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Women's World Chess Championship 2013 Match Anna Ushenina versus Hou Yifan, Taizhou 2013. Opening Ceremony and Technical meeting

Anna Ushenina of Ukraine and Hou Yifan of China. Photos by Anastasiya Karlovich
Women's World Chess Champion Anna Ushenina of Ukraine and Challenger Hou Yifan of China at the Opening ceremony, Taizhou, China, 10th September 2013.

Anna Ushenina and her team
Women's World Chess Champion grandmaster Anna Ushenina and her team: former FIDE World Chess Champion grandmaster Alexander Khalifman and grandmaster Anton Korobov.

Hou Yifan of China at the Opening ceremony
Challenger grandmaster Hou Yifan of China at the Opening ceremony.

Hou Yifan, the beautiful rose of China Hou Yifan with a black queen
Hou Yifan. The drawing of the color of the first game: the brunette Hou Yifan gets a black queen, so the blonde Anna Ushenina gets white pieces. Logical!

Anna Ushenina with an interpreter
Anna Ushenina with an interpreter.

The technical meeting

Hou Yifan and her team
Hou Yifan and her team.

Big master Anton Korobov and Anna Ushenina
Grand master Anton Korobov of Ukraine and Anna Ushenina at the technical meeting.

The teams checked the lighting in the hall
The teams checked the lighting in the hall.
Pictures by Anastasiya Karlovich
Pictures by Anastasiya Karlovich.

Time control: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move one.
The "zero tolerance" rule: chess players to be seated at the board when the games are scheduled to start.

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