Women's World Championship Semi-Finals

  • SonofPearl
  • on 2012. 11. 23. 8:35.

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The first games of the Women’s World Championship semifinals were played in Khanty-Mansiysk

Antoaneta Stefanova from Bulgaria took the lead against the Indian Harika Dronavalli, winning the first game of the match with White pieces.

The former World Champion got a promising position after the opening. After lengthy maneuvering White made a break on the kingside and won a pawn. Black still had drawing chances and could equalize with accurate defending, but Harika impatiently went for a sharp counterattack. She sacrificed another pawn and then a piece, but miscalculated and did not get sufficient compensation for her losses. Stefanova combined defensive moves with threats to the black king and finished the game with a nice tactical blow that inevitably led to a checkmate.

Antoaneta Stefanova (right) defeated Harika Dronavalli in their first match game



Anna Ushenina (Ukraine) trapped her opponent Ju Wenjun (China) in the opening to obtain an overwhelming advantage. The Chinese did not defend perfectly, and her position soon became critical. However, the Ukrainian wrongly rejected the opponent’s exchange sacrifice, and Black managed to come back. A draw was agreed on the 28th move.

Anna Ushenina (left) and Ju Wenjun drew their game




Antoaneta Stefanova (Bulgaria) – Harika Dronavalli (India) 1-0

Anna Ushenina (Ukraine) – Ju Wenjun (China) draw


The remaining schedule is below. Games start at 15:00 local time (09:00 UTC).

Date Day Event
24.11.2012 Saturday Semi-finals - game 2
25.11.2012 Sunday Tiebreaks
26.11.2012 Monday Free Day
27.11.2012 Tuesday Final - Game1
28.11.2012 Wednesday Final - Game2
29.11.2012 Thursday Final - Game3
30.11.2012 Friday Final - Game4
01.12.2012 Saturday Tiebreaks
02.12.2012 Sunday Closing Ceremony


The 2012 championship runs from 11 November - 2 December, with each round consisting of 2-game matches (4 in the final) between the players drawn against one another. Tied matches are decided by rapid and blitz tie-break deciders.

Pictures via the official website. Games via TWIC.

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  • 4 év ezelőtt


    yes...harika cud have got the queen on move 28....wonder how she missed ...the game cud hav been in her favour after that..

  • 4 év ezelőtt


    I think in Harika's match after 28.Rad1 she missed the opportunity to get a queen.She should have moved Re8.

  • 4 év ezelőtt


    Yes. still mad for Anna's missed opportunity too. And she made it rather quickly. I wonder what went through her mind. Was she overprotective and was afraid of some counterplay on a1-h8? Or as Ju said she probably wanted to win the game right here and needed the bishop for that? Anyway first time she shows some indeciveness (or overoptimism) here, she indeed played flawless so far. Probably the big stage, career-changing opportunity affected her, hopefully only temporarily and not fatal. But she could have been in the final now, instead a tiebreak is coming  vs a player who won all her matches in TB

  • 4 év ezelőtt


    First, as far as I can tell, mistake by Anna Ushenina in classical games in this tournament, when she had enough time to make what seemed like an obvious (and correct, it turns out) decision to take the exchange.  

    All her play so far has been nearly flawless or, if mistakes were present, it was because she was already very low on time.

  • 4 év ezelőtt


    Good luck for our sister,

    we will beat next game.

  • 4 év ezelőtt


    bad luck for our sister..................

        we will beat next game.

  • 4 év ezelőtt


    Beautiful mate combo by Stefanova.

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