Women’s World Chess Championship Match 2016 between the current World Champion Mariya Muzychuk of Ukraine and her challenger Hou Yifan of China (former World Champion 2010-2012, 2013-2015) is taking place in Lviv, Ukraine, on March 1-18, 2016.

The prize fund for this match is 200,000 Euros and will be split between the players as follows: 60% for the winner and 40% to the loser if the match ends within the 10 regular games. In case the winner is decided by tie-break games, she will receive 55% and loser 45%. Mariya Muzychuk is holding the title after 2015 Women World Championship in Sochi while Hou Yifan had a right to challenge her after she became first in the Grand Prix Series 2013-2014.

Mariya Muzychuk and Hou Yifan played two times against each other in the past. They met first time during Gibraltar tournament in 2012 and the second game has been played during FIDE Women Grand Prix in Monaco 2015. The games between them have been hard-fought but in both of them Hou Yifan defeated her opponent. According to FIDE rating on 1st of February 2016 Hou Yifan (2673) holds the first position among women, while Mariya Muzychuk (2554) shares the fourth place with Alexandra Kosteniuk.

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Nov 10, 2020

Real Madrid Foundation Charity Event

On November 15 at 21:00 CET, as part of the Real Madrid Foundation Charity Event, we are going to try to bring together hundreds of women from all over the world to play on chess24 against our users. Are you a woman and want to participate? Write to stream@chess24.com so we can explain the process. Are you a man and also want to participate? At 21:00 CET you can challenge! You just have to go to the usernames you see in this news item, challenge and wait to be accepted.

The chess24 team has always wanted to promote women in chess and since we only know how to think big, we came up with: Why not bring hundreds of women together in the same call while they play against users? And if we manage to do it once… who knows, why not repeat the event monthly?

Below you can see the usernames of the women who have already registered for the event. If you want to be one of them, write to stream@chess24.com for us to add you. If you want to play, try to challenge them and don’t forget to follow the live broadcast at this link!





Do you know any women who might be interested? No doubt yes! Age or level doesn’t matter, it only matters that you want to have a good time playing chess!

May 14, 2017

Chess to be introduced in schools to improve learning

Former world chess champion Gary Kasparov states that having classes with chess at an early age radically improves the skills of the kids such as learning, processing of information as well as making decisions.

“Chess is a tool, not a recipe for all education problems, but it’s a very inexpensive and a very effective tool,” the 53-year-old champion of the game said.

“We have plenty of data collected from around the world that proves beyond any doubt that classes with chess, especially at an early age – six to nine – dramatically improve the skills of the kids, to learn how to process information and make decisions,” said Kasparov.

Kasparov wants to bring the game to a million children in Africa as an educational tool to sharpen their learning skills and build confidence. He also reiterated that it is prudent to fight the predisposition that it is only particular countries that can produce chess champions.

Through his foundation, the Kasparov’s Foundation, pilot schools will be selected across Africa to be provided with learning kits as well as training of teachers in chess. The aim of this will be reach a million children in the next five years.

Kasparov foundation has already introduced chess in school programmes around the world. Kasparov notes that he has found that there is passion for success in developing countries. “They are willing to work harder.” Kasparov, who became the youngest world chess champion in 1985 at age 22, retired from the game in 2005.

This comes after Disney cast a spotlight on ten-year-old Ugandan chess queen, Phiona Mutesi in the movie Queen of Katwe. The movie showed the real possibilities that the game of chess could provide to young African children.

Kenya boasts of great chess talent. In April 2017 the country won the inaugural Africa Zone 4.2 under 16 Youth Team Chess Championship.


Jun 07, 2023

Caruana triumphs in Superbet Chess Classic

Fabiano Caruana drew a sharp game against Richard Rapport to finish in clear first place in the Superbet Chess Classic, taking the $100,000 top prize and the maximum 13 Grand Chess Tour points. His pursuers could all only draw, though that was a good result for Anish Giri after he stumbled into a lost position against Ian Nepomniachtchi. Ding Liren regained the world no. 3 spot after ending with a fine win over Bogdan-Daniel Deac.

Fabiano Caruana: 5.5/9 (2 wins, 7 draws), 1st place, $100,000

This was vintage Fabiano Caruana, who, as in the glory days of 2018, combined stellar opening preparation and sharp calculation (the win over Maxime Vachier-Lagrave), with patience and determination (the win over Ian Nepomniachtchi) to come close to a model of a perfect chess player.

He was never in danger in a single game and could have scored more. He missed a chance against Bogdan-Daniel Deac in the first round, and his one real regret was a failure to turn a huge advantage against Alireza Firouzja into a full point.

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