In Game 5, Aleksandra, a pawn ahead, accepts the trade–a Rook for a Bishop and 2 pawns–at move 19, and simplifies to an endgame where both players had passed pawns, threatening to promote them to a Queens.
The score is now 2½ to 2½ after 5 of 12 games.
After Game 6, the match moves from Shanghai, China to Vladivostok, Russia. See schedule below.
Ju Wenjun creates a passed pawn!
Ju Wenjun plays 21. …cxd4
(21. h4 cxd4 22. Bd7+ Kxe5 23. Bxc8 Rxc8)
The position after 21. h4 cxd4 22. Bd7+ Kxe5 23. Bxc8 Rxc8.
Ju Wenjun, a pawn down, created a dangerous passed pawn on the d-file (above).
The position after 51. Rf4.
On move 51, after creating a passed pawn of her own, Aleksandra moved her Rook from c4 to f4 (Rf4), and her f-pawn is unstoppable!
Ju Wenjun played 51. … Kd5, then resigned.
Standings after Game 5
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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