Wednesday, 11 March 2015

KO Fight

     The Women's World Championship is starting really soon (16th March) and I expect nothing less than the usual big fights, unexpected results and a lot of spectacular chess!
     I hope that one day I'll also be there, but until then, I'll settle with just following it and cheering for my friends. The tournament will take place in Sochi, under the patronage of the Russian Chess Federation. Here you can check the official page of the event:
     Here are the pairings for the 1st round, as well as the initial ranking list:
     It is very difficult to predict a winner in such kind of events, especially in women's ones. I think that a lot depends on the preparation before the tournament, to concrete opponents and about the psychological approach. I find it very important to feel confident in your chess.
     The first thing that has caught my eye is that the reigning World Champion is missing- Hou Yifan. Despite this, the tournament announces to be very strong, with 10 players with 2500+ Elo:
Rank   Name Title Country Rating Games
1   Koneru, Humpy g IND 2581 0
2   Ju, Wenjun g CHN 2557 9
3   Muzychuk, Anna g  UKR 2552 10
4   Cmilyte, Viktorija g LTU 2530 0
5   Kosteniuk, Alexandra g RUS 2529 0
6   Gunina, Valentina g RUS 2528 0
7   Zhao, Xue g CHN 2527 0
8   Muzychuk, Mariya m UKR 2526 10
9   Stefanova, Antoaneta g  BUL 2522 12
10   Khotenashvili, Bela g  GEO 2513 10

     Keep tuned for updates!

xoxo from Iasi ;)

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