In Game 4, the reigning champion China’s Ju Wenjun wins a Rook and pawn endgame to takes the lead against the challenger Russia’s Aleksandra Goryachkina.
The score is now 2½ to 1½ after 4 of 12 games in the match.
Aleksandra Goryachkina resigned after Ju Wenjun with the white pieces played 63. Kd5!
The material is equal in a King and pawn endgame, but Ju Wenjun’s aggressive, centered King takes the day (above).
Ju Wenjun’s f-pawn will promote to a Queen one move before Aleksandra’s a-pawn promotes.
In fact, Ju Wenjun’s f-pawn will promote with a check if Aleksandra’s King stays on b4 after capturing the white pawn there.
Standings after Game 4
2020 Women’s World Chess Championship
The 2020 Women’s World Chess Championship between challenger Aleksandra Goryachkina and world champion Ju Wenjun began in Shanghai, China on January 4, 2020.
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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