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January 3-25
FIDE Women’s World Championship Match
Shanghai / Vladivostok
FIDE Women’s World Championship Match  

The FIDE Women’s World Championship Match between the reigning world champion Ju Wenjun (China) and the challenger Aleksandra Goryachkina (Russia) is organized on January 3-25, 2020, in Shanghai and Vladivostok. 

The organizers are International Chess Federation (FIDE), the Chinese Chess Association, Chess Federation of Russia (CFR), and the Government of the Primorsky region. 

Gidrostroy group of companies is the general sponsor of the FIDE Women's World Championship Match.

The Match is supported by Gazprom. 

General partner of CFR is PhosAgro. Partners are SILA International Lawyers and the Far Eastern Federal University.

The first part of the Match will be played in Shanghai (January 4-12) and the second in Vladivostok (January 15-25).  The venue in Vladivostok will be the campus of the Far Eastern Federal University on the Russky Island. 

The Match consists of 12 games. The time control for each game is 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 1. The player who scores 6.5 points or more wins the Match. If the score after twelve games is equal, the tie-break is played.

The match days: 

Shanghai: January 5-6, 8-9, and 11-12.

Vladivostok: January 16-17, 19-20, and 22-23. The tie-break (if needed) will be played on January 24. 

The closing ceremony will be held on January 24. If the winner is decided in less than 12 games, the Match is over and the Organizer re-schedules the closing ceremony for an earlier date; then the closing ceremony takes place on the day of the last game or one day thereafter.

The prize fund provided by the Organizer is a minimum of EUR 500,000 net of any applicable local taxes. The prize fund is divided as follows: 60% to the winner and 40% to the runner-up if the Match ends within 12 games. In case the World Women’s Champion title is decided in the tie-break, the winner receives 55% and the runner-up receives 45% of the prize fund.


Articles in theme

Resilience Through Experience
Vladimir Belov’s report about the closing four classical games of the FIDE Women’s World Championship Match
Ju Wenjun: Winning the Match is the Most Important Thing
Women’s World Champion answers Eteri Kublashvili’s questions
Pacific Rim
Dmitry Kryakvin’s report on games 5-8 of the Women's World Championship Match  
Nigel Short: It Is Easier to Fight for the Crown Than to Defend It
FIDE Vice-President gave an interview to Eteri Kublashvili
Have Your Documents Ready for Inspection
Dmitry Kryakvin’s report on games 1-4 of the Ju Wenjun – Goryachkina match

News in theme

25.01.2020 00:01
Ju Wenjun Holds Women's World Champion's Title
Aleksandra Goryachkina lost on tie-break.
23.01.2020 13:00
Aleksandra Goryachkina Levels Score at FIDE Women's World Championship Match
Tie-break to be played on January 24.
Game 11 of FIDE Women's World Championship Match Finishes in Draw
The score is 6-5 in favour of Ju Wenjun.
20.01.2020 13:00
Aleksandra Goryachkina Loses Game 10 of FIDE Women's World Championship Match
The score is 5.5-4.5 in favour of Ju Wenjun.
19.01.2020 01:00
Aleksandra Goryachkina Wins Game 8 of FIDE Women's World Championship Match
The score is 4.5-3.5 in favour of the Russian.
Ju Wenjun Defeats Aleksandra Goryachkina in Game 4 of WWCM
The score is 2.5-1.5 in favour of the world champion.
First Game of FIDE Women's World Championship Match is Drawn
Ju Wenjun to play as White in the second one.
FIDE Women's World Championship Match Opens in Shanghai
Aleksandra Goryachkina to start with White.
Aleksandra Goryachkina: I am in Fighting Mood Going into Match
Press conference with the challenger took place in Moscow.