Nalchik R2: Matveeva beats world champion Xu Yuhua

9/2/2008 – The first game of round two in the Women's World Championship saw 33rd seed IM Svetlana Matveeva of Russia defeat the reigning Women's World Champion and top seed GM Xu Yuhua of China. IM Elisabeth Paehtz lost her white game against Anna Ushenina, while Chinese wondergirl Hou Yifan beat WGM Bathuyang Mongontuul of Mogolia. Big pictorial report with lots of new faces.

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The Women's World Championship 2008 is taking place from August 28th to September 18th in Nalchik, in the Kabardino-Balkaria region of Russia. 64 players were eligible to play in the knock-out event, which has a prize fund of US $450,000. Due to the tensions in the region the Georgian players and a few others decided not to participate.

Round two game one report

After the drama of the round one tiebreaks – did you see the Armageddon video controversy we added to yesterday's report? – the second round started with fewer surprises. Two top Chinese players, Yuhua Xu and Xue Zhao lost their first games against nominally weaker opponents, while fourth seed GM Antoaneta Stefanova of Bulgaria drew against untitled 36th seed Ju Wenjun of China. Elisabeth Paehtz, who seems to like living on the edge, lost her white game against Anna Ushinina. There are two byes, since in two matches in round one produced no winner when both player failed to appear.


The upset of the day: 33rd seed IM Svetlana Matveeva, RUS, rated 2412 defeats the reigning Women's World Champion and top seed GM Xu Yuhua, China, rated 2483, in 58 moves.

Round two game one results

Nat. Name Rtng
G1
G2
R1
R2
B1
B2
SD
Tot.
Round 2 Match 01
RUS Matveeva, Svetlana 2412
1
         
CHN Xu, Yuhua 2483
0
         
Round 2 Match 02
IND Koneru, Humpy 2622
+
+
         
2.0
  Bye  
-
-
         
0.0
Round 2 Match 03
MGL Mongontuul, Bathuyang 2406
0
         
CHN Hou, Yifan 2557
1
         
Round 2 Match 04
BUL Stefanova, Antoaneta 2550
½
         
CHN Ju, Wenjun 2389
½
         
Round 2 Match 05
CHN Tan, Zongyi 2387
½
         
SWE Cramling, Pia 2544
½
         
Round 2 Match 06
POL Gasik, Anna 2211
½
         
ARM Mkrtchian, Lilit 2436
½
         
Round 2 Match 07
CHN Shen, Yang 2445
1
         
CHN Zhao, Xue 2522
0
         
Round 2 Match 08
RUS Kosintseva, Tatjana 2511
1
         
USA Zatonskih, Anna 2446
0
         
Round 2 Match 09
  Bye  
-
-
         
0.0
RUS Kosteniuk, Alexsandra 2510
+
+
         
2.0
Round 2 Match 10
LTU Chmilyte, Viktorija 2508
½
         
RUS Kosintseva, Nadezhda 2460
½
         
Round 2 Match 11
IND Harika, Dronavalli 2461
½
         
SLO Muzychuk, Anna 2504
½
         
Round 2 Match 12
CHN Ruan, Lufei 2499
½
         
ARG Amura, Claudia 2345
½
         
Round 2 Match 13
UKR Gaponenko, Inna 2468
1
         
USA Rohonyan, Katerine 2321
0
         
Round 2 Match 14
VIE Nguyen, Thi Thanh An 2323
½
         
ITA Sedina, Elena 2344
½
         
Round 2 Match 15
POL Socko, Monika 2473
½
         
HUN Hoang Thanh Trang 2487
½
         
Round 2 Match 16
GER Paehtz, Elisabeth 2481
0
         
UKR Ushenina, Anna 2476
1
         

Picture gallery


IM Inna Gaponenko, UKR, 2468 defeated WGM Katherine Rohonyan, USA, 2321


WGM Bathuyang Mongontuul of Mogolia, 2406, lost to Chinese wondergirl WGM Hou Yifan, 2557


WGM Anna Ushenina (left), UKR, 2476 defeated WGM Elisabeth Paehtz, GER, 2481


World Junior Champion IM Harika Dronavalli, IND, 2461, drew WGM Anna Muzychuk, SLO, 2504


Eighth seed IM Tatiana Kosintseva, RUS, 2511 beat IM Anna Zatonskih, USA, 2446


Older sister IM Nadezhda Kosintseva, 2460, drew IM Viktoria Cmilyte, LTU, 2508


WGM Shen Yang, CHN, 2445, defeated seventh seed IM Zhao Xue, CHN, 2522


GM Hoang Thanh Trang, HUN, 2487, drew IM Monika Socko, POL, 2473


IM Elena Sedina, ITA, 2344, drew WGM Nguyen Thi Thanh An, VIE, 2323


Fourth seed GM Antoaneta Stefanova, BUL, 2550, drew against 36th seed Ju Wenjun, CHN, 2389


Untitled Tan Zhongyi, CHN, 2387 drew fifth seed GM Pia Cramling, SWE, 2544


WGM Anna Ushenina, UKR, 2476, beat WGM Elisabeth Paehtz, GER, 2481

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