Women's World Chess Championship 2012

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Anna Ushenina, 2012 World Champion

The Women's World Chess Championship 2012 was a knockout tournament, to decide the women's world champion.[1] The title was won by Anna Ushenina of Ukraine for the first time.[2] Defending champion Hou Yifan went out in the second round.

The tournament was played as a 64-player knockout type in Khanty Mansiysk, Russia from 10 November to 1 December 2012. Each pairing consisted of two games, and tie-breaks at faster time controls, if necessary.

Antoaneta Stefanova, losing finalist

After only two wins by lower rated players in the first round, the second round saw the top three seeds all going out to players rated 150 ELO points below them, of those third seed Anna Muzychuk lost to the eventual world champion.[3] The fourth seed went out in the quarter-final. The final consisted of four games at classical time control, followed by tie-break games; in it Anna Ushenina beat former women's world champion Antoaneta Stefanova in the first set of tie-breaks. The unexpected final of two lower seeded players raised questions, if a single match knock-out system is the best way to determine the world champion.[4]

Ushenina lost her title in the Women's World Chess Championship 2013, after game seven of a ten-game match against Hou Yifan, winner of the FIDE Women's Grand Prix 2011–2012.

Participants[edit]

Players qualified to the tournament through the previous world championship, the FIDE rating list, continental championships and two FIDE president nominees. Players were seeded by their Elo ratings (November 2012 list),[5] except that defending champion Hou Yifan was the no. 1 seed.[6]

Notable non-participants[edit]

The number one woman in the world, Judit Polgár, has never competed for the women's title and did not enter this time either. Other notable absentees were: women's number six Nana Dzagnidze, 2010 finalist Ruan Lufei, and ex-champion Maia Chiburdanidze (inactive).

Format[edit]

Each pairing consisted of two games played over two days, one with white and one with black. The time controls in the classical games were 90 minutes for the first 40 moves with a 30 minute addition on move 41. In case of a tie, tiebreaks were played the next day. The format for the tie breaks was as follows:[1]

  • Two rapid games (25 minutes plus 10 second increment) were played.
  • If the score was still tied, two rapid games (10 minutes plus 10 second increment) were played.
  • If the match is tied after these two games, the opponents played two blitz games (5 minutes plus 3-second increment).
  • If the score was still tied after pair of blitz games, a single Armageddon game (white must win, black only needs to draw) would be played. White had 5 minutes, black had 4 minutes, and both players had three-second increments beginning with move 61.

Prize pool[edit]

The championship had a prize-pool of 450,000 US-Dollar. Prizes were 3,750$ for first round losers, 5,500$ for the second round, 8,000 for the third. Losing quarter-finalists picked up 12,000$, the semi-finalists 20,000$. Stefanova then got 30,000$ for finishing runner-up to Ushenina, who got 60,000$ prize money. It was the same distribution as in the 2010 knock-out championship.

Coverage[edit]

The tournament was streamed on the tournament website each day in full length. Live coverage was interrupted only for advertising breaks. The videostream was also playable on demand until the next day started. Coverage was provided in low and high definition with Grand Master commentary in three languages: English, Russian and for the first time Chinese. In the final days the broadcast was watched by several hundred thousand live viewers.[7]

Results[edit]

Final Match[edit]

The final match was decided after four matches at classical time controls and two rapid tie-breaks. Anna Ushenina won the title, beating 2004 Women's World Chess champion Stefanova. Stefanova also was the reigning Women's World Rapid champion.[8]

Women's World Chess Championship Final 2012
Rating 1 2 3 4 R1 R2 Total
 Antoaneta Stefanova (Bulgaria) 2491 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 0
 Anna Ushenina (Ukraine) 2452 ½ ½ 1 0 ½ 1

Bracket[edit]

First round pairings were published in 1 November 2012.[9]

1st Round 2nd Round 3rd Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                                   
1 China Hou YF 2
64 Sri Lanka S Ranasinghe 0
1 China Hou YF 1
32 Poland M Socko 3
33 Poland M Socko
32 France A Skripchenko ½
32 Poland M Socko 0
16 Bulgaria A Stefanova 2
17 Bulgaria A Stefanova 2
48 Russia M Romanko 0
16 Bulgaria A Stefanova
17 Qatar Zhu C ½
49 Qatar Zhu C 2
16 Belarus N Ziaziulkina 0
16 Bulgaria A Stefanova 3
8 France M Sebag 1
9 France M Sebag
56 Australia I Berezina ½
8 France M Sebag
25 Russia O Girya ½
41 Russia O Girya
24 Poland I Rajlich ½
8 France M Sebag 2
24 Russia A Galliamova 0
25 Russia V Gunina 2
40 China Gu XB 0
9 Russia V Gunina ½
24 Russia A Galliamova
57 Russia A Galliamova 3
8 Russia E Kovalevskaya 1
16 Bulgaria A Stefanova
12 India D Harika ½
5 China Zhao X 2
60 Canada N Khoudgarian 0
4 China Zhao X
36 Georgia (country) N Khurtsidze
37 Greece Y Dembo ½
28 Georgia (country) N Khurtsidze
4 China Zhao X
20 Ukraine M Muzychuk ½
21 Georgia (country) B Khotenashvili
44 Cuba M Arribas R
52 Cuba M Arribas R ½
20 Ukraine M Muzychuk
53 Ukraine M Muzychuk[10]
12 Romania C A Foisor
4 China Zhao X
12 India D Harika
13 Ukraine K Lahno 2
52 Egypt M Khaled 0
5 Ukraine K Lahno ½
28 Georgia (country) L Javakhishvili
45 Georgia (country) L Javakhishvili
20 Russia A Bodnaruk
28 Georgia (country) L Javakhishvili ½
12 India D Harika
29 India D Harika
36 India S Soumya ½
12 India D Harika
21 Armenia E Danielian ½
61 Armenia E Danielian 4
4 Georgia (country) S Khukhashvili 2
16 Bulgaria A Stefanova
30 Ukraine A Ushenina
3 Slovenia A Muzychuk 2
62 Algeria A Mezioud 0
3 Slovenia A Muzychuk 1
30 Ukraine A Ushenina 3
35 Ukraine A Ushenina
30 Peru D Cori ½
30 Ukraine A Ushenina
19 Russia N Pogonina ½
19 Russia N Pogonina 3
46 Russia S Matveeva 1
19 Russia N Pogonina
14 Russia A Kosteniuk ½
51 Russia A Kosteniuk
14 United States T Abrahamyan ½
30 Ukraine A Ushenina
6 Russia N Kosintseva ½
11 Russia N Kosintseva 2
54 Colombia M Castrillon G 0
6 Russia N Kosintseva
27 Armenia L Mkrtchian
43 Armenia L Mkrtchian 2
22 Scotland K Arakhamia-G 0
6 Russia N Kosintseva
11 Russia T Kosintseva
27 Hungary Hoang T T
38 Russia E Ovod ½
22 Hungary Hoang T T ½
11 Russia T Kosintseva
59 Kazakhstan M Davletbayeva ½
6 Russia T Kosintseva
30 Ukraine A Ushenina
15 China Ju WJ
7 Lithuania V Cmilyte
58 Peru I Aliaga F ½
7 Lithuania V Cmilyte ½
26 China Huang Q
39 China Huang Q
26 China Shen Y ½
26 China Huang Q
23 United States I Krush
23 Singapore Li RF
42 United States I Krush
23 United States I Krush 3
10 Sweden P Cramling 1
55 Iran S Ghader Pour 0
10 Sweden P Cramling 2
26 China Huang Q
15 China Ju WJ
15 China Ju WJ 4
50 Iran A Pourkashiyan 2
15 China Ju WJ 4
18 United States A Zatonskih 2
47 Argentina C Lujan ½
18 United States A Zatonskih
15 China Ju WJ
31 Ukraine N Zhukova
31 Ukraine N Zhukova
34 China Guo Q ½
31 Ukraine N Zhukova 2
2 India H Koneru 0
63 South Africa D Frick 0
2 India H Koneru 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Women's World Chess Championship regulations". FIDE. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Kharkiv native becomes Ukraine's first women's world chess champion". kyivpost.com. 1 December 2012. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Favourites fall at the Women’s World Championship round two". Chessbase.com. 16 November 2012. Retrieved 3 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Dylan Loeb McClain (1 December 2012). "Underdog Takes Women’s World Title". New York Times. Retrieved 3 December 2012. 
  5. ^ Top 100 Women November 2012
  6. ^ Participants of FIDE World women's chess championship 2012
  7. ^ "Mark Glukhovsky: Women players are very beautiful". chess2012.ugrasport.com. 30 November 2012. Retrieved 3 December 2012. 
  8. ^ "Stefanova Wins Women's World Rapid Championship". chess.com. 6 March 2012. Retrieved 3 December 2012. 
  9. ^ Pairings, Participants and Schedule of the WWCC 2012
  10. ^ Played black in armageddon game

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