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Hou Yifan scored first victory
August 29, 2008
The young Chinese player, Hou Yifan scored the first victory in the Women`s World Chess Championship in Nalchik. In an old-style Ruy Lopez, her opponent Mona Khaled from Egypt made some mistakes quite early and resigned at move 25th. In the press conference, Hou Yifan told that she started to feel the better position after the 15-16th moves and tried to play very precisely not to miss the winning chance. Read more...

Arsen Kanokov makes a move 2-4
August 29, 2008
On August 28, 2008 the Women's World Chess Championship started in Nalchik. Arsen Kanokov made the first move 2-4 on the chess board of the Chinese chess player Xu Yuhua, the Championship favorite. Read more...

FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has officially opened the Women`s World Chess Championship 2008 in Nalchik, Kabardino Balkaria.
August 29, 2008
During the pompous ceremony, local dancers and singers entertained the public and the chess game was also personified through youngsters in costumes. In his welcome speech, President of the Republic, Arcen Kanokov expressed the gratitude and hapiness of the republic to have the World Championship in its capital and promised good organization, great interest from the inhabitants, excellent conditions and clean, healthy environment for the tournament. Read more...

One hundred percent readiness
August 27, 2008
Two days has left to the beginning of the long-awaited Womens World Chess Championship in Nalchik. Participants from Hungary and Bulgaria, the press-officer of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) Peter Rajcsanyi has already come to Nalchik. Read more...

The statement of the FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov
August 19, 2008
Dear chess friends,
During last several days I have received a number of letters, including an open letter from six Georgian chess players in respect of a possible change of a venue and dates of the World Women's Chess Championship. As you know, the championship is scheduled to take place from 28 August to 18 September in Nalchik, capital of Kabardino Balkaria. Read more...

Diamonds for the chess queen
August 19, 2008
The coronet for the chess queen will be decorated with 46 diamonds and 3 large sapphires. Read more...

President of the European Chess Union Boris Kutin
August 15, 2008
Following the recent dramatic developments in South Ossetia and the public reaction of certain chess players concerning the World Women's Championship in Nalchik (Russia), I would like to emphasize that mixing politics with sports is clearly against the spirit of the international chess community. Always and everywhere. Read more...

Ilyumzhinov: Do not mix politics and sport
August 15, 2008
In reply to a recent appeal by a number of participants to move the forthcoming World Chess Championship from Nalchik to a safer location, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov writes: "In the current situation I appeal to all not to mix politics and sport, and not to involve FIDE and the world chess community into political, territorial and other disputes." Read more...

Chairman of Organizing of the World women's championship 2008 Arsen Kanokov.
August 15, 2008
Organizing Committee of the Women's World Chess Championship 2008 is deeply disappointed and bewildered by the attempts of some circles by no means spots ones to break up the competition of the strongest women chess players of the world scheduled to be held in Nalchik. Read more...

Appeal to FIDE: move the Women's World Championship
August 15, 2008

Chess queen from Bulgaria will come to Nalchik
August 14, 2008
World Chess Champion of 2004 Antoaneta Stefanova is one of the most eminent participants of the Womens World Chess Championship scheduled to be held in Nalchik. Read more...

Three weeks of play and passion
August 12, 2008
Kabardino-Balkaria will get into the atmosphere of play and passion for 21 days. Women's World Chess Championship, the most significant FIDE event of 2008 will be held in Nalchik. Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, President of the Russian Chess Federation Alexander Zhukov, plenipotentiary representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the South Federal District Vladimir Ustinov, FIDE President and the President of the Republic of Kalmykia Kirsan Ilyumzhinov will be the guests of honor of the Opening ceremony. Read more...

Queens will come on horseback
August 11, 2008
Ceremonial opening of the Womens World Chess Championship will be held in Zeleny Theatre on August 28 Read more...

Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Alexander Zhukov will take part in the Opening Ceremony of the World Championship
August 6, 2008
President of KBR Arsen Kanokov held a regular meeting of the Organizing committee on the preparation and holding of the Womens World Chess Championship in Nalchik. Deputy President of FIDE Georgios Makropoulos, FIDE Vice President Geoffrey Borg, and FIDE Presidents assistant Berik Balgabaev took part in the work of the meeting Read more...

The Beauty-mountaineer and the flying horse are the symbols of the World Championship
Julys 29, 2008
Not any important sport competition can do without special symbolism. World Women's Chess Championship 2008 which is to take place in Nalchik from August 28 to September 18 is not an exception. The author of the emblem, mascot, and the medal of the Championship, Deputy Chairman of the KBR Union of Artists, black-and-white artist Zaur Bgazhnokov explained what these elements mean Read more...



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