Women's World Championship in Ekaterinburg

3/10/2006 – Sixty-four of the strongest female players in the world have arrived in Ekaterinburg, 1500 km east of Moscow, to play for the FIDE Women's World Championship. One participant is Elisabeth Pähtz, the reigning Junior World Champion from Germany. Elli and her team documented their trip and their arrival in Ekaterinburg. Here's the pictorial report.

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Women's World Championship

Ekaterinburg, Russia, March 10–27, 2006

The World Women's Championship is being held from 10-27 March 2006, in Ekaterinburg, Russia.

The knockout event has 64 participants, with reigning world champion Antoaneta Stefanova of Bulgaria defending her title.


Ekaterinburg (in Russian with a "Y") is located 1500 km east of Moscow

Picture Gallery

By Thomas Pähtz and the Elisabeth Pähtz team


Women's Junior World Champion Elisabeth Pähtz preparing for the Big One in her home in Erfurt, Germany


Getting to Ekaterinburg on a German Wings plane


On the long journey to the Women's World Championship


With colleagues on the plane


Arrival in Russia with daddy, who happens to be a Grandmaster and her most important trainer


Good grief, it's winter, and we are in Eastern Russia!


Where we are going to stay for who knows how long


Posing...


...in front of one of the many monumental statues in Ekaterinburg


They are everywhere, and usually very inspiring


The central square


The central shopping street in Ekaterinburg


In the city, on a cold winter's day


Souvenirs to buy, pins and medals


Or paintings, aquarelles, etchings


There is something for every taste


Even racy woodcuttings depicting Russian sauna scenes


Don't worry, dear, I'll be here to look after you

Participants

 1   Stefanova, Antoaneta   GM   BUL   2499 
 2   Koneru, Humpy   GM   IND   2537 
 3   Cramling, Pia   GM   SWE   2515 
 4   Kosteniuk, Alexandra   GM   RUS   2514 
 5   Chiburdanidze, Maia   GM   GEO   2511 
 6   Xu, Yuhua   WGM   CHN   2502 
 7   Lahno, Kateryna   IM   UKR   2500 
 8   Zhu, Chen   GM   CHN   2482 
 9   Kosintseva, Nadezhda   IM   RUS   2480 
 10   Vijayalakshmi, Subbaraman   IM/WG   IND   2479 
 11   Kosintseva, Tatiana   IM   RUS   2479 
 12   Socko, Monika   IM   POL   2475 
 13   Cmilyte, Viktorija   IM   LTU   2475 
 14   Zhao, Xue   WG?   CHN   2473 
 15   Qin, Kanying   WGM   CHN   2469 
 16   Galliamova, Alisa   IM   RUS   2467 
 17   Dembo, Yelena   IM   GRE   2461 
 18   Skripchenko, Almira   IM   FRA   2461 
 19   Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina   IM   RUS   2458 
 20   Mkrtchian, Lilit   IM   ARM   2453 
 21   Dzagnidze, Nana   IM   GEO   2452 
 22   Krush, Irina   IM   USA   2447 
 23   Javakhishvili, Lela   IM   GEO   2444 
 24   Zhukova, Natalia   WGM   UKR   2432 
 25   Khurtsidze, Nino   IM   GEO   2430 
 26   Matveeva, Svetlana   IM   RUS   2428 
 27   Korbut, Ekaterina   WGM   RUS   2427 
 28   Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan   IM   GEO   2426 
 29   Danielian, Elina   IM   ARM   2423 
 30   Paehtz, Elisabeth   IM   GER   2422 
 31   Zaiatz, Elena   IM   RUS   2422 
 32   Radziewicz, Iweta   IM   POL   2421 
 33   Kononenko, Tatiana   WGM   UKR   2417 
 34   Sebag, Marie   IM   FRA   2415 
 35   Peng, Zhaoqin   GM   NED   2407 
 36   Foisor, Cristina Adela   IM   ROM   2402 
 37   Zielinska, Marta   WGM   POL   2398 
 38   Ushenina, Anna   WGM   UKR   2398 
 39   Vasilevich, Irina   IM   RUS   2386 
 40   Wang, Yu A.   WGM   CHN   2385 
 41   Shen, Yang      CHN   2380 
 42   Turova, Irina   IM   RUS   2379 
 43   Amura, Claudia N.   WGM   ARG   2366 
 44   Ovod, Evgenija   IM   RUS   2366 
 45   Ruan, Lufei      CHN   2361 
 46   Pina, Sulennis   WGM   CUB   2358 
 47   Houska, Jovanka   IM   ENG   2355 
 48   Lujan, Carolina   WGM   ARG   2346 
 49   Purtseladze, Maka   IM   GEO   2341 
 50   Aketaeva, Dana   WIM   KAZ   2330 
 51   Kursova, Maria   WIM   RUS   2319 
 52   Pourkashiyan, Atousa   WIM   IRI   2296 
 53   Ju, Wenjun      CHN   2290 
 54   Meenakshi, S.   WGM   IND   2289 
 55   Berezina, Irina   IM   AUS   2285 
 56   Hou, Yifan   WFM   CHN   2269 
 57   Arribas, Maritza   WGM   CUB   2261 
 58   Zapata, Karen   WIM   PER   2218 
 59   Hoang, Xuan Thanh Khiet   WIM   VIE   2196 
 60   Rivera, Ingris      COL   2128 
 61   Khoudgarian, Natalia   WIM   CAN   2106 
 62   Basta-Sohair, F.   WIM   EGY   2083 
 63   Sabure, Tuduetso   WGM   BOT   2072 
 64   Mezioud, Amina      ALG   1989 

Schedule

Opening Ceremony/Players' meeting 10 March
Round 1: 2 days play + tiebreaks 11-12 March
Round 2: 2 days play + tiebreaks 13-14 March
Round 3: 2 days play + tiebreaks 15-16 March
Free Day 1 day free 17 March
Round 4: 2 days play + tiebreaks 18-19 March
Round 5: 2 days play + tiebreaks 20-21 March
Free Day 1 day free 22 March
Round 6: 4 days play 23-26 March
Tie-breaks/Closing Ceremony: 27 March

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