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peter_parr
05-11-2012, 09:57 AM
The following article was published in the Sydney Morning Herald 5th Nov 2012.

Oceania Women’s Champion Irina Berezina of Bondi will be in Khanty-Mansiysk, Siberia, Russia to compete in the 64 player World Women’s Championship 9 Nov – 3 Dec. The top two seeds are World Champion GM Yifan Hou (CHN 2606) and GM Humpy Koneru (IND 2610). IM Berezina (AUS 2190, seeded 57) is paired against GM Marie Sebag (FRA 2521,seeded 8) in a first round two-game knockout match. If the scores are tied 1-1 rapid play- off games will be held. The 32 match winners advance to the second round matches.

Kevin Bonham
09-11-2012, 09:33 PM
Round 1 kicks off on Sunday. Games start 3 pm their time which is 8 pm ours.

Kevin Bonham
11-11-2012, 08:19 PM
http://chess2012.ugrasport.com/houdini.html

Irina on board 8.

ER
11-11-2012, 10:54 PM
Here is the pic of that game Max! :)

http://i1230.photobucket.com/albums/ee481/jak_jak1/100_7994-2.jpg

Photo: Elliott Renzies

Adamski
11-11-2012, 10:58 PM
http://chess2012.ugrasport.com/houdini.html

Irina on board 8.Irina has an equal position.

Kevin Bonham
12-11-2012, 02:22 AM
Good effort by Irina, 69-move draw with Sebag sometimes a little better but never seriously threatening to win. Tomorrow with black may be much harder.

Plenty of draws, including Cmilyte with white and Kosteniuk; no serious upsets.

peter_parr
12-11-2012, 10:09 AM
The following article was published in the Sydney Morning Herald on Monday 12th November.

The World Women’s Championship with a prize fund of $ 450,000 has just started in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. There are 64 participants led by World Women’s Champion GM Yifan Hou (CHN 2606) in the knockout event. IM Irina Berezina (AUS 2190) the Oceania Women’s Champion plays a 2 game match early this morning and tomorrow Tuesday morning against Women’s World no 10 GM Marie Sebag (FRA 2521).

Kevin Bonham
12-11-2012, 11:21 PM
Irina was ground down in the second game but still a good effort against the GM.

Top 12 seeds are through in regulation; a few below that are in playoffs tomorrow. No real upset eliminations - Dembo out to a slightly lower rated player.

Kevin Bonham
14-11-2012, 09:26 AM
Foisor - M Muzychuk went to Armageddon in the tiebreaks. (game was a draw so M Muzychuk advanced.)

Agent Smith
14-11-2012, 09:42 PM
Interesting one.

[Event "RLP Open 2012"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2012.11.12"]
[Round "2.31"]
[White "Guo, Qi"]
[Black "Zhukova, Natalia"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2432"]
[BlackElo "2451"]
[Board "31"]
[WhiteClock "00:31:05"]
[BlackClock "00:26:48"]
[PlyCount "84"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Bb4+ 4.Bd2 a5 5.g3 d6 6.Bg2 Nbd7 7.O-O e5 8.e3 c6
9.a3 Bxd2 10.Nfxd2 O-O 11.Nc3 Qe7 12.b4 Rd8 13.d5 c5 14.Qb3 axb4 15.axb4 Rxa1 16.Rxa1 cxb4 17.Qxb4 Nc5 18.Qb6 Nfd7 19.Qc7 Na6 20.Rxa6 bxa6 21.c5 dxc5 22.d6 Qf8 23.Nd5 Nf6 24.Ne7+ Kh8 25.Nc4 e4 26.Ne5 Be6 27.Bh3 Bb3 28. N5c6 Ra8 29.d7 Nxd7 30.Bxd7 a5 31.Bc8 a4 32.Qb7 Rxc8 33.Nxc8 Be6 34.Nd6 a3 35.Ne5 a2 36.Qa7 Bd5 37.Kg2 Qa8 38.Qe7 a1=Q 39.Ne8 Kg8 40.Nd7 h6 41.Qf8+ Kh7 42.Ndf6+ Qxf6
( 42...Qxf6 43.Nxf6+ gxf6 44.Qxc5 Be6 45.Qh5 Qd5 46.Qe2 Kg7 47.h4 Qd3 48.Qe1 Qc2 49.Kg1 Bg4 50.Qf1 Bf3 51.Qa1 Kg6 52.Qf1 Be2 53.Qe1 Qd1 54.Qxd1 Bxd1 55.Kf1 Kf5 56.Ke1 Bf3 57.Kd2 Kg4 58.Kc3 Bg2 59.Kd2 Bh3 60.Ke2 Bg2 61.Ke1 Kf3 62.h5 f5 63.Kd1 Kxf2 )
0-1

Kevin Bonham
14-11-2012, 11:51 PM
Six decisive round 2.1 games:

Socko 0-1 Hou Yifan
Koneru 0-1 Zhukova (it is not quite clear how this upset ended, may have been a loss on time but Koneru was struggling anyway)
Zhao Xue 1-0 Khurtsidze
Cramling 1-0 Krush (blunder by Krush)
Harika 1-0 Danielian (this looked like it was going to be over very quickly but black managed to fight longer than I expected)
M Muzychuk 1-0 Arribas Robaina

Maritza Arribas Robaina is the only player rated below 2400 to make the second round.

Agent Smith
15-11-2012, 05:58 AM
Another great dynamic game... but for some reason they've decided to name this round "10" (*&!^@ (Probably because of all the tiebreaks, but it sure messes up the crosstable.)

[Event "RLP Open 2012"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2012.11.14"]
[Round "10.12"]
[White "Harika, Dronavalli"]
[Black "Danielian, Elina"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2512"]
[BlackElo "2476"]
[Board "12"]
[WhiteClock "00:08:55"]
[BlackClock "00:08:40"]
[PlyCount "65"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c5 4.d5 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.Nc3 g6 7.Bf4 Bg7 8.Qa4+
Bd7 9.Qb3 Qc7 10.e4 O-O 11.Nd2 Nh5 12.Be3 f5 13.exf5 gxf5 14.Be2 f4 15.
Bxc5 Na6 16.Ba3 Rae8 17.Nce4 Bf5 18.Bxd6 Qd8 19.Bxf8 Bxe4 20.Be7 Nc5 21.
Bxd8 Nxb3 22.Nxe4 Nxa1 23.O-O Rxd8 24.Bxh5 Nc2 25.d6 Nd4 26.Rd1 Be5 27.Kf1
Kg7 28.b3 Kh6 29.Bg4 Kg6 30.d7 h5 31.Bh3 Kf7 32.Nc5 Bf6 33.Nxb7 1-0

Kevin Bonham
16-11-2012, 08:40 PM
Was too busy writing last night to pay attention but:

Socko beat Hou Yifan, World Champion off to tiebreak
Zhukova beat Koneru again, Koneru out!
A Muzychuk - Ushenina draw, off to playoffs
Khurtsidze beat Zhao Xue, off to playoffs
Lahno loses to Javakhishvili of whom I have not previously heard, is out
Mkrtchian - Kosintseva draw, off to playoffs
Cmilyte beaten as well by Huang Qian (China), is out

So of the top 7 seeds, 3 eliminated and 4 to playoffs, incredible!

Kevin Bonham
16-11-2012, 08:44 PM
Hou Yifan, Anna Muzychuk, N Kosintseva and Cramling all now playing must-win rapid tiebreaks.

Only 2 games for the first rapid match is a farce, it should be four.

Kevin Bonham
16-11-2012, 09:29 PM
Hou Yifan out and loses her title, though she gets a match against the eventual winner to try to get it back next year.

Here Socko missed an easy win in the second playoff game, but won anyway:


1.Qxe5+ [1.Nxe6+ Nxe6 2.Qxe5+ Kf7 3.Bc4 totally wins] 1...Kg8 2.Qc7 Rdc8 3.Qd6 Bb3 4.Rd3 c4 5.Rxb3 cxb3 6.Qd5+ Nf7 7.Bc4 Qg7 8.Re2 Rd8 9.Qe6 Re8 10.Qd7 Rbd8 11.Qb7 Rb8 12.Qa7 Qf6 13.Nd5 Qf3 14.Nf4 1-0

Kevin Bonham
16-11-2012, 09:33 PM
Anna Muzychuk also eliminated (shame that, now we don't get a Muzychuk - Hou match next year). Zhao Xue is through, Kosintseva has more playoffs.

Kevin Bonham
16-11-2012, 09:41 PM
End of Cramling-Krush (which white needed to win)

1.Rxe6 R4xa6?? 2.Re5 [There is an elegant mate with 2.f4+ Kxf4 3.g3+ Kg5 4.Rg8+ Kh5 5.Re5 Rg6 6.Rxf5+ Rg5 7.g4#] 2...Rf6 3.Rg8+ Rg6 4.Rb8 Kf4 5.Rbb5 Rg5 6.Rec5?? Rh5# 0-1

Kevin Bonham
16-11-2012, 11:37 PM
Just for clarification this tournament is for the Women's World Championship, not just for the right to challenge the Women's World Champion. The winner of this tournament is the new World Champion. The fact they play a title match against Hou Yifan next year has nothing to do with Hou Yifan being the reigning world champion but is because Hou Yifan won the Grand Prix.

Agent Smith
18-11-2012, 01:46 PM
Yes, Sebag - who defeated Berezina - is doing well.
Playing black, she found a lovely mate in 1!
35. ... f4
6r1/ppb4p/2p4k/8/3rPpBK/1P5P/P3R3/4R3 w - - 0 36
36. ... Bd8#
and is one game up against Alisa Galliamova in the round of 16.

Tony Dowden
19-11-2012, 07:36 AM
Hou Yifan, Anna Muzychuk, N Kosintseva and Cramling all now playing must-win rapid tiebreaks.

Only 2 games for the first rapid match is a farce, it should be four.

:hmm: So it wasn't already a farce?

Tony Dowden
19-11-2012, 07:38 AM
Just for clarification this tournament is for the Women's World Championship, not just for the right to challenge the Women's World Champion. The winner of this tournament is the new World Champion. The fact they play a title match against Hou Yifan next year has nothing to do with Hou Yifan being the reigning world champion but is because Hou Yifan won the Grand Prix.

Thanks for the clarification.

Does the same apply to the Men's ('Open') World Championship then?

peter_parr
19-11-2012, 10:45 AM
The following article was published in the Sydney Morning Herald on Monday 19th November 2012.

The top three seeds were knocked out in the second round of the World Women’s Championship in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.

World Champion Hou Yifan (CHN 2606) lost 1-3 to M.Socko (POL 2445), H.Koneru (IND 2610) lost 0-2 v N.Zhukova (UKR 2451) and A.Muzychuk (SLO 2586) lost 1-3 to A.Ushenina (UKR 2452).

The top twelve seeds had all won their first round matches.

Oceania Champion IM Irina Berezina (AUS 2190) was knocked out by eighth seed GM Marie Sebag (FRA 2521) 0.5 – 1.5.

Berezina drew in 69 moves in game one but lost after the time control in the second game. The overall winner will be World Champion until late in 2013 when her challenger in a ten game title match is Hou Yifan, the Grand Prix winner 2011-2012.

Kevin Bonham
19-11-2012, 11:25 AM
Thanks for the clarification.

Does the same apply to the Men's ('Open') World Championship then?

No, the systems are totally different. For the open WC there is a Candidates Tournament for the right to play a match against the incumbent Champion.

Kevin Bonham
19-11-2012, 01:18 PM
Through to quarter-finals: Stefanova, Ushenina, Zhao Xue, Harika, Sebag

Playoffs tonight: Zhukova - Ju Wenjun, Krush - Huang Qian, Kosintseva x2

Kevin Bonham
20-11-2012, 08:30 PM
Getting serious now:

Sebag - Stefanova
Ju - Huang
Kosintseva N - Ushenina
Zhao Xue - Harika

Kevin Bonham
21-11-2012, 12:00 AM
Sebag wins game 1, the rest all draws.

Kevin Bonham
22-11-2012, 12:06 AM
Anna Ushenina (UKR) is in the semis!

Stefanova equalised against Sebag, Huang and Ju had a quick draw, Zhao Xue was totally beating Harika and blundered allowing a perpetual after 70-something moves. Off to the playoffs for 3 matches tomorrow.

MichaelBaron
22-11-2012, 12:35 AM
Very lucky escape by Harika!~

Agent Smith
22-11-2012, 05:35 AM
Very lucky escape by Harika!~
Yes

Kevin Bonham
22-11-2012, 11:51 PM
Semis are:

Harika (12th seed) vs Stefanova (16th)
Ushenina (30th) vs Ju Wenjun (15th)

So we could still get an India-China final, but if so it wouldn't be the one we would expect!

Ju has not yet played anyone seeded above her (and if Stefanova wins she'll have no chance to!) Ushenina has ousted two top-10 seeds, Stefanova and Harika one each.

Kevin Bonham
23-11-2012, 10:52 PM
Ushenina had a very good advantage over Ju but lost it and settled for a draw while Stefanova was better against Harika from early on. Harika had an opportunity to complicate with some hopes of survival but misplayed it and lost heavily; a very good game by Stefanova. Even the semis are only two-game matches so Harika must win tomorrow to stay in the event.

Kevin Bonham
24-11-2012, 10:53 PM
JaK will be pleased to know Stefanova is in the final and has a great opportunity to win this thing for the second time. Harika (white) got absolutely nix out of the opening against her tonight and Stefanova gave up a piece for three pawns with a very strong position, after which Harika decided ratings points were the better part of valour and took a repetition.

Playoff tomorrow to decide her opponent.

ER
25-11-2012, 07:26 AM
JaK will be pleased to know Stefanova is in the final and has a great opportunity to win this thing for the second time. Harika (white) got absolutely nix out of the opening against her tonight and Stefanova gave up a piece for three pawns with a very strong position, after which Harika decided ratings points were the better part of valour and took a repetition.

Playoff tomorrow to decide her opponent.

Thanks Kev, she really is a very lovely lady and a great ambassador for chess! Let's hope the best player wins though! :)

Kevin Bonham
25-11-2012, 09:33 PM
Ushenina won the first tiebreak and drew the second (Ju "should" have won but missed it and Ushenina got a fortress) so it is Stefanova vs Ushenina starting after a rest day tomorrow.

peter_parr
27-11-2012, 10:08 AM
The following article was published in the Sydney Morning Herald Monday 26th November 2012.

The top 14 seeds have all been knocked out of the 64 player World Women’s Championship in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. Former World Champion in 2004 Antoaneta Stefanova (BUL 2491) seeded 16 beat Harika Dronavalli (IND 2512) the no 12 seed 1.5-0.5 in a semi-final match. Ju Wenjun (CHN 2501,seed 15) v Anna Ushenina (UKR 2452 seed 32) is tied 1-1 in the other semi-final and the match will be decided by rapid play-off games. The winner plays a 4 game match against Stefanova for the World Women’s title Tuesday – Friday this week.

Adamski
27-11-2012, 10:51 PM
It would be a great achievement if Stefanova can do the double.

Kevin Bonham
28-11-2012, 12:12 AM
Game 1 was drawn in 36 moves (the blunder showing as black's 36th on the official site surely wasn't played.)

Kevin Bonham
28-11-2012, 09:29 PM
Game 2 Stefanova - Ushenina

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c6 4.e4 Bb4 5.Bd2 dxc4 6.Nf3 b5 7.a4 a5 8.axb5 Bxc3 9.Bxc3 cxb5 10.Qd2 Nf6 11.Qg5 0-0 12.Qxb5 Nxe4 13.Bxc4 Qc7 14.Qb3 a4 15.Rxa4 Rxa4 16.Qxa4 Nxc3 17.bxc3 Bb7 1/2-1/2

Stefanova was looking pretty dodgy here until Ushenina missed or mis-analysed 13...Nd6 which seems to lead to a substantial advantage for black.

Kevin Bonham
29-11-2012, 10:30 PM
Ushenina wins game 3 comfortably and yet again Stefanova's preparation found suspect. 15.Qb3 is an uncommon move and 15...e5 was criticised by the commentator. Ushenina said after Bxd5 she just thought position was unclear with chances for both sides.

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 a6 5.c5 Nbd7 6.Bf4 Nh5 7.Bd2 Nhf6 8.Rc1 g6 9.h3 Qc7 10.g3 Bg7 11.Bf4 Qd8 12.Bg2 0-0 13.0-0 Nh5 14.Bd2 f5 15.Qb3 e5 [15...Kh8 has been played before here] 16.Ng5 exd4 17.Nxd5 cxd5 18.Bxd5+ Kh8 19.Ne6 Qf6 20.Nxf8 Qxf8 21.Bxb7 Rb8 22.c6 Nc5 23.Qb6 Nxb7 24.Qa7! The point 24...Be5 25.c7 Ra8 26.Qxa8 Qe8 27.Qxa6 Nc5 28.Qa8 Ne4 29.Rc2 Nxd2 30.Rxd2 Kg7 31.Rc2 Kh6 32.b4 Bd6 33.Qd5 Nxg3 34.Qxd6 Nxf1 35.Qxd4 g5 36.Qf6+ Kh5 37.Rc6 1-0

Agent Smith
30-11-2012, 05:40 AM
Very entertaining game :) Glad to stay up for it
Just running some quick analysis, seems
20.... Nxf8
is probably better, but Antoaneta Stefanova was under lots of time pressure too.

MichaelBaron
01-12-2012, 10:22 PM
Well done to Anna! What an unexpect, yet a pleasing result!:clap:

Kevin Bonham
01-12-2012, 10:56 PM
Well done to Anna! What an unexpect, yet a pleasing result!:clap:

It's unexpected that any particular player that far down the field will win, but that a player well down the field wins is not so unusual. It happened with Khalifman and Kasimdzhanov in the FIDE events. The use of many short knockout matches results in very randomised results and a lot of upsets.

Kevin Bonham
03-12-2012, 12:54 AM
Some comments from the FIDE President:


Women are a model of fighting spirit – they always fight until the end

He obviously wasn't watching game 2!


The percentage of decisive games in women’s competitions is higher than in men’s chess.

I wonder if this is just because of differences in rating and competition format. Would be interested to see if there is anything in this when compared on a controlled basis.

peter_parr
03-12-2012, 12:28 PM
The following article was published in the Sydney Morning Herald Monday 3rd December 2012.

Ushenina is the New Chess Queen
Peter Parr

Anna Ushenina 27 from Kharkiv, Ukraine has won the 64 player world women’s championship in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. The final was a four game match against former World Champion Antoaneta Stefanova of Bulgaria. The first two games were drawn and Ushenina won game three with Stefanova striking back in game four leaving the score 2-2. Ushenina won the rapid tie-break 1.5-0.5 after spending the previous evening relaxing watching a movie – no trainer, no computer, no analysis and just remaining calm and fresh for the final day. Ushenina will defend her world title in a ten game match in 2013 against former World Champion Hou Yifan (CHN) the 2011-2012 Grand Prix winner.