General Information
The FIDE Women's World Championship Match is taking place in China from 3-25 July, 2023. The defending Women's World Champion, GM Ju Wenjun, faces the challenger, GM Lei Tingjie.

The match is held in two Chinese cities, giving each participant a home-field advantage. The first half of the match will be played in Shanghai, the hometown of Ju Wenjun, while the second half in Chongqing, where Lei Tingjie lives. The same cities hosted the 2018 match, when Ju Wenjun defeated Tan Zhongyi and won the world crown for the first time.
The Match will be played as the best of 12 games, with a time control of s 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 1. In case of a tie, the champion would be determined in a rapid chess playoff.

All the games start at 15:00 local time (GMT +8), and there is a rest day every two games. The first game is set to start on July 5. You can check the full schedule here.

The prize fund is

500,000 euro

60% goes to the winner
Photo by Stev Bonhage
A player who arrives in the playing area after the actual start time of the game shall lose this game by default.

The players cannot draw a game by agreement before black’s 40th move. A claim for a draw before black’s 40th move is permitted only in cases of a draw by threefold repetition or a stalemate.

The player who scores 6.5 points or more wins the World Championship Match. No further games shall be played. If the score after twelve games is equal, the tie-break will determine the champion.

The draw for colours shall be conducted during the Opening Ceremony. The player who gets white in the first game shall have white in all odd standard games.

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