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    FIDE / Chess.com World Womens Speed Chess Championship 2021 May 28 - July 3

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    Call for Interest:

    The FIDE Chess.com Women's Speed Chess Championship announced

    The International Chess Federation and Chess.com announce the FIDE Chess.com Women's Speed Chess Championship, an online competition to be held between May 28th and July 3rd.



    The first edition of the FIDE Chess.com Women's Speed Chess Championship was held in summer 2020, right in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic. With participants like Hou Yifan, Ju Wenjun, Anna Ushenina, Valentina Gunina, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Kateryna Lagno, and others the event was a big success both among the audience and participants.

    The event will consist of two stages: the qualifiers for the event will happen from May 28 till June 6, while the main event runs from June 10 till July 3 with the semifinals on July 01 and 02, and the finals on July 03.

    The first stage will comprise a total of eight Swiss tournaments open to any titled women player (WCM/WFM/WIM/WGM/CM/FM/IM/GM). Organizers expect to have participants from around 100 countries. One player from each playoff qualifier will move on to the main event.



    The main event of the FIDE Chess.com Women's Speed Chess Championship will consist of a 16-player bracket, one match per day. Eight players will be invited directly to the knockout bracket, while a qualification system will determine the eight remaining spots.

    In the 16-player brackets, players will face each other under three different time controls – rapid, blitz, and bullet. The closer they will be getting to the end of their matches, the less time they will have to make decisions – the more thrilling the games will become.

    The FIDE Chess.com Women's Speed Chess Championship features the biggest prize pool in the history of online women’s chess tournaments. $58,000 will be allocated to the main event with $20,000 going to the winner and $12,000 to the runner-up. The total prize fund of the event is $64,000.



    All the games from the FIDE Chess.com Women's Speed Chess Championship will be broadcast live with multilingual expert commentary on Chess.com/TV and Chess.com's Twitch channel. Fans will also be able to enjoy the event through Chess.com's Events page.

    All the information about the Championship can be found here.
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    Quarterfinals:

    Lagno 14-8 Dzagnidze
    Hou Yifan vs Assaubeyeva currently on (no surprises who is ahead 6-3 as I type)
    Dronavalli vs Anna Muzychuk
    Stefanova vs Lei Tingjie

    Watched a fair amount of Lagno - Dzagnidze; Dzagnidze just kept getting into too much time trouble and fell well behind with a few bad beats earlier on. Lagno did hang a queen to a backwards knight capture in one game but by that time she was already way ahead.
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    Tripled pawns for the win! (Black won this.)

    tripled.jpg
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    6-5 now after Hou blunders a rook!
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    Hou wins 13.5-9.5.

    Dronavalli wins 13.5-8.5.
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    Dronavalli into the final, defeats Lagno 14-13 after winning the final game in a four-game bullet tiebreak. Was up 10-7 but Lagno won three in a row.

    Hou vs Lei tonight for the other final spot.
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    Hou - Dronavalli final on now. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDJAgIFvvPY
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