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Sunday, September 7, 2008

FIDE Women's World Chess Championship:Round 3 update

Results of playoffs held in round 3:

(a)Yang Shen of China defeated Nadezhda Kosintseva of the Republic of Russia by a score of 2.5-1.5 in the playoff round to win her match by a final score of 3.5-2.5. Shen therefore moves into round 4 while Kosintseva is eliminated from further play (The two players had split the rapid chess games in the playoff and Shen proceeded to win both blitz games to advance to round 4).

(b)Hou Yifan of China defeated Elena Sedina of Italy by a score of 2-0 in the playoff round to win her match by a score of 3-1. Yifan moves into round 4 and Sedina is eliminated from the competition. (The two players had split their two games using regular time control to force a playoff).

Round 4 matches
Here are the pairings for the round 4 matches (quarter-finals) in the Women's World Chess Championship:

Name Rtng G1 G2 Rp1 Rp2 Bz1 Bz2 SD Total
Round 4 Match 01
Kosteniuk, Aleksandra 2510

Ushenina, Anna 2476

Round 4 Match 02
Koneru, Humpy 2622

Shen, Yang 2445

Round 4 Match 03
Mkrtchian, Lilit 2436

Hou, Yifan 2557

Round 4 Match 04
Stefanova, Antoaneta 2550

Cramling, Pia 2544

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