07 March 2016

Svyatoslav Vakarchuk in Lviv for Women's World Chess Championship 2016

Yesterday, Svyatoslav Vakarchuk was in Lviv to support Chess Women’s World Champion Mariya Muzychuk...

Svyatoslav Vakarchuk & Mariya Muzychuk

Svyatoslav came with his father Ivan, professor of physics at Lviv University and former Minister of Education and Science in Ukraine.

Svyatoslav & Ivan Vakarchuk looking at the chess-board
signed by
Maria Muzychuk & Hou Yifan
Photo: © Anastasiya Karlovich

Svyatoslav Vakarchuk made a first symbolic move instead of the Chinese chess grandmaster Hou Yifan...

Photo: © Anastasiya Karlovich

... and Ivan Vakarchuk answered instead of Mariya Muzychuk, the current Women's World Chess Champion!

Photo: © Anastasiya Karlovich

So, the 4th game of the Women’s World Championship Match could start...

Hou Yifan
Photo: © Anastasiya Karlovich

Mariya Muzychuk
Photo: © Anastasiya Karlovich

This 4th round of the 2016 Women's World Chess Championship match lasted only 21 moves and Hou Yifan now leads 2.5:1.5 with six games to go... We wish Mariya all the best for next steps of the competition! 

Eager to know more about Vakarchuk's thoughts on this event? Please watch his interview (from minute 5:20 to 18 of this video):