2018 Women's World Championship

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Re: 2018 Women's World Championship

Post by Tim Harding » Wed Nov 14, 2018 3:00 pm

Still no draws!
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Re: 2018 Women's World Championship

Post by LawrenceCooper » Wed Nov 14, 2018 3:18 pm

Tim Harding wrote:
Wed Nov 14, 2018 3:00 pm
Still no draws!
Refresh your screen :wink:

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Re: 2018 Women's World Championship

Post by Tim Harding » Wed Nov 14, 2018 3:19 pm

At last. My post above was written before the final game.
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Re: 2018 Women's World Championship

Post by JustinHorton » Wed Nov 14, 2018 3:23 pm

That was a brutal match.
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Re: 2018 Women's World Championship

Post by PeterFarr » Wed Nov 14, 2018 3:56 pm

The schedule is pretty brutal as well; Abdumalik has played 12 straight days I think, 20 games of chess altogether. The first rest day isn't until after the semi-finals. I find the knock-out format entertaining, but it must be really tough on the players. Compare and contrast with Carlsen-Caruana.

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Re: 2018 Women's World Championship

Post by Mick Norris » Wed Nov 14, 2018 4:12 pm

Kosteniuk Alexandra (RUS) - Ju Wenjun (CHN)
Muzychuk Mariya (UKR) - Lagno Kateryna (RUS)

1 will be world champion; the other 3 qualify for the Candidates to find a challenger in the new cycle

Interesting how the knockout format always provides a few shocks along the way, but normally ends up with 4 of the higher rated players in the semis
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Re: 2018 Women's World Championship

Post by JustinHorton » Thu Nov 15, 2018 7:58 am

Presumably the last Kosteniuk v Ju game was the last round of the Olympiad?
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Re: 2018 Women's World Championship

Post by LawrenceCooper » Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:07 pm

Muzychuk-Lagno drawn. Ju has an extra pawn vs Kosteniuk although the size of her advantage appears less than move 23.

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Re: 2018 Women's World Championship

Post by JustinHorton » Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:50 pm

Lagno and Muzychuk draw again. Kosteniuk is not going to win her ending.
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Re: 2018 Women's World Championship

Post by JustinHorton » Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:15 pm

And it's Ju against Lagno.
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Re: 2018 Women's World Championship

Post by Chris Rice » Mon Nov 19, 2018 1:49 pm

The first game of the final Ju Wenjun - Katerina Lagno finished in a draw after 36 moves. Nervous first game. Lagno kept staring down Ju who was eating chocolate and coughing quite a bit. Lagno looked to be doing really well after the opening but then in a little time trouble surprisingly opted to trade queens. Ju then looked to have an edge but, to the surprise of the commentators, Morozevich and Kosteniuk, offered a draw in a position where she could do all the pressing.

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Re: 2018 Women's World Championship

Post by JustinHorton » Tue Nov 20, 2018 11:05 am

In game two, Lagno appears to have been thinking for half an hour on move 13
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Re: 2018 Women's World Championship

Post by LawrenceCooper » Tue Nov 20, 2018 2:00 pm

Lagno a pawn up with winning chances after the time control.

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Re: 2018 Women's World Championship

Post by JustinHorton » Tue Nov 20, 2018 2:32 pm

She's going to win this. Immense performance.
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Re: 2018 Women's World Championship

Post by JustinHorton » Tue Nov 20, 2018 2:44 pm

One-nil to Lagno.
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