One remaining game for the Women's World Chess Championship Crown!

In spite of being 2 pawns down, the champion held to stretch the match to the final 10th game

Tan, Zhongyi (CHN) - Ju, Wenjun (CHN)
Game 9

1 d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 d5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. Qxc3 Ne4 7. Qc2 c5 8. dxc5 Nc6 9. Nf3 Qa5+ 10. Bd2 Nxd2 11. Qxd2 dxc4 12. Qxa5 Nxa5 13. e3 b5 14. cxb6 axb6 15. Nd2 b5 16. a4 Nb7 17. Ra3 Rxa4 18. Rxa4 bxa4 19. Bxc4 Bd7 20. Ne4 Ke7 21. Ke2 Rb8 22. Rb1 Bc6 23. Nc3 Nc5 24. f3 f5 25. Kd2 g5 26. Be2 h5 27. Kc2 g4 28. Rd1 Rg8 29. Rd4 gxf3 30. Bxf3 Bxf3 31. gxf3 Rg2+ 32. Rd2 Rg1 33. Rd4 Rf1 34. Nxa4 e5 35. Rh4 Rf2+ 36. Kd1 Nxa4 37. Rxa4 Rxf3 38. Ke2 Rh3 39. Ra6 Rxh2+ 40. Kf3 Rh3+ 41. Kf2 Rh2+ 42. Kg3 Re2 43. Kf3 Rxb2

  1. Rh6 Rh2 45. e4 Rh4 46. exf5 Rf4+ 47. Ke3 Rxf5 48. Ke4 Rg5 49. Ra6 Kf7 50. Ra7+ Kg6 51. Ra6+ Kg7 52. Ra7+ Kh6 53. Ra8 Rg7 54. Kxe5 Kg5 55. Ke4 Kg4 56. Ke3 Kg3 57. Ke2 Kg2 58. Rh8 Re7+ 59. Kd2 Re5 60. Rg8+ Kh3 61. Rg7 h4 62. Rg8 Kh2 63. Rg4 h3 64. Rg8 Re6 65. Rg7 Re8 66. Rg6 Ra8 67. Ke2 Ra2+ 68. Kf1 Rg2 69. Rf6 Rg5 70. Rf2+ Kh1 71. Rf6 Rg1+ 72. Kf2 Rg2+ 73. Kf1 h2 74. Rf8 Rg1+ 75. Kf2 Rg2+ 76. Kf1 Ra2 77. Rf7 Ra1+ 78. Kf2 Ra2+ 79. Kf1 Ra1+ 80. Kf2 Ra2+ ½-½

The 2018 Women’s World Chess Championship is an upcoming match between 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 is played from 2 to 20 May 2018 and will be played in 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.

As for the top event of FIDE, 2018 women’s world chess championship match kicks off in May.The current women chess world champion Tan Zhongyi faces her challenger, the winner of the FIDE Women’s Grand-Prix 2015-2016 Ju Wenjun. The match will consist 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 is 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.”

Meanwhile, Tan Zhongyi also expressed that it is impossible to predict what the outcome will be as the situation in the game may change every minute it goes, and what she has to do is doing well in each step. “As for the expectation of the game, I have to say I will strive to give my best. After all, the charm of competitive sport lies on its unexpectability.”

This is the third time for two Chinese players to join in the match in history. The first one was between Xie Jun and Qin Kanying in 2000. the second time is ten years later, then 16-year-old Hou Yifan defeated the teammate Ruan Lufei being the youngest Chess Queen in chess history.

Original Chinese report by: Liang Ziming

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