New women’s world chess championship to follow candidates’ format

The current women’s world chess champion Ju Wenjun. The Candidates Tournament scheduled for May in Kazan, Russia, will identify a player to contest the 2019 World Championship Match against Wenjun at a venue and date to be announced in due course. Last month, Wenjun won the 2018 World Rapid Chess Championship. (Photo: Lennart Ootes)

Arkady Dvorkovich, the recently appointed president of the World Chess Federation (FIDE), has instituted a new format for the Women’s World Chess Championship. Similar to the Open Chess Championship for men, the women will now have a penetrating Candidates Tournament to identify a challenger for the current world champion. Such a procedure is undoubtedly an attempt to bring the women’s qualification cycle on par with the men’s.

The Women’s Candi-dates Tournament would be contested from late May in Kazan, Russia. The current World Champion is China’s Ju Wenjun, who also won the World’s Rapid Chess Championship last mo-nth. ….

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