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WWCC 2017: Round 5 Game 2

Saturday, February 25th, 2017

r 20170224 teheran wwc R5G2 7417 Anna Muzychuk Alexandra Kosteniuk UKRAINE RUSSIA

In the return game of the semi-final clash, Alexandra Kosteniuk lost against Anna Muzychuk and was eliminated from the Women’s World Championship. Harika Dronavalli made a comeback by winning an epic battle against Tan Zhongyi.
It seems Alexandra Kosteniuk didn’t manage to recover after yesterday’s loss. In a must-win situation she decided not to exchange queens after 7…dc and ended up in a worse position after 8.e5 Ng8. Anna Muzychuk increased her advantage and won the game to become the first finalist of the World Championship.

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Sharjah Grand Prix: Round 6

Saturday, February 25th, 2017

FIDE World Chess Sharjah Grand Prix idThe sixth round of the FIDE World Chess Sharjah Grand Prix was played at the Sharjah Cultural and Chess Club.

The tournament co-leaders Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave maintained the position on the top by making relatively quick draws against Dmitry Jakovenko and Michael Adams, respectively.

Li Chao repeated the Petroff defence for the third time in this tournament, but it proved to be too risky as Ian Nepomniachtchi arrived well prepared and used a fine tactical blow to launch a devastating attack.

With undeveloped queenside pieces black stood no chance in repelling the assault, and Nepomniachtchi claimed his first victory in Sharjah.

Alexander Riazantsev suffered his second loss in a row, but this time in the longest game of the day. Richard Rapport assumed the advantage in the middlegame and proceeded to reach a winning rook ending. Black put up a strong resistance and Rapport had to play with surgical precision in order to bring the victory home.

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Round 6 results:
GM Adams Michael 2751 – GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2796 ? – ?
GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2709 – GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2766 ? – ?
GM Nakamura Hikaru 2785 – GM Grischuk Alexander 2742 ? – ?
GM Aronian Levon 2785 – GM Vallejo Pons Francisco 2709 ? – ?
GM Hou Yifan 2651 – GM Ding Liren 2760 ? – ?
GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2749 – GM Li Chao B 2720 1 – 0
GM Rapport Richard 2692 – GM Riazantsev Alexander 2671 1 – 0
GM Eljanov Pavel 2759 – GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2711 ? – ?
GM Hammer Jon Ludvig 2628 – GM Salem A.R. Saleh 2656 ? – ?

Round 6 standings:
1 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime FRA 2796 – 4
2 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar AZE 2766 – 4
3 GM Adams Michael ENG 2751 – 3.5
4 GM Jakovenko Dmitry RUS 2709 – 3.5
5 GM Grischuk Alexander RUS 2742 – 3.5
6 GM Nakamura Hikaru USA 2785 – 3.5
7 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian RUS 2749 – 3.5
8 GM Rapport Richard HUN 2692 – 3
9 GM Ding Liren CHN 2760 – 3
10 GM Vallejo Pons Francisco ESP 2709 – 3
11 GM Aronian Levon ARM 2785 – 3
12 GM Hou Yifan CHN 2651 – 3
13 GM Li Chao B CHN 2720 – 2.5
14 GM Hammer Jon Ludvig NOR 2628 – 2.5
15 GM Eljanov Pavel UKR 2759 – 2.5
16 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny RUS 2711 – 2
17 GM Riazantsev Alexander RUS 2671 – 2
18 GM Salem A.R. Saleh UAE 2656 – 2

Round 7 pairings:
GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2796 – GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2709
GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2766 – GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2749
GM Grischuk Alexander 2742 – GM Adams Michael 2751
GM Ding Liren 2760 – GM Nakamura Hikaru 2785
GM Rapport Richard 2692 – GM Aronian Levon 2785
GM Vallejo Pons Francisco 2709 – GM Hou Yifan 2651
GM Li Chao B 2720 – GM Eljanov Pavel 2759
GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2711 – GM Hammer Jon Ludvig 2628
GM Salem A.R. Saleh 2656 – GM Riazantsev Alexander 2671

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On the rest day some of the players took excursions to Sharjah museums, the old city, the waterfront and the Dubai Mall. Others preferred basketball and football on the sport facilities of nearby University.

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Round 5

The tournament co-leaders Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave maintained the position on the top by making relatively quick draws against Hikaru Nakamura and Levon Aronian, respectively.

The standings got a bit more crowded on the shared third place, where Nakamura is joined by Michael Adams, Dmitry Jakovenko and Alexander Grischuk, all of whom were victorious today.

Jakovenko scored a quick and easy victory after his compatriot Alexander Riazantsev blundered horribly on move 19.

Adams applied his trademark squeeze to slowly outplay Jon Ludvig Hammer. Black was simply unable to defend all the weak pawns.

Grischuk found a way to achieve slight opening advantage against the fashionable line of the Ragozin Queen’s Gambit. Pavel Eljanov rushed into the ending by trading the queens, but it appears that this only helped white. Grischuk patiently pressed the opponent until he finally reached a winning rook ending.

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Round 5 results:
GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2766 – GM Nakamura Hikaru 2785 ? – ?
GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2796 – GM Aronian Levon 2785 ? – ?
GM Ding Liren 2760 – GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2749 ? – ?
GM Grischuk Alexander 2742 – GM Eljanov Pavel 2759 1 – 0
GM Adams Michael 2751 – GM Hammer Jon Ludvig 2628 1 – 0
GM Vallejo Pons Francisco 2709 – GM Li Chao B 2720 ? – ?
GM Riazantsev Alexander 2671 – GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2709 0 – 1
GM Salem A.R. Saleh 2656 – GM Hou Yifan 2651 ? – ?
GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2711 – GM Rapport Richard 2692 ? – ?

Round 6 pairings:
GM Adams Michael 2751 – GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2796
GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2709 – GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2766
GM Nakamura Hikaru 2785 – GM Grischuk Alexander 2742
GM Aronian Levon 2785 – GM Vallejo Pons Francisco 2709
GM Hou Yifan 2651 – GM Ding Liren 2760
GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2749 – GM Li Chao B 2720
GM Rapport Richard 2692 – GM Riazantsev Alexander 2671
GM Eljanov Pavel 2759 – GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2711
GM Hammer Jon Ludvig 2628 – GM Salem A.R. Saleh 2656

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Round 4

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan overcame Michael Adams of England in Round 4 of the Sharjah Grand Prix to pull into a tie for first with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France.

Hikaru Nakamura of the United States sits alone in third, a half point behind the leaders.

The Sharjah Grand Prix in the United Arab Emirates is the first in a series of four tournaments that will determine two qualifiers for next year’s Candidates tournament to select a challenger for the World Championship. In addition to Sharjah, the tournaments will be held in Moscow, Geneva and Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

The prize fund for each Grand Prix is 130,000 euros, with 20,000 for first place. The series is being organized by Agon, the company that holds the commercials rights to the World Championship cycle, under the auspices of the World Chess Federation, also known as FIDE, which is the game’s governing body.

Mamedyarov was tied for second with Adams and Nakamura after Round 3. In Round 4, Mamedyarov had White and managed to take control of the center. Rather than resort to passive defense and be slowly strangled, Adams tried a risky strategy of sacrificing a piece to destroy White’s center. It almost worked, indeed it would have if Adams had taken advantage of a couple of imprecise moves by Mamedyarov. But Mamedyarov managed to consolidate his position and eventually put his extra piece to good use, ensnaring Adams’ king in a powerful attack.

There was one other decisive game on the day: A victory by Li Chao b of China over Evgeny Tomashevsky of Russia. Li, who had White, took advantage of some strange maneuvers by Tomashevesky to build up an impressive center combined with annoying pressure along the a2-g8 diagonal. At the critical moment he broke through the center and won material. He also established a powerful passed d-pawn. Tomashevsky’s position finally collapsed and, facing more material losses, he resigned.

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In Round 5 on Wednesday, Mamedyarov and Nakamura will square off, while Vachier-Lagrave, who drew with Nakamura on Tuesday, will take on Levon Aronian of Armenia.

Mr Bharat Singh, Deputy President of the Asian Chess Federation, made the honorary first move.


Round 3

The top two finishers in the four-tournament series, which will also include competitions in Moscow, Geneva and Palma de Mallorca, Spain, will qualify for the Candidates tournament next year to select a challenger for the World Championship. There are 24 players in the competitions, with each playing three of the four tournaments.

With a new exciting format each GP stage is a 9-round Swiss competition with 18 participants. However, as several players noted in the interviews, there are no easy pairings in the first couple of rounds, and everyone gets a world-class opposition right from the start.

The only win in the third round was achieved by Hikaru Nakamura who defeated Richard Rapport in an exciting game full of beautiful tactical motifs.

The American Grandmaster participated in the previous Candidates Tournament in Moscow. Rapport, true to his reputation, has not made any draws so far.

The tournament leader Maxime Vachier-Lagrave was held to a draw by Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. Passing through the doors of the press center, Mamedyarov immediately asked where he had missed the victorious continuation. Vachier-Lagrave admitted that he had been lucky to escape with a draw.

Round 3 results:
GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2796 – GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2766 ? – ?
GM Adams Michael 2751 – GM Eljanov Pavel 2759 ? – ?
GM Grischuk Alexander 2742 – GM Aronian Levon 2785 ? – ?
GM Nakamura Hikaru 2785 – GM Rapport Richard 2692 1 – 0
GM Ding Liren 2760 – GM Hammer Jon Ludvig 2628 ? – ?
GM Vallejo Pons Francisco 2709 – GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2749 ? – ?
GM Hou Yifan 2651 – GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2709 ? – ?
GM Riazantsev Alexander 2671 – GM Li Chao B 2720 ? – ?
GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2711 – GM Salem A.R. Saleh 2656 ? – ?

Vachier-Lagrave is leading with 2,5 points, followed by Mamedyarov, Nakamura and Adams on 2 points each.

Round 4 pairings:
GM Nakamura Hikaru 2785 – GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2796
GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2766 – GM Adams Michael 2751
GM Aronian Levon 2785 – GM Riazantsev Alexander 2671
GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2709 – GM Ding Liren 2760
GM Eljanov Pavel 2759 – GM Hou Yifan 2651
GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2749 – GM Grischuk Alexander 2742
GM Hammer Jon Ludvig 2628 – GM Vallejo Pons Francisco 2709
GM Li Chao B 2720 – GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2711
GM Rapport Richard 2692 – GM Salem A.R. Saleh 2656

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Each Grand Prix has a prize fund of 130,000 euros, with 20,000 euros for first place. The series is being organized by Agon, the company that holds the commercial rights to the World Championship, under the auspices of the World Chess Federation.

The primary sponsors for the Grand Prix are Kaspersky Lab, a global cybersecurity firm; EG Capital Advisors, an institutional money manager with $3 billion under management; S.T. Dupont, a French luxury goods manufacturer; and Isklar, a Norwegian mineral water company.


Round 2

Just like yesterday, three games ended in decisive results. Top seed Maxime Vachier-Lagrave from France scored another victory to single out on the top of the standings. He outplayed Richard Rapport in a wild affair.

Evgeny Tomashevsky was spending too much time while playing black pieces against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and this was brutally punished. In an equal position black made several inacurracies and his position quickly deteriorated. White won shortly before the time control.

Ding Liren recovered after the setback in the initial round by defeating local star Salem Saleh with black pieces. White had a solid position but a blunder on move 22 cost him the exchange and soon the game.

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Round 2 results:
GM Rapport Richard 2692 – GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2796 0 – 1
GM Aronian Levon 2785 – GM Adams Michael 2751 ? – ?
GM Hammer Jon Ludvig 2628 – GM Nakamura Hikaru 2785 ? – ?
GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2766 – GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2711 1 – 0
GM Eljanov Pavel 2759 – GM Vallejo Pons Francisco 2709 ? – ?
GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2749 – GM Riazantsev Alexander 2671 ? – ?
GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2709 – GM Grischuk Alexander 2742 ? – ?
GM Li Chao B 2720 – GM Hou Yifan 2651 ? – ?
GM Salem A.R. Saleh 2656 – GM Ding Liren 2760 0 – 1

Round 3 pairings:
GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2796 – GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2766
GM Adams Michael 2751 – GM Eljanov Pavel 2759
GM Grischuk Alexander 2742 – GM Aronian Levon 2785
GM Nakamura Hikaru 2785 – GM Rapport Richard 2692
GM Ding Liren 2760 – GM Hammer Jon Ludvig 2628
GM Vallejo Pons Francisco 2709 – GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2749
GM Hou Yifan 2651 – GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2709
GM Riazantsev Alexander 2671 – GM Li Chao B 2720
GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2711 – GM Salem A.R. Saleh 2656

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Round 1

The first round of the FIDE World Chess Sharjah Grand Prix was played on 18th February at the Sharjah Cultural and Chess Club.

On the first day three of the nine games ended decisively. Perhaps the least surprising was the victory of Michael Adams of England over Salem Saleh, a representative of the host country. Saleh, the first player from his country to play in the World Championship cycle, is also the third-lowest ranked player among the 24 in the Grand Prix, while Adams, No. 16 in the world, is one of the most experienced. Adams, who had White, gained only a small advantage out of the opening, but then he patiently outmaneuvered Saleh until Saleh began to make some errors. Eventually, the cumulative effect was too much and Saleh lost his queen for a rook and bishop. After that, it was just a matter of time before Adams converted his advantage into a full point.

Ding Liren, China’s top player, who is ranked No. 12, lost to Richard Rapport of Hungary, No. 50, after he blundered in an equal position on move 34, dropping a couple of pawns.

The third victory was scored by Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France, No. 5, over Li Chao b of China, No. 30. Vachier-Lagrave, who had White, outmaneuvered Li in an endgame in which Vachier-Lagrave’s bishop pair, and the awkward position of Li’s king, proved to be the crucial difference.

Round 1 results:
GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2796 – GM Li Chao B 2720 1 – 0
GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2711 – GM Aronian Levon 2785 ? – ?
GM Nakamura Hikaru 2785 – GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2709 ? – ?
GM Vallejo Pons Francisco 2709 – GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2766 ? – ?
GM Ding Liren 2760 – GM Rapport Richard 2692 0 – 1
GM Riazantsev Alexander 2671 – GM Eljanov Pavel 2759 ? – ?
GM Adams Michael 2751 – GM Salem A.R. Saleh 2656 1 – 0
GM Hou Yifan 2651 – GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2749 ? – ?
GM Grischuk Alexander 2742 – GM Hammer Jon Ludvig 2628 ? – ?

Round 2 pairings:
GM Rapport Richard 2692 – GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2796
GM Aronian Levon 2785 – GM Adams Michael 2751
GM Hammer Jon Ludvig 2628 – GM Nakamura Hikaru 2785
GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2766 – GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2711
GM Eljanov Pavel 2759 – GM Vallejo Pons Francisco 2709
GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2749 – GM Riazantsev Alexander 2671
GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2709 – GM Grischuk Alexander 2742
GM Li Chao B 2720 – GM Hou Yifan 2651
GM Salem A.R. Saleh 2656 – GM Ding Liren 2760

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FIDE World Chess Sharjah Grand Prix - Opening Ceremony


Opening ceremony

The first stage in the new World Chess Championship cycle – the FIDE World Chess Sharjah Grand Prix – was opened tonight at the beautiful Sharjah Cultural and Chess Club, established in 2013.

The opening ceremony was attended by Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, head of the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Culture, Youth, and Social Development, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, FIDE President, Al Sheikh Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Mualla, Sharjah Cultural & Chess Club Chairman, Ilya Merenzon, CEO of World Chess, representatives of the sponsors, Sharjah Chess Club VIP guests, Sharjah Chess Club members and the large number of media.

After the cultural programme, the 18 participants of the first Grand Prix tournament climbed to the stage for the drawing of lots. Top seed Maxime Vachier-Lagrave picked the white piece.

Thus the round 1 pairings are as follows:

GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2796 – GM Li Chao B 2720
GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2711 – GM Aronian Levon 2785
GM Nakamura Hikaru 2785 – GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2709
GM Vallejo Pons Francisco 2709 – GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2766
GM Ding Liren 2760 – GM Rapport Richard 2692
GM Riazantsev Alexander 2671 – GM Eljanov Pavel 2759
GM Adams Michael 2751 – GM Salem A.R. Saleh 2656
GM Hou Yifan 2651 – GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2749
GM Grischuk Alexander 2742 – GM Hammer Jon Ludvig 2628

The games will start daily from 15:00 local time. The rest day is on 23rd February. Live broadcast is available on the official website.

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Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

2017 South Sasketchawan Open and U1800 have been rated by the CFC

Friday, February 24th, 2017

See the crosstables here:

Open

U1800

Congratulations to the following who achieved new peak established ratings:

Isaac Wiebe 2239
Nilo Moncal 2205
Steve Udarbe 2149
Ethan Eckert 1239
Zachary Piche 1278

Source: Chess Manitoba

WWCC 2017: Round 5 Game 1

Friday, February 24th, 2017

r 20170223 teheran wwc R5G1 7335 Alexandra Kosteniuk Anna Muzychuk RUSSIA UKRAINE

Two decisive games in the first day of Semifinal

The Semifinal matches of the Women’s World Chess Championship started in the Espinas Palace Hotel (Tehran) on February 23.

Four players continue competing for the chess crown: Tan Zhongyi (China) faces Harika Dronavalli (India), and Alexandra Kosteniuk (Russia) meets Anna Muzychuk (Ukraine). These matches consist of two games with the following time control: 90 minutes for 40 moves, then 30 minutes for the rest of the game, plus 30 bonus seconds after each move. If the match is tied 1-1, it is continued on the tie-break with quicker time controls.

The game Tan Zhongyi-Harika Dronavalli was level until move 21, when Harika decided to change the pawn structure, after which Tan Zhongyi got a pleasant King side initiative. It seems Black had enough resources to defend the position but probably Indian player underestimated the danger. White managed to bring all his pieces to organize killing attack on the opponent’s King.

Anna Muzychuk tried to surprise Alexandra Kosteniuk by choosing French Defence, the rare guest in her games, but it didn’t work out as former world champion was perfectly ready. Inaccurate 10… Qc7 let White to gain a long-term initiative out of the opening and after 19.Na6 Alexandra Kosteniuk got a position with a pawn up. After the first time trouble it turned out that White’s win is debatable.

It was not possible to find a non-human line 43.Kg1!! fe 44.Qe5!! with victory and after “normal” 43.Nd4 the character of the game has changed as Black started to create threats against White’s King.

Nevertheless, it looked like Alexandra is not risking to lose this game at any moment but the tables were turned after 56.Ne5? Anna immediately responded with 56…Ng5 and White cannot defend against two threats Re5 with Nf3 and Nh3. A few moves later former World Champion had to resign. In a post-game interview Anna Muzychuk called her victory “a miracle”.

The second game of semifinal will be played at 3 p.m. local time on 24th of February. Alexandra Kosteniuk and Harika Dronavalli will obviously try to equalize the score.

Results of Round 5 Game 1
   
SNo. Name Res SNo. Name
1 Tan Zhongyi 1-0 4 Harika Dronavalli
3 Kosteniuk Alexandra 0-1 2 Muzychuk Anna

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Harika Dronavalli

Women’s World Chess Championship: Round 4 Tie-breaks

The tie-break of the Women’s World Chess Championship was played in Espinas Palace Hotelon February 22. Only two players Harika Dronavalli and Nana Dzagnidze returned to the venue to determine the last semifinalist in rapid and blitz games.

In the first rapid game Harika Dronavalli sacrificed a pawn but got enough compensation by keeping a pair of bishops and getting some space advantage. Nana Dzagnidze transfered the game into the rook ending, which computer estimates as an equalone. “Most probably Nana could have made a draw but I think it was easier for me to play this ending”, said Harika at the post-game interview.

For the second time during this match Nana was in a must-win situation but this time Harika didn’t give any chance for her opponent. The final position in the seocnd game was winning for Indian player but she prefered to force a draw, which garanteed her a place in the semifinal.

Four players continue competing for the chess crown: Tan Zhongyi (China) faces Harika Dronavalli (India), and Alexandra Kosteniuk (Russia) meets Anna Muzychuk (Ukraine). These matches consist of two games with the following time control: 90 minutes for 40 moves, then 30 minutes for the rest of the game, plus 30 bonus seconds after each move. If the match is tied 1-1, it is continued on the tie-break with quicker time controls.

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Women’s World Chess Championship: Round 4 Game 2

The second games of the Women’s World Chess Championship Quarterfinals were played on February 21. Ju Wenjun, Antoneta Stefanova and Ni Shiqun leave the championship.

In the first game Anna Muzychuk (Ukraine), playing White, defeated Antoaneta Stefanova (Bulgaria), Harika Dronavalli (India) won as Black against Nana Dzagnidze (Georgia), and two other games were drawn – Ni-Kosteniuk, Tan Zhongyi-Ju Wenjun.

Today’s games were extremely tense. The underdog of the match Tan Zhongyi, who was close to win previous game, defeated with Black pieces her teamate and the highest rated player of the tournament Ju Wenjun.

Ju Wenjun leaves Tehran but, as the winner of the Women’s Grand Prix Series, she will have another chance to fight for the title in the Women’s World Championship Match against a new Women’s World Champion.

Nana Dzagnidze won on demand against Harika Dronavalli to extend the match to the tie-breaks. In her last interview Harika said she would like to play as many games as possible and so far she keeps on playing without free days as she hasn’t missed any tie-break.

Unlike Harika, Anna Muzychuk remains the only player who has never played any tie-breaks in this championship. Ukrainian player held Antoaneta Stefanova for a draw and won the match.

Alexandra Kosteniuk transferred the game into a better ending and slowly outplayed her opponent Ni Shiqun, a Chinese player, whose result became the most surprising one in this championship.

The tie-break between Nana Dzagnidze and Harika Dronavalli will take place in the Espinas Palace on 22nd of February.

  Results of Round 4 Game 2
   
SNo. Name Res SNo. Name
1 Ju Wenjun 0-1 8 Tan Zhongyi
7 Stefanova Antoaneta 1/2-1/2 2 Muzychuk Anna
3 Kosteniuk Alexandra 1-0 6 Ni Shiqun
5 Dzagnidze Nana 1-0 4 Harika Dronavalli

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Women’s World Chess Championship: Round 4 Game 1

The Quarterfinals of the Women’s World Championship started in the Espinas Palace Hotel in Tehran on February 20.

Eight players continue their quest for the chess crown – two former World Champions Alexandra Kosteniuk (Russia) and Antoaneta Stefanova (Bulgaria), three Chinese players Ju Wenjun, Tan Zhongyi and Ni Shiqun, Harika Dronavalli (India), Anna Muzychuk (Ukraine), Nana Dzagnidze (Georgia).

They are to play short two-game matches with the classical time control. If the match is tied 1-1, it is continued on the tie-break with quicker time controls.

There were two decisive games at the first day of round 4. Anna Muzychuk outplayed Antoaneta Stefanova and Harika Dronavalli defeated Nana Dzagnidze.

Rating favorites of the matches Alexandra Kosteniuk and Ju Wenjun held their opponents for a draw and will obviously try to press with White pieces tomorrow.

In a Chinese derby playing white Tan Zhongyi transferred the game into the ending which turned to be better for white. There were few moments in the game were Tan Zhongyi was about to win but Ju Wenjun was finding good defensive resources.

Anna Muzychuk tried to surprised Antoaneta Stefanova in a Breyer System in Ruy Lopez with a rare move 14.Bg5 but failed to get something substantial.

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The position after 32.Rb7 is rich with tactics and in the time trouble Antoaneta chose the most ambitious line but didn’t play precisely. After 32…Nh3 33.Kf1 the only way to continue the fight was play Nf2!

After 33…Nf4 and 34.d6 Black’s position collapsed in a few moves.

In the game Dronavalli-Dzagnidze players tried to outsmart each other in the opening with the tricky move order but nevertheless it was more or less flawless game until move 39.

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In a time trouble playing Black Nana most probably missed that after 39…Bb2 40.Bd3 she has Rc1! with a drawish ending. After 39…gf Black is losing.

The second game of quarterfinals will be played at 3 p.m. local time on 21st of February. Both Antoaneta Stefanova and Nana Dzagnidze will have white pieces and obviously will try to equalize the score tomorrow.

Results of Round 4 Game 1

   
SNo. Name Res SNo. Name
8 Tan Zhongyi 1/2-1/2 1 Ju Wenjun
2 Muzychuk Anna 1-0 7 Stefanova Antoaneta
6 Ni Shiqun 1/2-1/2 3 Kosteniuk Alexandra
4 Harika Dronavalli 1-0 5 Dzagnidze Nana

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Women’s World Chess Championship: Round 3 Tie-breaks

The third round tie-breaks started with 4 matches on February 19th at 15:00 local time.

None of the matches were decided in rapid games at the 25 min + 10 sec time control.

All games finished in a draw in Kosteniuk-Cramling and Dronavalli-Guramishvili matches. Sopiko had good chances in the rook ending in the second rapid game but didn’t find a precise way to convert her advantage.

Ju Wenjun and Rout Padmini, despite winning their first rapid games, lost the second ones and let their opponents Olga Girya and Tan Zhongyi to level the score.

Olga Giriya blundered a piece in one move in the first game but after such a hard blow she managed to mobilize all her strength and outplayed Ju Wenjun in a must-win situation.

The fate of all matches was decided in 10 min+10 sec time control.

In a first game Olga Girya didn’t find a precise way to convert her advantage in a rook ending. After 48.e4! Black would lose a pawn on h4 and had no time to promote his e pawn. The ending in the second game didn’t look promising for White but Ju Wenjun found a nice sourse (34.a4) to continue the game and eventually outplayed her opponent.

The first game Dronavalli-Guramishvili with 10+10 time control was full of mistakes from both sides and the evaluation of the position was changing a few times. Sopiko was the last one who made a mistake in this game and in the second one Harika didn’t let her opponent to level the score in the match.

After a shaky start rating favorite of the match Tan Zhongyi found her play in the second half of the match. She defeated her opponent in the first game and found a nice tactical source 14…Ne4, which killed hopes of Indian player to equalize the score.

Pia Cramling got an advantage in the first game with 10+10 time control but made a crucial mistake on 47 move and had to resign few moves later. Swedish Grandmaster tried hard to equalize the score but former world champion didn’t give a her a chance in the second game of the match.

The fourth round of the FIDE Women’s World Championship starts at 3 p.m. local time on 20th of February. Only 8 participants will continue playing and only four of them will proceed to semifinals.

8 Tan Zhongyi   1 Ju Wenjun
2 Muzychuk Anna   7 Stefanova Antoaneta
6 Ni Shiqun   3 Kosteniuk Alexandra
4 Harika Dronavalli   5 Dzagnidze Nana

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Women’s World Chess Championship: Round 3 Game 2

4 matches were decided on the second day of the third round and other 4 matches will be finalized after tie-breaks tomorrow. Nana Dzagnidze and Antoaneta Stefanova, who won the first games of the third round, had no problems to make draws in the second games and went through the next stage.

Fans cannot really blame Anna Muzychuk for using too much time while converting her advantage in the game against Pham Le Thao Nguyen.

It seems Ukrainian player was trying to play without any risk as even a draw would guarantee her a victory in the match. Nevertheless, after 75 moves of play Anna finshed the match with 2:0 score.

19-year-old Chinese player Ni Shiqun defeated Russian Natalia Pogonina, the former runner-up of the previous Women’s World Chess championship 2015, and guaranteed her attendance in the fourth round.

In a dramatic game full of mistakes from both sides Natalia Pogonina missed few real chances to end the game in a draw.

The second games In the matches Girya-Ju, Kosteniuk-Cramling, Dronavalli-Guramishvili, Padmini-Tan were relatively quiet and none of the players had real chances to fight for more than a draw.

Thus, 8 players will play on tie-breaks at 3 pm local time on 19th February.

According to regulations after a new drawing of colors, two tie-break games with the time control 25min + 10sec will be played.

If the scores are still level, then, after a new drawing of colors, a match of two games with the time control 10min + 10sec will be played.

In case of a level score, another match of two games will be played, with a blitz time control of 5min + 3sec.

If still there is no winner, one sudden-death game will be played. The player who wins the drawing of lots may choose the color. The player with the white pieces shall receive 5 minutes, the opponent with the black pieces shall receive 4 minutes whereupon, after the 60th move, both players shall receive an increment of 3 seconds for each move from move 61. In case of a draw the player with the black pieces is declared the winner.

Results of Round 3 Game 2
   
SNo. Name Res SNo. Name
16 Girya Olga 1/2-1/2 1 Ju Wenjun
2 Muzychuk Anna 1-0 15 Pham, Le Thao Nguyen
14 Cramling Pia 1/2-1/2 3 Kosteniuk Alexandra
4 Harika Dronavalli 1/2-1/2 13 Guramishvili Sopiko
12 Shen Yang 1/2-1/2 5 Dzagnidze Nana
6 Ni Shiqun 1-0 11 Pogonina Natalija
10 Khurtsidze Nino 1/2-1/2 7 Stefanova Antoaneta
8 Padmini, Rout 1/2-1/2 9 Tan Zhongyi

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Women’s World Chess Championship: Round 3 Game 1

Only 16 out of 64 participants are remaining in contention for the title of the Women’s World Champion. In the first game of the third round Nana Dzagnidze, Anna Muzychuk and Antoante Stefanova defeated their opponents, while five other games finished in a draw.

In a Slav Exchange Variation Shen Yang didn`t find the right way to neutralize pressure of Nana Dzagnidze and found herself in an unpleasant position. Her attempt to sacrifice a pawn in order to get conter play was refuted by Nana’s nice tactical blow 25…Ng7!

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In a complicated position, which appeared after original opening move order, Nino Khurtsidze was in trouble and could have lost her game after force variaton starting with 27. Nf6 Kf6 28. h4.

Antoaneta Stefanova transferred the game into the ending Knight & Bishop vs Rook.

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It was not clear how Antoaneta will break through but by playing 51…Re6 Nino Khurtsidze missed nice idea 52.Bd4! threatening Nh6 mate. As a result Georgian player had to give up a pawn on e6 and later on former World Champion confidently mated Black’s king with knight and bishop.

After Anna Muzychuk grabbed a pawn on d4 on move 23, she didn’t leave any chance to her opponent Pham Le Thao Nguyen to survive. After victory with Black pieces it seems Anna has the best chances to proceed to the next round.

Game Kosteniuk-Cramling left the spectators in a slight disappointment because a draw was agreed in a slightly better position for Black. Perhaps Pia decided not to take any additional risk and will try to press with White pieces tomorrow.

The second game of the third round of the FIDE Women’s World Championship starts at 3 p.m. local time on 18th of February.

  Results of Round 3 Game 1
   
SNo. Name Res SNo. Name
1 Ju Wenjun 1/2-1/2 16 Girya Olga
15 Pham, Le Thao Nguyen 0-1 2 Muzychuk Anna
3 Kosteniuk Alexandra 1/2-1/2 14 Cramling Pia
13 Guramishvili Sopiko 1/2-1/2 4 Harika Dronavalli
5 Dzagnidze Nana 1-0 12 Shen Yang
11 Pogonina Natalija 1/2-1/2 6 Ni Shiqun
7 Stefanova Antoaneta 1-0 10 Khurtsidze Nino
9 Tan Zhongyi 1/2-1/2 8 Padmini, Rout

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Women’s World Chess Championship: Round 2 tie-breaks

The second round tie-breaks started with 9 seeds on February 16th at 15:00 local time. After two rapid games, 5 players, including Harika Dronovalli, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Antoaneta Stefanova, Pia Cramling and Padmini Rout, went through the next round.

The first game of rapid match between Sopiko Guramishvili and Natalia Buksa was finished in draw by Sopiko’s claim according to the three times repetition. The second game of one of the most dramatic matches of this tournament also finished in a draw.

Nino Batsiashvili-Nino Khurtsidze, Anna Ushenina-Tan Zhongi, Natalia Pogonina-Huang Qian and Sopiko Gramishvili-Natalia Buksa finished their rapid matches in a draw, so they continued their struggle at 10min+10sec time control.

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After four hours of play Natalia Pogonina, who had to equalize the score 2 times in the match, knocked out Huang Qian.

Nataliya Buksa won the first game but lost the rook+king vs rook+knight+king position in the second one.

It seems Sopiko Guramishvili is winning after 125…Rg2. Nataliya quickly played 126.Ke3 and resigned after Ra2, missing her last chance to survive. After unbelievable 126.Ke1 (!) it was a stalemate! If Natalia Buksa managed to make a draw in that game, she would be a winner of the match. In the following blitz games Sopiko Guramishvili was stronger.

The last two matches, Batsiashvili-Khurtsidze and Ushenina-Tan Zhongi, were not decided in blitz and the players reached Armageddon games. Former world champion Anna Ushenina had all chances playing White but collapsed in a mustwin situation. Her opponent Chinese player Tan Zhongi proceeds to the next round.

Nino Batsiashvili, who had absolutely winning endgame with 2 pawns up, could not defeat her compatriot Nino Khurtsidze and was eliminated too.

The third round of the FIDE Women’s World Championship starts at 3 p.m. local time on 17th of February. 16 participants will continue playing but as before only half of them will advance to the next stage.

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Women’s World Chess Championship: Round 2 Game 2

The return games of the second round of the Women’s World Championship were completed in the Espinas Palace Hotel in Tehran. More than 50 % of the matches will be decided on tie-breaks tomorrow.

Nana Dzagnidze, Shen Yang, Olga Girya, Ni Shiqun defeated their respective opposition with 2-0 to qualify for the third round of the competition.

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Ju Wenjun, Anna Muzychuk, Shen Yang, who started the round by winning against higher rated players, preserved the advantage to also advance to the next round. Pham Le Thao Nguyen, who started with a draw in the first game, managed to win against Alexandra Goriachkina.

As for the comebacks in a must-win situation, Tan Zhongyi equalized against Anna Ushenina, Nataliya Buksa struck back against Sopiko Guramishvili. From the begiing it didn`t look like Nataliya has any chance to level the score as Sopiko got better ending. Ukrainian player decided to complicate matters and played 27. Nd5 breaking the material balance.

The biggest surprise of the round was a relativly quick loss of Valentina Gunina, who played innacurately in a mustwin situation and was defeated for the second time by Ni Shiqun.

Olga Zimina had a good chance to level the score against Nana Dzagnidze but when the victory was very close she let it slip with tacktical oversight.

A total of 9 matches will be settled in the games with quick time control.

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According to regulations after a new drawing of colors, two tie-break games with the time control 25min + 10sec will be played.

If the scores are still level, then, after a new drawing of colors, a match of two games with the time control 10min + 10sec will be played. In case of a level score, another match of two games will be played, with a blitz time control of 5min + 3sec.

If still there is no winner, one sudden-death game will be played. The player who wins the drawing of lots may choose the color. The player with the white pieces shall receive 5 minutes, the opponent with the black pieces shall receive 4 minutes whereupon, after the 60th move, both players shall receive an increment of 3 seconds for each move from move 61. In case of a draw the player with the black pieces is declared the winner.

  Results Round 2 Game 2
   
SNo. Name Res SNo. Name
1 Ju Wenjun 1/2-1/2 32 Zhu, Chen
31 Kashlinskaya Alina 1/2-1/2 2 Muzychuk Anna
3 Kosteniuk Alexandra 1/2-1/2 30 Gaponenko Inna
29 Saduakassova, Dinara 1/2-1/2 4 Harika Dronavalli
5 Dzagnidze, Nana 1-0 28 Zimina Olga
27 Ni Shiqun 1-0 6 Gunina Valentina
7 Stefanova Antoaneta 1/2-1/2 26 Melia Salome
25 Padmini, Rout 1/2-1/2 8 Zhao Xue
9 Tan Zhongyi 1-0 24 Ushenina, Anna
23 Khurtsidze Nino 1/2-1/2 10 Batsiashvili Nino
11 Pogonina Natalija 1/2-1/2 22 Huang Qian
21 Savina Anastasia 1/2-1/2 12 Shen Yang
13 Buksa Nataliya 1-0 20 Guramishvili Sopiko
19 Cramling Pia 1/2-1/2 14 Paehtz Elisabeth
15 Goryachkina Aleksandra 0-1 18 Pham, Le Thao Nguyen
17 Girya Olga 1-0 16 Bodnaruk Anastasia

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Women’s World Chess Championship: Round 2 Game 1

32 participants of the Women’s World Chess Championship returned today to the playing venue in the Espinas Palace Hotel (Tehran, Iran) to play the first games of the second round.

As in the first round there were a few blunders and unexpected results.

The rating favorite of the tournament Ju Wenjun had a relatively easy day as her opponent former Women’s World Champion Zhu Chen mixed things at the opening and played 9.g4, allowing Black to get a big advantage.

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The game on the second board didn’t last too long either, as Anna Muzychuk defeated Alina Kashlinskaya, who chose a wrong plan, probably missing Anna’s strong response 15.Bf4. The biggest upset of the round was Chinese player Ni Shiqun who outplayed one of the top players Valentina Gunina.

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In the Russian clash between Anastasia Bodnaruk and Olga Girya, playing white Anastasia initiated a risky kingside expansion. In a very complicated position Olga Girya decided not to check the power of White’s attack. She chose the safest way and converted the game into a slightly better ending, which she managed to win. In one of the most dramatic games of the round Nataliya Buksa outplayed Sopiko Guramishvili by move thirty. The tables were turned after Ukrainian player decided to sacrifice a piece for three pawns and later on missed a killing fork.

The ex-World Champion Anna Ushenina decided to change the queens on the 10th move and was slowly increasing her advantage. Her opponent Tan Zhongyi got some chances to survive in the rook endgame but was a last one who made a mistake in this game.

The second game of the second round of the FIDE Women’s World Championship starts at 3 p.m. local time on 15th of February.

 

  Results of Round 2 Game 1
   
SNo. Name Res SNo. Name
32 Zhu, Chen 0-1 1 Ju Wenjun
2 Muzychuk Anna 1-0 31 Kashlinskaya Alina
30 Gaponenko Inna 1/2-1/2 3 Kosteniuk Alexandra
4 Harika Dronavalli 1/2-1/2 29 Saduakassova, Dinara
28 Zimina Olga 0-1 5 Dzagnidze, Nana
6 Gunina Valentina 0-1 27 Ni Shiqun
26 Melia Salome 1/2-1/2 7 Stefanova Antoaneta
8 Zhao Xue 1/2-1/2 25 Padmini, Rout
24 Ushenina, Anna 1-0 9 Tan Zhongyi
10 Batsiashvili Nino 1/2-1/2 23 Khurtsidze Nino
22 Huang Qian 1/2-1/2 11 Pogonina Natalija
12 Shen Yang 1-0 21 Savina Anastasia
20 Guramishvili Sopiko 1-0 13 Buksa Nataliya
14 Paehtz Elisabeth 1/2-1/2 19 Cramling Pia
18 Pham, Le Thao Nguyen 1/2-1/2 15 Goryachkina Aleksandra
16 Bodnaruk Anastasia 0-1 17 Girya Olga

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Women’s World Chess Championship: Round 1 tie-breaks

The third day of the FIDE World Women’s Chess Championship is over and all the results of the first round are in. After two days 21 matches out of 32 had been decided. The remaining 11 matches continued with playoffs.

According to the regulations of the World Cup tie-breaks two rapid games are played at a rate of 25 minutes for each player with an increment of 10 seconds per move.

If the score is still tied two accelerated rapid games are played with a time control of 10 min + 10 sec. If the score is still deadlocked two blitz games are then played at 5 min + 3 sec.

Finally, if a winner has still not been determined a sudden death Armageddon game takes place with 5 minutes for White and 4 minutes for Black with a 2 sec increment after move 60. In that game Black has draw odds (i.e. he wins if the game is drawn).

9 players were eliminated after two rapid games. Some favorites won their matches but there were also some surprises. Harika Dronavalli, Zhao Xue, Sheng Yang, Guramishvili Sopiko, Huang Qian, Salome Melia, Olga Zimina, Anastasia Savina, Nataliya Buksa went through to the next round.

A few of the rating favorites, including Hoang Thanh Trang, Monica Socko, Ekaterina Atalik, Bela Khotenashvili were knocked out of the World Championship at this stage.

2 rapid matches Dzagnidze-Khaled and Bodnaruk-Hejazipour finished in a draw so the players continued their battles at the 10 min + 10 sec time control. One of the top players of the tournament Nana Dzagnidze found her play and was successful at that stage. She won both games and eliminated her opponent.

The last match between Russian player Anastasia Bodnaruk and Iranian player Mitra Hejazipour was not decided in blitz and the players reached Armageddon game.

During the whole match not even one game has finished in a draw and every time Anastasia Bodnaruk had to win the second game to equalize the score. Mitra Hejazipour showed absolutely great fighting spirit but in the last battle of chess strength and nerves the Russian player was better. Playing White Anastasia Bodnaruk defeated her opponent, who needed to make a draw to advance.

The second round of the FIDE Women’s World Championship starts at 3 p.m. local time on 14th of February. 32 participants will continue playing but as before only half of them will advance to the next stage.

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Women’s World Chess Championship: Round 1 Game 2

The second games of the first round were played in Tehran on February 12.

Sixth players, including Ju Wenjun (China), Anna Muzychuk (Ukraine), Alexandra Kosteniuk (Russia), Antoaneta Stefanova (Bulgaria), Nino Batsiashvili (Georgia) and Valentina Gunina (Russia) won their matches with a 2-0 score.

One of the most surprising results for those, who compare the ratings of opponents, happened in the Dronavalli-Shamima match. Harika, whose rating is more than 400 points higher than her opponents’, didn’t manage to outplay Shamima and the fate of the match will be decided on tie-break.

World Youth Champion under 20 of 2015 Natalia Buksa from Ukarine made the second draw against experienced and higher rated player Hoang Thanh Trang from Netherlands.

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The Georgian Nana Dzagnidze managed to equalize the score after her first round loss to Mona Khaled (Egypt). Also Katerina Atalik from Turkey defeated Salome Melia from Georgia and tied the score 1-1.

Iranian player Sarasadat Khademalsharieh leveled the score in the match against Sopiko Guramishvili, while her compatriot Mitra Hejazipour, who won the first game against Anastasia Bodnaruk, failed in the second one. Both Iranian players will proceed in the playoff stage tomorrow, while Atousa Pourkashiyan, the third player from Iran, has finished her tournament after her loss from German player Elisabeth Paehtz.

11 matches were not decided after two games in classical control and 22 players will continue to fight at 3 p.m. local time on February 13.

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NAME RESULTS       NAME
Lane, Nancy 0-1       Ju Wenjun
Muzychuk Anna 1-0       Mezioud, Amina
Latreche, Sabrina 0-1       Kosteniuk Alexandra
Harika Dronavalli 1/2-1/2       Shamima, Akter Liza
Mona, Khaled 0-1       Dzagnidze Nana
Gunina Valentina 1-0       Ni, Viktorija
Marrero Lopez, Yaniet 0-1       Stefanova Antoaneta
Zhao Xue 0-1       Martinez, Ayelen
Foisor, Sabina 0-1       Tan Zhongyi
Batsiashvili Nino 1-0       Gvetadze Sofio
Zhou Qiyu 0-1       Pogonina Natalija
Shen Yang 1/2-1/2       Arribas Robaina Maritza
Buksa Nataliya 1/2-1/2       Hoang Thanh Trang
Paehtz Elisabeth 1-0       Pourkashiyan, Atousa
Zhai Mo 0-1       Goryachkina Aleksandra
Bodnaruk Anastasia 1-0       Hejazipour, Mitra
Foisor Cristina-Adela - +       Girya Olga
Javakhishvili Lela 0-1       Pham, Le Thao Nguyen
Nemcova, Katerina 1/2-1/2       Cramling Pia
Khademalsharieh, Sarasadat 1-0       Guramishvili Sopiko
Savina Anastasia 1/2-1/2       Socko Monika
Huang Qian 0-1       Charochkina Daria
Khurtsidze Nino 1/2-1/2       Zhukova Natalia
Ushenina, Anna 1-0       Ziaziulkina Nastassia
Padmini, Rout 1-0       Danielian Elina
Atalik Ekaterina 1-0       Melia Salome
Ni Shiqun 1-0       Mkrtchian Lilit
Khotenashvili Bela 1/2-1/2       Zimina Olga
Nechaeva Marina 1/2-1/2       Saduakassova, Dinara
Kovalevskaya Ekaterina 1/2-1/2       Gaponenko Inna
Kashlinskaya Alina 1-0       Cori T., Deysi
Sukandar, Irine Kharisma 1/2-1/2       Zhu, Chen

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Women’s World Chess Championship: Round 1 Game 1

These days all the chess family in all over the world are looking at Tehran to find out who will be the new woman champion of 2017!

Having worked 24-hour in three days to prepare the venue, the Women’s World Chess Championships 2017 started on February 11th. Following FIDE CEO, Geoffrey Borg’s request, all the players and other people in the venue honored Cristina-Adela Foisor’s memory with a moment of silence.

The first move of the first table was then carried out symbolically by the CEO of Mobile Telecommunication Company of Iran, Mr. Vahid Sadoughi on the top seed, GM Ju Wnejun’s board. The FIDE President, Mr. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, was present in the hall to open the championships 2017 officially.

NAME RESULTS       NAME
Ju Wenjun 1-0       Lane, Nancy
Mezioud, Amina 0-1       Muzychuk Anna
Kosteniuk Alexandra 1-0       Latreche, Sabrina
Shamima, Akter Liza 1/2-1/2       Harika Dronavalli
Dzagnidze Nana 0-1       Mona, Khaled
Ni, Viktorija 0-1       Gunina Valentina
Stefanova Antoaneta 1-0       Marrero Lopez, Yaniet
Martinez, Ayelen 0-1       Zhao Xue
Tan Zhongyi 1/2-1/2       Foisor, Sabina
Gvetadze Sofio 0-1       Batsiashvili Nino
Pogonina Natalija 1/2-1/2       Zhou Qiyu
Arribas Robaina Maritza 1/2-1/2       Shen Yang
Hoang Thanh Trang 1/2-1/2       Buksa Nataliya
Pourkashiyan, Atousa 1/2-1/2       Paehtz Elisabeth
Goryachkina Aleksandra 1/2-1/2       Zhai Mo
Hejazipour, Mitra 1-0       Bodnaruk Anastasia
Girya Olga + -       Foisor Cristina-Adela
Pham, Le Thao Nguyen 1/2-1/2       Javakhishvili Lela
Cramling Pia 1-0       Nemcova, Katerina
Guramishvili Sopiko 1-0       Khademalsharieh, Sarasadat
Socko Monika 1/2-1/2       Savina Anastasia
Charochkina Daria 0-1       Huang Qian
Zhukova Natalia 0-1       Khurtsidze Nino
Ziaziulkina Nastassia 1/2-1/2       Ushenina, Anna
Danielian Elina 1/2-1/2       Padmini, Rout
Melia Salome 1-0       Atalik Ekaterina
Mkrtchian Lilit 1/2-1/2       Ni Shiqun
Zimina Olga 1/2-1/2       Khotenashvili Bela
Saduakassova, Dinara 1-0       Nechaeva Marina
Gaponenko Inna 1-0       Kovalevskaya Ekaterina
Cori T., Deysi 1/2-1/2       Kashlinskaya Alina
Zhu, Chen 1-0       Sukandar, Irine Kharisma

The top seeds gradually overcame the tough opposition being shown on all boards but one can see from the above that the gap is not so wide and WGM Mona Khaled from Egypt was the first big surprise, upsetting number one Georgian player, GM Nana Dzagnidze, with black ! Overall fourteen draws reflected the nervousness of the first game as the regulations of the World Championship allow the competitiors to design their own match strategy and draws are allowed at any time in the game.

The second game fo the first round will be very interesting and we invite everybody to follow the live games and excellent commentary by GM Evgeny Miroshnichenko and WGM Shadi Paridar. 

News 1
Opening the game by Mr. Vajid Sadoughi.

All the rounds will start at 15:00, as the first round did. Since the zero tolerance rule is in operation, the players should be in the playing hall on time, without even one minute delay.

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Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, Vahid Sadoughi, Mehrdad Pahlevanzadeh walking around the playing hall and watching the games and the decoration.

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Each game was supervised by one arbiter, and it will be done in next days and rounds, too!

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The opening ceremony of the Women’s World Chess Championship took place at the Espinas Palace Hotel at 6 pm on 10th of February. The ceremony was attended by FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the President of Moldova, President of Moldovan Chess Federation Igor Dodon and Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports of Iran Masoud Soltanifar.

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The drawing of colors ceremony took place and Ms. Ju Wenjun picked white.

Pairings Round 1

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. The total prize fund of the Championship is US $450,000. Every player gets 3750$, those who make it to round two get 5500$, for round three it is 8000$, round four 12,000$, round five (semifinals) 20,000$, the silver medalist 30,000$, and the winner 60,000$.

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Schedule: Round 1 – February 11-13, Round 2 – February 14-16, Round 3 – February 17-19, Quarterfinals – February 20-22, Semifinals – February 23-25, Finals – February 27 – 3 March. Closing ceremony – 4th of March. February 26 is a day off. All games start at 1500h local time.


After the WWCC opening ceremony the FIDE President together with President of Moldova Igor Dodon met with the Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs of Iran Masoud Soltanifar. At the meeting also present were FIDE CEO Geoffrey Borg, President of Iranian Chess Federation Mehrdad Pahlevanzadeh, and Director of FIDE representative office in Russia Berik Balgabaev. The Iranian Minister warmly welcomed the Moldovan President and expressed a great interest in establishing the bilateral cooperation. Igor Dodon said that with great interest he would learn the Iranian experience of chess development and organising the world events and he’d try to hold such a tournament in his country in the nearest future.

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Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Sharjah Grand Prix: Round 5

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

FIDE World Chess Sharjah Grand Prix idThe fifth round of the FIDE World Chess Sharjah Grand Prix was played at the Sharjah Cultural and Chess Club.

The tournament co-leaders Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave maintained the position on the top by making relatively quick draws against Hikaru Nakamura and Levon Aronian, respectively.

The standings got a bit more crowded on the shared third place, where Nakamura is joined by Michael Adams, Dmitry Jakovenko and Alexander Grischuk, all of whom were victorious today.

Jakovenko scored a quick and easy victory after his compatriot Alexander Riazantsev blundered horribly on move 19.

Adams applied his trademark squeeze to slowly outplay Jon Ludvig Hammer. Black was simply unable to defend all the weak pawns.

Grischuk found a way to achieve slight opening advantage against the fashionable line of the Ragozin Queen’s Gambit. Pavel Eljanov rushed into the ending by trading the queens, but it appears that this only helped white. Grischuk patiently pressed the opponent until he finally reached a winning rook ending.

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Round 5 results:
GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2766 – GM Nakamura Hikaru 2785 ? – ?
GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2796 – GM Aronian Levon 2785 ? – ?
GM Ding Liren 2760 – GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2749 ? – ?
GM Grischuk Alexander 2742 – GM Eljanov Pavel 2759 1 – 0
GM Adams Michael 2751 – GM Hammer Jon Ludvig 2628 1 – 0
GM Vallejo Pons Francisco 2709 – GM Li Chao B 2720 ? – ?
GM Riazantsev Alexander 2671 – GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2709 0 – 1
GM Salem A.R. Saleh 2656 – GM Hou Yifan 2651 ? – ?
GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2711 – GM Rapport Richard 2692 ? – ?

Round 6 pairings:
GM Adams Michael 2751 – GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2796
GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2709 – GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2766
GM Nakamura Hikaru 2785 – GM Grischuk Alexander 2742
GM Aronian Levon 2785 – GM Vallejo Pons Francisco 2709
GM Hou Yifan 2651 – GM Ding Liren 2760
GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2749 – GM Li Chao B 2720
GM Rapport Richard 2692 – GM Riazantsev Alexander 2671
GM Eljanov Pavel 2759 – GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2711
GM Hammer Jon Ludvig 2628 – GM Salem A.R. Saleh 2656

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Round 4

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan overcame Michael Adams of England in Round 4 of the Sharjah Grand Prix to pull into a tie for first with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France.

Hikaru Nakamura of the United States sits alone in third, a half point behind the leaders.

The Sharjah Grand Prix in the United Arab Emirates is the first in a series of four tournaments that will determine two qualifiers for next year’s Candidates tournament to select a challenger for the World Championship. In addition to Sharjah, the tournaments will be held in Moscow, Geneva and Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

The prize fund for each Grand Prix is 130,000 euros, with 20,000 for first place. The series is being organized by Agon, the company that holds the commercials rights to the World Championship cycle, under the auspices of the World Chess Federation, also known as FIDE, which is the game’s governing body.

Mamedyarov was tied for second with Adams and Nakamura after Round 3. In Round 4, Mamedyarov had White and managed to take control of the center. Rather than resort to passive defense and be slowly strangled, Adams tried a risky strategy of sacrificing a piece to destroy White’s center. It almost worked, indeed it would have if Adams had taken advantage of a couple of imprecise moves by Mamedyarov. But Mamedyarov managed to consolidate his position and eventually put his extra piece to good use, ensnaring Adams’ king in a powerful attack.

There was one other decisive game on the day: A victory by Li Chao b of China over Evgeny Tomashevsky of Russia. Li, who had White, took advantage of some strange maneuvers by Tomashevesky to build up an impressive center combined with annoying pressure along the a2-g8 diagonal. At the critical moment he broke through the center and won material. He also established a powerful passed d-pawn. Tomashevsky’s position finally collapsed and, facing more material losses, he resigned.

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In Round 5 on Wednesday, Mamedyarov and Nakamura will square off, while Vachier-Lagrave, who drew with Nakamura on Tuesday, will take on Levon Aronian of Armenia.

Mr Bharat Singh, Deputy President of the Asian Chess Federation, made the honorary first move.


Round 3

The top two finishers in the four-tournament series, which will also include competitions in Moscow, Geneva and Palma de Mallorca, Spain, will qualify for the Candidates tournament next year to select a challenger for the World Championship. There are 24 players in the competitions, with each playing three of the four tournaments.

With a new exciting format each GP stage is a 9-round Swiss competition with 18 participants. However, as several players noted in the interviews, there are no easy pairings in the first couple of rounds, and everyone gets a world-class opposition right from the start.

The only win in the third round was achieved by Hikaru Nakamura who defeated Richard Rapport in an exciting game full of beautiful tactical motifs.

The American Grandmaster participated in the previous Candidates Tournament in Moscow. Rapport, true to his reputation, has not made any draws so far.

The tournament leader Maxime Vachier-Lagrave was held to a draw by Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. Passing through the doors of the press center, Mamedyarov immediately asked where he had missed the victorious continuation. Vachier-Lagrave admitted that he had been lucky to escape with a draw.

Round 3 results:
GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2796 – GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2766 ? – ?
GM Adams Michael 2751 – GM Eljanov Pavel 2759 ? – ?
GM Grischuk Alexander 2742 – GM Aronian Levon 2785 ? – ?
GM Nakamura Hikaru 2785 – GM Rapport Richard 2692 1 – 0
GM Ding Liren 2760 – GM Hammer Jon Ludvig 2628 ? – ?
GM Vallejo Pons Francisco 2709 – GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2749 ? – ?
GM Hou Yifan 2651 – GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2709 ? – ?
GM Riazantsev Alexander 2671 – GM Li Chao B 2720 ? – ?
GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2711 – GM Salem A.R. Saleh 2656 ? – ?

Vachier-Lagrave is leading with 2,5 points, followed by Mamedyarov, Nakamura and Adams on 2 points each.

Round 4 pairings:
GM Nakamura Hikaru 2785 – GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2796
GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2766 – GM Adams Michael 2751
GM Aronian Levon 2785 – GM Riazantsev Alexander 2671
GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2709 – GM Ding Liren 2760
GM Eljanov Pavel 2759 – GM Hou Yifan 2651
GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2749 – GM Grischuk Alexander 2742
GM Hammer Jon Ludvig 2628 – GM Vallejo Pons Francisco 2709
GM Li Chao B 2720 – GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2711
GM Rapport Richard 2692 – GM Salem A.R. Saleh 2656

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Each Grand Prix has a prize fund of 130,000 euros, with 20,000 euros for first place. The series is being organized by Agon, the company that holds the commercial rights to the World Championship, under the auspices of the World Chess Federation.

The primary sponsors for the Grand Prix are Kaspersky Lab, a global cybersecurity firm; EG Capital Advisors, an institutional money manager with $3 billion under management; S.T. Dupont, a French luxury goods manufacturer; and Isklar, a Norwegian mineral water company.


Round 2

Just like yesterday, three games ended in decisive results. Top seed Maxime Vachier-Lagrave from France scored another victory to single out on the top of the standings. He outplayed Richard Rapport in a wild affair.

Evgeny Tomashevsky was spending too much time while playing black pieces against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and this was brutally punished. In an equal position black made several inacurracies and his position quickly deteriorated. White won shortly before the time control.

Ding Liren recovered after the setback in the initial round by defeating local star Salem Saleh with black pieces. White had a solid position but a blunder on move 22 cost him the exchange and soon the game.

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Round 2 results:
GM Rapport Richard 2692 – GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2796 0 – 1
GM Aronian Levon 2785 – GM Adams Michael 2751 ? – ?
GM Hammer Jon Ludvig 2628 – GM Nakamura Hikaru 2785 ? – ?
GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2766 – GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2711 1 – 0
GM Eljanov Pavel 2759 – GM Vallejo Pons Francisco 2709 ? – ?
GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2749 – GM Riazantsev Alexander 2671 ? – ?
GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2709 – GM Grischuk Alexander 2742 ? – ?
GM Li Chao B 2720 – GM Hou Yifan 2651 ? – ?
GM Salem A.R. Saleh 2656 – GM Ding Liren 2760 0 – 1

Round 3 pairings:
GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2796 – GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2766
GM Adams Michael 2751 – GM Eljanov Pavel 2759
GM Grischuk Alexander 2742 – GM Aronian Levon 2785
GM Nakamura Hikaru 2785 – GM Rapport Richard 2692
GM Ding Liren 2760 – GM Hammer Jon Ludvig 2628
GM Vallejo Pons Francisco 2709 – GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2749
GM Hou Yifan 2651 – GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2709
GM Riazantsev Alexander 2671 – GM Li Chao B 2720
GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2711 – GM Salem A.R. Saleh 2656

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Round 1

The first round of the FIDE World Chess Sharjah Grand Prix was played on 18th February at the Sharjah Cultural and Chess Club.

On the first day three of the nine games ended decisively. Perhaps the least surprising was the victory of Michael Adams of England over Salem Saleh, a representative of the host country. Saleh, the first player from his country to play in the World Championship cycle, is also the third-lowest ranked player among the 24 in the Grand Prix, while Adams, No. 16 in the world, is one of the most experienced. Adams, who had White, gained only a small advantage out of the opening, but then he patiently outmaneuvered Saleh until Saleh began to make some errors. Eventually, the cumulative effect was too much and Saleh lost his queen for a rook and bishop. After that, it was just a matter of time before Adams converted his advantage into a full point.

Ding Liren, China’s top player, who is ranked No. 12, lost to Richard Rapport of Hungary, No. 50, after he blundered in an equal position on move 34, dropping a couple of pawns.

The third victory was scored by Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France, No. 5, over Li Chao b of China, No. 30. Vachier-Lagrave, who had White, outmaneuvered Li in an endgame in which Vachier-Lagrave’s bishop pair, and the awkward position of Li’s king, proved to be the crucial difference.

Round 1 results:
GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2796 – GM Li Chao B 2720 1 – 0
GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2711 – GM Aronian Levon 2785 ? – ?
GM Nakamura Hikaru 2785 – GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2709 ? – ?
GM Vallejo Pons Francisco 2709 – GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2766 ? – ?
GM Ding Liren 2760 – GM Rapport Richard 2692 0 – 1
GM Riazantsev Alexander 2671 – GM Eljanov Pavel 2759 ? – ?
GM Adams Michael 2751 – GM Salem A.R. Saleh 2656 1 – 0
GM Hou Yifan 2651 – GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2749 ? – ?
GM Grischuk Alexander 2742 – GM Hammer Jon Ludvig 2628 ? – ?

Round 2 pairings:
GM Rapport Richard 2692 – GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2796
GM Aronian Levon 2785 – GM Adams Michael 2751
GM Hammer Jon Ludvig 2628 – GM Nakamura Hikaru 2785
GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2766 – GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2711
GM Eljanov Pavel 2759 – GM Vallejo Pons Francisco 2709
GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2749 – GM Riazantsev Alexander 2671
GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2709 – GM Grischuk Alexander 2742
GM Li Chao B 2720 – GM Hou Yifan 2651
GM Salem A.R. Saleh 2656 – GM Ding Liren 2760

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FIDE World Chess Sharjah Grand Prix - Opening Ceremony


Opening ceremony

The first stage in the new World Chess Championship cycle – the FIDE World Chess Sharjah Grand Prix – was opened tonight at the beautiful Sharjah Cultural and Chess Club, established in 2013.

The opening ceremony was attended by Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, head of the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Culture, Youth, and Social Development, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, FIDE President, Al Sheikh Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Mualla, Sharjah Cultural & Chess Club Chairman, Ilya Merenzon, CEO of World Chess, representatives of the sponsors, Sharjah Chess Club VIP guests, Sharjah Chess Club members and the large number of media.

After the cultural programme, the 18 participants of the first Grand Prix tournament climbed to the stage for the drawing of lots. Top seed Maxime Vachier-Lagrave picked the white piece.

Thus the round 1 pairings are as follows:

GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2796 – GM Li Chao B 2720
GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2711 – GM Aronian Levon 2785
GM Nakamura Hikaru 2785 – GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2709
GM Vallejo Pons Francisco 2709 – GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2766
GM Ding Liren 2760 – GM Rapport Richard 2692
GM Riazantsev Alexander 2671 – GM Eljanov Pavel 2759
GM Adams Michael 2751 – GM Salem A.R. Saleh 2656
GM Hou Yifan 2651 – GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2749
GM Grischuk Alexander 2742 – GM Hammer Jon Ludvig 2628

The games will start daily from 15:00 local time. The rest day is on 23rd February. Live broadcast is available on the official website.

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WWCC 2017: Round 4 Tie-breaks

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

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Women’s World Chess Championship: Round 4 Tie-breaks

The tie-break of the Women’s World Chess Championship was played in Espinas Palace Hotelon February 22. Only two players Harika Dronavalli and Nana Dzagnidze returned to the venue to determine the last semifinalist in rapid and blitz games.

In the first rapid game Harika Dronavalli sacrificed a pawn but got enough compensation by keeping a pair of bishops and getting some space advantage. Nana Dzagnidze transfered the game into the rook ending, which computer estimates as an equalone. “Most probably Nana could have made a draw but I think it was easier for me to play this ending”, said Harika at the post-game interview.

For the second time during this match Nana was in a must-win situation but this time Harika didn’t give any chance for her opponent. The final position in the seocnd game was winning for Indian player but she prefered to force a draw, which garanteed her a place in the semifinal.

Four players continue competing for the chess crown: Tan Zhongyi (China) faces Harika Dronavalli (India), and Alexandra Kosteniuk (Russia) meets Anna Muzychuk (Ukraine). These matches consist of two games with the following time control: 90 minutes for 40 moves, then 30 minutes for the rest of the game, plus 30 bonus seconds after each move. If the match is tied 1-1, it is continued on the tie-break with quicker time controls.

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Women’s World Chess Championship: Round 4 Game 2

The second games of the Women’s World Chess Championship Quarterfinals were played on February 21. Ju Wenjun, Antoneta Stefanova and Ni Shiqun leave the championship.

In the first game Anna Muzychuk (Ukraine), playing White, defeated Antoaneta Stefanova (Bulgaria), Harika Dronavalli (India) won as Black against Nana Dzagnidze (Georgia), and two other games were drawn – Ni-Kosteniuk, Tan Zhongyi-Ju Wenjun.

Today’s games were extremely tense. The underdog of the match Tan Zhongyi, who was close to win previous game, defeated with Black pieces her teamate and the highest rated player of the tournament Ju Wenjun.

Ju Wenjun leaves Tehran but, as the winner of the Women’s Grand Prix Series, she will have another chance to fight for the title in the Women’s World Championship Match against a new Women’s World Champion.

Nana Dzagnidze won on demand against Harika Dronavalli to extend the match to the tie-breaks. In her last interview Harika said she would like to play as many games as possible and so far she keeps on playing without free days as she hasn’t missed any tie-break.

Unlike Harika, Anna Muzychuk remains the only player who has never played any tie-breaks in this championship. Ukrainian player held Antoaneta Stefanova for a draw and won the match.

Alexandra Kosteniuk transferred the game into a better ending and slowly outplayed her opponent Ni Shiqun, a Chinese player, whose result became the most surprising one in this championship.

The tie-break between Nana Dzagnidze and Harika Dronavalli will take place in the Espinas Palace on 22nd of February.

  Results of Round 4 Game 2
   
SNo. Name Res SNo. Name
1 Ju Wenjun 0-1 8 Tan Zhongyi
7 Stefanova Antoaneta 1/2-1/2 2 Muzychuk Anna
3 Kosteniuk Alexandra 1-0 6 Ni Shiqun
5 Dzagnidze Nana 1-0 4 Harika Dronavalli

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Women’s World Chess Championship: Round 4 Game 1

The Quarterfinals of the Women’s World Championship started in the Espinas Palace Hotel in Tehran on February 20.

Eight players continue their quest for the chess crown – two former World Champions Alexandra Kosteniuk (Russia) and Antoaneta Stefanova (Bulgaria), three Chinese players Ju Wenjun, Tan Zhongyi and Ni Shiqun, Harika Dronavalli (India), Anna Muzychuk (Ukraine), Nana Dzagnidze (Georgia).

They are to play short two-game matches with the classical time control. If the match is tied 1-1, it is continued on the tie-break with quicker time controls.

There were two decisive games at the first day of round 4. Anna Muzychuk outplayed Antoaneta Stefanova and Harika Dronavalli defeated Nana Dzagnidze.

Rating favorites of the matches Alexandra Kosteniuk and Ju Wenjun held their opponents for a draw and will obviously try to press with White pieces tomorrow.

In a Chinese derby playing white Tan Zhongyi transferred the game into the ending which turned to be better for white. There were few moments in the game were Tan Zhongyi was about to win but Ju Wenjun was finding good defensive resources.

Anna Muzychuk tried to surprised Antoaneta Stefanova in a Breyer System in Ruy Lopez with a rare move 14.Bg5 but failed to get something substantial.

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The position after 32.Rb7 is rich with tactics and in the time trouble Antoaneta chose the most ambitious line but didn’t play precisely. After 32…Nh3 33.Kf1 the only way to continue the fight was play Nf2!

After 33…Nf4 and 34.d6 Black’s position collapsed in a few moves.

In the game Dronavalli-Dzagnidze players tried to outsmart each other in the opening with the tricky move order but nevertheless it was more or less flawless game until move 39.

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In a time trouble playing Black Nana most probably missed that after 39…Bb2 40.Bd3 she has Rc1! with a drawish ending. After 39…gf Black is losing.

The second game of quarterfinals will be played at 3 p.m. local time on 21st of February. Both Antoaneta Stefanova and Nana Dzagnidze will have white pieces and obviously will try to equalize the score tomorrow.

Results of Round 4 Game 1

   
SNo. Name Res SNo. Name
8 Tan Zhongyi 1/2-1/2 1 Ju Wenjun
2 Muzychuk Anna 1-0 7 Stefanova Antoaneta
6 Ni Shiqun 1/2-1/2 3 Kosteniuk Alexandra
4 Harika Dronavalli 1-0 5 Dzagnidze Nana

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Women’s World Chess Championship: Round 3 Tie-breaks

The third round tie-breaks started with 4 matches on February 19th at 15:00 local time.

None of the matches were decided in rapid games at the 25 min + 10 sec time control.

All games finished in a draw in Kosteniuk-Cramling and Dronavalli-Guramishvili matches. Sopiko had good chances in the rook ending in the second rapid game but didn’t find a precise way to convert her advantage.

Ju Wenjun and Rout Padmini, despite winning their first rapid games, lost the second ones and let their opponents Olga Girya and Tan Zhongyi to level the score.

Olga Giriya blundered a piece in one move in the first game but after such a hard blow she managed to mobilize all her strength and outplayed Ju Wenjun in a must-win situation.

The fate of all matches was decided in 10 min+10 sec time control.

In a first game Olga Girya didn’t find a precise way to convert her advantage in a rook ending. After 48.e4! Black would lose a pawn on h4 and had no time to promote his e pawn. The ending in the second game didn’t look promising for White but Ju Wenjun found a nice sourse (34.a4) to continue the game and eventually outplayed her opponent.

The first game Dronavalli-Guramishvili with 10+10 time control was full of mistakes from both sides and the evaluation of the position was changing a few times. Sopiko was the last one who made a mistake in this game and in the second one Harika didn’t let her opponent to level the score in the match.

After a shaky start rating favorite of the match Tan Zhongyi found her play in the second half of the match. She defeated her opponent in the first game and found a nice tactical source 14…Ne4, which killed hopes of Indian player to equalize the score.

Pia Cramling got an advantage in the first game with 10+10 time control but made a crucial mistake on 47 move and had to resign few moves later. Swedish Grandmaster tried hard to equalize the score but former world champion didn’t give a her a chance in the second game of the match.

The fourth round of the FIDE Women’s World Championship starts at 3 p.m. local time on 20th of February. Only 8 participants will continue playing and only four of them will proceed to semifinals.

8 Tan Zhongyi   1 Ju Wenjun
2 Muzychuk Anna   7 Stefanova Antoaneta
6 Ni Shiqun   3 Kosteniuk Alexandra
4 Harika Dronavalli   5 Dzagnidze Nana

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Women’s World Chess Championship: Round 3 Game 2

4 matches were decided on the second day of the third round and other 4 matches will be finalized after tie-breaks tomorrow. Nana Dzagnidze and Antoaneta Stefanova, who won the first games of the third round, had no problems to make draws in the second games and went through the next stage.

Fans cannot really blame Anna Muzychuk for using too much time while converting her advantage in the game against Pham Le Thao Nguyen.

It seems Ukrainian player was trying to play without any risk as even a draw would guarantee her a victory in the match. Nevertheless, after 75 moves of play Anna finshed the match with 2:0 score.

19-year-old Chinese player Ni Shiqun defeated Russian Natalia Pogonina, the former runner-up of the previous Women’s World Chess championship 2015, and guaranteed her attendance in the fourth round.

In a dramatic game full of mistakes from both sides Natalia Pogonina missed few real chances to end the game in a draw.

The second games In the matches Girya-Ju, Kosteniuk-Cramling, Dronavalli-Guramishvili, Padmini-Tan were relatively quiet and none of the players had real chances to fight for more than a draw.

Thus, 8 players will play on tie-breaks at 3 pm local time on 19th February.

According to regulations after a new drawing of colors, two tie-break games with the time control 25min + 10sec will be played.

If the scores are still level, then, after a new drawing of colors, a match of two games with the time control 10min + 10sec will be played.

In case of a level score, another match of two games will be played, with a blitz time control of 5min + 3sec.

If still there is no winner, one sudden-death game will be played. The player who wins the drawing of lots may choose the color. The player with the white pieces shall receive 5 minutes, the opponent with the black pieces shall receive 4 minutes whereupon, after the 60th move, both players shall receive an increment of 3 seconds for each move from move 61. In case of a draw the player with the black pieces is declared the winner.

Results of Round 3 Game 2
   
SNo. Name Res SNo. Name
16 Girya Olga 1/2-1/2 1 Ju Wenjun
2 Muzychuk Anna 1-0 15 Pham, Le Thao Nguyen
14 Cramling Pia 1/2-1/2 3 Kosteniuk Alexandra
4 Harika Dronavalli 1/2-1/2 13 Guramishvili Sopiko
12 Shen Yang 1/2-1/2 5 Dzagnidze Nana
6 Ni Shiqun 1-0 11 Pogonina Natalija
10 Khurtsidze Nino 1/2-1/2 7 Stefanova Antoaneta
8 Padmini, Rout 1/2-1/2 9 Tan Zhongyi

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Women’s World Chess Championship: Round 3 Game 1

Only 16 out of 64 participants are remaining in contention for the title of the Women’s World Champion. In the first game of the third round Nana Dzagnidze, Anna Muzychuk and Antoante Stefanova defeated their opponents, while five other games finished in a draw.

In a Slav Exchange Variation Shen Yang didn`t find the right way to neutralize pressure of Nana Dzagnidze and found herself in an unpleasant position. Her attempt to sacrifice a pawn in order to get conter play was refuted by Nana’s nice tactical blow 25…Ng7!

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In a complicated position, which appeared after original opening move order, Nino Khurtsidze was in trouble and could have lost her game after force variaton starting with 27. Nf6 Kf6 28. h4.

Antoaneta Stefanova transferred the game into the ending Knight & Bishop vs Rook.

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It was not clear how Antoaneta will break through but by playing 51…Re6 Nino Khurtsidze missed nice idea 52.Bd4! threatening Nh6 mate. As a result Georgian player had to give up a pawn on e6 and later on former World Champion confidently mated Black’s king with knight and bishop.

After Anna Muzychuk grabbed a pawn on d4 on move 23, she didn’t leave any chance to her opponent Pham Le Thao Nguyen to survive. After victory with Black pieces it seems Anna has the best chances to proceed to the next round.

Game Kosteniuk-Cramling left the spectators in a slight disappointment because a draw was agreed in a slightly better position for Black. Perhaps Pia decided not to take any additional risk and will try to press with White pieces tomorrow.

The second game of the third round of the FIDE Women’s World Championship starts at 3 p.m. local time on 18th of February.

  Results of Round 3 Game 1
   
SNo. Name Res SNo. Name
1 Ju Wenjun 1/2-1/2 16 Girya Olga
15 Pham, Le Thao Nguyen 0-1 2 Muzychuk Anna
3 Kosteniuk Alexandra 1/2-1/2 14 Cramling Pia
13 Guramishvili Sopiko 1/2-1/2 4 Harika Dronavalli
5 Dzagnidze Nana 1-0 12 Shen Yang
11 Pogonina Natalija 1/2-1/2 6 Ni Shiqun
7 Stefanova Antoaneta 1-0 10 Khurtsidze Nino
9 Tan Zhongyi 1/2-1/2 8 Padmini, Rout

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Women’s World Chess Championship: Round 2 tie-breaks

The second round tie-breaks started with 9 seeds on February 16th at 15:00 local time. After two rapid games, 5 players, including Harika Dronovalli, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Antoaneta Stefanova, Pia Cramling and Padmini Rout, went through the next round.

The first game of rapid match between Sopiko Guramishvili and Natalia Buksa was finished in draw by Sopiko’s claim according to the three times repetition. The second game of one of the most dramatic matches of this tournament also finished in a draw.

Nino Batsiashvili-Nino Khurtsidze, Anna Ushenina-Tan Zhongi, Natalia Pogonina-Huang Qian and Sopiko Gramishvili-Natalia Buksa finished their rapid matches in a draw, so they continued their struggle at 10min+10sec time control.

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After four hours of play Natalia Pogonina, who had to equalize the score 2 times in the match, knocked out Huang Qian.

Nataliya Buksa won the first game but lost the rook+king vs rook+knight+king position in the second one.

It seems Sopiko Guramishvili is winning after 125…Rg2. Nataliya quickly played 126.Ke3 and resigned after Ra2, missing her last chance to survive. After unbelievable 126.Ke1 (!) it was a stalemate! If Natalia Buksa managed to make a draw in that game, she would be a winner of the match. In the following blitz games Sopiko Guramishvili was stronger.

The last two matches, Batsiashvili-Khurtsidze and Ushenina-Tan Zhongi, were not decided in blitz and the players reached Armageddon games. Former world champion Anna Ushenina had all chances playing White but collapsed in a mustwin situation. Her opponent Chinese player Tan Zhongi proceeds to the next round.

Nino Batsiashvili, who had absolutely winning endgame with 2 pawns up, could not defeat her compatriot Nino Khurtsidze and was eliminated too.

The third round of the FIDE Women’s World Championship starts at 3 p.m. local time on 17th of February. 16 participants will continue playing but as before only half of them will advance to the next stage.

TIE-BREAK RESULTS

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Women’s World Chess Championship: Round 2 Game 2

The return games of the second round of the Women’s World Championship were completed in the Espinas Palace Hotel in Tehran. More than 50 % of the matches will be decided on tie-breaks tomorrow.

Nana Dzagnidze, Shen Yang, Olga Girya, Ni Shiqun defeated their respective opposition with 2-0 to qualify for the third round of the competition.

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Ju Wenjun, Anna Muzychuk, Shen Yang, who started the round by winning against higher rated players, preserved the advantage to also advance to the next round. Pham Le Thao Nguyen, who started with a draw in the first game, managed to win against Alexandra Goriachkina.

As for the comebacks in a must-win situation, Tan Zhongyi equalized against Anna Ushenina, Nataliya Buksa struck back against Sopiko Guramishvili. From the begiing it didn`t look like Nataliya has any chance to level the score as Sopiko got better ending. Ukrainian player decided to complicate matters and played 27. Nd5 breaking the material balance.

The biggest surprise of the round was a relativly quick loss of Valentina Gunina, who played innacurately in a mustwin situation and was defeated for the second time by Ni Shiqun.

Olga Zimina had a good chance to level the score against Nana Dzagnidze but when the victory was very close she let it slip with tacktical oversight.

A total of 9 matches will be settled in the games with quick time control.

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According to regulations after a new drawing of colors, two tie-break games with the time control 25min + 10sec will be played.

If the scores are still level, then, after a new drawing of colors, a match of two games with the time control 10min + 10sec will be played. In case of a level score, another match of two games will be played, with a blitz time control of 5min + 3sec.

If still there is no winner, one sudden-death game will be played. The player who wins the drawing of lots may choose the color. The player with the white pieces shall receive 5 minutes, the opponent with the black pieces shall receive 4 minutes whereupon, after the 60th move, both players shall receive an increment of 3 seconds for each move from move 61. In case of a draw the player with the black pieces is declared the winner.

  Results Round 2 Game 2
   
SNo. Name Res SNo. Name
1 Ju Wenjun 1/2-1/2 32 Zhu, Chen
31 Kashlinskaya Alina 1/2-1/2 2 Muzychuk Anna
3 Kosteniuk Alexandra 1/2-1/2 30 Gaponenko Inna
29 Saduakassova, Dinara 1/2-1/2 4 Harika Dronavalli
5 Dzagnidze, Nana 1-0 28 Zimina Olga
27 Ni Shiqun 1-0 6 Gunina Valentina
7 Stefanova Antoaneta 1/2-1/2 26 Melia Salome
25 Padmini, Rout 1/2-1/2 8 Zhao Xue
9 Tan Zhongyi 1-0 24 Ushenina, Anna
23 Khurtsidze Nino 1/2-1/2 10 Batsiashvili Nino
11 Pogonina Natalija 1/2-1/2 22 Huang Qian
21 Savina Anastasia 1/2-1/2 12 Shen Yang
13 Buksa Nataliya 1-0 20 Guramishvili Sopiko
19 Cramling Pia 1/2-1/2 14 Paehtz Elisabeth
15 Goryachkina Aleksandra 0-1 18 Pham, Le Thao Nguyen
17 Girya Olga 1-0 16 Bodnaruk Anastasia

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Women’s World Chess Championship: Round 2 Game 1

32 participants of the Women’s World Chess Championship returned today to the playing venue in the Espinas Palace Hotel (Tehran, Iran) to play the first games of the second round.

As in the first round there were a few blunders and unexpected results.

The rating favorite of the tournament Ju Wenjun had a relatively easy day as her opponent former Women’s World Champion Zhu Chen mixed things at the opening and played 9.g4, allowing Black to get a big advantage.

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The game on the second board didn’t last too long either, as Anna Muzychuk defeated Alina Kashlinskaya, who chose a wrong plan, probably missing Anna’s strong response 15.Bf4. The biggest upset of the round was Chinese player Ni Shiqun who outplayed one of the top players Valentina Gunina.

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In the Russian clash between Anastasia Bodnaruk and Olga Girya, playing white Anastasia initiated a risky kingside expansion. In a very complicated position Olga Girya decided not to check the power of White’s attack. She chose the safest way and converted the game into a slightly better ending, which she managed to win. In one of the most dramatic games of the round Nataliya Buksa outplayed Sopiko Guramishvili by move thirty. The tables were turned after Ukrainian player decided to sacrifice a piece for three pawns and later on missed a killing fork.

The ex-World Champion Anna Ushenina decided to change the queens on the 10th move and was slowly increasing her advantage. Her opponent Tan Zhongyi got some chances to survive in the rook endgame but was a last one who made a mistake in this game.

The second game of the second round of the FIDE Women’s World Championship starts at 3 p.m. local time on 15th of February.

 

  Results of Round 2 Game 1
   
SNo. Name Res SNo. Name
32 Zhu, Chen 0-1 1 Ju Wenjun
2 Muzychuk Anna 1-0 31 Kashlinskaya Alina
30 Gaponenko Inna 1/2-1/2 3 Kosteniuk Alexandra
4 Harika Dronavalli 1/2-1/2 29 Saduakassova, Dinara
28 Zimina Olga 0-1 5 Dzagnidze, Nana
6 Gunina Valentina 0-1 27 Ni Shiqun
26 Melia Salome 1/2-1/2 7 Stefanova Antoaneta
8 Zhao Xue 1/2-1/2 25 Padmini, Rout
24 Ushenina, Anna 1-0 9 Tan Zhongyi
10 Batsiashvili Nino 1/2-1/2 23 Khurtsidze Nino
22 Huang Qian 1/2-1/2 11 Pogonina Natalija
12 Shen Yang 1-0 21 Savina Anastasia
20 Guramishvili Sopiko 1-0 13 Buksa Nataliya
14 Paehtz Elisabeth 1/2-1/2 19 Cramling Pia
18 Pham, Le Thao Nguyen 1/2-1/2 15 Goryachkina Aleksandra
16 Bodnaruk Anastasia 0-1 17 Girya Olga

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Women’s World Chess Championship: Round 1 tie-breaks

The third day of the FIDE World Women’s Chess Championship is over and all the results of the first round are in. After two days 21 matches out of 32 had been decided. The remaining 11 matches continued with playoffs.

According to the regulations of the World Cup tie-breaks two rapid games are played at a rate of 25 minutes for each player with an increment of 10 seconds per move.

If the score is still tied two accelerated rapid games are played with a time control of 10 min + 10 sec. If the score is still deadlocked two blitz games are then played at 5 min + 3 sec.

Finally, if a winner has still not been determined a sudden death Armageddon game takes place with 5 minutes for White and 4 minutes for Black with a 2 sec increment after move 60. In that game Black has draw odds (i.e. he wins if the game is drawn).

9 players were eliminated after two rapid games. Some favorites won their matches but there were also some surprises. Harika Dronavalli, Zhao Xue, Sheng Yang, Guramishvili Sopiko, Huang Qian, Salome Melia, Olga Zimina, Anastasia Savina, Nataliya Buksa went through to the next round.

A few of the rating favorites, including Hoang Thanh Trang, Monica Socko, Ekaterina Atalik, Bela Khotenashvili were knocked out of the World Championship at this stage.

2 rapid matches Dzagnidze-Khaled and Bodnaruk-Hejazipour finished in a draw so the players continued their battles at the 10 min + 10 sec time control. One of the top players of the tournament Nana Dzagnidze found her play and was successful at that stage. She won both games and eliminated her opponent.

The last match between Russian player Anastasia Bodnaruk and Iranian player Mitra Hejazipour was not decided in blitz and the players reached Armageddon game.

During the whole match not even one game has finished in a draw and every time Anastasia Bodnaruk had to win the second game to equalize the score. Mitra Hejazipour showed absolutely great fighting spirit but in the last battle of chess strength and nerves the Russian player was better. Playing White Anastasia Bodnaruk defeated her opponent, who needed to make a draw to advance.

The second round of the FIDE Women’s World Championship starts at 3 p.m. local time on 14th of February. 32 participants will continue playing but as before only half of them will advance to the next stage.

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Women’s World Chess Championship: Round 1 Game 2

The second games of the first round were played in Tehran on February 12.

Sixth players, including Ju Wenjun (China), Anna Muzychuk (Ukraine), Alexandra Kosteniuk (Russia), Antoaneta Stefanova (Bulgaria), Nino Batsiashvili (Georgia) and Valentina Gunina (Russia) won their matches with a 2-0 score.

One of the most surprising results for those, who compare the ratings of opponents, happened in the Dronavalli-Shamima match. Harika, whose rating is more than 400 points higher than her opponents’, didn’t manage to outplay Shamima and the fate of the match will be decided on tie-break.

World Youth Champion under 20 of 2015 Natalia Buksa from Ukarine made the second draw against experienced and higher rated player Hoang Thanh Trang from Netherlands.

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The Georgian Nana Dzagnidze managed to equalize the score after her first round loss to Mona Khaled (Egypt). Also Katerina Atalik from Turkey defeated Salome Melia from Georgia and tied the score 1-1.

Iranian player Sarasadat Khademalsharieh leveled the score in the match against Sopiko Guramishvili, while her compatriot Mitra Hejazipour, who won the first game against Anastasia Bodnaruk, failed in the second one. Both Iranian players will proceed in the playoff stage tomorrow, while Atousa Pourkashiyan, the third player from Iran, has finished her tournament after her loss from German player Elisabeth Paehtz.

11 matches were not decided after two games in classical control and 22 players will continue to fight at 3 p.m. local time on February 13.

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NAME RESULTS       NAME
Lane, Nancy 0-1       Ju Wenjun
Muzychuk Anna 1-0       Mezioud, Amina
Latreche, Sabrina 0-1       Kosteniuk Alexandra
Harika Dronavalli 1/2-1/2       Shamima, Akter Liza
Mona, Khaled 0-1       Dzagnidze Nana
Gunina Valentina 1-0       Ni, Viktorija
Marrero Lopez, Yaniet 0-1       Stefanova Antoaneta
Zhao Xue 0-1       Martinez, Ayelen
Foisor, Sabina 0-1       Tan Zhongyi
Batsiashvili Nino 1-0       Gvetadze Sofio
Zhou Qiyu 0-1       Pogonina Natalija
Shen Yang 1/2-1/2       Arribas Robaina Maritza
Buksa Nataliya 1/2-1/2       Hoang Thanh Trang
Paehtz Elisabeth 1-0       Pourkashiyan, Atousa
Zhai Mo 0-1       Goryachkina Aleksandra
Bodnaruk Anastasia 1-0       Hejazipour, Mitra
Foisor Cristina-Adela - +       Girya Olga
Javakhishvili Lela 0-1       Pham, Le Thao Nguyen
Nemcova, Katerina 1/2-1/2       Cramling Pia
Khademalsharieh, Sarasadat 1-0       Guramishvili Sopiko
Savina Anastasia 1/2-1/2       Socko Monika
Huang Qian 0-1       Charochkina Daria
Khurtsidze Nino 1/2-1/2       Zhukova Natalia
Ushenina, Anna 1-0       Ziaziulkina Nastassia
Padmini, Rout 1-0       Danielian Elina
Atalik Ekaterina 1-0       Melia Salome
Ni Shiqun 1-0       Mkrtchian Lilit
Khotenashvili Bela 1/2-1/2       Zimina Olga
Nechaeva Marina 1/2-1/2       Saduakassova, Dinara
Kovalevskaya Ekaterina 1/2-1/2       Gaponenko Inna
Kashlinskaya Alina 1-0       Cori T., Deysi
Sukandar, Irine Kharisma 1/2-1/2       Zhu, Chen

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Women’s World Chess Championship: Round 1 Game 1

These days all the chess family in all over the world are looking at Tehran to find out who will be the new woman champion of 2017!

Having worked 24-hour in three days to prepare the venue, the Women’s World Chess Championships 2017 started on February 11th. Following FIDE CEO, Geoffrey Borg’s request, all the players and other people in the venue honored Cristina-Adela Foisor’s memory with a moment of silence.

The first move of the first table was then carried out symbolically by the CEO of Mobile Telecommunication Company of Iran, Mr. Vahid Sadoughi on the top seed, GM Ju Wnejun’s board. The FIDE President, Mr. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, was present in the hall to open the championships 2017 officially.

NAME RESULTS       NAME
Ju Wenjun 1-0       Lane, Nancy
Mezioud, Amina 0-1       Muzychuk Anna
Kosteniuk Alexandra 1-0       Latreche, Sabrina
Shamima, Akter Liza 1/2-1/2       Harika Dronavalli
Dzagnidze Nana 0-1       Mona, Khaled
Ni, Viktorija 0-1       Gunina Valentina
Stefanova Antoaneta 1-0       Marrero Lopez, Yaniet
Martinez, Ayelen 0-1       Zhao Xue
Tan Zhongyi 1/2-1/2       Foisor, Sabina
Gvetadze Sofio 0-1       Batsiashvili Nino
Pogonina Natalija 1/2-1/2       Zhou Qiyu
Arribas Robaina Maritza 1/2-1/2       Shen Yang
Hoang Thanh Trang 1/2-1/2       Buksa Nataliya
Pourkashiyan, Atousa 1/2-1/2       Paehtz Elisabeth
Goryachkina Aleksandra 1/2-1/2       Zhai Mo
Hejazipour, Mitra 1-0       Bodnaruk Anastasia
Girya Olga + -       Foisor Cristina-Adela
Pham, Le Thao Nguyen 1/2-1/2       Javakhishvili Lela
Cramling Pia 1-0       Nemcova, Katerina
Guramishvili Sopiko 1-0       Khademalsharieh, Sarasadat
Socko Monika 1/2-1/2       Savina Anastasia
Charochkina Daria 0-1       Huang Qian
Zhukova Natalia 0-1       Khurtsidze Nino
Ziaziulkina Nastassia 1/2-1/2       Ushenina, Anna
Danielian Elina 1/2-1/2       Padmini, Rout
Melia Salome 1-0       Atalik Ekaterina
Mkrtchian Lilit 1/2-1/2       Ni Shiqun
Zimina Olga 1/2-1/2       Khotenashvili Bela
Saduakassova, Dinara 1-0       Nechaeva Marina
Gaponenko Inna 1-0       Kovalevskaya Ekaterina
Cori T., Deysi 1/2-1/2       Kashlinskaya Alina
Zhu, Chen 1-0       Sukandar, Irine Kharisma

The top seeds gradually overcame the tough opposition being shown on all boards but one can see from the above that the gap is not so wide and WGM Mona Khaled from Egypt was the first big surprise, upsetting number one Georgian player, GM Nana Dzagnidze, with black ! Overall fourteen draws reflected the nervousness of the first game as the regulations of the World Championship allow the competitiors to design their own match strategy and draws are allowed at any time in the game.

The second game fo the first round will be very interesting and we invite everybody to follow the live games and excellent commentary by GM Evgeny Miroshnichenko and WGM Shadi Paridar. 

News 1
Opening the game by Mr. Vajid Sadoughi.

All the rounds will start at 15:00, as the first round did. Since the zero tolerance rule is in operation, the players should be in the playing hall on time, without even one minute delay.

News 2
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, Vahid Sadoughi, Mehrdad Pahlevanzadeh walking around the playing hall and watching the games and the decoration.

News 3
Each game was supervised by one arbiter, and it will be done in next days and rounds, too!

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The opening ceremony of the Women’s World Chess Championship took place at the Espinas Palace Hotel at 6 pm on 10th of February. The ceremony was attended by FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the President of Moldova, President of Moldovan Chess Federation Igor Dodon and Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports of Iran Masoud Soltanifar.

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The drawing of colors ceremony took place and Ms. Ju Wenjun picked white.

Pairings Round 1

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. The total prize fund of the Championship is US $450,000. Every player gets 3750$, those who make it to round two get 5500$, for round three it is 8000$, round four 12,000$, round five (semifinals) 20,000$, the silver medalist 30,000$, and the winner 60,000$.

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Schedule: Round 1 – February 11-13, Round 2 – February 14-16, Round 3 – February 17-19, Quarterfinals – February 20-22, Semifinals – February 23-25, Finals – February 27 – 3 March. Closing ceremony – 4th of March. February 26 is a day off. All games start at 1500h local time.


After the WWCC opening ceremony the FIDE President together with President of Moldova Igor Dodon met with the Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs of Iran Masoud Soltanifar. At the meeting also present were FIDE CEO Geoffrey Borg, President of Iranian Chess Federation Mehrdad Pahlevanzadeh, and Director of FIDE representative office in Russia Berik Balgabaev. The Iranian Minister warmly welcomed the Moldovan President and expressed a great interest in establishing the bilateral cooperation. Igor Dodon said that with great interest he would learn the Iranian experience of chess development and organising the world events and he’d try to hold such a tournament in his country in the nearest future.

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Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Young Iranian chess grandmaster expelled from national team for not wearing hijab

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Iran has banned 18-year-old chess grandmaster Dorsa Derakhshani from competing for the national chess team for not wearing a hijab – obligatory dress for women under Iranian law. Derakhshani was expelled for not covering her hair with the garment – compulsory wear for women since the Islamic Revolution in 1979 – while competing as an independent player in the 2017 Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival. Her brother Borna, 15, has also been banned after competing against Israeli player Alexander Huzman in the same chess tournament. The siblings have subsequently been precluded from competing in future international chess competitions for the Islamic Republic. Dorsa obtained her International Master and Woman Grandmaster titles last year and currently lives in Barcelona, Spain, after taking up the offer of a year’s …

Source: GameKnot online chess news

Teenage Iranian chess master banned from national team for refusing to wear a headscarf

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

To most observers, nothing stood out about Dorsa Derakhshani last month when she competed at the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival. The 18-year-old female grand master fared fine on the chessboard, twice using the Four Knights defense, and looked like any other teenager you might see in the British territory that borders southern Spain. But to the head of the Iranian Chess Federation, Derakhshani practically committed an act of treason. Mehrdad Pahlevanzadeh didn’t have a problem with Derakhshani’s play, but her headwear. Derakhshani wore a simple headband in her long hair, instead of a hijab, Iran’s traditional headscarf, which became a compulsory accessory for women after the 1979 revolution. As a result, Pahlevanzadeh announced on Monday that Derakhshani would be kicked off the national chess team. Derakhshani’s younger brother …

Source: GameKnot online chess news

What chess players can teach us about intelligence and expertise

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Are experts more intelligent than non-experts or do they just work harder? And why do some people reach high levels of expertise, while others just remain amateurs? These are some of the questions that cognitive scientists have tried to answer for more than a century. Now our new research on chess players has started untangling the problem. Some researchers believe that becoming an expert in disciplines such as music and scientific research is just a matter of “an awful lot of … effort” – to quote American Olympic gold medallist Jesse Owens. The romantic idea that all of us can achieve great results by deliberate practice, commitment and abnegation is deeply rooted in our culture. In his popular science book “Outliers” Malcolm Gladwell suggests that 10,000 hours of practice will achieve expertise in virtually any skill. Rocky, in the famous …

Source: GameKnot online chess news

WWCC 2017: Round 4 Game 2

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

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Women’s World Chess Championship: Round 4 Game 2

The second games of the Women’s World Chess Championship Quarterfinals were played on February 21. Ju Wenjun, Antoneta Stefanova and Ni Shiqun leave the championship.

In the first game Anna Muzychuk (Ukraine), playing White, defeated Antoaneta Stefanova (Bulgaria), Harika Dronavalli (India) won as Black against Nana Dzagnidze (Georgia), and two other games were drawn – Ni-Kosteniuk, Tan Zhongyi-Ju Wenjun.

Today’s games were extremely tense. The underdog of the match Tan Zhongyi, who was close to win previous game, defeated with Black pieces her teamate and the highest rated player of the tournament Ju Wenjun.

Ju Wenjun leaves Tehran but, as the winner of the Women’s Grand Prix Series, she will have another chance to fight for the title in the Women’s World Championship Match against a new Women’s World Champion.

Nana Dzagnidze won on demand against Harika Dronavalli to extend the match to the tie-breaks. In her last interview Harika said she would like to play as many games as possible and so far she keeps on playing without free days as she hasn’t missed any tie-break.

Unlike Harika, Anna Muzychuk remains the only player who has never played any tie-breaks in this championship. Ukrainian player held Antoaneta Stefanova for a draw and won the match.

Alexandra Kosteniuk transferred the game into a better ending and slowly outplayed her opponent Ni Shiqun, a Chinese player, whose result became the most surprising one in this championship.

The tie-break between Nana Dzagnidze and Harika Dronavalli will take place in the Espinas Palace on 22nd of February.

  Results of Round 4 Game 2
   
SNo. Name Res SNo. Name
1 Ju Wenjun 0-1 8 Tan Zhongyi
7 Stefanova Antoaneta 1/2-1/2 2 Muzychuk Anna
3 Kosteniuk Alexandra 1-0 6 Ni Shiqun
5 Dzagnidze Nana 1-0 4 Harika Dronavalli

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Women’s World Chess Championship: Round 4 Game 1

The Quarterfinals of the Women’s World Championship started in the Espinas Palace Hotel in Tehran on February 20.

Eight players continue their quest for the chess crown – two former World Champions Alexandra Kosteniuk (Russia) and Antoaneta Stefanova (Bulgaria), three Chinese players Ju Wenjun, Tan Zhongyi and Ni Shiqun, Harika Dronavalli (India), Anna Muzychuk (Ukraine), Nana Dzagnidze (Georgia).

They are to play short two-game matches with the classical time control. If the match is tied 1-1, it is continued on the tie-break with quicker time controls.

There were two decisive games at the first day of round 4. Anna Muzychuk outplayed Antoaneta Stefanova and Harika Dronavalli defeated Nana Dzagnidze.

Rating favorites of the matches Alexandra Kosteniuk and Ju Wenjun held their opponents for a draw and will obviously try to press with White pieces tomorrow.

In a Chinese derby playing white Tan Zhongyi transferred the game into the ending which turned to be better for white. There were few moments in the game were Tan Zhongyi was about to win but Ju Wenjun was finding good defensive resources.

Anna Muzychuk tried to surprised Antoaneta Stefanova in a Breyer System in Ruy Lopez with a rare move 14.Bg5 but failed to get something substantial.

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The position after 32.Rb7 is rich with tactics and in the time trouble Antoaneta chose the most ambitious line but didn’t play precisely. After 32…Nh3 33.Kf1 the only way to continue the fight was play Nf2!

After 33…Nf4 and 34.d6 Black’s position collapsed in a few moves.

In the game Dronavalli-Dzagnidze players tried to outsmart each other in the opening with the tricky move order but nevertheless it was more or less flawless game until move 39.

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In a time trouble playing Black Nana most probably missed that after 39…Bb2 40.Bd3 she has Rc1! with a drawish ending. After 39…gf Black is losing.

The second game of quarterfinals will be played at 3 p.m. local time on 21st of February. Both Antoaneta Stefanova and Nana Dzagnidze will have white pieces and obviously will try to equalize the score tomorrow.

Results of Round 4 Game 1

   
SNo. Name Res SNo. Name
8 Tan Zhongyi 1/2-1/2 1 Ju Wenjun
2 Muzychuk Anna 1-0 7 Stefanova Antoaneta
6 Ni Shiqun 1/2-1/2 3 Kosteniuk Alexandra
4 Harika Dronavalli 1-0 5 Dzagnidze Nana

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Women’s World Chess Championship: Round 3 Tie-breaks

The third round tie-breaks started with 4 matches on February 19th at 15:00 local time.

None of the matches were decided in rapid games at the 25 min + 10 sec time control.

All games finished in a draw in Kosteniuk-Cramling and Dronavalli-Guramishvili matches. Sopiko had good chances in the rook ending in the second rapid game but didn’t find a precise way to convert her advantage.

Ju Wenjun and Rout Padmini, despite winning their first rapid games, lost the second ones and let their opponents Olga Girya and Tan Zhongyi to level the score.

Olga Giriya blundered a piece in one move in the first game but after such a hard blow she managed to mobilize all her strength and outplayed Ju Wenjun in a must-win situation.

The fate of all matches was decided in 10 min+10 sec time control.

In a first game Olga Girya didn’t find a precise way to convert her advantage in a rook ending. After 48.e4! Black would lose a pawn on h4 and had no time to promote his e pawn. The ending in the second game didn’t look promising for White but Ju Wenjun found a nice sourse (34.a4) to continue the game and eventually outplayed her opponent.

The first game Dronavalli-Guramishvili with 10+10 time control was full of mistakes from both sides and the evaluation of the position was changing a few times. Sopiko was the last one who made a mistake in this game and in the second one Harika didn’t let her opponent to level the score in the match.

After a shaky start rating favorite of the match Tan Zhongyi found her play in the second half of the match. She defeated her opponent in the first game and found a nice tactical source 14…Ne4, which killed hopes of Indian player to equalize the score.

Pia Cramling got an advantage in the first game with 10+10 time control but made a crucial mistake on 47 move and had to resign few moves later. Swedish Grandmaster tried hard to equalize the score but former world champion didn’t give a her a chance in the second game of the match.

The fourth round of the FIDE Women’s World Championship starts at 3 p.m. local time on 20th of February. Only 8 participants will continue playing and only four of them will proceed to semifinals.

8 Tan Zhongyi   1 Ju Wenjun
2 Muzychuk Anna   7 Stefanova Antoaneta
6 Ni Shiqun   3 Kosteniuk Alexandra
4 Harika Dronavalli   5 Dzagnidze Nana

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Women’s World Chess Championship: Round 3 Game 2

4 matches were decided on the second day of the third round and other 4 matches will be finalized after tie-breaks tomorrow. Nana Dzagnidze and Antoaneta Stefanova, who won the first games of the third round, had no problems to make draws in the second games and went through the next stage.

Fans cannot really blame Anna Muzychuk for using too much time while converting her advantage in the game against Pham Le Thao Nguyen.

It seems Ukrainian player was trying to play without any risk as even a draw would guarantee her a victory in the match. Nevertheless, after 75 moves of play Anna finshed the match with 2:0 score.

19-year-old Chinese player Ni Shiqun defeated Russian Natalia Pogonina, the former runner-up of the previous Women’s World Chess championship 2015, and guaranteed her attendance in the fourth round.

In a dramatic game full of mistakes from both sides Natalia Pogonina missed few real chances to end the game in a draw.

The second games In the matches Girya-Ju, Kosteniuk-Cramling, Dronavalli-Guramishvili, Padmini-Tan were relatively quiet and none of the players had real chances to fight for more than a draw.

Thus, 8 players will play on tie-breaks at 3 pm local time on 19th February.

According to regulations after a new drawing of colors, two tie-break games with the time control 25min + 10sec will be played.

If the scores are still level, then, after a new drawing of colors, a match of two games with the time control 10min + 10sec will be played.

In case of a level score, another match of two games will be played, with a blitz time control of 5min + 3sec.

If still there is no winner, one sudden-death game will be played. The player who wins the drawing of lots may choose the color. The player with the white pieces shall receive 5 minutes, the opponent with the black pieces shall receive 4 minutes whereupon, after the 60th move, both players shall receive an increment of 3 seconds for each move from move 61. In case of a draw the player with the black pieces is declared the winner.

Results of Round 3 Game 2
   
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16 Girya Olga 1/2-1/2 1 Ju Wenjun
2 Muzychuk Anna 1-0 15 Pham, Le Thao Nguyen
14 Cramling Pia 1/2-1/2 3 Kosteniuk Alexandra
4 Harika Dronavalli 1/2-1/2 13 Guramishvili Sopiko
12 Shen Yang 1/2-1/2 5 Dzagnidze Nana
6 Ni Shiqun 1-0 11 Pogonina Natalija
10 Khurtsidze Nino 1/2-1/2 7 Stefanova Antoaneta
8 Padmini, Rout 1/2-1/2 9 Tan Zhongyi

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Women’s World Chess Championship: Round 3 Game 1

Only 16 out of 64 participants are remaining in contention for the title of the Women’s World Champion. In the first game of the third round Nana Dzagnidze, Anna Muzychuk and Antoante Stefanova defeated their opponents, while five other games finished in a draw.

In a Slav Exchange Variation Shen Yang didn`t find the right way to neutralize pressure of Nana Dzagnidze and found herself in an unpleasant position. Her attempt to sacrifice a pawn in order to get conter play was refuted by Nana’s nice tactical blow 25…Ng7!

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In a complicated position, which appeared after original opening move order, Nino Khurtsidze was in trouble and could have lost her game after force variaton starting with 27. Nf6 Kf6 28. h4.

Antoaneta Stefanova transferred the game into the ending Knight & Bishop vs Rook.

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It was not clear how Antoaneta will break through but by playing 51…Re6 Nino Khurtsidze missed nice idea 52.Bd4! threatening Nh6 mate. As a result Georgian player had to give up a pawn on e6 and later on former World Champion confidently mated Black’s king with knight and bishop.

After Anna Muzychuk grabbed a pawn on d4 on move 23, she didn’t leave any chance to her opponent Pham Le Thao Nguyen to survive. After victory with Black pieces it seems Anna has the best chances to proceed to the next round.

Game Kosteniuk-Cramling left the spectators in a slight disappointment because a draw was agreed in a slightly better position for Black. Perhaps Pia decided not to take any additional risk and will try to press with White pieces tomorrow.

The second game of the third round of the FIDE Women’s World Championship starts at 3 p.m. local time on 18th of February.

  Results of Round 3 Game 1
   
SNo. Name Res SNo. Name
1 Ju Wenjun 1/2-1/2 16 Girya Olga
15 Pham, Le Thao Nguyen 0-1 2 Muzychuk Anna
3 Kosteniuk Alexandra 1/2-1/2 14 Cramling Pia
13 Guramishvili Sopiko 1/2-1/2 4 Harika Dronavalli
5 Dzagnidze Nana 1-0 12 Shen Yang
11 Pogonina Natalija 1/2-1/2 6 Ni Shiqun
7 Stefanova Antoaneta 1-0 10 Khurtsidze Nino
9 Tan Zhongyi 1/2-1/2 8 Padmini, Rout

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Women’s World Chess Championship: Round 2 tie-breaks

The second round tie-breaks started with 9 seeds on February 16th at 15:00 local time. After two rapid games, 5 players, including Harika Dronovalli, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Antoaneta Stefanova, Pia Cramling and Padmini Rout, went through the next round.

The first game of rapid match between Sopiko Guramishvili and Natalia Buksa was finished in draw by Sopiko’s claim according to the three times repetition. The second game of one of the most dramatic matches of this tournament also finished in a draw.

Nino Batsiashvili-Nino Khurtsidze, Anna Ushenina-Tan Zhongi, Natalia Pogonina-Huang Qian and Sopiko Gramishvili-Natalia Buksa finished their rapid matches in a draw, so they continued their struggle at 10min+10sec time control.

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After four hours of play Natalia Pogonina, who had to equalize the score 2 times in the match, knocked out Huang Qian.

Nataliya Buksa won the first game but lost the rook+king vs rook+knight+king position in the second one.

It seems Sopiko Guramishvili is winning after 125…Rg2. Nataliya quickly played 126.Ke3 and resigned after Ra2, missing her last chance to survive. After unbelievable 126.Ke1 (!) it was a stalemate! If Natalia Buksa managed to make a draw in that game, she would be a winner of the match. In the following blitz games Sopiko Guramishvili was stronger.

The last two matches, Batsiashvili-Khurtsidze and Ushenina-Tan Zhongi, were not decided in blitz and the players reached Armageddon games. Former world champion Anna Ushenina had all chances playing White but collapsed in a mustwin situation. Her opponent Chinese player Tan Zhongi proceeds to the next round.

Nino Batsiashvili, who had absolutely winning endgame with 2 pawns up, could not defeat her compatriot Nino Khurtsidze and was eliminated too.

The third round of the FIDE Women’s World Championship starts at 3 p.m. local time on 17th of February. 16 participants will continue playing but as before only half of them will advance to the next stage.

TIE-BREAK RESULTS

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Women’s World Chess Championship: Round 2 Game 2

The return games of the second round of the Women’s World Championship were completed in the Espinas Palace Hotel in Tehran. More than 50 % of the matches will be decided on tie-breaks tomorrow.

Nana Dzagnidze, Shen Yang, Olga Girya, Ni Shiqun defeated their respective opposition with 2-0 to qualify for the third round of the competition.

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Ju Wenjun, Anna Muzychuk, Shen Yang, who started the round by winning against higher rated players, preserved the advantage to also advance to the next round. Pham Le Thao Nguyen, who started with a draw in the first game, managed to win against Alexandra Goriachkina.

As for the comebacks in a must-win situation, Tan Zhongyi equalized against Anna Ushenina, Nataliya Buksa struck back against Sopiko Guramishvili. From the begiing it didn`t look like Nataliya has any chance to level the score as Sopiko got better ending. Ukrainian player decided to complicate matters and played 27. Nd5 breaking the material balance.

The biggest surprise of the round was a relativly quick loss of Valentina Gunina, who played innacurately in a mustwin situation and was defeated for the second time by Ni Shiqun.

Olga Zimina had a good chance to level the score against Nana Dzagnidze but when the victory was very close she let it slip with tacktical oversight.

A total of 9 matches will be settled in the games with quick time control.

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According to regulations after a new drawing of colors, two tie-break games with the time control 25min + 10sec will be played.

If the scores are still level, then, after a new drawing of colors, a match of two games with the time control 10min + 10sec will be played. In case of a level score, another match of two games will be played, with a blitz time control of 5min + 3sec.

If still there is no winner, one sudden-death game will be played. The player who wins the drawing of lots may choose the color. The player with the white pieces shall receive 5 minutes, the opponent with the black pieces shall receive 4 minutes whereupon, after the 60th move, both players shall receive an increment of 3 seconds for each move from move 61. In case of a draw the player with the black pieces is declared the winner.

  Results Round 2 Game 2
   
SNo. Name Res SNo. Name
1 Ju Wenjun 1/2-1/2 32 Zhu, Chen
31 Kashlinskaya Alina 1/2-1/2 2 Muzychuk Anna
3 Kosteniuk Alexandra 1/2-1/2 30 Gaponenko Inna
29 Saduakassova, Dinara 1/2-1/2 4 Harika Dronavalli
5 Dzagnidze, Nana 1-0 28 Zimina Olga
27 Ni Shiqun 1-0 6 Gunina Valentina
7 Stefanova Antoaneta 1/2-1/2 26 Melia Salome
25 Padmini, Rout 1/2-1/2 8 Zhao Xue
9 Tan Zhongyi 1-0 24 Ushenina, Anna
23 Khurtsidze Nino 1/2-1/2 10 Batsiashvili Nino
11 Pogonina Natalija 1/2-1/2 22 Huang Qian
21 Savina Anastasia 1/2-1/2 12 Shen Yang
13 Buksa Nataliya 1-0 20 Guramishvili Sopiko
19 Cramling Pia 1/2-1/2 14 Paehtz Elisabeth
15 Goryachkina Aleksandra 0-1 18 Pham, Le Thao Nguyen
17 Girya Olga 1-0 16 Bodnaruk Anastasia

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Women’s World Chess Championship: Round 2 Game 1

32 participants of the Women’s World Chess Championship returned today to the playing venue in the Espinas Palace Hotel (Tehran, Iran) to play the first games of the second round.

As in the first round there were a few blunders and unexpected results.

The rating favorite of the tournament Ju Wenjun had a relatively easy day as her opponent former Women’s World Champion Zhu Chen mixed things at the opening and played 9.g4, allowing Black to get a big advantage.

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The game on the second board didn’t last too long either, as Anna Muzychuk defeated Alina Kashlinskaya, who chose a wrong plan, probably missing Anna’s strong response 15.Bf4. The biggest upset of the round was Chinese player Ni Shiqun who outplayed one of the top players Valentina Gunina.

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In the Russian clash between Anastasia Bodnaruk and Olga Girya, playing white Anastasia initiated a risky kingside expansion. In a very complicated position Olga Girya decided not to check the power of White’s attack. She chose the safest way and converted the game into a slightly better ending, which she managed to win. In one of the most dramatic games of the round Nataliya Buksa outplayed Sopiko Guramishvili by move thirty. The tables were turned after Ukrainian player decided to sacrifice a piece for three pawns and later on missed a killing fork.

The ex-World Champion Anna Ushenina decided to change the queens on the 10th move and was slowly increasing her advantage. Her opponent Tan Zhongyi got some chances to survive in the rook endgame but was a last one who made a mistake in this game.

The second game of the second round of the FIDE Women’s World Championship starts at 3 p.m. local time on 15th of February.

 

  Results of Round 2 Game 1
   
SNo. Name Res SNo. Name
32 Zhu, Chen 0-1 1 Ju Wenjun
2 Muzychuk Anna 1-0 31 Kashlinskaya Alina
30 Gaponenko Inna 1/2-1/2 3 Kosteniuk Alexandra
4 Harika Dronavalli 1/2-1/2 29 Saduakassova, Dinara
28 Zimina Olga 0-1 5 Dzagnidze, Nana
6 Gunina Valentina 0-1 27 Ni Shiqun
26 Melia Salome 1/2-1/2 7 Stefanova Antoaneta
8 Zhao Xue 1/2-1/2 25 Padmini, Rout
24 Ushenina, Anna 1-0 9 Tan Zhongyi
10 Batsiashvili Nino 1/2-1/2 23 Khurtsidze Nino
22 Huang Qian 1/2-1/2 11 Pogonina Natalija
12 Shen Yang 1-0 21 Savina Anastasia
20 Guramishvili Sopiko 1-0 13 Buksa Nataliya
14 Paehtz Elisabeth 1/2-1/2 19 Cramling Pia
18 Pham, Le Thao Nguyen 1/2-1/2 15 Goryachkina Aleksandra
16 Bodnaruk Anastasia 0-1 17 Girya Olga

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Women’s World Chess Championship: Round 1 tie-breaks

The third day of the FIDE World Women’s Chess Championship is over and all the results of the first round are in. After two days 21 matches out of 32 had been decided. The remaining 11 matches continued with playoffs.

According to the regulations of the World Cup tie-breaks two rapid games are played at a rate of 25 minutes for each player with an increment of 10 seconds per move.

If the score is still tied two accelerated rapid games are played with a time control of 10 min + 10 sec. If the score is still deadlocked two blitz games are then played at 5 min + 3 sec.

Finally, if a winner has still not been determined a sudden death Armageddon game takes place with 5 minutes for White and 4 minutes for Black with a 2 sec increment after move 60. In that game Black has draw odds (i.e. he wins if the game is drawn).

9 players were eliminated after two rapid games. Some favorites won their matches but there were also some surprises. Harika Dronavalli, Zhao Xue, Sheng Yang, Guramishvili Sopiko, Huang Qian, Salome Melia, Olga Zimina, Anastasia Savina, Nataliya Buksa went through to the next round.

A few of the rating favorites, including Hoang Thanh Trang, Monica Socko, Ekaterina Atalik, Bela Khotenashvili were knocked out of the World Championship at this stage.

2 rapid matches Dzagnidze-Khaled and Bodnaruk-Hejazipour finished in a draw so the players continued their battles at the 10 min + 10 sec time control. One of the top players of the tournament Nana Dzagnidze found her play and was successful at that stage. She won both games and eliminated her opponent.

The last match between Russian player Anastasia Bodnaruk and Iranian player Mitra Hejazipour was not decided in blitz and the players reached Armageddon game.

During the whole match not even one game has finished in a draw and every time Anastasia Bodnaruk had to win the second game to equalize the score. Mitra Hejazipour showed absolutely great fighting spirit but in the last battle of chess strength and nerves the Russian player was better. Playing White Anastasia Bodnaruk defeated her opponent, who needed to make a draw to advance.

The second round of the FIDE Women’s World Championship starts at 3 p.m. local time on 14th of February. 32 participants will continue playing but as before only half of them will advance to the next stage.

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Women’s World Chess Championship: Round 1 Game 2

The second games of the first round were played in Tehran on February 12.

Sixth players, including Ju Wenjun (China), Anna Muzychuk (Ukraine), Alexandra Kosteniuk (Russia), Antoaneta Stefanova (Bulgaria), Nino Batsiashvili (Georgia) and Valentina Gunina (Russia) won their matches with a 2-0 score.

One of the most surprising results for those, who compare the ratings of opponents, happened in the Dronavalli-Shamima match. Harika, whose rating is more than 400 points higher than her opponents’, didn’t manage to outplay Shamima and the fate of the match will be decided on tie-break.

World Youth Champion under 20 of 2015 Natalia Buksa from Ukarine made the second draw against experienced and higher rated player Hoang Thanh Trang from Netherlands.

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The Georgian Nana Dzagnidze managed to equalize the score after her first round loss to Mona Khaled (Egypt). Also Katerina Atalik from Turkey defeated Salome Melia from Georgia and tied the score 1-1.

Iranian player Sarasadat Khademalsharieh leveled the score in the match against Sopiko Guramishvili, while her compatriot Mitra Hejazipour, who won the first game against Anastasia Bodnaruk, failed in the second one. Both Iranian players will proceed in the playoff stage tomorrow, while Atousa Pourkashiyan, the third player from Iran, has finished her tournament after her loss from German player Elisabeth Paehtz.

11 matches were not decided after two games in classical control and 22 players will continue to fight at 3 p.m. local time on February 13.

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NAME RESULTS       NAME
Lane, Nancy 0-1       Ju Wenjun
Muzychuk Anna 1-0       Mezioud, Amina
Latreche, Sabrina 0-1       Kosteniuk Alexandra
Harika Dronavalli 1/2-1/2       Shamima, Akter Liza
Mona, Khaled 0-1       Dzagnidze Nana
Gunina Valentina 1-0       Ni, Viktorija
Marrero Lopez, Yaniet 0-1       Stefanova Antoaneta
Zhao Xue 0-1       Martinez, Ayelen
Foisor, Sabina 0-1       Tan Zhongyi
Batsiashvili Nino 1-0       Gvetadze Sofio
Zhou Qiyu 0-1       Pogonina Natalija
Shen Yang 1/2-1/2       Arribas Robaina Maritza
Buksa Nataliya 1/2-1/2       Hoang Thanh Trang
Paehtz Elisabeth 1-0       Pourkashiyan, Atousa
Zhai Mo 0-1       Goryachkina Aleksandra
Bodnaruk Anastasia 1-0       Hejazipour, Mitra
Foisor Cristina-Adela - +       Girya Olga
Javakhishvili Lela 0-1       Pham, Le Thao Nguyen
Nemcova, Katerina 1/2-1/2       Cramling Pia
Khademalsharieh, Sarasadat 1-0       Guramishvili Sopiko
Savina Anastasia 1/2-1/2       Socko Monika
Huang Qian 0-1       Charochkina Daria
Khurtsidze Nino 1/2-1/2       Zhukova Natalia
Ushenina, Anna 1-0       Ziaziulkina Nastassia
Padmini, Rout 1-0       Danielian Elina
Atalik Ekaterina 1-0       Melia Salome
Ni Shiqun 1-0       Mkrtchian Lilit
Khotenashvili Bela 1/2-1/2       Zimina Olga
Nechaeva Marina 1/2-1/2       Saduakassova, Dinara
Kovalevskaya Ekaterina 1/2-1/2       Gaponenko Inna
Kashlinskaya Alina 1-0       Cori T., Deysi
Sukandar, Irine Kharisma 1/2-1/2       Zhu, Chen

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Women’s World Chess Championship: Round 1 Game 1

These days all the chess family in all over the world are looking at Tehran to find out who will be the new woman champion of 2017!

Having worked 24-hour in three days to prepare the venue, the Women’s World Chess Championships 2017 started on February 11th. Following FIDE CEO, Geoffrey Borg’s request, all the players and other people in the venue honored Cristina-Adela Foisor’s memory with a moment of silence.

The first move of the first table was then carried out symbolically by the CEO of Mobile Telecommunication Company of Iran, Mr. Vahid Sadoughi on the top seed, GM Ju Wnejun’s board. The FIDE President, Mr. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, was present in the hall to open the championships 2017 officially.

NAME RESULTS       NAME
Ju Wenjun 1-0       Lane, Nancy
Mezioud, Amina 0-1       Muzychuk Anna
Kosteniuk Alexandra 1-0       Latreche, Sabrina
Shamima, Akter Liza 1/2-1/2       Harika Dronavalli
Dzagnidze Nana 0-1       Mona, Khaled
Ni, Viktorija 0-1       Gunina Valentina
Stefanova Antoaneta 1-0       Marrero Lopez, Yaniet
Martinez, Ayelen 0-1       Zhao Xue
Tan Zhongyi 1/2-1/2       Foisor, Sabina
Gvetadze Sofio 0-1       Batsiashvili Nino
Pogonina Natalija 1/2-1/2       Zhou Qiyu
Arribas Robaina Maritza 1/2-1/2       Shen Yang
Hoang Thanh Trang 1/2-1/2       Buksa Nataliya
Pourkashiyan, Atousa 1/2-1/2       Paehtz Elisabeth
Goryachkina Aleksandra 1/2-1/2       Zhai Mo
Hejazipour, Mitra 1-0       Bodnaruk Anastasia
Girya Olga + -       Foisor Cristina-Adela
Pham, Le Thao Nguyen 1/2-1/2       Javakhishvili Lela
Cramling Pia 1-0       Nemcova, Katerina
Guramishvili Sopiko 1-0       Khademalsharieh, Sarasadat
Socko Monika 1/2-1/2       Savina Anastasia
Charochkina Daria 0-1       Huang Qian
Zhukova Natalia 0-1       Khurtsidze Nino
Ziaziulkina Nastassia 1/2-1/2       Ushenina, Anna
Danielian Elina 1/2-1/2       Padmini, Rout
Melia Salome 1-0       Atalik Ekaterina
Mkrtchian Lilit 1/2-1/2       Ni Shiqun
Zimina Olga 1/2-1/2       Khotenashvili Bela
Saduakassova, Dinara 1-0       Nechaeva Marina
Gaponenko Inna 1-0       Kovalevskaya Ekaterina
Cori T., Deysi 1/2-1/2       Kashlinskaya Alina
Zhu, Chen 1-0       Sukandar, Irine Kharisma

The top seeds gradually overcame the tough opposition being shown on all boards but one can see from the above that the gap is not so wide and WGM Mona Khaled from Egypt was the first big surprise, upsetting number one Georgian player, GM Nana Dzagnidze, with black ! Overall fourteen draws reflected the nervousness of the first game as the regulations of the World Championship allow the competitiors to design their own match strategy and draws are allowed at any time in the game.

The second game fo the first round will be very interesting and we invite everybody to follow the live games and excellent commentary by GM Evgeny Miroshnichenko and WGM Shadi Paridar. 

News 1
Opening the game by Mr. Vajid Sadoughi.

All the rounds will start at 15:00, as the first round did. Since the zero tolerance rule is in operation, the players should be in the playing hall on time, without even one minute delay.

News 2
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, Vahid Sadoughi, Mehrdad Pahlevanzadeh walking around the playing hall and watching the games and the decoration.

News 3
Each game was supervised by one arbiter, and it will be done in next days and rounds, too!

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The opening ceremony of the Women’s World Chess Championship took place at the Espinas Palace Hotel at 6 pm on 10th of February. The ceremony was attended by FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the President of Moldova, President of Moldovan Chess Federation Igor Dodon and Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports of Iran Masoud Soltanifar.

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The drawing of colors ceremony took place and Ms. Ju Wenjun picked white.

Pairings Round 1

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. The total prize fund of the Championship is US $450,000. Every player gets 3750$, those who make it to round two get 5500$, for round three it is 8000$, round four 12,000$, round five (semifinals) 20,000$, the silver medalist 30,000$, and the winner 60,000$.

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Schedule: Round 1 – February 11-13, Round 2 – February 14-16, Round 3 – February 17-19, Quarterfinals – February 20-22, Semifinals – February 23-25, Finals – February 27 – 3 March. Closing ceremony – 4th of March. February 26 is a day off. All games start at 1500h local time.


After the WWCC opening ceremony the FIDE President together with President of Moldova Igor Dodon met with the Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs of Iran Masoud Soltanifar. At the meeting also present were FIDE CEO Geoffrey Borg, President of Iranian Chess Federation Mehrdad Pahlevanzadeh, and Director of FIDE representative office in Russia Berik Balgabaev. The Iranian Minister warmly welcomed the Moldovan President and expressed a great interest in establishing the bilateral cooperation. Igor Dodon said that with great interest he would learn the Iranian experience of chess development and organising the world events and he’d try to hold such a tournament in his country in the nearest future.

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Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

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