Tan Zhongyi scores 2nd win, pulls within 1 point with 4 games to play


​Ju, Wenjun (CHN) - Tan, Zhongyi (CHN) - Game 6

1 d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 d5 4. Bg2 Bb4+ 5. Bd2 Bd6 6. Nf3 O-O 7. O-O c6 8. Nc3 dxc4 9. Bg5 Nbd7 10. Ne4 Be7 11. Nxf6+ Bxf6 12. Bxf6 Qxf6 13. Qc1 e5 14. Qxc4 Re8 15. dxe5 Nxe5 16. Qb3 Re7 17. Nd4 Bg4 18. f3 Bd7 19. Qc3 Rc8 20. Rad1 c5 21. Nc2 b5 22. b3 Qb6 23. Kh1 b4 24. Qd2 Bc6 25. Ne3 g6 26. Qc2 c4 27. Nxc4 Nxc4 28. Qxc4 Bb7 29. Qf4 Rxe2 30. Rd7 Rf8 31. Rd2 Rxd2 32. Qxd2 Rd8 33. Qf4 a5 34. h4 h5 35. Kh2 Ba6 36. Rg1 Qd6 37. Qg5 Qd5 38. Qf6 Rd6 39. Qb2 Re6 40. Bf1 Qxf3 41. Bxa6 Rxa6 42. Rg2 Rf6 43. Qd4 Kh7 44. Qb2 Rf5 45. Qc2 Qe3 46. Re2 Qd4 47. Kg2 Qd5+ 48. Qe4 Qd1 49. Re1 Qd2+ 50. Re2 Qc1 51. Re1 Qb2+ 52. Qe2 Qf6 53. Rc1 Re5 54. Qf3 Qe7 55. Rc2 Kg7 56. Qd3 Re3 57. Qd4+ Kh7 58. Rf2 Qb7+ 59. Kh2 Re1 60. Rg2 Qe7 61. Rf2 Re2 62. Qf4 Kg8 63. Qf3 Rxf2+ 64. Qxf2 Qe4 65. Qd2 Kg7 66. Qb2+ Kf8 67. Qd2 Qe5 68. Qd8+ Kg7 69. Qd2 Qc3 70. Qf2 Kf8 71. Qe2 Qd4 72. Qc2 Qe5 73. Qf2 Ke8 74. Qg2 Qc5 75. Qa8+ Ke7 76. Qe4+ Kd8 77. Qd3+ Kc7 78. Qd2 f5 79. Qe2 Kd7 80. Qd3+ Ke7 81. Qe2+ Kf7 82. Qd2 Ke6 83. Qe2+ Kd5 84. Qf3+ Kd6 85. Qd3+ Kc7 86. Qd2 Qe5 87. Qf2 Kc6 88. Qc2+ Qc3 89. Qe2 Kd5 90. Qb5+ Qc5 91. Qd3+ Qd4 92. Qf3+ Qe4 93. Qd1+ Kc5 94. Qd2 Qf3 95. Qc2+ Kd4 96. Qd2+ Ke4 97. Qc2+ Ke3 98. Qc5+ Ke2 99. Qc2+ Ke1 100. Qc1+ Qd1 101. Qc6 Qe2+ 102. Kh3 Qe4 103. Qc1+ Kf2 104. Qd2+ Qe2 105. Qd4+ Kf1 106. Qa1+ Kf2 107. Qd4+ Qe3 108. Qb2+ Ke1 109. Qb1+ Kd2 110. Qb2+ Kd1 111. Qb1+ Qc1 112. Qd3+ Qd2 113. Qb1+ Ke2 114. Qh1 Qe1 115. Qd5 Qf1+ 116. Kh2 Qf2+ 117. Kh3 Qf1+ 118. Kh2 Qf3 119. Qc4+ Kf2 120. Qc5+ Qe3 121. Qc2+ Qe2 122. Qc6 Kf1+ 123. Kh3 Kg1 124. Qc5+ Qf2 125. Qc1+ Qf1+ 0-1

The 2018 Women’s World Chess Championship is a 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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