Game 11 a Draw! Aleksandra now needs a win to force Tiebreak format in 2020 Women’s World Chess Championship 12-game match!
by John Bain | Jan 22, 2020 | Blog, Women World Champs 2020 |
Game 11 saw China’s Ju Wenjun and Russia’s Aleksandra Goryachkina play to a 40-move draw in a Bishops of opposite colors and pawn endgame. See “Game 11” below.
With 1 game remaining and the score 6-5 in Ju Wenjun’s favor, Aleksandra now needs a win in Game 12 to reach the Tiebreak format. See “Standings after Round 11” below.
Odds Against Aleksandra
Besides needing to win Game 12 to reach the Tiebreak format, if she wins, Aleksandra will face a higher rated opponent in Ju Wenjun in Rapid Chess and Blitz Chess games.
Tiebreaks begin with 4 Rapid Chess games, followed by Blitz Chess games if necessary.
Ju Wenjun’s Rapid Chess rating is 2613 and her Blitz Chess rating is 2536.
Aleksandra Goryachkina is rated 2499 in Rapid Chess and 2441 in Blitz Chess.
However, Aleksandra is younger and her rating is rising!
In addition, Ju has struggled with black pieces the whole match. If this pattern continues, Goryachkina may reach Tiebreaks.
Tomorrow will tell the next and perhaps last chapter of this story.
Ju Wenjun avoided trap on Move 15!
Aleksandra, playing the black pieces, just played 15. …f6.
Ju Wenjun did not capture the “free” poisoned pawn on g7.
If Ju captures the pawn (16. Qxg7), Aleksandra wins the Queen for a Rook and the poisoned pawn by playing 16. …Rg8!
Aleksandra threatens 17. …Qxg2#, if Ju moves her Queen off the g-file!
After Aleksandra played Move 40. …Bc6, the players agreed to a draw.
Standings after Game 11
Game 12 is scheduled for January 23, 2020. (See map and schedule below.)
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.
Russia’s Aleksandra Goryachkina
Born September 28, 1998
21 years old
The Reigning Champion
China’s Ju Wenjun
Born January 31, 1991
28 years old
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.
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.
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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