Women's World Rapid Chess Championship 2014: Kateryna Lagno, Alexandra Kosteniuk Tie for First
The Women's World Rapid Chess Championship 2014 has concluded in Khanty Mansiysk with three days of most exciting chess. It all came down to the last round and ironically, the world title was decided by a one-move checkmate-in-one blunder in the last round on the top board!!!
Of drama, destiny and tiebreak rules
Speaking at the press conference, Lagno did mention that lesser rounds with more players could suit the Women's Rapid World Chess Championship better. She said even though men play over 15 rounds (the open blitz world chess championship), women have lesser stamina and that showed in the drop in quality of games towards the last few rounds... particularly in the last round where her opponent squandered the game with a mate-in-one blunder.
Kateryna said she had been Women's World Blitz Champion in 2010, but she remembers her own blunder to Stefanova in Batumi at the Women's World Rapid Championship where she had been leading and lost. So, title this year is special in that sense to her.
Pia Cramling just resigned her game to Alexandra Kosteniuk in Round 15 when White played Rc6. Can you see the nice tactical trick there...?
For more updates, stay tuned to Chess Blog and the official website. Soon you will have an update post on her personal blog by 12th Women's World Chess Champion Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk at www.chessqueen.com.