Monday, 16 March 2015

2015 Womens World Championship

It looks as though Sochi has replaced Khanty-Mansiysk as the "goto" venue for FIDE events. The FIDE Women's World Championships begins tonight in the city that played host to last years World Championship match.
The event is a 64 player knockout, with the winner replacing Hou Yifan as World Champion, after she chose not to take part. However, as the winner of the last Women's Grand Prix, Hou is entitled to a match against the winner of this event, so she may only be relinquishing her crown briefly.
Tonight is the opening ceremony, while play begins tomorrow. Humpy Koneru (IND) is the top seed (by rating), while Oceania is represented by IM Irina Berezina. If you wish to follow the games, you can do so at the tournament website.

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