World Ladies Tournament in Jinan

4/14/2005 – In 2003 the city of Jinan staged a male + female tandem chess event, now these imaginative Chinese organisers have come up with another winner: inviting twelve beautiful, strong women players to take part in the San Jinan Cup World Ladies Tournament (April 14–19). We enthusiastically bring you a first giant pictorial report.

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World Ladies Tournament in Jinan

Report by Ali Nihat Yazici

The Chinese Chess Association (CCA) has invited twelve beautiful ladies from different parts of the world to play in the tournament: China, USA, France, Russia, Hungary, Armenia, Slovakia, Turkey, Iran and Malaysia. The event started today and ends on Tuesday, April 19.

The host city of Jinan (also Jì'nán or Chi-nan) is the capital and center for economy, culture and commerce of Shandong province in eastern China. The population is about five and a half million. There is spring in the air and a special warmth coming from the townsfolk. It is the traditional Chinese hospitality which we enjoy very much.

The tournament itself is being staged in the Yizheng Hotel. The Chinese name translates to "comfortable", and that is exactly what the hotel is. The twelve ladies are playing a round robin rapid chess tournament, at the rate of 30 minutes for all the moves plus a ten second increment for each move.

The tournament has been organised to celebrate and promote Chinese Chess League. There are 19 clubs in the league, which starts on April 20 (the day after the Ladies' tournament ends). Each team consists of five boards, three men and two women.

Picture gallery from Jinan


Arrival in Jinan: WGM Anna Zatonskih (USA)


WIM Veronika Schneider (HUN) and Veronika Machalova (SVK)


Irina Krush greeted with flowers at the airport


Almira Skripchenko (FRA) and Irina Krush (USA)


At the opening ceremony


The president of the Chinese Chess federation


The participants are the center of attention


Will the ladies please all line up on the stage...


Vera Nebolsina, 16, at the drawing of colours


Veronika Machalova doing likewise


The technical meeting of the players, arbiters and organisers


WIM Nebolsina Vera (RUS) and Siranush Andriasian (ARM)


The tournament hall


Siranush Andriasian (ARM) and Almira Skripchenko (FRA) prepare for their game


Betül Cemre Yildiz (TUR), Almira Skripchenko (FRA)


Two Chineese girls face each other: GM Zhu Chen, Hou Yi Fan


Veronika Machalova vs Irina Krush


Veronika Machalova, 19, from Slovakia


Lunch break


It's self service – take whatever you want


A Turkish girl – Betül Cemre Yildiz – wrestles with chopsticks


Your intrepid reporter selecting a fish for his meal


Vera Nebolsina (RUS) vs Shirin Navabi (Iran)


Shirin from Iran


Irina Krush signing autographs for fans

'San Jinan Cup' World Ladies Chess Tournament

Round 1 on 2005/04/14 at 14:00

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
1 Andriasian Siranush 2274 0 - 1 IM Skripchenko Almira 2459 12
2 GM Zhu Chen 2494 ½ - ½ WFM Hou Yifan 2144 11
3 WIM Yildiz Betul Cemre 2170 1 - 0 Schneider Veronika 2266 10
4 WFM Siti Zulaikha 2178 0 - 1 WGM Zatonskih Anna 2435 9
5 IM Krush Irina 2466 0 - 1 Machalova Veronika 2176 8
6 WIM Nebolsina Vera 2284 1 - 0 WFM Navabi Shirin 2125 7

Round 2 on 2005/04/14 at 16:00

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
12 IM Skripchenko Almira 2459 1 - 0 WFM Navabi Shirin 2125 7
8 Machalova Veronika 2176 ½ - ½ WIM Nebolsina Vera 2284 6
9 WGM Zatonskih Anna 2435 1 - 0 IM Krush Irina 2466 5
10 Schneider Veronika 2266 ½ - ½ WFM Siti Zulaikha 2178 4
11 WFM Hou Yifan 2144 1 - 0 WIM Yildiz Betul Cemre 2170 3
1 Andriasian Siranush 2274 0 - 1 GM Zhu Chen 2494 2

Round 3 on 2005/04/15 at 14:00

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
2 GM Zhu Chen 2494 - IM Skripchenko Almira 2459 12
3 WIM Yildiz Betul Cemre 2170 - Andriasian Siranush 2274 1
4 WFM Siti Zulaikha 2178 - WFM Hou Yifan 2144 11
5 IM Krush Irina 2466 - Schneider Veronika 2266 10
6 WIM Nebolsina Vera 2284 - WGM Zatonskih Anna 2435 9
7 WFM Navabi Shirin 2125 - Machalova Veronika 2176 8

Round 4 on 2005/04/15 at 16:00

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
12 IM Skripchenko Almira 2459 - Machalova Veronika 2176 8
9 WGM Zatonskih Anna 2435 - WFM Navabi Shirin 2125 7
10 Schneider Veronika 2266 - WIM Nebolsina Vera 2284 6
11 WFM Hou Yifan 2144 - IM Krush Irina 2466 5
1 Andriasian Siranush 2274 - WFM Siti Zulaikha 2178 4
2 GM Zhu Chen 2494 - WIM Yildiz Betul Cemre 2170 3

Round 5 on 2005/04/16 at 14:30

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
3 WIM Yildiz Betul Cemre 2170 - IM Skripchenko Almira 2459 12
4 WFM Siti Zulaikha 2178 - GM Zhu Chen 2494 2
5 IM Krush Irina 2466 - Andriasian Siranush 2274 1
6 WIM Nebolsina Vera 2284 - WFM Hou Yifan 2144 11
7 WFM Navabi Shirin 2125 - Schneider Veronika 2266 10
8 Machalova Veronika 2176 - WGM Zatonskih Anna 2435 9

Round 6 on 2005/04/16 at 16:30

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
12 IM Skripchenko Almira 2459 - WGM Zatonskih Anna 2435 9
10 Schneider Veronika 2266 - Machalova Veronika 2176 8
11 WFM Hou Yifan 2144 - WFM Navabi Shirin 2125 7
1 Andriasian Siranush 2274 - WIM Nebolsina Vera 2284 6
2 GM Zhu Chen 2494 - IM Krush Irina 2466 5
3 WIM Yildiz Betul Cemre 2170 - WFM Siti Zulaikha 2178 4

Round 7 on 2005/04/18 at 13:30

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
4 WFM Siti Zulaikha 2178 - IM Skripchenko Almira 2459 12
5 IM Krush Irina 2466 - WIM Yildiz Betul Cemre 2170 3
6 WIM Nebolsina Vera 2284 - GM Zhu Chen 2494 2
7 WFM Navabi Shirin 2125 - Andriasian Siranush 2274 1
8 Machalova Veronika 2176 - WFM Hou Yifan 2144 11
9 WGM Zatonskih Anna 2435 - Schneider Veronika 2266 10

Round 8 on 2005/04/18 at 15:30

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
12 IM Skripchenko Almira 2459 - Schneider Veronika 2266 10
11 WFM Hou Yifan 2144 - WGM Zatonskih Anna 2435 9
1 Andriasian Siranush 2274 - Machalova Veronika 2176 8
2 GM Zhu Chen 2494 - WFM Navabi Shirin 2125 7
3 WIM Yildiz Betul Cemre 2170 - WIM Nebolsina Vera 2284 6
4 WFM Siti Zulaikha 2178 - IM Krush Irina 2466 5

Round 9 on 2005/04/18 at 17:30

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
5 IM Krush Irina 2466 - IM Skripchenko Almira 2459 12
6 WIM Nebolsina Vera 2284 - WFM Siti Zulaikha 2178 4
7 WFM Navabi Shirin 2125 - WIM Yildiz Betul Cemre 2170 3
8 Machalova Veronika 2176 - GM Zhu Chen 2494 2
9 WGM Zatonskih Anna 2435 - Andriasian Siranush 2274 1
10 Schneider Veronika 2266 - WFM Hou Yifan 2144 11

Round 10 on 2005/04/19 at 14:00

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
12 IM Skripchenko Almira 2459 - WFM Hou Yifan 2144 11
1 Andriasian Siranush 2274 - Schneider Veronika 2266 10
2 GM Zhu Chen 2494 - WGM Zatonskih Anna 2435 9
3 WIM Yildiz Betul Cemre 2170 - Machalova Veronika 2176 8
4 WFM Siti Zulaikha 2178 - WFM Navabi Shirin 2125 7
5 IM Krush Irina 2466 - WIM Nebolsina Vera 2284 6

Round 11 on 2005/04/19 at 16:00

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
6 WIM Nebolsina Vera 2284 - IM Skripchenko Almira 2459 12
7 WFM Navabi Shirin 2125 - IM Krush Irina 2466 5
8 Machalova Veronika 2176 - WFM Siti Zulaikha 2178 4
9 WGM Zatonskih Anna 2435 - WIM Yildiz Betul Cemre 2170 3
10 Schneider Veronika 2266 - GM Zhu Chen 2494 2
11 WFM Hou Yifan 2144 - Andriasian Siranush 2274 1

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