FIDE Women’s World Championship
Muzychuk, Mariya vs. Hou, Yifan
The 2016 FIDE Women’s World Chess Championship match takes place March 2-18. The current World Champion Mariya Muzychuk of Ukraine faces her challenger Hou Yifan of China in Lviv, Ukraine. The match consists of 10 classical games with the first to reach 5.5 points declared champion. Players receive 90 minutes for 40 moves, then 30 minutes for the rest of the game plus a 30-second bonus per move from move one. If the score is even, a tiebreak of 4 games will be played at a rate of 25 minutes plus a 10 second bonus per move starting from move one.
If no winner is decided after the rapid games there will be a maximum of 5 mini-matches (2 games each) at a rate of 5 minutes plus 3 seconds per move. If needed, the winner would be decided by a sudden death game. The prize fund is €200,000, from which the winner will get 60%, the loser 40% (in case of a win in the tiebreak the prize money is split 55%/45%). Official site: lviv2016.fide.com