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🏆 Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2015) Chess Event Description
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Player: Pia Cramling

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. P Cramling vs M Hejazipour  1-0462015Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentA46 Queen's Pawn Game
2. M Hejazipour vs P Cramling  0-1592015Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentB42 Sicilian, Kan
3. K Arakhamia-Grant vs P Cramling  ½-½312015Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
4. P Cramling vs K Arakhamia-Grant 1-0412015Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. P Cramling vs V Gunina 1-0392015Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
6. V Gunina vs P Cramling ½-½1172015Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
7. P Cramling vs A Muzychuk  ½-½292015Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentE10 Queen's Pawn Game
8. A Muzychuk vs P Cramling  ½-½602015Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
9. P Cramling vs A Muzychuk 1-0452015Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
10. P Cramling vs A Muzychuk 0-1692015Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentA46 Queen's Pawn Game
11. A Muzychuk vs P Cramling ½-½552015Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
12. A Muzychuk vs P Cramling  0-1452015Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
13. P Cramling vs N Pogonina 1-0792015Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentD56 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. N Pogonina vs P Cramling 1-0382015Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
15. N Pogonina vs P Cramling 1-01162015Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
16. P Cramling vs N Pogonina  ½-½412015Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
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  whiteshark: Final cb report:
Apr-06-15  Kanatahodets: "Mariya Muzychuk became the 15th Women World Champion against all odds. Perhaps a sign that she was not one of the weaker candidates is that for her monumental effert, the end result was.... a loss of two Elo!" That's funny:)
Apr-06-15  Kanatahodets: Anyway, Maria is the cutest WC in the history of chess. And it seems to me the nicest after Hou.
Apr-06-15  Nerwal: <Final cb report:

Those Chessbase reports have been terrible. Focussing on mistakes, criticizing at every opportunity, drowning the tension of the fights in computerized variations. To crown this achievement, we learned in commentary of game 3 that ♖+f♙+h♙ vs ♖ is an easy draw (tell that to Eljanov, Aronian, and many others), and in game 4 we see quoted a game between 1300 players as reference.

Apr-06-15  dumbgai: <quoted a game between 1300 players as reference>

The best part of that report!

Apr-06-15  dumbgai: I was 1300 once, but didn't make much of a contribution to opening theory, I'm afraid.
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  WannaBe: I was 1300 once, and I made a ton of contribution to opening theory, all of which was classified under: "Do not play this move!", I'm afraid.
Apr-06-15  dx9293: <Nerwal> Agree. The ChessBase reports have been shameful.

It's clear the author (Albert Silver) does not respect the event or the players in it (even though most of them were 2400-2500+). I'd like to see how he would do in this tournament: lose 0-2 in the first round I'm sure.

Knockout tournaments are going to have more mistakes and blunders, because the tension is increased by the "lose and go home" nature of the event. Those who would like to popularize chess might consider adopting this format more often. The drama in the Women's World Championship was unbelievable!

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  alexmagnus: 1300 not, but I heard some GM regularly looks at all games at 1800+ level in search for opening ideas.

Actually, many an opening trap popularized by GM games in the pre-computer era was most probably first discovered at a much lower level.

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  alexmagnus: As for Muzychuk's alleged "against-all-odds" victory. She performed as good as the rating predicted (though much better if we exclude that first round loss). She was seeded 8th, not some 50th. Rated just 30 points below the second seed Ju Wenjun at the start of the tournament. That's what you call an underdog? Being the tiny 30 points below #2?
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  Natalia Pogonina: Thanks to everyone for following this event. I hope it has been an entertaining tournament to keep an eye on. One of the representatives of a major Russian news site told me that the online broadcast of the final match had better ratings at their site than football matches. They didn't expect so much attention at all!

I am extremely exhausted and am leaving for the Women's World Team Chess Championship in a few days. If China grants me a visa after what has happened here, of course :)

Apr-06-15  Kanatahodets: Congrats Natasha for your resilience. it was fun to watch. each time after your loss i said - she will be back:)
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  HeMateMe: < If China grants me a visa after what has happened here, of course :)>

I think Natalie eliminated several Chinese players. Let's hope they don't imprison her in the Forbidden City.

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  perfidious: <HMM> There is an old saying in poker: You can shear a sheep many a time, but you can only skin him once.
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  HeMateMe: I wonder if China will put up a bid for Hou again? They certainly have the money. Muzychuk then gets an extra 10% of the prize money, for playing in the opponent's country.

Maybe Donald Trump will put in a bid, and have the match in a Trump hotel ballroom? I suppose the two players would have to kiss his ring and tell him "You're mortal!" before the opening game.

Apr-07-15  Beholder: <Natalia Pogonina: Thanks to everyone for following this event. I hope it has been an entertaining tournament to keep an eye on.>

It definitely was! Congrats on your very strong showing, on becoming the vice-champ, on earning a sizeable prize, and most of all, on an incredible heroic feat of coming back from defeat THREE TIMES in a row!!!

That was quite an achievement in itself.

Apr-07-15  ChessMan94: I'm afriad Maria's reign will be a short one. Hou will regain the title.
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  parmetd: Good luck Natalia. I was rooting for you.
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  whiteshark: <Closing ceremony: Mariya Muzychuk is crowned> cb report, pictures and comments.

Apr-08-15  Pedro Fernandez: Dear Natalia, we appreciate your kinda post and let me tell you that a lot of your pals were betting for your success. Good job dear Pogonina. A warm greetings for you and your family, specially to your son.
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  HeMateMe: a fine tournament ended, with two great warriors on the podium.

"Um....this unicorn thing is kind of itchy...can I take it off now?"


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  Natalia Pogonina: Here is an in-depth interview with me on the championship and other related issues. Hope you will enjoy reading it:

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  thegoodanarchist: Well, this is nice for MM but the format is not so good for chess. Maybe a tournament is OK for choosing the challenger for the title, but until MM beats HY in a match this crown is not so significant.

FIDE once upon a time did things well. Zonal tournaments followed by Inter Zonal tournaments, the highest placing players from the IZTs then played knockout matches to determine a worthy challenger.

Even so, the worthy challenger had to take the crown from the champ by winning a match or else having the champ resign the title (like Lasker & Fischer did).

Nowadays things have gotten silly, especially with the women's format.

Jul-14-15  Boomie: <thegoodanarchist: Well, this is nice for MM but the format is not so good for chess.>

Read Pogonina's interview. She points out the financial problems FIDE has had in supporting women's events. Apparently it's easier to find a sponsor for one knockout tournament than many playoffs. Plus it is more exciting for the spectators as there are many must win games.

In an ideal world, the challenger would come out of a candidate match system and the title settled by a longish match with the champ. But this world is anything but ideal.

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  perfidious: <detritus....Plus Cramling, being in her early 50s, and presumably post-menopausal, won't have to worry about ill-timed menstruation!>

One might say that, in that case, no further detritus shall cloud her thought processes or gum up the works.

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