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🏆 Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2000)

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Xie Jun, Maia Chiburdanidze, Alisa Galliamova, Pia Cramling, Viktorija Cmilyte, Zhu Chen, Anna Zatonskih, Ekaterina Kovalevskaya, Yuhua Xu, Hoang Thanh Trang, Wang Lei, Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant, Irina Krush, Almira Skripchenko, Lela Javakhishvili, Nana Ioseliani, Natalia Zhukova, Nona Gaprindashvili, Kanying Qin, Subbaraman Vijayalakshmi, Nino Khurtsidze, Zhaoqin Peng, Corina-Isabela Peptan, Alisa Maric, Ketino Kachiani-Gersinska, Svetlana Matveeva, Natasa Bojkovic, Elena Zaiatz, Claudia Noemi Amura, Joanna Dworakowska, Tatjana Vasilevich, Masha Klinova, Marta (Zielinska) Michna, Maria Manakova, Monica Calzetta Ruiz, Julia Demina, Olga Stjazhkina, Thi Thanh An Nguyen, Nino Gurieli, Meenakshi Subbaraman, Maritza Arribas Robaina, Nikoletta Lakos, Dana Reizniece-Ozola, Jennifer Shahade, Erika Sziva, Genrieta Lagvilava, Fliura Khasanova, Inga Khurtsilava, Rakhil Solomonovna Eidelson, Sopio Tkeshelashvili, Niina Koskela, Anna Hahn, Bagyashree Sathe Thipsay, Marany Meyer, Johanne Charest, Asma Houli, Joara Chaves, Zahira El Ghabi Chess Event Description
Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2000)

The 2000 FIDE Women's World Championship, held from 27 November to 15 December in New Dehli, India featured 58 players in a series of knockout matches played at the same time as the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2000). The early rounds had two games each, plus tiebreak games (on the third day) if necessary. The final was a match of four games, plus eventual tiebreak games, with the winner declared Women's World Champion. Three players (Xie Jun, Chiburdanidze and Galliamova) had a bye in the first round, and three players apparently did not turn up (Rusudan Goletiani, Ela Pitam and Geraldine Johns-Putra). The reigning champion Xie Jun had the right to play in the Open section, but chose to defend her title. The time control* was 100 minutes for the first 40 moves then 50 more minutes till move 60, then 10 more minutes till the end of the game, with a 30-second increment from move 1. The tiebreaks consisted of two 25 min + 10-sec increment Rapid games, then (if necessary) two 15 + 10 Rapid games, and finally if necessary individual Rapid games where White had 4 + 10 and Black 5 + 10. If in the opinion of the chief arbiter the individual games took too much time he might decide on an Armageddon game in which White had 6 minutes and Black 5 (without increment), with a draw counting as a win for Black.

On her way to the final, Xie Jun had a bye in Round 1 and knocked out Svetlana Matveeva in Round 2, Elena Yevgenyevna Zaiatz in Round 3, Natalia Zhukova in the quarterfinal, and Ekaterina Valentinovna Kovalevskaya in the semifinal. Kanying Qin knocked out Masha Vladimirovna Klinova in Round 1, Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant in Round 2, Ketino Georgiyevna Kachiani-Gersinska in Round 3, Corina-Isabela Peptan in the quarterfinal and Alisa Maric in the semifinal. The final match between the two began on 12 December. After 1-0 in the first game, Xie Jun drew the remaining three and defended her title. She also took home $85,240 plus other awards and mementos.

Elo 1 2 3 4 Xie Jun 2557 1 ½ ½ ½ 2½ Kanying Qin 2489 0 ½ ½ ½ 1½

Official site:
Mark Weeks:
Chess Siberia:
Wikipedia article: Women's World Chess Championship 2000
The Times of India, 17 December 2000 (

*Assuming that Women and Open had the same time control rules. See

Previous: Xie Jun - Galliamova Women's World Championship Match (1999) (the 7th world champion Xie Jun regained her title). Next: Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001) (Zhu Chen became the 9th women's world champion)

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 157  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. S Matveeva vs F Khasanova  1-0522000Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentA40 Queen's Pawn Game
2. P Cramling vs N Lakos  ½-½392000Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
3. E Zaiatz vs S Meenakshi  ½-½432000Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentD94 Grunfeld
4. Y Xu vs C Amura  ½-½452000Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentB40 Sicilian
5. Khurtsidze vs A Hahn  0-1512000Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. N Zhukova vs E Sziva  1-0582000Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentE81 King's Indian, Samisch
7. I Krush vs Zhu Chen  ½-½392000Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. T Vasilevich vs T Nguyen  1-0412000Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentE97 King's Indian
9. M Michna vs J Charest  1-0542000Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. Wang Lei vs O Stjazhkina  1-0592000Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
11. Zhaoqin Peng vs B Thipsay  1-0462000Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentA80 Dutch
12. A Zatonskih vs M Arribas  1-0572000Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentC04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
13. J Demina vs Z El Ghabi  1-0222000Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentD02 Queen's Pawn Game
14. M Calzetta vs C Peptan  0-1372000Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
15. N Koskela vs S Vijayalakshmi  1-0302000Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentC53 Giuoco Piano
16. M Klinova vs K Qin  ½-½472000Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentC53 Giuoco Piano
17. J Shahade vs K Arakhamia-Grant  0-1362000Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentB40 Sicilian
18. L Javakhishvili vs K Kachiani-Gersinska  0-1422000Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentE92 King's Indian
19. J Chaves vs M Manakova  0-1392000Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentB23 Sicilian, Closed
20. D Reizniece-Ozola vs N Bojkovic  0-1602000Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentA22 English
21. G Lagvilava vs A Skripchenko  0-1392000Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentB23 Sicilian, Closed
22. M Meyer vs N Gurieli  1-0452000Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
23. Cmilyte vs Hoang Thanh Trang 1-0402000Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
24. I Khurtsilava vs N Gaprindashvili  1-0782000Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentA25 English
25. S Tkeshelashvili vs A Maric  ½-½472000Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentA45 Queen's Pawn Game
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  GrahamClayton: Geraldine Johns-Putra withdrew from the tournament because she was unable to secure a flight.

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