|FIDE Women Interzonal, Jakarta 1993|
|FIDE Women Interzonal Play-Off, Jakarta 1993|
|1|| Cramling, PiaCramling, Pia|
FIDE ID: 1700030.
|2|| Bădulescu-Foişor, Cristina-AdelaBădulescu-Foişor, Cristina-Adela|
FIDE ID: 1200496.
|3|| Sofieva, AinurSofieva, Ainur|
FIDE ID: 13400010.
|PGN 2014.03.06. 247 games. Incomplete. All play-off games are missing.|
1993.07.??-08.??. Swiss 13 rounds. 39 players.
Instead of a knock-out tournament, back in 1993 FIDE employed decent steps to decide a World Chess Champion. The players representing their country should pass a Zonal Championship before they went on to the Interzonal. From there the 7 best players plus a player who lost in the last World Championship match would play in the Candidate Matches. Only the winner of these matches had a chance to play the reigning World Champion with the title at stake.
The event was part of the Women World Chess Championship 1993-6 cycle. Seven seats were available towards Candidate Matches. The top seeds, GM Pia Cramling and GM Maia Chiburdanidze with their huge ratings, seemed to have owned the two seats. The rest of players were going to battle for the left spots.
That prediction was not far from the truth. Although not easy in the end Cramling and Chiburdanidze qualified in the top seven.
Ex World Champion Chiburdanidze got beaten in round 10 by another qualifier, IM Alisa Marić. Was she too relax after winning 5 games without losing in the previous 9 rounds? Cramling had to play WGM Cristina Foişor and WGM Ainur Sofieva in play-off games after they collected the same VP. Cramling and Foişor finally qualified.
Other players who advanced to Candidate Matches were IM Ketevan Arakhamia, IM Alissa Galliamova, and WGM Péng Zhàoqìn. Arakhamia was a deserved winner. She played consistently winning five game without a single loss.
Selected Games (viewer © ChessTempo)
1700030 g 2525
Maia Grigoryevna Chiburdanidze
13600036 g 2510
FIDE Women Interzonal
Jakarta 1993.??.?? Round 5
0-1 D87 Exchange Grünfeld: Classical Line
13600222 wg 2355
Lisa Karlina Lumongdong
7100400 wm 2080
FIDE Women Interzonal
Jakarta 1993.07.?? Round 1
1-0 E67 King’s Indian: Fianchetto 6…Nbd7
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