14th Women World Champion was decided on a tie-break after Antoaneta Stefanova and Anna Ushenina exchanged wins in the 3rd and 4th final match games with the classical time control. The first rapid game ended in a draw, and the Ukrainian took the upper hand in the second. Anna Ushenina is a new world champion!

In the first rapid game Stefanova got a minimal advantage with White, but after the central break the position simplified and balanced. Grandmaster from Bulgaria tried to trick her opponent for a long time, torturing her until move 89, but Ushenina was confident in her defense. Draw.

 

In the second game Ushenina had White and demonstrated an opening novelty to capture the initiative. In the unknown situation Stefanova used most of her time, but did not manage to find the way to equalize the position. White won a pawn, then second one. It was not difficult for Ushenina to win the final position with two connected passed pawns in the rook endgame.

Few moves before resigning Antoaneta decided to check the score sheet which was kept by an arbiter – maybe there was a threefold repetition?

This is the moment when Anna Ushenina from Ukraine became the new World Champion!

What is left is to sign the score sheet and receive congratulations from FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

After the end of the ultimate game journalists did not let Anna go so easily. At the final press-conference she was joined by FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.

The closing ceremony of the World Women’s Chess Championship was held in the concert-theatre centre “Yugra-Classic”. It was organized with a taste and in home atmosphere.

The finalists and guests were met by an orchestra

By the accompaniment of which human chess pieces performed a sophisticated dance

Happy winner in the company of Russian grandmaster Boris Savchenko and the representative of Ukrainian chess federation who came specially to support Anna during the tie-break

At the side of those who lost the mood is different – Bulgarian delegation could not yet fully cope with what happened just a few hours earlier

Meanwhile, tables full of tasty dishes were waiting for the guests. One could find local delicacies, too, – for instance, milk mushrooms with sour cream

Cubes with the memorable pictures from the championship decorated each table. Here we can see irina Krush thinking over her position. One could also notice Marie Sebag, Pia Cramling and others.

If you want to be a good chess player, be ready not to agree with everything!” – chief arbiter Hal Bond started his speech, – “But I am sure all the players would agree with me that the most difficult thing in chess is to win the world championship”.

Vice-champion Antoaneta Stefanova was asked for the awards first. 2004-2005 Women’s World Champion could not take away the prefix –ex that comes in front of her title, but nevertheless her performance in Khanty-Mansiysk deserves a loud applause.

Congratulations and words of consolation from FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

Khanty-Mansiysk organizers created their own specialty with the local spirit – all the prize winners were awarded with the natural fur caps. Antoaneta Stefanova got a black one

And chocolate chess, of course

Awarding the new Queen of the chess world

Winters can be severe in Ukraine, so such a present would be definitely useful for Anna

Cup, laurel wreath, flowers – the 14th Women’s World Champion was born in Khanty-Mansiysk in our eyes

Modest smile of Anna. Chess players are used to keep all the emotions inside, otherwise it’s impossible to become the strongest.

World Champion thanked the organizers and all her supporters

But the ceremony did not finish at this point. FIDE President awarded Head of Khanty-Mansiysk, President of Ugra chess federation Vasily Filipenko with the diploma that states that FIDE Presidential Board awarded him with the honorary title of International Organizer.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov officially announced Women’s World Championship closed. Unofficial part of the ceremony was continued by the great performance of Rachmaninov piano concert

“It is a pleasure to enter the stage after such music”, – noted Mark Glukhovsky, editor-in-chief of  “Chess-TV” company that conducted the video-coverage of the championship. Mark told about the work of “Chess-TV” during these weeks and showed the report video compiled of the memorable moments that made everyone recall the tournament from the first move to the last.

FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and Governor of HMAO – Yugra Natalia Komarova follow the presentation with great interest.

At last, the guests continued their communication in the informal atmosphere. Governor of Yugra Natalia Komarova and FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov managed to make Antoaneta Stefanova and European Chess Union and Bulgarian chess federation President Silvio Danailov smile.

The final interview of the champion for “Chess-TV”

 

FIDE World Women’s Chess Championship in Khanty-Mansiysk is officially over. It is time for your reporters to put down the cameras, too, and enjoy the Siberian hospitality accompanied by the final chords of the chamber fortepiano.