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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

FIDE Women's WC Championship Rd 1 pairings

Here are the pairings for round one of the FIDE Women's World Chess Championship in Nalchik, the capital of Kabardino-Balkaria:

WCh-Women Nalchik (RUS), 28 viii - 18 ix 2008
Round 1 Pairings 29th-31st August 2008.
1 1-64 Xu, Yuhua CHN Solomons, Anzel RSA
2 2-63 Koneru, Humpy IND Alaa El Din, Yorsa EGY
3 3-62 Hou, Yifan CHN Khaled, Mona EGY
4 4-61 Stefanova, Antoaneta BUL Zapata, Karen PER
5 5-60 Cramling, Pia SWE Sanchez Castillo, Sarai VEN
6 6-59 Sebag, Marie FRA Gasik, Anna POL
7 7-58 Zhao, Xue CHN Zuriel, Marisa ARG
8 8-57 Kosintseva, Tatjana RUS Muminova, Nafisa UZB
9 9-56 Kosteniuk, Alexandra RUS Pourkashiyan, Atousa IRI
10 10-55 Cmilyte, Viktorija LTU Golubenko, Valentina CRO
11 11-54 Muzychuk, Anna SLO Velcheva, Maria BUL
12 12-53 Ruan, Lufei CHN Zakurdjaeva, Irina RUS
13 13-52 Zhukova, Natalia UKR Rohonyan, Katherine USA
14 14-51 Chiburdanidze, Maya GEO Nguyen, Thi Thanh An VIE
15 15-50 Hoang Thanh Trang HUN Arribas Robaina, Maritza CUB
16 16-49 Paehtz, Elisabeth GER Kadimova, Ilaha AZE
17 17-48 Ushenina, Anna UKR Le Thanh Tu VIE
18 18-47 Socko, Monika POL Foisor, Sabina-Francesca ROM
19 19-46 Krush, Irina USA Sedina, Elena ITA
20 20-45 Gaponenko, Inna UKR Zhang Jilin CHN

21-44 Javakhishvili, Lela GEO Amura, Claudia ARG
22 22-43 Harika, Dronavalli IND Nebolsina, Vera RUS
23 23-42 Kosintseva, Nadezhda RUS Mohota, Nisha IND
24 24-41 Korbut, Ekaterina RUS Gvetadze, Sopio GEO
25 25-40 Zatonskih, Anna USA Bosboom Lanchava, Tea NED
26 26-39 Shen, Yang CHN Kachiani-Gersinska, Ketino GER
27 27-38 Mkrtchian, Lilit ARM Moser, Eva AUT
28 28-37 Tania, Sachdev IND Tan Zongyi CHN
29 29-36 Bojkovic, Natasa SRB Ju, Wenjun CHN
30 30-35 Rajlich, Iweta POL Mongontuul, Bathuyang MGL
31 31-34 Lomineishvili, Maia GEO Khukhashvili, Sopiko GEO
32 32-33 Khurtsidze, Nino GEO Matveeva, Svetlana RUS

The closest matches should be between players paired at the bottom of round one pairings list
According to the tournament website: "The time control shall be 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move from move one.

Conditions of victory

3. 7. 1. For rounds 1-5, each match shall be played over two (2) games and the winner of every match shall be the first player to score 1.5 or more points. The final match, or round 6, shall be played over four (4) games and the winner of the match shall be the first player to score 2.5 or more points. A tie shall be broken according to article 3.8. The winner of the final match will be declared Women’s World Champion.

3. 8. Tie-breaks

3. 8. 1. Rounds 1-5

3. 8. 1. 1 If the scores are level after the regular games, after a new drawing of colours, two (2) tie break games shall be played. The games shall be played using the electronic clock starting with 25 minutes on the clock for each player with an addition of 10 seconds after each move.

3. 8. 1. 2 If the scores are level after the games in paragraph 3. 8. 1. 1, then, after a new drawing of colours, 2 five-minute games shall be played with the addition of 10 seconds after each move.

3. 8. 1. 3. If the score is still level, the players shall play one decisive sudden death game. The player, who wins the drawing of lots, may choose the colour. White shall receive 6 minutes, Black shall receive 5 minutes, without any addition. The winner qualifies for the next round. In case of a draw the player with the black pieces qualifies for the next round.

The prize fund for the Championship is $450,ooo (United States Dollars).

. 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
The official tournament website for the championship is

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