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Kevin Bonham
22-08-2018, 11:35 PM
Current player list: http://fide.com/component/content/article/1-fide-news/11110-participants-for-fide-womens-world-championship-2018.html

Kathryn Hardegen is representing Oceania after Layla Timergazi withdrew. She'll be playing one of the top seeds but too early to know which one.

MichaelBaron
23-08-2018, 01:53 AM
Current player list: http://fide.com/component/content/article/1-fide-news/11110-participants-for-fide-womens-world-championship-2018.html

Kathryn Hardegen is representing Oceania after Layla Timergazi withdrew. She'll be playing one of the top seeds but too early to know which one.

November in Khanty....she better take a lot of warm clothing with her!

Kevin Bonham
03-11-2018, 07:24 PM
Starts at 9 pm!

MichaelBaron
03-11-2018, 09:09 PM
Kathryn is on board 1!

Kevin Bonham
03-11-2018, 09:46 PM
Kathryn is on board 1!

Yes, because she is the lowest rated player, so she has to play the highest. Must be quite an experience.

Kevin Bonham
04-11-2018, 07:11 AM
Hardegen - Ju

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 g6 4. d4 exd4 5. Nxd4 Bg7 6. Be3 Nf6 7. Nc3 O-O 8.
O-O Re8 9. f3 a6 10. Nxc6 bxc6 11. Ba4 Bb7 12. Qd2 d6 13. Rad1 Nd7 14. Qf2 Qe7
15. Rfe1 Rad8 16. Bb3 Bf6 17. Qf1 Nb6 18. a4 a5 19. Bf2 Qf8 20. Kh1 c5 21. Qb5
Ra8 22. Nd5 Bxd5 23. Bxd5 Nxd5 24. exd5 Reb8 25. Qd7 Rxb2 26. Qxc7 Qd8 27.
Qxd8+ Rxd8 28. Rc1 Rb4 29. Re4 Rxe4 30. fxe4 Re8 31. g3 Rxe4 32. c4 Bb2 33. Rc2
Bd4 34. Bxd4 Rxd4 35. Kg2 f5 36. Kf3 Kg7 37. h3 Re4 38. g4 Kf6 39. gxf5 Kxf5
40. Rc1 g5 41. Rc2 h5 42. Rc1 g4+ 43. hxg4+ hxg4+ 44. Kf2 Ke5 45. Kg3 Kd4 46.
Rb1 Kxc4 47. Rb5 Kd3 48. Rxa5 c4 49. Ra6 c3 50. Rxd6 c2 51. Rc6 Rc4 52. Rxc4
Kxc4 53. d6 c1=Q 0-1

MichaelBaron
05-11-2018, 01:03 AM
Hardegen - Ju

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 g6 4. d4 exd4 5. Nxd4 Bg7 6. Be3 Nf6 7. Nc3 O-O 8.
O-O Re8 9. f3 a6 10. Nxc6 bxc6 11. Ba4 Bb7 12. Qd2 d6 13. Rad1 Nd7 14. Qf2 Qe7
15. Rfe1 Rad8 16. Bb3 Bf6 17. Qf1 Nb6 18. a4 a5 19. Bf2 Qf8 20. Kh1 c5 21. Qb5
Ra8 22. Nd5 Bxd5 23. Bxd5 Nxd5 24. exd5 Reb8 25. Qd7 Rxb2 26. Qxc7 Qd8 27.
Qxd8+ Rxd8 28. Rc1 Rb4 29. Re4 Rxe4 30. fxe4 Re8 31. g3 Rxe4 32. c4 Bb2 33. Rc2
Bd4 34. Bxd4 Rxd4 35. Kg2 f5 36. Kf3 Kg7 37. h3 Re4 38. g4 Kf6 39. gxf5 Kxf5
40. Rc1 g5 41. Rc2 h5 42. Rc1 g4+ 43. hxg4+ hxg4+ 44. Kf2 Ke5 45. Kg3 Kd4 46.
Rb1 Kxc4 47. Rb5 Kd3 48. Rxa5 c4 49. Ra6 c3 50. Rxd6 c2 51. Rc6 Rc4 52. Rxc4
Kxc4 53. d6 c1=Q 0-1

Brave effort! White was doing well for a while.

Capablanca-Fan
05-11-2018, 04:55 PM
Brave effort! White was doing well for a while.

I thought so too, and so did GM Pavel Tregubov:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsMDumx0uSI&feature=youtu.be&t=7315&fbclid=IwAR1ix0sVMwVXSI3hHEIOlT7FgTsDzG8EUDCeQgcmb 3EGiF9whPJH6G6QACg

MichaelBaron
05-11-2018, 09:13 PM
The oldest participant in the WWC is Rani Hamid who is 74 years old!!!
And she learned to play chess at the age of 34!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rani_Hamid

MichaelBaron
05-11-2018, 10:13 PM
The oldest participant in the WWC is Rani Hamid who is 74 years old!!!
And she learned to play chess at the age of 34!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rani_Hamid

At the age of 63...was rated 2189 Fide!

Kevin Bonham
11-11-2018, 11:51 AM
This was the second game Ju - Hardegen:

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Qc2 Bg4 5. Ne5 dxc4 6. Nxg4 Nxg4 7. Qxc4 Nf6 8.
Nc3 Nbd7 9. Qb3 Qb6 10. e4 e6 11. Be3 Qxb3 12. axb3 Bb4 13. f3 O-O 14. Kf2 e5
15. dxe5 Nxe5 16. Be2 a6 17. Rhd1 h6 18. Na4 Ned7 19. Rac1 Rfe8 20. h4 h5 21.
g3 Rad8 22. Nb6 Nxb6 23. Bxb6 Rxd1 24. Rxd1 Be7 25. Bc4 Bf8 26. Ke2 c5 27. Rd2
Rc8 28. e5 Re8 29. f4 Nh7 30. Rd7 Be7 31. Rxb7 Nf8 32. Bxc5 Ng6 33. b4 a5 34.
Bxe7 Nxe7 35. bxa5 Rc8 36. Rxe7 Rxc4 37. a6 Ra4 38. a7 Kh7 39. Rxf7 Kg6 40. e6
Ra6 41. f5+ Kh6 42. e7 1-0

Again good resistance despite being so heavily overrated, white was better out of the opening which went out of theory very quickly, but White didn't get a decisive advantage until 26...c5.

Will be hard to pay this event much attention with the Carlsen-Caruana match on at the same time but I see Koneru was eliminated by 31st seed Jolanta Zawadzka from Poland. Ju and Mariya Muzychuk are through to the quarter-finals and various other usual suspects are in rapid playoffs to try to get there.

MichaelBaron
11-11-2018, 02:24 PM
Kostenyuk was almost knocked out in rd2 but managed to hold a totally lost endgame in the 2nd game, then dominated the rapid!

ElevatorEscapee
11-11-2018, 08:57 PM
I'm excited by this, even though I disagree with the format deciding the Women's World Champion. (Where is Hou Yifan?)

I am cheering for Ju, but I also like the idea of an all Muzychuk final! :)

Capablanca-Fan
12-11-2018, 04:23 AM
[Event "Women's World Championship KO"]
[Site "Khanty-Mansiysk RUS"]
[Date "2018.11.08"]
[EventDate "2018.11.03"]
[Round "2.1"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Ju Wenjun"]
[Black "Irina Krush"]
[ECO "D20"]
[WhiteElo "2568"]
[BlackElo "2434"]
[PlyCount "99"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. e4 e5 4. Nf3 Bb4+ 5. Nc3 exd4 6. Qxd4
Qxd4 7. Nxd4 Nf6 8. f3 Bc5 9. Be3 Nc6 10. Nc2 Bxe3 11. Nxe3
Be6 12. Bxc4 Bxc4 13. Nxc4 O-O-O 14. Rd1 Nd7 15. Ke2 Nde5
16. Nxe5 Nxe5 17. f4 Nc6 18. Ke3 f6 19. h4 Rxd1 20. Rxd1 Rd8
21. Rc1 Rd7 22. g4 h6 23. Nd5 Ne7 24. Nxe7+ Rxe7 25. f5 Kd8
26. g5 hxg5 27. hxg5 fxg5 28. Rg1 Ke8 29. Rxg5 Kf7 30. Rg2 Rd7
31. e5 Rd1 32. Kf4 Rf1+ 33. Kg5 Ke7 34. e6 c6 35. Kg6 Rf3
36. b4 a6 37. Rd2 Rg3+ 38. Kh7 Rg5 39. Rd7+ Ke8 40. Rxb7 Rxf5
41. Kxg7 Rf4 42. Kg6 Kd8 43. Kg5 Rf2 44. a4 Rf1 45. a5 Rf2
46. Rd7+ Ke8 47. Rc7 Kd8 48. Rxc6 Rb2 49. Rb6 Ke7 50. Kf5 1-0

Some excellent technique from Ju here, the sort of win one would expect from Carlsen or Capablanca. This game is one example of how some of the advice in chess books is not really so good: namely the queen-side majority. It is not usually the only factor in a lot of games, even when the side with it wins, and in many games it's not a factor at all. The most important things are relative mobilities of the rival majorities, and activity of the rooks. Here, even the open file was not important because all entry squares were controlled. Just the very quick K-side Ps.

Krush was criticised for 37... fxg5, and the computer doesn't like it as much. But when it continues with allowing White to play g6, Black soon gets in a bad way. Black must choose between leaving the K where it is, but then the R gets tied to the Pg7 and White will be able to push e5 and get a strong advanced passed P. But if Black defends with the K on g8, then it's subject to back rank mate threats, and if Black covers that rank with his R, then White gets her R to d7.

Often the K-side majority is really a central majority, which can seize space and drive pieces away from important posts. Against the gallant Australian rep as KB posted above (http://www.chesschat.org/showthread.php?17305-FIDE-World-Womens-Nov-2-23-Khanty-Mansiysk&p=442093&viewfull=1#post442093), Ju had a very similar P structure but used the centre to drive a N away from protecting the seventh rank.

Kevin Bonham
12-11-2018, 10:17 AM
(Where is Hou Yifan?)

She is boycotting the event because she quite rightly doesn't like this format. This knockout format is a legacy of the old administration and it looks like this will be the last time the title will be awarded in this manner. In future the cycle will be more like the open cycle in which the World Cup knockout qualifies players to the Candidates' Matches but is not the world title itself.

MichaelBaron
12-11-2018, 12:17 PM
The highlight of Yesterday's round was sudden death between Lakhno and Pogonina with Pogonia collapsing in winning endgame that was seemingly ''hard to lose''

ER
12-11-2018, 01:43 PM
Kateryna was about to collapse too!
Despite winning and advancing she looked distressed as if she had lost.
Did you see her walking toward the exit after the game?
She could hardly move.
This Armageddon thing is a killer, it produces a result alright but hey...

Quarterfinal pairings:

Ju Wenjun - Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova
Mariya Muzychuk - Zhansaya Abdumalik
Kateryna Lagno - Lei Tingjie
Alexandra Kosteniuk - Anna Muzychuk

What are the chances of the two sisters Mariya and Anna facing eachother in the semis or the final?
I will go to the site and check it out!

Kevin Bonham
12-11-2018, 02:55 PM
What are the chances of the two sisters Mariya and Anna facing eachother in the semis or the final?
I will go to the site and check it out!

If they play it will be in the final.

ER
12-11-2018, 06:49 PM
If they play it will be in the final.

Right, got it thanks!

Kevin Bonham
13-11-2018, 01:00 AM
Hopes of an all Muzychuk final have taken a dive after Mariya lost with white to Abdumalik:

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.c4 Nf6 6.Nc3 Bb4 7.Qd3 0-0 8.e5 Ne8 9.Bf4 Qc7 10.a3 Bxc3+ 11.Qxc3 f6 12.Nf3 Nc6 13.Bg3 fxe5 14.Nxe5 Nxe5 15.Bxe5 d6 16.Bg3 Qc6 17.f3 e5 18.c5 dxc5 19.Bc4+ Be6 20.0-0-0 b5 21.Bxe6+ Qxe6 22.Rhe1 b4 23.Rxe5 Qa2 24.axb4 cxb4 25.Qxb4 Rc8+ 26.Rc5 a5 27.Qb5 Rf5 28.Bf2 Qe6 29.Rd3?? [29.Rd2 Rfxc5+ 30.Bxc5 Qe5 31.Qc4+ Kh8 32.Rd5 Qxh2 black is better] 29...Rfxc5+ 30.Bxc5 Qe1+ 31.Kc2 Qf2+ 32.Kb3 Qxc5 33.Qxc5 Rxc5 34.h4 Rb5+ 35.Ka3 Kf7 36.Rd7+ Ke6 37.Ra7 h5 38.g4 hxg4 39.fxg4 Rb4 40.Rxa5 Rxg4 41.Rh5 g6 42.Rh8 Ng7 43.b4 Nf5 44.b5 Rxh4 45.Rg8 Rg4 46.b6 Nd6 47.Rc8 Rg5 48.Rb8 Kd7 49.Kb4 Kc6 50.Kc3 Nb7 51.Kd4 Kxb6 52.Re8 Kc6 53.Re5 Rg4+ 54.Ke3 Nc5 55.Kf3 Rg1 56.Re8 Kd6 57.Rc8 Ne6 0-1

Capablanca-Fan
13-11-2018, 01:20 AM
White was asking for trouble when opening the c-file then putting her K there by long castling. Even if computers can defend such position, humans have problems, as shown when she couldn't find the right response indicated to the cross-pin 27...Rf5. And Kazakhstan's Zhansaya Abdumalik is always dangerous, being almost as young as Hou Yifan when she was awarded WGM, and will become a GM when she reaches 2500.

antichrist
13-11-2018, 01:06 PM
Yes, because she is the lowest rated player, so she has to play the highest. Must be quite an experience.

Wouldn't the lowest player usually be playing the first player above the half-way point in ratings? If one to twenty then one playing ten down to eleven playing twenty or am I becoming too out of practise?

Kevin Bonham
13-11-2018, 02:11 PM
Wouldn't the lowest player usually be playing the first player above the half-way point in ratings? If one to twenty then one playing ten down to eleven playing twenty or am I becoming too out of practise?

It is a knockout rather than a Swiss so the Swiss system logic doesn't apply. The reason they use 1-64, 2-63 etc rather than 1-33, 2-34 etc is to try to reduce the chance of the top seeds being knocked out early in the event, which is a major problem with this format because the matches are too short to be meaningful.

Kevin Bonham
14-11-2018, 12:42 AM
Lagno is through and Ju about to be.

Mariya Muzychuk won with black and goes to playoffs with Abdumalik. Anna Muzychuk vs Kosteniuk also to playoffs after two draws.

MichaelBaron
14-11-2018, 12:46 AM
Lagno is through and Ju about to be.

Mariya Muzychuk won with black and goes to playoffs with Abdulmalik. Anna Muzychuk vs Kosteniuk also to playoffs after two draws.

Maria's effort is particularly impressive. She was pawn down for exchange...but not only managed to hold equality but found a way to play for win.

Kevin Bonham
14-11-2018, 10:49 PM
Kosteniuk through, the other one goes to the second stage of playoffs after four black wins.

MichaelBaron
14-11-2018, 11:09 PM
No Sisters' final now :(

Kevin Bonham
14-11-2018, 11:58 PM
Fifty-move rule blunder by Abdumalik, resigning in drawn position:

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.c4 Nf6 6.Nc3 Qc7 7.Be2 Bb4 8.Nc2 Bd6 9.h3 b6 10.0-0 Bb7 11.Bd3 Bf4 12.Qe2 Nc6 13.g3 Bxc1 14.Raxc1 Ne5 15.f4 Nxd3 16.Qxd3 d6 17.Nd4 0-0 18.Kh2 Rac8 19.b3 Nd7 20.Qe3 Rfe8 21.Rfd1 Qb8 22.Nde2 Red8 23.g4 Nc5 24.Ng3 Qc7 25.g5 Qe7 26.Rg1 Re8 27.h4 g6 28.h5 d5 29.exd5 exd5 30.Qxe7 Rxe7 31.Nxd5 Bxd5 32.cxd5 Rd8 33.Rcd1 a5 34.h6 f5 35.gxf6 Red7 36.f5 Kf7 37.fxg6+ hxg6 38.Kg2 Rxd5 39.Rxd5 Rxd5 40.h7 Rd8 41.Rd1 Rh8 42.Rd6 Rxh7 43.Rxb6 Rh4 44.Rb5 Ne6 45.Rxa5 Kxf6 46.Kf2 g5 47.Ra8 Ke5 48.Ra5+ Kf6 49.a3 Rh2+ 50.Ke3 Rb2 51.Ne4+ Kg6 52.Rb5 g4 53.a4 Ra2 54.a5 Ra3 55.Kd3 Ra1 56.Re5 Nf4+ 57.Ke3 Nh5 58.Rg5+ Kh6 59.Rxg4 Rxa5 60.Kd4 Ra1 61.b4 Ng7 62.Kc5 Ne6+ 63.Kb6 Rb1 64.Nc5 Kh5 65.Rc4 Nd8 66.b5 Nf7 67.Ne4 Kg6 68.Rc6+ Kg7 69.Rc7 Kf8 70.Rc8+ Ke7 71.Rc7+ Kf8 72.Nc3 Rb3 73.Rc6 Nd8 74.Rc8 Ke7 75.Nd5+ Kd7 76.Rc7+ Kd6 77.Nc3 Ne6 78.Rc6+ Kd7 79.Rc4 Kd6 80.Na4 Ra3 81.Nc5 Kd5 82.Rc1 Nd4 83.Rd1 Kc4 84.Rc1+ Kd5 85.Na6 Nxb5 86.Kxb5 Rb3+ 87.Nb4+ Kd4 88.Rc4+ Ke5 89.Kc5 Rb1 90.Nc6+ Ke6 91.Re4+ Kf5 92.Re8 Rc1+ 93.Kd5 Rd1+ 94.Nd4+ Kf4 95.Rf8+ Kg4 96.Ke4 Re1+ 97.Kd3 Re7 98.Rf1 Re8 99.Rf7 Rd8 100.Re7 Ra8 101.Ke4 Kg5 102.Re6 Ra4 103.Rb6 Rc4 104.Ra6 Rb4 105.Ke5 Rb1 106.Nc2 Rb3 107.Ke4 Rb8 108.Re6 Ra8 109.Nd4 Ra4 110.Rb6 Rc4 111.Ra6 Rb4 112.Ra5+ Kg4 113.Ra1 Kg5 114.Ke5 Kg6 115.Rg1+ Kf7 116.Rf1+ Kg6 117.Rf6+ Kg5 118.Rf4 Rb1 119.Ne6+ Kg6 120.Rg4+ Kf7 121.Rg7+ Ke8 122.Nc7+ Kf8 123.Rd7 Re1+ 124.Kd6 Rd1+ 125.Nd5 Re1 126.Ra7 Re2 127.Nf4 Re1 128.Ne6+ Kg8 129.Rg7+ Kh8 130.Rf7 Ra1 131.Re7 Rd1+ 132.Ke5 Re1+ 133.Kf6 Rf1+ 134.Kg6 Rg1+ 135.Ng5 1-0

She is being mated in 2 but can play 135...Rf1! and then claim the draw after white's next move.

Even if you've totally lost count in this situation, you may as well claim the draw anyway, just in case!

Kevin Bonham
15-11-2018, 12:30 AM
And strikes back and takes it to blitz!

Kevin Bonham
15-11-2018, 01:19 AM
Mariya is through (finally!), so actually 4 of the best have made it through for once.

Kevin Bonham
16-11-2018, 01:18 AM
Ju beats Kosteniuk with black and the other game was a boring draw.

Kevin Bonham
17-11-2018, 02:21 AM
Ju eliminates Kosteniuk and reaches final. Other match to playoff.

Kevin Bonham
17-11-2018, 09:21 PM
Playoff game 1 Lagno - Muzychuk, exchange sac to reach OCB ending with equal pawns must have seemed like a good idea at the time.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Nxe4 6.d4 Be7 7.Re1 b5 8.Bb3 d5 9.dxe5 Be6 10.c3 0-0 11.Nbd2 Nc5 12.Nd4 Nxd4 13.cxd4 Nd3 14.Re3 Nxc1 15.Rxc1 a5 16.Rec3 Rc8 17.Nf3 a4 18.Bc2 Bb4 19.Rc6 Bd7 20.Qd3 g6 21.Qxb5 Bxc6 22.Qxc6 a3 23.bxa3 Bxa3 24.Rb1 Rb8 25.Rxb8 Qxb8 26.Bb3 Qb6 27.Qxd5 c5 28.h4 cxd4 29.Qxd4 Qxd4 30.Nxd4 Rc8 31.Nc2 Bc5 32.e6 f5 33.Kf1 Kg7 34.Ke2 Kf6 35.Ne1 Rd8 36.Nd3 Rxd3 37.Kxd3 Bxf2 38.h5 gxh5 39.a4 Be1 40.Bd5 h4 41.Ke2 Ba5 42.Bb3 Bb4 43.Ke3 h6 44.Kd4 Be1 45.Kd5 Bb4 46.Bd1 h3 47.gxh3 f4 48.Bg4 Ke7 49.Ke5 Bd2 50.Kf5 Kf8 51.h4 Ke7 52.h5 f3 53.Bxf3 Bc3 54.Bg4 Bb4 55.Ke5 Kd8 56.Kd5 Kc7 57.a5 Kb7 58.Be2 Kc7 59.a6 Be7 60.Ke5 Bc5 61.Kf6 Kd8 62.Kf7 1-0

Kevin Bonham
17-11-2018, 10:08 PM
Playoff game 2. Muzychuk begs to be smashed and Lagno obliges. Lagno to final.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d3 Bc5 5.Bxc6 dxc6 6.Bg5 h6 7.Bh4 Qe7 8.Nbd2 Bg4 9.h3 Bxf3 10.Qxf3 g5 11.Bg3 0-0-0 12.Nc4 Nd7 13.Qf5 f6 14.h4 b5 15.Nd2 Kb7 16.0-0-0 a5 17.Nf3 Nb6 18.Nh2 Na4 19.hxg5 Bd4 20.Kd2 Qb4+ 21.Ke2 Qxb2 22.gxf6 Nc3+ 23.Kf3 Nxd1 24.Ng4 Qxc2 25.Nxe5 Bxe5 26.Qxe5 Rxd3+ 27.Kg4 Nxf2+ 28.Kf5 Rxg3 0-1

ElevatorEscapee
17-11-2018, 11:52 PM
^^ Thanks Kevin.

Ju Wenjun has gone through in "straight sets" (as a tennis analogy) against all opponents, but on the other hand, she may be rusty with a lack of practice at rapid / blitz games, which will come into play in a tie-break scenario.

This does give Ju the ability to see what variations her opponents might wheel out in desperation in the faster time limits against each other.

Lagno, in contrast, has already experienced several rapid games and the desperation of an Armageddon game.

Garvinator
18-11-2018, 12:00 AM
^^ Thanks Kevin.

Ju Wenjun has gone through in "straight sets" (as a tennis analogy) against all opponents, but on the other hand, she may be rusty with a lack of practice at rapid / blitz games, which will come into play in a tie-break scenario.
Final is four games, not two

ElevatorEscapee
18-11-2018, 01:54 AM
Final is four games, not two

Thanks for the info Garvin!

Wikipedia:


The final is the only match of the tournament which consists of four classical games. Those are played on consecutive days with a rest-day between the semi-final tie-breaks and match 1. Eventual tie-breaks are scheduled to 23 November, in the same manner as the whole tournament (two rapid games of 25+10, i.e. 25 minutes for the whole game plus 10 seconds increment, the two rapid games of 10+10, two blitz games of 5+3 and an armageddon decider).

MichaelBaron
18-11-2018, 02:42 AM
Apparently, Lahno has given birth to her 4th child only 1 month ago! The same report suggests that her current husband is...Grishuk (who has previously been married to Zhukova)!

ElevatorEscapee
18-11-2018, 12:32 PM
To be Frank, who is "Lahno"? Is he the comedy partner of Woodley?

Kevin Bonham
18-11-2018, 01:05 PM
She used the spelling "Lahno" before transferring from Ukraine to Russia, then changed it to "Lagno".

MichaelBaron
18-11-2018, 03:58 PM
She used the spelling "Lahno" before transferring from Ukraine to Russia, then changed it to "Lagno".

Sorry, I am falling behind with her name changes and husband changes :)

Kevin Bonham
19-11-2018, 11:40 PM
Game 1 Ju - Lagno:

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.g3 c6 5.e4 d5 6.cxd5 cxd5 7.e5 Ne4 8.Nge2 Nc6 9.Bg2 Bg4 10.f3 Nxc3 11.Nxc3 Be6 12.f4 Qb6 13.Bxd5 Rd8 14.Bxe6 fxe6 15.Be3 Qxb2 16.Ne2 Bh6 17.Bf2 g5 18.Rb1 Qa3 19.Qb3 Qa5+ 20.Kf1 gxf4 21.gxf4 Rf8 22.Qf3 Qxa2 23.Kg2 Qd5 24.Qxd5 Rxd5 25.Rxb7 Bxf4 26.Rc7 Nd8 27.Rxa7 Rd7 28.Ra8 Rb7 29.Rha1 Bh6 30.R1a2 Kf7 31.Rc2 Kg6 32.Ra3 Kg7 33.Rg3+ Kf7 34.Rf3+ Ke8 35.Rh3 Rg8+ 36.Rg3 1/2-1/2

At times white was in trouble here. Rather lenient draw offer at the end.

Garvinator
20-11-2018, 12:26 AM
At times white was in trouble here. Rather lenient draw offer at the end.
Yes, indeed. Especially when Ju has been mowing over the opposition throughout this tournament, so for Lagno to get a better position in game 1 as black and then decide to offer a soft draw seems rather weak. Wonder if that decision will come back to bite her hard.

Kevin Bonham
20-11-2018, 01:19 AM
I thought Ju had offered the draw. In the final position white is better.

MichaelBaron
20-11-2018, 10:18 AM
I thought Ju had offered the draw. In the final position white is better.

After struggling for a while, it is quite common to be happy to ''equalize'' and sometimes not to realize that the paradigm has shifted.

Ian Rout
20-11-2018, 11:39 AM
I watched the first couple of hours - they were moving quite slowly so possibly were both short of time. It would be understandable that neither would want to risk losing the entire match by a split-second decision based on a hasty evaluation.

Garvinator
20-11-2018, 12:16 PM
I thought Ju had offered the draw. In the final position white is better.

I had offered my commentary based only on your comment of - At times white was in trouble here. Rather lenient draw offer at the end. So I thought that it was Lagno who had offered the draw.

Kevin Bonham
20-11-2018, 02:04 PM
I watched the first couple of hours - they were moving quite slowly so possibly were both short of time.

They were, I was watching from around move 25 and they only had a few minutes plus increment each.

I think what Michael said is right - at stages Ju's position was very scary to play and she probably just wanted to get out of there without losing.

Kevin Bonham
21-11-2018, 12:45 AM
Ju played passively in game 2 and was gradually outplayed by Lagno.

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 d5 3.Bg2 c5 4.0-0 Nc6 5.d4 e6 6.c4 dxc4 7.dxc5 Qxd1 8.Rxd1 Bxc5 9.Nfd2 Na5 10.Na3 Bxa3 11.bxa3 0-0 12.Ne4 e5 13.Bd2 Nxe4 14.Bxe4 Nc6 15.Bc3 Be6 16.Bxc6 bxc6 17.Bxe5 Rfd8 18.Bc3 f6 19.f3 Kf7 20.Kf2 Rxd1 21.Rxd1 Rb8 22.g4 c5 23.h4 h6 24.a4 Ke7 25.a5 Rb7 26.Rg1 Rd7 27.g5 hxg5 28.hxg5 Kf7 29.gxf6 gxf6 30.Rh1 Kg7 31.Rb1 Kf7 32.Rb5 Rc7 33.Rb8 Re7 34.Rh8 Kg6 35.Rf8 Rf7 36.Rg8+ Kh7 37.Rd8 Kg6 38.Rd6 Re7 39.Rc6 Kf7 40.Rxc5 Rd7 41.Rc6 f5 42.Ke3 Re7 43.Kf4 Rd7 44.Rc5 Rd8 45.Rb5 Rd7 46.a6 Kg6 47.Ke5 Re7 48.Rb7 Re8 49.Rxa7 Bf7+ 50.Kd4 Rxe2 51.a4 Re6 52.Kc5 Be8 53.Rg7+ Kh6 54.a7 Ra6 55.Re7 Rc6+ 56.Kb4 Rc8 57.Rb7 Ra8 58.Rb8 Bc6 59.Rb6 1-0

Capablanca-Fan
21-11-2018, 02:36 AM
That was quite a game, where Ju was on the receiving end of what she had done so well in previous games: convert a small endgame edge to a win, esp. the one against Krush. This time, the presence of Rs meant that the opposite-coloured Bs was not an easy draw. Ju erred twice with her K: first by 36... Kh7, taking it out of action, so Lagno could manoeuvre her R to win the Pc5. Then most seriously, 46... Kg6, allowing 47. Ke5, seriously tying up Black's pieces and enabling the decisive Rb7 winning the Pa7. Mind you, the computer on the Chess24 site sometimes changes the evaluation, and I wonder if 41... f5 was the losing move. It is understandable to want to take the P off the black square where it is attacked by the enemy B, but on f6 it coordinated with the B to form a barrier to enemy K entry.

Looks somewhat like the Carlsen style has been adopted by the leading players in this tournament.

MichaelBaron
21-11-2018, 11:26 AM
Certainly far more fun to watch than the Men's.

Kevin Bonham
22-11-2018, 01:12 AM
Ju - Lagno. Lagno played the early middlegame badly and could easily have lost - move 21 was the worst but she was losing for a while. In the endgame Ju missed a beautiful winning line on move 48 in which she would have allowed Lagno to underpromote with check. After that it was a draw.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Bd3 0-0 6.Nge2 c5 7.d5 e6 8.Bg5 h6 9.Bh4 exd5 10.Nxd5 g5 11.Bg3 Nxd5 12.cxd5 Bxb2 13.h4 g4 14.Rb1 Bg7 15.0-0 Re8 16.Nf4 c4 17.Bxc4 Rxe4 18.Bd3 Re5 19.f3 h5 20.Be2 Qd7 21.Rb4 [21.fxg4 hxg4 22.Ne6 fxe6 23.Bxe5 dxe5 24.Bxg4 white is winning] 21...Na6 22.Re4 Rxe4 23.fxe4 Nc5 24.e5 dxe5 25.Nxh5 Ne4 26.Be1 f5 27.Nxg7 Qxg7 28.Bd3 Bd7 29.Bxe4 fxe4 30.Bg3 Rf8 31.Re1 Bb5 32.Qb3 Bd3 33.d6+ Qf7 34.Qc3 Qe6 35.Qxe5 Qxe5 36.Bxe5 Kf7 37.g3 Ke6 38.Bf4 b5 39.h5 a5 40.h6 b4 41.Rc1 a4 42.Rc7 b3 43.axb3 axb3 44.Re7+ Kd5 45.Rb7 e3 46.Rxb3 Ke4 47.Kg2 e2 48.Rb4+ [48.Rb7!! e1=N+ 49.Kf2 Nf3 50.Re7+ Kf5 51.h7 Ra8 52.Bc1 Ng5 53.Bxg5 Kxg5 54.d7 Bxh7 55.Re8 Ra2+ 56.Ke3 Ra3+ 57.Ke2 Ra2+ 58.Ke1 Ra1+ 59.Kd2 Ra2+ 60.Kc3 Rc2+ 61.Kb3 Rd2 62.d8=Q+ Rxd8 63.Rxd8 with a tablebase win] 48...Kd5 49.Kf2 Re8 50.Bd2 Rf8+ 51.Bf4 Re8 52.Bd2 Rf8+ 53.Rf4 Rxf4+ 54.Bxf4 Ke6 55.Ke1 Kd7 56.Be5 Ke6 57.Kd2 Kd7 58.Bc3 e1=Q+ 59.Kxe1 Kxd6 60.Kd2 Bh7 61.Ke3 Ke6 62.Kf4 Kf7 63.Kxg4 Bc2 64.Kf4 Bb1 65.g4 Bc2 66.g5 Bb1 67.Ke5 Bc2 68.Kd6 Bb1 1/2-1/2

Kevin Bonham
22-11-2018, 11:09 PM
Lagno - Ju. Another messy game and off to rapid/blitz for the title.

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 g6 4.0-0 Bg7 5.Re1 e5 6.a3 Nge7 7.Nc3 0-0 8.Bc4 d6 9.d3 h6 10.Nd5 Kh7 11.c3 f5 12.exf5 gxf5 13.b4 Ng6 14.b5 Na5 15.Ba2 Be6 16.Qa4 b6 17.Bd2 Rg8 18.Rad1 Qd7 19.Nh4 Bh8 20.Nxg6 Rxg6 21.Qh4 Rag8 22.g3 Qf7 23.c4 Bf6 24.Nxf6+ Rxf6 25.f4 Rg4 26.Qh3 Rfg6 27.Rf1 Qg7 28.Kh1?? [28.Qh5=] 28...Bc8 [28...Rxg3 29.hxg3 Rxg3 30.Qh5 Qb7+] 29.Qh5 Bb7+ 30.Kg1 Rxg3+ 31.hxg3 Rxg3+ 32.Kf2 Rg2+ 0-1

ER
23-11-2018, 12:02 AM
Incredible comeback by Ju, Wenjun (China) to turn the match around and force Kateryna Lagno (Russia) to a Women's World Chess Championship play offs. Women have shown, in these series what real chess is all about! Men and their parallel world championship efforts are coming second best!!! On ya girls!

FINAL POSITION

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antichrist
23-11-2018, 12:14 AM
Actually quite poor play by Lagno to be beaten in that fashion in so few moves. She wasted moves with king's bishop.

ER
23-11-2018, 12:46 AM
Actually quite poor play by Lagno to be beaten in that fashion in so few moves. She wasted moves with king's bishop.

Hey AC you might know the theory but as shown in the game above, the fatal mistake was White's 28. Kh1?? instead of 28. Qh5 which equalizes.
The Bishop in the Rosolymo Sicilian when not exchanged at c6, often stays on the a2-g8 diagonal. That's theory of which admittedly I know f. all
but I have seen it played
.

antichrist
23-11-2018, 01:06 AM
Hey AC you might know the theory but as shown in the game above, the fatal mistake was White's 28. Kh1?? instead of 28. Qh5 which equalizes.
The Bishop in the Rosolymo Sicilian when not exchanged at c6, often stays on the a2-g8 diagonal. That's theory of which admittedly I know f. all
but I have seen it played
.

Me know theory, we are never in the same room together. It is an amazing result when I consider blacks minor pieces to be useless. In basic chess I consider you don't promote white's F pawn unless you really know what you are doing or have no choice - that I consider the weakness. As white's queen is the only active attacking piece I don't see much hope for white no matter what does with queen. I wonder if it is considered a weak game for a world championship?

Kevin Bonham
23-11-2018, 01:22 AM
Lagno would also have been losing earlier had Ju seen 19...c4 which wins a piece.

The engines think 12.exf5 is a mistake and white can just push 12.b4 and black's kingside pawn stuff is nothing.

antichrist
23-11-2018, 01:32 AM
Lagno would also have been losing earlier had Ju seen 19...c4 which wins a piece.

The engines think 12.exf5 is a mistake and white can just push 12.b4 and black's kingside pawn stuff is nothing.

12. exf5 is certainly a mistake, it opens the semi-open G file (we don't need an engine for that). I knew as a 1400 rated player. If Ju could win a piece by approx move 20 that may prove that it does not deserve to be a WC game.

Kevin Bonham
23-11-2018, 01:37 AM
I wonder if it is considered a weak game for a world championship?

The final match they have both been trying to play interesting chess but they are both exhausted at the end of a long tournament and making a lot of mistakes.

Kevin Bonham
23-11-2018, 06:10 PM
Not seeing any video commentary for the playoff (which has started - 2 hours early today), just seems to be replaying Game 4 video.

[edit : fixed now]

Kevin Bonham
23-11-2018, 07:09 PM
Playoff 1 Ju - Lagno. Black's position looked dodgy in the endgame but she was able to hold it.

1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.e4 Nf6 4.e5 Nd5 5.Bxc4 Nb6 6.Bd3 Nc6 7.Ne2 Bg4 8.f3 Bh5 9.Nbc3 e6 10.Be3 Bg6 11.Bb5 Be7 12.Bxc6+ bxc6 13.Nf4 Bf5 14.Qe2 0-0 15.0-0 h6 16.Rac1 Qd7 17.Rfd1 a5 18.Ne4 Nd5 19.Nc5 Bxc5 20.Rxc5 Nxf4 21.Bxf4 Rfb8 22.Qd2 Rb5 23.Rxb5 cxb5 24.Rc1 a4 25.a3 c6 26.Rc5 Rc8 27.h3 Bg6 28.Be3 Bf5 29.Qc1 Bd3 30.Rc3 Bg6 31.Kf2 Bf5 32.h4 h5 33.Qd2 Qd5 34.Rc5 Qb3 35.Qc3 Qxc3 36.Rxc3 Kf8 37.Kg3 Ke8 38.Kf4 Kd7 39.g4 Bg6 40.Rc1 Rb8 41.Rg1 Rh8 42.Bf2 Rg8 43.Be1 Rh8 44.Rg2 Rg8 45.gxh5 Bxh5 46.Rg5 g6 47.Bb4 Rh8 48.Bc5 Ke8 49.Rg3 Rh7 50.Rg1 Kd7 51.Bb4 Rh8 52.Re1 Rg8 53.Re3 g5+ 54.hxg5 Bg6 55.Re1 Rh8 56.Kg3 Bf5 57.Bd2 Rh3+ 58.Kg2 Rh4 59.Be3 Rh8 60.Rc1 Bh3+ 61.Kg3 Bf5 62.Bf2 Rh3+ 63.Kg2 Rh5 64.Be3 Bh3+ 65.Kg3 Bf5 66.Kg2 Bh3+ 67.Kg3 Bf5 68.Kg2 1/2-1/2

Kevin Bonham
23-11-2018, 08:14 PM
Playoff 2 Lagno - Ju

1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 c5 4.0-0 Nc6 5.d4 e6 6.c4 dxc4 7.dxc5 Qxd1 8.Rxd1 Bxc5 9.Nbd2 c3 10.bxc3 0-0 11.Nb3 Be7 12.c4 Bd7 13.Bb2 Rfd8 14.Nfd4 Rac8 15.Nb5 b6 16.Nd6 Bxd6 17.Rxd6 Be8 18.Rd3 Nb4 19.Rxd8 Rxd8 20.Bc3 a5 21.Nd2 Bc6 22.a3 Bxg2 23.axb4 axb4 24.Bxb4 Bb7 25.f3 Ra8 26.Rxa8+ Bxa8 27.Kf2 Nd7 28.Ke3 f6 29.Ne4 Kf7 30.Nd6+ Ke7 31.Nc8+ Kd8 32.Nxb6 Nxb6 33.Ba5 Kc7 34.c5 Kc6 35.Bxb6 Kd7 36.g4 e5 37.f4 exf4+ 38.Kxf4 Ke6 39.h4 g6 40.g5 f5 41.Bc7 Bb7 42.Bd6 Bc6 43.Kg3 Bb7 44.h5 Ba6 45.hxg6 hxg6 46.Kf3 Bb7+ 47.Ke3 Bc6 48.Kd4 Bb7 49.Kc3 Bc6 50.Kb4 Kd7 51.Ka5 Bd5 1/2-1/2

Kevin Bonham
23-11-2018, 09:04 PM
Playoff 3 Lagno - Ju. Lagno blundered a pawn in the endgame then made at least one more defensive error.

1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 c5 4.0-0 Nc6 5.d3 g6 6.Nc3 Bg7 7.e4 dxe4 8.dxe4 Bg4 9.Be3 Nd7 10.h3 Bxf3 11.Bxf3 0-0 12.Bg2 Nb6 13.Bxc5 Nc4 14.Nd5 Nxb2 15.Nxe7+ Nxe7 16.Qxd8 Rfxd8 17.Bxe7 Rd2 18.Rac1 Rc8 19.Bg5 Rdxc2 20.Rxc2 Rxc2 21.Rc1 Rxc1+ 22.Bxc1 Bd4 23.Bf1 Nd1 24.Kg2 Nxf2 25.Kf3 Nd1 26.Bc4 Nc3 27.Bd2 Na4 28.Bd5 b6 29.Bf4 Nc3 30.Bb3 Kg7 31.e5 a5 32.e6 fxe6 33.Bxe6 b5 34.Bc7 Kf6 35.Bd7 a4 36.Ba5 Nxa2 37.Bxb5 a3 38.Ke4 Bb2 39.Bc4 Nc1 40.Bd2 a2 41.Bxa2 Nxa2 42.Kd3 Bc1 43.Ba5 Ba3 44.Kc2 Bb4 45.Bd8+ Be7 46.Ba5 Nb4+ 47.Kd2 Bd6 48.g4 Nc6 49.Bb6 Ke5 0-1

ElevatorEscapee
23-11-2018, 09:17 PM
...and they're off in Tie-break game 4, with Lagno needing to win to stay alive in the Championship:

https://en.chessbase.com/post/women-world-championship-2018-live

ElevatorEscapee
23-11-2018, 09:43 PM
Whoops - looks like a queen blunder decides the World Championship in Ju's favour...

Kevin Bonham
23-11-2018, 09:44 PM
Lagno blunders queen but wasn't winning anyway. Ju Wenjun retains Women's World Championship. Hopefully a Ju-Hou match coming up after the new Candidates cycle!

1.d4 d6 2.Nf3 g6 3.e4 Bg7 4.Bc4 e6 5.0-0 Ne7 6.a4 0-0 7.c3 Nd7 8.a5 Rb8 9.Qe2 b6 10.axb6 axb6 11.Bf4 Bb7 12.Nbd2 h6 13.h4 Nf6 14.Bg3 d5 15.exd5 Nfxd5 16.Be5 Nf5 17.Bxg7 Kxg7 18.g3 Nf6 19.Ba6 Ba8 20.Bd3 Nd6 21.Rfd1 Nd7 22.Ne4 Nf5 23.Ned2 g5 24.hxg5 hxg5 25.Be4 Qf6 26.Bxa8 Rxa8 27.Rxa8 Rxa8 28.Kg2 Rh8 29.Rh1 Rxh1 30.Kxh1 Nd6 31.Ne5 Qh6+ 32.Kg2 Nf6 33.Ndf3 Nfe4 34.Nh2 Qg6 35.Nxg6 1-0

Frank
23-11-2018, 09:44 PM
The Champion Ju Wenjun retains the title she won only 6 months ago so a modicum of justice

Kevin Bonham
23-11-2018, 11:16 PM
The Champion Ju Wenjun retains the title she won only 6 months ago so a modicum of justice

Yes it is a good outcome. And for the most part she played very well, including today.

Kevin Bonham
23-11-2018, 11:25 PM
Morozevich and Kosteniuk copping some flak for biased commentary tonight.

"non-stop slacking of Ju Wenjun for her play in the tiebreaks" - IM Kevin Goh
"Indeed, it was amazing that Morozevich could not be bothered to find out who the Chinese captain GM Yu Shaoteng was, even though he admitted to seeing him every day (and Kosteniuk thought he might be an IM). But calling Ju's play "anti-chess" was simply disgraceful. " - GM Ian Rogers

(etc)

MichaelBaron
24-11-2018, 12:41 AM
https://twitter.com/GMIanRogers/status/1065940223778009088?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5 Eembeddedtimeline%7Ctwterm%5Eprofile%3AChess__News %7Ctwcon%5Etimelinechrome&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fchess-news.ru%2F
Yep this is the link...Rogers is absolutely right..and I must say that Russian language one was worse...

Capablanca-Fan
24-11-2018, 03:00 AM
Playoff 3 Lagno - Ju. Lagno blundered a pawn in the endgame then made at least one more defensive error.

1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 c5 4.0-0 Nc6 5.d3 g6 6.Nc3 Bg7 7.e4 dxe4 8.dxe4 Bg4 9.Be3 Nd7 10.h3 Bxf3 11.Bxf3 0-0 12.Bg2 Nb6 13.Bxc5 Nc4 14.Nd5 Nxb2 15.Nxe7+ Nxe7 16.Qxd8 Rfxd8 17.Bxe7 Rd2 18.Rac1 Rc8 19.Bg5 Rdxc2 20.Rxc2 Rxc2 21.Rc1 Rxc1+ 22.Bxc1 Bd4 23.Bf1 Nd1 24.Kg2 Nxf2 25.Kf3 Nd1 26.Bc4 Nc3 27.Bd2 Na4 28.Bd5 b6 29.Bf4 Nc3 30.Bb3 Kg7 31.e5 a5 32.e6 fxe6 33.Bxe6 b5 34.Bc7 Kf6 35.Bd7 a4 36.Ba5 Nxa2 37.Bxb5 a3 38.Ke4 Bb2 39.Bc4 Nc1 40.Bd2 a2 41.Bxa2 Nxa2 42.Kd3 Bc1 43.Ba5 Ba3 44.Kc2 Bb4 45.Bd8+ Be7 46.Ba5 Nb4+ 47.Kd2 Bd6 48.g4 Nc6 49.Bb6 Ke5 0-1

Yeah, Lagno could have just played 23. Bxb2, and they could agree a draw right there with no whingers from the peanut gallery. There seem to have been an above-average number of opposite-coloured bishops in this match.

MichaelBaron
24-11-2018, 10:29 AM
After struggling for most of the last game Lagno finally got sufficient counterplay, made things complicated...then blundered her queen.

antichrist
24-11-2018, 06:54 PM
After struggling for most of the last game Lagno finally got sufficient counterplay, made things complicated...then blundered her queen.

that is the shame of having the championship decided by quickies. If instead co-champions would be declared with split prize money etc. it may prove an incentive to take more risks.

ElevatorEscapee
24-11-2018, 10:29 PM
that is the shame of having the championship decided by quickies. If instead co-champions would be declared with split prize money etc. it may prove an incentive to take more risks.

??

antichrist
25-11-2018, 12:19 AM
??

from your earlier post from Wiki
The final is the only match of the tournament which consists of four classical games. Those are played on consecutive days with a rest-day between the semi-final tie-breaks and match 1. Eventual tie-breaks are scheduled to 23 November, in the same manner as the whole tournament (two rapid games of 25+10, i.e. 25 minutes for the whole game plus 10 seconds increment, the two rapid games of 10+10, two blitz games of 5+3 and an armageddon decider).

Capablanca-Fan
25-11-2018, 04:19 AM
From now on, they need to stop messing around with this title and go back to a proper candidates system to decide a challenger, and for Ju to remain champ until defeated in a match of best of 12 games at least, and preferably 16 or more. Hou would be the favourite to become challenger, and they have a level head-to-head score (http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chess.pl?pid=95916&pid2=102346) so the match would not be a pushover for Hou even though she is higher rated.

Garvinator
25-11-2018, 05:26 PM
Kevin,

You have mentioned before that with new Presidential Board, that they have decided to reform the Women's World Championship from this event on. I saw a reference that the top four placings from this event get an automatic spot in the next Candidates cycle, but I can not find any further information on how the next cycle will work.

Do you know what the full format will be?

MichaelBaron
25-11-2018, 05:59 PM
that is the shame of having the championship decided by quickies. If instead co-champions would be declared with split prize money etc. it may prove an incentive to take more risks.

Co-champions... this would be even more ridiculous!

Kevin Bonham
25-11-2018, 09:49 PM
Kevin,

You have mentioned before that with new Presidential Board, that they have decided to reform the Women's World Championship from this event on. I saw a reference that the top four placings from this event get an automatic spot in the next Candidates cycle, but I can not find any further information on how the next cycle will work.

Do you know what the full format will be?

The three semi-final losers (Lagno, M Muzychuk and Kosteniuk) all qualify for the 8-player Candidates event to challenge Ju Wenjun as World Champion. The qualifying method for the other five Candidates places has not yet been announced but it has been announced that there will be no wild cards.

See also announcement here: http://www.fide.com/component/content/article/1-fide-news/11265-fide-on-the-womens-world-championship-cycle.html

MichaelBaron
03-12-2018, 11:47 AM
The three semi-final losers (Lagno, M Muzychuk and Kosteniuk) all qualify for the 8-player Candidates event to challenge Ju Wenjun as World Champion. The qualifying method for the other five Candidates places has not yet been announced but it has been announced that there will be no wild cards.

See also announcement here: http://www.fide.com/component/content/article/1-fide-news/11265-fide-on-the-womens-world-championship-cycle.html

Many female players are unhappy about this arrangement. Too many places in the Candidates are simply ''given away'' according to them. Those who did well in European Championship (WWC qualifier) are particularly unhappy.

MichaelBaron
03-12-2018, 11:50 AM
http://chess-news.ru/node/25318

Open Letter by Dzhavahishvili (one of the qualifiers from that Euro Championship) to Dvorkovich. A bit tricky to handle it via google translate though. I've seen an English Language version as well (I think ..but can not remember where :)). so will google for it when get a spare minute.