Muzychuk-Hou match set in Lviv, Ukraine

by Albert Silver
7/3/2015 – It was a heroic victory by Mariya Muzychuk, who overcame match after match in a grueling knockout tournament that had the world on the edge of its seat. The newly crowned Women's World Champion must now face her next challenger, Hou Yifan, who has the right to challenge her in a match by virtue of winning the FIDE Grand Prix. The match is now set in Lviv, Ukraine in March 2016.

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On July 1st Kirsan Ilyumzhinov arrived in Lviv, Ukraine. On the next day, in Lviv’s city administration, the FIDE delegation met with Mayor of Lviv Andriy Sadovyi, Minister of Youth and Sports Igor Zhdanov, Vice Governor of Lviv oblast Yuri Pidlisny, Women’s World Champion GM Mariya Muzychuk and her sister GM Anna Muzychuk. The sides discussed the possible application for the organization of Women’s World Championship Match.

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Igor Zhdanov, receives a souvenir Kalmyk chess set

President of Ukrainian Chess Federation, Viktor Kapustin, signing the application for the match

Together with Women's World Champion Mariya Muzychuk, the document is held proudly

On June 2nd the FIDE President also met with the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko
in the famous Pototsky Palace, an architectural monument of 19th century

At the meeting were discussed the issues related to the match organization, organizing committee, as well as the chess festival to be held during the match. According to the application, the Match will be held in March 2016. At the suggestion of FIDE President, the Organizing Committee will be headed by the President of Ukraine, who highly evaluated the development of chess in the country and especially in Lviv city, which produced a lot of chess masters and trainers. He also added that the Women’s World Championship Match would contribute to the popularization of chess not only in the Ukraine but also in the world.

FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov also visited GM Vasyl Ivanchuk's Chess School and Club

Ivanchuk shared a game with the students, a fascinating Dutch

GM Mariya Muzychuk then gave a master class of her own to the students

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Source: FIDE

Born in the US, he grew up in Paris, France, where he completed his Baccalaureat, and after college moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He had a peak rating of 2240 FIDE, and was a key designer of Chess Assistant 6. In 2010 he joined the ChessBase family as an editor and writer at ChessBase News. He is also a passionate photographer with work appearing in numerous publications.
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ulyssesganesh ulyssesganesh 7/8/2015 06:38
my best wishes for the match! ivan and marya are good ambassadors for the game and for their country!
genem genem 7/4/2015 08:57
@Example123 and @alekhina: We get absurdities such as Hou Yifan being the title 'challenger' whenever any kind of Swiss, Round-Robin, or Knockout TOURNAMENT is used to crown a new champ. Tournaments are good for determining a title challenger, but not a title holder.

I presume the underlying cause of the problem is that it is hard to persuade people and corporations to give large sums of their money to people who want to play chess. So everyone does the best they can with limited resources, and compromises must be swallowed.
alekhina alekhina 7/4/2015 04:36
Why Hou Yifan is not a world champion? Did she lost her world championship title ? Anyway, Mariya Muzychuk is the prettiest World woman champion ever.
Example123 Example123 7/4/2015 03:32
It's DISGRACEFUL that Hou Yifan is called the challenger! The Woman's World Championship is an absolute farce! They tried and stop that format in the men's division because they realised it doesn't work. In a day and age where everybody's calling for gender equality it's senseless that they're still following the knock out system to determine the women's world chess champion! Hou Yifan is without a doubt the best female player in the world and the rightful champion!
prail prail 7/4/2015 06:49
Do I understand correctly that the fighting is in eastern Ukraine, so the players will be safe in Lviv?
I didn't see this mentioned in the article.
Aighearach Aighearach 7/4/2015 05:28
I love the pictures of Kirsan giving out bribes, it reminds of a recent movie called Last Knights, which even had a few chess scenes.
Josue Josue 7/4/2015 03:08

When did they decide the match would be on 2016?? wasn't it scheduled to be this year?
Steven E DuCharm Steven E DuCharm 7/4/2015 01:59
Best wishes to the combatants