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🏆 FIDE Women's World Championship (2006)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Yifan Hou, Koneru Humpy, Ju Wenjun, Tatiana Kosintseva, Zhao Xue, Nadezhda Kosintseva, Nana Dzagnidze, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Maia Chiburdanidze, Antoaneta Stefanova, Kateryna Alexandrovna Lahno, Alisa Mikhailovna Galliamova, Pia Cramling, Viktorija Cmilyte, Ekaterina Valentinovna Kovalevskaya, Marie Sebag, Elina Danielian, Yuhua Xu, Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant, Monika (Bobrowska) Socko, Ruan Lufei, Lilit Mkrtchian, Irina Krush, Anna Ushenina, Almira Fyodorovna Skripchenko, Lela Javakhishvili, Natalia Zhukova, Elisabeth Paehtz, Kanying Qin, Subbaraman Vijayalakshmi, Yelena Dembo, Shen Yang, Nino Khurtsidze, Ekaterina Korbut, Iweta Radziewicz Rajlich, Zhaoqin Peng, Svetlana Matveeva, Elena Yevgenyevna Zaiatz, Claudia Noemi Amura, Evgenija Ovod, Cristina-Adela Foisor, Irina Iosifovna Turova, Jovanka Houska, Wang Yu, Tatiana Kononenko, Carolina Lujan, Marta (Zielinska) Michna, Irina Vasilevich, Maka Purtseladze, Atousa Pourkashiyan, Maria Kursova, Sulennis Pina Vega, Maritza Arribas Robaina, Meenakshi Subbaraman, Dana Aketayeva, Irina Berezina, Ingris Rivera, Karen Zapata, Hoang Xuan Thanh Khiet, Natalia Khoudgarian, Amina Mezioud, Farid Basta-Sohair, Tuduetso Sabure

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 181  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. I Rajlich vs T Kononenko 1-0482006FIDE Women's World ChampionshipD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
2. A M Galliamova vs M Purtseladze  1-0342006FIDE Women's World ChampionshipB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
3. C Lujan vs Y Dembo ½-½542006FIDE Women's World ChampionshipB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
4. Skripchenko vs J Houska  0-1442006FIDE Women's World ChampionshipD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
5. S Pina Vega vs E V Kovalevskaya 0-1382006FIDE Women's World ChampionshipB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
6. E Ovod vs N Dzagnidze  0-1302006FIDE Women's World ChampionshipD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
7. I Krush vs C Amura 1-0282006FIDE Women's World ChampionshipD09 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 5.g3
8. I I Turova vs L Javakhishvili  ½-½262006FIDE Women's World ChampionshipE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
9. N Zhukova vs Shen Yang  ½-½232006FIDE Women's World ChampionshipB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
10. Wang Yu vs Khurtsidze  ½-½422006FIDE Women's World ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
11. S Matveeva vs I Vasilevich  1-0692006FIDE Women's World ChampionshipE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
12. A Ushenina vs Korbut  ½-½242006FIDE Women's World ChampionshipD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
13. K Arakhamia-Grant vs M Michna  ½-½692006FIDE Women's World ChampionshipA00 Uncommon Opening
14. C Foisor vs E Danielian  ½-½782006FIDE Women's World ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
15. E Paehtz vs Zhaoqin Peng  1-0572006FIDE Women's World ChampionshipC11 French
16. M Sebag vs Zaiatz  ½-½542006FIDE Women's World ChampionshipC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
17. D Aketayeva vs K Qin 0-1302006FIDE Women's World ChampionshipA35 English, Symmetrical
18. Zhao Xue vs M Kursova  ½-½762006FIDE Women's World ChampionshipE12 Queen's Indian
19. L Mkrtchian vs Ruan Lufei  ½-½462006FIDE Women's World ChampionshipD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
20. A Mezioud vs A Stefanova 0-1382006FIDE Women's World ChampionshipB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
21. Koneru vs T Sabure 1-0442006FIDE Women's World ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
22. F Basta-Sohair vs P Cramling 0-1302006FIDE Women's World ChampionshipD00 Queen's Pawn Game
23. I Rivera vs Chiburdanidze 0-1392006FIDE Women's World ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
24. Y Xu vs Hoang Xuan Thanh Khiet  1-0302006FIDE Women's World ChampionshipC28 Vienna Game
25. K Zapata vs Lahno ½-½512006FIDE Women's World ChampionshipB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
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Mar-16-06  DCP23: So we've got

1 Galliamova*, Alisa (RUS) vs Khurtsidze, Nino (GEO)
2 Matveeva*, Svetlana (RUS) vs Sebag, Marie (FRA)
3 Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina (RUS) vs Xu*, Yuhua (CHN)
4 Chiburdanidze*, Maia (GEO) vs Cmilyte, Viktorija (LTU)

Asterisks (*) mark my predictions ;)

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  Appaz: <doremi> Agree. I like the matches, but there should at least be 4 games with ordinary time, and only then rapids. In this way the strongest player would have a bigger chance of making a comeback after messing up.

The female WC has a very low status, and it will not get any better if she is trashed by the first few women she meets after winning the title.

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  Appaz: My predictions using the format of <DCP23>:

1 Galliamova* (RUS) vs Khurtsidze (GEO)
2 Matveeva (RUS) vs Sebag* (FRA)
3 Kovalevskaya* (RUS) vs Xu (CHN)
4 Chiburdanidze (GEO) vs Cmilyte* (LTU)

Mar-16-06  BIDMONFA: FIDE Women's World Championship (2006)

Pairings Round 4
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Mar-16-06  percyblakeney: My predictions, winners marked *:

1 Galliamova* (RUS) vs Khurtsidze (GEO)
2 Matveeva (RUS)* vs Sebag (FRA)
3 Kovalevskaya* (RUS) vs Xu (CHN)
4 Chiburdanidze* (GEO) vs Cmilyte (LTU)

Mar-16-06  percyblakeney: If the pairings tree I saw somewhere was correct semi-finals are played as follows:


Xu and Chiburdanidze are the highest rated remaining players, so a final between them should be the most expected outcome, but this far results haven't been too expected...

Mar-16-06  percyblakeney: Most of the remaining players were much better 5-6 years ago, Galliamova was close to 100 points better, Chiburdanidze and Kovalevskaya almost 50. Xu, Khurtsidze and Matveeva were also better year 2000 than 2006 (the latter passed 2500 a couple of years ago but is now 2428). Sebag is only 19-20 but was higher rated three years ago. Cmilyte is comparatively "best" in this aspect, almost being on the same level as last year (but still only ten points better than five years ago).
Mar-16-06  doremi: Well, 4 games is still not sufficient to get over the lottery thing. 12 to 14 games is the absolute minimum sample size to obtain any statistical significance on who is stronger.

That means in practical terms a match, not a tournament. No sponsor would pay for 12 to 14 games at regular time control between 64 or even 128 participants.

Mar-16-06  doremi: <Most of the remaining players were much better 5-6 years ago> pb, that's scary considering that the bladder deteriorates even faster than the brain. No wonder that there were so many blunders today, one cannot concentrate if one's thoughts are somewhere down the drain
Mar-16-06  percyblakeney: I personally think that a final tournament of the same sort as the men have would be a good solution. It's interesting to compare the results here with for example the Russian Championships. Kovalevskaya, Galliamova and Matveeva are the best Russians here, but in the tournament they had no chance against the highest rated players, and Kosteniuk win easily. In a double round robin the result would probably be even more convincing.
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  Appaz: <Most of the remaining players were much better 5-6 years ago> Could this be due to the 100 free Elo-points they received from FIDE? Maybe they are adjusting back to normal after playing men.
Mar-16-06  percyblakeney: I think experience could be more important than form in these types of competitions. Of the eight remaining players six are 30 years or older. Galliamova was a top three player six years ago, as Matveeva three years ago but today they are number 18 and 30 on the rating list. Young players close to their highest rating this far like Humpy Koneru, the Kosintseva sisters, Lahno, Kosteniuk and so on, have for some reason all failed.
Mar-16-06  notsodeepthought: My predictions, where the asterisk indicates the winners:

1 Galliamova* (RUS) vs Khurtsidze (GEO)
2 Matveeva (RUS) vs Sebag* (FRA)
3 Kovalevskaya (RUS) vs Xu* (CHN)
4 Chiburdanidze (GEO) vs Cmilyte* (LTU)

Mar-16-06  doremi: Kosteniuk has a real ugly dog
Mar-16-06  benigno: Matveeva has second lowest rating of those remaining yet played only 2 games per round. Might be dark horse... with fresh legs.
Mar-16-06  benigno: <doremi: Kosteniuk has a real ugly dog> The strongest evidence yet against the theory that people look like their dogs!
Mar-16-06  doremi: <benigno> Thank goodness that people don't look like their dogs. There is a Chinese breed of dog with skin folds so large that it seems that the skin is made for a dog three times the size. Imagine the Chinese girls with skin folds that large!
Mar-16-06  doremi: Here is how one of those Chinese cuties would look like across the chessboard
Mar-16-06  notsodeepthought: <doremi: <benigno> Thank goodness that people don't look like their dogs.> Agreed - we don't want people to look like Shi-Tzu.
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  WannaBe: That's no Shi-Tsu!! This is a Shi-Tsu!!
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  Dim Weasel: Dog with folding skin might be Shar Pei ...

Does anybody know if the ladies are playing today or is it a rest day?

Mar-17-06  percyblakeney: <Dim Weasel> It's a rest day.
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  alexmagnus: About the sense and nonsence of the world championships. Thw world championships were never determined to define the best in the world (not only in chess, in any sport). The best in the world is defined without any championships - it's namely the best rated player (or team in other sports). The world championship is just some tournament, which gives to the non-best players/teams a chance to get the title, which is associated with the best in the world in people's mind but which doesn't mean it. It's just a tournament and it can be won by an "underdog" in ANY system. I would tell so - a rating decides the best player and a world championship - a player who
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  alexmagnus: ... who is able to concetrate himself at the most important moment at best. In this sense the KO-system us not worse than any other.
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  alexmagnus: sorry for diverse typos, particularly in the second part which must have been typed as fast as possible to be seen directly after the first.
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