Tan Zhongyi is World Women’s Champion

By Arvind Aaron

Tan Zhongyi of China beat Anna Muzychuk of Ukraine 2-2, 1½-½ in the tie-break to win the world women’s championship at Tehran on March 4, 2017.

Tan Zhongyi became the fifth Chinese player to become champion after Xie Jun won first in 1991.

Tan Zhongyi from Chongqing in China was born on May 29, 1991 and is 25 year old.

“It was a tough event and I did not expect to win,” said the new champion. After the regular score was tied 2-2, Tan Zhongyi won in the tie-break. She speaks with a Chinese interpreter. Congratulating her on winning, FIDE president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov invited her to the FIDE Presidential Board. She also became a Grand Master.

On course, Tan Zhongyi beat India’s Padmini Rout and Dronavalli Harika in a maximum possible Armageddon by 5-4.