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World Rapid Championship (Women) Tournament

Ju Wenjun11.5/15(+8 -0 =7)[games]
Tingjie Lei11/15(+8 -1 =6)[games]
Elisabeth Paehtz10.5/15(+6 -0 =9)[games]
Bela Khotenashvili10/15(+8 -3 =4)[games]
Le Thao Nguyen Pham10/15(+7 -2 =6)[games]
Nana Dzagnidze10/15(+8 -3 =4)[games]
Ulviyya Hasil Fataliyeva10/15(+9 -4 =2)[games]
Ekaterina Atalik10/15(+8 -3 =4)[games]
Elina Danielian9.5/15(+8 -4 =3)[games]
Bibisara Assaubayeva9.5/15(+6 -2 =7)[games]
Aleksandra Goryachkina9.5/15(+5 -1 =9)[games]
Polina Shuvalova9.5/15(+9 -5 =1)[games]
Huang Qian9.5/15(+6 -2 =7)[games]
Shen Yang9.5/15(+5 -1 =9)[games]
Alexandra Kosteniuk9/15(+5 -2 =8)[games]
Turkan Mamedjarova9/15(+7 -4 =4)[games]
Qi Guo9/15(+6 -3 =6)[games]
Tan Zhongyi9/15(+7 -4 =4)[games]
Dronavalli Harika9/15(+6 -3 =6)[games]
Marie Sebag9/15(+6 -3 =6)[games]
Valentina Gunina9/15(+7 -4 =4)[games]
Padmini Rout9/15(+7 -4 =4)[games]
Kateryna Lagno9/15(+7 -4 =4)[games]
Anna Ushenina9/15(+6 -3 =6)[games]
Monika (Bobrowska) Socko9/15(+7 -4 =4)[games]
Marina Guseva9/15(+6 -3 =6)[games]
Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova8.5/15(+6 -4 =5)[games]
Daria Charochkina8.5/15(+7 -5 =3)[games]
Olga Girya8.5/15(+6 -4 =5)[games]
* (100 players total; 71 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
World Rapid Championship (Women) (2017)

The 2017 Women's World Rapid Championship was a 15-round Swiss open held in the Apex Convention Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-28 December 2017. Time comtrol: 15 minutes per player for all moves, with 10 seconds added per move from move 1. If there was a tie for 1st place, the top 2 players according to the first eligible tiebreak criterion would play a play-off match. Prize fund: $250,000, with $80,000 to the winner. Tournament director: Geoffrey Borg. Chief arbiter: Panagiotis Nikolopoulos.

Ju Wenjun from China won with 11.5/15, ahead of Tingjie Lei (11/15) and Elisabeth Paehtz (10.5/15).

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Previous: World Rapid Championship (Women) (2016). Next: World Rapid Championship (Women) (2018). See also World Rapid Championship (2017), World Blitz Championship (2017) and World Blitz Championship (Women) (2017)

 page 1 of 30; games 1-25 of 736  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Zawadzka vs Lagno  1-0262017World Rapid Championship (Women)B69 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 11.Bxf6
2. Kosteniuk vs E B Berend  1-0672017World Rapid Championship (Women)C28 Vienna Game
3. A Bivol vs V Gunina  0-1262017World Rapid Championship (Women)B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
4. Ju Wenjun vs D E Cori Tello  1-0352017World Rapid Championship (Women)E00 Queen's Pawn Game
5. D Saduakassova vs N Dzagnidze  0-1512017World Rapid Championship (Women)E32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
6. Tan Zhongyi vs I Bulmaga  1-0622017World Rapid Championship (Women)A30 English, Symmetrical
7. J Rapport vs A Stefanova  ½-½632017World Rapid Championship (Women)D00 Queen's Pawn Game
8. A Ushenina vs Ding Yixin  0-1562017World Rapid Championship (Women)D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. G Mammadova vs A Bodnaruk  1-0512017World Rapid Championship (Women)B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
10. E Danielian vs I Charkhalashvili  1-0372017World Rapid Championship (Women)A46 Queen's Pawn Game
11. E Sedina vs E Paehtz  0-1462017World Rapid Championship (Women)B06 Robatsch
12. D Harika vs Gu Xiaobing  1-0332017World Rapid Championship (Women)B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
13. L Ordaz Valdes vs Goryachkina  ½-½792017World Rapid Championship (Women)D07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
14. B Munguntuul vs K Kulon  0-1572017World Rapid Championship (Women)B58 Sicilian
15. D Daulyte-Cornette vs Huang Qian  ½-½612017World Rapid Championship (Women)B01 Scandinavian
16. Qi Guo vs M Fierro  ½-½632017World Rapid Championship (Women)E94 King's Indian, Orthodox
17. Thi Mai Hung Nguyen vs Tingjie Lei  0-1412017World Rapid Championship (Women)D05 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Shen Yang vs D Charochkina  1-01252017World Rapid Championship (Women)A84 Dutch
19. M Michna vs A Skripchenko  ½-½432017World Rapid Championship (Women)A46 Queen's Pawn Game
20. M Sebag vs Z Mamedjarova  1-0622017World Rapid Championship (Women)C41 Philidor Defense
21. T Batchimeg vs I Krush  0-1402017World Rapid Championship (Women)A64 Benoni, Fianchetto, 11...Re8
22. P Cramling vs B Kovanova  0-1302017World Rapid Championship (Women)A14 English
23. S Vijayalakshmi vs Z Abdumalik  0-1312017World Rapid Championship (Women)A05 Reti Opening
24. B Khotenashvili vs Hoang Thi Bao Tram  1-0762017World Rapid Championship (Women)D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. T Mamedjarova vs L Mkrtchian  ½-½102017World Rapid Championship (Women)E12 Queen's Indian
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  notyetagm: Great start for my girl, <5/5>.

World Rapid Championship (Women) (2017)/Ju Wenjun

Dec-26-17  rokko: Unfortunately, without the former world champion and Nr. 1 (who does not like to play against women) and without the reigning rapid and blitz world champion (who did not like to play in a backward country like Saudi Arabia - even if the dress code is less stringent than in Iran), this tournament is of less interest.
Dec-26-17  Sokrates: Unfortunate, yes, but IMO it's much worse than that. It's simply a genuine scandal that FIDE forces women in chess to play in countries who demand a certain religious determined dress-code of the participants. By allowing this, FIDE endorses oppression of women in chess and punishes those who stand up for their clear right to dress in accordance with their own culture and as billions in the free world do.

It is also a scandal - still IMO - that some women don't seem to care about it and have no problems in gaining titles, which they KNOW are hollow and worthless. There is no honor, no reputation, no prestige in getting a title at this venue, when Hou Yifan, Anna Muzychuk and other strong players don't participate. Shame on those who participate, traitors as they are to the most obvious and basic rights for women on this planet.

It's of no use to appeal to the conscience of FIDE, since this highly flawed organisation has no conscience whatsoever.

Dec-26-17  Marmot PFL: Money talks, and the Saudis have barrels of it.
Dec-26-17  docbenway: I can understand some players being driven by desperation for the big prize fund but Carlsen apparently has plenty and for him to play there gives approval to the Saudis and their wholesale murders in Yemen, the dirt bag wahabis exporting jihad, and their treatment of women as chattel.
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  Annie K.: On the women's dress code, according to the FIDE announcement at -

<FIDE is pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement with the Organisers that the dress code for the event will be dark blue or black formal suits, with white shirts, either open necked or with a tie, for men and dark blue or black formal trouser suits, with high necked white blouses for women. There will be no need to wear a hijab or abaya during the games, this will be a first for any sporting event in Saudi Arabia.>

Have to wonder what happens when they leave the playing venue, mind you.

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  WorstPlayerEver: Welcome to the free world.
Dec-27-17  Sokrates: Thanks, <Annie K.> for the quotation. I am sure "FIDE is pleased" - in their narrow minds they have managed to move this utterly male chauvenistic and medieval regime significantly and mention the absense of hijabs and abayas as a triumph. Just like it's a sensation in S-A that women are allowed to drive cars now! Wow, what a progress! They still have to be accompanied by a man in public, though. They are, after all, second class beings.

"When in Rome, do as the Romans do". the proverb says. (Unfortunately) the S-A's can do as they please in their country, that's their prerogative. But international organisations like FIDE can decide whether their players should be forced to abide to the rules of "Rome" or not. And they have decided that they should and force the women to comply if they want to compete for the world championship. Those who won't comply - for very good reasons - exclude themselves in the eyes of FIDE, and like always FIDE doesn't care if that means that the championship doesn't reflect the present state of players. They are "pleased" with "a" champion, whether she is actually the best in the world or not.

Sure, "money rules" and apparently freedom can be bought for the right amount of coin.

Dec-27-17  ossipossi: Solar panels just around the corner. Petroleum will still be in use -for embalming mummies.
Dec-27-17  morfishine: A convention of fast women



Dec-27-17  Marmot PFL: <They are, after all, second class beings.>

That's how it's always been in chess too.

Dec-28-17  PhilFeeley: Congratulations to Ju Wenjun for winning. And it's good to see Elizabeth Paehtz doing so well.
Dec-28-17  siamesedream: Congratulations to Rapid World Champion 2017 <GM Ju Wenjun>!
Dec-29-17  Sokrates: Congrats to Hou Yifan and the Muzychuk sisters for being the true female chess champions of the world.
Jan-04-18  Harvestman: <PhilFeeley> my sentiments exactly!

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