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🏆 Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2012)

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The 2012 FIDE Women's World Championship, held from November 11 to December 1 in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, featured 64 players in a series of knockout matches. The early rounds had two games each, plus tiebreak games if necessary. The final was a match of four games plus tiebreak games, with the winner declared Women's World Champion. The prize fund was $450,000, the winner taking home $60,000 from the final. Players received 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game, ... [more]

Player: Nastassia Ziaziulkina

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Zhu Chen vs N Ziaziulkina 1-0672012Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
2. N Ziaziulkina vs Zhu Chen  0-1632012Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentC41 Philidor Defense
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Dec-01-12  nok: Congrats Anna. (In 2006 and 2008 she lost to the eventual winner, and in 2010 to Huang Qian who also did well here).
Dec-01-12
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  HeMateMe: <Gee, it sounds like Yifan became a WC in a very similar format ... no? >

I though Yifan proved she was world champion by easily defeating the No. two ranked woman in the world, Humpy Koneru, in a match.

There's that operative word again, "match". If you want to believe Ushi is world champion, fine. I will have to see her beat Yifan in a match, to believe it. And, if the gutless cheapskates that run FIDE were to give them a match of at least 16 games, minimum, then the issue would be even more strongly decided, which benefits the players and all chess fans.

Dec-01-12  TrueBlue: I don't see why people are surprised. People from the former soviet republics always win the chess competitions. Maybe they should have their own chess competition and the winner should be automatically declared world champion? I believe the domination of the Russians is the reason chess is such unpopular game in the western world. Nobody wants to watch a sport where the Russians win all the time. Really sad day for chess. This game needs some excitement and while it is dominated by the Russians it is not going to happen.
Dec-01-12
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  HeMateMe: I thought Tal Kasparov were pretty exciting.
Dec-01-12  David2009: FIDE Knock-Out Women's World Championship (2012): Congratulations to our new Women's World Champion and to our newest Grandmaster! Both titles very well deserved.
Dec-01-12  nok: <Yifan proved she was world champion by easily defeating the No. two ranked woman in the world, Humpy Koneru, in a match.> So Shirov was WC all along. I knew it!
Dec-01-12
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  paulalbert: I was a little surprised by TrueBlue's comments. True Ukraine is a former Soviet Republic, but it's not Russia, and Anna Ushenina might take offense at being classified "Russian", and her final opponent Stefanova is from Bulgaria, not a former part of the Soviet Union, even if once a part of its political bloc.. The men's world champion is Indian and the top rated player is Norwegian, and in the mix of strongest players are Chinese, Italians , Armenians, etc. Among both men and women there is far greater diversity at the top level than during the days of Russian/Soviet hegemony, so I don't think that is an explanation for the relative lack of interest in chess in different parts of the world. In the United States having a World Champion might enhance interest in chess somewhat, but not necessarily. Bobby Fischer had a temporarily positive impact in the U.S., but ultimately he probably harmed the popular image of chess as much as he helped it.
Dec-01-12  Kanatahodets: < TrueBlue: I don't see why people are surprised. People from the former soviet republics always win the chess competitions. Maybe they should have their own chess competition and the winner should be automatically declared world champion? I believe the domination of the Russians is the reason chess is such unpopular game in the western world.> Apotheosis of ignorance. People from Russia still have this megacomlpex of superiority. Well, Einstein was right only human stupidity is infinite.
Dec-01-12  Kanatahodets: Given the huge number of chessplayers there and the gvt support I am very much surpried that the top chess player not from Russia as well as the world champ.
Dec-01-12  Kanatahodets: <whiteshark: Congrats to the new World champion, <Anna Ushenina <!!>>> I don't have anything against Anna, but the title WC hurts my ears. But same would be if Stefanova would win... You know what I mean. The true women WC is Judith and the contender is Hou. Period!
Dec-01-12  twinlark: The World Champion is not decided by rating or popularity but by contest.

You have to be in it to win it. Judit isn't in it, she was going for the open championship, while Hou Yifan, Koneu and the others simply lost.

Anand is World Champion, despite being ranked number 7 in the world, not Carlsen, and nor does Carlsen have any claims to the World championship - he simply considers the number 1 ranking more valuable.

A World Champion is decided by a process that is undisputed (that's not to say unargued). There are no alternative contests for the World Championship, and never has been for Women.'

It's not ideal, but it's real and undisputed.

Dec-01-12  Kikoman: Congratulations! Anna Ushenina the 2012 Women's World Chess Champion :)
Dec-01-12  Novirasputin: Ushenina is champ and congrats to her. This may well be the toughest tournament in terms of psychology and mental endurance and Ushenina won. As strong as Polgar as was said she has to win this type of thing to be considered that.

It's like saying Fischer was still champ despite not playing

Dec-01-12  Pawn Dillinger: <I though Yifan proved she was world champion by easily defeating the No. two ranked woman in the world, Humpy Koneru, in a match.

There's that operative word again, "match". If you want to believe Ushi is world champion, fine. I will have to see her beat Yifan in a match, to believe it. And, if the gutless cheapskates that run FIDE were to give them a match of at least 16 games, minimum, then the issue would be even more strongly decided, which benefits the players and all chess fans.> Amen, HHM.

Dec-01-12
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  alexmagnus: Well, as I said, KO winners may actually be superb match players. Unfortunately neither of the "disputed" male KO winners - Khalifman, Kasim, Pono - got even a chance to play a match afterwards. Gelfand did though - and turned out to be a very tough challenge.
Dec-01-12  twinlark: That Ushenina is World Women's Champion is a fact, not open to debate or argument or opinion. It is beyond dispute.

The point that people are arguing about is whether the Knockout format is the best way of determining a World Champion.

Clearly most people don't think it is, but that is a different issue altogether.

Ushenina had the guts, determination and preparation to prevail. None of the others did to the same extent and she deserves full credit for her achievement.

Even after this victory, Ushenina's rating is below 2500 and she is still outside the top 20.

She is not the highest rated woman in the world by far, and almost certainly not the best woman player in the world.

<But she's still the undisputed Women's World Chess Champion>.

Anyone who believes otherwise is simply denying indisputable fact.

Argue all you like about the format of the contest, but don't detract from this player's amazing achievement. Take a look at the roll call of victims she left in her wake, and that's not including her undefeated run in the Ukrainian Women's Championship and in the recent Olympiad which preceded this contest:

R1. Deysi Cori - no. 3 in the Americas - straight sets 1.5-0.5

R2. GM Anna Muzychuk, sometime no. 2 in the world and one of the four women ever to pass 2600 and one of the favourites. Won in the rapid tiebreaker.

R3. Natalia Pogonina, former 2500, straight sets

R4. GM Nadezhda Koosintseva, one of the favourites, 2535 (a former no. 4) - straight sets win

R5. WGM (should be GM) Ju Wenjun, former 2550 player, tiebreaker.

R6: GM Stefanova, former world champion, in the tiebreaker after coming back from a devastating 4th game crushing by Stefanova.

What did the much vaunted Hou Yifan and Koneru achieve? Ignominious defeats in the 2nd round by players rated below Ushenina, who was ranked 38 in the world.

Dec-01-12
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  HeMateMe: <twinlark:> Ponomariov and Khalifman were also "world champions". Are you ok with that?
Dec-01-12  twinlark: No, I'm not.

But there is no such split occurring in women's chess.

Dec-01-12  Atking: <HeMateMe> No they were FIDEKnockOutWorldChampion which is obviously a great achievement therefore not as good as World Champion by the classical way of a due match and selection. <twinlark> argument is very logical. My deception is the quality of the games. But that the way FIDE put it. They should show more respect to the game...
Dec-01-12
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  bubuli55: Congratulations to the new Women World Chess Champion!
Dec-01-12
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  cro777: "I often say that women show a model example of fighting spirit. They always fight until the end, and watching their games is always enjoyable. The percentage of decisive games in womenís competitions is higher than in menís chess" (FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov)

Ushenina earned $60,000 for her victory, while Stefanova received $30,000.

FIDE has often alternated between tournaments and matches. Winning the Womenís Grand Prix this year, Hou Yifan has earned the right to play Ushenina next year. The match will most likely be at least 10 games (similar to one that Hou won last year in Albania against Humpy Koneru).

Dec-02-12
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  brankat: Congratulations GM Ushenina!
Dec-02-12
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  virginmind: bravooo, bravo anna!
Dec-02-12  jsy: Did she suddenly become a GM because she earned her last norm or was she just given the title outright?
Dec-02-12  Kikoman: <jsy> an automatic GM title because she is now the Women's World Chess Champion. :)
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