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Women's World Championship (2017)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Anna Muzychuk, Ju Wenjun, Zhao Xue, Nana Dzagnidze, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Antoaneta Stefanova, Pia Cramling, Valentina Gunina, Dronavalli Harika, Zhu Chen, Ekaterina Kovalevskaya, Bela Khotenashvili, Elina Danielian, Tan Zhongyi, Hoang Thanh Trang, Aleksandra Goryachkina, Natalia Pogonina, Monika (Bobrowska) Socko, Lilit Mkrtchian, Anna Ushenina, Lela Javakhishvili, Nino Batsiashvili, Natalia Zhukova, Huang Qian, Olga Girya, Elisabeth Paehtz, Ekaterina Polovnikova-Atalik, Shen Yang, Salome Melia, Inna Gaponenko, Anastasia Bodnaruk, Nino Khurtsidze, Alina Kashlinskaya, Sarasadat Khademalsharieh, Padmini Rout, Marina Romanko Nechaeva, Shiqun Ni, Dinara Saduakassova, Deysi Estela Cori Tello, Sopiko Guramishvili, Anastasia Savina, Irine Kharisma Sukandar, Nastassia Ziaziulkina, Le Thao Nguyen Pham, Sopio Gvetadze, Daria Charochkina, Olga Zimina, Mo Zhai, Sabina-Francesca Foisor, Katerina Nemcova, Atousa Pourkashiyan, Mitra Hejazipour, Yaniet Marrero Lopez, Maritza Arribas Robaina, Nataliya Buksa, Qiyu Zhou, Viktorija Ni, Ayelen Martinez, Khaled Mona, Shamima Akter Liza, Amina Mezioud, Sabrina Latreche, Nancy Lane Chess Event Description
Women's World Championship (2017)

Official site:
See also: Wikipedia article: Women's World Chess Championship 2017

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)

Controversial Points:

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.

(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

 page 1 of 9; games 1-25 of 217  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Zhu Chen vs I K Sukandar  1-041 2017 Women's World ChampionshipE20 Nimzo-Indian
2. M Hejazipour vs A Bodnaruk 1-038 2017 Women's World ChampionshipB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
3. Le Thao Nguyen Pham vs L Javakhishvili  ½-½63 2017 Women's World ChampionshipE17 Queen's Indian
4. P Cramling vs K Nemcova 1-052 2017 Women's World ChampionshipD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
5. S Guramishvili vs S Khademalsharieh 1-038 2017 Women's World ChampionshipE20 Nimzo-Indian
6. M Socko vs A Savina  ½-½96 2017 Women's World ChampionshipC41 Philidor Defense
7. D Charochkina vs Huang Qian  0-175 2017 Women's World ChampionshipD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. N Zhukova vs Khurtsidze 0-131 2017 Women's World ChampionshipE20 Nimzo-Indian
9. N Ziaziulkina vs A Ushenina ½-½22 2017 Women's World ChampionshipB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
10. E Danielian vs P Rout ½-½57 2017 Women's World ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
11. S Melia vs E Polovnikova-Atalik 1-035 2017 Women's World ChampionshipC53 Giuoco Piano
12. O Zimina vs B Khotenashvili  ½-½40 2017 Women's World ChampionshipD85 Grunfeld
13. D Saduakassova vs M R Nechaeva  1-052 2017 Women's World ChampionshipD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. I Gaponenko vs E Kovalevskaya  1-070 2017 Women's World ChampionshipB33 Sicilian
15. D E Cori Tello vs A Kashlinskaya ½-½39 2017 Women's World ChampionshipE51 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
16. A Goryachkina vs Mo Zhai  ½-½36 2017 Women's World ChampionshipD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
17. A Pourkashiyan vs E Paehtz  ½-½23 2017 Women's World ChampionshipC78 Ruy Lopez
18. L Mkrtchian vs Shiqun Ni ½-½40 2017 Women's World ChampionshipD85 Grunfeld
19. Ju Wenjun vs N Lane 1-028 2017 Women's World ChampionshipD00 Queen's Pawn Game
20. A Mezioud vs A Muzychuk  0-133 2017 Women's World ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
21. Kosteniuk vs S Latreche 1-029 2017 Women's World ChampionshipC77 Ruy Lopez
22. S Akter Liza vs D Harika  ½-½85 2017 Women's World ChampionshipC53 Giuoco Piano
23. N Dzagnidze vs K Mona 0-164 2017 Women's World ChampionshipA09 Reti Opening
24. V Ni vs V Gunina 0-156 2017 Women's World ChampionshipA16 English
25. A Stefanova vs Y Marrero Lopez  1-041 2017 Women's World ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Mar-30-17  nok: Well, seventy years ago women commonly wore scarfs in Europe. Traditions come and go, man.
Mar-30-17  Petrosianic: <beatgiant>: <Lack of a head scarf is <considered offensive> in Iran.>

But it also says it's supposed to be a choice. In fact, people get upset about this and swear the women are choosing it even when they obviously aren't. Also, it says that there was a time when they were actually banned in Iran.

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  beatgiant: <Petrosianic>
So could you sum up your opinion on this dress code?

You object to it because you think it is religious?

You object to it because you think it is sexist?

You object to it because you think people should have freedom of attire, except when it comes to shirts and shoes?

Or... (other opinion)

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  beatgiant: Here are my own opinions:

- The head scarf is not religious in itself.

- I do think it's sexist. But if opposing Iran on women's rights grounds, the head scarf is the least of it. Or maybe as <Sally Simpson> pointed out above, an event like this can help forward women's rights in Iran.

- I think there are cultural biases when thinking about freedom of attire. And you can kindly remove your shoes when attending my chess tournaments ;-)

- There are other reasons not to like Iran as a venue for this event. As I've said above, at minimum they should remove their boycott against Israeli chess players before being allowed to host a world title event. We should strive to keep politics out of chess. And that goes for all of us.

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  tamar: It comes down to individual choice. Nazi Paikidze refuses to talk about it anymore, because the boycotters are portrayed as zealots, when in reality, the zealotry is coming from Iran, demanding that other cultures conform to theirs.
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  beatgiant: <tamar>
<demanding that other cultures conform to theirs> That happens everywhere (see the <shoe> case). But we often don't notice it, because we see the Western culture as the <universal> one.
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  WannaBe: <tamar> Well, as far as "other cultures conform to theirs." can be interpreted in different ways...

Example: Common saying "When in Rome, do as Romans do."

When I visited Japan, I followed their culture and custom, e.g. removing shoes at the door before entering living room, etc...

Why the fuss? Because it's gender specific, like men have to have head covering when entering a Jewish place of worship (see my above post.)

Now, this thing, can be said to be religion based, or modesty based, (In the old days, where European or American women wear head scarf, is to prevent hair from being wind blown and messed up, mostly).

To all others:

Again, I don't understand why members of continue to BANG THEIR HEAD on this issue???????

Tournament is over, protestors said their say, female players who accepted the invitation and the stipulation(s) had their say. What is the point of the/this discussion?

When it's no longer (really) chess related/relevant.

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  beatgiant: <WannaBe>
The point is, should the chess world criticize FIDE and take measures to avoid such kind of controversy in future world title events?

But if not interested, skip this page. I don't think there will be much further discussion here about the actual chess.

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  WannaBe: <beatgiant> Then my (final) comment & reply...

Should Olympics committee award future sites to China, or Russia that have no democracy and/or human rights abuse, when they are the only country or city to submit a bid?

My comment/opinion, if there is a (bidding) process and only Iran submitted a bid, or in the case of Olympics, Western countries pulled out because of cost, and only China or Russia bids, what you gonna do?

Winter Olympics in China... With man-made snow. Definitely looking forward to that one.

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  tamar: <Wannabe> No one knew that Iran would be awarded the Women's Championship when they won the right to compete for it.

When you visit a synagogue as a Gentile, you lose nothing other than the right to visit that synagogue if you don't wear a head covering. (I don't know if it is mandatory, but assume so for this argument's sake)

Suppose they went further and said you can't play chess in our country if you don't wear that covering. Would it be as easy to laugh and say sure?

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  beatgiant: <tamar>
So, do you agree that players should be allowed to play in chess tournaments barefoot? There must be lots of tournament sites in the US that won't allow that.
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  Lambda: In general, I think all countries should allow everyone to dress as they please, all the way from "burqa with eye slits" to "naked", because your clothing choices don't interfere with the freedoms of others in any way. If you were born in a country, any sort of illegal garb is good civil disobedience. (Unless the motivation is something bad, like to harass people.)

But if you choose to visit or move to a country, there's a far greater onus on you to respect their laws because you've promised to abide by them in return for admittance. So for most chess tournaments, having to wear the local dress code isn't much of an issue.

But a world championship is different, because people can be judged not world champion for failing to attend, so there's a degree of compulsion. This means the world championship should ideally happen somewhere with no dress laws. But if a country has dress restrictions which almost nobody strongly objects to following, then it's not worth making an issue over.

But many people strongly object to wearing headscarves under compulsion.

Mar-31-17  nok: Except it is no world championship but a woman only event, which is far harsher discrimination.
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  tamar: <beatgiant> there have been restrictions based on modesty and health, but the hijab is associated with Islamic state religion, and is only required of women.

Many went and had no problem. It is also a reasonable choice to boycott such impositions of religion.

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  beatgiant: <tamar>
<It is also a reasonable choice to boycott>

Agreed, but the real question is, should FIDE have rejected the bid on these grounds, given no other bid for the event?

To me, the key question is whether indeed it is a religious thing. Based on the fact that it predates Islam and has been widespread in non-Islamic societies in living memory, I'm inclined to say not.

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  beatgiant: To be even more specific: I think the core principle is, <every player should be allowed to participate regardless of politics or religion>.

For example, if someone was not able to participate because their own religion had a conflicting dress code, then the tournament sponsors would have had to come up with an accommodation.

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  tamar: beatgiant-it is easier decided when it is not an actual decision you or I will never have to make

I would be inclined to say nuts if some govt told me I could play only with a bucket on my head because it is their tradition.

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  tamar: ever have to make
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  beatgiant: <tamar>
I've traveled abroad a lot and had to go out of my comfort zone many times, same as foreign visitors do when visiting my country.

<I could play only with a bucket on my head>

I think some Westerners have a real blind spot about the shoe thing. In a traditional match at go/weiqi/baduk in China, Japan and Korea, it's a good bet that bare feet were mandatory and anything else would be considered highly offensive.

The sanitary argument for indoor shoe is pretty weak, according to the source I cited above. I think the reality is that a culture that wears shoes indoors has conquered the world, so we all think it's normal without much real thought.

In short: "They're making us wear Christian foot coverings to play in a chess tournament!"

Mar-31-17  john barleycorn: <Premium Chessgames Member beatgiant: <tamar> ...

The sanitary argument for indoor shoe is pretty weak, ...>

It is about having unwanted room refreshing.

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  beatgiant: <john barleycorn> <It is about having unwanted room refreshing.> That's myth #6 on the top ten list.
Mar-31-17  john barleycorn: < beatgiant: ... That's myth #6 on the top ten list.>

Only #6? I mean it is the smell for sure but also the burning eyes.

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  beatgiant: <john barleycorn> New FIDE regulation for mandatory dark glasses?
Mar-31-17  john barleycorn: <beatgiant: <john barleycorn> New FIDE regulation for mandatory dark glasses?>

haha. dark glasses only when wearing black socks.

Mar-31-17  nok: <I think the reality is that a culture that wears shoes indoors has conquered the world> What about neckties? Now that's ideological clothing.
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