Women’s World Championship: Ju misses chance in game 3

by Klaus Besenthal
7/8/2023 – In the third game of the FIDE Women’s World Championship on Saturday, defending champion Ju Wenjun, playing black, briefly got an edge, but it quickly evaporated. Challenger Lei Tingjie was able to regain a balanced position in which the draw could no longer be averted. All three games have ended drawn so far in Shanghai. The fourth game will take place on Sunday. | Photos: David Llada and Stev Bonhage (FIDE)

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A third tense draw

Lei Tingjie, the challenger in Shanghai, played a few inaccurate moves in the opening phase of the match for the Women’s World Championship. Reigning world champion Ju Wenjun thus gained some chances before move 20. Her 19...a5, however, was not precise enough for anything serious to come of it.

Three games, three (tense) draws have been played so far.

Lei Tingjie, Ju Wenjun

Lei Tingjie playing white against Ju Wenjun

All games


Klaus Besenthal is computer scientist, has followed and still follows the chess scene avidly since 1972 and since then has also regularly played in tournaments.