Ju Wenjun takes a one-point lead into the final classical game of the Women’s World Championship on Friday, meaning a draw is enough to make her champion for the first time. If Tan Zhongyi can win with the black pieces, though, then rapid, blitz and even perhaps Armageddon will follow on Saturday. In that case Ju Wenjun would rue some missed chances as games 7-9 ended in draws.
It’s now very simple. If Ju Wenjun draws or wins she’s the new Women’s World Champion. If Tan Zhongyi can win with Black, though, as she did in Game 6, then the match will go to a playoff on Saturday. The format then, as for the overall World Championship in New York, would be for the players to compete over four 25+10 rapid games. If the match was still drawn they’d then play a pair of 5+3 blitz games. If still drawn they’d play up to four more of those pairs of blitz games, until finally we’d get Armageddon, where White would have five minutes to Black’s four, but a draw would make the player with the black pieces the Women’s World Champion.
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