Saturday, November 6, 2010

2010 Women's World Chess Championship

Here is the list of the 64 players - after reviewing the regulations, it appears these are based on events from 2008 and 2009, so I must keep that in mind when I do future bitching about the field of players:

Tnmt RankNameCountryTitleW_titleRating
1Kosteniuk, AlexandraRUSgwg2507
2Koneru, HumpyINDgwg2600
3Hou, YifanCHNgwg2591
4Kosintseva, TatianaRUSgwg2581
5Dzagnidze, NanaGEOgwg2551
6Stefanova, AntoanetaBULg2548
7Muzychuk, AnnaSLOmwg2530
8Cramling, PiaSWEg2526
9Harika, DronavalliINDmwg2525
10Ju, WenjunCHNwgwg2524
11Lahno, KaterynaUKRgwg2522
12Cmilyte, ViktorijaLTUgwg2514
13Chiburdanidze, MaiaGEOgwm2502
14Socko, MonikaPOLgwg2495
15Sebag, MarieFRAgwg2494
16Ruan, LufeiCHNwgwg2480
17Mkrtchian, LilitARMmwg2479
18Zatonskih, AnnaUSAmwg2478
19Zhu, ChenQATg2477
20Zhao, XueCHNgwg2474
21Paehtz, ElisabethGERmwg2474
22Hoang Thanh TrangHUNgwg2473
23Pogonina, NatalijaRUSwgwg2472
24Danielian, ElinaARMgwg2466
25Muzychuk, MariyaUKRmwg2462
26Shen, YangCHNwgwg2461
27Ushenina, AnnaUKRmwg2460
28Skripchenko, AlmiraFRAmwg2460
29Dembo, YelenaGREmwg2454
30Zhukova, NataliaUKRgwg2447
31Rajlich, IwetaPOLmwg2446
32Turova, IrinaRUSmwg2439
33Khukhashvili, SopikoGEOmwg2430
34Houska, JovankaENGmwg2421
35Romanko, MarinaRUSmwg2414
36Munguntuul, BatkhuyagMGLmwg2409
37Foisor, Cristina-AdelaROUmwg2403
38Huang, QianCHNwgwg2402
39Ovod, EvgenijaRUSmwg2387
40Cori T., DeysiPERwgwg2384
41Shadrina, TatianaRUSwgwg2384
42Kovanova, BairaRUSwgwg2380
43Ding, YixinCHNwgwg2370
44Zawadzka, JolantaPOLwgwg2368
45Fierro Baquero, Martha L.ECUmwg2363
46Muminova, NafisaUZBwmwm2360
47Lomineishvili, MaiaGEOmwg2347
48Zhang, XiaowenCHNwgwg2339
49Baginskaite, CamillaUSAwgwg2336
50Vasilevich, IrinaRUSmwg2333
51Soumya, SwaminathanINDwgwg2332
52Meenakshi SubbaramanINDwgwg2328
53Demina, JuliaRUSwgwg2323
54Ozturk, KubraTURwmwm2264
55Caoili, ArianneAUSwmwm2242
56Nadig, KruttikaINDwgwg2230
57Yildiz, Betul CemreTURwmwm2225
58Zuriel, MarisaARGwmwm2208
59Aliaga Fernandez, Ingrid YPERwfwf2154
60Kagramanov, DinaCANwmwm2101
61Mona, KhaledEGYwgwg2093
62Heredia Serrano, CarlaECUwmwm2087
63Greeff, MelissaRSAwgwg2082
64Mezioud, AminaALGwmwm2029

I will be rooting for USA's IM Anna Zatonskih who, I believe, qualified by virtue of being the 2009 U.S. Women's Chess Champion.  FIDE is always behind the curve, never ahead of it.  The players for the 2010 title are not the current best female players in the world.

Aside from the fact that the knock-out format has been totally discredited as a way to determine a chess champion and in the Men's Cycle - oh, excuse me, the Open Cycle - it has not been used for years - this will be a nice way for players such as Amina Mezioud of Algeria to take home a check for playing one game of chess - minus FIDE's 20% cut, of course.

Here is the prize structure:

3. 9. Prizes for the Women's World Championship
3. 9. 1. Prize list
1st round 32 losers x 3.750 = 120.000
2nd round 16 losers x 5.500 = 88.000
3rd round 8 losers x 8.000 = 64.000
4th round 4 losers x 12.000 = 48.000
5th round 2 losers x 20.000 = 40.000
6th round 1 loser x 30.000 = 30.000
Women's World Champion = 60.000

TOTAL: 450.000 USD
3. 9. 2. A payment of 20% from the above prize fund shall be made to FI?DE.

If you are interested, you can find all the FIDE rules and regulations governing the Women's World Chess Championship here - for as long as the link lasts (it's FIDE, it won't last very long).   Excerpted portions:

3. Women's World Chess Championship 2010
3. 1. Qualifiers. There are 64 qualifiers:
  1. The Women's World Champion, runner-up and semi-finalists of the previous Women's World Championship (4 players)
  2. The World Junior Girl Champions U-20 of 2008 & 2009. (2 players)
  3. The five best rated players from the average of the FIDE rating lists of July 2008 and January 2009 (5 players).
  4. Fifty-one qualifiers from the Women's Continental Championships and Zones (51 players).
  5. Two nominees of the FIDE President (2 players).
3. 1. 1. Replacements. Women's World Champion, semi-finalists of the previous women's world championship, World Junior Girl U-20 Champions and rated players can be replaced only from the rating list. Continental and Zonal qualifiers will be replaced from their respective events, except that in the Zonal Tournament the replacement must have scored at least 50% of the maximum possible score. Otherwise the place passes to the Continental Championship.

3. 1. 2. For the purpose of deciding the 5 rated players-qualifiers, as well as any replacements, the average from the following lists will be used: rating lists of July 2008 and January 2009 divided by 2. In case of equality two decimals will be taken into consideration. If the numbers are still equal then the number of games from the two periods shall be decisive. That means the player with the greater number of games shall qualify. If the numbers are still equal then the January 2008 list shall be decisive. If the Elo in this list is still the same, the player with the greater number of games in this list will qualify.

3. 1. 3. Players who appear in the inactive list in both July 2008 and January 2009 lists will not be able to qualify as a rated player. If the player is inactive in one list but appears in the other, then the rating that is published shall be taken as the average.

3. 1. 4. The list of qualified players and the reserves will be published on the FIDE web site.

3. 2. Tournament format

3. 2. 1 There shall be five (5) rounds of matches, comprising two (2) games per round, with the winners progressing to the next round. The 6th round (final round) shall be played over four (4) games and the winner will be declared Women's World Champion.

Round 1: there shall be 64 players
Round 2: there shall be 32 players
Round 3: there shall be 16 players
Round 4: there shall be 8 players
Round 5: there shall be 4 players
Round 6: there shall be 2 players
3. 2. 2. Schedule of the Women's World Championship

Opening Ceremony/Players` meeting 1 day
Round 1: 2 days play 2 days
+ tiebreaks 1 day
Round 2: 2 days play 2 days
+ tiebreaks 1 day
Round 3: 2 days play 2 days
+ tiebreaks 1 day
Round 4: 2 days play 2 days
+ tiebreaks 1 day
Round 5: 2 days play 2 days
+ tiebreaks 1 day
Free Day 1 day free 1 day
Round 6: 4 days play 4 days
+ tiebreaks 1 day
Closing Ceremony 1 day
TOTAL 23 days

Yeah, it's in a Muslim country and it's over Christmas.  Sucks big time.  FIDE has such sensibilities...

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