Women's World Chess Championship 2004

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The Women's World Chess Championship 2004 took place from May 21 to June 4, 2004 in Elista, Russia. It was won by Antoaneta Stefanova, who beat Ekaterina Kovalevskaya in the final by 2½ to ½.

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

Participants[edit]

Qualified[1] players were seeded by their Elo ratings (on the April 2004 list).[2]

  1.  Humpy Koneru (IND), 2513, GM (AS)
  2.  Alisa Galliamova (RUS), 2502, IM (R)
  3.  Maia Chiburdanidze (GEO), 2502, GM (WC)
  4.  Svetlana Matveeva (RUS), 2496, WGM (E)
  5.  Kateryna Lahno (UKR), 2493, IM (PN)
  6.  Pia Cramling (SWE), 2491, GM (R)
  7.  Antoaneta Stefanova (BUL), 2490, GM (R)
  8.  Zhao Xue (CHN), 2477, WGM (J)
  9.  Xu Yuhua (CHN), 2474, WGM (WC)
  10.  Natalia Zhukova (UKR), 2471, WGM (E)
  11.  Alexandra Kosteniuk (RUS), 2469, IM (WC)
  12.  Ekaterina Kovalevskaya (RUS), 2467, WGM (E)
  13.  Irina Krush (USA), 2465, IM (Z2.1)
  14.  Almira Skripchenko (FRA), 2456, IM (R)
  15.  Nana Dzagnidze (GEO), 2452, WGM (PN)
  16.  Tatiana Kosintseva (RUS), 2451, WGM (E)
  17.  Hoang Thanh Trang (VIE), 2447, IM (AS)
  18.  Iweta Radziewicz (POL), 2444, IM (E)
  19.  Corina-Isabela Peptan (ROM), 2439, IM (E)
  20.  Ketino Kachiani-Gersinska (GER), 2439, IM (E)
  21.  Olga Alexandrova (UKR), 2430, IM (R)
  22.  Viktorija Čmilytė (LTU), 2430, IM (E)
  23.  Nadezhda Kosintseva (RUS), 2425, WGM (E)
  24.  Elina Danielian (ARM), 2418, IM (E)
  25.  Wang Pin (CHN), 2417, WGM (R)
  26.  Xu Yuanyuan (CHN), 2410, WGM (Z3.5)
  27.  Monika Soćko (POL), 2408, IM (E)
  28.  Ekaterina Polovnikova (RUS), 2406, WGM (E)
  29.  Natasa Bojkovic (SCG), 2400, WGM (E)
  30.  Marie Sebag (FRA), 2398, IM (E)
  31.  Maia Lomineishvili (GEO), 2397, IM (E)
  32.  Peng Zhaoqin (NED), 2396, IM (E)
  33.  Joanna Dworakowska (POL), 2395, IM (E)
  34.  Irina Slavina (RUS), 2395, IM (E)
  35.  Natalija Pogonina (RUS), 2393, WIM (E)
  36.  Wang Yu (CHN), 2393, WGM (Z3.5)
  37.  Nino Khurtsidze (GEO), 2387, IM (E)
  38.  Lilit Mkrtchian (ARM), 2387, IM (E)
  39.  Tatjana Vasilevich (UKR), 2386, IM (E)
  40.  Elisabeth Pähtz (GER), 2385, WGM (E)
  41.  Elena Sedina (ITA), 2382, IM (E)
  42.  Lela Javakhishvili (GEO), 2372, WGM (E)
  43.  Dronavalli Harika (IND), 2368, WIM (AS)
  44.  Ana Matnadze (GEO), 2364, WGM (E)
  45.  Nguyen Thi Thanh An (VIE), 2353, WIM (Z3.3)
  46.  Rusudan Goletiani (USA), 2352, WGM (AM)
  47.  Subbaraman Meenakshi (IND), 2344, WIM (Z3.2)
  48.  Le Kieu Thien Kim (VIE), 2341, WIM (Z3.3)
  49.  Huang Qian (CHN), 2339, WIM (Z3.5)
  50.  Jennifer Shahade (USA), 2337, WIM (Z2.1)
  51.  Jana Jacková (CZE), 2331, WGM (E)
  52.  Maritza Arribas (CUB), 2327, WGM (Z2.3)
  53.  Carolina Lujan (ARG), 2319, WIM (Z2.5)
  54.  Maria Sergeeva (KAZ), 2319, WGM (Z3.6)
  55.  Svetlana Petrenko (MDA), 2319, WGM (E)
  56.  Sopio Tkeshelashvili (GEO), 2307, WGM (E)
  57.  Shadi Paridar (IRI), 2265, WIM (Z3.1)
  58.  Tan Zhongyi (CHN), 2250 (Z3.5)
  59.  Anna Hahn (USA), 2218, WIM (Z2.1)
  60.  Luciana Morales Mendoza (PER), 2120 WIM (Z2.4)
  61.  Asma Houli (ALG), 2116 (AF)
  62.  Farida Arouche (ALG), 2114, WIM (AF)
  63.  Dinara Khaziyeva (CAN), 2110, WFM (Z2.2)
  64.  Cecile Van Der Merwe (RSA), 2062, WIM (AF)

Notable top players not taking part was Judit Polgár (ranked the no. 1 woman in the world - and 9th overall), Xie Jun (ranked 2nd), Zhu Chen (8th), Qin Kanying (14th), Inna Gaponenko (18th) and Sofia Polgar (19th).

Notably, this was the second Women's World Championship in a row in which the reigning champion (in this case Zhu Chen) did not attempt to defend their title.

Qualification paths[edit]

Results[edit]

Final Match[edit]

Women's World Chess Championship Final 2004
1 2 3 4 Total
 Ekaterina Kovalevskaya (Russia) 0 0 ½ ½
 Antoaneta Stefanova (Bulgaria) 1 1 ½

Bracket[edit]

1st Round 2nd Round 3rd Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                                   
1 Humpy Koneru 2
64 Cecile Van Der Merwe 0
1 Humpy Koneru
32 Peng Zhaoqin ½
32 Peng Zhaoqin 4
33 Joanna Dworakowska 3
1 India Humpy Koneru 3
16 Russia Tatiana Kosintseva 1
16 Tatiana Kosintseva
49 Huang Qian
16 Tatiana Kosintseva
17 Hoang Thanh Trang ½
17 Hoang Thanh Trang
48 Le Kieu Thien Kim ½
1 India Humpy Koneru 2
9 China Xu Yuhua 0
8 Zhao Xue 2
57 Shadi Paridar 0
8 Zhao Xue
40 Elisabeth Pähtz
25 Wang Pin 0
40 Elisabeth Pähtz 2
40 Germany Elisabeth Pähtz ½
9 China Xu Yuhua
9 Xu Yuhua 3
56 Sopio Tkeshelashvili 1
9 Xu Yuhua
24 Elina Danielian ½
24 Elina Danielian
41 Elena Sedina
1 India Humpy Koneru
12 Russia Ekaterina Kovalevskaya
4 Svetlana Matveeva 2
61 Asma Houli 0
4 Svetlana Matveeva
29 Natasa Bojkovic
29 Natasa Bojkovic
36 Wang Yu ½
29 Serbia Natasa Bojkovic ½
20 Germany Ketino Kachiani-Gersinska
13 Irina Krush
52 Maritza Arribas ½
13 Irina Krush ½
20 Ketino Kachiani-Gersinska
20 Ketino Kachiani-Gersinska
45 Nguyen Thi Thanh An
20 Germany Ketino Kachiani-Gersinska
12 Russia Ekaterina Kovalevskaya
5 Kateryna Lahno
60 Luciana Morales Mendoza ½
5 Kateryna Lahno 4
28 Ekaterina Polovnikova 3
28 Ekaterina Polovnikova
37 Nino Khurtsidze ½
5 Ukraine Kateryna Lahno
12 Russia Ekaterina Kovalevskaya
12 Ekaterina Kovalevskaya 2
53 Carolina Lujan 0
12 Ekaterina Kovalevskaya
21 Olga Alexandrova ½
21 Olga Alexandrova
44 Ana Matnadze ½
12 Russia Ekaterina Kovalevskaya ½
7 Bulgaria Antoaneta Stefanova
2 Alisa Galliamova 2
63 Dinara Khaziyeva 0
2 Alisa Galliamova 0
31 Maia Lomineishvili 2
31 Maia Lomineishvili
34 Irina Slavina-Turova ½
31 Georgia (country) Maia Lomineishvili 0
15 Georgia (country) Nana Dzagnidze 2
15 Nana Dzagnidze
50 Jennifer Shahade ½
15 Nana Dzagnidze
18 Iweta Radziewicz ½
18 Iweta Radziewicz
47 Subbaraman Meenakshi ½
15 Georgia (country) Nana Dzagnidze
7 Bulgaria Antoaneta Stefanova
7 Antoaneta Stefanova 2
58 Tan Zhongyi 0
7 Antoaneta Stefanova
39 Tatjana Vasilevich
26 Xu Yuanyuan 3
39 Tatjana Vasilevich 4
7 Bulgaria Antoaneta Stefanova 3
10 Ukraine Natalia Zhukova 1
10 Natalia Zhukova
55 Svetlana Petrenko
10 Natalia Zhukova 4
23 Nadezhda Kosintseva 3
23 Nadezhda Kosintseva 3
42 Lela Javakhishvili 1
7 Bulgaria Antoaneta Stefanova
3 Georgia (country) Maia Chiburdanidze ½
3 Maia Chiburdanidze
62 Farida Arouche ½
3 Maia Chiburdanidze 2
30 Marie Sebag 0
30 Marie Sebag
35 Natalija Pogonina ½
3 Georgia (country) Maia Chiburdanidze
51 Czech Republic Jana Jacková ½
14 Almira Skripchenko ½
51 Jana Jacková
51 Jana Jacková
19 Corina-Isabela Peptan ½
19 Corina-Isabela Peptan
46 Rusudan Goletiani ½
3 Georgia (country) Maia Chiburdanidze
22 Lithuania Viktorija Čmilytė
6 Pia Cramling
59 Anna Hahn ½
6 Pia Cramling
38 Lilit Mkrtchian ½
27 Monika Soćko 3
38 Lilit Mkrtchian 4
6 Sweden Pia Cramling 2
22 Lithuania Viktorija Čmilytė 4
11 Alexandra Kosteniuk 2
59 Maria Sergeeva 0
11 Alexandra Kosteniuk ½
22 Viktorija Čmilytė
22 Viktorija Čmilytė 2
43 Dronavalli Harika 0

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