The Women’s World Chess Cup 2012 in Khanty-Mansiysk

by ChessBase
11/10/2012 – The strongest female players from nine different countries have gathered in the eastern Russian oil boom town for the knock-out women's world championship, which starts on Sunday. There will be live video coverage and commentary in three languages. Saturday was the spectacular opening ceremony, which you can watch in HD video – a visual treat.

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The Women’s World Chess Cup 2012 is being staged by the Ugorian Chess Academy in Khanty-Mansiysk from 11 November to 2 December. The best 64 chess players in the world are taking part in the competition, which consist of six knock-out rounds of two games, which reduce the participants from 64 to 32, 16, 8, 4, and 2. The final consists of four games, the winner will play a match against the winner of FIDE Women’s Grand Prix 2011-2012 (Hou Yifan), which will determine the World Champion among women.

The Opening Ceremony

The first participants arrive in Khanty-Mansiysk and are greeted with the traditional bread and salt

The strongest female players in the world come from nine different countries: China,
Russia, India, USA, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Qatar, Lithuania and Slovenia

The opening ceremony was attended by Natalia Komarova (above), the Governor of Khanty
Mansiysk, and Evgeny Redkin, director of the Department of Physical Education and Sports.

FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov holds a welcome speech and declares the championship officially open

For the drawing of colors reigning Women’s World Champion Hou Yifan (China) chose one of the two chess sets and found it contained a white pawn. This meant that Hou Yifan and all participants with the odd numbers would have the white pieces in the first game.

The Illusion show at the Opening Ceremony

A colorful theatrical show followed, where participants and guests of the championship
could see the performances of the artists of local dance theaters

You can watch the whole opening ceremony in the above video stream, including the dance theater “Ugra-Classic”, an ensemble of wind instruments, the dance group “Courage”, illusionist Yevgeniy Kaverzina, and the dance theater “Show-karapuz”. The program is completed with the fantastic vocals and music of “AngeliQuie and The Band”. Switch to HD and full screen, lean back and enjoy.

The live video coverage is provided by Mark Gluhovsky from ChessTV. There will be English language commentary by GM Alexander Khalifman. For the first time Mark is going to try to supply commentary in Chinese: GM Peng Zhaoqing speaking from her home in Holland. The Russian commentary will come from GM Sergei Shipov, working out of Moscow.


The games will be broadcast live on the official web site and on the chess server If you are not a member you can download a free Playchess client there and get immediate access. You can also use ChessBase 11 or any of our Fritz compatible chess programs.

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