Top seed GM Humpy Koneru lost with the White pieces in the first round against former women’s world champion Stefanova. All other games were drawn.

Round 1 results:

Koneru, Humpy – Stefanova, Antoaneta 0-1
Cramling, Pia – Muzychuk, Anna ½-½
Pogonina, Natalija – Ushenina, Anna ½-½
Xu Yuhua – Sebag, Marie ½-½

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Koneru,H (2622) – Stefanova,A (2550) [D45]
Krasnoturinsk RUS (1), 27.07.2008

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 a6 6.b3 Bb4 7.Bd2 Nbd7 8.Bd3 0–0 9.0–0 Qe7 10.Qe1 a5 11.a3 Bd6 12.c5 Bc7 13.e4 e5 14.exd5 cxd5 15.Nb5 Bb8 16.dxe5 Ne4 17.Bxa5 Nxe5 18.Nxe5 Bxe5 19.Ra2 Nxc5 20.Bb1 Bd7 21.Nc7 Rxa5 22.Qxa5 Qd6 23.f4 Qxc7 24.Qd2 Bf6 25.Qc2 g6 26.b4 Bd4+ 27.Kh1 Bf5 28.Qd2 Bxb1 29.Rxb1 Ne6 30.f5 gxf5 31.Rc2 Qd6 32.Re1 Bg7 33.Qd3 f4 34.Rec1 Qd7 35.b5 Nd4 36.Rb2 Re8 37.Rb4 Qe6 38.Rf1 Ne2 39.b6 d4 40.Qb5 Qe3 41.Rb3 Nc3 42.Qd7 Qe2 43.Rg1 d3 44.Rb2 Qe3 45.Rf1 Ne2 46.Rb3 Re6 0–1

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