Round 1 of Women’s World Championship Completed in Khanty-Mansiysk
Prior to the start of the first round of the Women’s World Championship, the official flag of FIDE was raised in front of the Ugra Chess Academy. This very flag was presented to Ugra Chess Federation President Vassily Filipenko during the closing ceremony of the Chess Olympiad in Batumi. As Khanty-Mansiysk will host the next Chess Olympiad in 2020, for the next two years the flag of FIDE will remain in the capital of Ugra.
The first round of in Khanty-Mansiysk didn’t go without surprises. Thus, one of the biggest upsets was Elizabeth Paehtz’s loss 0.5-1.5 to a young Iranian player Mobina Alinasab. Zhai Mo and Zhu Jiner from China defeated 2-0 the higher rated Olga Girya (Russia) and Lela Javakhishvili (Georgia) respectively.
Rating favorites Ju Wenjun, who is defending her world champion’s title in Khanty-Mansiysk, Anna and Mariya Muzychuk, Kateryna Lagno, Humpy Koneru, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Nana Dzagnidze, Nino Batsiashvili, and Zhao Xue won their starting matches 2-0.
Valentina Gunina, Tan Zhongyi, Monika Socko, Jolanta Zawadzka, Aleksandra Goryachkina, Natalija Pogonina, Anna Ushenina, and Bela Khotenashvili defeated their opponents 1.5 to 0.5. Alina Kashlinskaya (Russia) did not manage to come back after the defeat in the first game, and Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova (Uzbekistan) also advanced to the next round with a draw in their second encounter.
There were 11 tie-breaks on November 5: Lei Tingjie-Gara, Sadaukassova-Matnadze, Krush-Gaponenko, Zhukova-Ni Shiqun, Atalik-Cori, Foisor-Stefanova, Harika-Khukhashvili, Vera Gutierrez-Bodnaruk, Padmini-Abdumalik, Nakhbayeva-Galliamova, and Hoang Thanh Trang-Danielian.
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Photos: Press Service of the Championship
FIDE Press Officer of the FIDE Women's World Championship in Khanty-Mansiysk