Women's World Championship LIVE

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11/23/2018 – The Women's World Championship 2018 knockout in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia runs through November 23rd. The format is a 64-player knockout. Round 6, the final, is from November 19th to 22nd, starting at 11:00 CEST (10:00 UT / 6:00 AM EDT) with live commentary by GMs Pavel Tregubov and Alexander Morozevich. | Graphic: FIDE

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Round 6 - Final - Tiebreak

From November 3rd to the 23rd, the Women's World Chess Championship will take place in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. This version is a knockout system with 64 chess players from 28 countries who qualified in various ways to participate. The total prize fund is USD $450,000.

In the tiebreak players receive 25 min plus 10 seconds per move for two rapid games. If still tied then they play two additional games with 10 minutes plus 10 seconds per move, followed by two 5+3 blitz games and finally a single Armageddon game, where White has 5 minutes to Black's 4, but Black has draw odds.

Read the reports on prior rounds:

Results and standings


Live games and commentary


Live commentary by GMs Alexandra Kosteniuk and Alexander Morozevich

IM Lawrence Trent on Game 2

All commentary webcasts

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drawing of lots

World Champion Ju Wenjun participated in the drawing of lots on Friday evening | Photo: Eteri Kublashvili

All Players

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player photos

Update: November 5: 

Reader "hmchess" notes in the comments that in the photo montage above:

Zhai Mo (2nd row from bottom, 3rd from the right) actually shows Pham Le Thao Nguyen from Vietnam.

The photo that says Sun Fanghui (bottom row, 1st from left) actually shows Zhang Xiaowen.


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tedshi tedshi 11/22/2018 03:57
Ju, Wenjun won the Sicilian Rossolimo where Carlsen had 4 draws in "classical" Word Championship match! Let's wait to see whether Carlsen will launch the same opening in today's game. I hope this game is not draw, so there will be another "must-win" game to fight even if you are black.
melante melante 11/22/2018 06:17
Ju is playing well below her standard in this final round. Pity.
gary135 gary135 11/20/2018 07:26
my comment (below) was cut off Kosteniuk lost to Ju Wenjun and now demeans her just out of sour grapes. The commentators talk about everything but the chess match right in front of them and in Game 1, Kosteniuk wasted time by talking about her favorite vegetables. They often gab away while four or five moves take place and don't seem to understand that they are supposed to be covering a World Champion chess match- F.I.D.E.'s showcase women's event. F.I.D.E. is not well served by these clowns
gary135 gary135 11/20/2018 07:19
'youtube' English coverage stinks. Russian commentators obviously rooting for Lagno and disrespecting Ju Wenjun and that includes A.Kosteniuk who lost to
BeachBum2 BeachBum2 11/19/2018 11:32
Women's is actually more fun, more drama than another C v C draw...
jsaldea12 jsaldea12 11/18/2018 02:33
No doubt, Go Wenjun is better
basler88 basler88 11/16/2018 05:26
Go Wenjun you can make it all the way!! Good luck!
jsaldea12 jsaldea12 11/15/2018 02:20
As i said: this knockout format is heading to 6 rounds only.!
jonkm jonkm 11/13/2018 11:21
Well, nice game by Ju Wenjun, dispatching her opponent in Tal style, when she blasted 21 Ref1 with 21... Re1ch!! Fun tactics.
Toff Toff 11/13/2018 09:23
WWC is the UFC of chess in it's best. The ladies and little girls went to others throat with pleasure while the men continue to collect draws, many with no risk taken whatsoever. I do prefer watching WWC than four draws in a row
from Carlsen V Caruana. within few years from now the top audience will migrate to women's side, definitely: Their tactics are easier to follow, closer to average players to be understood. Even the risk taken is pleasurable and we have almost always a beautiful bloodbath!!! Fearless. GRRRRRRRR.
macauley macauley 11/13/2018 01:43
Ah, I see, it's so useless you want more of it! ;) With four major simultaneous events, we have to make choices. We'll continue to cover each round (though not each game).
englishplayer englishplayer 11/13/2018 01:20
The Chessbase coverage of the Women's championship is very good, with good grandmaster commentary. I purchased the worldchess broadcast of the men's championship from world chess (this is the second one for me) and you get the Polgar commentary and the live feed from three different cameras. On the world chess site people do nothing but complain on the live commentary.

As far as the women's championship, I would agree with some that the knockout format is probably not the best. The best female player in the world isn't playing. And, I'm a little surprised at the casual nature of their attire, in some cases it looks like they stopped to play chess after a workout at the gym. Professional attire is very important for the chess professionals to get the respect they so richly deserve. There are my complaints. I'd thought I'd join the complaining crowd. However, I'm enjoying the games and the coverage of both events.
royce campbell royce campbell 11/11/2018 09:15
@macauley: My first inclination was to be really snarky and equate the word used in @isellen's comment to a certain Mr. Peterson [!], but I really don't feel that way. I get that there is a lot on your plate, especially since you are probably in London and quite occupied. It's just frustrating that I have to go to other sources for daily updates and analysis [often sketchy as well], and made even more so that the WCC on the German page of this site, while still not adequate, is more frequently updated. I may be alone in my frustration, but at least I can take solace in being conversant in German. Just wish you had the resources to be more thorough [like daily] here. Even the reports from chessbase.in are informative, if a bit categorized.
macauley macauley 11/11/2018 04:23
We'll have a Round 3 report today. I'm puzzled what's useless? Everything seems to be working normally.
royce campbell royce campbell 11/11/2018 04:01
gens una sumus
isellen isellen 11/11/2018 01:33
Possibly the coverage here is so useless because there are no English speaking players left in the competition, and Chessbase think their English speaking audience must have lost interest.
royce campbell royce campbell 11/10/2018 05:50
As feared, the coverage for this event here is inadequate. I get there are "more important" things going on right now, but that doesn't seem to keep the German page from being a more acceptable reference.
Daniel Miller Daniel Miller 11/8/2018 10:52
The commentators don't get it. We saw none of the finishes. They would analyze a game and someone is in trouble then when the tension was high they switch to another game, the first game finishes, and they ask themselves what happened. Then they analyze the finished game and another game finishes. Show the players during the finishes, not the boards and variations no one cares about. There is no drama in that.
jsaldea12 jsaldea12 11/7/2018 02:05
This world women chess turnament is good for 6 rounds only.
macauley macauley 11/6/2018 11:29
@gerando - Thanks. Corrected. @gary135 - Added full results.
gary135 gary135 11/5/2018 11:50
will you be showing the standings- i.e. who has won how many games?- as tourney progresses?
gerando gerando 11/5/2018 03:26
the link for the pairing tree is wrong
macauley macauley 11/5/2018 02:38
@ hmchess - Thanks. Noted. (This is a photo montage from the official website.)
Eori Eori 11/5/2018 12:31
Glad to see Koneru Humpy back!
hmchess hmchess 11/4/2018 04:07
The photos have several mistaken names.

The photo that says Zhai Mo (2nd row from bottom, 3rd from the right) actually shows Pham Le Thao Nguyen from Vietnam. That photo is from this event:

Here is a correct photo of Zhai Mo:

The photo that says Sun Fanghui (bottom row, 1st from left) actually shows Zhang Xiaowen. It is taken from this event:

Unfortunately I don't have a correct photo of Sun Fanghui. She is not well known. This is only her 2nd tournament outside of China. Even in China she doesn't play often. This entire year, she has only played 7 games so far.
jsaldea12 jsaldea12 11/4/2018 03:27
IPetrarlsen commented: 11/2/2018 05:23"Speaking of Dvorkovich, this may be the last time we see the KO format determine the World Champion among women in part because, at the suggestion of the new FIDE President, the regulations now call for the next World Championship cycle to include a Candidates Tournament .Very good decision, which should have been made long ago. Rather encouraging about Arkady Dvorkovich, as it seems that this change is more or less his idea.".

jsaldea12 jsaldea12 11/3/2018 01:01
Knock out FROM THE START? for the world women chess championship is not laudable. Good players can be knock out with no chance of recovering and fighting back. Swiss system is more laudable. Knock out is at its best in the FINAL, not on preliminaries.