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Kevin Bonham
29-02-2016, 09:25 PM
10-game match between Mariya Muzychuk and Hou Yifan starts Wednesday 3 pm Ukraine time in Lviv. That's midnight Aus time. In FIDE parlance Muzychuk is the defending champion and Hou Yifan is the challenger but I think awarding a world title from a knockout is silly so I view it as the other way around.

Rest days after games 2,4,6,8,9,10 (tiebreaks on March 18 if needed).

Based on ratings Hou Yifan should win the match comfortably.

Garvinator
29-02-2016, 10:05 PM
I want a poll.

Kevin Bonham
29-02-2016, 10:14 PM
Poll added.

ER
01-03-2016, 02:10 AM
Hou will win this undefeated!

Kevin Bonham
01-03-2016, 06:30 AM
Hou has had two previous matches in this format for the title. She beat Koneru +3=5-0 and Ushenina +4=3-0.

Garvinator
01-03-2016, 10:34 AM
Whilst I have made my tip, I think it is quite possible that this could be ended 6-0, or 5.5-0.5. The odds on that are certainly better than a Maria victory.

Kevin Bonham
01-03-2016, 01:48 PM
Based on ratings the expected result is either 6-3 or 5.5-3.5.

ER
03-03-2016, 04:39 PM
The first game of the match, an Italian (Giuoco Piano) opening ended in a draw.
Here's the link of the official site with some lovely photos and interesting stories.
http://lviv2016.fide.com/2016/03/02/peaceful-start-of-the-womens-world-championship-match/
The (not exactly)* live broadcast was of rather low quality with frequent audio/video blackouts
as well as poor delivery of analysis lines.
GM Adrian Mikhalchishin is a well known writer and (of what I've heard) a fine coach but there were
quite a few loud objections to his style as a live presenter.
Apart from the rather boring anti-cheating /anti - doping endless dialectics particularly with
FIDE's acting president Mr Makropoulos, I found the constant reference to the world champion as just
"Mariya" and to the challenger as "the Chinese" boorish and quite out of place.
At one stage, the presenter "clarified" that Women's GM titles are no higher than men's IM strength but "these two are quite OK"!
His female co-presenter wasn't given much of a go either. Her role was restricted to agreeing with Mikhalchishin and a couple of
times she dared to propose a move or a line, her suggestions were promptly cut off by the GM who simply rejected it on the spot only
to proceed with his own ideas!
I am not going to lose any sleep in order to even bother having a look at, let alone watch the entire game tonight.
(*) there was a 15 -30 min anti-cheating delay!

Kevin Bonham
03-03-2016, 09:09 PM
Thanks for the above review Elliott. Can't say I am greatly surprised. The quality of live commentary is often bad at these things lately.

Admittedly it would be quite difficult to commentate on this match compared to most other tournaments, given that it is just one game at a time and there is perhaps not as much in theory terms to talk about as in an open World Champs. But yes still no call for stuff like "Mariya" vs "the Chinese".

Mikhalchishin is chair of the FIDE Trainers Commission.

Leonid Sandler
03-03-2016, 09:31 PM
Three Australians are shining in Lviv at the moment.

International Arbiter Anastasia Sorokina is one of the WWCC Arbiters.

One of the best reports so far( in my humble opinion) are written by Australian own Ian Rogers( plus Cathy Rogers photos).

Here is the link for this report https://new.uschess.org/news/world-womens-champs-begins-in-lviv-hou-yifan-v-mariya-muzychuk/

Kevin Bonham
03-03-2016, 11:26 PM
Half hour broadcast delay is a bit much.

Kevin Bonham
03-03-2016, 11:37 PM
Not that it matters since chess24 broadcasts virtually never work for me anyway so I don't get to see how bad the English commentary is. I just get a message counting down that I can skip to the video and then a black screen.

Kevin Bonham
04-03-2016, 09:59 AM
Game 2 was rather lopsided. Muzychuk seemed OK out of the opening but a mistake on move 17 gave her a clearly worse position and then a blunder 10 moves later made it hopeless.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Nxe4 6.d4 b5 7.Bb3 d5 8.dxe5 Be6 9.Be3 Be7 10.c3 0-0 11.Nbd2 Qd7 12.Bc2 Nxd2 13.Qxd2 Bg4 14.Bf4 Bxf3 15.gxf3 Rad8 16.Rfd1 Qe6 17.Qe3 Rd7?! The problem with this move is it doesn't really do anything effective, except prepare for a passive retreat of the knight which isn't such a good idea anyway. [17...Bh4][17...Na5] 18.Bg3 g6 19.a4 Nd8 20.axb5 axb5 21.f4 f6 22.exf6 Qxf6 23.Qe2 c6 24.Qg4 Rb7 25.f5 Bd6 26.Ra6 Rg7 27.fxg6 Bc5?? Losing although black's position was bad anyway. After white's reply black has the problem that she has to deal with the pawn but has also put another pawn en prise, after which the wheels fall off. 28.Kg2! hxg6 [Since of course 28...Bxf2 29.Rf1] 29.Rxd5 Bxf2 30.Bb3 Ne6 31.Rd6 Bc5 32.Qxe6+ 1-0

Agent Smith
04-03-2016, 05:21 PM
That's what we want to see.

Crushing final position.

Leonid Sandler
05-03-2016, 09:36 AM
Three Australians are shining in Lviv at the moment.

International Arbiter Anastasia Sorokina is one of the WWCC Arbiters.

One of the best reports so far( in my humble opinion) are written by Australian own Ian Rogers( plus Cathy Rogers photos).

Here is the link for this report https://new.uschess.org/news/world-womens-champs-begins-in-lviv-hou-yifan-v-mariya-muzychuk/

During day off after 2 games Ian Rogers played in a blitz tournament. Nice photo report has been published in very a popular russian website http://chess-news.ru/node/21101

Kevin Bonham
05-03-2016, 08:39 PM
Ian's report on game 2:

https://new.uschess.org/news/hou-leads-muzychuk-in-womens-world-champs/

Ian says Mikhalchishin actually explained a move by saying "girls don't like endgames."

ER
05-03-2016, 09:29 PM
Ian's report on game 2:

https://new.uschess.org/news/hou-leads-muzychuk-in-womens-world-champs/

Ian says Mikhalchishin actually explained a move by saying "girls don't like endgames."

Or

Quality insight by Mykhalchyshyn, official commentator at the World Womens Chess Champs: "Girls don't like endgames."

as noted by GM David Smerdon quoting the same source (#‎c24live‬ @GMIanRogers) as you Kevin!‪

MichaelBaron
05-03-2016, 10:59 PM
There was also a GM blitz event happening on the rest day. Rogers was one of the participants!

Kevin Bonham
05-03-2016, 11:42 PM
Finally managed to get on to the live feed but a different male commentator tonight: GM Mykhaylo Oleksiyenko, with WGM Vita Kryvoruchko.

ER
06-03-2016, 02:32 AM
During day off after 2 games Ian Rogers played in a blitz tournament. Nice photo report has been published in very a popular russian website http://chess-news.ru/node/21101

Thanks Leonid, any chance to see this repeated during the next rest day?

ER
06-03-2016, 02:40 AM
Finally managed to get on to the live feed but a different male commentator tonight: GM Mykhaylo Oleksiyenko, with WGM Vita Kryvoruchko.

Apparently, GM M. Oleksienko & WGM Vita Kryvoruchko, improved the commentary quality somewhat! However, according to some members of the audience there were still a couple or sexist remarks! (of the "girls' chess" kind)!

MichaelBaron
06-03-2016, 12:06 PM
Apparently, GM M. Oleksienko & WGM Vita Kryvoruchko, improved the commentary quality somewhat! However, according to some members of the audience there were still a couple or sexist remarks! (of the "girls' chess" kind)!

You can not expect Ukranians to be politically correct to the ridiculous extent that we are :)

Rincewind
06-03-2016, 12:17 PM
You can not expect Ukranians to be politically correct to the ridiculous extent that we are :)

Interesting usage of the first person there Michael.

Kevin Bonham
06-03-2016, 12:47 PM
You can not expect Ukranians to be politically correct to the ridiculous extent that we are :)

It's not just about "political correctness" but also factual correctness. If commentators are asserting a kind of female-specific chess then is there any reliable evidence it exists even as a tendency let alone a generalisation? If these commentators were given sets of games by leading female players and male players of equivalent strength without being told which was which, would they actually be able to pick which players were female (assuming that they hadn't seen the games before)?

Kevin Bonham
06-03-2016, 11:40 PM
Sigh. Broadcast takes a six-minute ad break right at the start of the game! With good broadcasts getting the GMs' spontaneous reaction to opening choices in the first few minutes is often one of the more interesting bits.

Oh and the slogan "Witness the birth of the next chess queen" doesn't make a lot of sense really.

New co-commentator: WIM Nelly Aleksanyan. Getting about one word in in ten at the moment.

Kevin Bonham
07-03-2016, 01:17 AM
Interesting. Muzychuk found a hole in Hou's preparation, perhaps because Hou's team's engines didn't smell the coffee. Hou spent half an hour on move 19 before correctly concluding there was nothing else.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Nxe4 6.d4 b5 7.Bb3 d5 8.dxe5 Be6 9.c3 Be7 10.Bc2 Bg4 11.h3 Bh5 12.g4 Bg6 13.Nd4 Nxd4 14.cxd4 h5 15.f3 Ng3 16.Rf2 hxg4 17.Bxg6 Rxh3 18.Qc2 Bc5 19.Qxc5 Rh1+ 20.Kg2 Rh2+ 21.Kg1 Rh1+ 1/2-1/2

Hou is white again in game 5 after the rest day.

Agent Smith
07-03-2016, 05:14 PM
That was a close call for the "Champ".
Great to see Mariya strike a blow.

One thing this alternative format does do, is cheapen the world champion's reign.
Instead of saying Hou Yijan, WWCH 2010- (which she surely deserves)
wikipedia says Women's World Champion 2010–2012 2013-2015

And useless FIDE's own player cards for Magnus'
(http://ratings.fide.com/card.phtml?event=1503014)
or Mariya or Hou', AFAICS doesn't say who is world champion.
But it does tell us "Online Rating - Not rated. :evil:

MichaelBaron
07-03-2016, 06:08 PM
Interesting. Muzychuk found a hole in Hou's preparation, perhaps because Hou's team's engines didn't smell the coffee. Hou spent half an hour on move 19 before correctly concluding there was nothing else.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Nxe4 6.d4 b5 7.Bb3 d5 8.dxe5 Be6 9.c3 Be7 10.Bc2 Bg4 11.h3 Bh5 12.g4 Bg6 13.Nd4 Nxd4 14.cxd4 h5 15.f3 Ng3 16.Rf2 hxg4 17.Bxg6 Rxh3 18.Qc2 Bc5 19.Qxc5 Rh1+ 20.Kg2 Rh2+ 21.Kg1 Rh1+ 1/2-1/2

Hou is white again in game 5 after the rest day.

This match clearly shows the importance of opening preparation. Maria has a large team of GMs working for her while Hou came with a lone second. As a result, the score is still respectable despite the obvious difference in playing class.

Agent Smith
11-03-2016, 05:47 AM
Hou is +2 after 6 rounds.
Another classy win...

33. ♗c2?? After some thinking Hou Yifan finds the winning sequence. 33. ... exf3

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. O-O Nf6 5. d3 d6 6. c3 O-O 7. Bg5 h6 8. Bh4 g5 9. Bg3
( 9. Nxg5 hxg5 10. Bxg5 Kg7 11. Qf3
( 11. b4 Bb6 12. Qf3 Rh8 13. Na3 )
11. ... Be6
( 11. ... a5 12. Nd2
( 12. Na3 Bxa3 13. bxa3 Rh8 14. Rab1 )
12. ... Rh8 13. h4 Qe7 14. a4 Nd8 )
12. Nd2
( 12. b4 Bb6 13. Nd2 Rh8 14. Bd5 )
12. ... Rh8 13. h4
( 13. b4 )
13. ... Qe7 14. Bd5 Rag8 15. Nc4 Nb8 16. b4 Bb6 17. Bxb7 Bxc4 18. dxc4 Qe6 19. a4 c6 20. b5 Nh7 21. Bc1 )
9. ... g4
( 9. ... Bg4 10. h3
( 10. Nbd2 Nh5
( 10. ... a6 11. a4 Ba7 12. Re1 Nh5 13. h3 Bc8 14. Nf1 Qf6 15. Ne3 Ne7
( 15. ... Nxg3 16. fxg3 h5 )
16. d4 exd4 17. cxd4 Nxg3 18. fxg3 Nc6 )
11. Kh1 Qf6 12. h3 Bd7 13. d4 exd4 14. Nxd4 Nf4 15. Nxc6 Bxc6 16. Qg4 Rae8 17. b4 Bb6 18. a4 a6 )
10. ... Bh5 11. b4 Bb6 12. Nbd2 Ne7 13. Re1 Ng6 14. Qc2 g4 15. hxg4 Nxg4 16. d4 Qf6 17. Be2 Nf4 18. Nc4 )
10. Nh4 Nh5 11. a4 a6 12. Na3 Qg5 13. Nc2 Ba7 14. Ne3
( 14. d4 Bd7 15. Qd3 Rae8 16. b4 Ne7 17. f3 Ng6 18. Nxg6 Qxg6 19. fxg4 Nxg3 20. Qxg3 exd4 21. Nxd4 Qxe4 22. Rf4 Qe3+ 23. Kh1 Qxg3 24. hxg3 Re3 )
( 14. b4 Nxg3 15. hxg3 Be6 16. Qe2 )
14. ... Ne7
( 14. ... Bxe3 15. fxe3 Nxg3 16. hxg3 Qxe3+ 17. Kh2 Qg5 18. Qb3 Qg7 19. Nf5 )
15. d4
( 15. Qb3 Bxe3 16. fxe3 Qxe3+ 17. Bf2 Qg5 18. g3 Ng7 19. Rae1 Ne6 20. Be3 )
15. ... Qg7
( 15. ... Nxg3 16. hxg3 exd4 17. cxd4 Qg7 )
16. dxe5 dxe5 17. Nef5
( 17. Qd2 Nxg3 18. hxg3 h5 19. Rad1 )
17. ... Bxf5 18. exf5 Bc5
( 18. ... Nxg3 19. hxg3 Nc8 )
19. Re1
( 19. f6 Qxf6
( 19. ... Nxf6 20. Bxe5 )
20. Qxg4+ Qg5 21. Qf3 Rab8 22. Rfe1 Nxg3 23. hxg3 )
19. ... Nxg3 20. hxg3 Kh8 21. Qe2
( 21. Re4 h5 22. Qe2 Bd6 23. f4
( 23. Rd1 )
23. ... exf4 24. Rxe7 Qf6 25. Rxf7 Rxf7 26. Bxf7 Qxf7 27. gxf4 Re8 )
21. ... Bd6 22. Qe4 Rab8 23. Be2
( 23. f6 Qxf6 24. Qxg4 Rbd8 25. Qe4 )
23. ... h5 24. Rad1 Ng8 25. Kh2
( 25. a5 Nf6 26. Qe3 Rbd8 27. Bc4 )
( 25. Qe3 Nf6 26. b4 )
25. ... Qg5 26. Bc4
( 26. f6 Nxf6 27. Qf5 )
26. ... Nf6 27. Qe3
( 27. Qc2 e4 )
27. ... Qxe3 28. Rxe3 e4 29. Re2 Rbd8
( 29. ... Kg7 )
30. Bb3 Rd7 31. f3 Re8 32. Rde1 Rde7 33. Bc2 exf3 34. Rxe7 Rxe7 35. Rxe7 f2 36. Rxf7
( 36. Bd3 Bxe7 )
36. ... f1=Q 37. Ng6+ Kg8 38. Rxf6
( 38. Bb3 Bxg3+ 39. Kxg3 Ne4+ 40. Kh2 g3+ 41. Kh3 Qh1# )
38. ... Bc5
( 38. ... Bc5 39. Rf8+ Kg7 40. f6+ Kh6 41. Rh8+ Kg5 42. Rxh5+ Kxh5 43. Nf4+ Kh6 44. Ne2
( 44. Nh3 gxh3 45. Kxh3 Kg5 46. g4 Qe1 47. a5 Qh4# )
44. ... Qxe2 45. b4 Be3 46. f7 Kg7 47. f8=B+ Kxf8 48. Bf5 Qe1 49. Bxg4 Qg1+ 50. Kh3 Qh1# )
0-1

Garvinator
13-03-2016, 06:28 PM
With Hou Yifan two points in front and only two games remaining, I do not think I am making that big of a statement to say that this one is in the bag and my thoughts are turning to, what happens after this? Under the Fide scheme Mariya was champion, so Hou has defeated the champion, so does Mariya have rematch rights?

If not and Hou is outright champion as in the past, could we have another repeat of this absurd scenario? Fide decides the next female world champion by knockout format (which Hou Yifan does not play in), that person becomes the 'World Champion' and then as the previous world champion, Hou Yifan smacks the knockout world champion again.

So could we end up with a cycle of knockout champion v match champion with Hou Yifan winning every second or so year?

Or has Fide woken up to itself after this and decided to introduce something like a Candidates style qualification or Grand Prix tournament to decide who play the winner of this match for the World Championship next time?

Kevin Bonham
13-03-2016, 08:00 PM
With Hou Yifan two points in front and only two games remaining, I do not think I am making that big of a statement to say that this one is in the bag and my thoughts are turning to, what happens after this? Under the Fide scheme Mariya was champion, so Hou has defeated the champion, so does Mariya have rematch rights?

No.


If not and Hou is outright champion as in the past, could we have another repeat of this absurd scenario? Fide decides the next female world champion by knockout format (which Hou Yifan does not play in), that person becomes the 'World Champion' and then as the previous world champion, Hou Yifan smacks the knockout world champion again.

No. Previous world champion is not a qualifier. She has to win the Grand Prix again if she doesn't win the knockout.


So could we end up with a cycle of knockout champion v match champion with Hou Yifan winning every second or so year?

Knockout champion vs Grand Prix winner. That is what we have - Hou continually winning the GP, continually not winning the knockout, continually "challenging" the knockout winner.


Or has Fide woken up to itself after this and decided to introduce something like a Candidates style qualification or Grand Prix tournament to decide who play the winner of this match for the World Championship next time?

No. But see above.

Garvinator
13-03-2016, 08:52 PM
So Kevin, if I have read your answers correctly, and it is highly likely that I have not, or I just can not believe what I am reading, for the cycles moving forward, this match counts how much in the grand scheme of things?

Kevin Bonham
13-03-2016, 08:58 PM
So Kevin, if I have read your answers correctly, and it is highly likely that I have not, or I just can not believe what I am reading, for the cycles moving forward, this match counts how much in the grand scheme of things?

It doesn't. The champion retains no rights beyond the match.

Garvinator
13-03-2016, 11:00 PM
It doesn't. The champion retains no rights beyond the match.
That is ridiculous. I remember about 5 or so years ago Susan Polgar writing a blog article about the state of the Womens World Championship and how it is organised by FIDE and she compared it to the massive furore when FIDE tried to have the KO system for the world championship on the Open side ie the one that was held in places like Libya for instance. Everyone complained, players boycotted and after many protests we have the format we have now in the Open version.

But when it comes to how the Womens World Championship is run, very few, if anybody outside of a select few, seem to really care. Fide have lost international court cases, had their backsides handed to them repeatedly and still it continues to this day. And as you say, at the start of this match, the person who won it does not get a guaranteed match to defend the title in a couple of years. In fact, the match in the grand scheme of things is pretty meaningless. I find that rather depressing.

Imagine if FIDE tried that with the OPEN championship with the last match. Sorry Magnus Carlsen, you completely outplayed Vishy Anand and deserved your victory, but too bad, nothing for you. Go to back of the line and earn your spoils like all the other peasants.

Kevin Bonham
14-03-2016, 10:53 AM
What's hard to tell with the WCC - and would be nice to see evidence on - is what the leading female players actually want for a title system.

Garvinator
15-03-2016, 08:40 AM
So finally the pundits had a win on this one, getting the winner and the margin of victory right. I will admit I was lucky as I thought this was a 12 game match, so to get +3 with 10 games was fortunate.

Garvinator
03-04-2016, 08:22 AM
What's hard to tell with the WCC - and would be nice to see evidence on - is what the leading female players actually want for a title system.
You asked, the champ has answered: http://en.chessbase.com/post/interview-with-hou-yifan

Kevin Bonham
03-04-2016, 11:18 AM
Thanks for posting that. I am not surprised that she has that view, which is also my view. It would be interesting to also know what other players in the top ten or so want. I think I remember Stefanova endorsing the knockouts but I can't remember others being too positive about them.


The main reason why they want to stick to the current system is the fact that it is easier to find sponsors if you call the knock-out tournament “World Championship”. If you called it "World Cup" it would be extremely difficult to find sponsors.

This seems to be the problem. If it is just that I wish people would be honest that that is it instead of coming up with sexist excuses like women not wanting long matches.

MichaelBaron
04-04-2016, 10:56 AM
Thanks for posting that. I am not surprised that she has that view, which is also my view. It would be interesting to also know what other players in the top ten or so want. I think I remember Stefanova endorsing the knockouts but I can't remember others being too positive about them.



This seems to be the problem. If it is just that I wish people would be honest that that is it instead of coming up with sexist excuses like women not wanting long matches.

Another problem that Hou has been highlighting in previous interviews is choice of locations for the WCC. For instance, Hanty-Manssiysk where many chess events are held now (including the WCC) has winter for 3/4 of the year and every time Hou goes there - she catches cold (and I assume many other participants too) so she is better off not playing in such events. Also, the very title of the WC is not so critical now. Everyone (including sponsors and organizers) knows Hou (just like they knew Polgar before her) and try to get her to play irrespectively of whether she is the WC or not but nobody seems to bother about Musychuk or Usheninia.

Carl Gorka
14-04-2016, 09:57 PM
Apparently, the full amount hasn't been paid and as a result Ukraine are banned! (http://www.fide.com/component/content/article/1-fide-news/9551-services-for-the-ukrainian-cf-are-temporarily-suspended.html)

Carl Gorka
18-04-2016, 08:41 PM
It seems that Hou Yifan's title is not a permanent thing. Unlike the male championship, the women's championship will be decided by a match between the GP winner, and the World Champ KO if, of course, they can organise such a match.

Hou Yifan has withdrawn from the GP, so if she doesn't win the KO, she will not even be playing for the World Championship in 2017, assuming she wants to.

Bizarre!

http://www.fide.com/component/content/article/1-fide-news/9557-womens-grand-prix-starts-in-a-few-days-in-batumi.html

Kevin Bonham
18-04-2016, 11:20 PM
It seems that Hou Yifan's title is not a permanent thing. Unlike the male championship, the women's championship will be decided by a match between the GP winner, and the World Champ KO if, of course, they can organise such a match.

Hou Yifan has withdrawn from the GP, so if she doesn't win the KO, she will not even be playing for the World Championship in 2017, assuming she wants to.

Bizarre!

http://www.fide.com/component/content/article/1-fide-news/9557-womens-grand-prix-starts-in-a-few-days-in-batumi.html

Yes this is indeed how the FIDE system works. Hou was expected to defend her title in a knockout after holding it for only seven months. Then if she retained her title there, she was expected to defend it again in 2017.

I would be interested to know why she has withdrawn from the GP and whether it is connected to her dissatisfaction with the WWCC system or for some other reason. She had already won one event and another two tournaments would have presumably qualified her for the 2017 match.

I believe she has stated she will not play in the WWCC knockouts.

Garvinator
19-04-2016, 12:28 PM
It might be connected to the WWCC system, the non payments from the previous match, or a combination of both.

Agent Smith
19-04-2016, 04:54 PM
Ignoring Beijing's (sole) bid for the Women's World Chess Championship 2016 and going with Kirsan's Ukrainian mates,
or just being sick of the sight of the t*rd, also come to mind.

Not very encouraging - seeing wikipedia state "[it] was originally scheduled from 11 to 31 October 2015, but was delayed because no host could be found."
When the case was "FIDE President Kirsan Iljumzhinov admitted that a fully funded bid for the match had been received from Beijing but that he had decided on Lviv, home city of Hou’s opponent Mariya Muzychuk, because… just because."
http://gardinerchess.com.au/gm-rogers-iljumzhinov-tries-chessboard-diplomacy-in-ukraine/

ER
19-04-2016, 05:04 PM
(...)I believe she has stated she will not play in the WWCC knockouts.

There was a post by a Chinese chess player on a live chess forum during the Women's World Cup match, claiming that Hou is gradually losing interest in Women's events. Apparently, she wants to concentrate on preparing for her postgraduate studies and only play in open events!

Garvinator
19-04-2016, 05:15 PM
Speaking of Poroshenko: http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/04/13/the-toxic-coddling-of-kiev-ukraine-poroshenko-yatsenuk/

pax
19-04-2016, 06:37 PM
I don't think Hou has much more to prove in women's events. There is no woman close to her unless Judit makes a return. The next prospect is perhaps this remarkable Mongolian: https://ratings.fide.com/card.phtml?event=4900782

Agent Smith
22-05-2016, 08:37 AM
She has diplomatically given her - fairly obvious - reasons for withdrawing , http://en.chessbase.com/post/why-hou-yifan-has-dropped-out-of-the-cycle

Kevin Bonham
23-05-2016, 01:55 AM
She has diplomatically given her - fairly obvious - reasons for withdrawing , http://en.chessbase.com/post/why-hou-yifan-has-dropped-out-of-the-cycle

She has stated her reasons and proposals very sensibly and logically. I agree with her completely.

ER
23-05-2016, 03:38 AM
A 64-player knockout event is mostly a lottery:

Following this statement she refers to the qualifiers of those tournaments as the "lucky winners"!

According to Hou Yifan the next WCC challenger is not an exception.


Last month Sergey Karjakin was the lucky winner of the 2016 qualification cycle.

well, looking back at the way Sergey beat my favourite Peter Svidler to qualify for the world title match she can't be wrong! :)

MichaelBaron
23-05-2016, 10:19 PM
Hou does not need the title anyway. Just like Hou before her, she is undisputed number 1 irrespectively.

jammo
23-05-2016, 11:00 PM
Hou does not need the title anyway. Just like Hou before her, she is undisputed number 1 irrespectively.

I'm a little confused. Who is undisputed no.1? Or is that Hou?

Desmond
24-05-2016, 07:43 AM
I'm a little confused. Who is undisputed no.1? Or is that Hou?What's on second.

ER
24-05-2016, 11:29 AM
Hou does not need the title anyway.

I suspect she 'll find it a tad hard against the boys, then again not many of them (if any) have achieved post-graduate degrees!


Just like Hou before her, she is undisputed number 1.

I take it you meant Judit Polgár here!

MichaelBaron
24-05-2016, 11:29 PM
Yea just a typo. I meant Polgar. Something to get Jammo delighted over :)