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🏆 Women's World Championship KO (2018)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Koneru Humpy, Anna Muzychuk, Ju Wenjun, Zhao Xue, Nana Dzagnidze, Mariya Muzychuk, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Antoaneta Stefanova, Kateryna Alexandrovna Lahno, Alisa Mikhailovna Galliamova, Valentina Gunina, Tingjie Lei, Dronavalli Harika, Bela Khotenashvili, Tan Zhongyi, Nino Batsiashvili, Elina Danielian, Hoang Thanh Trang, Aleksandra Goryachkina, Natalia Pogonina, Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant, Monika (Bobrowska) Socko, Olga Girya, Lilit Mkrtchian, Anna Ushenina, Irina Krush, Lela Javakhishvili, Natalia Zhukova, Elisabeth Paehtz, Dinara Saduakassova, Zhansaya Abdumalik, Ekaterina Polovnikova-Atalik, Inna Gaponenko, Anastasia Bodnaruk, Alina Kashlinskaya, Padmini Rout, Marina Romanko Nechaeva, Sopiko Khukhashvili, Shiqun Ni, Jolanta Zawadzka, Ana Matnadze, Deysi Estela Cori Tello, Yuliya Shvayger, Sabrina Vega Gutierrez, Thi Kim Phung Vo, Carolina Lujan, Mo Zhai, Sabina-Francesca Foisor, Anita Gara, Guliskhan Nakhbayeva, Jiner Zhu, Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova, Kulkarni Bhakti, Mobina Alinasab, Yerisbel Miranda Llanes, Danitza Vazquez Maccarini, Maili-Jade Ouellet, Ingrid Yadira Aliaga Fernandez, Rani Hamid, Fanghui Sun, Shahenda Wafa, Hayat Toubal, Jesse Nikki February, Kathryn Hardegen Chess Event Description
Women's World Championship KO (2018)

The FIDE Women's World Championship 2018 is a 64-player knockout tournament taking place at the Ugra Chess Academy in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia from November 3 to November 23. The winner will be declared women's world champion. The semifinalists (except the eventual winner) will qualify for the Women's Candidates' Tournament of the 2019-20 cycle.(1)

The top seed is current women's world champion Ju Wenjun, who won the Women's World Championship (2018) match in May 2018.

Official site: Overview: Wikipedia article: Women's World Chess Championship 2018 (tournament)

Previous edition: Women's World Championship (2018)

References / Sources

(1) FIDE announcement

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 196  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. I Krush vs I Gaponenko ½-½452018Women's World Championship KOE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
2. Mo Zhai vs O Girya  1-0482018Women's World Championship KOB12 Caro-Kann Defense
3. Zhao Xue vs C Lujan  1-0452018Women's World Championship KOE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
4. Jiner Zhu vs L Javakhishvili  1-0382018Women's World Championship KOB32 Sicilian
5. D Saduakassova vs A Matnadze  ½-½482018Women's World Championship KOD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
6. Thi Kim Phung Vo vs B Khotenashvili  ½-½522018Women's World Championship KOD80 Grunfeld
7. Tingjie Lei vs A Gara  ½-½482018Women's World Championship KOD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
8. Y Shvayger vs M Socko  0-1382018Women's World Championship KOB06 Robatsch
9. Hoang Thanh Trang vs E Danielian  ½-½712018Women's World Championship KOD05 Queen's Pawn Game
10. G Tokhirjonova vs A Kashlinskaya  1-0412018Women's World Championship KOC42 Petrov Defense
11. E Polovnikova-Atalik vs D E Cori Tello  ½-½292018Women's World Championship KOD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. G Nakhbayeva vs A M Galliamova  ½-½602018Women's World Championship KOD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. Shiqun Ni vs N Zhukova  0-1562018Women's World Championship KOC07 French, Tarrasch
14. S Vega Gutierrez vs A Bodnaruk ½-½422018Women's World Championship KOB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
15. M R Nechaeva vs J Zawadzka  ½-½532018Women's World Championship KOD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
16. N Batsiashvili vs K Arakhamia-Grant 1-0322018Women's World Championship KOD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
17. P Rout vs Z Abdumalik  ½-½342018Women's World Championship KOA34 English, Symmetrical
18. A Ushenina vs L Mkrtchian 1-0302018Women's World Championship KOD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. Kathryn Hardegen vs Ju Wenjun  0-1532018Women's World Championship KOC60 Ruy Lopez
20. Koneru vs H Toubal 1-0462018Women's World Championship KOD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. Jesse Nikki February vs Lahno  0-1372018Women's World Championship KOB06 Robatsch
22. A Muzychuk vs R Hamid 1-0342018Women's World Championship KOB40 Sicilian
23. D Vazquez Maccarini vs Kosteniuk  0-1622018Women's World Championship KOC28 Vienna Game
24. A Goryachkina vs Maili-Jade Ouellet  ½-½462018Women's World Championship KOD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. S Wafa vs M Muzychuk  0-1522018Women's World Championship KOB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Nov-19-18  SChesshevsky: The Women's World Championship KO videos on YouTube are excellent.

Morozevich's low key commentary feels like getting a free sit down with a top GM. Hope he does more events.

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  Tabanus: Crimea:, turks before 1783, turks before 1944

Nov-20-18  JimNorCal: Game 2 of the Final is a test of Ju's defensive skills. Lagno a pawn up, but it's doubled.
Each side has a rook and there are oppo colored bishops.

Lagno has a strong initiative and freedom of movement, while Ju has to passively defend.

Nov-20-18  JimNorCal: A crushing win for Lagno.
Nov-20-18  SometimesGood: <alexmagnus: Lagno is a different case though. Ethnically Ukrainian (as the -no ending signifies)> I am not sure. I read that her mother is Russian. That is she is ethically more Russian; we have freedom for women in Russia and Ukraine!
Nov-20-18  SometimesGood: <nok: <This argument would only be valid if you argued that Crimea is not Turkish.> Of course it's not. It's Byzantine.> is it a joke? It's Scythian!
Nov-20-18  SometimesGood: thought lagno has no chances. but the ending was very convincing victory. but pretty sure this isn't the end of the story. the women chess is like a pendulum. it will end in a very unexpected moment; no one can predict.
Nov-20-18  Boomie: Morozevich and Kosteniuk make a pleasant commentary team. They complement each other nicely.
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  OhioChessFan: Anyone else wondering if this format would be an improvement for the men's side?
Nov-20-18  moranb: Does anyone know the competitive record of Kateryna Lagno vs Ju Wenjun prior to this World Championship competition. I was also wondering where one would find that information. Thank you for your consideration.
Nov-20-18  Boomie: <moranb: Does anyone know the competitive record of Kateryna Lagno vs Ju Wenjun>

Learn to use the Search function on the main page.

Nov-20-18  JimNorCal: Quite a change in momentum!

Ju was on top of the world, easily winning each of her matches. Lagno had to scrape by and expend energy on tie breaks in some cases.

Now we get to the Final.

Lagno holds pretty easily as Black, then solidly crushes as White. There are only 2 more games to go. Pressure is on Ju ... at the very end of the event.

Nov-20-18  Everett: <Nov-19-18 SChesshevsky: The Women's World Championship KO videos on YouTube are excellent. Morozevich's low key commentary feels like getting a free sit down with a top GM. Hope he does more events.>

Did not realize Moro was commentating. Cool. Btw, what were the nature of his various illnesses that prevented him from continuing at the highest levels?

Nov-20-18  botvinnik64: Just fab Endgame Technique from Lagno to take game 2; she looks tough to beat, handing Wen Jun her first loss of the tournament. Go Katya!
Nov-20-18  weisyschwarz: <botvinnik64: Just fab Endgame Technique from Lagno to take game 2; she looks tough to beat, handing Wen Jun her first loss of the tournament. Go Katya!>

Yes, I thought it was Wenjun's first loss. Could not come at a worse time.

Wenjun Trouble

Nov-20-18  JimNorCal: Definitely Lagno made it look easy!
Which is proof of mastery.

Now GM Ju has to show her inner strength. Only 2 games to go, only one more White in which to battle back.

Nov-20-18  SChesshevsky: <Everett> Moro's illnesses did seem to interrupt his career but maybe just as much was his artistic chess temperament.

Besides good chess, it seems active, creative chess was just as important to him. Some of the best parts of the women's ko videos are Morozevich's positive reaction to fighting chess and his seeming indifference to dry play.

Could be after he achieved his initial successes, he lost some interest in grinding out chess results and looked for other things until he got some hunger back.

Or it could have been simply just some recurring illness but I haven't heard any specifics.

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  HeMateMe: maybe someone will put up a little money for a Lagno/Hou Yifan match, if Lagno wins this one? It would be really nice if the ladies championship wasn't in Khanty Myansk. Surely there's a western country with a little money to spare that doesn't go into football, that could reward the best women chess players?
Nov-21-18  JimNorCal: Always easy to spend Other People's Money but that kind of talk likely isn't worth the electrons used to post it lol.

Why not take action, start a GoFundMe and get all the debaters to contribute?

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  HeMateMe: We'd get a match, with a grand total prize fund of $349?

All that money wasted on football leagues, baseball and basketball with nothing left for the subtle game of chess. So, each cycle the girls have to go to Khanty, or wear head scarves in Iran or some arab dictatorship. Whatever happened to banks and insurance firms sponsoring super tournaments and WC finals? *Sigh*...

Nov-21-18  JimNorCal: No, I've read the debates. There are a LOT of people with VERY strong opinions. Surely you'd come up with more than $349 lol
Nov-21-18  JimNorCal: Game 3 is lively!
Ju sac'ed a pawn, offered an exchange (not accepted).
Nov-21-18  JimNorCal: The crisis is at hand.
Each side with rook, (oppo color) bishop and pawns including far advanced passed pawns. Ju has twice as much time left but Lagno has 8 min, so she won't lose on time.

Thanks for the excitement!

Nov-21-18  JimNorCal: Lagno draws.
GM Ju must have missed a win. So that will be discouraging.
Nov-21-18  boz: Exciting game tomorrow (Thursday). Love watching Moro and Kosteniuk do the commentary.
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