Hou Yifan wins the Women’s World Chess Championship Match
FIDE Womenâ€™s World Chess Championship Match in Lviv has finished. World Champion of 2015 Mariya Muzychuk (Ukraine) and three-time World Champion of 2010, 2011 and 2013 Hou Yifan (China) competed for world chess crown. With the final score 3:6 Hou Yifan became the Womenâ€™s World Chess Champion for the fourth time.
Georgios Makropoulos, FIDE Deputy President, Andriy Sadovyi, Lviv Mayor, Oleh Synyutka, Head of Lviv Region State Administration, and both players participated in the closing ceremony. There were also both teams, Chief Arbiter of the Match Carol Jarecki, FIDE representatives, local organizers of the Match and guests.
The Closing Ceremony took place in Potocki Palace.
The Champion of the Match was awarded with a cup, a crown, a gold medal and flowers. Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi has made a special present for the Champion â€“ a picture of amber depicting Lviv Opera House, where the Opening Ceremony of this Match took place.
Mariya Muzychuk also has got some presents. Mariya was awarded with a cup, a silver medal, flowers, and oil picture, depicting Lviv Opera House.
By the way, Dominika Dyka, a local master from â€œTreti Pivniâ€ studio, made a crown for the Champion. It is created of wax by old method, which was very popular in the south of Ukraine in 18-19thÂ centuries.
Cups and medals were also made by local masters of blown glass.
During the award ceremony Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi has noted that hosting Womenâ€™s World Chess Championship Match was very important for Lviv and made chess more popular among the children and adults.
â€˜During every game someone wins and someone loses. But a great plus of this Championship Match that this time chess has won. This Match has ensured that hundreds and even thouthands of chilren started to attend chess clubs in Lviv and Ukraine. Chess became popular. And I know this because of my own children. Every time they had free time, they were playing with phones or tablets. And I was extremely surprised to get an sms from my wife where she wrote: â€˜Andriy, they play chess for three daysâ€™. Many families in Lviv and Ukraine have the same joy. Iâ€™m grateful to these girls for a great holiday. It was a great honour. I wish you many wins, Iâ€™m sure youâ€™ll have them a lot. Special thanks to FIDE for the trust you have given to the city of Lviv. You have made an invaluable contribution to the development of chessâ€™, said Andriy Sadovyi.
â€˜At the opening ceremony I have already said that we have chosen the right place for World Chess Championship Match. And today I can only confirm my words. The Championship Match was held on a very high level. I would like to thank the Mayor for his great support for this Match. Because whenever was nessesary to interfere he did it very fast and with excelent result. It is not easy to organize the Match on a high level and secure conditions, but the organizers in Lviv have succesed with this. I would like to thank the people who have been working for months ensuring the event.
But most of all I would like to thank Mariya Muzychuk. Mariya was playing at home, but did not try to get any advantage of this fact. You know, we believe that a very good player should have a very good character. And Mariya Muzychuk has proved that she is not only a great player, but she is also a great lady. And we believe that her behavior has helped as much as possible Hou Yifan to feel also at home.
Our Champion from China is a champion for the fourth time. She is only 22 but she has already written a glory chapter in the history of chess. Iâ€™m sure in the future she will fill books with her success, her stories and her games. Hou Yifan also is a great person. And we are very proud in FIDE to have world champions as Mariya Muzychuk and Hou Yifan. I wish them all the best for the future.
I have to say that Lviv has captured our hearts. The town is very nice and people are beautiful. So, we hope to come back soon to have other important events and FIDE will have the chance to meet again with youâ€™, said Georgios Makropoulos, FIDE Deputy President.
Afterwards all the guests of honor went to the gate of the Palace for the opening of a commemorative table dedicated to the Womenâ€™s World Chess Championship in Lviv.