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Women’s World Championship Match 2013

The Women’s World Championship Match 2013 between the reigning World Champion Anna Ushenina (Ukraine) and her challenger Hou Yifan (China) will be organized by the FIDE and Chinese Chess Association on 10-27 September 2013, in the city of Taizhou, China.

The winner of the FWWCM 2013 will be declared Women’s World Champion for the period 2013-2014. Hou Yifan, who already was World Champion on 2010-2012, qualified from the FIDE Women’s Grand-Prix 2011-2012.

The match will consist of 10 classical games and if necessary, tie-break games. The time control will be 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 one.

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Anna Ushenina

Anna Ushenina

If the scores are level after the regular ten games, after a new drawing of colors, four tie-break games will be played. The starting time will be 25 minutes for each player with an increment of 10 seconds after each move.

If the scores are level after the rapid games, then, after a new drawing of colors, a match of 2 games will be played with a time control of 5 minutes plus 3 seconds increment after each move. In case of a level score, another 2-game match will be played to determine a winner. If still there is no winner after 5 such matches (total 10 games), one sudden-death game will be played.

The prize fund is at least 200,000 EUR net. As the match is being held in the country of one of the players, Anna Ushenina is entitled to receive 5% of the prize fund, after which the remaining sum will further be divided as 60% for the winner and 40% to the loser if the FWWCM ends within the 10 regular games. In case the winner is decided by tie-break games, the winner will receive 55% and the loser 45%.

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Hou Yifan

Hou Yifan

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