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Can Wenjun Ju win Norway Chess Women 2024?

by Shahid Ahmed - 07/06/2024

Vaishali suffered her third Classical game loss at Norway Chess Women 2024. It was against Tingjie Lei (CHN) in the penultimate round. Wenjun Ju (CHN) defeated Koneru Humpy in Armageddon. The latter made some irrevocable mistakes in the middlegame and had to pay a heavy price for it. Anna Muzychuk (UKR) made the fastest draw of the day against Pia Cramling (SWE). However, the legend Pia made a one-move queen blunder in Armageddon which allowed Anna to win the game and match. If Tingjie beats Wenjun and Anna wins against Humpy in Classical games, then we will see Playoffs. Round 10 starts today from 5 p.m. CET, 8:30 p.m. IST. Photos: Norway Chess/Stev Bonhage

Tingjie and Anna can force Playoffs

If Wenjun Ju (CHN) beats her compatriot Tingjie Lei (CHN), she becomes a clear champion, there is no question of tie-breaks. However, if Tingjie and Anna Muzychuk (UKR) wins their respective Classical games, then Tingjie and Anna will battle in Playoffs. If Wenjun wins Armageddon and Anna wins Classical then the Playoff will be between Wenjun and Anna. So, a Playoff is a possibility but only between two players.

Wenjun Ju (CHN) is a Classical win away from winning the tournament

Tingjie - Vaishali: 1.5-1

In a queenless middlegame, Vaishali's (2489) unsound play against Tingjie Lei (CHN, 2548) ended things in a hurry.

Position after 17.Rxd8+

17...Rxd8 would have kept things in balance. 17...Kxd8? started creating previously non-existent problems for Black 18.Bxc4 Ng4? did not help Black's case 19.Bxc5 Bxh2+ 20.Kf1 Re5 21.Rd1+ and White won in another five moves.

Vaishali would like to forget this game against Tingjie Lei (CHN)

Humpy - Wenjun - Pia: 3-0

The Classical game between Koneru Humpy (2545) and Wenjun Ju (CHN, 2558) once again ended in a draw. Humpy collapsed in Armageddon. Thus the reigning Women's World Champion won the game and maintained her sole lead.

Koneru Humpy self-destructed against Wenjun Ju (CHN) in Armageddon

Pia - Anna: 1-1.5

Pia Cramling (SWE, 2447) had a quick 20-move draw via threefold repetition against Anna Muzychuk (UKR, 2505). Anna won Armageddon after Pia blundered her queen in one move in an equal queen and opposite color bishop endgame.

Anna Muzychuk (UKR) keeps her chances of winning the tournament by winning Armageddon against Pia Cramling (SWE)

Round 9 in progress

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Round 9 results

Tingjie Lei - Vaishali R: 3-0

Koneru Humpy - Wenjun Ju: 1-1.5

Pia Cramling - Anna Muzychuk: 1-1.5

Standings after Round 9

Wenjun Ju - 16/27

Tingjie Lei - 14.5/27

Anna Muzychuk - 14.5/27

Vaishali - 11.5/27

Koneru Humpy - 9/27

Pia Cramling - 6.5/27

Round 10 pairings

Round 10 pairings | Photo: Norway Chess


6 players will take part in the Tournament.

The Tournament is a double-round event with Armageddon.

The Tournament consists of 10 rounds.

Time Control

Each player will have 120 minutes on the clock with an increment of 10 seconds starting from move 41. The time control for the Armageddon game: white has 10 minutes and black has 7 minutes with an increment for both players of 1 second per move, starting from move 41.

Draw by Mutual Agreement

Players are not allowed to agree to a draw until at least 30 moves have been made by each player. This rule does not apply to Armageddon games.


If the classical game is drawn, an Armageddon game will be played. It shall start within 20 minutes of the conclusion of the classical game. The player with White pieces will continue with White in Armageddon. If the Armageddon game is drawn, black will win.


Players will get the following points per round:

Win in the classical game: 3 points

Loss in the classical game: 0 points

Draw in the classical game & win Armageddon: 1½ points

Draw in the classical game & loss Armageddon: 1 point


From 27th May to 7th June, every day game starts at 5 p.m. local time and 8:30 p.m. IST. Rest days are on Friday 31st May and Wednesday 5th June.

Prize money

Prize Money The total prize fund of the Tournament is 1690000 NOK. Distribution of Prize money occurs as followed:

1st - NOK 700000

2nd - NOK 350000

3rd - NOK 200000

4th - NOK 170000

5th - NOK 150000

6th - NOK 120000

Watch the tournaments live at the venue:

SR-Bank in Stavanger City.

Address: Christen Tranes Gate 35, 4007 Stavanger

All tickets are purchased directly at the venue. No pre-sale.

It is possible to reserve tickets, however, this is normally not necessary due to good capacity at the venue. Reserve your ticket by e-mailing the desired dates and names to:


Ticket prices per day:

Adults: 200 NOK

Children: 100 NOK

Family: 400 NOK


Tournament Regulations

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