2010 Women’s World Chess Championship – Round one
05.12.2010
– Sixty-four of the top female players in the world have gathered at Hatay, Turkey, to fight for the title of World Champion, and register their names in the annals of history. The tournament is a knockout event held in a beautiful, but unusual locale: the Antakya Archaeological Museum, famed for its impressive collection of ancient mosaics. Here is the opening and first round report.

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The Women’s World Chess Championship is being held at Hatay, Turkey, from December 2nd to 25th. It is a 64-player knockout tournament, with two-game mini-matches qualifying a player to the next round, until the final and 6th round, which is a four-game match to determine the champion. In the event of a draw after the two tournament time-control games, there will be a rapid game tie-breaker, followed by a possible blitz playoff, and finally an armageddon blitz game. The time control is 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game, and a 30-second increment per move as of the first move. The games are held daily at 3 PM local time (2 PM Paris / 8 AM New York / 5 AM Los Angeles). The full schedule is available here.

Note that the organizers pulled out all the stops to provide coverage of the highest quality, including daily live video coverage during the rounds.

The official tournament poster

The venue is a rather original choice: the Antakya Archaeological Museum, in Antioch. Built in 1938, this large museum displays Antioch’s magnificent Roman mosaics as well as other important archaeological finds from Hittite to Byzantine times.

The large mosaic on the floor in this photo is the Yakto Mosaic dating from the fifth
century AD, and found at Yakto village near Daphne.

The selection was made in order to highlight the cultural offerings of the city in an unmistakeable way, however, one must admit that it might be a bit disconcerting at times.

Not your usual spectators

The event was started with the usual fanfare

Top-rated Indian Humpy Koneru (2600 Elo) played South African Melissa Greeff (2087)

Mariya Muzychuk (2462) prepares for her first round game

Tatiana Kosintseva (2581) is also a top contender, after coming equal first at the
Russian Women’s Championship and helping lead the national squad to victory at the
Olympiads.

Hou Yifan, second Elo (2591), and finalist at the previous World Championship, had
a spiffy start.Standing beside her is her mother.

Hou Yifan (2591) – Heredia Serrano,C (2087) [B19]
WCh Women Antakya TUR (1), 04.12.2010

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 7.Nf3 Nd7 8.h5 Bh7 9.Bd3 Bxd3 10.Qxd3 e6 11.Bd2 Ngf6 12.0-0-0 Be7 13.Ne4 Nxe4 14.Qxe4 Nf6 15.Qd3 b5 16.Ne5 Qd5 17.Kb1 0-0 18.g4 Nd7 19.Nf3 c5 20.g5 hxg5 21.Rdg1 c4 22.Qe3 b4

23.Bxb4! That Hou Yifan overpowers her opponent is not surprising, but she sets a good tone for the rest of the tournament by showing how sharp her tactical eye is. 23…Bxb4 24.Rxg5 f5 [24…Qc6 25.Rhg1 g6 26.Rxg6+!! fxg6 27.Rxg6+ Kf7 28.Ng5+ Ke7 29.Rxe6++-] 25.h6 Rf7 26.hxg7 Rxg7 27.Rhg1 Bf8 28.Rxg7+ Bxg7 29.Qh6 Kf8 30.Rxg7 Ke8 31.Qh4 Qd6 32.Ng5 Qb4 33.Qh5+ Kd8 34.Nxe6+ Kc8 35.Qe8+ 1-0 [Click to replay]

Cheparinov is coaching Bulgarian compatriot Stefanova

Russian Nadezdha Kosintseva (left) is seconding her sister Tatiana Kosintseva

Betul Cemre Yildiz (Turkey) started with a positive result, drawing Pia Carmling, who
outrates her by over 300 Elo.

Two madonnas and a chessboard

With so much beauty in one place, there is no excuse for not visiting the museum

WGM Xiaowen Zhang (2339) drew in the opening round against Lilit Mkrtchian (2479)

Yixin Ding (2370) overcame her higher-rated opponent Hoang Thanh Trang (2473)


Peruvian Deysi Cori was unable to hold against Mariya Muzychuk

Women’s World Speed Chess champion Kateryna Lahno (2522) won her first game

Pictures by Turkish Federation and Antakya Archaeological Museum

 
Europe Echecs is providing daily video reports

Round one results

Name
Fed.
Ti.
Rtng

Name
Fed.
Ti.
Rtng
Kosteniuk, Alexandra
RUS
g
2507

Mezioud, Amina
ALG
wm
2029
Greeff, Melissa
RSA
wg
2082

Koneru, Humpy
IND
g
2600
Hou, Yifan
CHN
g
2591

Heredia Serrano, Carla
ECU
wm
2087
Mona, Khaled
EGY
wg
2093

Kosintseva, Tatiana
RUS
g
2581
Dzagnidze, Nana
GEO
g
2551

Kagramanov, Dina
CAN
wm
2101
Aliaga Fernandez, Ingrid Y
PER
wf
2154

Stefanova, Antoaneta
BUL
g
2548
Muzychuk, Anna
SLO
m
2530

Zuriel, Marisa
ARG
wm
2208
Yildiz, Betul Cemre
TUR
wm
2225

Cramling, Pia
SWE
g
2526
Harika, Dronavalli
IND
m
2525

Nadig, Kruttika
IND
wg
2230
Caoili, Arianne
AUS
wm
2242

Ju, Wenjun
CHN
wg
2524
Lahno, Kateryna
UKR
g
2522

Ozturk, Kubra
TUR
wm
2264
Demina, Julia
RUS
wg
2323

Cmilyte, Viktorija
LTU
g
2514
Chiburdanidze, Maia
GEO
g
2502

Meenakshi Subbaraman
IND
wg
2328
Soumya, Swaminathan
IND
wg
2332

Socko, Monika
POL
g
2495
Sebag, Marie
FRA
g
2494

Vasilevich, Irina
RUS
m
2333
Baginskaite, Camilla
USA
wg
2336

Ruan, Lufei
CHN
wg
2480
Mkrtchian, Lilit
ARM
m
2479

Zhang, Xiaowen
CHN
wg
2339
Lomineishvili, Maia
GEO
m
2347

Zatonskih, Anna
USA
m
2478
Zhu, Chen
QAT
g
2477

Muminova, Nafisa
UZB
wm
2360
Fierro Baquero, Martha L.
ECU
m
2363

Zhao, Xue
CHN
g
2474
Paehtz, Elisabeth
GER
m
2474

Zawadzka, Jolanta
POL
wg
2368
Ding, Yixin
CHN
wg
2370

Hoang Thanh Trang
HUN
g
2473
Pogonina, Natalija
RUS
wg
2472

Kovanova, Baira
RUS
wg
2380
Shadrina, Tatiana
RUS
wg
2384

Danielian, Elina
ARM
g
2466
Muzychuk, Mariya
UKR
m
2462

Cori T., Deysi
PER
wg
2384
Ovod, Evgenija
RUS
m
2387

Shen, Yang
CHN
wg
2461
Ushenina, Anna
UKR
m
2460

Huang, Qian
CHN
wg
2402
Foisor, Cristina-Adela
ROU
m
2403

Skripchenko, Almira
FRA
m
2460
Dembo, Yelena
GRE
m
2454

Munguntuul, Batkhuyag
MGL
m
2409
Romanko, Marina
RUS
m
2414

Zhukova, Natalia
UKR
g
2447
Rajlich, Iweta
POL
m
2446

Houska, Jovanka
ENG
m
2421
Khukhashvili, Sopiko
GEO
m
2430

Turova, Irina
RUS
m
2439


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