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Banda
15-11-2011, 03:59 AM
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WWCC match has started!
The clock in the first game of FIDE World Women’s Chess Championship Match has started at 3 PM on the 14th of November. The first move 1. d4 of Humpy Koneru was done by FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and the replying 1….Nf6 of Hou Yifan was made by the President of Albanian chess federation Rezart Taci.


LIVE GAMES HERE (http://pakchess.org/tournament-news/fide-women-s-world-chess-championship-match-2011-live-tirana-albania)

Kevin Bonham
15-11-2011, 10:53 AM
Thanks, I'd forgotten this was on and it should be a good match. Game 1 was a long draw:

Koneru-Hou

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Bg2 Be7 5.Nf3 O-O 6.O-O dxc4 7.Qc2 a6 8.Qxc4 b5 9.Qc2 Bb7 10.Bd2 Be4 11.Qc1 Bb7 12.a4 b4 13.Bf4 Nd5 14.Bg5 Nd7 15.Bxe7 Qxe7 16.Ne5 Nxe5 17.dxe5 a5 18.Nd2 Ba6 19.Nc4 Qc5 20.Ne3 Qe7 21.Rd1 Rad8 22.Nxd5 exd5 23.Qc6 Bxe2 24.Rxd5 Rxd5 25.Qxd5 c5 26.Re1 Bg4 27.Rc1 Rc8 28.Qc4 h5 29.Bd5 Qd7 30.Re1 Rd8 31.e6 fxe6 32.Bxe6+ Bxe6 33.Rxe6 Qf7 34.h4 Rf8 35.Qe2 Qf3 36.Qxf3 Rxf3 37.Re5 c4 38.Rxa5 Rb3 39.Rc5 Rxb2 40.Rxc4 Kf7 41.Kg2 b3 42.Rb4 g6 43.Kf3 Ra2 44.Rxb3 Rxa4 45.Re3 Kf6 46.Re4 Ra3+ 47.Kf4 Ra2 48.f3 Ra5 49.Rc4 Rf5+ 50.Ke3 Re5+ 51.Re4 Ra5 52.Rf4+ Kg7 53.Rc4 Ra6 54.Rc5 Kf6 55.Rd5 Ra3+ 56.Ke4 Ra6 57.Rd4 Re6+ 58.Kf4 Ra6 59.Rb4 Rc6 60.g4 hxg4 61.Kxg4 Rc5 62.Rb6+ Kg7 63.Re6 Kf7 64.Re4 Ra5 65.f4 Ra1 66.Re3 Kf6 67.Rb3 Rg1+ 68.Rg3 Ra1 69.Rg2 Rb1 70.Rh2 Rg1+ 71.Kf3 Kf5 72.h5 gxh5 73.Rxh5+ Kf6 74.Ra5 Rf1+ 75.Ke3 Re1+ 76.Kf2 Rb1 77.Kg3 Rg1+ 78.Kf3 Rf1+ 79.Kg4 Rg1+ 80.Kf3 ˝-˝

ER
15-11-2011, 02:13 PM
Thanks Banda!
It's been a while now that you are keeping us updated with the most important international tournaments and you are doing a great job at that!
Cheers and good luck!

ER
15-11-2011, 02:18 PM
And from the official website:

12-11-2011

Playing conditions



The organizers of the World championship match assume numerous security measures. Hou Yifan and Humpy Koneru will play in a glass chamber where no one, except from them, arbiters and stewards would be allowed.
The photographers and cameramen would have an opportunity to sneak in only for the first 5 minutes of the game to make their footage. Only the official photographer is allowed to be on stage during the game.
Everyone entering the playing hall, including the players, would be checked on metal detector as no electronic device can be present in the hall. Two common toilets are reserved for the players, and Deputy Chief Arbiter Carol Jarecki is the one to follow the player to the toilet room.
Therefore, the players can be secured from any outside contact during the games. These steps protect the players and spectators from any possible conflicts!
Emphasis mine!

Kevin Bonham
15-11-2011, 09:49 PM
Unfortunately these start rather late our time - 1 am by my calculations. Looks like rest days after games 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, and in case of tiebreak 10.

Kevin Bonham
16-11-2011, 09:54 PM
Game 2 drawn:

Hou,Yifan (2578) - Koneru,Humpy (2600) [C42]
Women's World Chess Championship 2011 Tirana/Albania (2.2), 15.11.2011
[Robot 4]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.Nc3 Nxc3 6.dxc3 Be7 7.Be3 0-0 8.Qd2 Qe8 9.0-0-0 Qa4 10.Kb1 Nc6 11.h4 Be6 12.b3 Qa5 13.Nd4 Nxd4 14.cxd4 Qxd2 15.Rxd2 d5 16.h5 h6 17.Bd3 a5 18.a4 Bb4 19.Rdd1 Bc3 20.Rh4 c6 21.Bc1 Bd7 22.Bb2 Bb4 23.Ka2 Rfe8 24.Rhh1 b5 25.c3 Bf8 26.axb5 cxb5 27.Rde1 Bd6 28.Ba3 Rxe1 29.Rxe1 b4 30.Bb2 a4 31.bxa4 Bxa4 32.Kb1 bxc3 33.Bxc3 Rb8+ 34.Ka2 Ra8 35.Kb2 Kf8 36.Ra1 Rb8+ 37.Kc1 Bf4+ 38.Bd2 Rc8+ 39.Kb2 Rb8+ 40.Kc1 Rc8+ 41.Kb2 Rb8+ 42.Kc1 Rc8+ ˝-˝

Kevin Bonham
18-11-2011, 07:54 PM
The defending champion is in the lead after a finely judged pawn grab and some very clever positional play:

Koneru-Hou game 3

1.d4 e6 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Bg5 h6 7.Bh4 c5 8.e3 c4 9.Be2 g5 10.Bg3 Ne4 11.Rc1 Qa5 12.Ne5 Bxc3+ 13.bxc3 Nc6 14.O-O O-O 15.Bf3 Nxg3 16.fxg3 Nxe5 17.dxe5 Be6 18.Bh5 Qxa2 19.Rf6 Qb2 20.Rxh6 Bf5 21.Rf6 Be4 22.Bf3 Bd3 23.Qe1 Rae8 24.Bxd5 Rxe5 25.e4 Kg7 26.Rf2 Qb6 27.Qd2 Rd8 28.Qb2 f5 29.Qxb6 axb6 30.Bxb7 fxe4 31.Rb2 Re7 32.Bc6 Rd6 33.Ba4 e3 34.Re1 e2 35.Bc2 Rf7 36.Bxd3 cxd3 37.Rd2 Rdf6 0-1

that Caesar guy
18-11-2011, 08:16 PM
The defending champion is in the lead after a finely judged pawn grab and some very clever positional play:

Koneru-Hou game 3

1.d4 e6 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Bg5 h6 7.Bh4 c5 8.e3 c4 9.Be2 g5 10.Bg3 Ne4 11.Rc1 Qa5 12.Ne5 Bxc3+ 13.bxc3 Nc6 14.O-O O-O 15.Bf3 Nxg3 16.fxg3 Nxe5 17.dxe5 Be6 18.Bh5 Qxa2 19.Rf6 Qb2 20.Rxh6 Bf5 21.Rf6 Be4 22.Bf3 Bd3 23.Qe1 Rae8 24.Bxd5 Rxe5 25.e4 Kg7 26.Rf2 Qb6 27.Qd2 Rd8 28.Qb2 f5 29.Qxb6 axb6 30.Bxb7 fxe4 31.Rb2 Re7 32.Bc6 Rd6 33.Ba4 e3 34.Re1 e2 35.Bc2 Rf7 36.Bxd3 cxd3 37.Rd2 Rdf6 0-1
Very good game by Black, nicely played

ER
19-11-2011, 08:38 AM
C'mon Humpy :clap: you can do better than that girl!

Kevin Bonham
19-11-2011, 08:03 PM
Game 4 another draw.

GM Hou, Yifan (2578) - GM Koneru, Humpy (2600)
WCh w Tirana ALB (4), 2011.11.18

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Nxe4 6.d4 b5 7.Bb3 d5 8.dxe5 Be6 9.Nbd2 Nc5 10.c3 Be7 11.Bc2 d4 12.Nb3 d3 13.Nxc5 dxc2 14.Qxd8+ Rxd8 15.Nxe6 fxe6 16.Be3 Rd5 17.c4 bxc4 18.Rac1 Nb4 19.a3 Nd3 20.Rxc2 Kd7 21.Bd4 Rb8 22.Bc3 c5 23.Nd2 Nxe5 24.f4 Ng4 25.Nxc4 Bf6 26.Re1 Bd4+ 27.Bxd4 Rxd4 28.h3 Nf6 29.Ne5+ Kd6 30.Nf7+ Kd7 31.Ne5+ Kd6 32.Nf7+ Kd7 33.Rxc5 Rxb2 34.Ne5+ Ke8 35.Nf3 Re4 36.Rxe4 Nxe4 37.Re5 Nc3 38.Rxe6+ Kf8 39.Rxa6 Ne2+ 40.Kh2 Nxf4 41.Kg3 Nxg2 42.Re6 h6 43.Ne5 Ra2 44.a4 g5 45.Rxh6 Ne1 46.Rf6+ Kg7 47.Rg6+ Kh7 48.Rxg5 Rxa4 49.h4 Ra3+ 50.Kg4 Ng2 51.h5 Ne3+ 52.Kf4 Nd5+ 53.Kf5 Ra5 54.Rg1 Ra2 55.Ng4 Ra5 56.Ke4 Nc3+ 57.Kd3 Nd5 58.Ke4 ˝-˝

First nineteen moves were all seen in Smirin-Kaidanov Ashdod 2004 which was agreed drawn after 19.a3.

Max Illingworth
22-11-2011, 12:50 PM
Hou Yifan now has a two point lead in the match, with four games remaining.

Koneru-Hou Yifan

1. d4 e6 2. c4 Nf6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. Qa4+ Nc6 6. e3 O-O 7. Bd2 dxc4 8. Bxc4 Bd6 9. Qc2 a6 10. a3 e5 11. dxe5 Nxe5 12. Nxe5 Bxe5 13. f4 Bxc3 14. Bxc3 Qe7 15. O-O Qxe3+ 16. Kh1 Qb6 17. f5 Bd7 18. Bb4 Rfe8 19. Rad1 Qc6 20. Qb3 Kh8 21. Rc1 Qb6 22. Bxf7 Re5 23. Bc3 Qxb3 24. Bxb3 Re3 25. Bc4 Rae8 26. Bd4 R3e7 27. Ba2 Re2 28. Bf7 R8e7 29. Bc4 R2e4 30. Bc5 Re8 31. Bf7 R8e5 32. Ba2 Bc6 33. Rg1 Re2 34. Bd4 Rxf5 35. Bc4 Rd2 36. Bc3 Ne4 37. Rge1 Ng3+ 38. hxg3 Rh5+ 0-1

WhiteElephant
22-11-2011, 02:46 PM
Wow black did well to win that, I went to bed at around move 20....IMs and GMs on ICC were saying black was in a lot of trouble.

ER
22-11-2011, 03:53 PM
C'mon Humpy :clap: you can do better than that girl!

oh well, if you can't do it, Savithri will!

Max Illingworth
22-11-2011, 04:14 PM
oh well, if you can't do it, Savithri will!

Koneru's opening preparation has been better than Hou Yifan's, but Hou Yifan has played better on average once both players were out of their preparation.

ER
22-11-2011, 07:27 PM
Koneru's opening preparation has been better than Hou Yifan's, but Hou Yifan has played better on average once both players were out of their preparation.

Goes to show that to be a champion, and a world champion as such, you need to be able to outplay your opponent in all stages of the game and not only in the (prepared) opening!

Kevin Bonham
22-11-2011, 09:31 PM
According to Chessbase, Hou was in hospital for several hours with severe stomach pains the previous night. No physical cause found.

Max Illingworth
22-11-2011, 11:28 PM
Goes to show that to be a champion, and a world champion as such, you need to be able to outplay your opponent in all stages of the game and not only in the (prepared) opening!

Not even that - you just need to win the match. ;) But outplaying the opponent never hurts.

@Kevin Bonham

I read that article as well; apparently the cause was simply the stress of competing in a World Championship match.

On another note, the success of the Ragozin Defence in this match is certainly a nice plug for Barsky's recent book on this opening.

ER
23-11-2011, 10:15 AM
Koneru's opening preparation has been better than Hou Yifan's, but Hou Yifan has played better on average once both players were out of their preparation.

LOL "outplayed" is much stronger than just "played better"! In both cases one has to win the mach! :lol: Playing better, however, doesn't hurt either!

Kevin Bonham
24-11-2011, 11:56 AM
5-2 now so Hou Yifan needs only one draw from the last three games to retain her title.

Kevin Bonham
25-11-2011, 08:21 PM
Game 8 drawn so Hou Yifan retains title by the very impressive scoreline 5.5-2.5.