A New Women's World Chess Champion is crowned!

Ju Wenjun defeated Tan Zhongyi 5.5 - 4.5 to become the new Women's World Chess Champion

Having to win with black, Tan had to take chances to try to even up the match and send it to the playoff. But the strategy backfired and Ju obtained a winning position. However, nerves came into play again. Ju botched the position but managed to hold to become the new Women's World Champion. Congratulations!

Ju, Wenjun (CHN) - Tan, Zhongyi (CHN)

1 d4 g6 2. Nf3 Bg7 3. e4 d6 4. Bc4 e6 5. O-O Ne7 6. a4 Nd7 7. c3 a5 8. Re1 b6 9. Na3 h6 10. Bd3 Bb7 11. Nc4 O-O 12. Qe2 e5 13. dxe5 dxe5 14. b3 Qb8 15. Ba3 c5 16. Rad1 Rd8 17. Bc1 Bc6 18. Bc2 Qc7 19. Na3 g5 20. h4 g4 21. Nh2 h5 22. f3 gxf3 23. Qxf3 Ng6 24. Bg5 f6 25. Qxh5 Ndf8 26. Be3 Be8 27. Qg4 Bd7 28. Qh5 Be6 29. Nb5 Qe7 30. Ng4 Rxd1 31. Rxd1 Rd8 32. Rxd8 Qxd8 33. Nh6+ Bxh6 34. Bxh6 Bf7 35. Qg4 Be6 36. Qg3 Kh7 37. Be3 Qd7 38. Qf2 Qe7 39. g3 Bg4 40. Qd2 Ne6 41. Kh2 Ng7 42. Nd6 Qd7 43. Nc4 Qf7 44. Nd6 Qg8 45. Qf2 Qd8 46. Qd2 Nh5 47. Nf5 Qg8 48. Qd5 Qf8 49. Bh6 Qe8 50. Qb7+ Kg8 51. Ng7 Qe7 52. Qxe7 Nxe7 53. Nxh5 Bxh5 54. Kg2 Kf7 55. Kf2 Nc8 56. Bd2 Nd6 57. b4 Ke7 58. bxa5 bxa5 59. Be3 Nb7 60. Bb3 Kd6 61. Bc4 Nd8 62. Be2 Be8 63. Bd1 Bg6 64. Kf3 Ne6 65. g4 Bf7 66. Bc2 Kc6 67. Kg3 c4 68. h5 Ng5 69. Bxg5 fxg5 70. Kf3 ½-½

The 2018 Women’s World Chess Championship match consists of 2 Chinese Chess Players, Tan Zhongyi, the 2017 Women’s World Chess champion, and her challenger Ju Wenjun. Ju Wenjun qualified by winning the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix 2015–16.

The match was played from 2 to 20 May 2018 and had two halves, the first in Shanghai, the latter in Chongqing. The first half of the match will be organized from 2nd to 9th in Shanghai and the latter half will be organized from 11th to 20th May in Chongqing.

On April 17th, the press conference for 2018 “Lai Yin Cup” Women’s World Chess Championship Match was presented in Jiulongpo District of Chongqing, the city of current woman world champion Tan Zhongyi’s hometown.

The current women chess world champion Tan Zhongyi faced her challenger, the winner of the FIDE Women’s Grand-Prix 2015-2016 Ju Wenjun. The match will consisted of 10 games with the first to reach 5.5 declared winner.

The 2 players are both from China, that is to say, China has clinched the Champion already. For this certainty, Ye Jiangchuan, the head coach of Chinese Chess team said: “we are delighted whoever wins the match”. “Normally, our players are asked to take part in national team training before the match when competing with foreign opponent, however ,this time their respective teams will responsible for preparations and we will not interfere too much.” Ye Jiangchuan also told reporters that both of them have the chance to win because the two players are really well matched.

“Players’ mentality, on-the-spot performance, even the physical and psychological state of the day will all affect the result of the competition.” said Ye Jiangchuan ” whether a chess player is steady and calm mentally or whether he would recover quickly from the stress of temporary failure will definitely have an impact on the match.” Ye Jiangchuan said so.

At the news conference, Tan Zhongyi said she was ready for the upcoming defending battle. “After last year’s victory, I had already knew who the challenger is (Ju has gain the right of challenge )and made a year long preparation.” Tan Zhongyi said she had enough confidence in the competition, which based on the adequate preparation and her own strength.”

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