|Women's World Championship (2017)|
Official site: http://tehran2017.fide.com/
See also: Wikipedia article: Women's World Chess Championship 2017 (with pairings tree)
Rules and Details:
The 2017 FIDE Women's World Championship, held from February 11 to March 3 in Tehran, Iran, features 64 (1) players in a series of knockout matches. The early rounds are two games each, plus a tiebreak if necessary. The final is a match of four games, plus a possible tiebreak, with the winner declared Women's World Champion. The prize fund is USD $450,000 with the winner taking home $60,000.
Players receive 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 consist 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 has 5 minutes to Black's 4, but a draw counts as a win for Black. (2)
Reigning Women's World Champion Yifan Hou is not participating. Other notable absentees are Koneru Humpy and Irina Krush, as well as US Women's Champion Nazi Paikidze, and Mariya Muzychuk who are boycotting the event over the choice of the Iranian venue.
Chessgames.com will be relaying the finals live, at our Live Broadcast Page, between the dates Feb 27 - Mar 3.
Live relay of the entire championship: https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-t...
Women's Knockout WCC 2017 Stage 5: Anna Muzychuk - Alexandra Kosteniuk
Women's Knockout WCC 2017 Stage 5: Tan Zhongyi - Harika Dronavalli
(1) The event starts with only 63 players, due to the recent passing away of qualifier Cristina-Adela Foisor. Her intended first-round opponent, Olga Girya, is seeded directly into the second round.
(2) Source: chess24 https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-t...
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|Feb-21-17|| ||Kaspablanca: <notyetagm> In fact Carlsen declined to play in this format when Boris Gelfand won and played Anand in the WC match.|
|Feb-21-17|| ||JimNorCal: <don jova> The winner of this WC will play Yu Wenjun, the winner of the Grand Prix, in the match for the WC.|
|Feb-21-17|| ||chesslearner1991: If the winner of this Grand Prix is going to play Ju Wenjin, then why did she played in this tournament? May be to get experience in this format?|
|Feb-22-17|| ||alexmagnus: Hou is not "the real world champion", just as Polgar never was. Don't mix world champion and best player. You cannot be a world champion without playing a world championship - just as you cannot be the best player without having played a single game. |
Carlsen by the way declined in 2011 not do much because it was a knockout but vs star the batches came one after another. His demand was either two more games per match (6-6-8 instead of 4-4-6) or a lengthy pause between the semifinal and the final. Both variants were blocked by Gelfand.
|Feb-22-17|| ||alexmagnus: "Vs star the batches"? Weird phone. Because the matches!|
|Feb-22-17|| ||donjova: <JimNorCal> All these previous times Hou played a match against the knockout world champions, she was the winner of the Grand Prix (thereby gaining the right to "challenge" the champion). Only in 2011, she played the match as a champion (knockout winner) versus the challenger, GP winner Koneru.|
This time, Hou has withdrawn from the GP after one tournament and Ju was the eventual winner.
If Ju had also won this WC, then she would play a match against Koneru, who was the GP runner-up.
So, basically, this is the tournament for the new WC, and Ju is already a designated challenger.
|Feb-22-17|| ||HeMateMe: drona wins game one of the tie breakers. she looks to be making the semis.|
|Feb-22-17|| ||alexmagnus: Tan vs Harika
Muzychuk vs Kostenuik
That's numbers 2, 3, 4 and 9 in the semifinals.
|Feb-22-17|| ||botvinnik64: I love the semi-final match-ups; too tough too call, especially in a mini match situation. I would think that the winner, however, might come from Ukraine-Russia battle...|
|Feb-22-17|| ||HeMateMe: are the semis also 2 games or does it switch to 4 games?|
|Feb-22-17|| ||beatgiant: <HeMateMe>
Or maybe the semis are 3 games? You tell us!
|Feb-22-17|| ||donjova: Traditionally, the semis have been 3 games, but this time FIDE decided to change that to 5 games to appease Hou, who has complained that this short KO format is a lottery (there was also a rumor that three games would be controversial in Iran, because of the allusion to Holy Trinity). Hou still refused to participate, however, stating that playing five games in the semifinals against the female player is simply unfair.|
Seriously, sometimes it takes less effort to find the answer than to ask the question.
|Feb-22-17|| ||botvinnik64: Just to be clear: THIS knock-out tourney is The decider for Women's World Championship: there isn't anything after this - at least for now.
Yes, it is weird without Hou, Humpy and the rest. Maybe the trend is 'wither all(only) female competitions, except for the children? Perhaps...|
|Feb-22-17|| ||Domdaniel: I thought it was the decider for Women Wearing Headscarves Championship...|
|Feb-22-17|| ||donjova: <botvinnik64: Just to be clear: THIS knock-out tourney is The decider for Women's World Championship>|
Yes. Now I see the wording in one of my previous posts was a bit odd. :)
The winner of this tournament becomes World Champion. Then, in 2018, the World Champion plays the match against the challenger, Ju Wenjun.
The identity of a challenger is known before the identity of a champion, which is also odd. :)
|Feb-22-17|| ||OhioChessFan: The WWH? Sounds like it could be a rival to the GLOW. Somebody call Vince McMahon.|
|Feb-22-17|| ||Sokrates: Regardless of who wins this tournament and the title decided to adjourn it, it will have no prestige in the world community. She will be regarded just as worthy as Khalifman, when he became "world champion" in 1999. Btw, where are you now, Alexander Khalifman?|
|Feb-22-17|| ||OhioChessFan: <Sokrates> yeah, I was thinking of him and Pono et al. It's a shame, but I certainly would love to have that success on my resume'.|
|Feb-22-17|| ||beenthere240: I think Hou would play against another woman in an open tournament -- right now there's nobody that strong.|
|Feb-22-17|| ||sonia91: <donjova: The identity of a challenger is known before the identity of a champion, which is also odd. :)> That's because the WWC was scheduled for October 2016, while the last Grand Prix stage took place in Dec 2016.|
|Feb-22-17|| ||alexmagnus: <Btw, where are you now, Alexander Khalifman?>|
He keeps writing about chess a lot.
<yeah, I was thinking of him and Pono et al.>
Pono had the misfortune to have peaked extremely early. Az 14 he became a GM - youngest ever at that time (later this record was beaten by Bu and Bu's by Krajakin). He was rated #6 in the world when he won that KO championship at te age of 18 - actually, I think at some point he was top 3 from pure playing strength point of few, his rating just didn't catch up. But after winning it, things started to go downhill. Never again did he come even close to #6. Ratingwise he could get 20 points higher, but that's it.
|Feb-22-17|| ||alexmagnus: Also, those who keep mentioning Khalifman and Pono, please ask me this question: why did men's KO tournaments stopped being won by such outsiders once it was rebranded into World Cup?|
|Feb-22-17|| ||donjova: Speaking of Ponomariov, I think the format also favoured him: he not only won that knockout championship, but also reached the finals of the World Cup in 2009 and semifinals in 2011. Too much to be just a fluke.|
Also, I'd be quite a fan of this women title format if only this tournament would be renamed to Women World Cup and serve as the qualifier for the WC match, with the GP winner being the other contender. Basically the same format, but only match counts as WC.
On one hand one could qualify via Grand Prix, which rewards good play over an extended period of time. On the other hand, you would have World Cup, an interesting format rewarding good stamina and strong nerves, which also allows a large number of players to get a chance.
And in the end, one would have to prove merit in a classical match.
|Feb-22-17|| ||alexmagnus: <Speaking of Ponomariov, I think the format also favoured him: he not only won that knockout championship, but also reached the finals of the World Cup in 2009 and semifinals in 2011. >|
Also the final in 2005. And in 2007 he was eliminated in the quarters but by the eventual winner.
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