Women's World Championship Match 2018 Tan Zhongyi vs Ju WenjunThe Women's World Chess Championship Match 2018 Tan Zhongyi versus Ju Wenjun was held in Shanghai and Chongqing (China), 2nd-19th May. 10 games. Shanghai: May 2nd - 9th, games 1-5. Chongqing: May 11th - 19th, games 6-10.
Tan Zhongyi - Ju Wenjun 4.5-5.5. Ju Wenjun of China is the 17th Women's World Chess Champion.
Game 10: Ju Wenjun - Tan Zhongyi 1/2. The Pirc-Ufimtsev Defence. Wenjun had a small advantage, then she grabbed a pawn, but could have won quickly with 25.Bd3! and with 51.Qxb6. A draw in 70 moves.
Game 9: Tan Zhongyi - Ju Wenjun 1/2. The Nimzo-Indian Defence. Wenjun had two extra pawns in the rook endgame, but Zhongyi defended well.
Game 8: Ju Wenjun - Tan Zhongyi 1/2. The Semi-Slav Defence. A sharp fight! Wenjun could have won with 27.Rxe5.
Game 7: Tan Zhongyi - Ju Wenjun 1/2. The Nimzo-Indian Defence. Wenjun had good counterplay. However 17...d4! was even better. A draw in 33 moves.
Game 6 (Chongqing, 12th May 2018): Ju Wenjun - Tan Zhongyi 0-1. The Catalan Opening. 14...Re8 was a novelty. 19.Qxb7 was interesting. Zhongyi obtained a small advantage with the strong 26...c4!. Wenjun made mistakes, 36.Rg1? (36.Re1 was better) and 40.Bf1? (40.Rc1 was better). Therefore Zhongyi won a pawn and the game in 125 moves.
Game 5: Tan Zhongyi - Ju Wenjun 0-1. The Bishop's Opening. Zhongyi riskily sacrificed a pawn. Wenjun could have won with 29...f5!, followed by ...f4-f3 or ...Nf2, but she won after 31.c4? Ne5 32.Qd4 Rg6 33.Bxe4 dxe4 34.Kf1 Nf3!.
Game 4: Tan Zhongyi - Ju Wenjun 1-0. The Queen's Pawn Game. Zhongyi strengthened the knight in the centre with 13.f4 and planned to attack on the kingside with g4 or Rf3-g3, played 21.g4. Wenjun made a mistake, 23...Nxd2? (23...g6 was better), the d3-bishop became more active and Zhongyi pressured on the kingside with 26.Rg2. Then 26...Rg8 was more stubborn, 26...g5? was bad. White launched a powerful attack with 29.h4!, sacrificed the queen with 34.Qxg7+! and won.
Game 3: Ju Wenjun - Tan Zhongyi 1-0. The Catalan Opening. A theoretical duel. Here Zhongyi preferred 12...Be7 (a novelty), in the game Ju Wenjun - Tan Zhongyi, Wuxi 2013, she played 12...Qc8. Then Zhongyi chose the risky 14...g5? (14...g6 was better) and Wenjun obtained a huge edge with the strong 15.Qh5!, attacked the black king and won.
Game 2: Tan Zhongyi - Ju Wenjun 0-1. The English Opening. Zhongyi made a mistake, 22.Rf1? (22.Qb2 was better), and Wenjun obtained an advantage: White's pawns were weak, then she won the endgame.
Game 1, May 3rd, 2018: Ju Wenjun - Tan Zhongyi 1/2. The Queen's Gambit Accepted. Two knights vs two bishops. With equality in the middlegame. 20.d6!? was more precise, with a slight or small edge to White.
The Opening Ceremony, Shanghai, 2nd May 2018.
Games WWCC 2018 (10, pgn)
Tan Zhongyi (China, born 29 May 1991 in Chongqing) is the 16th Women's World Chess Champion. Ju Wenjun (China, born 31 January 1991 in Shanghai) is the Challenger, the winner of the FIDE Women's Grand Prix 2015-2016.
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© 2000-2018 Boris Schipkov