Friday, November 16, 2012

2012 FIDE Women's World Chess Championship

Hou Yifan crashes and burns! Monika Socko, who earned her GM title the traditional way, is knocking off all comers INCLUDING HOU and is on fire, but will these play-off games take a toll? 

Maybe not!!! Irina Krush advanced into R3 after battling through a second straight play-off (she also battled through a play-off in R1), whomping veteran GM Pia Cramling, who also earned her title the traditional way.  Krush was taking no prisoners today.

Some favorites have been eliminated; indeed, if they're betting on this in Las Vegas, the odds have no doubt gone absolutely nut-so after elimination of the favorites (Hou and Koneru, among others).  WOW!  One American is left (Krush) -- Anna Zatonskih battled Ju Wenjun for FOUR play-off games, trying to find a way to advance.  She couldn't.  She goes home bruised and battered, but I hope she feels good about herself.  She fought her heart out!  This sure is turning into one damn interesting Women's World Championship, woo woo!

Results from R2 play-offs.  Players advancing are in bold, Americans in red.

Round 2 Match 01
Socko, Monika (POL)0111 3
Hou, Yifan (CHN)10001

Round 2 Match 03
Ushenina, Anna (UKR)½½11 3
Muzychuk, Anna (SLO)½½001

Round 2 Match 04
Zhao, Xue (CHN)101½ 2.5
Khurtsidze, Nino (GEO)010½1.5

Round 2 Match 06
Kosintseva, Nadezhda (RUS)½½011½ 3.5
Mkrtchian, Lilit (ARM)½½100½2.5

Round 2 Match 10
Cramling, Pia (SWE)10001
Krush, Irina (USA)0111 3

Round 2 Match 15
Zatonskih, Anna (USA)½½½½00 2
Ju, Wenjun (CHN)½½½½11 4

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