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Sunday, September 7, 2008

Comparison of the players

In the Woman's World Chess Championship, it is interesting to examine the past history of the players based upon their previous encounters with their opponents in the quarter-finals. According to the online database at chessbase.com:

(a)Alexandra Kosteniuk and Anna Ushenina have only faced each other over the chessboard once in their careers. The game took place in the 2001 European Woman's Rapid chess championship and Kosteniuk won that game.

(b)In the next match, Yan Sheng plays Humpy Koneru. I appears that these two players have never faced each other over the board before.

(c)In the third match, Lilit Mkrtchian plays Yifan Hou. These two players have faced each other twice over the board before with Mkrtchian winning with the white pieces in one game, and Yifan winning with the Black pieces in the other (2006 and 2007).

(d)In the fourth match, GM Pia Cramling of Sweden faces GM Antoaneta Stefanova of Bulgaria. Both players hold the "Men's" GM title. This match should be very close and very interesting to watch as the two players are only by 6 elo points in rating (Stefanova has a 2550 elo and Cramling's elo is 2544). The Chessbase online database indicates that these two players have faced each other 4 times over-the-b9ard before, with Stefanova holding the edge with 2 wins, 1 loss and two draws (both of Stefanova's wins came when she was playing the black pieces).Stefanova has exhibited a tendency to play the Trompowsky Opening with White ie. 1.d4 d5 2.Bg5 or 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5, however in this year she has played the moves 1.e4. 1.d4, 1.Nf3 and 1.c4 to begin the game with the White pieces.This will make it difficult to prepare her openings for this match, although Cramling usually plays a Slav defense or Semi-Slav defense against the Queen's Gambit, and the Sicilian Defense against 1.e4.

Good luck to all of the competitors in these quarterfinal matches. I hope the games are exciting and well-played!

My predictions:
I predict that Kosteniuk,Koneru,Hou Yifan, and Cramling will win their matches and advance to the semi-finals.

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