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WWCC 2017: Round 2 Tie-breaks

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.

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.



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.

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.

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


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.

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.

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


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.


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.

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.


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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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$, and the winner 60,000$.

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.