On Tuesday, September 10th 2013, the Chess World Championship in the women’s division in Taizhou, China will begin. Anna Ushenina from the Ukraine will try to defend her title against the former Chinese World Champion Hou Yifan.
19 year-old Hou Yifan wants to regain Championship title
The Chess World Championship of women will run until Septeber 28th. The 28 year-old World Champion Anna Ushenina will try to triumph again, but will be given a hard time by the 19 year-old former World Champion Hou Yifan who wants to take the home advantage to depose the Ukrainian. Yifan was the World Champion from 2010 until 2012. Since the young Chinese won the overall rating of the FIDE in 2011/12, she obtained the right to challenge Anna Ushenina. Looking at the current FIDE rankings, the challenger and former World Champion is definitely the favorite in this duel. At an Elo of 2609, Yifan Hou ist he number 2 in worldwide standings of the FIDE, while Anna Ushenina (Elo 2500) takes only rank 17.
Anna Ushenina sensationally Chess World Champion in 2012
The Ukrainian had sensationally obtained the title last year. On December 1st, she defeated the previous year’s title holder, Antoaneta Stefanova, in the Russian city Chanty Mansijsk at the tournament-like World Championship. Therefore, Ushenina became the 14th female Chess World Champion, although she almost didn’t make it to the world-class tournament the years before. Back then, she held the same Elo-rating as the best German player Elisabeth Pähtz, but had played more matches at the key date and thus qualified for the World Championship, at which she triumphed in the end. Anna Ushenina is the first Ukrainian to ever win the Women’s World Championship.
The playing mode of the World Championship
The Women’s Chess World Championship is played with 90 minutes time for consideration of the 40 permitted moves. Afterwards, there are 30 extra minutes and a bonus of 30 seconds per move. At a score of 5:5, a 25 minute tie-break will be played and on September 28th at the latest, the new female Chess World
Champion will be crowned. Overall, there are €200,000 prize money of which the victress will receive 60 percent. In case of a tournament extension, the prize money is shared in a 55:45 percent proportion.
Picture: flickr.com/Andreas Kontokanis
written by Michael, translated by Birthe