Women's World Chess Championship 2001

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The Women's World Chess Championship 2001 took place from November 25 to December 14, 2001 in Moscow, Russia. It was won by Zhu Chen, who beat Alexandra Kosteniuk in the final by 5 to 3.

For the second time, the championship took the form of a 64-player knock-out tournament.

Participants[edit]

This is the list of participants with their Elo ratings (October 2001)[1] and FIDE titles where available.

  1.  Alisa Galliamova (RUS), 2547, IM
  2.  Maia Chiburdanidze (GEO), 2513, GM
  3.  Wang Pin (CHN), 2498, WGM
  4.  Zhu Chen (CHN), 2497, GM
  5.  Nana Ioseliani (GEO), 2497, IM
  6.  Almira Skripchenko (MDA), 2497, WGM
  7.  Ekaterina Kovalevskaya (RUS), 2486, WGM
  8.  Xu Yuhua (CHN), 2485, WGM
  9.  Antoaneta Stefanova (BUL), 2473, IM
  10.  Corina-Isabela Peptan (ROM), 2462, IM
  11.  Alisa Maric (SCG), 2457, IM
  12.  Alexandra Kosteniuk (RUS), 2455, IM
  13.  Natasa Bojkovic (SCG), 2452, WGM
  14.  Cristina Adela Foisor (ROM), 2444, IM
  15.  Peng Zhaoqin (NED), 2443, IM
  16.  Hoang Thanh Trang (VIE), 2439, IM
  17.  Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant (SCO), 2437, IM
  18.  Tatiana Stepovaia Dianchenko (RUS), 2435, WGM
  19.  Nino Khurtsidze (GEO), 2425, IM
  20.  Anna Zatonskih (UKR), 2419, WGM
  21.  Svetlana Prudnikova (SCG), 2411, WGM
  22.  Inna Gaponenko (UKR), 2409, WGM
  23.  Xu Yuanyuan (CHN), 2409, WIM
  24.  Subbaraman Vijayalakshmi (IND), 2405, IM
  25.  Marta Zielińska (POL), 2405, WGM
  26.  Tatiana Grabuzova (RUS), 2399, WGM
  27.  Elena Sedina (ITA), 2398, IM
  28.  Tatiana Kononenko (UKR), 2395, WGM
  29.  Elisabeth Pähtz (GER), 2392, WGM
  30.  Olga Alexandrova (ESP), 2387, IM
  31.  Iweta Radziewicz (POL), 2387, WGM
  32.  Natalia Kiseleva (UKR), 2382, WGM
  33.  Lilit Mkrtchian (ARM), 2382, WGM
  34.  Wang Yu (CHN), 2378, WIM
  35.  Monika Soćko (POL), 2375, WGM
  36.  Elina Danielian (ARM), 2373, WGM
  37.  Tatiana Shumiakina (RUS), 2371, WGM
  38.  Joanna Dworakowska (POL), 2358, WGM
  39.  Nona Gaprindashvili (GEO), 2349, GM
  40.  Li Ruofan (SIN), 2341 WFM
  41.  Svetlana Petrenko (MDA), 2336, WGM
  42.  Camilla Baginskaite (USA), 2336, WIM
  43.  Genrieta Lagvilava (BLR), 2326, WGM
  44.  Julia Galianina Ryjanova (RUS), 2320, WGM
  45.  Ramaswamy Aarthie (IND), 2301
  46.  Gu Xiaobing (CHN), 2299
  47.  Jennifer Shahade (USA), 2295
  48.  Elena Levushkina (GRE), 2280
  49.  Huang Qian (CHN), 2275
  50.  Dagne Ciuksyte (LTU), 2271, WGM
  51.  Nisha Mohota (IND), 2262, WIM
  52.  Maria Kouvatsou (GRE), 2234, WGM
  53.  Nava Starr (CAN), 2213, WIM
  54.  Ngan Phan-Koshnitsky (AUS), 2182, WFM
  55.  Pallavi Shah (IND), 2172, WIM
  56.  Elina Groberman (USA), 2103, WIM
  57.  Joara Chaves (BRA), 2079, WIM
  58.  Farida Arouche (ALG), 2077
  59.  Shadi Paridar (IRI), 2071
  60.  Maritza Arribas (CUB), WGM
  61.  Asma Houli (ALG)
  62.  Elisa Maggiolo (ARG)
  63.  Sulennis Pina Vega (CUB)
  64.  Wissam Toubal (ALG)

Notable top players not taking part were Judit Polgár (ranked the no. 1 woman in the world), Xie Jun (ranked 2nd), Wang Lei (4th), Pia Cramling (6th), Koneru Humpy (13th), Qin Kanying (15th), Sofia Polgar (16th), and Viktorija Cmilyte (20th).

Polgár, ranked 1st female and 19th overall in the world, chose instead to participate in the concurrent open event.

Reigning champion Xie Jun had put her active career on hold at the time and decided not to defend her title.

Results[edit]

Final Match[edit]

Women's World Chess Championship Final 2001
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Total
 Zhu Chen (China) 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 5
 Alexandra Kosteniuk (Russia) 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 3

Bracket[edit]

1st Round 2nd Round 3rd Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                                   
1 Alisa Galliamova
64 Wissam Toubal ½
Alisa Galliamova 2
Natalia Kiseleva 0
32 Natalia Kiseleva 3
34 Wang Yu 1
Alisa Galliamova 0
Alexandra Kosteniuk 2
12 Alexandra Kosteniuk 2
47 Jennifer Shahade 0
Alexandra Kosteniuk
Hoang Thanh Trang ½
16 Hoang Thanh Trang
49 Huang Qian ½
Alexandra Kosteniuk
Almira Skripchenko ½
6 Almira Skripchenko 2
54 Ngan Phan-Koshnitsky 0
Almira Skripchenko 3
Marta Zielińska 1
25 Marta Zielińska
39 Nona Gaprindashvili
Almira Skripchenko
Corina-Isabela Peptan ½
44 Julia Galianina Ryjanova ½
26 Tatiana Grabuzova
Tatiana Grabuzova ½
Corina-Isabela Peptan
10 Corina-Isabela Peptan 2
53 Nava Starr 0
Alexandra Kosteniuk 3
Xu Yuhua 1
3 Wang Pin
57 Joara Chaves ½
Wang Pin ½
Elisabeth Pähtz
29 Elisabeth Pähtz
31 Iweta Radziewicz
Elisabeth Pähtz ½
Cristina Adela Foisor
14 Cristina Adela Foisor 3
46 Gu Xiaobing 1
Cristina Adela Foisor
Nisha Mohota ½
18 Tatiana Stepovaia Dianchenko
51 Nisha Mohota
Cristina Adela Foisor 2
Xu Yuhua 4
8 Xu Yuhua 2
58 Farida Arouche 0
Xu Yuhua
Elina Danielian ½
37 Tatiana Shumiakina 0
36 Elina Danielian 2
Xu Yuhua 3
Camilla Baginskaite 1
21 Svetlana Prudnikova 2
42 Camilla Baginskaite 4
Camilla Baginskaite
Natasa Bojkovic ½
13 Natasa Bojkovic
52 Maria Kouvatsou ½
Alexandra Kosteniuk 3
Zhu Chen 5
2 Maia Chiburdanidze
61 Asma Houli ½
Maia Chiburdanidze
Elena Sedina ½
30 Olga Alexandrova 0
27 Elena Sedina 2
Maia Chiburdanidze 2
Dagne Ciuksyte 0
23 Xu Yuanyuan 4
63 Sulennis Pina Vega 2
Xu Yuanyuan ½
Dagne Ciuksyte
17 Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant
50 Dagne Ciuksyte
Maia Chiburdanidze
Peng Zhaoqin
5 Nana Ioseliani
56 Elina Groberman ½
Nana Ioseliani ½
Joanna Dworakowska
24 Subbaraman Vijayalakshmi ½
38 Joanna Dworakowska
Joanna Dworakowska
Peng Zhaoqin
15 Peng Zhaoqin 2
60 Maritza Arribas 0
Peng Zhaoqin 2
Antoaneta Stefanova 0
9 Antoaneta Stefanova
55 Pallavi Shah ½
Maia Chiburdanidze
Zhu Chen
7 Ekaterina Kovalevskaya
59 Shadi Paridar ½
Ekaterina Kovalevskaya
Lilit Mkrtchian ½
33 Lilit Mkrtchian 2
35 Monika Soćko 0
Ekaterina Kovalevskaya ½
Nino Khurtsidze
20 Anna Zatonskih
40 Li Ruofan ½
Anna Zatonskih ½
Nino Khurtsidze
19 Nino Khurtsidze
45 Ramaswamy Aarthie ½
Nino Khurtsidze 3
Zhu Chen 4
4 Zhu Chen
62 Elisa Maggiolo ½
Zhu Chen
Svetlana Petrenko ½
28 Tatiana Kononenko 0
41 Svetlana Petrenko 2
Zhu Chen 3
Alisa Maric 1
22 Inna Gaponenko 2
43 Genrieta Lagvilava 0
Inna Gaponenko ½
Alisa Maric
11 Alisa Maric
48 Elena Levushkina ½

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