Ukrainian chess player wins 2015 Women's World Championship
The final chess game of the 2015 Women's World Championship in Sochi, Russia, ended with the victory of 22 year-old Ukrainian Mariya Muzychuk against Russian player Natalija Pogonina. The score was 2.5:1.5.
IM Muzychuk beat WGM Pogonina in the second game of the final, which proved decisive after draws in games 3 and 4.
"In what has been described as a duel between 'Miss Tactic' and the 'Comeback Queen,' WGM Natalija Pogonina of Russia failed to make another comeback after losing the second game of the final," chess.com wrote.
The 2015 Women's World Championship was hosted by Sochi from March 16 to April 5. Its total prize fund was U.S. $450,000. Every player got $3,750, those who made it to round two received $5,500, for round three it was $8,000, round four $12,000, round five (semifinals) $20,000, the silver medalist $30,000, and the winner $60,000.
The 2012 champion was another Ukrainian chess player Hanna Ushenina from the city of Kharkiv.