Nalchik R3: And then there were eight

9/6/2008 – Two Chinese girls, Hou and Shen, one Russian, one Ukrainian, an Armenian, Bulgarian, Swede and an Indian remain in the Women's World Championship in Nalchik. Both the high-rated Konsintseva sisters were eliminated in round three, the reigning junior world champion Harika is out as well, so is Svetlana Matveeva, who eliminated World Champion Xu Yuhua in round two. Pictorial report.

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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 three (complete)

Results of round three (complete)

Nat. Name Rtng
G1
G2
R1
R2
B1
B2
SD
Tot.
Round 3 Match 01
RUS Matveeva, Svetlana 2412
0
0
         
0.0
UKR Ushenina, Anna 2476
1
1
         
2.0
Round 3 Match 02
HUN Hoang Thanh Trang 2487
½
0
         
0.5
IND Koneru, Humpy 2622
½
1
         
1.5
Round 3 Match 03
CHN Hou, Yifan 2557
1
0
1
1
     
3.0
ITA Sedina, Elena 2344
0
1
0
0
     
1.0
Round 3 Match 04
UKR Gaponenko, Inna 2468
0
0
         
0.0
BUL Stefanova, Antoaneta 2550
1
1
         
2.0
Round 3 Match 05
SWE Cramling, Pia 2544
1
½
         
1.5
CHN Ruan, Lufei 2499
0
½
         
0.5
Round 3 Match 06
IND Harika, Dronavalli 2461
½
0
         
0.5
ARM Mkrtchian, Lilit 2436
½
1
         
1.5
Round 3 Match 07
CHN Shen, Yang 2445
½
½
0
1
1
½
 
3.5
RUS Kosintseva, Nadezhda 2460
½
½
1
0
0
½
 
2.5
Round 3 Match 08
RUS Kosteniuk, Alexsandra 2510
½
1
         
1.5
RUS Kosintseva, Tatiana 2511
½
0
         
0.5


Svetlana Matveeva lost her second game to Anna Ushenina and was eliminated


After winning five games in a row Hou Yifan lost this game against Elena Sedina, but went on to beat the Italian IM in both rapid chess tiebreak games.


Two successful ladies: Lilit Mkrtchian of Armenia, who beat Junior World Champion Harika Dronavalli 1.5:0.5; and GM Alexandra Kosteniuk, who won her second game against Tatiana Kosintseva with the black pieces to go through to the next round.


Top seed GM Koneru Humpy defeated Hungarian GM Hoang Thanh Trang


Like her sister Tatiana, Nadezhda Kosintseva was knocked out in round three


Chinese WGM Shen Yang eliminated Russian IM Nadezhda Kosintseva in the tiebreak blitz games


The Chinese WGM duo Shen Yang, 19 years old, rated 2445, and Hou Yifan, 14, 2557


Shen Yang at the press conference


The ultimate super-talent Hou Yifan

Video reports by FIDE


Pairings for round four

Nat. Name Rtng
G1
G2
R1
R2
B1
B2
SD
Tot.
Round 4 Match 01
RUS Kosteniuk, Alexsandra 2510
1
           
UKR Ushenina, Anna 2476
1
           
Round 4 Match 02
IND Koneru, Humpy 2622
1
           
CHN Shen, Yang 2445
1
           
Round 4 Match 03
ARM Mkrtchian, Lilit 2436
1
           
CHN Hou, Yifan 2557
1
           
Round 4 Match 04
BUL Stefanova, Antoaneta 2550
1
           
SWE Cramling, Pia 2544
1
           

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