Avid chess fans are anxiously awaiting the outcome of the Women’s World Chess Championship 2012. The Championship began on November
11, and, a gruelling three weeks of brilliant chess later, is set to wrap up this Monday, December 3rd. As we write, the final is underway and Antoaneta Stefanova and Anna Ushenina are battling it out for the top spot. Thus far, the final games have been characterised by a number of diplomatic draws, as well as some flashes of smart and brilliant play. Thus. it looks to be a close game, and live coverage is available via a number of online sites, so make sure that you tune in to see who is crowned female Chess Champion 2012!
Stefanova and Ushenina are two really exciting players, with a hefty haul of titles between them. It has been fascinating to watch them rise to the top of the tournament this year. Hailing from Bulgaria, Stefanova is a Grandmaster, and previous Women’s World Champion (a title she held between 2004 and 2006). For some, her Ukranian opponent Ushenina, a WGM and International Master is playing well beyond her usual game. So far, Stefanova and Ushenina have been mixing diplomacy and caution with some impetuous attacks, keeping the spectators on their toes at all times!
The women are competing for the 2012 title in the elegant town of Khanty-Mansiysk in Russia. Thanks to the sub-Artic climate of this region of Russia, the air outside is certainly cool and crisp, and yet the tension is hotting up as Stefanova and Ushenina increase the urgency of their play.
This year’s Women’s World Chess Championship has been especially exciting given that the previous female Chess Champion, Hou Yifan, was knocked out in the second round. Hou Yifan won spectacularly in the last Championship, and many were surprised to see her eliminated comparatively early on this year. The next few days are going to be truly tense, and certainly thrilling, so keep your eyes peeled!