatonskih, receives her prize from Mr. Wang Runan,
Director of Board and Card Sports of China


Runner up Zhu Chen with her prize


In third place: Irina Krush of the US


Almira Skripchenko gets her prize


A lineup of all ladies on the stage


A traditional Chinese musician


A Chinese singer performs for the chess ladies


The festive closing dinner


Former women's world champion Xie Jun with WIM Betül Cemre Yildiz


You intrepid reporter trying every delicious Chinese dish

Xie Xie (thank you) to our gracious hosts and sponsors.

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