The FIDE Women’s World Championship was held in Khanty-Mansiysk from 2 to 23 November. 64 strongest women from 28 countries fought for the title of World Chess Champion. The championship was held according to the system of knockout tournaments. This means that only one loss makes it impossible to further participate in the competition.
The start list was led by current world champion Ju Wenjun (2 561, China). Ex-world champions Alexandra Kosteniuk (2 551, Russia), Maria Muzychuk (2533, Ukraine), Tan Zhongyi (2 527, China), Antoineta Stefanova (2 490, Bulgaria) and Anna Ushenina (2 451, Ukraine) also took part in the tournament, and such well-known athletes as Humpy Koneru (2 557, India), Ekaterina Lagno (2 556, Russia), Anna Muzychuk (2 555, Ukraine), Aleksandra Goryachkina (2 536, Russia), Valentina Gunina (2 525, Russia) and many others.
In the first five rounds (up to the semi-final, inclusive), the matches consisted of 2 games with time control of 90 minutes for 40 moves and 30 minutes left with the addition of 30 seconds for each move, starting with the first. In the case of a tie, the winner was determined by a tie-break. 4 games were played with classical time control in the final match. In case of equality of points, the participants played a tie-break.
The winner of the final match receives the title of World Champion. All semifinalists, with the exception of the winners, received vouchers to the World Cup Championship Candidates Tournament 2019 – 2020.
The venue for the World Cup is the Ugra Chess Academy, a modern building built in the center of Khanty-Mansiysk.
November 2 – Players meeting / Opening ceremony;
November 3-5 – 1st round;
November 6-8 – 2nd round;
November 9-11 – 3rd round;
November 12-14 – 4th round (quarter-final);
November 15-17 – 5th round (semi-final);
November 18 is a day off;
November 19-23 – 6th round (final);
November 23 – Closing ceremony.
The prize fund is 450 thousand US dollars.
The chief referee is the international arbiter Igor Bolotinsky (Russia).
Kazakhstan at the World Women’s Chess Championship is represented by:
Dinara Saduakasova, ELO rating – 2 474, Astana
Zhansaya Abdumalik, ELO rating – 2 473, Almaty
Guliskhan Nakhbaeva, ELO rating- 2 367, Shymkent