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Our correspondents asked grandmasters Ilya Smirin, Sergey Shipov, and Evgeny Miroshnichenko, who will comment the event live in Russian and English, about their expectations of the tournament.
People watching the Internet broadcast of the championship will see works by Russian artists on the subject of the Second World War
The Defence of Leningrad

The firts games of the FIDE Women’s World Championship will be played today in Krasnaya Polyana, Sochi. Sixty-four chess players from 28 countries are taking part in the knockout context, which lasts until 7 April. The matches will consist of two games with a time control of 40 moves in 90 minutes and 30 minutes to complete the game, with an additional 30 seconds for every move, starting with the first. The final will consist of 4 games. The match days are: round 1, 17-19 March; round 2: 20-22 March; round 3: 23-25 March; quarter-final: 26-28 March; semi-final: 29-31 March; final: 2-5 April, with a day off on 1 April.
The Women's World Chess Championship is officially underway
Press conference

The press-conference of the FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, RCF President Andrey Filatov, the 12th World Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk (Russia), and the top seed player of the championship Humpy Koneru (India) took place on March 16 at the press-center of the World Championship (Achipsinskaya street 12, CS Galactica, village Estosadok, Krasnaya Polyana, Sochi).
Greetings on the opening of the 2015 Women’s World Chess Championship
putin sochi chessVladimir Putin sent his greetings to participants in the opening ceremony of the 2015 Women’s World Chess Championship.

The message reads, in part:

“Our country is justifiably proud of its chess traditions and has great experience in organising prestigious competitions of this kind. We will of course do everything possible to make sure that this championship is of the very highest level.

Sochi extends a hospitable welcome today to the world’s best women chess players, who will engage in intense and strong competition to demonstrate their skill, determination and creative ability and show in practice that they have everything it takes to fight for the chess world’s crown.

To the media
The Women's World Chess Championship takes place on March 17 – April 7 in Sochi (Krasnaya Polyana, Estosadok,  CS Galactica, Achipsinskaya street, 12).

The knock-out tournament is attended by 64 players, including the former World Champions Alexandra Kosteniuk (Russia), Anna Ushenina (Ukraine), and Antoaneta Stefanova (Bulgaria), the three-time Russian champion Valentina Gunina, the World Vice-Champion Humpy Koneru (India), and other leading grandmasters from China, India, USA, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, and other countries.

The first five rounds consist of two games with 90 moves per 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game with bonus 30 seconds per each move. The final match consists of four games.
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