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Missed Opportunity To Grab The World Chess Championship Crown!

Ju Wenjun had chances to win today to get to 5 points with 2 games to play where she only needs 1/2 more point.

​Ju Wenjun v Tan Zhongyi
Women's World Chess Championship - Game 8

1 d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 c6 4. Bg5 f6 5. Bf4 g5 6. Bxb8 Rxb8 7. e3 Bd6 8. Nc3 Nh6 9. Be2 O-O 10. Qc2 Bd7 11. e4 dxe4 12. Nxe4 Bb4+ 13. Nc3 g4 14. Nd2 Be8 15. Nb3 Bg6 16. Bd3 f5 17. O-O-O Qg5+ 18. Kb1 Rfe8 19. c5 Bxc3 20. Qxc3 Rbd8 21. Rhe1 Nf7 22. Bc4 Qf6 23. f4 gxf3 24. gxf3 b5 25. Bd3 e5 26. dxe5 Rxe5?

27 Bc2?

If Ju Wenjun would have continued with 27. Rxe5 Nxe5 28. f4 Ng4 29. Qxf6 Nxf6 30. Bc4+ Nd5 31. Bxd5+ cxd5 32. Kc2 +-, she would have excellent chances to score again and virtually guaranteed the Women's World Chess Championship crown. This is the classic case of good Knight vs bad Bishop and pawn structure matters in chess.

​f4 28. Rxd8+ Qxd8 29. Bxg6 Rxe1+ 30. Qxe1 hxg6 31. Qe4 Qf6 32. Nd4 Ne5 ½-½

I still believe Ju Wenjun is the favorite to win this Women's World Chess Championship match. But if she fails to win, this can look back at this game as potentially one of the biggest mis-opportunities. The chess crown is so closed and nerves will play a big role in the final 2 chess games.

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