Women’s World Championship underway this weekend.
Quick 5-minute Summary
FIDE struggled this year to find a sponsor for the Women’s World Championship, but the usual ‘last resort’ Khanty-Mansiysk bravely stepped up to the plate. The first game was played on Saturday. The event finishes on the 25th.
A 64-player knock-out event; time control 90 minutes for 40 moves followed by 30 minutes to finish (plus 30′ per move). First prize is $60k, plus the world title.
Nobody can quite understand why the current world title holder Ju Wenjun, who won the title just some short months ago, must play in this knock out, but FIDE has long neglected to put its house into order with respect to sound and viable rules for the Women’s World Championships. Dvorkovich has promised to do so in time for the next cycle.
Round 1 Results
Hardegen – Wenjun Khany-Mansiysk 3.11.2018 (0-1)
Koneru – Toubal Khanty-Mansiysk 3.11.2018 (1-0)
February – Lagno Khanty-Mansiysk 3.11.2018 (0-1)