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Women’s World Chess Championship 2018

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Women’s World Chess Championship

The Women’s World Chess Championship will be held in Khanty-Mansiysk from 2nd to 23rd November 2018.  64 chess players from 28 countries will compete for the crown.

African players

Africa will have 3 players in this prestigious event.  WGM Wafa Shahenda of Egypt, WIM Jesse February from South Africa and WIM Hayat Toubal from Algeria.

Africa's hope - from left WIM Hayat Toubal of Algeria, WGM Wafa Shahenda of Egypt & WIM Jesse February from South Africa. Photo credit Kim Bhari & Sandhya Deshpande.
Africa’s hope – from left WIM Hayat Toubal of Algeria, WGM Wafa Shahenda of Egypt & WIM Jesse February from South Africa. Photo credit Kim Bhari & Sandhya Deshpande.

Africa is divided into 4 Zones which means that we should have had 4 players in this event.   At the time of reporting it is not clear why Zone 4.4 failed to send a player.

The 2017 World Championship was held in Tehran, Iran from 10th February to 5th March 2017.

Africa had 3 players in that event.  Mona Khaled of Egypt, Amina Mezioud and Sabrian Latreche both of Algeria.   All 3 players unfortunately did not make it into round 2.

Promotional video for the event in support of Africa – Women’s World Championship Promotional Video.

Top Players

Ju Wenjun (2561, China) is the top seed & incumbent world champion

Nana Dzagnidze,Lela Javakhishvili, Nino Batsiashvili all from Georgia and current World Champion Ju Wenjun of China. Photo credit Kim Bhari.
Nana Dzagnidze,Lela Javakhishvili, Nino Batsiashvili all from Georgia and current World Champion Ju Wenjun of China. Photo credit Kim Bhari.

Alexandra Kosteniuk (2551, Russia), Mariya Muzychuk (2533, Ukraine), Tan Zhongyi (2527, China), Antoaneta Stefanova (2490, Bulgaria), and Anna Ushenina (2451, Ukraine) are all former world champions are taking part in the event.

Carrying Russia's hope from left Natalija Pogonina, Valentina Gunina, Aleksandra Goryachkina, Alexandra Kosteniuk. Photo credit Kim Bhari.
Carrying Russia’s hope from left Natalija Pogonina, Valentina Gunina, Aleksandra Goryachkina, Alexandra Kosteniuk. Photo credit Kim Bhari

Humpy Koneru (2557, India), Kateryna Lagno (2556, Russia), Anna Muzychuk (2555, Ukraine) are some of the other stars taking part.

Aleksandra Goryachkina (2536, Russia), Valentina Gunina (2525, Russia) are two other players who could win the event.

Carrying the Ukrainian flag the sisters from left Anna Muzychuk & former World Champion Mariya Muzychuk. Photo credit Kim Bhari.
Carrying the Ukrainian flag are two sisters. From left Anna Muzychuk & former World Champion Mariya Muzychuk. Photo credit Kim Bhari.

Kazakhstan will be represented by 3 players.  Dinara Saduakassova (2016 World Junior Champion),  Zhansaya Abdumalik (2017 World Junior Champion) &  Guliskhan Nakhbayeva.

Carry the Kazakhstan's flag from left Dinara Saduakassova (2016 World Junior Champion), Guliskhan Nakhbayeva, Zhansaya Abdumalik (2017 World Junior Champion). Photo credit Kim Bhari.
Carry the Kazakhstan’s flag from left Dinara Saduakassova (2016 World Junior Champion), Guliskhan Nakhbayeva, Zhansaya Abdumalik (2017 World Junior Champion). Photo credit Kim Bhari.

Venue & Schedule

The venue of Women’s World Chess Championship is the famous Ugra Chess Academy.  The Opening Ceremony will take place in the Concert and Theatre Centre “Ugra-Classic”.

Natalia Komarova the Governor of Ugra  and FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich are expected to attend the ceremony.

Venue for the event - Ugra Chess Academy. Photo credit organisers of the event.
Venue for the event – Ugra Chess Academy. Photo credit organisers of the event.
Venue for the event - Ugra Chess Academy. Photo credit organisers of the event.
Venue for the event – Ugra Chess Academy. Photo credit organisers of the event.

Schedule: November 2 – Players Meeting / Opening Ceremony.

November 3-5 – Round 1, November 6-8 – Round 2.

November 9-11 – Round 3, November 12-14 – Round 4.

(Quarterfinals), November 15-17.

Round 5 (Semi-final), November 18.

Free day, November 19-23.

Round 6 (Final), November 23 – Closing Ceremony.

Prize fund is USD 450,000.

Qualifiers

There are 64 qualifiers (in order of priority):

  1. The winner, the runner up and the two other semi-finalists of the Women’s World Championship 2016 (4 players).
  2. The World Junior Girl Champions U-20 of 2016 & 2017. (2 players).
  3. The five best rated players from the average of the FIDE rating lists (5 players).
  4. Fifty-one qualifiers from the Women’s Continental Championships and Zones (51 players).
  5. Two nominees of the FIDE President (2 players).

Official website – Women’s World Championship.

List of participants

1 Ju Wenjun (CHN) GM 2568
2 Humpy Koneru (IND) GM 2548
3 Lagno Kateryna (RUS) GM 2556
4 Muzychuk Anna (UKR) GM 2564
5 Kosteniuk Alexandra (RUS) GM 2543
6 Goryachkina Aleksandra (RUS) GM 2534
7 Muzychuk Mariya (UKR) GM 2545
8 Tan Zhongyi (CHN) GM 2513
9 Gunina Valentina (RUS) GM 2497
10 Paehtz Elisabeth (GER) IM 2495
11 Dzagnidze Nana (GEO) GM 2516
12 Harika Dronavalli (IND) GM 2498
13 Stefanova Antoaneta (BUL) GM 2490
14 Pogonina Natalija (RUS) WGM 2465
15 Abdumalik Zhansaya (KAZ) IM 2473
16 Batsiashvili Nino (GEO) GM 2465
17 Girya Olga (RUS) WGM 2481
18 Zhao Xue (CHN) GM 2478
19 Javakhishvili Lela (GEO) IM 2477
20 Saduakassova Dinara (KAZ) IM 2474
21 Khotenashvili Bela (GEO) GM 2477
22 Lei Tingjie (CHN) GM 2457
23 Socko Monika (POL) GM 2463
24 Ushenina Anna (UKR) GM 2440
25 Kashlinskaya Alina (RUS) IM 2477
26 Atalik Ekaterina (TUR) IM 2445
27 Galliamova Alisa (RUS) IM 2432
28 Ni Shiqun (CHN) WGM 2436
29 Bodnaruk Anastasia (RUS) IM 2426
30 Hoang Thanh Trang (HUN) GM 2448
31 Zawadzka Jolanta (POL) WGM 2407
32 Krush Irina (USA) GM 2434
33 Gaponenko Inna (UKR) IM 2420
34 Nechaeva (Guseva) Marina (RUS) IM 2413
35 Danielian Elina (ARM) GM 2426
36 Vega Gutierrez Sabrina (ESP) IM 2389
37 Zhukova Natalia (UKR) GM 2375
38 Nakhbayeva Guliskhan (KAZ) IM 2367
39 Cori T., Deysi (PER) WGM 2406
40 Tokhirjonova Gulrukhbegim (UZB) WGM 2435
41 Mkrtchian Lilit (ARM) IM 2396
42 Shvayger Yuliya (ISR) IM 2389
43 Gara Anita (HUN) IM 2370
44 Vo Thi Kim Phung (VIE) WGM 2354
45 Matnadze Ana (ESP) IM 2372
46 Zhu Jineer (CHN) WIM 2379
47 Lujan, Carolina (ARG) IM 2364
48 Zhai Mo (CHN) WGM 2352
49 Arakhamia-Grant Ketevan (SCO) GM 2373
50 Padmini Rout (IND) IM 2341
51 Kuilkarni Bhakthid (IND) WGM 2256
52 Foisor Sabina-Francesca (USA) WGM 2264
53 Khukhashvili Sopiko (GEO) IM 2316
54 Miranda Llanes, Yerisbel (CUB) WIM 2267
55 Alinasab Mobina (IRI) WIM 2236
56 Aliaga Fernandez, Ingrid Y (PER) WIM 2194
57 Sun Fanghui (CHN) WIM 2183
58 Wafa Shahenda (EGY) WGM 2145
59 Ouellet, Maili-Jade (CAN) WIM 2125
60 Vazquez Maccarini, Danitza (PUR) FM 2065
61 Hamid Rani (BAN) WIM 1935
62 February Jesse Nikki (RSA) WIM 1922
63 Toubal Hayat (ALG) WIM 1870
64 Hardegen Kathryn (AUS) WFM 1832

Conditions of victory

For rounds 1-5, each match shall be played over two games.  The winner of every match shall be the first player to score 1.5 or more.

The final match, or round 6, shall be played over four games.  The winner of the match shall be the first player to score 2.5 or more.

The winner of the final match will be declared Women’s World Champion.

Prizes for the Women’s World Championship

Prize list (minimum 450.000 USD in total)

1 st round 32 losers x 3.750 = 120.000

2 nd round 16 losers x 5.500 = 88.000

3 rd round 8 losers x 8.000 = 64.000

4 th round 4 losers x 12.000 = 48.000

5 th round 2 losers x 20.000 = 40.000

6 th round 1 loser x 30.000 = 30.000

Women’s World Champion = 60.000

TOTAL: USD 450.000.