Kirsan Ilyumzhinov: "Deservedly 14th"

Время публикации: 01.12.2012 18:13 | Последнее обновление: 23.03.2015 00:13

Anna Ushenina won the knock-out World Championship in Khanty-Mansiysk  

The tie-break for the World Champion title Stefanova - Ushenina finished in Ukrainian player's favor. Immediately after winning the second game of the tie-break, Anna Ushenina was announced 15th Women's World Champion by Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, at the closing ceremony FIDE President corrected himself: "she became 14th champion."

In general, both of the tie-break games were played on a high level taking into account the nervous tension. Despite that, both players looked calm and concentrated.

Ushenina managed to hold her slightly worse position in the first tie-break game; in the second game Stefanova made a positional mistake which cost her the title. 


16...b6? This weakness will play a crucial role in the game. White has built her play on continuous attack on b6 pawn, and eventually Ushenina managed to ruin the opponent's defence.

Replay both games of the tie-break. 

[Event "FIDE WCh Women World Cup"] [Site "Khanty-Mansiysk RUS"] [Date "2012.12.01"] [Round "6.5"] [White "Stefanova,A"] [Black "Ushenina,A"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2491"] [BlackElo "2452"] [ECO "D45"] [EventDate "2012.11.11"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e3 e6 5. Nf3 Nbd7 6. Qc2 Bd6 7. Bd3 O-O 8. O-O dxc4 9. Bxc4 b5 10. Bd3 Bb7 11. a3 Rc8 12. Ng5 h6 13. Nge4 Be7 14. Nxf6+ Nxf6 15. b4 a5 16. Rb1 axb4 17. axb4 Nd5 18. Nxd5 exd5 19. e4 dxe4 20. Bxe4 Bf6 21. Rd1 Re8 22. Be3 Qe7 23. Bf3 Qe6 24. h3 Ra8 25. Rdc1 Red8 26. Qc5 Ra6 27. Re1 Qd6 28. Red1 Bc8 29. d5 Qxc5 30. bxc5 cxd5 31. Bxd5 Bf5 32. Bb7 Bxb1 33. Rxd8+ Bxd8 34. Bxa6 b4 35. Bc4 Be4 36. Bd2 Ba5 37. f3 Bc6 38. Kf2 Kf8 39. Ke3 Ke7 40. Kd4 f6 41. Bb3 Bb5 42. h4 Bf1 43. g3 g5 44. f4 gxh4 45. gxh4 Bb5 46. f5 Bd7 47. Bxh6 Bxf5 48. Bf4 Bg4 49. c6 Bb6+ 50. Kc4 Bf2 51. Kxb4 Bxh4 52. Kb5 Bg5 53. Bb8 Be3 54. Bc4 Bd4 55. Bf4 Bf3 56. c7 Bg4 57. Kc6 Bc8 58. Bd6+ Ke8 59. Bb5 Kf7 60. Kd5 Bb6 61. Bf4 Bb7+ 62. Kd6 Bc8 63. Bd2 Kg6 64. Be8+ Kf5 65. Kc6 Bxc7 66. Kxc7 Be6 67. Kd6 Bc4 68. Kc5 Bb3 69. Kd4 Ba2 70. Bd7+ Be6 71. Bc6 Bb3 72. Be4+ Ke6 73. Bh7 Bd1 74. Ke3 f5 75. Bc3 Bc2 76. Kf4 Kd5 77. Bg8+ Kc5 78. Ke5 Bd3 79. Bd4+ Kc6 80. Bd5+ Kd7 81. Bc5 Be4 82. Be6+ Kc6 83. Kd4 Kb7 84. Bd7 Ka8 85. Bc8 Bb7 86. Bxf5 Bc6 87. Ke5 Bb7 88. Kd6 Bf3 89. Kc7 Bg2 1/2-1/2 [Event "FIDE WCh Women World Cup"] [Site "Khanty-Mansiysk RUS"] [Date "2012.12.01"] [Round "6.6"] [White "Ushenina, Anna"] [Black "Stefanova, Antoaneta"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D45"] [Opening "QGD semi-Slav"] [Variation "accelerated Meran (Alekhine variation)"] [EventDate "2012.11.11"] [Board "1"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. e3 a6 6. b3 Bb4 7. Bd2 Nbd7 8. Bd3 O-O 9. O-O Qe7 10. Qc2 dxc4 11. bxc4 e5 12. Ne4 Bxd2 13. Nfxd2 Nxe4 14. Nxe4 f5 15. Nc3 e4 16. Be2 b6 17. Rab1 Rb8 18. a4 Nf6 19. Rb2 Be6 20. Rfb1 Qc7 21. d5 cxd5 22. cxd5 Nxd5 23. Nxd5 Qxc2 24. Rxc2 Bxd5 25. Bxa6 Rf6 26. Bb5 g6 27. h3 Bf7 28. Rc7 Bd5 29. Rd1 Rf7 30. Rc3 Be6 31. Rd6 Re7 32. Rcc6 Bb3 33. Rc3 Bf7 34. Kh2 Ra7 35. Kg3 g5 36. Rf6 Bg6 37. h4 gxh4+ 38. Kxh4 Kg7 39. Rcc6 Rd8 40. Rxb6 Rd2 41. Kg3 Ra2 42. Rfd6 Kh6 43. Rd7 Ra8 44. Rbd6 Rc8 45. Rd2 Ra1 46. Rd1 Ra2 47. R1d2 Ra1 48. Kf4 Rg1 49. g3 Ra1 50. Rd1 Rxd1 51. Rxd1 Rc2 52. Rf1 Ra2 53. Bd7 Bf7 54. Bxf5 Rxa4 55. Rh1+ Kg7 56. Rxh7+ Kf6 57. Rh6+ Kg7 58. Rh2 Bg6 59. Bxg6 Kxg6 60. g4 Rb4 61. g5 Rb5 62. Rh6+ Kg7 63. Rh2 Kg6 64. Kxe4 Kxg5 65. Rg2+ Kf6 66. f4 Rb3 67. Rd2 Rb6 68. Rh2 Rb4+ 69. Kf3 Rb3 70. Rh6+ Kf5 71. Rh5+ Kf6 72. Rc5 Ra3 73. Rd5 Rb3 74. Ke4 Rb4+ 75. Rd4 Rb6 76. f5 Rb5 77. Rd6+ Ke7 78. Re6+ Kf7 79. Kf4 Rb1 80. e4 Rf1+ 81. Ke5 Ra1 82. Rd6 Ra5+ 83. Rd5 Ra7 84. f6 Kg6 85. Ke6 Ra8 86. Rd7 Ra6+ 87. Rd6 Ra8 88. Ke7 Ra7+ 89. Ke6 Ra8 90. e5 Re8+ 91. Kd5 Kf5 92. f7 Rf8 93. Rf6+ Kg5 94. Ke4 1-0 

Here are the most interesting parts of the press-conference which was held by Kirsan Ilyumzhinov together with the new Champion:

Ilyumzhniov to Ushenina: "You deservedly became the 15th Women's World Chess Champion"
Ilyumzhinov: "Women give an example to men. They always fight to the end" 

Ilyumzhinov: "Both finalists showed the character worth of the champion's title"
Ilyumzhinov: "I guess there wasn't such a tension when Khalifman has won the title in Las Vegas"
Ushenina: "My parents, friends, fans all over the world supported me..."

Ushenina: "The match against Antoaneta was the toughest"
Ushenina: "The officials of the Ukrainian chess federation arrived to support me" (they have also put Ukrainian flag on the chairs)
Ushenina: "I just had a rest yesterday, I've been watching some serials"
Ilyumzhinov: "That's interesting: here women, there [in Tashkent] men fight for the title of the strongest player in the world..."

Ilyumzhinov: "The officials showed the project of the Chess palace in Baku, we hope that World Cup 2015 will be held exactly in that palace" 

More tweets from Ukrainian players:

  In general this was a thrilling final + high level play on the tie-break.
Shipov: "Our player became the champion." After the match Russia vs. the world held in 2002 Russian journalists were also saying that "we" have won. "Russian call everything Russian - Slavic, in order later to call everything Slavic - Russian" Karel 
Havlíček, 1844. 

Ushenina! Bravo!! Believe in miracles and they will come true! The warmest congratulations to Anna!!

The match for the World Champion title will take place next year between Ushenina and Hou Yifan.
Information on the championship


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