Women's World Chess Championship 2018 (tournament)

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The Women's World Chess Championship 2018 is an ongoing knock-out tournament to crown a new women's world champion in chess. It is the second world championship held in 2018, after the Tan Zhongyi vs Ju Wenjun match in May 2018. The tournament is played as a 64-player knockout type from 2 to 23 November in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.

The semi-finalists, except the eventual champion will qualify to a new candidates tournament. While the format is not yet determined it will decide the challenger for the next title match.[1]

Organization[edit]

Schedule[edit]

The schedule of the tournament:[2]

  • November 2: Opening ceremony
  • November 3-5: Round 1
  • November 6–8: Round 2
  • November 9–11: Round 3
  • November 12–14: Round 4 (quarter-finals)
  • November 15–17: Round 5 (semi-finals)
  • November 18: Rest day
  • November 19–23: Round 6 (final)
  • November 23: Closing ceremony

Prize fund[edit]

The total prize fund is $450,000.[2]

Round Players Prize money (in $)
Winner 1 60,000
Runner-up 1 30,000
Semi-finals 2 20,000
Quater-finals 4 12,000
Round of 16 8 8,000
Round of 32 16 5,500
Round of 64 32 3,750

Regulations[edit]

The time control is 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, and then 30 minutes for the rest of the game; plus a 30 second increment per move starting from move 1.[3]

In the event of a tie after the regular games, the following tie breaks are used, in order:

  1. Two tie break games at a time limit of 25 minutes plus 10 second increment per move;
  2. Two tie break games at a time limit of 10 minutes plus 10 second increment per move;
  3. Two tie break games at a time limit of 5 minutes plus 3 second increment per move;
  4. Armageddon game, at a time limit of 5 minutes for white, and 4 minutes for black, plus 3 seconds per move from move 61; with white having to win and black having to draw or win.

Players[edit]

The 64 participating players are:[4]

Format is player name, FIDE title, current Elo (October 2018), qualification path (see below).
  1. China Ju Wenjun, GM, 2561 (R)
  2. India Humpy Koneru, GM, 2557 (PN)
  3. Russia Kateryna Lagno, GM, 2556 (E17)
  4. Ukraine Anna Muzychuk, GM, 2555 (WC)
  5. Russia Alexandra Kosteniuk, GM, 2551 (WC)
  6. Russia Aleksandra Goryachkina, GM, 2536 (E16)
  7. Ukraine Mariya Muzychuk, GM, 2533 (E17)
  8. China Tan Zhongyi, GM, 2527 (WC)
  9. Russia Valentina Gunina, GM, 2525 (R)
  10. Germany Elisabeth Paehtz, IM, 2513 (E16)
  11. Georgia (country) Nana Dzagnidze, GM, 2509 (E16)
  12. India Dronavalli Harika, GM, 2500 (WC)
  13. Bulgaria Antoaneta Stefanova, GM, 2490 (E16)
  14. Russia Natalija Pogonina, WGM, 2485 (E17)
  15. Kazakhstan Zhansaya Abdumalik, IM, 2482 (J17)
  16. Georgia (country) Nino Batsiashvili, GM, 2482 (PN)
  17. Russia Olga Girya, WGM, 2479 (R)
  18. China Zhao Xue, GM, 2478 (R)
  19. Georgia (country) Lela Javakhishvili, IM, 2475 (E16)
  20. Kazakhstan Dinara Saduakassova, IM, 2470 (J16)
  21. Georgia (country) Bela Khotenashvili, GM, 2469 (E16)
  22. China Lei Tingjie, GM, 2468 (R)
  23. Poland Monika Socko, GM, 2451 (E17)
  24. Ukraine Anna Ushenina, GM, 2451 (E16)
  25. Russia Alina Kashlinskaya, IM, 2447 (E17)
  26. Turkey Ekaterina Atalik, IM, 2445 (E16)
  27. Russia Alisa Galliamova, IM, 2432 (E17)
  28. China Ni Shiqun, WGM, 2427 (Z3.5)
  29. Russia Anastasia Bodnaruk, IM, 2423 (E16)
  30. Hungary Hoang Thanh Trang, GM, 2423 (E17)
  31. Poland Jolanta Zawadzka, WGM, 2421 (E16)
  32. United States Irina Krush, GM, 2417 (Z2.1)
  33. Ukraine Inna Gaponenko, IM, 2409 (E17)
  34. Russia Marina Nechaeva, IM, 2409 (E17)
  35. Armenia Elina Danielian, GM, 2409 (E17)
  36. Spain Sabrina Vega, IM, 2404 (E16)
  37. Ukraine Natalia Zhukova, GM, 2403 (E17)
  38. Kazakhstan Guliskhan Nakhbayeva, WGM, 2394 (AS17)
  39. Peru Deysi Cori, WGM, 2391 (AM16)
  40. Uzbekistan Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova, WGM, 2385 (Z3.4)
  41. Armenia Lilit Mkrtchian, IM, 2384 (E16)
  42. Israel Yuliya Shvayger, IM, 2375 (E16)
  43. Hungary Anita Gara, IM, 2370 (E17)
  44. Vietnam Vo Thi Kim Phung, WGM, 2368 (Z3.3)
  45. Spain Ana Matnadze, IM, 2362 (E16)
  46. China Zhu Jin'er, WIM, 2360 (Z3.5)
  47. Argentina Carolina Lujan, IM, 2359 (Z2.5)
  48. China Zhai Mo, WGM, 2351 (Z3.5)
  49. Scotland Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant, GM, 2345 (E16)
  50. India Padmini Rout, IM, 2338 (Z3.7)
  51. India Bhakti Kulkarni, CM, 2314 (AS16)
  52. United States Sabina-Francesca Foisor, WGM, 2311 (Z2.1)
  53. Georgia (country) Sopiko Khukhashvili, IM, 2301 (E16)
  54. Cuba Yerisbel Miranda Llanes, WIM, 2239 (AM17)
  55. Iran Mobina Alinasab, WIM, 2205 (Z3.1)
  56. Peru Ingrid Aliaga Fernández, WIM, 2194 (AM17)
  57. China Sun Fanghui, WIM, 2183 (Z3.5)
  58. Egypt Shahenda Wafa, WGM, 2148 (AF)
  59. Canada Maili-Jade Ouellet, WIM, 2122 (Z2.2)
  60. Puerto Rico Danitza Vázquez, WIM, 2086 (Z2.3)
  61. Bangladesh Rani Hamid, WIM, 1909 (Z3.2)
  62. South Africa Jesse Nikki February, WIM, 1893 (AF)
  63. Algeria Hayat Toubal, WIM, 1852 (AF)
  64. Australia Kathryn Hardegen, WFM, 1832 (Z3.6)

Qualification paths[edit]

Final match[edit]

Muzychuk reached the final without playing a single tie-break.

The final is the only match of the tournament which consists of four classical games. Those are played on consecutive days with a rest-day between the semi-final tie-breaks and match 1. Eventual tie-breaks are played on 3 March, in the same manner as the whole tournament. Two rapid games (25+10, i.e. 25 minutes for the whole game plus 10 seconds increment, the two rapid games of 10+10, two blitz games of 5+3 and an armageddon decider.

Top seed Ju Wenjun, the reigning Women's World Champion, had advanced to the final without playing a tie-break. Her opponent on the other hand played three.

Women's World Chess Championship Final 2018
Classical games Total
Rating 1 2 3 4
 Ju Wenjun (CHN) 2568 0
0

Bracket[edit]

Player positions are determined by the October FIDE rating list.[5] No. 1 plays no. 64, 2 plays 63, and so on.

 
Round of 64Round of 32Round of 16Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
                      
 
 
 
 
China Ju Wenjun (1) 2
 
 
 
Australia Kathryn Hardegen (64) 0
 
China Ju Wenjun (1)
 
 
 
United States Irina Krush (32) 0½
 
United States Irina Krush (32) 3
 
 
 
Ukraine Inna Gaponenko (33) 1
 
China Ju Wenjun (1)
 
 
 
China Zhai Mo (48) 0½
 
Georgia (country) Nino Batsiashvili (16) 2
 
 
 
Scotland Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant (49) 0
 
Georgia (country) Nino Batsiashvili (16) 0
 
 
 
China Zhai Mo (48) 2
 
Russia Olga Girya (17) 0
 
 
 
China Zhai Mo (48) 2
 
China Ju Wenjun (1)
 
 
 
Uzbekistan Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova (40) ½0
 
China Tan Zhongyi (8)
 
 
 
China Sun Fanghui (57) 0½
 
China Tan Zhongyi (8)
 
 
 
Uzbekistan Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova (40)
 
Russia Alina Kashlinskaya (25) 0½
 
 
 
Uzbekistan Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova (40)
 
Uzbekistan Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova (40) 3
 
 
 
Russia Valentina Gunina (9) 1
 
Russia Valentina Gunina (9)
 
 
 
Peru Ingrid Aliaga Fernández (56) 0½
 
Russia Valentina Gunina (9)
 
 
 
Ukraine Anna Ushenina (24) ½0
 
Ukraine Anna Ushenina (24)
 
 
 
Armenia Lilit Mkrtchian (41) ½0
 
China Ju Wenjun (1)
 
 
 
Russia Alexandra Kosteniuk (5) 0½
 
Ukraine Anna Muzychuk (4) 2
 
 
 
Bangladesh Rani Hamid (61) 0
 
Ukraine Anna Muzychuk (4) 2
 
 
 
Russia Anastasia Bodnaruk (29) 0
 
Russia Anastasia Bodnaruk (29)
 
 
 
Spain Sabrina Vega (36)
 
Ukraine Anna Muzychuk (4)
 
 
 
Bulgaria Antoaneta Stefanova (13)
 
Bulgaria Antoaneta Stefanova (13) 3
 
 
 
United States Sabina-Francesca Foisor (52) 1
 
Bulgaria Antoaneta Stefanova (13)
 
 
 
Kazakhstan Dinara Saduakassova (20)
 
Kazakhstan Dinara Saduakassova (20) 3
 
 
 
Spain Ana Matnadze (45) 1
 
Ukraine Anna Muzychuk (4)
 
 
 
Russia Alexandra Kosteniuk (5)
 
Russia Alexandra Kosteniuk (5) 2
 
 
 
Puerto Rico Danitza Vázquez (60) 0
 
Russia Alexandra Kosteniuk (5) 3
 
 
 
China Ni Shiqun (28) 1
 
China Ni Shiqun (28)
 
 
 
Ukraine Natalia Zhukova (37)
 
Russia Alexandra Kosteniuk (5)
 
 
 
India Dronavalli Harika (12)
 
India Dronavalli Harika (12)
 
 
 
Georgia (country) Sopiko Khukhashvili (53)
 
India Dronavalli Harika (12)
 
 
 
Georgia (country) Bela Khotenashvili (21)
 
Georgia (country) Bela Khotenashvili (21)
 
 
 
Vietnam Vo Thi Kim Phung (44) ½0
 
China Ju Wenjun (1)
 
 
 
 
 
India Humpy Koneru (2) 2
 
 
 
Algeria Hayat Toubal (63) 0
 
India Humpy Koneru (2) ½0
 
 
 
Poland Jolanta Zawadzka (31)
 
Poland Jolanta Zawadzka (31)
 
 
 
Russia Marina Nechaeva (34) ½0
 
Poland Jolanta Zawadzka (31)
 
 
 
Kazakhstan Zhansaya Abdumalik (15)
 
Kazakhstan Zhansaya Abdumalik (15)
 
 
 
India Padmini Rout (50)
 
Kazakhstan Zhansaya Abdumalik (15) 3
 
 
 
China Zhao Xue (18) 1
 
China Zhao Xue (18) 2
 
 
 
Argentina Carolina Lujan (47) 0
 
Kazakhstan Zhansaya Abdumalik (15)
 
 
 
Ukraine Mariya Muzychuk (7)
 
Ukraine Mariya Muzychuk (7) 2
 
 
 
Egypt Shahenda Wafa (58) 0
 
Ukraine Mariya Muzychuk (7)
 
 
 
Turkey Ekaterina Atalik (26)
 
Turkey Ekaterina Atalik (26) 3
 
 
 
Peru Deysi Cori (39) 1
 
Ukraine Mariya Muzychuk (7)
 
 
 
Iran Mobina Alinasab (55) ½0
 
Germany Elisabeth Paehtz (10) 0½
 
 
 
Iran Mobina Alinasab (55)
 
Iran Mobina Alinasab (55) 2
 
 
 
Poland Monika Socko (23)0
 
Poland Monika Socko (23)
 
 
 
Israel Yuliya Shvayger (42) 0½
 
Ukraine Mariya Muzychuk (7) 1
 
 
 
Russia Kateryna Lagno (3) 1
 
Russia Kateryna Lagno (3) 2
 
 
 
South Africa Jesse Nikki February (62) 0
 
Russia Kateryna Lagno (3) 3
 
 
 
Hungary Hoang Thanh Trang (30) 1
 
Hungary Hoang Thanh Trang (30)
 
 
 
Armenia Elina Danielian (35)
 
Russia Kateryna Lagno (3) 5
 
 
 
Russia Natalija Pogonina (14) 4
 
Russia Natalija Pogonina (14)
 
 
 
India Bhakti Kulkarni (51) ½0
 
Russia Natalija Pogonina (14) 4
 
 
 
China Zhu Jiner (46) 2
 
Georgia (country) Lela Javakhishvili (19) 0
 
 
 
China Zhu Jiner (46) 2
 
Russia Kateryna Lagno (3) 2
 
 
 
China Lei Tingjie (22) 0
 
Russia Aleksandra Goryachkina (6)
 
 
 
Canada Maili-Jade Ouellet (59) ½0
 
Russia Aleksandra Goryachkina (6) 0
 
 
 
Russia Alisa Galliamova (27) 2
 
Russia Alisa Galliamova (27)
 
 
 
Kazakhstan Guliskhan Nakhbayeva (38)
 
Russia Alisa Galliamova (27) 1
 
 
 
China Lei Tingjie (22) 3
 
Georgia (country) Nana Dzagnidze (11) 2
 
 
 
Cuba Yerisbel Miranda Llanes (54) 0
 
Georgia (country) Nana Dzagnidze (11) ½0
 
 
 
China Lei Tingjie (22)
 
China Lei Tingjie (22) 3
 
 
Hungary Anita Gara (43) 1
 

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