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Women's World Chess Championship 2017 Knock-Out, Tehran 2017

by Boris Schipkov

The Women's World Chess Championship 2017, knock-out tournament took place in Tehran (Iran) February 10th - March 4th.

Tan Zhongyi with the gold medal and Anna Muzychuk with the silver medal
Women's World Chess Champion Tan Zhongyi with the gold medal and Vice-Champion Anna Muzychuk with the silver medal. Photo by Anastasiya Karlovich

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.

The handshake before Game 1 of the Final, Anna Muzychuk vs Tan Zhongyi
The handshake before Game 1 of the Final, Anna Muzychuk vs Tan Zhongyi. Photo by David Llada

Final, Game 1: Anna Muzychuk - Tan Zhongyi 1/2. The French Defence. Zhongyi equalized with 23...Rd8.
Final: 6 Games of the Women's World Chess Championship 2017

Round 5, Semifinals, Tiebreak: Dronavalli Harika - Tan Zhongyi 3-4 (Zhongyi won Armageddon), total 4-5. Bronze: Dronavalli Harika and Alexandra Kosteniuk.
Round 5, Tiebreak: 7 Games of the Women's World Chess Championship 2017

Round 5, Semifinals, Game 2: Dronavalli Harika - Tan Zhongyi 1-0. Harika grabbed a pawn and won in 162 moves, tiebreak.
Anna Muzychuk - Alexandra Kosteniuk 1-0, total 2-0. Anna had a clear edge in the endgame.
Round 5, Game 2: 2 Games of the Women's World Chess Championship 2017

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!.
Alexandra Kosteniuk - Anna Muzychuk 0-1. The French Defence. Alexandra grabbed a pawn and had an advantage, but made mistakes (e.g. 56.Ne5?), and Anna took the initiative and won.
Round 5, Game 1: 2 Games of the Women's World Chess Championship 2017

Round 4, Tiebreak: Dronavalli Harika - Nana Dzagnidze 1.5-0.5, total 2.5-1.5.
Round 4, Tiebreak: 2 Games of the Women's World Chess Championship 2017

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.
Antoaneta Stefanova - Anna Muzychuk 1/2, total 0.5-1.5. Antoaneta had a small edge, but Anna defended well, a draw.
Alexandra Kosteniuk - Ni Shiqun 1-0, total 1.5-0.5. Alexandra won a pawn in the endgame.
Nana Dzagnidze - Dronavalli Harika 1-0, (1-1, tiebreak). Nana grabbed a pawn and won.
Round 4, Game 2: 4 Games of the Women's World Chess Championship 2017 and Photos

Ni Shiqun of China, Women's World Chess Championship 2017
Ni Shiqun of China, game 1, round 4, Women's World Chess Championship 2017. Photo by David Llada

Round 4, Game 1: Tan Zhongyi - Ju Wenjun 1/2. The Nimzo-Indian Defence. Zhongyi had a small advantage.
Anna Muzychuk - Antoaneta Stefanova 1-0. The Spanish Game. 29...Nxe4=, 32...Kh8 and 33...Kh8= were better. 33...Nf4? and 34...Qe6? were mistakes. White won due to the strong passed c7-pawn.
Ni Shiqun - Alexandra Kosteniuk 1/2. The Sicilian Defence. With counterplay.
Dronavalli Harika - Nana Dzagnidze 1-0. The French Defence. 39...gxf5? was a serious error, and Harika grabbed a queen. 39...Bxb2= was better, with equality.
Round 4, Game 1: 4 Games of the Women's World Chess Championship 2017 and Photos

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.
16 Games of the Women's World Chess Championship 2017: Round 3, Tiebreak

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 2: 8 Games of the Women's World Chess Championship 2017

Round 3, Game 1: Pham lost to Muzychuk. Dzagnidze beat Shen. Stefanova beat Khurtsidze in 115 moves.
Round 3, Game 1: 8 Games of the Women's World Chess Championship 2017

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.
Women's World Chess Championship 2017: Round 2, Tiebreak: Games 1-26
Women's World Chess Championship 2017: Round 2, Tiebreak: Games 27-34

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.
16 Games of the Women's World Chess Championship 2017: Round 2, Game 2

Anna Muzychuk of Ukraine Ni Shiqun of China
Anna Muzychuk of Ukraine and Ni Shiqun of China. Photos by David Llada

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.
16 Games of the Women's World Chess Championship 2017 and Photos: Round 2, Game 1

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.
29 Games of the Women's World Chess Championship 2017: Round 1, Tiebreak

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.
31 Games of the Women's World Chess Championship 2017 and Photos: Round 1, Game 2

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.
31 Games of the Women's World Chess Championship 2017: Round 1, Game 1

Games WWCC 2017 K (216, pgn)

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.
Women's World Chess Champion Hou Yifan did not play in the Women's World Chess Championship 2017 in Tehran, therefore we see a new Women's World Chess Champion.

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".
Official Site: http://tehran2017.fide.com/

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