Russian Women battle it out in Kazan

7/4/2004 – Tired of all those men playing chess in the desert? Well here for a change in pace is the Russian Women's Championship with top female players competing for the title and a $50,000 prize fund in Kazan (Tatarstan). We explain where exactly that is and how the ladies are doing in our extensive illustrated report.

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Russian Women's Championship in Kazan

The Russian Women Chess Championship is being played from 28 June -11 July in Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan in central Russia. Kazan is the town from which Alisa Galliamova hails.

This year the tournament has gathered the best Russian players includes Alexandra Kosteniuk, Ekaterina Kovalevskaya, Svetlana Matveeva. The women's championship is a round robin (11 rounds), which is a novelty in the history of the Russian female championships. This also applies to the prize fund of about $50,000. Everybody is expecting a very tough struggle for the championship title and prize money. You can watch the games live on the Internet (see links at the bottom of the page).

Kazan, Tatarstan

Before we turn to the participants and games let us locate Kazan on a map. It is in the Republic of Tatarstan, approximately 700 km east of Moscow. The population of Tatarstan is close to four million. of which more than 50% are ethnic Tatar.

Kazan or Qazan (Russian:Казан) is one of Russia's larger cities and a major industrial, commercial and cultural center. It remains the most important center of Tatar culture.

Downtown Kazan is divided in two by Bolaq channel and the Qaban lake

Petropavlovski Cathedral dates back to 18th century

The participants

Alexandra Kosteniuk, 20, Elo 2511

Alisa Galliamova, 32, Elo 2490
Svetlana Matveeva, 34, Elo 2482

Ekaterina Kovalevskaya, 30, Elo 2470

We would like to mention that today is WGM Svetlana Matveeva's birthday,
for which we wish her all the best.

Tatiana Kosintseva, 18, Elo 2462

Nedezhda Kosintseva, 19, Elo 2415
Elena Zaiatz, 35, Elo 2405

Irina Slavina, 23, Elo 2404
Tatiana Shadrina, 30, Elo 2399

Tatiana Stepovaia, 39, Elo 2355
Tatiana Shumiakina, 38, Elo 2342

Ekaterina Polovnikova, 21, Elo 2216

The Event

The playing hall with the participants on a stage

The ladies in action (here Irina Slavina vs Alisa Galliamova in round three)

Ekaterina Polovnikova vs Alexandra Kosteniuk in round three

Expert commentary for the audience

Sightseeing on a rest day

On a boat on the lake that divides Kazan into two parts

And back in the city where there is chess to be played

All pictures by courtesy of the tournament organisers
and especially Eldar Mukhametov of the Russiachess web site


The links in this purely Russian language site are in red and translate to the following:

Super final – 28 June -11 July, Kazan
List of participants
Results: 1 round, 2 round, 3 round, 4 round, 5 round
Parings: 6 round, round, 8 round, 9 round, 10 round, 11 round
Photo reports: opening ceremony, 30 June, 1 July
Games in PGN: 1 round, 2 round, 3 round, 4 round, 5 round

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