Women's World Chess Championship 2017 Knock-Out, Tehran 2017by Boris Schipkov
The Women's World Chess Championship 2017, knock-out tournament took place in Tehran (Iran) February 10th - March 4th.
Final, tiebreak: Anna Muzychuk - Tan Zhongyi 0.5-1.5, total score 2.5-3.5. Tan Zhongyi of China is the new Women's World Chess Champion. Silver: Anna Muzychuk.
Final, Game 4: Tan Zhongyi - Anna Muzychuk 1/2. The Semi-Slav Defence. A quick draw. 2-2, tiebreak.
Final, Game 3: Anna Muzychuk - Tan Zhongyi 1-0. The French Defence. Anna sacrificed a bishop to attack and won.
Final, Game 2: Tan Zhongyi - Anna Muzychuk 1-0. The Semi-Slav Defence. Zhongyi grabbed a pawn and won in the endgame.
Final, Game 1: Anna Muzychuk - Tan Zhongyi 1/2. The French Defence. Zhongyi equalized with 23...Rd8.
Round 5, Semifinals, Tiebreak: Dronavalli Harika - Tan Zhongyi 3-4 (Zhongyi won Armageddon), total 4-5. Bronze: Dronavalli Harika and Alexandra Kosteniuk.
Round 5, Semifinals, Game 2: Dronavalli Harika - Tan Zhongyi 1-0. Harika grabbed a pawn and won in 162 moves, tiebreak.
Round 5, Semifinals, Game 1: Tan Zhongyi - Dronavalli Harika 1-0. The Nimzo-Indian Defence. Zhongyi attacked on the kingside and won with the elegant 44.Rxh6!.
Round 4, Tiebreak: Dronavalli Harika - Nana Dzagnidze 1.5-0.5, total 2.5-1.5.
Round 4, Game 2: Ju Wenjun - Tan Zhongyi 0-1, total 0.5-1.5. 15.Ne5? was a mistake, 15. d6 was better. Zhongyi obtained a clear advantage and won the game.
Round 4, Game 1: Tan Zhongyi - Ju Wenjun 1/2. The Nimzo-Indian Defence. Zhongyi had a small advantage.
Round 3, Tiebreak: Ju Wenjun - Girya, Tan Zhongyi - Padmini, Dronavalli-Guramishvili 2.5-1.5, total 3.5-2.5. Kosteniuk - Cramling 3-1, total 4-2.
Round 3, Game 2: Muzychuk beat Pham, 2-0. Dzagnidze-Shen, Stefanova-Khurtsidze 1.5-0.5. Ni beat Pogonina, 1.5-0.5. Girya-Ju, Dronavalli-Guramishvili, Cramling-Kosteniuk, Padmini-Tan 1/2, 1-1, tiebreak.
Round 3, Game 1: Pham lost to Muzychuk. Dzagnidze beat Shen. Stefanova beat Khurtsidze in 115 moves.
Round 2, Tiebreak: Cramling-Paehtz 2-0, total 3-1. Dronavalli-Saduakassova, Kosteniuk-Gaponenko, Padmini-Zhao, Stefanova-Melia 1.5-0.5, total 2.5-1.5. Pogonina-Huang 2.5-1.5, total 3.5-2.5. Guramishvili-Buksa 3.5-2.5, total 4.5-3.5. Tan-Ushenina 3-3 (4-4, Ushenina won games 3 and 6 in the Slav Defence) and Armageddon 1/2, Tan played Black, so she wins the tiebreak. Here in the Armageddon White has 5 minutes, Black - 4 minutes, and plus 3 seconds per move after move 61, White must win the game and Black can draw the game to win the tiebreak. Khurtsidze-Batsiashvili 3-3 (4-4) and Khurtsidze won the Armageddon, though she played Black.
Round 2, Game 2: Ju Wenjun - Zhu Chen 1/2, total 1.5-0.5. Kashlinskaya-Muzychuk 1/2, a draw by perpetual check (threefold repetition), total 0.5-1.5. Ni Shiqun grabbed a rook and won vs Gunina, the total score 2-0. Tan outplayed Ushenina in the Slav Defence, Buksa beat Guramishvili, Kosteniuk-Gaponenko 1/2, Pogonina-Huang 1/2, Cramling-Paehtz 1/2, 1-1, tiebreak.
Round 2, Game 1: Ju Wenjun obtained a huge edge in the Nimzo-Indian Defence vs Zhu Chen and won. Gunina played badly and lost to Ni. Gaponenko drew vs Kosteniuk. Muzychuk attacked on the kingside and won vs Kashlinskaya. Paehtz drew vs Cramling. Guramishvili grabbed pieces and beat Buksa. Ushenina won the rook endgame with an extra pawn vs Tan.
Round 1, Tiebreak: Dzagnidze-Mona 3-1, total 4-2. Dronavalli-Shamima 1.5-0.5 (Harika played almost like Fischer in the opening), total 2.5-1.5. Zhao Xue - Martinez 2-0, total 3-1. Guramishvili-Khademalsharieh 1.5-0.5, total 2.5-1.5. Bodnaruk-Hejazipour 4-3, total 5-4. Savina-Socko 1.5-0.5, total 2.5-1.5.
Round 1, Game 2: Dronavalli drew vs Shamima, Dzagnidze beat Mona, Bodnaruk beat Hejazipour, Khademalsharieh beat Guramishvili, 1-1, tiebreak. Tan Zhongyi beat Sabina Foisor, Padmini beat Danielian, Kashlinskaya beat Cori 1.5-0.5.
Round 1, Game 1: Shamima drew vs Dronavalli, Dzagnidze lost to Mona, Tan Zhongyi drew vs Sabina Foisor, Ziaziulkina drew vs Ushenina, Hejazipour beat Bodnaruk, Guramishvili beat Khademalsharieh.
Ju Wenjun, Anna Muzychuk, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Dronavalli Harika, Nana Dzagnidze, Valentina Gunina, Antoaneta Stefanova, Zhao Xue, Tan Zhongyi, Nino Batsiashvili, Natalija Pogonina, Elisabeth Paehtz, Pia Cramling, Anna Ushenina, Zhu Chen.
10 February Opening Ceremony, 11-13 February Round 1, 14-16 February Round 2, 17-19 February Round 3, 20-22 February Round 4, 23-25 February Round 5 (Semifinals), 27 February - 3 March Round 6 (Final), 4 March Closing Ceremony.
"Dress Code in I. R. Iran: Women should wear scarf, long-sleeve shirts, long trousers or skirt. Men should wear long trousers".
© 2000-2017 Boris Schipkov
© 2000-2017 Boris Schipkov