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Norway Chess Women 2024 R3: Humpy and Vaishali win Armageddon

by Shahid Ahmed - 30/05/2024

R Vaishali drew her Classical game against Anna Muzychuk (UKR) in Norway Chess Women 2024 Round 3. She also drew her Armageddon game. Anna was determined to push for a win in both games. However, Vaishali ensured that she does not make any mistake. She maintained her sole lead 5.5/9. The reigning Women's World Champion - Wenjun Ju (CHN) won her Armageddon against the legend - Pia Cramling (SWE). Wenjun drew her Armageddon with the black pieces to win the match. She is 4.5/9. Koneru Humpy drew the Classical game against Tingjie Lei (CHN). She won Armageddon with the white pieces on demand to move to 3/9. Round 4 starts today from 5 p.m. CET, 8:30 p.m. IST. Photos: Norway Chess/Stev Bonhage

Vaishali maintains her sole lead

Koneru Humpy won her Armageddon on demand with white pieces against Tingjie Lei (CHN)

Anna - Vaishali: 1-1.5

Anna Muzychuk (UKR, 2505) and R Vaishali (2489) faced each other for the first time in the FIDE Women's Candidates 2024 last month. They drew the first game and Vaishali won the second. Anna was determined to score her first win in the Classical against her opponent.

Position after 9.e5

9.e5 was played twice before having two decisive results h6 10.Bxf6 gxf6 11.Qd2 Kg7 12.cxd4 fxe5 13.dxe5 d6 14.Bxc6 bxc6 15.Rd1 the exchange of pieces reduced the probability of any kind of attack. The game eventually fizzled out to a knight vs bishop endgame where draw became the obvious result. The Armageddon was a hard-fought draw which means Vaishali won the match as she had the black pieces.

Vaishali won her first Armageddon of the event as she drew the game with the black pieces

Vaishali is now World no.12 among Women in live ratings | Source:

Pia - Wenjun: 1-1.5

Pia Cramling (SWE, 2449) drew with Wenjun Ju (CHN, 2559) in the Classical game. Wenjun was winning the Armageddon in the endgame. However, she drew as she had the black pieces. So a draw was enough to win the match.

The reigning Women's World Champion - Wenjun Ju (CHN) won her third match in-a-row via Armageddon

Humpy - Tingjie: 1.5-1

Last month, Koneru Humpy (2545) and Tingjie Lei (CHN, 2548) traded wins at the FIDE Women's Candidates 2024. This time, the Classical game ended in a draw. Despite needing only a draw to win the match, Tingjie played aggressively. After her initial mistake got overlooked, Humpy capitalized in the endgame, won the game and match.

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Round 3 results

Anna Muzychuk - R Vaishali: 1-1.5

Pia Cramling - Wenjun Ju: 1-1.5

Koneru Humpy - Tingjie Lei: 1.5-1

Standings after Round 3

Vaishali maintains her sole lead 5.5/9 | Photo: Norway Chess

Round 4 pairings

Round 4 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

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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:

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Children: 100 NOK

Family: 400 NOK


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