Those for and those against the knockout system used at the Women's World Championship surely agree on one thing: There is no lack of excitement with this format. Every single game is important and we get to see many tiebreak rounds, where nerves play a vital role. The final match — the only encounter with four classical games in the event — has not disappointed. The score is now tied after three games. Here's how:
The final match of the Women's World Chess Championship in Tehran started on February 27th. The survivors, Tan Zhongyi from China and Anna Muzychuk from Ukraine, arrived from two very different paths. The Chinese dark horse had to overcome three exceptionally tense tiebreak rounds, while Muzychuk managed to win all her matches in the two classical games. Thus, the fatigue factor should favor the Ukrainian. However, my personal opinion is that both must be really tired!
Despite her long run, Tan Zhongyi was the first one to get ahead! After a quiet draw, the Chinese player tipped the balance in her favor with great technique in game two.