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The first Atatürk Internationa Women Masters Chess Tournament is a category 9 tournament with the average elo rating of participants being 2461.5 .


GM Zhu Chen

Rating:2549 Birth Year: 1976

Former World Champion is still one of the strongest women players in the world. She is already used to winning super women GM tournaments as she did in North Urals Cup 2007. Chen is playing for Qatar and married to GM Al-Modhiaki. Chen being top seed of the event is definitely among the favourites of the tournament.


WGM Hou Yifan

Rating: 2527 Birth Year: 1994

China's most recent present to the world of chess, an amazing young girl, just 13 and rated over 2500 is one of the most carefully watched prodigies of the chess world. She fought successfully against a very strong opposition in Corus B recently and won her first Grandmaster norm in the Aeroflot Open. The youngest player of the strongest chess country for women will try to show her best in ?stanbul. 

GM Pia Cramling  (Sweden)

Rating: 2524 Birth Year: 1963

A legend of women's chess, Cramling is among the strongest women players in the world since 1980s. She achieved GM title for men back in 1992. 2003 European Champion recently visited Turkey for playing in European Club Cup and helped her team Monaco to win the title. The winner of MonRoi Grand Prix 2007 is among the small number of women players competing with men at grandmaster level in team competitions. 


WGM Xue Zhao  (China)

Rating: 2517 Birth Year: 1985

Among the rising stars of the strongest country in chess, China helped her homeland to win the last two Olympiads with dominating performances in her own board. She also shared the first place with GM Chen in North Urals Cup 2007.

IM(WGM) Anna Ushenina (Ukraine)

Rating:2484 Birth Year: 1985

The young star from Ukraine was the member of the Ukrainian team which won the gold medal in the Olympiads in Turin 2006. She was among the rising stars of women's chess and passed 2500 barrier in 2007. She participated in one of the most prestigious events, Corus Wijk aan Zee in C Group.

IM(WGM) Irina Krush  (USA)

Rating: 2473 Birth Year: 1983

Krush is the strongest player after Susan Polgar, achieved her second US title in 2007(first one was in back in 1997) known for her videos named "Krushing Attacks" will try to apply what she teaches. She was the member of US team which won the Olympiad back in Calvia and holds a GM norm. Krush was also invited to play in Corus C earlier this year.

IM(WGM) Lela Javakishvili (Georgia)

Rating: 2470 Birth Year: 1984

The last minute-replacement for Chiburdanidze  is her young compatriot Lela Javakishvili is the winner of numerous medals at age groups and juniors at national and international level. She won 1st Indepedence Day Tournament in Baku, Azerbaijan, another women super tournament and member of Antalya Çall?spor in ?? Bank Turkish Super Leauge.

IM (WGM) Harika Dronavalli (India)

Rating: 2455 Birth Year: 1991 

World Champion Under 18 in 2006 and a former prodigy in her country is recently crowned as the Commonwealth Champion. She became WGM at the age of 14 and she is now the second highest-rated women in India (after Humpy Koneru), one of the recently emerging superpower in chess.

IM (WGM) Ekaterina Atal?k (Turkey)

Rating: 2408 Birth Year:1982

2006 European Champion Ekaterina Atal?k, the strongest women player in Turkey has the experience with women super tournaments in Biel 2006. With her principled approach she will try to perform best at her hometown with the help of her spouse, none other than GM Suat Atal?k, not only a strong tournament player but a renowned theoretician.

WIM Betül Cemre Y?ld?z  (Turkey)

Rating: 2207 Birth Year: 1989
Young Turkish star from ?zmir, the lowest rated but a very fighting player, the winner of bronze medal in Under 18 Girls Group at 2007 World Youth Championship in Kemer, Turkey. Five-times national title holder will aim to utilise her past experience from the period when she played at the first board of the national team against the world-class opposition.

 AWM 2008