Women's World Chess Championship 2006

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The Women's World Chess Championship 2006 took place from March 10–27, 2006 in Ekaterinburg, Russia. For the fourth time, the championship took the form of a 64-player knock-out tournament.

The tournament was won by Xu Yuhua, who beat Alisa Galliamova in the final by 2½ to ½. Notably, Xu Yuhua was three months pregnant at the time.

Participants[edit]

Players were seeded by their Elo ratings (January 2006 list),[1] except that defending champion Antoaneta Stefanova was the no. 1 seed.

  1.  Antoaneta Stefanova (BUL), 2499, GM
  2.  Humpy Koneru (IND), 2537, GM
  3.  Pia Cramling (SWE), 2515, GM
  4.  Alexandra Kosteniuk (RUS), 2514, GM
  5.  Maia Chiburdanidze (GEO), 2511, GM
  6.  Xu Yuhua (CHN), 2502, WGM
  7.  Kateryna Lahno (UKR), 2500, IM
  8.  Zhu Chen (CHN), 2482, GM
  9.  Nadezhda Kosintseva (RUS), 2480, IM
  10.  Subbaraman Vijayalakshmi (IND), 2479, IM
  11.  Tatiana Kosintseva (RUS), 2479, IM
  12.  Monika Soćko (POL), 2475, IM
  13.  Viktorija Čmilytė (LTU), 2475, IM
  14.  Zhao Xue (CHN), 2473, WGM
  15.  Qin Kanying (CHN), 2469, WGM
  16.  Alisa Galliamova (RUS), 2467, IM
  17.  Yelena Dembo (GRE), 2461, IM
  18.  Almira Skripchenko (FRA), 2461, IM
  19.  Ekaterina Kovalevskaya (RUS), 2458, IM
  20.  Lilit Mkrtchian (ARM), 2453, IM
  21.  Nana Dzagnidze (GEO), 2452, IM
  22.  Irina Krush (USA), 2447, IM
  23.  Lela Javakhishvili (GEO), 2444, IM
  24.  Natalia Zhukova (UKR), 2432, WGM
  25.  Nino Khurtsidze (GEO), 2430, IM
  26.  Svetlana Matveeva (RUS), 2428, IM
  27.  Ekaterina Korbut (RUS), 2427, WGM
  28.  Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant (GEO), 2426, IM
  29.  Elina Danielian (ARM), 2423, IM
  30.  Elisabeth Pähtz (GER), 2422, IM
  31.  Elena Zaiatz (RUS), 2422, IM
  32.  Iweta Radziewicz (POL), 2421, IM
  33.  Tatiana Kononenko (UKR), 2417, WGM
  34.  Marie Sebag (FRA), 2415, IM
  35.  Peng Zhaoqin (CHN), 2407, GM
  36.  Cristina Adela Foisor (ROM), 2402, IM
  37.  Marta Zielińska (POL), 2398, WGM
  38.  Anna Ushenina (UKR), 2398, WGM
  39.  Irina Vasilevich (RUS), 2386, WGM
  40.  Wang Yu (CHN), 2385, WGM
  41.  Shen Yang (CHN), 2380
  42.  Irina Slavina-Turova (RUS), 2379, WGM
  43.  Claudia Amura (ARG), 2366, WGM
  44.  Evgenija Ovod (RUS), 2366, WGM
  45.  Ruan Lufei (CHN), 2361
  46.  Sulennis Pina Vega (CUB), 2358, WGM
  47.  Jovanka Houska (ENG), 2355, WGM
  48.  Carolina Luján (ARG), 2346, WGM
  49.  Maka Purtseladze (GEO), 2341, WGM
  50.  Dana Aketayeva (KAZ), 2330, WIM
  51.  Maria Kursova (RUS), 2319, WIM
  52.  Atousa Pourkashiyan (IRI), 2319, WIM
  53.  Ju Wenjun (CHN), 2290
  54.  Subbaraman Meenakshi (IND), 2289, WGM
  55.  Irina Berezina-Feldman (AUS), 2285, WIM
  56.  Hou Yifan (CHN), 2269, WFM
  57.  Maritza Arribas (CUB), 2269, WFM
  58.  Karen Zapata (PER), 2218, WIM
  59.  Hoang Xuan Thanh Khiet (VIE), 2196, WIM
  60.  Ingris Rivera (COL), 2128, WIM
  61.  Natalia Khoudgarian (CAN), 2106, WIM
  62.  Farid Basta Sohair (EGY), 2083, WIM
  63.  Tuduetso Sabure (BOT), 2072, WGM
  64.  Amina Mezioud (ALG), 1978


Only two players from the top 20 were absent: Judit Polgár (ranked the no. 1 woman in the world - and 14th overall) who instead took part in the open championship events of 2005 and 2007, as well as Hoang Thanh Trang (ranked 11th).

Results[edit]

Final match[edit]

Women's World Chess Championship Final 2006
1 2 3 Total
 Alisa Galliamova (Russia) 0 ½ 0 ½
 Xu Yuhua (China) 1 ½ 1

Bracket[edit]

1st Round 2nd Round 3rd Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                                   
44 Evgenija Ovod 2
21 Nana Dzagnidze 4
21 Nana Dzagnidze
53 Ju Wenjun
12 Monika Soćko ½
53 Ju Wenjun
53 Ju Wenjun 2
5 Maia Chiburdanidze 4
60 Ingris Rivera ½
5 Maia Chiburdanidze
5 Maia Chiburdanidze
28 Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant ½
28 Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant
37 Marta Zielińska
5 Maia Chiburdanidze 1
13 Viktorija Čmilytė 3
36 Cristina Adela Foisor
29 Elina Danielian
29 Elina Danielian 0
4 Alexandra Kosteniuk 2
4 Alexandra Kosteniuk 2
61 Natalia Khoudgarian 0
4 Alexandra Kosteniuk ½
13 Viktorija Čmilytė
52 Atousa Pourkashiyan ½
13 Viktorija Čmilytė
13 Viktorija Čmilytė 4
45 Ruan Lufei 2
20 Lilit Mkrtchian
45 Ruan Lufei
14 Lithuania Viktorija Čmilytė ½
16 Russia Alisa Galliamova
48 Carolina Lujan
17 Yelena Dembo ½
48 Carolina Lujan 1
16 Alisa Galliamova 3
16 Alisa Galliamova
49 Maka Purtseladze ½
16 Alisa Galliamova
32 Iweta Radziewicz
64 Amina Mezioud ½
1 Antoaneta Stefanova
1 Antoaneta Stefanova 1
32 Iweta Radziewicz 3
32 Iweta Radziewicz 2
33 Tatiana Kononenko 0
16 Alisa Galliamova 2
25 Nino Khurtsidze 0
40 Wang Yu
25 Nino Khurtsidze
25 Nino Khurtsidze
57 Maritza Arribas ½
8 Zhu Chen 0
57 Maritza Arribas 2
25 Nino Khurtsidze 2
56 Hou Yifan 0
56 Hou Yifan
9 Nadezhda Kosintseva ½
56 Hou Yifan 2
24 Natalia Zhukova 0
24 Natalia Zhukova
41 Shen Yang
16 Russia Alisa Galliamova ½
6 China Xu Yuhua
42 Irina Slavina-Turova ½
23 Lela Javakhishvili
23 Lela Javakhishvili 1
10 Subbaraman Vijayalakshmi 3
10 Subbaraman Vijayalakshmi
55 Irina Berezina-Feldman ½
10 Subbaraman Vijayalakshmi ½
26 Svetlana Matveeva
58 Karen Zapata
7 Kateryna Lahno ½
58 Karen Zapata ½
26 Svetlana Matveeva
26 Svetlana Matveeva 2
39 Irina Vasilevich 0
26 Svetlana Matveeva
34 Marie Sebag ½
34 Marie Sebag
31 Elena Zaiatz ½
34 Marie Sebag 3
2 Humpy Koneru 1
2 Humpy Koneru 2
63 Tuduetso Sabure 0
34 Marie Sebag 4
15 Qin Kanying 2
50 Dana Aketayeva ½
15 Qin Kanying
15 Qin Kanying
47 Jovanka Houska
18 Almira Skripchenko ½
47 Jovanka Houska
26 Russia Svetlana Matveeva ½
6 China Xu Yuhua
46 Sulennis Pina ½
19 Ekaterina Kovalevskaya
19 Ekaterina Kovalevskaya
51 Maria Kursova ½
14 Zhao Xue ½
51 Maria Kursova
19 Ekaterina Kovalevskaya
35 Peng Zhaoqin
62 Farid Basta Sohair 0
3 Pia Cramling 2
3 Pia Cramling ½
35 Peng Zhaoqin
30 Elisabeth Pähtz 2
35 Peng Zhaoqin 4
19 Ekaterina Kovalevskaya
6 Xu Yuhua
38 Anna Ushenina 3
27 Ekaterina Korbut 1
38 Anna Ushenina ½
6 Xu Yuhua
6 Xu Yuhua
59 Hoang Xuan Thanh Khiet ½
6 Xu Yuhua
11 Tatiana Kosintseva 1
54 Subbaraman Meenakshi 0
11 Tatiana Kosintseva 2
11 Tatiana Kosintseva
22 Irina Krush ½
22 Irina Krush
43 Claudia Amura

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