Women's World Championship 2020 - Ju wins tiebreak

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1/24/2020 – The Women's World Chess Championship was decided by tie-breaks! Ju Wenjun won the third of four rapid games which was enough to retain her World Champions title. The final regulation game was a must-win for the challenger Goryachkina and she delivered, sending the match to rapid tiebreaks in Vladivostock tomorrow at 5:30 UTC (6:30 CET, 12:30 AM EST) with commentary by GM Nigel Short & GM Hou Yifan. | Photo: Eteri Kublashvili (FIDE / official site)

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Aleksandra Goryachkina of Russia won the 12th game of the World Championship match against the reigning champion Ju Wenjun, leaving the score 6:6 and forcing a rapid and (if necessary) blitz tiebreak.

In the tiebreak, the first two games were drawn, but the World Champion struck in the third game with white, then narrowly held on for a draw with black to win the match and retain her title.

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The tiebreak begins in Vladivostok at 15:30 local time, which is 6:30 CET and 12:30 AM EST and consists of four 25 minute (plus 10 seconds per move) rapid games, followed, if necessary, by up to five sets of blitz games (5+3) and, if these still fail to break the stand-off and Armageddon game.


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basler88 basler88 1/24/2020 08:36
Congratulation Ju! Good luck in the future!
anthonyy anthonyy 1/24/2020 07:04
I meant : more time
(2h30 40 moves then 16 moves per hour)
anthonyy anthonyy 1/24/2020 07:03
Frankly s^peaking, who remembers any of the games Anand-Gelfand or Karjakin-Carlsen ? And why are the Fischer-Spasski and Karpov-Kasparov matches legends ? More tome and more games, that's all.
UncleBent UncleBent 1/24/2020 06:41
@anthonvy If you don't like using rapid/blitz in a tiebreak, then suggest a way to pay for the longer duration of match play. 50 years ago, before Fischer made chess a true profession, top chess players competed for literally peanuts. Today, the top players are well compensated, as it should be. Unfortunately, most of us chess fans are cheap skates and would never pay to view games live. When Agon tried to block live transmission, 99% of us chess fans threw nasty fits. So, FIDE must avoid a repeat of the disastrous 1984 K-K endless match. They must realize that top players have a busy schedule these days (good thing!), and matches have to be sweet and short.
Jacob woge Jacob woge 1/24/2020 05:00
"And what is your proposed alternative?"

Challenger must win. It worked for a hundred years.
mrstillwater mrstillwater 1/24/2020 03:50
@anthonyy And what is your proposed alternative? This has been discussed endlessly and every system has its pros and cons, and none will satisfy everyone.

Congratulations at least to Ju Wenjun on a hard fought match.
chessgod0 chessgod0 1/24/2020 03:49
There was absolutely nothing wrong with this match. Plenty of decisive games---the players were evenly matched in rating and over the board. There is nothing wrong with the current time limits at all. The only thing I would do is eliminate the tiebreaks and give the champion draw-odds (like the old system minus the rematch guarantee).

Congratulations to Ju--the champion deserved to hold her crown. However, I strongly believe the future belongs to Goryachkina. She's much younger and plays a more aggressive and complicated game. She has the potential to reach 2700 while I believe Ju has played her best chess already. Respect to both ladies for an entertaining match.
Spiculus Spiculus 1/24/2020 01:28
We dont need any drastic measures to change this.
I beleive that they just need to reduce time limit (also in the tournaments)
In the last WCC between Carlsen and Caruana the time limit was 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, additional 50 minutes added after the 40th move, and then an additional 15 minutes added after the 60th move, plus an additional 30 seconds per move starting from move 1.
If you change this to 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, and additional 30 minutes added after the 40th move (or even without it like in many open tournaments), plus an additional 30 seconds per move starting from move 1, you will get much more decided games.
And of course, challenger must beat the champion.
Because of that they could also increase number of games to 14
anthonyy anthonyy 1/24/2020 12:31
So both for men and women, the classical world title was decided by rapid games ....
This is nonsensical. It could even be worse and have been decided by Armaggedon. By the way, there is an inner contradiction in saying that Magnus has the triple crown, classical, rapid and blitz, since he kept his classical title only by winning rapid games.