|Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2015)|
Official site: http://sochi2015.fide.com/. See also Wikipedia article: Women's World Chess Championship 2015.
The 2015 FIDE Women's World Championship, held from March 17 to April 5 in Sochi, Russia, featured 64 players in a series of knockout matches. The early rounds had two games each, plus tiebreak games if necessary. The final was a match of four games, with the winner declared Women's World Champion. The prize fund was $450,000, with the winner taking home $60,000 from the final and $109,250 in total. (1)
Players received 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with a 30-second increment from move one. The tiebreaks consisted of two 25 min + 10-sec increment rapid games, then if needed two additional 10+10 games, two 5+3 blitz games and finally a single Armageddon game, where White had 5 minutes to Black's 4, but a draw counted as a win for Black. (2)
The reigning World Champion Yifan Hou did not participate. On way to the final, Mariya Muzychuk knocked out Yuanling Yuan, Monika (Bobrowska) Socko, Antoaneta Stefanova, Koneru Humpy in the quarterfinal, and Dronavalli Harika in the semifinal. Natalia Pogonina knocked out Qi Guo, Ju Wenjun, Marie Sebag, Zhao Xue in the quarterfinal, and Pia Cramling in the semifinal. The final match started April 2. Muzychuk won the second game and no tiebreak games were necessary:
Mariya Muzychuk thus became the 15th Women's World Champion.
1 2 3 4
Mariya Muzychuk (Ukraine) 2526 ½ 1 ½ ½ 2½
Natalia Pogonina (Russia) 2456 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1½
Previous edition: Ushenina - Hou Women's World Championship Match (2013) (Hou regained the title by defeating Anna Ushenina). Next: Muzychuk - Hou Women's World Championship Match (2016) (Muzychuk could not defend the title against Yifan Hou).
(1) Chess.com, https://www.chess.com/news/view/wom...
(2) Chess24, https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-t...
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|1. D E Cori Tello vs Tingjie Lei
|| ||0-1||68||2015||Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament||D80 Grunfeld|
|2. M Arabidze vs E Paehtz
||½-½||15||2015||Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament||D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav|
|3. L Javakhishvili vs S Guramishvili
||1-0||51||2015||Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament||A48 King's Indian|
|4. Wang Jue vs M Sebag
||0-1||81||2015||Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament||B90 Sicilian, Najdorf|
|5. T Kosintseva vs M A Gomes
||½-½||80||2015||Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament||B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation|
|6. C Lujan vs A M Galliamova
||1-0||32||2015||Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament||B80 Sicilian, Scheveningen|
|7. G Nakhbayeva vs Tan Zhongyi
|| ||½-½||24||2015||Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament||D38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation|
|8. E Danielian vs Y Marrero Lopez
|| ||½-½||49||2015||Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament||E56 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6|
|9. T Abrahamyan vs D Harika
||0-1||57||2015||Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament||C05 French, Tarrasch|
|10. I Krush vs S Milliet
||1-0||75||2015||Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament||E32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical|
|11. Huang Qian vs B Kovanova
|| ||½-½||41||2015||Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament||A30 English, Symmetrical|
|12. N Pogonina vs Qi Guo
|| ||½-½||62||2015||Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament||E04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3|
|13. L Mkrtchian vs A Goryachkina
||½-½||39||2015||Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament||D43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav|
|14. Khurtsidze vs E V Kovalevskaya
||0-1||22||2015||Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament||D40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch|
|15. A Kashlinskaya vs Shen Yang
|| ||½-½||43||2015||Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament||D43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav|
|16. O Girya vs E Polovnikova-Atalik
|| ||1-0||65||2015||Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament||A04 Reti Opening|
|17. I K Sukandar vs S Melia
|| ||½-½||24||2015||Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament||B18 Caro-Kann, Classical|
|18. M Socko vs D Cornette
|| ||½-½||29||2015||Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament||D05 Queen's Pawn Game|
|19. I Gaponenko vs N Zhukova
|| ||½-½||12||2015||Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament||C69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation|
|20. P Cramling vs M Hejazipour
|| ||1-0||46||2015||Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament||A46 Queen's Pawn Game|
|21. K Arakhamia-Grant vs Hoang Thanh Trang
|| ||1-0||45||2015||Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament||C11 French|
|22. A Stefanova vs T Nguyen
|| ||½-½||43||2015||Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament||D02 Queen's Pawn Game|
|23. S Wafa vs Ju Wenjun
|| ||0-1||38||2015||Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament||B23 Sicilian, Closed|
|24. K Ozturk vs B Khotenashvili
|| ||0-1||42||2015||Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament||D76 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.cd Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6|
|25. Koneru vs Ayah Moaataz
||1-0||31||2015||Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament||D06 Queen's Gambit Declined|
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|Apr-06-15|| ||whiteshark: Final cb report: http://en.chessbase.com/post/mariya...|
|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: http://en.chessbase.com/post/mariya...|
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.|
|Apr-06-15|| ||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!
|Apr-06-15|| ||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.
|Apr-06-15|| ||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?|
|Apr-06-15|| ||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:)|
|Apr-06-15|| ||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.
|Apr-06-15|| ||perfidious: <HMM> There is an old saying in poker: You can shear a sheep many a time, but you can only skin him once.|
|Apr-07-15|| ||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.|
|Apr-07-15|| ||parmetd: Good luck Natalia. I was rooting for you.|
|Apr-07-15|| ||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.|
|Apr-08-15|| ||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?"
|Apr-14-15|| ||Natalia Pogonina: Here is an in-depth interview with me on the championship and other related issues. Hope you will enjoy reading it:|
|Jul-07-15|| ||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.
|Sep-14-15|| ||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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