Women's World Chess Championship 2016

The Women's World Chess Championship 2016 is a chess match between Mariya Muzychuk (UKR), the current champion, and the challenger Hou Yifan (CHINA) played over 10 games from 1 to 19 March 2016 in Lviv, Ukraine.

Women's World Chess Championship 2016
Hou Yifan (CHINA) left (ELO 2673)


mariya muzychuk
Mariya Muzychuk (UKRAINE) ELO 2554


Game 1
Mariya Muzychuk vs Hou Yifan - Italian Game - 1/2-1/2
Game 2
Hou Yifan vs Mariya Muzychuk - Open Spanish (Ruy Lopez) - 1-0

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Black moves
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Black should play 28...Qe7 to get out of the rook pin but captured the pawn at g6 instead, playing 28...hxg6?? and after 29.Rxd5 White got an overwhelming attack along the white squares (diagonal a2-g8) after 30.Bb3 and Black lost a piece and resigned.

Game 3
Mariya Muzychuk vs Hou Yifan - Catalan Opening - 1/2-1/2
Game 4
Hou Yifan vs Mariya Muzychuk - Open Spanish (Ruy Lopez) - 1/2-1/2
Game 5
Hou Yifan vs Mariya Muzychuk - English Opening - 1/2-1/2
Game 6
Mariya Muzychuk vs Hou Yifan - Italian Game 0-1

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In this position above (left) White played the losing move 33.Bc2? then 33...exf! followed and White was in trouble

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34.RxR RxR 35.RxR f2! and Black promotes the f-pawn to a queen.

Game 7
Hou Yifan vs Mariya Muzychuk - Open Spanish (Ruy Lopez) - 1/2-1/2
Game 8
Mariya Muzychuk vs Hou Yifan - Catalan Opening - 1/2-1/2
Game 9
Hou Yifan vs Mariya Muzychuk - Sicilian - 1-0

Hou Yifan had the better endgame position and managed to create a passed pawn which was decisive.

Hou Yifan 2016

Hou Yifan is leading with 3 points...

Hou Yifan is World Champion

Hou Yifan became the Women’s World Champion for the fourth time with the final score 3:6

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