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Amin Bassem and Shahenda Wafa are winners at African Individual Chess Championships 2018

Monday, May 21st, 2018

african_chess_confed</a>African Individual Chess Championships were held in Lusaka, Zambia from 12 to 22 May.
Organizers were the African Chess Confederation and the Chess Federation of Zambia. The venue was Warm Harbor Hotel.

30 players took part in the Open section and 22 in the Women section.
In the Open section the Egyptian players proved their dominance. GM Bassem Amin crushed the field with 8,5 out of 9.
GM Ahmed Adly was second with 7 points and GM Essam El Gindy took third place with 6 points.
In the Ladies section the winner is WGM Shahenda Wafa with 8 pot of 9.
Second is WFM Lorita Mwango with 6,5 points and with the same points third is WIM Sabrina Latreche.

Final standings Open section

1 Amin Bassem 8,5
2 Adly Ahmed 7
3 El Gindy Essam 6
4 Kayonde Andrew 6
5 Hesham Abdelrahman 5,5
6 Oussedik Mahfoud 5,5
7 Paiva Donaldo 5,5
8 Fawzy Adham 5,5
9 Bwalya Gillan 5
10 Chitumbo Mwali 5
11 Phiri Richmond 5
12 Manuel Alberto 4,5
13 Domingos Catarino 4,5
14 Simutowe Musatwe 4,5
15 Oatlhotse Providence 4,5
16 Aderito Pedro 4,5
17 Beukes Dante, M 4,5
18 Mabusela Johannes, Manyesi 4,5
19 Zhemba Jemusse 4
20 Chumfwa Kelvin 4
21 Nshikokola Mutailenu 4
22 Kandangwe Joster 3,5
23 Hoareau Benjamin 3,5
24 Talbi Chafik 3,5
25 Dimba James 3,5
26 Khetho Phemelo 3,5
27 Eichab Charles 3,5
28 Chiona Richard 3
29 Kolomwe William 1,5
30 Pillay Ragul 1,5

Final standings Ladies section

1 Wafa Shahenda 8
2 Mwango Lorita 6,5
3 Latreche Sabrina 6,5
4 Amina Mezioud 6
5 Latreche Khadidja 5,5
6 Laubscher Anzel 5
7 Caxita Esperanca 5
8 Sherif Amina 5
9 Vilhete Vania Fausto Da T 4,5
10 Kudzanayi Charinda 4,5
11 Onkemetse Francis 4,5
12 Makwena Christine 4,5
13 Tlale Tshepang 4,5
14 Botlhole Kgalalelo 4,5
15 Banda Maria 3,5
16 Gorreti Angolikin 3,5
17 Nkhoma Desiderata 3,5
18 Simenda Daisy 2,5
19 Mashane Mary 2
20 Mwilola Phylis Namasiku 0,5

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Jan-Krzysztof Duda wins Polish Championship 2018

Monday, May 21st, 2018

GM Jan Krzysztof Duda

GM Jan Krzysztof Duda

The 2018 LOTTO Polish Championship was a 10-player single round-robin which took place in the Trading Room of the Warsaw Stock Exchange from 12-20 May. The top prize is 20,000 PLN (about $5,500) with the top two qualifying for the Polish Olympiad team.
20-year-old Jan-Krzysztof Duda won his 1st Polish Championship. He was leading with half point before the last round. He drew his game against GM Mateusz Bartel. Meanwhile GM Kacper Piorun lost his game, despite this he is second with 5,5 points out of 9. Third is GM Jacek Tomczak with 5 points.

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Jolanta Zawadzka wins Polish Women’s Championship

Monday, May 21st, 2018

Poland flagThe 2018 Budimex Polish Women’s Championship was a 10-player single round-robin taking place in the Trading Room of the Warsaw Stock Exchange from 12-20 May. The top prize was the same as for the open – 20,000 PLN (about $5,500), with the top two qualifying for the Polish team.
The tournament was very competitive and before the last round 4 players had 5,5 points out of 8.
Two of these players met, IM Karina Szczepkowska lost to WIM Anna Warakomska. GM Monica Socko only drew her game and missed out the top.
Finally WGM Jolanta Zawadzka won her game and that meant a tie-break should have been played between her and Anna Warakomska.
Zavadska won the first game and drew the second. This is her 4th Polish Women’s Championship.
Second is Anna Warakomska and third Monica Socko with 6 points.

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Jaime Santos Latasa wins 7? Open Internacional LLucmajor

Sunday, May 20th, 2018

LLucmajor 2018The 7th international Llucmajor is a 9-round Swiss open which took place from 13-20 May, 2018 in Llucmajor, Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
138 players took part in the tournament, among them 18 GMs.
After 9 rounds 3 players have finished with 7 points out of 9.
The winner is GM Jaime Santos Latasa with the best tie-break. Second is GM Sergey Fedorchuk and third is GM Alvar Alonso Rosell.

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Final standings

1 Santos Latasa Jaime 7
2 Fedorchuk Sergey A. 7
3 Alonso Rosell Alvar 7
4 Zhigalko Sergei 6,5
5 Sumets Andrey 6,5
6 Zumsande Martin 6,5
7 Swayams Mishra 6,5
8 Hamitevici Vladimir 6,5
9 Santos Ruiz Miguel 6,5
10 Postny Evgeny 6,5
11 Prithu Gupta 6,5
12 Fier Alexandr 6,5
13 Rotstein Arkadij 6,5
14 Arizmendi Martinez Julen Luis 6
15 Aroshidze Levan 6
16 Movsziszian Karen 6
17 Abdumalik Zhansaya 6
18 Javakhishvili Lela 6
19 Melia Salome 6
20 Akash Pc Iyer 6
21 Bracker Frank 6
22 Alonso Bouza Julio Javier 6
23 Shailesh Dravid 6
24 Flermoen Peter 6
25 Lillo Castany Victor 6
26 Can Isik 6
27 Zagorskis Darius 6
28 Levin Felix 5,5
29 Roeder Matthias 5,5
30 Sadhwani Raunak 5,5
31 Stany G.A. 5,5
32 Kumar Nikhil 5,5
33 Garcia Del Rey Senen 5,5
34 Iagar Razvan-Gabriel 5,5
35 Ubilava Elizbar 5,5
36 Paquico Rodriguez Ivan 5,5
37 Batsiashvili Nino 5
38 Naumkin Igor 5
39 Di Benedetto Edoardo 5
40 Garcia Martin Marta 5
41 Medarde Santiago Luis Marcos 5
42 Vega Gutierrez Sabrina 5
43 Panelo Marcelo 5
44 Khotenashvili Bela 5
45 Vicient Calvo Ramon 5
46 Grove Michael 5
47 Larino Nieto David 5
48 Dolzhikova Olga 5
49 Di Benedetto Desiree 5
50 Mikalsen Erlend 5
51 Galiana Salom Juan Ramon 5
52 Galchenko Matvey 5
53 Kumar Naman 5
54 Martinez Lopez Ivan 5
55 Abella Vazquez Cesar 5
56 Maisuradze Nino 5
57 Mercant Simo Jaime 5
58 Ruiz Vinals Matias 5
59 Perez Ruiz Santiago 5
60 Vega Gutierrez Belinda 5
61 Mikalsen Harald 5
62 Trias Ramos Diego Jose 5
63 Thiel Thomas 4,5
64 Ballesteros Gonzalez David 4,5
65 Saizew Valeri 4,5
66 Terradas Calafell Jaume 4,5
67 Amengual Perello Jordi 4,5
68 Sayrol Clols Josep Maria 4,5
69 Biedekoepper Robert 4,5
70 Planas Gene Juan 4,5
71 Ermachenko Manuel 4,5
72 Lazarte Anello David Emiliano 4
73 Semenova Elena 4
74 Hill Alistair 4
75 Maloberti David 4
76 Namini Armin 4
77 Vinal Gutierrez Pedro 4
78 Galiana Fernandez Adrian 4
79 Gorny Michael 4
80 Rodes Apilluelo Jose Maria 4
81 Partac Elena 4
82 Aan Sikka 4
83 Castillo Fernandez Carles 4
84 Deruelle Sala Albert 4
85 Fernandez Soriano Ruben 4
86 Vicens Company Maria Antonia 4
87 Revo Tatiana 4
88 Mikalsen Odd Erling 4
89 Cemborain Oricain Alfonso 4
90 Munar Mut Antonio 4
91 Hynna Kevin 4
92 Brasoy Aksel 4
93 Roca Barcelo Nicolau 4
94 Moreno Mateos Jose Luis 4
95 Ballester Cladera Antonio 4
96 Lacrosse Marc 3,5
97 Aguado Doncel Pablo Luis 3,5
98 Meyer Peter 3,5
99 Parramon Guillaumet Jaime 3,5
100 Selva Salvador Antonio 3,5
101 Gonzalez Pabollet Jesus Maria S 3,5
102 Gimenez Garcia Emilio 3,5
103 Baldo Company Jordi 3,5
104 Fentes Caceres Daniel 3,5
105 Montoliu Daroca Imma 3,5
106 Ramon Sanchez Campins Pedro 3,5
107 Perez Bolanos Joel 3,5
108 Llabres Coll Juan 3,5
109 Navarro Cazorla Juan 3
110 Schweighofer Josef 3
111 Navarrete Terrasa Antonio 3
112 Penas Fuster Jaime 3
113 Schindele Andreas 3
114 Ferrer Mygina Juan 3
115 Jaume Pons Antonio 3
116 Cerdo Fernandez Miguel 3
117 Ramis Sebastia Jordi Salvador 3
118 Jonckers Marie-Jeanne 3
119 Sanchez Esteban Emilio 3
120 Garcia Verd Francisco 3
121 Carranza Pons Ricardo Nelson 3
122 Rossello Sanchez Bartolome 3
123 Been Klaas 3
124 Santandreu Tost Josep 2,5
125 Perez Bolanos David 2,5
126 Burset Camps Guillem 2,5
127 Matas Artigues Josep 2,5
128 Castaneda Gonzalez Fernando 2,5
129 Martinsen Harald 2,5
130 Pons Escanellas Antonio M 2
131 Domenech Sanchez Antonio 2
132 Luostarinen Asmo 2
133 Leost Joel 2
134 Pifarre Gene Joan Baptista 1,5
135 De Wit Albert 1
136 Aguilo Pons Francesc 0,5
137 Chakravarthi Reddy M 0
Srinath Rao S.V. 0

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Igor Kovalenko wins Baltic Zonal – Tallinn Stage

Sunday, May 20th, 2018

Estonia flagThe Baltic Zonal -Tallinn Stage was a 9-round Swiss tournament which took place from 14-20 May 2018 in Tallinn, Estonia. This is the first of three Baltic Zonal tournaments and the overall winner qualifies for the 2019 Chess World Cup.
In a total of three stages, each participant will have 24 competitors (8 from each of the Baltic States), and the winner of the overall calculation will have access to the 2019 World Cup.

The winner is GM Igor Kovalenko with 7 points out of 9. Second is IM Tomas Laurusas with 6 points and third is GM Arturs Neiksans with 5,5 points and best tie-break.

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Final standings

1 Kovalenko Igor 7
2 Laurusas Tomas 6
3 Neiksans Arturs 5,5
4 Starostits Ilmars 5,5
5 Sulskis Sarunas 5,5
6 Miezis Normunds 5,5
7 Kanep Meelis 5,5
8 Meshkovs Nikita 5
9 Rozentalis Eduardas 5
10 Kantans Toms 5
11 Kulaots Kaido 5
12 Sarakauskas Gediminas 5
13 Seeman Tarvo 5
14 Narva Mai 4,5
15 Ladva Ottomar 4
16 Stremavicius Titas 4
17 Beinoras Mindaugas 4
18 Vorobjov Pavel 4
19 Chukavin Kirill 3,5
20 Tokranovs Dmitrijs 3
21 Haavamae Henrik 3
22 Berzina Ilze 3
23 Vicas Marijus 2,5
24 Kalvaitis Sigitas 2

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Cristhian Cruz wins Open La Habana 2018

Sunday, May 20th, 2018

Capablanca-201353rd edition of the Capablanca Memorial Chess took place from May 9-19 in the Habana Libre Hotel in Havana, Cuba.
The tournament was divided in two sections, Elite group and Open tournament.
205 players took part in the open.
After 10 rounds five players have finished with 7,5 points out of 10.
The winner is GM Cristhian Cruz, second is GM Stanley Martinez Duany Lelys and third is GM Ernesto Gomez Garrido Camilo .

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Final standings

1 Cruz Cristhian 7,5
2 Martinez Duany Lelys Stanley 7,5
3 Gomez Garrido Camilo Ernesto 7,5
4 Cuenca Jimenez Jose Fernando 7,5
5 Sambuev Bator 7,5
6 Martinez Alcantara Jose Eduardo 7
7 Almeida Quintana Omar 7
8 Berdayes Ason Dylan Isidro 7
9 Quesada Perez Luis Ernesto 7
10 Vera Siguenas Deivy 7
11 Albornoz Cabrera Carlos Daniel 7
12 Oliva Castaneda Kevel 7
13 Cori Quispe Kevin Joel 7
14 Fernandez De La Vara Arnaldo 7
15 Jimenez Fraga Pedro Alejandro 7
16 Hernandez Sanchez Jairo Andres 7
17 Quesada Perez Yasser 6,5
18 Gonzalez Vidal Yuri 6,5
19 Diaz Perez Michel Alejandro 6,5
20 Espinosa Veloz Ermes 6,5
21 Hernandez Gonzalez William 6,5
22 Martinez Martin David 6,5
23 Dieguez Alvarez Mario Enrique 6,5
24 Fernandez Guillen Ernesto J. 6,5
25 Aguero Jimenez Luis Lazaro 6,5
26 Lopez Gonzalez Abel Fabian 6,5
27 Quesada Vera Liordis 6,5
28 Borges Feria Yasel 6,5
29 Cori T. Deysi 6,5
30 Garcia Pantoja Roberto 6
31 Ortiz Suarez Isan Reynaldo 6
32 Diaz Murgada Rider 6
33 Soto Hernandez Henry 6
34 Mendez Fortes Eduardo Jesus 6
35 Nogueiras Santiago Jesus 6
36 Borges Matos Juan 6
37 Rios Cristhian Camilo 6
38 Ordaz Valdes Lisandra Teresa 6
39 Ruiz Castillo Joshua Daniel 6
40 Vera Gonzalez-Quevedo Reynaldo 6
41 Hernandez Sotelo Jose I. 6
42 Fuentes Dominguez Felix 6
43 Rodriguez Rodriguez Javier 6
44 Duran Vega Sergio 6
45 Otero Acosta Diasmany 6
46 Gomez Sanchez Jorge Marcos 6
47 Garcia Carey Osmel 6
48 Ochoa De La Rosa Manuel Dario 6
49 Gomez Fontal Felix Manuel 6
50 Cardoso Cardoso Jose Gabriel 6
51 Dragicevic Drazen 6
52 Marrero Lopez Yaniet 6
53 Cruz De La Osa Reyder 6
54 Morales Jhon Alexander 5,5
55 Panesso Rivera Henry 5,5
56 Perera Alfonso Rene Humberto 5,5
57 Forgas Moreno Yaniela 5,5
58 Aguilera Rodriguez Alfredo R. 5,5
59 Vitier Vazquez Cristian 5,5
60 Gonzalez Acosta Bernal 5,5
61 Perez Rodriguez Luis Manuel 5,5
62 Alvarez Fernandez Carlos Rene 5,5
63 Gutierrez Delgado Yusuan A. 5,5
64 Medina Diaz Rafael Alejandro 5,5
65 Cuenca Gomez Jesus 5,5
66 Vega Chirino Lemay 5,5
67 Fernandez Cardoso Alexey 5,5
68 Campos Jimenez Augusto Cesar 5,5
69 Valdes Romero Leonardo 5,5
70 Linares Napoles Oleiny 5,5
71 Pulido Alvarez Ariel 5,5
72 Fernandez Mayola Reynold Rafael 5,5
73 Duong Thanh Nha 5,5
74 Silveira Garcia Yosdan 5,5
75 Morales Marmol Marcos Antonio 5,5
76 Diaz Hernandez Heriberto 5,5
77 Garcia Matos Richard Alejandro 5,5
78 Saiz Rodriguez Daniel Evelio 5,5
79 Cazulo Ramirez Jesus David 5,5
80 Elias Reyes Jorge Roberto 5,5
81 Ibanez Milian Dagoberto 5,5
82 Hedman Senarega Jose Antonio 5,5
83 Rodriguez Gutierrez Brayans 5,5
84 Rosabal Contreras Yonisbel 5,5
85 Galaviz Medina Sion Radam 5,5
86 Morales Romero Pedro 5
87 Martinez Ramirez Lennis 5
88 Leon Valdes Jony Wilson 5
89 De La Fe Almeida Enmanuel Jesus 5
90 Avila Pavas Santiago 5
91 Fernandez Garcia Arturo 5
92 Amaro Alfonso Raynner 5
93 Gutierrez Espinosa Karen 5
94 Lopez Gari Osvaldo 5
95 Heredia Perez Hector 5
96 Soria Delgado Kadir 5
97 Mateus Alejandro 5
98 Arribas Robaina Maritza 5
99 Flores Quillas Diego Saul Rodri 5
100 Rodriguez Rivera Pedro 5
101 Garcia Garcia Alejandro 5
102 Yanes Canizares Alejandro 5
103 Toledo Fernandez Lazaro Yunior 5
104 Morales Romero Romaris 5
105 Cantillo Barroso Rafael 5
106 Estrada Nieto Julian 5
107 Perez Perez Osniel 5
108 Vargas Rodriguez Wilver 5
109 Pazos Gambarrotti Plinio 4,5
110 Coto Mederos Michel 4,5
111 Gonzalez Gomez Ronier 4,5
112 Llaudy Pupo Lisandra 4,5
113 Becquer Valdes Alain 4,5
114 Argote Heredia Valentina 4,5
115 Soto Miguel Angel 4,5
116 Fernandez Bustamante Leancy B. 4,5
117 Obregon Garcia Roxangel 4,5
118 Miranda Llanes Yerisbel 4,5
119 Echevarria Del Toro Vladimir 4,5
120 Salgado Segui Roberto 4,5
121 Ulloa Ruben Guillermo 4,5
122 Herrera Aruca Jorge Frank 4,5
123 Mantilla Gras Geydis De La C. 4,5
124 Herrera Juan Sebastian 4,5
125 Garcia Martinez Omar 4,5
126 Gonzalez Arredondo Lazaro A. 4,5
127 Fernandez Rivero Karla July 4,5
128 Viveros Erica Johana 4,5
129 Jaksland Tim 4,5
130 Munoz Perez Rolando 4,5
131 Alvarez Calzadilla Jose Avelino 4,5
132 Ramon Pita Vivian 4,5
133 Hernandez Barrera Yerandy Jose 4,5
134 Martin Del Campo C. Roberto 4,5
135 Lavigne Lopez Raul Leonardo 4,5
136 Valido Barroso Melissa 4,5
137 Otero Marino Vladimir 4,5
138 Sanchez Ones Yeny 4,5
139 Morales Garcia Alexei 4,5
140 Roca Rojas Ana Flavia 4,5
141 Calvo Gutierrez Luis Guillermo 4,5
142 Miranda Rodriguez Tania 4,5
143 Soler Guerra Jennys Dailin 4,5
144 Bosch Valls Leannet Mariah 4,5
145 Mateus Martha 4
146 Quesada Chow Ismael Adan 4
147 Zambrano Junior 4
148 Ojeda Lago Ariadna 4
149 Alfonso Ruisanchez Laritza 4
150 Bueno Gauna Cristian Alejandro 4
151 Gonzalez Ochoa Yoana 4
152 Hernandez Carmenate Holman 4
153 Arguelles Loy Felix Orlando 4
154 Blanco Garcia Liliam Barbara 4
155 Lebredo Zaragoitia Gerardo 4
156 Perez Ramirez Kenia 4
157 Avila Fraire Ameyalli 4
158 Interian Rodriguez Alberto D. 3,5
159 Romero Nunez Wendy 3,5
160 Frometa Castillo Zirka 3,5
161 Hernandez Moya Yuleisy 3,5
162 Maso Fonseca Rider 3,5
163 Palmero Martinez Rachel 3,5
164 Gonzalez Rondon Gelacio 3,5
165 Martinez Piqueras Carlos 3,5
166 Rodriguez Balart Alain 3,5
167 De La Torre Rodriguez Elizabeth 3,5
168 Diaz Del Valle Laura Beatriz 3,5
169 Blanco Milhet Leandro 3,5
170 Aponte Castillo Ernesto 3,5
171 Cabrera Ladron De Guevara Mayra 3,5
172 Perez Lorenzo Enmanuel 3,5
173 Pages Roman Seidy 3,5
174 Hart Alexander 3,5
175 Sanchez Cabrera Circe Consuelo 3,5
176 Palsson Halldor Peter 3,5
177 Puga Bravo Marcelo 3
178 Varela Maria De Los Angeles 3
179 Lopez Rippel Ricardo 3
180 Cardoso Jaidy Marcela 3
181 Alarcon Casellas Rolando 2,5
182 Galaviz Valdez Manuel Antonino 2,5
183 Lopez Vilier Luis Angel 2,5
184 Gomez Arnau Reinerio 2,5
185 Lopez Gonzalez Carlos Andres 2,5
186 Sierra Cartaya Ana Barbara 2,5
187 Venzant Batista Marcia Camila 2,5
188 Garcia Matos Maury 2,5
189 Martin Campos Beatriz Josefa 2,5
190 Nieto Rego Ana 2
191 Werren Hugo 1,5
192 Alvarez Pedraza Aramis 0,5
193 Delgado Ramos Hector 0
Ruiz Sanchez Orlen 0
Rodriguez Hernandez Luis Daniel 0
Abreu Jean Carlos Paul 0
Pomares Diaz Manuel Alejandro 0
Perez Rodriguez Cesar Alejandro 0
Gil Alba Hector Luis 0
Bueno Abalo Manuel 0
Fernandez Rodriguez Angel Luis 0
Roca Mendoza Yurien 0
Ubaldo Suarez Maria Gisela 0
Rodriguez Guerra Melissa 0
205 Galeev Yurii 0

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Sam Shankland wins 53rd Capablanca Memorial

Sunday, May 20th, 2018

Capablanca Memorial53rd edition of the Capablanca Memorial Chess took place from May 9-19 in the Habana Libre Hotel in Havana, Cuba.
The tournament was divided in two sections, Elite group and Open tournament.
The elite group of 6 players was honouring the Cuban Chess World Champion Jos? Ra?l Capablanca in a double round-robin with new US Champion GM Sam Shankland the top seed.
He was leading all the time and in the end with the impressive score 7,5 out of 10 was the winner, 1,5 points ahead of GM Aleksey Dreev, who is second. Third is GM David Anton Guijarro with 5,5 points.

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Final standings

1 Shankland Samuel L 7,5
2 Dreev Aleksey 6
3 Anton Guijarro David 5,5
4 Rakhmanov Aleksandr 4
5 Bacallao Alonso Yusnel 3,5
Bruzon Batista Lazaro 3,5

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Shankland Wins Capablanca Memorial

Sunday, May 20th, 2018

Two weeks after his success at the U.S. Championship, Sam Shankland won another tournament: the Capablanca Memorial in Havana, Cuba. With a score of 7.5/10 and a 2829 performance rating the American grandmaster entered the world’s top 30.
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Ju Wenjun wins Women’s World Championship Match

Saturday, May 19th, 2018

Y84A6235The tenth game of the Women’s World Chess Championship Match finished with a draw and with the final score 4.5-5.5.the challenger Ju Wenjun became the new Women’s World Champion.
After the 9th game? Ju Wenjun has got the match point, she needed a draw to win the match. It was a difficult task for the current champion Tan Zhongyi, to win with black was the only way to bring the match to tie-break.
Ju Wenjun played white today, she started with 1.d4, Tan Zhongyi reacted with 1…g6 and the game went to Pirc defence. She wanted to complicate the game and to avoid the opening preparation. Ju Wenjun played solid and keep small advantage. In the middle game, Tan Zhongyi played 19…g5 trying to fight in the king side. However it looks a little bit premature. That didn’t scare Ju Wenjun, she reacted to it actively. Quickly she had a pawn up, and got total control on the board.
As she needed a draw Ju Wenjun’s last moves were quite solid trying to avoid any complication. In the end, after 4hours 10 minute, Ju Wenjun was with advantage, but accepted Tan Zhongyi’s draw offer to end the game. Y84A6327

At the post game conference, the two players analyzed the game. In both their opinion, 19…g5 was a dubious move, but Tan Zhongyi said that she had to fight to win due to the score situation, so she had no choice but give it a go. Mr. Ye Jiangchuan, the coach of Chinese national team, attended today’s conference, in his opinion, g5 was moved in a wrong time, 19…Nf6 could be a better choice back to that time, and then black can wait for better opportunities. Ju Wenjun said it was a task for her when after 19…g5, whether go 20.h4 to make the position complicated or not to, eventually she decided to accept the fight with 20.h4. And at the end, she knew she was with big advantage, but draw was enough for her to win this championship match, so she accepted Tan Zhongyi’s draw suggestion.

In the following interview section, both players expressed their gratitude to their team, their hometown leaders, friends, family and fans. Ju Wenjun gave her special thanks to her coach GM Ni Hua for so much support, Tan Zhongyi said her coach GM Zhou Weiqi worked harder then her from the match preparation until the end. Even though she didn’t win, she is looking forward for future cooperation. She had not too much regret for the last game, she thought the main problem was that she played terrible in the second and third games in Shanghai. Because psychological and mentally for both it was very tough, she prefers the knockout system for the World championship.
Ju Wenjun said, that being a chess player, she preffered so just focus and play, not to think about winning or losing before this championship. And she of course is happy with the victory. The most difficult moment was 7th game. Because after 6 hours fierce battle in 6th game, it took her too much physical effort, and then she lost, so she was in a really bad mood too. So the 7th game is extremely hard. The good thing is that she adjusted the state of mind in time.
Mr. Ye Jiangchuan says, it was a fierce competition. 10 games, is a competion of chess skills, psychology and other skills. Ju Wenjun showed us her strong ability of controlling; she was leading all the time. Tan Zhongyi never gave up, she always fought hard. Anyway, Congratulations to Ju Wenjun. Apart from that, he understands the stress, but it is a big honour to participate in this event. Hope that the two girls can keep working hard.

After then it was relaxed question section, When Ju Wenjun was asked, why she was never seen with make up during the mach, and never changed her dress , she usually loves to dress pretty in normal day. She said, when she does make up, she does it carefully, but was nervous during the match, so decided not to. And about the clothes, because the clothesare from the sponsor, She believes she should wear it, so she wore it. Everyday’s cloth looks the same because she has two sets. Tan Zhongyi says she loves wearing lipstick everyday.
So now, the winner of 2018 FIDE women’s world chess championship match has born. After 10 games, Ju Wenjun 5.5: 4.5 Tan Zhongyi becomes the 17th champion of FIDE women’s world chess. Also she is the 6th Chinese female chess player who reached FIDE chess champion. According to rule, she will get the winning prize, 120,000 Euros (After tax), it is approximately 900,000RMB. Tan Zhongy will get prize of 80,000 Euros (After tax).

Tomorrow we will have the closing ceremony.
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On Chess : How Sports Illustrated familiarized chess for a broad audience

Friday, May 18th, 2018

The U.S. and U.S. Women’s Chess Championships recently concluded at the St. Louis Chess Club. During the tournament, the Chess Club played host to a number of journalists from publications from around the world. Many of the articles resulting from these visits will become part of the World Chess Hall of Fame’s collection of periodicals related to chess history. Many of these publications are chess-centered periodicals such as Chess Life, Chess Review, American Chess Bulletin and New in Chess. However, the collection also contains many magazines that show chess’s broad appeal. Among these are general interest magazines like LIFE and Sports Illustrated, which translate the events of the game to a wider audience. Fans of chess sometimes discuss whether chess is a game, an art, a sport or some combination of the three. Since at least 1958, Sports Illustrated has …

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