Vote: Player of the year 2018

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12/26/2018 – The year 2018 is drawing to a close and it was filled with great events, strong tournaments and fantastic games. Now, at the end of the year, we invite you to vote for the player of the year (male and female), the newcomer, the game, the combination and the endgame of the year. What do you think: Who was the best female player of 2018?

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Vote: Female player of the year 2018

At the end of the year, we again invite our readers to vote for the player of the year, the female player of the year, the game of the year, the combination of the year, the endgame of the year, and for the "newcomer" of the year.

For every poll, our editorial team made nominations — which are, of course, subjective even though selected by a panel. To make things easier we whittled down the candidates, and we know some of you might miss your favourites — this is just one of many possible lists.

Here we want to find the best endgame of the year 2018. Our editors have put together the following shortlist. Now make your choice! Who was the best female player of 2018? 

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Ju Wenjun

Ju Wenjun is number two in the world rankings behind only her compatriot Yifan Hou. Ju won the Women's World Championship title in the spring of 2018 in the match against Tan Zhonqi. In November, she had to defend the title again, this time as a participant in a 64-player knockout tournament. Her final victory over Kateryna Lagno in a rivetting tiebreak was a very special achievement.

Ju Wenjun

Photo: Eteri Kublashvili


Kateryna Lagno

Kateryna Lagno made it to the finals at the Women's World Championship knockout in Khanty-Mansyisk, where she lost Ju Wenjun after a hard fight in the tiebreak. Her achievements are all the more noteworthy this year given that she has become a mother for the fourth time just weeks before the tournament began.

Kateryna Lagno

Photo: Eteri Kublashvili


Hou Yifan

Hou Yifan remains first in the world ranking among women by some distance and has won the title of Women's World Champion several times. Out of annoyance about the world championship format (which FIDE is changing), she has dropped out of competition in women-only events and is currently concentrating on her studies at Oxford University, where she is a Rhodes Scholar. Nevertheless, Yifan Hou is the best active female player in the world.

Hou Yifan

Photo: Alina L'Ami


Valentina Gunina

Valentina Gunina is perhaps the most uncompromising player on the planet. Most of the time she draws games when there is really no other way. This year, she was rewarded for her fighting spirit with a victory in the European Women's Championship.

Valentina Gunina

Photo: Alina L'Ami


Anna Muzychuk

Behind Yifan Hou and Ju Wenjun, Anna Muzychuk takes third place in the world rankings and has narrowly failed to win the World Championship title. She lost the 2017 final to Tan Zhongyi in Tehran. In 2018, she made it "only" to the semifinals where she lost to Alexandra Kosteniuk. Nevertheless, she always proved her irreproachable sportsmanship and followed her moral compass.

Photo: Alina L'Ami




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Sonshi Sonshi 12/29/2018 07:50
Ju Wenjun is unstoppable. winning everything in sight. She is definitely the player of the year.
melante melante 12/28/2018 08:52
I don't think anyone ever won the World Championship and successfully defended the title in the same year, moreover with such different formats! Ju Wenjun is definitely the "Player of the Year".

Hou Yifan was semi-retired this year and doesn't even deserve a nomination, IMHO (she surely will after she graduates and gets back to chess full time, of course).
SiddheshJ SiddheshJ 12/27/2018 10:08
Its hou Yifan
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