2018 Women's World Championship: Rd 1.1

Our Canadian Game of the Week is the Round 1.1 game between Russian GM Aleksandra Goryachkina and Canadian Champion WIM Maili-Jade Ouellet at the 2018 Women's World Chess Championship in Khanty-Mansiysk Russia. 


The FIDE Women's World Chess Championship runs November 3 - 23, 2018 in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. It is a 64-player knock-out tournament to determine the 2018 FIDE Women's World Championship. All the top women, except Yifan, are competing. Format: 2 game matches with rapid playoffs if necessary. The pairings are 1vs 64, 2 vs 63 etc. With the sixth-lowest rating, MJ got paired against the #6 seed who outrated her by 409 points. But ratings don't win games, good moves do, and there were two upsets in the first game of round 1:

  • Iranian WIM Mobina Alinasab (2236) defeated IM Elisabeth Paehtz (2495) with Black.
  • ... and this game.


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