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Women's World Rapid Championship Tournament

Antoaneta Stefanova8.5/11(+6 -0 =5)[games]
Koneru Humpy8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Kateryna Alexandrovna Lahno8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Alexandra Kosteniuk8/11(+7 -2 =2)[games]
Dronavalli Harika7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Anna Muzychuk7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Nana Dzagnidze7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Qi Guo6.5/11(+6 -4 =1)[games]
Tatiana Kosintseva6.5/11(+6 -4 =1)[games]
Elisabeth Paehtz6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Pia Cramling6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Lela Javakhishvili6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Zhao Xue6.5/11(+6 -4 =1)[games]
Zhu Chen6.5/11(+6 -4 =1)[games]
Tan Zhongyi6.5/11(+6 -4 =1)[games]
Natalia Zhukova6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Wang Jue6/11(+5 -4 =2)[games]
Nino Khurtsidze6/11(+5 -4 =2)[games]
Valentina Gunina6/11(+4 -3 =4)[games]
Lilit Mkrtchian6/11(+4 -3 =4)[games]
Huang Qian6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Nino Batsiashvili5.5/11(+5 -5 =1)[games]
Elina Danielian5.5/11(+5 -5 =1)[games]
Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant5.5/11(+4 -4 =3)[games]
Sopiko Khukhashvili5.5/11(+4 -4 =3)[games]
Salome Melia5.5/11(+4 -4 =3)[games]
Natalia Pogonina5.5/11(+4 -4 =3)[games]
Anna Ushenina5.5/11(+4 -4 =3)[games]
Irina Krush5/11(+4 -5 =2)[games]
(50 players total; 21 players not shown. Click here for longer list.)

 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 274  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Purtseladze vs N Janjghava  1-0412012Women's World Rapid ChampionshipE97 King's Indian
2. N Dzagnidze vs Khurtsidze  0-1452012Women's World Rapid ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
3. Kosteniuk vs A Muzychuk 1-0342012Women's World Rapid ChampionshipC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
4. Koneru vs Wang Jue  1-0572012Women's World Rapid ChampionshipE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
5. Chiburdanidze vs Huang Qian  0-1382012Women's World Rapid ChampionshipA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
6. P Cramling vs Zhao Xue  1-0352012Women's World Rapid ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
7. M Lomineishvili vs N Umudova  1-0312012Women's World Rapid ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
8. S Melia vs N Janjghava  1-0362012Women's World Rapid ChampionshipB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
9. Klinova vs S Khukhashvili  1-0442012Women's World Rapid ChampionshipB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
10. K Arakhamia-Grant vs M Mikadze  1-0272012Women's World Rapid ChampionshipB01 Scandinavian
11. N Gurieli vs Tan Zhongyi  0-1452012Women's World Rapid ChampionshipE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
12. N Batsiashvili vs G Mammadova  0-1302012Women's World Rapid ChampionshipA13 English
13. A Matnadze vs M Purtseladze  1-0582012Women's World Rapid ChampionshipE00 Queen's Pawn Game
14. E Paehtz vs Ding Yixin  1-0482012Women's World Rapid ChampionshipB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
15. Qi Guo vs T Kosintseva 1-0722012Women's World Rapid ChampionshipD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
16. B Khotenashvili vs M Arabidze  1-0592012Women's World Rapid ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
17. S Gvetadze vs N Zhukova  1-0342012Women's World Rapid ChampionshipC01 French, Exchange
18. A Ushenina vs Lahno  ½-½262012Women's World Rapid ChampionshipE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
19. L Mkrtchian vs V Gunina  ½-½362012Women's World Rapid ChampionshipD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
20. A Stefanova vs S Gvetadze  1-0572012Women's World Rapid ChampionshipD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. Ding Yixin vs N Gurieli  0-1452012Women's World Rapid ChampionshipB08 Pirc, Classical
22. N Umudova vs S Khukhashvili  ½-½372012Women's World Rapid ChampionshipB89 Sicilian
23. M Mikadze vs N Batsiashvili 0-1162012Women's World Rapid ChampionshipB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
24. I Charkhalashvili vs T Kosintseva  ½-½662012Women's World Rapid ChampionshipD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. N Zhukova vs M Arabidze  1-0802012Women's World Rapid ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-04-12  notyetagm: First!
Jun-04-12  notyetagm: Women's World Rapid Championship (2012)/Antoaneta Stefanova

Wow did Stefanova get lucky in winning this tournament.

Zhao Xue vs A Stefanova, 2012 40 Qd2-c1?? Re6-e2! 0-1

Lahno vs A Stefanova, 2012 37 Bg3xNe5?? Qc6xg2#

Jun-04-12  notyetagm: Lahno vs A Stefanova, 2012

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37 ♗g3x♘e5????????

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Jun-04-12  notyetagm: Zhao Xue vs A Stefanova, 2012

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40 ♕d2-c1???????

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  Thanh Phan: A nice article found at twitter thanks to @chessqueen <Alexandra Kosteniuk> A short article about the World Rapid Chess Championship (won by Stefanova, @Kosteniuk Silver, Koneru Bronze)
Jun-04-12  waustad: It looks like the blitz championship is starting too. I can see why it isn't on chessbomb like the rapids were. Blitz games very often mess up with the DGT boards.
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  HeMateMe: Nice to see Stefanova win a big tournament. I think her results were a bit pedestrian, over the last few years. Kosteniuk had a good event, too.
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  Open Defence: not a bad score from Humpy, nice to see Harika with a good score too
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  Honza Cervenka: <Wow did Stefanova get lucky in winning this tournament.>

So did I betting some chessbucks on her. On the other hand, I bet more of them on Lahno, and so I could have won even much more here.

Jun-04-12  MarkFinan: <Honza Cervenka> I was wandering who had their chess bucks on stefanova, well done, you got some good odds there!

And Natalia Pogonina faired really poor, I expected a higher finish..

I had some chessbooks on Krush!!

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  Honza Cervenka: I bet only 10 on her, and I was the first who did it with odds fourty something to one. The final odds was a bit worse in comparison to that but still I won nearly 300.:-)
Jun-05-12  waustad: <MarkFinan>Pogonina was rated 24th out of 50 and scored 5.5/11. How is this a surprize? We all find her commentary delightful, but she's a 2450ish player who is also a new mom, which tends to pull women's ratings down for a while. As she mentioned once during the WCC match, she's spending a lot time on block towers now.
Jun-05-12  waustad: <nice to see Harika with a good score too> I'd agree except that they knocked Cramling out of contention. After a great first day, she just couldn't maintain that level. Of course in a Swiss, success just keeps making the competition tougher. Against Indian players she was 0/2 but against the rest of the field she was +4.
Premium Chessgames Member We have all of the games in place now; thanks for your patience. We'll be putting up the blitz event shortly.
Jun-05-12  MarkFinan: <Wausted> I never said It was a surprise, I just said I expected her to do better! And maybe If she has all that going on In her life then she shouldn't be entering these competetions... Or maybe It's her charming manager's Influence??

The same guy who once Insulted <JFQ> for daring to have an opinion and wasn't rated 2500+ like NP !!

And I didn't find her recent commentary too "Delightful" either, I found It a bit patronising, aloof, with an "I know far more than you guys so listen to me" attitude! I found Shahade a lot more warm and friendly, and down to earth....

But thats just my opinion.

And so what If she was rated 24th out of 50, remind me again what Miss Stepanova's rating was out of 50 before the tourney began?

Not that much better, going by bookies odds, and I don't just mean at CG's chessbookie's.. Even though they get their odds from the official sites!

Jun-08-12  waustad: Since you ask, Stefanova was rated 8th at the beginning of the tournament.
Premium Chessgames Member It turns out that the blitz games are apparently not available, at least not yet. We'll create a page if we can get at least some of the games, but in any case congratulations to Valentina Gunina for going a perfect 13-0.
Nov-21-12  Eric Farley: It's interesting to note that Stefanova -- a d4 player - defeated Humpy, Kosteniuk, Lahno, and Muzyshuk -- all e4 players. This pattern emerges constantly in other tournaments. Do we have a message here?
Nov-21-12  Bengambit: Help!! I need to know how much time is on the clocks during a rapid chess game,and how much time is allowed to make each move. I am currently playing rapid games at 15 minutes until the time expires. I want to speed up my play a bit more,and improve my position,pace of play,and learn to strike more quicker from the first 3 minutes. And we play for that dollar bill too.
Jun-22-13  notyetagm: D Harika vs A Stefanova, 2012

25 ?

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25 f4-f5?

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25 ♖f1-d1! Δ ♖d1-d6

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<"None of the experts doubted that the position of the leader Antoaneta Stefanova against Harika Dronavalli was close to lost ... <<<The Indian only had to make the standard transfer of the f rook to d6, but she hurried with 25.f5?>>> and soon was happy herself to finish the game peacefully">

White's 25 f4-f5? is a very poor move showing a lack of understanding of the position, mainly the giant <WEAK SQUARE/HOLE> on d6. As the commentary on the Russian website points out, the transfer of a White rook to the d6-sq is nearly decisive.

After the huge positional mistake 25 f4-f5?, it is Black(!) who is much better in the final position, with Houdini 2.0 giving an eval of <-0.93 >.

32 ... ♖f8-d8 1/2-1/2

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But since Stefanova playing Black needed only a draw to assure herself at least a share of 1st, she took the draw here.

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