December 03, 2010 0:15

Coming up: Women's World Championship

Coming up: Women World ChampionshipTomorrow the Women's World Championship kicks off with the opening ceremony, and the first games will be played next Saturday. It is a 64-player knock-out competition, with mini-matches of two longplay games and if necessary rapidplay/blitz tie-breaks. Alexandra Kosteniuk defends her title in Antakya, Turkey.

The 2010 Women World Championship, organized by the Turkish Chess Federation, takes place December 2-25 in Antakya, Hatay, Turkey. Antakya is the seat of the Hatay Province in southern Turkey, near the border with Syria. It is located on the banks of the Orontes River, approximately 22 km (14 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast. It has a bit more than 200,000 inhabitants.

In the coming three weeks, 64 of the world's best female players will be in Antakya to decide who will be the next Women World Champion. The format of the tournament is very similar to the men's World Cups held in Khanty-Mansiysk several times: a knock-out competition, with mini-matches of two longplay games and if necessary rapidplay/blitz tie-breaks.

There are five rounds of matches, comprising two games per round, with the winners progressing to the next round. The 6th and final round will be played over four games and the winner will be declared Women’s World Champion.

Time control

The time control is 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. If the scores are level after the regular games, after a new drawing of colours, two tie break games will be played. The time control is 25 minutes on the clock for each player with an addition of 10 seconds after each move. If the scores are level after the rapid games, then, after a new drawing of colours, two five-minute games will be played with the addition of 10 seconds after each move.

If the score is still level after the blitz games, the players will play one sudden death game. The player who wins the drawing of lots may choose the color. The player with the white pieces shall receive 5 minutes, the player with the black pieces shall receive 4 minutes whereupon, after the 60th move, both players shall receive an increment of 3 seconds from move 61. The winner qualifies for the next round. In case of a draw the player with the black pieces qualifies for the next round.

Prize money

1st round: 32 losers get 3,750 USD
2nd round: 16 losers get 5,500 USD
3rd round: 8 losers get 8,000 USD
4th round: 4 losers get 12,000 USD
5th round: 2 losers get 20,000 USD
6th round: 1 loser gets 30,000 USD
Women’s World Champion gets 60,000 USD

Who qualified?

  • The Women’s World Champion, runner-up and semi-finalists of the previous Women’s World Championship (4 players)
  • The World Junior Girl Champions U-20 of 2008 & 2009 (2 players).
  • The five best rated players from the average of the FIDE rating lists of July 2008 and January 2009 (5 players).
  • Fifty-one qualifiers from the Women’s Continental Championships and Zones (51 players).
  • Two nominees of the FIDE President (2 players).

Women World Championship 2010 | Participants

Women World Championship 2010 | Participants


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Author: Peter Doggers


Belarus's picture

There is a possibility for Carlsen to play in this woman WCC.
He has nothing to lose.

ablos's picture

yes Carlsen will play when you play

kakashi's picture

where is Irina Krush? she is rated 17th with a 2495 rating and she isnt playing? How can someone with a 2029 rating be playing but Krush isnt? Also, this format is laughable. it might as well be the rapid and blitz world championship. How many times will we see the first 2 "long" games be drawn, thus resulting in the rapid games determining who goes to the next round? this is a waste of time and a perfect example of why FIDE is garbage. its all going to come down to luck, not skill.

Castro's picture

Up to date off-topic:
Brazilian Championship (a strong tournament) is also "current", like Greek and Italian ones.

szacharnia's picture

Iweta Rajlich com back Poland !!

Zeblakob's picture

Nice Moustache !!!

Torbjorn's picture

Humpy or Yifan should win this.

Castro's picture

Go Pia! (Also go Lilit, Tatiana, Nana, Marie, Antoaneta, Anna M., Deisy, Martha, Natalia and Almira!)

Sander's picture

As a man I am a mediocre chessplayer, if I were a woman I d be one of the best! :)

Zeblabob's picture

I agree with Belarus in the sense that Carlsen is Polgar in reverse.

BTW, since I saw on some sites something like:
'Carlsen turned 20 years, 1 months and 4 days',
'Carlsen pissed',
'Carlsen went to the toilet today at 14h:41:54'

then it is Ok to see a comment like 'Carlsen will not play in this Woman WCC' for ex,

john's picture


yesterday my AVG internet security package was blocking my access to chessvibes claiming it had identified threats on the page. Just thought I would let you know incase there is a problem, it is alright now however. sorry for being so off topic here.

Peter Doggers's picture

No problem and thank you for mentioning it. In fact we received a message from Google ourselves. It looks like our server was hacked, though not that seriously. We've immediately removed the malware this morning and increased our security. We have already sent a request to Google to re-examine our site, and remove the warning. Some visitors indeed have told us it seems fixed already.

Andre's picture

@john @Chessvibes

Right now my Google Chrome told me something equal about Chessvibes hospeding malwares.

Although all seems right, is good to advise.

Peter Doggers's picture

We removed the malware around 12.00 CET and now Google has finally declared the site as safe again, and removed the warning. Unfortunately it takes a bit longer before the remove the warnings from their search results, but OK, fortunately we managed to resolve things rather quickly.

Castro's picture


Krush is by no means unique! How about (much higher) Nadezda Kozintzeva, for just an example?
Don't you know that the rules to particiate in ANY world championship doesn't follow ranking lists? There are some slots given by Elo, but just some!
Though you're completely right about the stupid format, specialy regarding rapid tie-breaks. That is garbage!

Max's picture

You know who I root for? Anna Zatonski - USA champ. Go Anna!

But another person would be Humpy. She is the strongest player, but sometimes chokes in the important events. Hou Zifan doesn't choke. She would also be a great WWC

Another person is current WWC - Alexandria Kosteniuk - "the Rose of Russia."

Michel83's picture

So how is this linking to the women's grand prix? The winner of the grand prix plays the winner (and WC) of this event??

Anyway, 2 long games is a joke, as much as 4 in the final.

Meanwhile, Hou Yifan broke 2600 for the first time in her career in the live rating list (women's live rating list). Congrats!
I wish she wouldn't even bother playing here, there is just a couple of interesting opponents for her, not much to learn.

Peter Doggers's picture

As I found out today, the winner will play the winner of the Grand Prix at the end of 2011.

Knallo's picture

Had the same problem: Firefox warned me, but now everything is fine.

Daaim Shabazz's picture

Check the titles in your table Peter. Far too many GM awarded! ;-)

Peter Doggers's picture

Hm, that must have been some copy-past inaccuracy with big consequences indeed. Corrected, thanks!

Napoleon's picture

Martha Fierro yesterday, she played wrong, today good but drawn. Congratulations. I love Alexandra Kosteniuk but was off strong competition. She is beautiful and intelligent. Many kisses them. Go ahead.

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