Searching for a new Women's World Chess Champion in Khanty Mansiysk

This will be a very important event as the semi-finalists will be seeded to the Candidates Tournament

FIDE Women’s World Championship Starts in Khanty-Mansiysk on November 2

The FIDE Women's World Championship will be held in Khanty-Mansiysk on November 2-23, 2018. 64 chess players from 28 countries will determine the strongest one according to the knock-out system.

The top seed is the incumbent world champion Ju Wenjun (2561, China). Former world champions Alexandra Kosteniuk (2551, Russia), Mariya Muzychuk (2533, Ukraine), Tan Zhongyi (2527, China), Antoaneta Stefanova (2490, Bulgaria), and Anna Ushenina (2451, Ukraine) are taking part in the event as well. The tournament will also see such chess stars as Humpy Koneru (2557, India), Kateryna Lagno (2556, Russia), Anna Muzychuk (2555, Ukraine), Aleksandra Goryachkina (2536, Russia), Valentina Gunina (2525, Russia) and many others.

There shall be five rounds of matches, comprising two games per round, with the winners progressing to the next round. The 6th (final) round shall be played over four games. If the score is equal after regular games of each match, tie-break games shall be played.

The winner of the final match will be declared Women’s World Champion.

The FIDE Presidential Board members have unanimously supported the proposal of the FIDE President A. Dvorkovich which has been approved by the FIDE Commission on World Championships and Olympiads.

Following the change in the system of the Women's World Championship, the amendment to the regulations of the Women's World Championship 2018 has been made: all semi-finalists except for the eventual winner will qualify to the forthcoming Women's Candidate Tournament of the 2019-2020 cycle.

For more information please see the attached press release.

Contact information:

FIDE Press Officer of the FIDE Women's World Championship in Khanty-Mansiysk

Eteri Kublashvili

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