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Ju - Goryachkina Women's World Championship Match

Ju Wenjun5.5/10(+3 -2 =5)[games]
Aleksandra Goryachkina4.5/10(+2 -3 =5)[games] Chess Event Description
Ju - Goryachkina Women's World Championship (2020)

The 2020 FIDE Women's World Chess Championship is a 12-game match between Chinese reigning champion Ju Wenjun and Russian challenger Aleksandra Goryachkina, who won the 2019 FIDE Women's Candidates Tournament. The first six games will be played in Shanghai, China and the remaining games in Vladivostok, Russia.

The prize fund is 500,000 euros, split 60:40, or 55:45 in case of a playoff. The 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. No draw offers are allowed before move 40. In case of a 6:6 tie four 25+10 rapid games will be played followed, if necessary, by up to 5 pairs of 5+3 blitz games and, finally, Armageddon. (1)

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Goryachkina vs Ju Wenjun ½-½972020Ju - Goryachkina Women's World ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. Ju Wenjun vs A Goryachkina ½-½402020Ju - Goryachkina Women's World ChampionshipC67 Ruy Lopez
3. A Goryachkina vs Ju Wenjun ½-½852020Ju - Goryachkina Women's World ChampionshipD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
4. Ju Wenjun vs A Goryachkina 1-0632020Ju - Goryachkina Women's World ChampionshipD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
5. A Goryachkina vs Ju Wenjun 1-0512020Ju - Goryachkina Women's World ChampionshipA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
6. Ju Wenjun vs A Goryachkina ½-½1052020Ju - Goryachkina Women's World ChampionshipC67 Ruy Lopez
7. Ju Wenjun vs A Goryachkina ½-½672020Ju - Goryachkina Women's World ChampionshipC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
8. A Goryachkina vs Ju Wenjun 1-0452020Ju - Goryachkina Women's World ChampionshipD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. Ju Wenjun vs A Goryachkina 1-0622020Ju - Goryachkina Women's World ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
10. A Goryachkina vs Ju Wenjun 0-1622020Ju - Goryachkina Women's World ChampionshipD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
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Jan-19-20  botvinnik64: Fighting chess in Vladivostok, errors and all, but who cares? Great spirit by both combatants, I think this match goes down to the last game. Oh, yeah, I think Nigel has been talking a lot of rubbish lately, but every once in a while there is a (little) gem among the trash.
Jan-19-20  JimNorCal: re: GM Short. A presenter wants to sail close to controversy in order to boost listener interest and enjoyment. Perhaps Nige is a boor. But perhaps he is merely trying to entertain the audience and does not have the correctly charming personality needed to do this smoothly. As is well known, chess players tend to be below avg in social skills ...
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  MissScarlett: Perhaps he was simply trying too compensate for the blandness of <Hou>; in which case, the addition of monosodium glutamate may have been advisable.
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  HeMateMe: maybe he's scared of girls?
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  Phoeniks: Early in game 9, while Short was figuring out how to show move arrows on the game/demo screen, he stated that he would select for “red” arrows “in honor of his co-commentator” suggesting red communist China. Very poor taste. He giggled like a third-grade boy telling a dirty joke.
Jan-20-20  waustad: One game I got to watch Pia and Anna Cramling do commentary. Mom clearly sees a lot more than her daughter, but I didn’t have to listen to Nigel make a fool of himself.
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  Sokrates: <WorstPlayerEver: No, it's chauvinistic. For Christ sake, read some books!> LOL! Sorry! :-)
Jan-20-20  karban: Seems that Short-Hou pairing generates more interest than games itself. If so, like it or not it was a good choice for show. Today, I tuned in for the first time and I observed that even to me it seemed that Short sometimes crossing the line. And I don't care about political correctness at all.

To his defence, when I imagined that there's some man instead of Yifan, then it immediately didn't seem problematic, except that Short likes interrupt his interviewer but that's habit for many of us.

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  moronovich: If someone doesn´tknow how a positional blunder looks,then see Goryachkinas 24.b4 ??.
Jan-20-20  dumbgai: Finally a win with the black pieces. Defending champion now leads by one point with two games remaining.
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  Sokrates: <moronovich: If someone doesn´tknow how a positional blunder looks,then see Goryachkinas 24.b4 ??.>

Hi, <moro>. Totally agree. Before the fatal move Goryachkina's position was "much better" according to the silicon commentator. Very strange that such a highly-skilled positional player can make such a principled mistake.

It will be uphill for AG from now on. Ju has played pragmatically good hitherto and now she can eye the match victory in the horizon.

Jan-20-20  BUNA: <moronovich: If someone doesn´tknow how a positional blunder looks,then see Goryachkinas 24.b4 ??> Without b4 the engine might evaluate Goryachkina's position as "better", but white has simply no way to penetrate. If white doesn't play b4 she might as well agree to a draw.

Of cause b4 (and b5) was double-edged (as was Ju's exchange sac in game 9) but the game was certainly lost much later.

Jan-20-20  botvinnik64: AG up against the wall - yet she is super resilient (that’s how she qualified!) - the match is not over. A few rest days and she’ll come out blazing! I am looking forward to the last two games.
Jan-20-20  Robinkill: Nigel's comments are just perfect ! His sense of humour is great - especially shining in contrast with Hou... numb Hou.
Jan-20-20  dumbgai: The problem with the b4 move was the timing. The king and took were not correctly positioned for such a push.
Jan-20-20  dumbgai: I hope Ju Wenjun plays for a win in the next game instead of simply making a draw and trying to hold the final game.
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  moronovich: Good morning my dear <Sokrates> !

I guess you are right-it is an uphill from now.

Hope you are fine.
While we all are waiting for the big
Ali-Carlsen clash !

Jan-21-20  Tal1949: The only real cringe worthy moments have been when Nigel laughs at his own jokes- otherwise him and Hou have been great value and I have really enjoyed this world championship (women) match.
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  Sokrates: Good afternoon, dear <moro>. Everything fine - also at your place? Just prepped for dinner tonight, and now following how Firouzja will crush Carlsen ... according to the expections of some folks here. Now we are at move 9 in Ruy Lopez. Carlsen has not resigned yet!
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  moronovich: <Carlsen has not resigned yet!>

Just proves how resilient he is ;)

Fineysh here,thank you !

Wife is soon out of the house and then my brain will go places….:)

Anyway an awful interesting game IMHO.
They are playing for 3 results at the moment.(after 14.-g6)

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  Sokrates: Be careful with brain meandering, <moro> :-)

I see now that I couldn't spell "expectations". Nevertheless, Carlsen won a fine game, showing his mastery in positions that look somewhat harmless and innocent.

I agree with others that the Short-Hou constellation has its moments, although they are very different personalities. I haven't followed the merits of Hou lately. She sort of left pro chess to study (in London?), but I wonder whether she still has put her chess career on hold or she plans a comeback.

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  WorstPlayerEver: <Sokrates>

Hope I did not make you feel insecure. Usually I have to correct my comments before posting.

Because nobody developed a one-finger keyboard to type on yet.

It's ridiculous, but it is what it is ;)

Jan-21-20  botvinnik64: Go AG! Game 11 is only 7 hours away and the popcorn 🍿 is being readied! Meanwhile, at Tata...
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  Sokrates: Hi, <WorstPlayerEver>,

No-no, never insecure, but flattered if someone counts on my self-irony, as I reckoned you did. So we're good, absolutely, and your profound humour often makes me laugh.

It was an important part of my profession to spell correctly, particularly in my native language, of course, but age and retirement has made me a bit sloppy in that regard. :-)

Jan-22-20  JimNorCal: Game 11 a draw. AG has her final White and final chance in game 12
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