The Second Game Of The First Round
The second game of the first round decided the results in 25 matches, 7 matches were drawn and will be continued by tie-breaks. The biggest sensation of the first round came from the match Pia Cramling against Betul Yildiz. In comfortable position Swedish chess player forgot to make 40th move and lost by time. There were several more remarkable results in the round. After the victory in the 1st game Baira Kovanova repeated her success and won an impressive game against Natalia Pogonina. Chinese player Zhang Xiaowen made the second draw with Lilit Mkrtchian from Armenia therefore the result of the match will be decided on tie-breaks. Elo favorite of the match Natalia Zhukova, playing white, lost to Marina Romanko and is eliminated.
A new playing venue in the Anemon hotel
A second game between Pia Cramling and Betul Yildiz
Baira Kovanova promoted to the second round.
Tatiana Shadrina from Russia succeeded to win both games against Armenian player Elina Danielian.
The match between Zhang Xiaowen and Lilit Mkrtchian was drawn.
Russian player Marina Romanko went to the next stage.
Anna Zatonskih from the USA scored 2:0 against Georgian player Maia Lomineishvili.
Maia Chiburdanidze finds it cold in the playing hall.
Friends Almira Skripchenko and Aleksandra Kosteniuk before the game.