Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk Wins Blitz Gold at Sport Accord World Mind Games 2012 in Beijing
JUST IN: Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk has just won the Gold in the Blitz Tournament at the Sport Accord World Mind Games 2012 in Beijing. Showing an incredible determination, the 12th Women's World Chess Champion led from the start and obtained a total of 11.5 points in 15 rounds over two days. That netted +76 Elo points to Alexandra, whose new Blitz rating will go from 2505 to 2581 at the end of the year.
These points included a record streak of six straight wins in the first rounds and a total of 11 wins, more than anybody in the tournament.
The finish was extremely exciting as GM Anna Muzychuk of Slovenia caught up and even passed GM Kosteniuk by a half point before the last round. But Alexandra won her last round against Anna Zatonskih of the USA, while Anna drew Elisabeth Paehtz, in the tiebreaks Alexandra came our first due to her win in their direct encounter.
1. Gold: Alexandra Kosteniuk (center)
2. Silver: Anna Muzychuk (left)
3. Bronze: Elisabeth Paehtz (right)
This was one of the strongest blitz chess tournaments this year with all the top names like former world champions Hou Yifan and Antoaneta Stefanova, Koneru Humpy, Kateryna Lahno, and others. Incidentally, GM Kosteniuk beat both Hou Yifan and Antoaneta Stefanova in the tournament.
More details would be updated soon on her personal blog www.chessqueen.com.
A very determined Kosteniuk in Beijing wins Blitz Gold
Here is the first round game Kosteniuk - Hou:
Alexandra Kosteniuk - Hou Yifan
13.g4! "The attack starts!" 13...¥c8 14.g5 ¤d7 15.¥g2! Gives passage to the Queen to h5 and to the rook to f3 then h3
15...¥b7 16.£h5 ¦fe8 17.¦f3 +0.00* 17...g6 N "Novelty"
21.f5! ¥xc3 22.f6 "! N" Now the threat of Qh7 and mate on g7 is too strong, even giving back the Bishop with Bxf6 does not help"
23...¥xf6 24.gxf6 ¤e5 25.¥xh5! +31.1025...¤h7 +299.9626.¥e2 and mate on either h7 or h8 is unavoidable. Hou resigns. An extremely strongly played game by Alexandra Kosteniuk
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