Women's World Chess Championship 2013: Ushenina's Loss to Yifan due to bad Time management, says Second Khalifman
Alexander Khalifman: We realized that Yifan was the favourite, yet the match was not hopeless. Anna has some weak points, but we thought Anna would be able to keep the balance. Well, what to say, just everything started to fall apart, from the very first game, and it continued later on. It is difficult to estimate what happened. Whether Anna was not psychologically ready for the level of pressure, or something else, but there was one obvious problem she could not solve till the end - her time management. One should not spend so much time! She should have done something with that during the match.
If Anna would have taken that unfortunate pawn on h4, I think she would have won this game. We could see that Hou Yifan felt uncomfortable at this point and the time was equal - a rare case during the match. The score could have been 2-3 and Anna could have taken the psychological initiative. The match could have started from the beginning. Of course it's silly to say that Anna would have been the favorite.
A.K.: Don’t you think Anna had an additional psychological pressure due to the fact that such strong players were helping her, so big effort has been done?Alexander Khalifman: I don’t think so. We didn’t have any slightest doubt that Hou Yifan was getting help from very skilled team as well, even we could not see those people here. It was clear she was not preparing with her mom and dad. I think Yifan got help from more people than Anna and they were quite strong. So I don’t think Anna should worry. I am sure she didn't.
A.K.: Was it your first experience as a second in the Women’s match?
Alexander Khalifman: This could be my second experience. I was helping Alisa Galliamova during the training camp before the match with Xie Jun, which was also played in China. I could not attend the match because of schedule clash at that time. But I’ve some idea on women’s chess. I can also say China is not an ideal place for such events.
A.K.: What is special in the women's chess? Does psychological factor play great role?
Someone holds pressure better, others are more emotional. Everybody is different and it's all very individual. It is not clear yet for me what happened in the third game, for example. What kind of emotional breakdown was it? This game was not following the logic of events. Such a terribly poor play! Most probably it was something not about chess, it could be something emotional and we need to think and deal with it.
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