Women's World Chess Championship 2010

The Women's World Chess Championship 2010 took place in Antakya, Turkey from December 2 through 24, 2010.

The tournament, like the previous ones, was played in a 64-player knock-out format. Each pairing consisted of two games, one with white and one with black, from which the winner advanced. In case of a tie, tiebreaks were played the next day, consisting of two rapid games and—if still tied—an Armageddon match. The final consisted of four games at classical time control, if necessary followed by four rapid tiebreak games.

The title was won by Hou Yifan from China who beat her compatriot Ruan Lufei in the final by 5–3, at 16 years of age making her the youngest Women's World Chess Champion in history.[1]

ParticipantsEdit

Players were seeded by their Elo ratings (November 2010 list),[2] except that defending champion Alexandra Kosteniuk was the No. 1 seed.

  1.   Alexandra Kosteniuk (RUS), 2507, GM (WC)
  2.   Humpy Koneru (IND), 2600, GM (WC)
  3.   Hou Yifan (CHN), 2591, GM (WC)
  4.   Tatiana Kosintseva (RUS), 2581, GM (E09)
  5.   Nana Dzagnidze (GEO), 2551, GM (E08)
  6.   Antoaneta Stefanova (BUL), 2548, GM (R)
  7.   Anna Muzychuk (SLO), 2530, IM (R)
  8.   Pia Cramling (SWE), 2526, GM (WC)
  9.   Dronavalli Harika (IND), 2525, IM (J08)
  10.   Ju Wenjun (CHN), 2524, WGM (Z3.5)
  11.   Kateryna Lahno (UKR), 2522, GM (E08)
  12.   Viktorija Cmilyte (LTU), 2514, GM (E08)
  13.   Maia Chiburdanidze (GEO), 2502, GM (R)
  14.   Monika Socko (POL), 2495, GM (E08)
  15.   Marie Sebag (FRA), 2494, GM (R)
  16.   Ruan Lufei (CHN), 2480, WGM (Z3.5)
  17.   Lilit Mkrtchian (ARM), 2479, IM (E08)
  18.   Anna Zatonskih (USA), 2478, IM (Z2.1)
  19.   Zhu Chen (QAT), 2477, GM (Z3.1)
  20.   Elisabeth Paehtz (GER), 2474, IM (E09)
  21.   Zhao Xue (CHN), 2474, GM (R)
  22.   Hoang Thanh Trang (HUN), 2473, GM (E09)
  23.   Natalija Pogonina (RUS), 2472, WGM (E08)
  24.   Elina Danielian (ARM), 2466, GM (E08)
  25.   Mariya Muzychuk (UKR), 2462, IM (E09)
  26.   Shen Yang (CHN), 2461, WGM (Z3.5)
  27.   Almira Skripchenko (FRA), 2460, IM (E08)
  28.   Anna Ushenina (UKR), 2460, IM (E08)
  29.   Yelena Dembo (GRE), 2454, IM (E08)
  30.   Natalia Zhukova (UKR), 2447, GM (E08)
  31.   Iweta Rajlich (POL), 2446, IM (E09)
  32.   Irina Turova (RUS), 2439, IM (E09)
  33.   Sopiko Khukhashvili (GEO), 2430, IM (E09)
  34.   Jovanka Houska (ENG), 2421, IM (E08)
  35.   Marina Romanko (RUS), 2414, IM (E09)
  36.   Batkhuyag Munguntuul (MGL), 2409, IM (Z3.3)
  37.   Cristina Adela Foisor (ROU), 2403, IM (E09)
  38.   Huang Qian (CHN), 2402, WGM (Z3.5)
  39.   Evgenija Ovod (RUS), 2387, IM (E09)
  40.   Tatiana Shadrina (RUS), 2384, WGM (E09)
  41.   Deysi Cori (PER), 2384, WGM (AM)
  42.   Baira Kovanova (RUS), 2380, WGM (E09)
  43.   Ding Yixin (CHN), 2370, WGM (AS)
  44.   Jolanta Zawadzka (POL), 2368, WGM (E09)
  45.   Martha Fierro Baquero (ECU), 2363, IM (AM)
  46.   Nafisa Muminova (UZB), 2360, WIM (Z3.4)
  47.   Maia Lomineishvili (GEO), 2347, IM (E08)
  48.   Zhang Xiaowen (CHN), 2339, WGM (AS)
  49.   Camilla Baginskaite (USA), 2336, WGM (Z2.1)
  50.   Irina Vasilevich (RUS), 2333, IM (E09)
  51.   Soumya Swaminathan (IND), 2332, WGM (J09)
  52.   Meenakshi Subbaraman (IND), 2328, WGM (AS)
  53.   Julia Demina (RUS), 2323, WGM (E08)
  54.   Kubra Ozturk (TUR), 2264, WIM (PN)
  55.   Arianne Caoili (AUS), 2242, WIM (Z3.6)
  56.   Nadig Kruttika (IND), 2230, WGM (Z3.2)
  57.   Betul Cemre Yildiz (TUR), 2252, WIM (PN)
  58.   Marisa Zuriel (ARG), 2208, WIM (Z2.5)
  59.   Ingrid Aliaga Fernandez (PER), 2154, WFM (Z2.4)
  60.   Dina Kagramanov (CAN), 2101, WIM (Z2.2)
  61.   Mona Khaled (EGY), 2093, WGM (AF)
  62.   Carla Heredia Serrano (ECU), 2087, WIM (Z2.3)
  63.   Melissa Greeff (RSA), 2082, WGM (AF)
  64.   Amina Mezioud (ALG), 2029, WIM (AF)

Qualification pathsEdit

Notable absenteesEdit

The number one woman in the world, Judit Polgár, never competed for the women's title and did not enter this time either. World number five, Nadezhda Kosintseva, did not play either, although her sister Tatiana (ranked 4th) did. Other names missing from the top 20 were: Irina Krush (17th), former finalist Alisa Galliamova (19th) and ex-champion Xu Yuhua (20th).

Iweta Rajlich and Arianne Caoili were listed as participants but unable to attend; their scheduled opponents, Jovanka Houska and Ju Wenjun, were given byes through to the second round.

ResultsEdit

Final matchEdit

Women's World Chess Championship Final 2010
1 2 3 4 R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
  Ruan Lufei (China) ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ 0 3
  Hou Yifan (China) ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 5

BracketEdit

1st Round 2nd Round 3rd Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                  
1   Alexandra Kosteniuk 2
64   Amina Mezioud 0
1   Alexandra Kosteniuk 3
33   Sopiko Khukhashvili 1
33   Irina Turova ½
32   Sopiko Khukhashvili
1   Alexandra Kosteniuk
16   Ruan Lufei
17   Ruan Lufei
48   Camilla Baginskaite
16   Ruan Lufei 3
48   Zhang Xiaowen 1
49   Lilit Mkrtchian 1
16   Zhang Xiaowen 3
16   Ruan Lufei
9   Dronavalli Harika
9   Pia Cramling ½
56   Betul Cemre Yildiz
57   Betul Cemre Yildiz 0
25   Mariya Muzychuk 2
41   Mariya Muzychuk 2
24   Deysi Cori 0
25   Mariya Muzychuk 3
9   Dronavalli Harika 4
25   Dronavalli Harika
40   Nadig Kruttika ½
9   Dronavalli Harika 2
41   Tatiana Shadrina 0
57   Elina Danielian 0
8   Tatiana Shadrina 2
16   Ruan Lufei
20   Zhao Xue
5   Tatiana Kosintseva 2
60   Mona Khaled 0
4   Tatiana Kosintseva ½
29   Yelena Dembo
37   Yelena Dembo
28   Batkhuyag Munguntuul
29   Yelena Dembo ½
20   Zhao Xue
21   Maia Chiburdanidze 2
44   Meenakshi Subbaraman 0
13   Maia Chiburdanidze ½
20   Zhao Xue
53   Zhao Xue
12   Martha Fierro Baquero ½
20   Zhao Xue
28   Almira Skripchenko ½
13   Nana Dzagnidze 2
52   Dina Kagramanov 0
5   Nana Dzagnidze 1
28   Almira Skripchenko 3
45   Almira Skripchenko
20   Cristina Adela Foisor
28   Almira Skripchenko 4
12   Viktorija Cmilyte 2
29   Viktorija Cmilyte 2
36   Julia Demina 0
12   Viktorija Cmilyte
21   Elisabeth Paehtz
61   Elisabeth Paehtz 3
4   Jolanta Zawadzka 1
16   Ruan Lufei 3
3   Hou Yifan 5
3   Hou Yifan 2
62   Carla Heredia Serrano 0
3   Hou Yifan
35   Marina Romanko ½
35   Natalia Zhukova ½
30   Marina Romanko
3   Hou Yifan
19   Zhu Chen
19   Zhu Chen 2
46   Nafisa Muminova 0
19   Zhu Chen 3
14   Monika Socko 1
51   Monika Socko
14   Soumya Swaminathan ½
3   Hou Yifan
11   Kateryna Lahno ½
11   Antoaneta Stefanova 2
54   Ingrid Aliaga Fernandez 0
6   Antoaneta Stefanova 1
38   Huang Qian 3
43   Anna Ushenina
22   Huang Qian
38   Huang Qian ½
11   Kateryna Lahno
27   Hoang Thanh Trang
38   Ding Yixin
22   Hoang Thanh Trang 1
11   Kateryna Lahno 3
59   Kubra Ozturk ½
6   Kateryna Lahno
3   Hou Yifan
2   Humpy Koneru ½
7   Anna Muzychuk 2
58   Marisa Zuriel 0
7   Anna Muzychuk
39   Evgenija Ovod ½
39   Shen Yang ½
26   Evgenija Ovod
7   Anna Muzychuk ½
10   Ju Wenjun
23   Baira Kovanova 2
42   Natalija Pogonina 0
42   Baira Kovanova ½
10   Ju Wenjun
55   Arianne Caoili
10   Ju Wenjun w/o
10   Ju Wenjun ½
2   Humpy Koneru
15   Marie Sebag 2
50   Irina Vasilevich 0
15   Marie Sebag 0
18   Anna Zatonskih 2
47   Maia Lomineishvili 0
18   Anna Zatonskih 2
18   Anna Zatonskih ½
2   Humpy Koneru
31   Iweta Rajlich
34   Jovanka Houska w/o
34   Jovanka Houska ½
2   Humpy Koneru
63   Melissa Greeff 0
2   Humpy Koneru 2

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