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Who will become the next Women's World Chess Champion?

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It's easy to get lost in FIDE's championship cycles, so here's a reminder. The current Women's World Champion is Hou Yifan from China. If she wins the next WC, she keeps the title. If not, we will have a new champion, but Hou Yifan will challenge her next year for the title (because Hou won the Grand Prix this year). The Women's World Chess Championship will be a knock-out event held in Khanty-Mansyisk, Russia from November 9th to December 3rd.

QUALIFIERS for the WORLD WOMENS CHAMPIONSHIP 2012

a) From World Womens Championships 2010-2011:
01. Hou, Yifan (CHN) - World Champion
02. Koneru, Humpy (IND) - Finalist 2011
03. Ruan, Lufei (CHN) - Semi finals 2010
04. Zhao Xue (CHN) - Semi finals 2010

b) World Girl Junior Champions 2010-2011:
05. Muzychuk, Anna (SLO) 2010
06. Cori T Deysi (PER) 2011

c) Rating List 7/2011 & 1/2012:
07. Polgar, Judit (HUN) 2704,50
08. Dzagnidze, Nana (GEO) 2536,00
09. Chiburdanidze, Maia (GEO) 2500,00
10. Gunina, Valentina (RUS) 2498,50
11. Galliamova, Alisa (RUS) 2491,00

d) 28 players from European Womens Championships 2010 & 2011
12. Cramling, Pia (SWE) 2010
13. Cmilyte, Viktorija (LTU) 2010
14. Socko Monika (POL) 2010
15. Sebag, Marie (FRA) 2010
16. Kosintseva Tatiana (RUS) 2010
17. Zhukova Natalia (UKR) 2010
18. Dembo Elena (GRE) 2010
19. Stefanova Antoaneta (BUL) 2010
20. Kosintseva Nadezhda (RUS) 2010
21. Muzychuk Mariya (UKR) 2010
22. Rajlich Iweta (POL) 2010
23. Ziaziulkina Nastassia (BLR) 2010
24. Kovalevskaya Ekaterina (RUS) 2010
25. Khurtsidze Nino (GEO) 2010
26. Danielian, Elina (ARM) 2011
27. Matveeva, Svetlana (RUS) 2011
28. Khotenashvili, Bela (GEO) 2011
29. Lahno, Kateryna (UKR) 2011
30. Javakhishvili, Lela (GEO) 2011
31. Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan (SCO) 2011
32. Foisor, Cristina-Adela (ROU) 2011
33. Bodnaruk Anastasia (RUS) 2011
34. Pogonina Natalija (RUS) 2011
35. Ovod Evgenija (RUS) 2011
36. Romanko Marina (RUS) 2011
37. Hoang Thanh Trang (HUN) 2011
38. Mkrtchian Lilit (ARM) 2011
39. Khukhashvili Sopiko (GEO) 2011

e) 8 players from Americas
40. Linares Napoles Oleiny (CUB) (Continental)
41. Lujan Carolina (ARG) (Zonal 2.5)
42. Castrillon Gomez Melissa (COL) (Zonal 2.3)
43. Zatonskih, Anna (USA) (Zonal 2.1)
44. Aliaga Fernandez, Ingrid (PER) (Zonal 2.4)
45. Natalia Khoudgarian (CAN) (Zonal 2.2)
46. (TBA)
47. (TBA)

f) 12 players from Asia/Oceania
48. Berezina, Irina (AUS) (Zonal 3.6)
49. Ju Wenjun (CHN) (Zonal 3.5)
50. Shen Yang (CHN) (Zonal 3.5)
51. Huang Qian (CHN) (Zonal 3.5)
52. Wang Yu (CHN) (Zonal 3.5)
53. Harika, Dronavalli (IND) (Continental 2011)
54. Pourkashiyan, Atousa (IRI) (Continental 2010)
55. Ghader Pour, Shayesteh (IRI) (Zonal 3.1)
56. Ranasinghe, S D (SRI) (Zonal 3.2)
57. Li, Ruofan (SIN) (Zonal 3.3)
58. Davletbayeva, Madina (KAZ) (Zonal 3.4)
59. Soumya, Swaminathan (IND) (Zonal 3.7)

g) 3 players from Africa
60. Mona, Khaled (EGY) (Continental 2011)
61. Mezioud, Amina (ALG) (Continental 2011)
62. Greeff, Melissa (RSA) (Continental 2011)

h) 2 nominees of the FIDE President
63. (TBA)
64. (TBA)

TOTAL: 64 players

Gossip time: Judit Polgar never plays in the Women's Championships, so someone else should get her place. The two most likely FIDE President nominees are Alexandra Kosteniuk (ex-Women's World Champion) and Olga Girya ("local girl").

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Chess Week on Twitter

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Pogonina.com offers you a selection of some of the most informative chess tweets from last week. All the fresh chess news in one short post:

Chess.com (Black) drew World Champion Viswanathan Anand in 22 moves

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#1 fan
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Svetlana Andreikina: Last time I was so glad when my husband became the winner of the Top League 1.5 months ago. And now he is the Russian Chess Champion!!!! I am happy!!!!!!

Another prestigious title for Natalia
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RIP IO Olivier Breisacher
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Anton Korobov won the Ukrainian Chess Championship quite convincingly
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Alexei Shirov: like a boss
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Ipatov and Rapport are tied for first at the World Junior Chess Championship after 11 rounds
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Who will become the next Women's World Chess Champion?
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Chess is on the way to becoming a glamorous game
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Some people think the numbers (e.g., 605 million chess players in the world) are too good to be true, but what if it's the way it is?
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Have we missed some of the best tweets? You can contribute to our next top-10 stories chart by retweeting the post you like and adding @Pogonina to the message so that we can see it.


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Ovod vs. Pogonina Analyzed by Kingscrusher

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Natalia commentating on the game in the press centre. Photo (C) Russiachess.org

Tryfon Gavriel aka Kingscrusher, one of the most popular chess authors on YouTube, has kindly volunteered to video-annotate all Natalia's wins from the Russian Superfinal-2012. Here is a game from round 4:



Pogonina vs. Gunina
, game of the day - ChessGames.com (August, 13th)

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Dmitry Andreikin is the Russian Chess Champion

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Six players were tied for first with a modest +1 result after the 9 classical rounds of the Russian Chess Superfinal. Who prevailed in the rapid tie-break next day? World Rapid Chess Champion Sergey Karjakin? 6-time Russian Chess Champion Peter Svidler? No. The winner is Dmitry Andreikin, a rising Russian chess star who used to be the World Junior Champion in 2010 and won the Russian Top League quite convincingly this year. Known worldwide as a formidable online blitz player, now he is becoming a force to reckon with in classical chess.

Dmitry rarely gets in the limelight due to having powerful competitors born in 1990: Carlsen (2837), Karjakin (2785) and Nepomniatchi (2704). Meanwhile, Andreikin's live rating is 2718, which makes him #27 in the world and one of the most promising young players.

So far it seems that after getting married Dmitry became much more pragmatic and serious about chess improvement and his life prospects in general. We wish GM Andreikin the best of luck!

Results of the rapid tie-break:

1. Andreikin 4, 2. Karjakin 3.5, 3. Svidler 3, 4. Jakovenko 2.5, 5. Potkin 1.5, 6. Alekseev 0,5

P.S. Both Natalia Pogonina and Dmitry Andreikin are representing Saratov - quite an achievement for the city!

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Natalia Pogonina Won the Russian Chess Superfinal

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Natalia Pogonina became the Russian Women's Chess Champion after an undefeated performance:

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Detailed report coming up. Men's tournament will resume tomorrow with a rapid tie-break featuring the top 6 players:

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Pogonina vs. Gunina Analyzed by Kingscrusher

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Tryfon Gavriel aka Kingscrusher, one of the most popular chess authors on YouTube, has his own story to tell about the king chase:



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Rest Day at Russian Superfinal: Alekseev and Pogonina in the Lead

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Player

Rating

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Score

Place

Dmitry Jakovenko

2722

X

1/2

1/2

1

1/2

 

 

 

 

1/2

3

 

Evgeny Alekseev

2673

1/2

X

1/2

1

 

 

 

 

1

1/2

3.5

 

Dmitry Andreikin

2715

1/2

1/2

X

 

 

 

 

1

1/2

1/2

3

 

Sanan Sjugirov

2635

0

0

 

X

 

 

1/2

0

1/2

 

1

 

Alexander Grischuk

2763

1/2

 

 

 

X

1/2

1/2

1/2

1/2

 

2.5

 

Sergey Karjakin

2785

 

 

 

 

1/2

X

1/2

1/2

1/2

1/2

2.5

 

Daniil Dubov

2594

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

2.5

 

Vladimir Potkin

2651

 

 

0

1

1/2

1/2

1/2

X

 

 

2.5

 

Nikita Vitiugov

2705

 

0

1/2

1/2

1/2

1/2

 

 

X

 

2

 

Peter Svidler

2749

1/2

1/2

1/2

 

 

1/2

1/2

 

 

X

2.5

 



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Player

Rating

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Score

Place

Daria Charochkina

2353

X

0

1/2

0

0

 

 

 

 

1/2

1

 

Evgenia Ovod

2419

1

X

0

0

 

 

 

 

0

0

1

 

Natalia Pogonina

2448

1/2

1

X

 

 

 

 

1/2

1

1

4

 

Alisa Galliamova

2465

1

1

 

X

 

 

1/2

1/2

1/2

 

3.5

 

Olga Girya

2433

1

 

 

 

X

1/2

1

1

0

 

3.5

 

Nadezhda Kosintseva

2524

 

 

 

 

1/2

X

1/2

1

1/2

0

2.5

 

Baira Kovanova

2408

 

 

 

1/2

0

1/2

X

1

 

1/2

2.5

 

Ekaterina Ubiennykh

2367

 

 

1/2

1/2

0

0

0

X

 

 

1

 

Tatiana Kosintseva

2530

 

1

0

1/2

1

1/2

 

 

X

 

3

 

                           

Valentina Gunina

2507

1/2

1

0

 

 

1

1/2

 

 

X

3

 


August 8 is rest day. The tournament will resume on August 9.

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Anton Korobov Wins Ukrainian Chess Championship

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Anton Korobov, Champion of Ukraine-2012

Date: July 26 - August 8
Venue: Ukraine, Kiev
Format: Round robin, 12 players
Prize fund: unknown, the Regulations mention only medals

Ukraine is rated #2 on the FIDE list of top chess countries with an average rating of top-10 players = 2700. The reigning Olympic champions are a major force to reckon with, hence it is quite interesting to follow their national championship.

Out of the country's leading players only Vassily Ivanchuk (2769, #1) and Yuriy Krivoruchko (2686, #8) didn't participate. While the average chess fan might have expected one of the heavy-weights to win (Ponomariov, Volokitin, Moiseenko, Eljanov), the outcome was different. Anton Korobov, a brilliant young attacking player prevailed in the championship and won his second title (the first victory came in 2002). He is one of those players who don't get enough media coverage due to staying somewhat in the shade of their higher-rated compatriots. Meanwhile, Anton is a very strong grandmaster who, among other achievements, won silver at Aeroflot Open (A) twice in his career. That says a lot already. Congratulations!

Final standings:
1. Anton Korobov (2683) - 8/11
2-3. Alexandr Areschenko (2691), Andrei Volokitin (2704) - 7
4. Ruslan Ponomariov (2726) - 6
5-7. Alexandr Moiseenko (2706), Zakhar Efimenko (2694), Sergey Fedorchuk (2630) - 5.5
8. Pavel Eljanov (2693) - 5
9-10. Yuri Vovk (2584), Evgeny Miroshnichenko (2632) - 4.5
11. Yuri Kuzubov (2629) - 3.5
12. Alexandr Zubov (2621) - 3

Extensive report from 2011

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Russia vs. China Match: Rapid Chess

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by Natalia Pogonina for her
Chess.com Tuesday column


If you have read Part I of the article, you already know that China prevailed in the classical games over Russia: 26-24. Now even more points were at stake: 100 instead of 50; contested in rapid chess. This offered us good chances to overcome our opponents. The Russian womens team, including myself, was willing to win the rapid competition and compensate for the loss in classical chess.
 

Before round 1 most of the players were agitated and amused. FIDE recently introduced rapid ratings, so each of the participants was assigned with a different, unfamiliar numerical indicator of ones strength. This innovation didnt affect the male grandmasters (none of them had played any rated rapid games by that time), while most of the female players were quite surprised. All of a sudden, Alexandra Kosteniuk became the rating favorite of the womens tournament with an ELO of 2568!

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Diego Garces, Alexandras husband, is taking a picture of her before round 1

The time control was 15 min/game + 10s/move. Each round took 1 hour. The players who tended to finish their games last hardly had any chances to take a rest, not to mention preparation. Olga Girya was usually the latest bird, but she didnt complain in any way and just proceeded from one round to the other non-stop.

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Olga Girya fought valiantly without any rest breaks

On each of the two days we were to play 5 games. In the first round we defeated our opponents 3.5-1.5, while our compatriots dominated their partners: 4.5-0.5! The Chinese delegation looked somewhat tired. Maybe it was due to them having gone sightseeing (bridge ceremony before the night) in St. Petersburg. The second round was also in our favor: we won 4-1; our male teammates 4.5-0.5.

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Li Chao is sipping on his tea, while a well-known Russian grandmaster is taking pictures. Can you guess who he is?

After the first two rapid rounds the match looked pretty much over. However, in round 3 China managed to heroically overcome the trend and strike back: both of their teams won 3-2. Our womens team had an assembly after each round coffee, tea, sweets, jokes. The Chinese team was even more united: both men and women stayed in the playing hall after each rounds and spent the rest time together.

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The Chinese team resting on spectators seats between rounds

In round 4 we lost agains with the same score: 2-3. The mens team drew. We were beginning to feel fatigue, while the Chinese team seemed to have a reserve supply of energy. In round 5 we exchanged blows: the Russian womens team lost 2-3, while the mens team won 3-2.

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Wang Yue and Evgeny Najer observing Zhao Xue vs. Olga Girya

Standings after Day 1: Women: Russia China 13,5:11,5. Men: 16,5:8,5.

Here are a few instructive examples from Day 1 of the rapid competition:


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Mate in 2 Problem Dedicated to Natalia Pogonina

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Jan Asor, Philippines
FIDE 2174

Thanks for accepting me as one of your online friends.

To show you my respect and honor, I composed a chess problem dedicated just for you!

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White to move and mate in 2


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