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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Women's World Chess Championship 2010 - Lufei holds Yifan to tough draw

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The mayor of the Municipality of Antakya, Lutfu Savas makes the first move of the final.

Hello Everyone,

The talented Hou Yifan - finalist also in the last edition of the Women's World Championship in 2008 where she lost to Chess Queen Alexansra Kosteniuk - was unable to convert an edge against the other Chinese finalist Ruan Lufe here on Monday and had to settle for a draw.
They played the first of the four standard time-control matches to be played in the final of the Women's World Championship 2010. The Championship is being held in Hatay, Turkey. You can keep track of a live feed at the official website here.

Here is the interesting game which you can watch in flash below or run the moves through our pgnplayer.

PGN: 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. f3 dxe4 4. fxe4 e5 5. Nf3 Bg4 6. Bc4 Nd7 7. c3 b5 8. Bd3 Ngf6 9. O-O Bd6 10. Bg5 O-O 11. Nbd2 h6 12. Bh4 Qc7 13. Qc2 Nh5 14. h3 Be6 15. Rae1 Nf4 16. Bg3 Nxd3 17. Qxd3 Rad8 18. Bf2 a6 19. Nh4 Nb6 20. b3 Rfe8 21. Qf3 b4 22. Rc1 bxc3 23. Qxc3 exd4 24. Bxd4 c5 25. Bxg7 Bf4 26. Nhf3 Rxd2 27. Nxd2 Bxd2 28. Qxd2 Kxg7 29. Qc3+ Kh7 30. Qxc5 Qxc5+ 31. Rxc5 Ra8 32. Ra5 Nc8 33. Rc1 Nd6 34. e5 Nf5 35. Kf2 h5 36. Rc2 Nd4 37. Rd2 Nc6 38. Rc5 Ne7 39. b4 Kg6 40. a3 Kf5 41. Ke3 Rg8 42. Ra5 Rg3+ 43. Kf2 Rb3 44. Rxa6 Nd5 45. Ra5 Ne3 46. Rc5 Nc4 47. Rc2 Nxa3 48. R2c3 Rb2+ 49. Kg3 Nb1 50. Rf3+ Kg5 51. h4+ Kg6 52. Rc7 Kg7 53. Rf6 Kg8 54. Rf4 Rb3+ 55. Kh2 Rb2 56. Rc5 Na3 57. Rc3 Nb5 58. Rg3+ Kf8 59. Rg5 Nc7 60. Rxh5 Nd5 61. Re4 Kg7 62. Rg5+ Kh7 63. Rc4 Rb3 64. Rg3 Rb2 65. Rg5 Rb3 66. Rd4 Nxb4 67. Rg3 Rb2 68. Rc3 Nd5 69. Rcd3 Ne7 70. Rd2 Rb5 71. Re2 Ng6 72. Rde4 Bf5 73. e6 Bxe6 1/2-1/2



  • At December 21, 2010 at 6:05 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    What a crazy draw. At one point Yifan had five pawns to two. It seems Ruan has gone into this tournament with a huge advantage in the sense that she knows about everyone else's games but no one has access to her games. Interesting battle ahead in the final. Good that there are four classical games. Maybe, Hou will win today.

  • At December 21, 2010 at 6:28 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Time for a fresh look at the Caro Kann.

  • At December 21, 2010 at 6:30 AM , Anonymous Alexis Cochran, New Zealand said...

    Sorry I am finding it all very boring without my favourite you know who. :(

  • At December 21, 2010 at 7:03 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Ruan has white today.


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