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The official site of the Women's World Chess Championship is more popular in Germany and the USA
September 5, 2008
About 48 thousand people from in different continents visit daily the official website of the Women's World Chess Championship nalchik2008.fide.com which is a good number for the beginning of the tournament.The most popular sections are "Results", "Live Games", "Photo" and "Video" Read more...

It is high time to display all the power!
September 5, 2008
Shagreen leather of the Championship is gradually shrinking. A week ago there were so many chess players that they had to sidle to their tables. Now the playing hall is unusually empty - there are only eight pairs left. There are, of course, surprises, but undoubtedly only the strongest chess players are qualified for the next rounds Read more...

Only Hou Yifan with perfect scores
September 4, 2008
The young Chinese prodigy Hou Yifan won all the games she played so far in the Women`s World Chess Championship. While her games are not faultless, she managed to overplay the opponents mainly in the middle part of the games as well as in the end games. The performance shown by her is very convincing although the ratings of her opponents were lower than hers at least by 120 ELO points Read more...

Svetlana Matveeva mastered her impulse to give up
September 4, 2008
Svetlana Matveeva comments on her important victory over the incumbent World Champion Xu Yuhua Read more...

Socko and Gasik were supporting Cmilyte and Kosintseva
September 4, 2008
Polish chess players Monika Socko and Anna Gasik who lost in the second round to Hoang Thanh Trang from Hungary and to Lilit Mkrtchian from Armenia were sorry to leave Nalchik probably more than any other player. Read more...

Xu Yuhua: I committed a mistake in the end game
September 4, 2008
Probably nobody expected the incumbent World Champion Xu Yuhua to get into the list of the players leaving the tournament. But the fact is that after the encounter with Svetlana Matveeva she had to go home. But before that she had done the sights. Read more...

Vladimir BELOV, grandmaster. The Round Two Review
September 4, 2008
After studying the games of the Round Two one can get the feeling that the second day was somewhat thematic. It seems the girls were too nervous and that is why most of the encounters were decided in the endgame. The majority of them was left to the endings with opposite colored bishops, which are known for their drawing tendencie Read more...

Katherine Rohonyan: was born in Abkhazia, lived in the Ukraine, plays for the U.S.
September 3, 2008
Katherine Rohonyan rated 52nd by FIDE is called the main surprise-maker of the first round of the Women's World Chess Championship in Nalchik. She beat Natalia Zhukova rated 13th. Five years ago Katia Rohonyan lived in a Ukranian city of Nikolaev and played for the youth team. At that time  Natalia Zhukova was already a famous chess player on the chess arena and was one of the best chess players of Russia. "How do you feel about winning against Zhukova" - was the question she was asked at the press conference after the first round. "This fact pleases my ambition" said the girl smiling. Read more...

The third round of the Championship is about to begin.
September 3, 2008
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Four-three-two/two-and one(s)
September 3, 2008
This is not a new code word for any secret matter. It simply reflects how many players from the different nations got into the next round. Although predictions at the beginning of the Women`s World Chess Championship could have been different in many ways, they had some common features. One the common views had been that Russian and Chinese players will in rather large numbers qualify themselves into the 3rd round and maybe thereafter. Read more...

Looking ahead to another tie-break day
September 2, 2008
The games of today brought tough fights, long battles. Some players who lost today were able to equalize while many others with a draw from yesterday repeated the previous result in the recent games Read more...

Vladimir BELOV, grandmaster. The Round Two Review
September 2, 2008
The second round offered great struggle in the most encounters. The following game seemed clear and instructive at the first glance, but deeper analyzes showed the picture as the opponents were competing in the amount of mistakes. That is the tension of the World Championship and that is what makes it so unique. Read more...

Change of Decor
September 2, 2008
Surprisingly, the Championship participants have done only one step towards the Chess crown but how greatly the character of the struggle has changed. If the question of the first round was whether the favorites would lose at least half a point, now, in the second round there was the most pertinacious struggle on almost every board. There are no clearly weak chess players left. Under certain circumstances almost every player can advance rather far along the fixture list. Now every move is decisive. Read more...

More draws than victories
September 1, 2008
For the 2nd round, the players turned to be more cautious and thus we got more draws than victories. Eight games finished with draw and only six players could win. Kosteniuk and Koneru are qualified for the next round as their opponents did not show up Read more...

Peter Rajcsanyi: Almost perfect performance by the end of the first round
September 1, 2008
Thirty chess players went into the second round. Some of them managed to do it very easily because of the absence of their opponents. Others had to pass the difficulties of tiebreaks. Read more...






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