Women's World Championship Match 2020

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Re: Women's World Championship Match 2020

Post by Chris Rice » Mon Jan 06, 2020 12:08 pm

A piece on why there is a separate World Championship for women

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Re: Women's World Championship Match 2020

Post by JustinHorton » Tue Jan 07, 2020 6:50 am

Chris Rice wrote:
Mon Jan 06, 2020 12:00 pm
At least they get to play indoors these days.

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Good Lord. What's all that about?
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Re: Women's World Championship Match 2020

Post by Mick Norris » Tue Jan 07, 2020 7:53 am

Better than being stuck indoors?

Back to the present match, report on the first 2 games from Pete Doggers
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Re: Women's World Championship Match 2020

Post by JustinHorton » Tue Jan 07, 2020 8:27 am

I rather think that photo wasn't taken in 1978
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Re: Women's World Championship Match 2020

Post by PeterFarr » Tue Jan 07, 2020 9:44 am

JustinHorton wrote:
Tue Jan 07, 2020 8:27 am
I rather think that photo wasn't taken in 1978
2018:

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Re: Women's World Championship Match 2020

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Tue Jan 07, 2020 11:19 am

The DGT was a bit of a giveaway, and the lack of scoresheets, and lack of arbiter sitting at the end of the board!

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Re: Women's World Championship Match 2020

Post by JustinHorton » Tue Jan 07, 2020 11:30 am

Well also the English writing, and the fact that neither player looked the age they were when the match took place.
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Re: Women's World Championship Match 2020

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Tue Jan 07, 2020 11:43 am

"Well also the English writing, and the fact that neither player looked the age they were when the match took place."

True - and did Maia have the trademark hat then?

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Re: Women's World Championship Match 2020

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Tue Jan 07, 2020 1:10 pm

I vaguely recall a report that Maia had a "lucky doll" that she took to the board back then.
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Re: Women's World Championship Match 2020

Post by JustinHorton » Wed Jan 08, 2020 9:49 am

Bit of drama in game three as Goryachkina puts Ju in at move 23 and Black misses it
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Re: Women's World Championship Match 2020

Post by JustinHorton » Thu Jan 09, 2020 10:07 am

Today we have one of those Slavs that turn into a QGA, this seems to be a theme match for the kind of openings I like and other people find boring.
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Re: Women's World Championship Match 2020

Post by Chris Rice » Thu Jan 09, 2020 12:11 pm

A piece on the match from AFP, a French news agency.

"The 500,000 euros on the table in the showdown between holder Ju Wenjun and challenger Aleksandra Goryachkina is the largest prize fund in the nearly 100-year history of the Women's World Championship."

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"- Help or hindrance? -

But the 500,000 euros for the Women's World Championship match is still only half of the World Chess Championship prize fund. And some believe that female-only tournaments hinder rather than promote equality.

"Perhaps there is an argument for scrapping girls-only sections and best girl prizes in junior tournaments," said David Cox, a freelance journalist and contributor to the website Chess.com. After all, chess is a sport where men and women can compete on a level playing field, and that would push more girls to aim higher and keep trying to improve to be the best player overall, rather than the best girl."

There are various theories why men dominate the top 100 in the FIDE ratings. Cox and Bayat believe a major factor is simply that there are significantly more men than women playing."

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Re: Women's World Championship Match 2020

Post by IM Jack Rudd » Thu Jan 09, 2020 12:17 pm

The only serious mathematical study of the dominance of men in chess that I'm aware of is the Bilalic et al one, and I think their conclusion was that participation rates accounted for something like 96% of the effect in question.

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Re: Women's World Championship Match 2020

Post by LawrenceCooper » Thu Jan 09, 2020 1:03 pm

Ju 1 up after game 4.

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Re: Women's World Championship Match 2020

Post by Chris Rice » Thu Jan 09, 2020 1:09 pm

Lovely bit of technique by Ju in Game 4 to put her one up.

Ju, Wenjun - Goryachkina, Aleksandra

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FIDE Women’s World Championship Match 2020 round 04


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