Women’s World Championship: Another fighting draw

by Klaus Besenthal
7/9/2023 – In the longest game of the Women’s World Championship match so far, Lei Tingjie surprised Ju Wenjun in the opening. Ju struggled at first, but later got to put pressure on her opponent in the endgame. A fourth draw in Shanghai means the score remains tied in what has so far been a high-quality, tense confrontation. | Photo: Stev Bonhage / FIDE

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In a league of their own

The fact that some of the most important titles in the world of chess have been taken by Chinese representatives has been duly celebrated by the Asian giant. The ‘Middle Kingdom’ has shown that, despite being somewhat disconnected from the Western world, it has the resources and the talent to compete even in sports that are not as traditional for them.

If you have a closer look at the games from the Women’s World Championship match, you have to admit that Ju Wenjun and Lei Tingjie are playing in a league of their own. Currently, there are very few players who would have real chances to break their dominance.

The fourth encounter in Shanghai was again of outstanding quality.

Lei Tingjie

Lei Tingjie | Photo: Stev Bonhage

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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.