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Ju Wenjun wins Game 9 to even the score (4½-4½) with only 3 games remaining in the 12-game match for the 2020 Women’s World Chess Championship!

Game 9 was a wild game filled with tactics, sacrifices and plenty of swings in initiative, where the World Champion Ju Wenjun finally wins after 62 moves.

Hou Yifan and Nigel Short comment on Game 9

Hou Yifan and Nigel Short Commentary

With his computer analytics going crazing, Nigel Short, commenting with Hou Yifan on the opening in Game 9, said:

“Instead of going along the highway, Ju went straight into the dark woods. Initially, she got lost there, but now Goryachkina is even more lost!”

Game 9

Aleksandra’s Sacrifice

Game 9 on Move 45, Aleksandra played ...g5 sacrificing her g-pawn in the hopes of mobilizing her e-pawn and promoting it to a Queen

On Move 45, Aleksandra played …g5 sacrificing her g-pawn in the hopes of mobilizing her e-pawn and promoting it to a Queen!

Aleksandra’s Pawn to the 7th Rank!

Game 9 after Move 53 Aleksandra's pawn made it all the way to the 7th rank

By Move 53 after giving up another pawn, Aleksandra’s e-pawn made it all the way to the 7th rank! But it was not to be–her pawn never promoted to a Queen.

Notation for Game 9

Game 9 Notation

Standings after Game 9

Standings after Game 9

Game 10 is scheduled for January 20, 2020. (See map and schedule below.)

Game 2 Aleksandra and Ju at chessboard, Aleksandra leaning back in chair

The 2020 Women’s World Chess Championship 12-game match between challenger Aleksandra Goryachkina and world champion Ju Wenjun began in Shanghai, China on January 4, 2020 for the first 6 games–and moved to Vladivostok, Russia on January 15 for the second 6 games.

The Challenger

Aleksandra Goryachkina with braided pony tail in red sweater sitting at chessboard behind whites pieces

Russia’s Aleksandra Goryachkina

Born September 28, 1998
21 years old

Rated 2578

The Reigning Champion

Ju Wenjun in black blazer over white blouse at Opening Ceremony 2020 Women's World Chess Championship

China’s Ju Wenjun

Born January 31, 1991
28 years old

Rated 2584


Russia’s Aleksandra Goryachkina and China’s Ju Wenjun compete in a 12-game match with “Classical Chess” time controls, followed by a Tiebreak system, if necessary.


Google map of locations of 2020 Women's World Chess Championship

The first 6 games take place in Shanghai, China. The second 6 games along with possible Tiebreaks and the Closing Ceremony take place in Vladivostok, Russia.


The Challenger!

Aleksandra Goryachkina in color blue bandanna and coat hand to face at chess board.

In May 2019, Aleksandra was only 20 years old at the time and the youngest and lowest-seeded of the world’s Top 8 women chess players competing. She won the Candidates Tournament and earned the opportunity to challenge China’s Ju Wenjun for the upcoming 2020 Women’s World Chess Championship!

She is a Grandmaster and two-time Russian Women’s Chess Champion. She also twice won the Girls Under-20 World Chess Championship.

She is on the rise and may well be the next Women’s World Chess Champion!

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