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Friday, December 17, 2010

Women's World Chess Championship 2010 - China vs. China in final, Hou knocks out Humpy

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Chinese GM Hou Yifan
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Hello Everyone,

It was not to be - both men and women's world chess champion from India. Koneru Humpy went down fighting to the Chinese Hou Yifan in Round 5b of the Women's World Chess Championship 2010 being held in Hatay, Turkey.

Yifan knocked out Humpy with a 1.5-0.5 score despite a super fight by the Indian young lady. When talent meets talent there is very little to choose but sometimes things just work for one player and they don't for the other. Congratulations to Koneru Humpy for a great tournament and congratulations to Hou Yifan for going further.

Yifan meets the winner of the Xue Zhao - Ruan Lufei tie-breaks to be held tomorrow. You can access the official website here.

Meanwhile, here are the round 5b games which you can run through our pgnplayer or watch in flash below.

PGN: 1. d4 e6 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Bg5 c5 4. Nc3 cxd4 5. Nxd4 Be7 6. e4 d6 7. Qd2 a6 8. O-O-O b5 9. Bd3 Bb7 10. Rhe1 b4 11. Nb1 Nbd7 12. Qxb4 Nc5 13. Nb3 Qc7 14. Nxc5 dxc5 15. Qd2 c4 16. Bxf6 Bxf6 17. Bxc4 O-O 18. Qe2 Rfc8 19. Nd2 Be5 20. g3 Rab8 21. Nb3 Bf6 22. e5 Bxe5 23. Qxe5 Qxc4 24. Rd2 Bd5 25. Kb1 a5 26. Nc1 Qb4 27. c3 Qxc3 28. Qxc3 Rxc3 29. Nb3 Rc4 30. Nxa5 Ra4 31. Nb3 Rba8 32. Nc1 Bxa2+ 33. Nxa2 Rxa2 34. Re3 g5 35. Rd7 Ra1+ 36. Kc2 Rc8+ 37. Kd2 Rcc1 38. Rb7 Rd1+ 39. Kc2 Rac1+ 40. Kb3 Rd2 41. f4 gxf4 42. gxf4 Rxh2 43. f5 exf5 44. Ree7 Rh6 45. Rxf7 1/2-1/2

PGN: 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. a4 Bf5 6. Ne5 e6 7. f3 c5 8. e4 Bg6 9. Be3 cxd4 10. Qxd4 Qxd4 11. Bxd4 Nfd7 12. Nxd7 Nxd7 13. Bxc4 a6 14. Ke2 Rg8 15. h4 h6 16. h5 Bh7 17. Bf2 Rc8 18. Ba2 Bb4 19. Bh4 Be7 20. Bg3 Bb4 21. Bh4 Be7 22. Bf2 Bb4 1/2-1/2

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  • At December 17, 2010 at 12:16 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I said so Hou vs Ruan

  • At December 17, 2010 at 12:18 PM , Anonymous Sebastian Wolff, Maryland said...

    What are these Chinese players having for breakfast, lunch and dinner? Anyone?

  • At December 17, 2010 at 12:18 PM , Anonymous Amrit Puri, Knights Chess Club, New Delhi said...

    It's the age of the Carlsens and Yifans of the world I suppose. Very Interesting.

  • At December 17, 2010 at 12:19 PM , Anonymous Alexis Cochran, New Zealand said...

    I'd still rather watch the men play...

  • At December 17, 2010 at 12:20 PM , Anonymous Saira Fernando, Madrid said...

    I cannot understand @Alexis is always criticising Women's chess but if you hate it so much why do you bother to read these posts and comment. Very funny. But aren't you a fan of Chess Queen? Otherwise why read her blog?

  • At December 17, 2010 at 12:20 PM , Anonymous Youngbloed said...

    Hup Hou !!
    (now that Alexandra is not there ...)

  • At December 18, 2010 at 2:03 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    It seems it's going to be Hou Yifan this time. Not only is she playing much stronger chess but she is also in the right killer spirit. She was just not ready to take a draw against Humpy in the first match of the Round 5. Even in the second she was okay with pawn sac for initiative. Nice aggressive play against top rated Humpy.

  • At December 18, 2010 at 7:44 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    The big question is who will be the loser against Hou Yifan in the final - Ruan or Xue. Funny situation. All Chinese.

  • At December 18, 2010 at 7:47 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    When it comes to questions of who?
    Looks like Xue
    Would make the final
    against Hou!


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