Women's World Chess Championship 2019

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Defending champion Challenger
Fondation Neva Women's Grand Prix Geneva 11-05-2013 - Ju Wenjun during the press conference.jpg
Goryachkina Aleksandra (29367231324).jpg
 Ju Wenjun (CHN)  Aleksandra Goryachkina (RUS)
31 January 1991
28 years old
Born 28 September 1998
20 years old
Winner of the
2018 World Championship
Winner of the
2019 Candidates Tournament
Rating: 2592
(Women's World No. 2)[1]
Rating: 2537
(Women's World No. 8)
2018 tournament 2020 →

The 2019 Women's World Chess Championship is an upcoming chess match for the Women's World Chess Championship title. It is contested by Ju Wenjun (winner of the 2018 knock-out championship) and her challenger, Aleksandra Goryachkina the winner of a newly established Candidates Tournament, that is held in 2019.[2]

The match marks the return to a match only format for the title with qualifying Candidates Tournament, after new FIDE president Arkady Dvorkovich expressed his dissatisfaction for the knock-out tournaments and its frequent different world champions.

Candidates Tournament[edit]

The newly established candidates tournament starts on 29 May 2019 in Kazan, Russia. The format is an eight player double round-robin tournament.[3]

Three 3 of 8 players are qualified by virtue of reaching the semi-finals of the last championship.[4] One spot would have been reserved for Ju Wenjun as 2018 World Championship match winner. All remaining players come from the rating list, by taking the average of all twelve 2018 ratings.[5] Aleksandra Goryachkina replaced Hou Yifan, who declined an invitation.[6]

Player Points Women's
world no.
(May 2019)
Women's World champion
Russia Aleksandra Goryachkina 9.5 9 2522
Ukraine Anna Muzychuk 8 7 2539
China Tan Zhongyi 7 10 2513 2017-2018
Russia Kateryna Lagno 7 4 2554
Ukraine Mariya Muzychuk 6.5 3 2563 2015-2016
Georgia (country) Nana Dzagnidze 6.5 11 2510
Russia Alexandra Kosteniuk 6 6 2546 2008-2010
Russia Valentina Gunina 5.5 13 2506

The tournament was won by Goryachkina with two rounds to spare.[7]

Championship match[edit]

The format and host city is not yet announced.


External links[edit]

  1. FIDE Women's Candidates on World Chess (Live Broadcast)