Women's World Championship Q-Finals Completed

  • SonofPearl
  • on 22-11-12 10:53.

womens%20world%20chess%20championship%202012%20logo.jpgThe quarter-finals of the 2012 Women's World Championship were completed today, with three of the matches needing tie-breaks to decide the result.

The only match which ended in the standard time-control games was Anna Ushenina of Ukraine defeating Nadezhda Kosintseva, thereby eliminating the last Russian player in the competition.

Anna Ushenina (left) beat Nadezhda Kosintseva to reach the semi-finals

2012 Women World Championship Round 4 Anna Ushenina Nadezhda Kosintseva.jpg


Antoaneta Stefanova won both her tie-break games against Marie Sebag to book her place in the semi-finals.  The first game was full of errors on both sides, but the second was well-played by Stefanova to seal the match victory.  The Bulgarian is aiming to regain the championship which she previously held from 2004-06.

Antoaneta Stefanova

2012 Women World Championship Round 4 Antoaneta Stefanova.jpg



The tie-break between Harika Dronavalli and Zhao Xue ended in victory for the Indian player.  Harika Dronavalli turned the tables on her opponent in the first game and secured a safe draw to see her through to the semi-finals.

If Harika can take the title, then India will hold the World Champion (Vishy Anand) and Women's World Champion titles at the same time!

Harika Dronavalli

2012 Women World Championship Round 4 Harika Dronavalli.jpg




The closest tie-break match was the all-Chinese pairing of Ju Wenjun and Huang Qian. After drawing the first two tie-break games, Ju Wenjun missed wining chances in the third game to allow another draw, but took advantage of a collapse from Huang Qian in the next game to take the match 3½-2½.

Ju Wenjun

2012 Women World Championship Round 4 Ju Wenjun.jpg



The results in the quarter-finals

Q-Final Match 01 Pts
Sebag, Marie (FRA) 1 0 0 0 1
Stefanova, Antoaneta (BUL) 0 1 1 1 3
Q-Final Match 02
Ju, Wenjun (CHN) ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1
Huang, Qian (CHN) ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0
Q-Final Match 03
Kosintseva, Nadezhda (RUS) ½ 0 ½
Ushenina, Anna (UKR) ½ 1
Q-Final Match 04
Zhao, Xue (CHN) ½ ½ 0 ½
Harika, Dronavalli (IND) ½ ½ 1 ½


The Semi-final pairings

Antoaneta Stefanova (Bulgaria, 16th seed) – Harika Dronavalli (India, 12th seed)

Anna Ushenina (Ukraine, 30th seed) – Ju Wenjun (China, 15th seed)


The remaining schedule is below. Games start at 15:00 local time (09:00 UTC).

Date Day Event
23.11.2012 Friday Semi-finals - game 1
24.11.2012 Saturday Semi-finals - game 2
25.11.2012 Sunday Tiebreaks
26.11.2012 Monday Free Day
27.11.2012 Tuesday Final - Game1
28.11.2012 Wednesday Final - Game2
29.11.2012 Thursday Final - Game3
30.11.2012 Friday Final - Game4
01.12.2012 Saturday Tiebreaks
02.12.2012 Sunday Closing Ceremony


The 2012 championship runs from 11 November - 2 December, with each round consisting of 2-game matches (4 in the final) between the players drawn against one another. Tied matches are decided by rapid and blitz tie-break deciders.

Pictures via the official website. Games via TWIC.

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  • 4 jaar geleden


    Wow Harika!  Go  for it!

  • 4 jaar geleden


    Harika, best wishes.

  • 4 jaar geleden


    Go Stefanova!

  • 4 jaar geleden


    Indeed, this championship has become more like the athletic championships held every year, where the winner may not be necessarily the best (or even a well known) athlete/player.

    With the current live rankings, the remaining four semi-finalists hold the following positions: 10th, 15th, 20th, and approximately 30th position.

    Imagine the men's WC being decided among these semi-finalists: Grishuk,  Gelfand, Wojtaszek, and Naiditsch.  No offense here, these are very strong GMs indeed, but they don't seem to be the best four players in the world to pick a champion from.

  • 4 jaar geleden


    The knockout format really is not good for these things. Can't they just have...say...a match?

  • 4 jaar geleden


    Yes we will have a random WC but It happens often in most sports - the WC is not the best. Even number 1 is not always the best (like in women's tennis) WCship is just a tourney when someone with good enough qualities and some luck erupts and takes his chance and glory.

    I so hope it will be Anna. Except 1 blunder in zeitnot she played almost pervectly here, convincingly outplaying 3 much higher ranked opponents. So sad to hear that she has no sponsors and can't travel to many tourneys (probably that's the reason for her ranking being relatively low), she has everything to be famous - talent, beauty, personality. Hopefully it will be changed in some days

  • 4 jaar geleden


    I like this type of tournament. I see them exiting. But is it really suitable for a world championship?

    I am not a fan neither of the men's system with the reigning world champion only playing the 'final', but an intermediate system would be great.

  • 4 jaar geleden


    Just win, baby! 

  • 4 jaar geleden

    NM dcremisi

    seems a bit weird,  the reigning world champion doesnt have a better chance than any of the other 63 players,  giving Hou a less than 2 percent chance of retaining her title.  I dont understand why they do something different in even and odd years eitherer,  cant they just combine them somehow?

  • 4 jaar geleden


    I'm rooting for Ju. Also, it's quite sad that there is no player left from the top 10 seeds. The next women's champion is going to be doubted upon.

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