First round underway with some surprises !
These days all the chess family in all over the world are looking at Tehran to find out who will be the new woman champion of 2017!
Having worked 24-hour in three days to prepare the venue, the Women's World Chess Championships 2017 started on February 11th. Following FIDe CEO, Geoffrey Borg's request, all the players and other people in the venue honored Cristina-Adela Foisor's memory with a moment of silence.
The first move of the first table was then carried out symbolically by the CEO of Mobile Telecommunication Company of Iran, Mr. Vahid Sadoughi on the top seed, GM Ju Wnejun's board. The FIDE President, Mr. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, was present in the hall to open the championships 2017 officially.
The top seeds gradually overcame the tough opposition being shown on all boards but one can see from the above that the gap is not so wide and WGM Mona Khaled from Egypt was the first big surprise, upsetting number one Georgian player, GM Nana Dzagnidze, with black ! Overall fourteen draws reflected the nervousness of the first game as the regulations of the World Championship allow the competitiors to design their own match strategy and draws are allowed at any time in the game.
The second game fo the first round will be very interesting and we invite everybody to follow the live games and excellent commentary by GM Evgeny Miroshnichenko and WGM Shadi Paridar.
Opening the game by Mr. Vajid Sadoughi
All the rounds will start at 15:00, as the first round did. Since the zero tolerance rule is in operation, the players should be in the playing hall on time, without even one minute delay.
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, Vahid Sadoughi, Mehrdad Pahlevanzadeh walking around the playing hall and watching the games and the decoration
Each game was supervised by one arbiter, and it will be done in next days and rounds, too!
What did you look at, Katerina Nemcova?!
The beautiful experienced Chief Arbiter, Anastasia Sorokina
You can follow all the games on http://livegames.fide.com/tehran2017/WWCC2017/games.pgn.