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🏆 Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2006)

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Yifan Hou, Humpy Koneru, Ju Wenjun, Tatiana Kosintseva, Xue Zhao, Nadezhda Kosintseva, Nana Dzagnidze, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Maia Chiburdanidze, Kateryna Lagno, Antoaneta Stefanova, Alisa Galliamova, Pia Cramling, Viktorija Cmilyte, Ekaterina Kovalevskaya, Marie Sebag, Elina Danielian, Yuhua Xu, Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant, Monika Socko, Lufei Ruan, Lilit Mkrtchian, Anna Ushenina, Irina Krush, Almira 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 Zaiatz, Evgenija Ovod, Claudia Noemi Amura, Cristina-Adela Foisor, Irina Turova, Jovanka Houska, Yu Wang, 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 Chess Event Description
Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2006)

The 2006 FIDE Women's World Championship, held 11-25 March in Ekaterinburg, Russia (with rest days March 17 & 22) featured 63 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 eventual tiebreak games, with the winner declared Women's World Champion. Players received 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, then 15 more minutes for the rest 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 equal) two 5 min + 10-sec Rapid games, and (if still equal) a single Armageddon game, where White had 6 minutes to Black's 5, but a draw counted as a win for Black. The eventual tiebreaks of the final were four 25 min + 10-sec games, plus if necessary two 5 min + 10-sec games, and an Armageddon game. Chief arbiter: Andrzej Filipowicz.

The 2001 champion Zhu Chen was not able to arrive (so 63 players), and reigning champion Antoaneta Stefanova was eliminated in Round 2 (by Iweta Radziewicz Rajlich). On her way to the final, Yuhua Xu knocked out Hoang Xuan Thanh Khiet in Round 1, Anna Ushenina in Round 2, Tatiana Kosintseva in Round 3, Ekaterina Valentinovna Kovalevskaya in the quarterfinal, and Svetlana Matveeva in the semifinal. Alisa Mikhailovna Galliamova defeated Maka Purtseladze in Round 1, Carolina Lujan in Round 2, Rajlich in Round 3, Nino Khurtsidze in the quarterfinal, and Viktorija Cmilyte in the semifinal. The final match started 23 March. After only three games, Galliamova could no longer catch up and Yuhua Xu became the 11th Women's World Champion.

Elo 1 2 3 Yuhua Xu 2502 1 ½ 1 2½ Galliamova 2467 0 ½ 0 ½

Official site:
Regulations: (requires Office)
Mark Weeks:
Wikipedia article: Women's World Chess Championship 2006

Previous: Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004) (Antoaneta Stefanova is the 10th women's world champion). Next: Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2008) (Yuhua Xu knocked out in Round 2, Alexandra Kosteniuk is the 12th world champion)

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 181  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Mezioud vs A Stefanova 0-1382006Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
2. Koneru vs T Sabure 1-0442006Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentD02 Queen's Pawn Game
3. F Basta-Sohair vs P Cramling 0-1302006Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentD00 Queen's Pawn Game
4. Kosteniuk vs N Khoudgarian 1-0532006Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentC10 French
5. I Rivera vs Chiburdanidze 0-1392006Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentB12 Caro-Kann Defense
6. Y Xu vs Hoang Xuan Thanh Khiet  1-0302006Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentC28 Vienna Game
7. K Zapata vs Lagno ½-½512006Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
8. Y Hou vs N Kosintseva 1-0632006Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentB42 Sicilian, Kan
9. S Vijayalakshmi vs I Berezina  1-0752006Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
10. S Meenakshi vs T Kosintseva 0-1562006Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentD01 Richter-Veresov Attack
11. M Socko vs Ju Wenjun  ½-½512006Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
12. A Pourkashiyan vs Cmilyte  ½-½552006Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
13. X Zhao vs M Kursova  ½-½762006Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentE12 Queen's Indian
14. D Aketayeva vs K Qin 0-1302006Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentA35 English, Symmetrical
15. A Galliamova vs M Purtseladze  1-0342006Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
16. C Lujan vs Y Dembo ½-½542006Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
17. A Skripchenko vs J Houska  0-1442006Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
18. S Pina Vega vs E Kovalevskaya 0-1382006Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
19. L Mkrtchian vs L Ruan  ½-½462006Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
20. E Ovod vs N Dzagnidze  0-1302006Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
21. I Krush vs C Amura 1-0282006Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentD09 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 5.g3
22. I Turova vs L Javakhishvili  ½-½262006Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
23. N Zhukova vs Shen Yang  ½-½232006Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
24. Y Wang vs N Khurtsidze  ½-½422006Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentB12 Caro-Kann Defense
25. S Matveeva vs I Vasilevich  1-0692006Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
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Mar-21-06  percyblakeney: What follows now is one rest day before the short four-game final.
Mar-21-06  ahmadov: It is shame that Cmylite could not reach the final.
Mar-21-06  AlexandraThess: It would be a shame if she had reached it! :)
Mar-21-06  cuendillar: 64...Qe5 did lose to the move Xu played - by a mate in 37 featuring a white king march to g1 before the pawn promotes and with lots of quiet king moves. And yes, I checked with Mr. Nalimov, so this analysis is not a figure of my imagination. It's probably impossible to find all the best moves over the board.
Mar-21-06  twinlark: Mate in 37? Impossible? Nahh...piece of cake. They just don't make chessmasters like they used to.
Mar-22-06  alexapple: Great win for Xu Yuhua!
Premium Chessgames Member ♔ Announcement ♔

Chessgames will be covering the two full-length games of the FIDE Women's World Championship, between Alisa Galliamova-Ivanchuk and Xu Yuhua, starting 5:00am EST tomorrow morning (Thursday) and the same time on Friday morning.

The link to the live game will appear on the homepage before the game starts. Everybody is invited to come watch and participate.

Mar-22-06  twinlark: Thanks CG that's great!
Mar-23-06  Doctor Who: does anybody know why Judit Polgar doesn't enter the Women's World Championship? She's the best woman player in the history of the game in my opinion, it seems funny she declines this honor.
Mar-23-06  cuendillar: Probably because she never plays in women-only tournaments. She made the decision long ago. Besides, she's got nothing to win but a title that probably mean next to nothing to her. If she fails to win it, and there's certainly been plenty upsets in this tournament, she risks her superiority.

Everyone knows she's best, so there's nothing to prove in that regard. Besides, it's easy to understand that a 2700+ find little fun in playing IM's. Not even worth the preparation.

To conclude, nothing to win but a lot to lose.

Mar-23-06  Doctor Who: OK I'll buy that!

A little bit like Fischer never becoming world Junior Champion. Too busy locking horns with Petrosian, Keres, Tal etc etc

Mar-23-06  Serprintochmnenkov: Thanks <chessgames> for the coverage of the games.
Premium Chessgames Member ♔ NEW ANNOUNCEMENT ♔

We've learned that the match is in fact four games (not two) so that means that we'll also be covering a game on Saturday morning, and Sunday morning if necessary. We apologize for the misreporting but look forward to the extra games.

Mar-24-06  germanic: is this the best out of russia? poor thing. that land is so deprived of glory that it had in the past. watch out for the mighty china though especially those countries that used to boss it around huh! it's your turn to get kung fu right around your head everyday this time. hehehe
Mar-24-06  Octavia: The Russians did very well in this knockout. Alisa is in a final for the second time. In the past (before China invested a lot in promoting women's chess, it was always the Georgians who did best in womn's tournays. Over the last few years the Russians caught up with them & the Chenise have overtaken them. But Alisa & Yuhua are about equal in grading. So I hope we're in for a good fight. May the best woman win!

Thanks cg. for providing the chatpage!

Mar-24-06  Necessary Truths: Y Xu sure is adopting a strange strategy for this match... win as black and draw as white.
Mar-25-06  BIDMONFA: FIDE Women's World Championship (2006)

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Mar-25-06  percyblakeney: Congratulations to Xu who played well. At the same time, comparing with Topalov's performance in the San Luis tournament, Xu never had to play anyone from the top dozen of the rating list to win her title. This is one of the reasons that the knockout system feels strange in World Championships. In any case, the only thing Xu could do about it was to win all her minimatches and that's what she did in a convincing way.
Mar-25-06  gulliver: < BIDMONFA: FIDE Women's World Championship (2006)> The picture you have of Galliamova is much better than the one that was posted in during their transmission of the match games. Anyway I wonder if you can tell us more about your site and your thoughts and reasons behind the , as it looks, big investment that you put into it in time and maybe money.
Mar-25-06  s4life: <gulliver> I think BIDMONFA is a web robot.
Mar-25-06  doremi: Nigel Short was present when FIDE went on to fix the only thing in chess that was not broken (the World Championships)
Mar-25-06  VishyFan: <percyblakeney> In round 4 against E. Kovalevskaya, she had to win in rapids....., but that's the only blemish(if it is), she had......
Mar-26-06  percyblakeney: <VishyFan> That's correct, Xu did well. At the same time it's interesting to look also at previous knockout World Championships to see that you don't have to meet the top players to win the title. The four Champions (from Xie Jun to Xu Yuhua) have in total played a top ten rated player only on two occasions...
Mar-26-06  BIDMONFA: <gulliver> Excuses, not well ingles. I like much the chess, but by my work I cannot play international championships. Thank You _

Jan-31-18  posoo: OH MY GOD LOOK it is da man BUDMUNFA actualy SPEAKING in da words!

DA MAN IS INSANE i do not like his spam but AMAZING dat robuts can lern!

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