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🏆 Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2010)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Yifan Hou, Humpy Koneru, Anna Muzychuk, Ju Wenjun, Tatiana Kosintseva, Zhao Xue, Nana Dzagnidze, Mariya Muzychuk, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Maia Chiburdanidze, Antoaneta Stefanova, Kateryna Alexandrovna Lagno, Pia Cramling, Viktorija Cmilyte, Dronavalli Harika, Zhu Chen, Anna Vitalyevna Zatonskih, Marie Sebag, Elina Danielian, Hoang Thanh Trang, Natalia Pogonina, Monika (Bobrowska) Socko, Ruan Lufei, Lilit Mkrtchian, Anna Ushenina, Almira Fyodorovna Skripchenko, Natalia Zhukova, Huang Qian, Elisabeth Paehtz, Yelena Dembo, Shen Yang, Batkhuyag Munguntuul, Marina Romanko Nechaeva, Sopiko Khukhashvili, Ding Yixin, Jolanta Zawadzka, Evgenija Ovod, Maia Lomineishvili, Deysi Estela Cori Tello, Cristina-Adela Foisor, Irina Iosifovna Turova, Zhang Xiaowen, Jovanka Houska, Tatiana Shadrina, Martha Lorena Fierro Baquero, Baira Kovanova, Irina Vasilevich, Kruttika Nadig, Soumya Swaminathan, Betul Cemre Yildiz, Julia Viktorovna Demina, Kubra Ozturk, Nafisa Muminova, Camilla Baginskaite, Meenakshi Subbaraman, Marisa Zuriel, Carla Heredia Serrano, Khaled Mona, Ingrid Yadira Aliaga Fernandez, Dina Kagramanov, Melissa Greeff, Amina Mezioud Chess Event Description
Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2010)

The 2010 FIDE Women's World Championship, held 4-24 December 2010 in Antakya, Turkey (with a rest day on 19 December) featured 62 players in a series of knockout matches. The early rounds had two games each, with tiebreak games on the third day if necessary. The final was a match of four games, plus tiebreak games. Players received 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 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 necessary two additional 5 min + 10-sec increment Rapid games, and a single Armageddon game, where White had 5 minutes to Black's 4 (both with an increment of 3 seconds per move from move 61), but a draw counted as a win for Black. The tiebreaks of the final were four 25 + 10 games plus if needed two 5 + 10 games and an Armageddon game. Two players (Arianne Caoili and Iweta Radziewicz Rajlich) did not turn up for the first round (so 62 players). Chief arbiter: Erdem Ucarcus.

The reigning champion Alexandra Kosteniuk was knocked out by Ruan Lufei in Round 3. On her way to the final, Yifan Hou eliminated Carla Heredia Serrano in Round 1, Marina Romanko Nechaeva in Round 2, Zhu Chen in Round 3, Kateryna Alexandrovna Lagno in the quarterfinal and Humpy Koneru in the semifinal. Ruan Lufei knocked out Camilla Baginskaite in Round 1, Zhang Xiaowen in Round 2, Kosteniuk in Round 3, Dronavalli Harika in the quarterfinal and Zhao Xue in the semifinal. The final match started on 20 December. After 2-2 in the Classical games the 16-year-old Yifan Hou won the second and fourth Rapid games and became the 13th Women's World Champion.

Classic Rapid Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Yifan Hou 2591 ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 5 Ruan Lufei 2480 ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ 0 3

Official site:
Mark Weeks:
Wikipedia article: Women's World Chess Championship 2010

Previous edition: Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2008) (Hou lost the final to Alexandra Kosteniuk, who became the 12th women's world champion). Next: Hou - Koneru Women's World Championship Match (2011) (Hou defended her title against Humpy Koneru)

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 67  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. D Harika vs K Nadig ½-½562010Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentA09 Reti Opening
2. L Mkrtchian vs Zhang Xiaowen ½-½622010Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentA45 Queen's Pawn Game
3. E Paehtz vs J Zawadzka ½-½212010Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. M R Nechaeva vs N Zhukova  ½-½252010Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
5. Y Dembo vs B Munguntuul ½-½582010Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentB49 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
6. S Khukhashvili vs I I Turova ½-½552010Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentC45 Scotch Game
7. A Ushenina vs Huang Qian ½-½322010Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentE97 King's Indian
8. C Foisor vs Skripchenko  ½-½272010Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentA06 Reti Opening
9. B Yildiz vs P Cramling ½-½692010Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentB22 Sicilian, Alapin
10. Huang Qian vs A Ushenina ½-½592010Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. Shen Yang vs E Ovod ½-½342010Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
12. Zhao Xue vs M Fierro ½-½482010Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentA58 Benko Gambit
13. B Munguntuul vs Y Dembo ½-½522010Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
14. Skripchenko vs C Foisor ½-½202010Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentB22 Sicilian, Alapin
15. M Socko vs S Swaminathan ½-½562010Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentA65 Benoni, 6.e4
16. Zhang Xiaowen vs L Mkrtchian ½-½182010Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
17. K Ozturk vs Lagno ½-½362010Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
18. J Zawadzka vs E Paehtz ½-½642010Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentB12 Caro-Kann Defense
19. C Foisor vs Skripchenko ½-½462010Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentA20 English
20. Huang Qian vs A Ushenina ½-½1212010Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. C Baginskaite vs Ruan Lufei ½-½552010Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
22. Y Dembo vs B Munguntuul  ½-½552010Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentB49 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
23. Skripchenko vs C Foisor ½-½1092010Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentB06 Robatsch
24. Ding Yixin vs Hoang Thanh Trang ½-½662010Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentC11 French
25. M Socko vs Zhu Chen ½-½372010Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
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Dec-24-10  jair: Such great sportsmanship at the end. Can this really be chess?
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  whiteshark: Hou Yifan has won 4th rapid and thus became new Women World Champion! Congratulations!!!
Dec-24-10  goodevans: Will Hou overtake Judit Polgar in the ratings list after this?

If she's good enough to win WWC at 16 then just how good can she get?

I hope Hou now concentrates on playing male opponents. If so I'm sure she can achieve even more than Polgar has.

Dec-24-10  s4life: Congrats Hou Yifan!!.. now on to beat the boys -- and J Polgar ;) --
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  ketchuplover: Hou is the world champion?
Dec-25-10  thickhead: < s4life: Congrats Hou Yifan!!.. now on to beat the boys -- and J Polgar ;) -- > But Judith is Judith. Her combinations are so smooth and aesthetic.
Dec-25-10  kurtrichards: <WWCC> Congratulations,Hou! I bought a small jar of Tiger Balm...see if it'll work for!
Dec-26-10  Birthday Boy: Congratulations to Yifan Hou winning the Women World Championship! it seems that she have the record of being the youngest women's world champion.

by the way Lufei Ruan did well, but got tired in the tiebreaks.

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  HeMateMe: Hou-you-gonna-call! It would be nice to see her appear on some magazine covers, get a little press coverage. Maybe a product endorsement.
Dec-30-10  kevins55555: What if the Polgar sisters entered in this event? What do you think would happen??? Judit win??? =P


Dec-30-10  kevins55555: <Birthday Boy> Hou should be battling for Anand's title. That would make her skill even better. =)
Dec-30-10  kevins55555: <thickhead> I think Hou should try versing Judit Polgar and also Anand and Carlsen.
Jan-15-11  crazybird: Anish Giri on WWCC:

<Obviously women chess are rather different from those of men. Perhaps the reason for the difference is that women are actually clever enough to realize that there are much more important things in life rather than chess (Robert James wouldn't agree with my reasoning…(ed. Anish means Bobby Fischer)). As a result, we rarely see deep theoretical battles and accurate positional masterpieces as in our, tough, men-chess-world. The competition however doesn't suffer from it at all and games are usually lively and entertaining and the winner is mainly the one whose nerves were stronger that day. Though I must say, lately especially with the emergence of tandem Kosintseva-Kosintseva-Dokhoyan (famous coach of Kasparov and now Karjakin), we do see some theoretical stuff and I am sure a few games from Women chess are saved into files of some theoreticians.

Some analysis:





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  HeMateMe: <Obviously women chess are rather different from those of men. >

Obviously, Giri should improve him grammer.

Jan-16-11  Ogma: OPEN LETTER to FIDE about the WWCC 2010

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  HeMateMe: The above letter seems to have been signed by all the participants, but I don't see Hou Yifan's name, or the other chinese woman, who did real well.

I wonder, are the Chinese players forbidden from following a streak of individuality, or did they not agree with the allegations made by the other participants?

Jan-16-11  Ogma: I don't think we should infer too much about participants not signing based just on the contents of the letter. I would respect their not signing, whatever the reason. However it seems pretty clear that the contents of the letter are true, which if so is an absolute disgrace.
Jan-16-11  suplexer: they should have exposed the letter during the tournament, or preferably on arrival. They should have at least added a congratulations to Hou Yifan in the letter, instead of making excuses why they didn't win.
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  HeMateMe: I thought teams were supposed to get a lower, group rate when they all stayed at the same hotel. Anyway, they shouldn't have to pay 90 euros for some dumpy little room. Don't their own Federations pay these bills and give them per diem money? Chess is in bad shape if the women have to pay for their own hotel rooms and boil ramen noodles in the microwave oven.
Jan-18-11  Ogma: suplexer they don't imply they're unhappy about Hou Yifan winning they wouldn't have known the circumstances straight off and there may have been reasons not to do the letter at the time, having some games to play.

Are you not affected by what it says in the letter at all? Your post makes crass and quite strange assumptions and distracts from the actual issues. (For anyone else, these are in the letter in my last post.)

Jan-19-11  gazzawhite: <suplexer> They aren't making excuses why they didn't win (in fact, if you read the letter it is quite clear that everyone had the same conditions). In fact, much of their criticism is directed at the money-making antics of the organising committee.
Feb-19-11  BLarsen1967: Tuesday afternoon,ah,it reminds me of some old Moody Blues song - but,Come Tuesday and round 1 will be rolling,in the Women's Grand Prix (the last one of its kind in this cycle) - The quest is,who's gonna challenge young Yifan Hou,and it appears we only have 2 canditates,one is Nana Dzagnidze,the other is Humpy Koneru (actually Stefanova has a chance too,but it's merely 'theoretical') - still,no matter what you say,it's gonna be luminously Great & Exciting ! Of course I'm rooting for La Stefanova (she's the best) --- Here's the official website
Feb-22-11  kevins55555: If Polgars were



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  Richard Taylor: No Crosstable. Cant see who got where.
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  Tabanus: <Richard Taylor> I hope my write-up today is sufficiently clear. And correct. The tiebreak games of the final are missing.

(Perhaps all tiebreak games are missing, please check.)

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