Women's World Chess Championship 2015 (match)
|Hou Yifan (China)|
|born 27 February 1994
20 years old
|Winner of the
2015 knock-out World Championship
|Winner of the
FIDE Women's Grand Prix 2013–2014
|FIDE rating: 2663
(Women's World No.2)
The Women's World Chess Championship held in October is the second of two world championships held in 2015. It is played in a match format between the 2015 Women's World Chess champion, as determined in a knock-out tournament earlier that year, and her challenger Hou Yifan. Hou Yifan won her place in the match by winning the FIDE Women's Grand Prix 2013–2014. If Hou, the current world champion, also wins the 2014 world championship, then her opponent will be Humpy Koneru, the Grand Prix runner-up.
March 2015 World Championship
The Women's World Chess Championship 2014 was scheduled as a 64-player knockout tournament in October 2014. With no bid to host the event the championship was postponed indefinitely. It will now be held in March 2015 in Sochi, Russia starting on 15 March 2015. Held only seven months prior to the match, the new world champion might have a short reign.
2013/14 Grand Prix
The challenger qualifies by winning the FIDE Women's Grand Prix 2013–14. The Grand Prix consisted of six single tournaments, with each player taking part in four of these. The first stage was won by Bela Khotenashvili. Humpy Koneru then won the second and third stage to take the overall points lead. After Hou Yifan won the fourth and fifth stage, only she and Koneru Humpy were in contention for the overall win. Both ELO-rating favorites entered the sixth stage in Sharjah, UAE, with Humpy leading Hou Yifan by 5 points. Needing at least 55 points and to finish above Humpy, Hou Yifan secured the overall Grand Prix win in round nine of eleven.
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