Ilyumzhinov: Russians Kosteniuk and Lagno have good chances to win the Women's World Chess Championship in Khanty-Mansiysk

“Russians Alexandra Kosteniuk and Yekaterina Lagno, who reached the quarter finals of the Women's World Chess Championship in Khanty-Mansiysk, have a chance to win the tournament,” said the sixth president of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. “The girls have eight opponents left. The tournament is played as knock out type, and the winners are not only the most talented but also the strongest at any particular moment. I am glad that two Russians - Alexandra Kosteniuk and Ekaterina Lagno are among quarter-finalists.

I think both are capable of winning the tournament, and Alexandra has also the experience of such victories - after all, she won the World Champion title in 2008. Incidentally, this also happened in the Russian Nalchik. Now the tournament is held in the unofficial capital of world chess - the wonderful Russian Khanty-Mansiysk, and it helps to be in your own home,” said Ilyumzhinov.