2018 Women's World Championship: Rd 1.2

Our second Canadian Game of the Week is the Round 1.2 game between Canadian Champion WIM Maili-Jade Ouellet and Russian GM Aleksandra Goryachkina 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 1 vs 64, 2 vs 63 etc. With the sixth-lowest rating, MJ got paired against the #6 seed who outrated her by 409 points, but their first game ended in a draw after both players missed chances. 

MJ had White in game 2 (below). She got a difficult position out of a Nimzo-Rubinstein, and eventually got tangled up defending against Black's pressure on her weak queenside pawns.
Result: Goryachkina advances 1.5 - 0.5.


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