Tournaments. FIDE Women’s World Championship Match. Shanghai / Vladivostok, January 3-26, 2020

Tournaments. FIDE Women’s World Championship Match. Shanghai / Vladivostok, January 3-26, 2020

The FIDE Women’s World Championship Match between the reigning world champion Ju Wenjun (China) and the challenger Aleksandra Goryachkina (Russia) is organized on January 3-26, 2020, in Shanghai and Vladivostok. 



Organizers: International Chess Federation (FIDE), the Chinese Chess Association, Chess Federation of Russia (CFR), and the Government of the Primorsky region. 

Partners. The Match is supported by Gazprom. General partner of CFR is PhosAgro. Partners are Gidrostroy, SILA International Lawyers, and the Far Eastern Federal University.

The first part of the Match will be played in Shanghai (January 4-12) and the second in Vladivostok (January 15-25).  The venue in Vladivostok will be the campus of the Far Eastern Federal University on the Russky Island. 

The opening ceremony of the Match will take place in InterContinental Shanghai Jing’An Hotel on January 4.  

The Match consists of 12 games. The time control for each game is 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 1. The player who scores 6.5 points or more wins the Match. If the score after twelve games is equal, the tie-break is played.

The match days: 

Shanghai: January 5-6, 8-9, and 11-12.

Vladivostok: January 16-17, 19-20, and 22-23. The tie-break (if needed) will be played on January 24. 

The closing ceremony will be held on January 24 or 25 (depending on the tie-break). If the winner is decided in less than 12 games, the Match is over and the Organizer re-schedules the closing ceremony for an earlier date; then the closing ceremony takes place on the day of the last game or one day thereafter.

The prize fund provided by the Organizer is a minimum of EUR 500,000 net of any applicable local taxes. The prize fund is divided as follows: 60% to the winner and 40% to the runner-up if the Match ends within 12 games. In case the World Women’s Champion title is decided in the tie-break, the winner receives 55% and the runner-up receives 45% of the prize fund.




Aleksandra Goryachkina: I am in Fighting Mood Going into Match

Press conference with the challenger took place in Moscow.

Ju Wenjun — Aleksandra Goryachkina

Матч на первенство мира среди женщин 2020

Матч за звание чемпионки мира по шахматам между действующей обладательницей титула Ju Wenjun (Китай) и претенденткой Александрой Горячкиной (Россия) пройдет в январе 2020 года.

Первая часть матча будет сыграна в Шанхае (4-12 января), вторая – во Владивостоке (15-25 января).

Гарантированный призовой фонд матча составляет 500 000 евро.

Regulations for the FIDE Women’s World Championship Match 2020

Women's World Championship schedule

January 04 – Shanghai Opening Ceremony and Technical meeting January 05 – Shanghai Game 1 January 06 – Shanghai Game 2 January 07 – Shanghai Day off January 08 – Shanghai Game 3 January 09 – Shanghai Game 4 January 10 – Shanghai Day off January 11 – Shanghai Game 5 January 12 – Shanghai Game 6 January 13 – Shanghai Departure January 14 – Vladivostok Arrival January 15 – Vladivostok Opening Ceremony and Technical meeting January 16 – Vladivostok Game 7 January 17 – Vladivostok Game 8 January 18 – Vladivostok Day off January 19 – Vladivostok Game 9 January 20 – Vladivostok Game 10 January 21 – Vladivostok Day off January 22 – Vladivostok Game 11 January 23 – Vladivostok Game 12 January 24 – Vladivostok Closing ceremony/tie break January 25 – Vladivostok Departure

The games of the FIDE Women’s World Championship Match start on Jan 5. Tune in at 3:30pm Shanghai time (GMT+8) to watch it live with the commentary of GM Nigel Short and WGM Zhang Xiaowen.