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1992-93 Candidates Tournament (Wiki)

The six qualifiers from the Interzonal Tournament were joined by Chiburdanidze, who had lost the last title match, and Marić, the runner-up from the previous Candidates Tournament. In addition to these eight, FIDE decided to give a wild card to Polgár, who the year before had been the first woman to achieve the grandmaster title through tournament play (world champions Gaprindashvili and Chiburdanidze had only been awarded the title through special judgment by FIDE).

Once again, the Candidates Tournament was contested as a double round-robin tournament in Shanghai in October and November 1992, but this time the top two would then play a short 8-game match to determine the challenger. As expected, Polgár dominated the tournament, finishing a full three points ahead of Ioseliani, who advanced on a better tie-break score than ex-champion Chiburdanidze.

1992 Shanghai Women’s Candidates Tournament
Player Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Points Tie break
1  Zsuzsa Polgár (Hungary) 2540 1 2 2 12½
2  Nana Ioseliani (Georgia) 2445 ½ 1 2 0 2 1 70.75
3  Maia Chiburdanidze (Georgia) 2505 ½ 1 ½ 2 1 68.75
4  Alisa Marić (Serbia and Montenegro) 2390 1 ½ 1 1 0 8 65.00
5  Qin Kanying (China) 2315 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 2 2 8 56.00
6  Irina Levitina (USA) 2415 ½ 0 0 1 1 1
7  Peng Zhaoqin (China) 2370 0 2 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 6 46.25
8  Nona Gaprindashvili (Georgia) 2435 ½ 0 1 1 ½ ½ 1 6 46.00
9  Wang Pin (China) 2370 0 1 ½ 2 0 1 ½ 1 6 45.75
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