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Garvinator
05-12-2010, 04:15 PM
Round one of the 64 player knockout has just been played under the usual format of two game mini matches.

The most interesting result from the first of the first round mini matches is that Arianne Caoili forfeited her first game. Does anyone know why?

http://wwcc2010.tsf.org.tr/

Kevin Bonham
05-12-2010, 08:34 PM
Don't know; sounds like Arianne is not contesting the event at all but I have not heard anything.

Kevin Bonham
05-12-2010, 08:39 PM
Games begin midnight daylight savings time (11 pm Queensland).

antichrist
05-12-2010, 08:42 PM
Don't know; sounds like Arianne is not contesting the event at all but I have not heard anything.


I am sure she would not do a Paul Dozsa

Adamski
05-12-2010, 09:51 PM
Round one of the 64 player knockout has just been played under the usual format of two game mini matches.

The most interesting result from the first of the first round mini matches is that Arianne Caoili forfeited her first game. Does anyone know why?

http://wwcc2010.tsf.org.tr/Maybe, like in the case of the other player who forfeited, the bad weather prevented her making all the necessary flight connections? I see there were quite a few upsets in Round 1.

Garvinator
05-12-2010, 11:18 PM
Maybe, like in the case of the other player who forfeited, the bad weather prevented her making all the necessary flight connections? I see there were quite a few upsets in Round 1.
Looks like another forfeit as I can not see her game on any of the websites I have looked at.

Basil
06-12-2010, 12:02 AM
This from the opening para on the home page of the organiser's site:


The Warsaw airport was closed, so the whole Polish delegation went to close by Ukrainian city Lvov to fly from there, but this was not possible either. There was made a decision to travel to Kiev, but Rajlich family decided that it would be a too difficult journey for the kid, so they went back and sent apology letter to FIDE. English player Jovanka Houska, therefore, was lucky to promote to the second match without playing. Australian player Arianne Caolli didn`t come too and her opponent Ju Wenjun from China will start playing from the second match.

Kevin Bonham
06-12-2010, 01:11 AM
This certainly implies she was unable to make it for the same reason as the Rajlich family, although it is not explicitly stated.

I know the schedule is tight for these things but it's a shame no way around it can be found when a player can't get from A to B through no fault of their own.

antichrist
06-12-2010, 07:08 AM
This certainly implies she was unable to make it for the same reason as the Rajlich family, although it is not explicitly stated.

I know the schedule is tight for these things but it's a shame no way around it can be found when a player can't get from A to B through no fault of their own.

There is a way, they could play videolink or webcam whatever, under supervised conditions. Aren't I smart.

Kevin Bonham
06-12-2010, 12:27 PM
There is a way, they could play videolink or webcam whatever, under supervised conditions. Aren't I smart.

That was the sort of thing I had in mind. In the sixties Fischer even played in a tournament in Cuba by teletype. Australian players have played in rated South African tournaments over the internet. This sort of thing should be easily negotiable if FIDE could be bothered.

Kevin Bonham
06-12-2010, 12:32 PM
Only major surprise from first round was Cramling out, losing to Yildiz of Turkey rated 300-ish points lower, 1.5-0.5.

Seven of the 32 matches went to tiebreaks to be held tonight our time and just confirming that Arianne forfeited both games.

ER
06-12-2010, 02:43 PM
This sort of thing should be easily negotiable if FIDE could be bothered.

Although it's the way things are going to be in the long term, I can see it causing lots of controversies till it's established.

Advanced means for undetectable person to person communication are already established and used by certain centres.

Suffice to say that OTB tournament Chess the way we know it will need to be adequately policed and secured particularly when




What Is Spy Earpiece For?

The main purpose of this device is to provide invisible communication over a cell phone. You can use it when you are:

passing exams or taking tests
making speech at a meeting or negotiations
working as a security guard
playing games or gambling at casino etc.

Kevin Bonham
06-12-2010, 02:49 PM
Advanced means for undetectable person to person communication are already established and used by certain centres.

Yes and screening for many of them is already conducted at many major OTB tournaments. I agree that ensuring remote players are screened for such devices to the same level as the OTB players is an important consideration if a player needs to play remotely.

ER
06-12-2010, 10:53 PM
Our interviewee
http://chesschat.org/showthread.php?p=289249#post289249
IM (WGM) Yelena Dembo 2454 (Greece) has so far conceded two draws vs the Mongolian IM Munguntuul, Batkhuyag 2409

Kevin Bonham
07-12-2010, 11:01 PM
IM (WGM) Yelena Dembo 2454 (Greece) has so far conceded two draws vs the Mongolian IM Munguntuul, Batkhuyag 2409

but won the tiebreak 1.5-0.5. However Yelena now plays Tatiana Kosintseva who is the 3rd highest rated player in the tournament.

ER
08-12-2010, 12:15 AM
but won the tiebreak 1.5-0.5. However Yelena now plays Tatiana Kosintseva who is the 3rd highest rated player in the tournament.

Kosintseva is a lovely girl too (she has beautiful eyes) but so is Yelena! :)

lost
08-12-2010, 12:29 AM
Only major surprise from first round was Cramling out, losing to Yildiz of Turkey rated 300-ish points lower, 1.5-0.5.

Seven of the 32 matches went to tiebreaks to be held tonight our time and just confirming that Arianne forfeited both games.

To be honest, this is no surprise for me. Having seen Yildiz play at the Olympiad she really is a good player on the Womens circuit. Personally, I believe she is under-rated and is easily a person who can play some of the best and exciting chess amongst women's players.

Just giving my thoughts on the matter.

lost

ER
08-12-2010, 12:30 AM
To be honest, this is no surprise for me. Having seen Yildiz play at the Olympiad she really is a good player on the Womens circuit. Personally, I believe she is under-rated and is easily a person who can play some of the best and exciting chess amongst women's players.

Just giving my thoughts on the matter.

lost

I agree! Yildiz is a real talent and so are many Turkish youngsters! :) :clap:

ER
08-12-2010, 02:55 PM
Yelena beats Tatiana! (with Black too) :clap: :clap: :clap:

Kosintseva,Tatiana (2581) - Dembo,Yelena (2454)

Here is the game:

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd2 a6 8.0-0-0 Bd7 9.f3 h6 10.Be3 b5 11.Kb1 Ne5 12.Bd3 Be7 13.g4 b4 14.Nce2 d5 15.exd5 Nxd5 16.Nf4 Nxe3 17.Qxe3 Qa5 18.h4 Nxd3 19.Nxd3 Qc7 20.Ne5 Rd8 21.g5 g6 22. Qe4 h5 23.Ndc6? Bxc6 24.Rxd8 Qxd8 25.Nxc6 Qd6 26.Ne5 Qd5 27.Qxd5 exd5 28.Rd1 Bc5 29.Rxd5 Bf2 30.Rd8 Kxd8 31.Nxf7 Ke8 32.Nxh8 Bxh4 33.Kc1 Bg3 34.Kd1 Kf8 35.Nxg6 Kf7 36.Nh8 Kg7 37.Ke2 Be5 38.c4 bxc3 39.bxc3 Kxh8 40.c4 Bf4

0-1

According to analysis in Chessbase, where there's also a short interview (nothing like our detailed one :P) Tatiana was winning but somehow managed to make a couple of mistakes and Yelena took control! :) :clap:

Kevin Bonham
08-12-2010, 11:50 PM
According to analysis in Chessbase, where there's also a short interview (nothing like our detailed one :P) Tatiana was winning but somehow managed to make a couple of mistakes and Yelena took control! :) :clap:

Yes it was a bit of a debacle from Kosintseva, messed up a winning attack and then tried to win a drawn position and miscalculated.

I will be quite surprised if Kosteniuk successfully defends her title at this tournament. Actually she might have to work hard to get past her second-round opponent.

ER
08-12-2010, 11:53 PM
... I will be quite surprised if Kosteniuk successfully defends her title at this tournament. Actually she might have to work hard to get past her second-round opponent.
She had a draw in the first leg of the second round yeah? But don't forget she has so much experience!!!

Kevin Bonham
08-12-2010, 11:56 PM
She had a draw in the first leg of the second round yeah?

Yes, although that's no big deal in itself because she was black and the rating difference is relatively small. But in the Olympiad she only played board three so I just wonder whether she is back to top strength yet.

Kevin Bonham
09-12-2010, 12:17 AM
Kosteniuk's opponent just made an error and will be in all sorts of trouble if Kosteniuk finds the right move (18.Nd5!)

[EDIT: She missed it!]

ER
09-12-2010, 06:08 AM
Yelena is through! Who's next now? :)

Oepty
09-12-2010, 09:51 AM
Yelena is through! Who's next now? :)

She plays Xue Zhao. The information can be found under the general pairing tab on the offical website.
Scott

Kevin Bonham
09-12-2010, 12:38 PM
Kosteniuk-Khukhashvili

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 Qc7 6. Be2 a6 7. O-O Nf6 8. Be3 Be7 9. f4 d6 10. Kh1 O-O 11. Qe1 Nxd4 12. Bxd4 b5 13. a3 Bb7 14. Qg3 Rad8 15. Bd3 Rfe8 16. Rae1 Rd7 17. Re2 Bc6 18. Ref2 Qb8 19. b4 Bd8 20. e5 dxe5 21. Bxe5 Qb7 22. Qh3 g6 23. Re2 Nh5 24. Ne4 Bxe4 25. Bxe4 Qc8 26. Qf3 Rf8 27. f5 Bf6 28. Bc6 exf5 29. Bxd7 Qxd7 30. Qc3 Rc8 31. Qa1 Qc6 32. Qd4 Rd8 33. Qc5 Qd7 34. Rfe1 Kg7 35. Kg1 Rc8 36. Bxf6+ Nxf6 37. Qe5 Rc6 38. h3 Qc8 39. Qd4 Rc4 40. Qb2 Rc3 41. Rd1 Rc6 42. Rdd2 Qc7 43. Qd4 Rc4 44. Qb2 Rc6 45. Qd4 Rc4 46. Qa1 Qg3 47. Rd3 Qc7 48. Red2 Rc6 49. a4 bxa4 50. Qxa4 g5 51. Qa1 Kg6 52. Rd8 Re6 53. R8d3 Qe7 54. Rd1 Qxb4 55. Qd4 Qb7 56. Rb3 Qe7 57. Rb6 Re2 58. c4 h5 59. c5 h4 60. Rf1 Rc2 61. Rd6 Re2 62. Kh1 Re4 63. Qd3 Qe5 64. Rxa6 Kg7 65. Qd6 Qxd6 66. Rxd6 Nh5 67. Rc1 g4 68. c6 Ng3+ 69. Kh2 Ne2 70. Rdd1 g3+ 71. Kh1 Nxc1 72. Rxc1 Re8 73. c7 Rc8 74. Kg1 Kf6 75. Kf1 Ke6 76. Ke2 Kd6 77. Rc4 Rxc7 78. Rxh4 Ke5 79. Ra4 Rc2+ 80. Kf3 Rc3+ 81. Ke2 Rc5 82. Kf3 Rc3+ 83. Ke2 Kf6 84. h4 Kg6 85. Rf4 Ra3 86. Rf3 Rxf3 87. Kxf3 Kh5 1/2-1/2

...and off to playoffs. I mentioned above that Kosteniuk missed 18.Nd5! ; she also missed a win with 68.hxg4.

Dembo - Kosintseva

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 Qc7 6. Be2 a6 7. O-O Nf6 8. Be3 Be7 9. f4 d6 10. Kh1 O-O 11. Qe1 Nxd4 12. Bxd4 b5 13. a3 Bb7 14. Qg3 Rad8 15. Bd3 Rfe8 16. Rae1 Rd7 17. Re2 Bc6 18. Ref2 Qb8 19. b4 Bd8 20. e5 dxe5 21. Bxe5 Qb7 22. Qh3 g6 23. Re2 Nh5 24. Ne4 Bxe4 25. Bxe4 Qc8 26. Qf3 Rf8 27. f5 Bf6 28. Bc6 exf5 29. Bxd7 Qxd7 30. Qc3 Rc8 31. Qa1 Qc6 32. Qd4 Rd8 33. Qc5 Qd7 34. Rfe1 Kg7 35. Kg1 Rc8 36. Bxf6+ Nxf6 37. Qe5 Rc6 38. h3 Qc8 39. Qd4 Rc4 40. Qb2 Rc3 41. Rd1 Rc6 42. Rdd2 Qc7 43. Qd4 Rc4 44. Qb2 Rc6 45. Qd4 Rc4 46. Qa1 Qg3 47. Rd3 Qc7 48. Red2 Rc6 49. a4 bxa4 50. Qxa4 g5 51. Qa1 Kg6 52. Rd8 Re6 53. R8d3 Qe7 54. Rd1 Qxb4 55. Qd4 Qb7 56. Rb3 Qe7 57. Rb6 Re2 58. c4 h5 59. c5 h4 60. Rf1 Rc2 61. Rd6 Re2 62. Kh1 Re4 63. Qd3 Qe5 64. Rxa6 Kg7 65. Qd6 Qxd6 66. Rxd6 Nh5 67. Rc1 g4 68. c6 Ng3+ 69. Kh2 Ne2 70. Rdd1 g3+ 71. Kh1 Nxc1 72. Rxc1 Re8 73. c7 Rc8 74. Kg1 Kf6 75. Kf1 Ke6 76. Ke2 Kd6 77. Rc4 Rxc7 78. Rxh4 Ke5 79. Ra4 Rc2+ 80. Kf3 Rc3+ 81. Ke2 Rc5 82. Kf3 Rc3+ 83. Ke2 Kf6 84. h4 Kg6 85. Rf4 Ra3 86. Rf3 Rxf3 87. Kxf3 Kh5 1/2-1/2

...and through to the next round.

Kosteniuk is now the only Russian remaining in the tournament!

Kevin Bonham
09-12-2010, 11:56 PM
Kosteniuk wins rapid 1 - opponent blunders.

Khukhashvili,Sopiko (2432) - Kosteniuk,Alexandra (2517) [C45]
WWCC 2010, tiebreaks Antakya/Turkey (2.3), 09.12.2010
[Robot 4]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.e5 Qe7 7.Qe2 Nd5 8.c4 Nb6 9.Nc3 Qe6 10.Qe4 Bb7 11.Bd3 Bb4 12.Bd2 0-0-0 13.0-0 c5 14.Qf4 g5 15.Qg3 Rhg8 16.Rac1 h5 17.a3 Bxc3 18.Rxc3 h4 19.Qe3 Rde8 20.Re1 Qc6 21.f3 d5 22.cxd5 Nxd5 23.Be4 Rxe5 24.Bxd5 Rxd5 25.Rec1 Re8 26.Qf2 Ree5 27.h3 Qd6 28.Be3 f6 29.Bxc5?? Rd1+ 30.Rxd1 Qxd1+ 31.Kh2 Re1 This mate threat would not be possible had white taken with the rook instead of the bishop a few moves earlier. 32.Qxe1 Qxe1 33.Bd4 Qd2 34.Bxa7 Qxb2 35.Re3 f5 36.Bc5 g4 0-1

Kevin Bonham
10-12-2010, 01:14 AM
This one would be painful (and indicative of the type of rubbish these rapid tiebreaks can often produce!). White goes from a most likely winning attack which would have squared the tiebreak again to checkmated and out of the tournament in just six moves.

Dzagnidze,Nana (2547) - Skripchenko,Almira (2456) [E11]
WWCC 2010, tiebreaks Antakya/Turkey (2.4), 09.12.2010
[Robot 4]

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 e6 3.g3 Nf6 4.c4 Bb4+ 5.Bd2 Be7 6.Bg2 0-0 7.Qc2 c6 8.0-0 b6 9.Rd1 Ba6 10.Ne5 Nfd7 11.cxd5 cxd5 12.e4 Nxe5 13.exd5 Be2 14.dxe5 Bxd1 15.Qxd1 exd5 16.Nc3 Nc6 17.Nxd5 Rc8 18.Bc3 b5 19.b3 Bc5 20.Qh5 Ne7 21.Be4 h6 22.Nf6+ Kh8 23.Rd1 Qb6 24.Nd7 Bxf2+ 25.Kf1 Qe3 26.Nxf8 Qxe4 27.Qxf7 Bb6 28.Qxe7 Qf3+ 29.Ke1 Qf2# 0-1

Kevin Bonham
10-12-2010, 01:27 AM
Stefanova out too, beaten 2-0 in tiebreaks by Huang Qian (2442) of whom I am not sure that I have heard.

Draw for round of 16 here:

http://wwcc2010.tsf.org.tr/en/component/turnuva/?task=fileview&kid=132

ER
10-12-2010, 02:31 AM
Stefanova out too, beaten 2-0 in tiebreaks by Huang Qian (2442) of whom I am not sure that I have heard.

Draw for round of 16 here:

http://wwcc2010.tsf.org.tr/en/component/turnuva/?task=fileview&kid=132

Antoanetta has not produced anything special since she became World Champion some years ago.
Somehow, I am glad Alexandra and Kateryna are through!
Let's see how Yelena goes in the 3rd Round!
She has drawn Munguntuul, and seems like she has to face the Mongolian National team to go through! :P

Kevin Bonham
10-12-2010, 11:49 AM
She has drawn Munguntuul, and seems like she has to face the Mongolian National team to go through! :P

No she beat Munguntuul in round 1, she is playing Xue Zhao from China in round 3.

China has 6/16 still remaining.

ER
10-12-2010, 04:29 PM
No she beat Munguntuul in round 1, she is playing Xue Zhao from China in round 3.

China has 6/16 still remaining.


Geez you 're right and so was Scotty


She plays Xue Zhao. The information can be found under the general pairing tab on the offical website.

I hadn't seen this posting... See old age doesn't come alone! :P thank you both!

Kevin Bonham
12-12-2010, 12:38 AM
I completely missed last night's games but:

Kosteniuk draw Ruan
Koneru 1-0 Zatonskih
Hou 1-0 Zhu Chen
Xue Zhao 1-0 Dembo
Cmilyte - Skripchenko draw
Lahno 1-0 Huang
A Muzychuk 0-1 Wenjun Ju
Harika draw M Muzychuk

Those defeated last night must win tonight or be out.

ER
12-12-2010, 12:44 AM
I completely missed last night's games but:

Kosteniuk draw Ruan
Koneru 1-0 Zatonskih
Hou 1-0 Zhu Chen
Xue Zhao 1-0 Dembo
Cmilyte - Skripchenko draw
Lahno 1-0 Huang
A Muzychuk 0-1 Wenjun Ju
Harika draw M Muzychuk

Those defeated last night must win tonight or be out.

I am disappointed with Alexandra, :( she plays for draws in the classic time controls. Maybe because she is good in rapid? I don't know but in my books that's not the way of a real champion.
On the other hand I am impressed with Kateryna. She plays such beautiful chess. :clap:
Yelena will go for a street brawl type of chess tonight, Maybe she was a MCC member in her previous life! But I really like her attitude, win or lose she's always ready to joke about it and have a laugh! :lol:

Kevin Bonham
12-12-2010, 12:53 AM
I am disappointed with Alexandra, she plays for draws in the classic time controls. Maybe because she is good in rapid? I don't know but in my books that's not the way of a real champion.

I think in this silly format you just have to play to your strengths (whatever they are) and get through as best you can. But her match with Khukhashvili was poor (except for the second rapid game which was fairly emphatic) and she will have to do better than that to win the tournament.

She has winning chances tonight - opponent made a dubious move.


Yelena will go for a street brawl type of chess tonight, Maybe she was a MCC member in her previous life! But I really like her attitude, win or lose she's always ready to joke about it and have a laugh!

I was impressed with Dembo's attitude against Kosintseva in that needing only a draw, instead of playing boring drawish stuff she played aggressive and entertaining chess where anything could happen - and eventually she did get the draw and advance. The worst that could have happened would be she would draw and have to go to playoffs.

Might have met her match tonight though, Zhao Xue is playing a very solid Berlin and there is not a heck of a lot happening so far.

ER
12-12-2010, 01:08 AM
Might have met her match tonight though, Zhao Xue is playing a very solid Berlin and there is not a heck of a lot happening so far.

LOL and all of sudden Zhao Xue counter attacks on the wing with ... f5 and says to Yelena... No draws here girl! I am gonna beat you - twice!!! :lol:
Let's see what's gonna happen that's interesting! :)

Kevin Bonham
12-12-2010, 02:08 PM
Ruan draw Kosteniuk. Playoff. Kosteniuk messed up winning ending with mistake just before time control.
Zatonskih draw Koneru. Koneru through.
Zhu Chen 1-0 Hou. Playoff.
Dembo draw Zhao Xue. Zhao Xue through.
Cmilyte draw Skripchenko. Playoff. Exciting game; Cmilyte sacrificed a knight then missed the same win twice!
Huang draw Lahno. Lahno through.
Ju Wenjun draw A Muzychuk. Ju Wenjun through.
M Muzychuk draw Harika. Playoff.

ER
12-12-2010, 08:09 PM
Hi Elliott,

Thank you for the e-mail! I am back now and finally can send e-mails. The internet in Hatay wasn’t allowing me to send any at all as it was too slow…

So, officially I am in Top 16 in the World now 

Best wishes,
Yelena

Congratulations to Yelena for her valiant effort and best wishes for further success! :) :clap:

Kevin Bonham
13-12-2010, 12:17 AM
Kosteniuk loses playoff 1 with white:

Kosteniuk,Alexandra (2519) - Ruan,Lufei (2480) [C65]
WWCC 2010 Tiebreak Antakya/Turkey (3.3), 12.12.2010
[Robot 3]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d3 Bc5 5.0-0 Nd4 6.Nxd4 Bxd4 7.Nd2 c6 8.Ba4 d6 9.c3 Bb6 10.Bb3 0-0 11.Nc4 Bc7 12.Bg5 h6 13.Bh4 g5 14.Bg3 Re8 15.Ne3 Kg7 16.Qf3 Be6 17.Nf5+ Bxf5 18.Qxf5 Qc8 19.Qf3 Qg4 20.Qxg4 Nxg4 21.f3 Bb6+ 22.Kh1 Ne3 23.Rfc1 f5 24.exf5 Nxf5 25.Be1 d5 26.Bd2 Kf6 27.g4 Nh4 28.Rf1 Ng6 29.Rae1 Re7 30.a4 a5 31.Bc2 Rf8 32.Re2 Kg7 33.Ree1 Ref7 34.Bd1 Bc7 35.Be3 Nh4 36.Bc5 Re8 37.Bd4 Ree7 38.Bc5 Re6 39.d4 b6 40.Ba3 e4 41.fxe4 Rxf1+ 42.Rxf1 Rxe4 43.Bf8+ Kg8 44.Ba3 Bf4 45.Kg1 Re3 46.Kf2 Rh3 47.Rh1 Kf7 48.Kg1 Be3+ 49.Kf1 Ng6 50.Bc2 Nf4 51.Ke1 Rf3 52.Kd1 Rf2 53.Re1 Ng2 54.Rh1 Bd2 0-1

Kosteniuk was struggling anyway but it became hopeless after 50.Bc2 because the bishop needed to stay where it could stop Rf3.

Harika's game against Muzychuk was a positional thrashing and the other two P1s were drawn.

Kevin Bonham
13-12-2010, 01:33 AM
Kosteniuk eliminated despite a noble attempt by her opponent to lose a completely won position after some messy stuff in an exciting middlegame.

Ruan,Lufei (2480) - Kosteniuk,Alexandra (2519) [B67]
WWCC 2010 Tiebreak Antakya/Turkey (3.4), 12.12.2010
[Robot 3]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 d6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Nf6 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd2 a6 8.0-0-0 Bd7 9.f4 b5 10.Bxf6 gxf6 11.Kb1 Qb6 12.Nxc6 Bxc6 13.Qe1 Be7 14.Bd3 b4 15.Ne2 a5 16.f5 e5 17.Ng3 a4 18.Bc4 Ra5 19.Bd5 Bxd5 20.Rxd5 Rxd5 21.exd5 Rg8 22.Qe2 a3 23.Rd1 axb2 24.Ne4 Kd7 25.g4 h6 26.h3 Ra8 27.Qc4 Qa5 28.Qb3 Bd8 29.Nd2 Qb5 30.Qc4 Qb6 31.Ne4 Rc8 32.Qd3 Qa5 33.Qb3 Ke7 34.h4 Bb6 35.g5 hxg5 36.hxg5 fxg5 37.f6+ Kd7 38.Qh3+ Kc7 39.Qh7 Ra8 40.Qxf7+ Kb8 41.Qf8+ Bd8 42.Qxd6+ Bc7 43.Qf8+ Kb7 44.Nc5+ Ka7 45.Qe7 Kb6 46.Qe6+ Ka7 47.Qc6 Qb6 48.Qa4+ Qa5 49.Qc6 Rb8 50.d6 Bd8 51.Qd7+ Kb6 52.Na4+ Ka6 53.Nxb2 Bxf6 54.Nc4 Qb5 55.Qxb5+ Kxb5 56.Nxe5 Bxe5 57.Rd5+ Kc6 58.Rxe5 Rg8 59.Re4 Kxd6 60.Rg4 Ke5 61.Kb2 Kf5 62.Rg1 g4 63.c3 bxc3+ 64.Kxc3 Kf4 65.a4 Rb8 66.Kc4 g3 67.a5 Kf3 ˝-˝

On move 39 Kosteniuk had many good options and ...Ra8 was loose because it meant her king could not hide behind the rook. As Lufei had a forced draw otherwise Kosteniuk had to play into a losing position.

Given that Lufei needed only a draw I have no idea why she did not swap queens on 49. Despite not doing so she was still very much winning for a few moves but then made several errors

Alexrules01 suggested 59...g4 as better than 59...Kxd6 and I think he is right and that it offers serious winning chances that could have kept Kosteniuk in the tournament.

Muzychuk won well to square her match, and I'm not sure what happened to Hou-Zhu Chen as the game keeps stuffing up. [edit: Hou won and is through]

Kevin Bonham
13-12-2010, 02:48 AM
Skripchenko defeated Cmilyte 2-0 in "blitz" and Muzychuk and Harika are about to start playing the Armageddon game.

Kevin Bonham
13-12-2010, 03:15 AM
Armageddon played at 5 vs 4 (White must win) with 3"/move from move 61 onwards.

Muzychuk didn't get that far losing on time on move 48 56 in what had just become a completely won position a winning position; Harika had 22 seconds remaining.

Muzychuk,Mariya (2452) - Harika,Dronavalli (2504) [C54]
WWCC 2010 Tiebreak Antakya/Turkey (3.7), 12.12.2010
[Robot 3]

[EDIT: this is the relay version, which is incorrect, for correct version see Jesper's post below]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bb6 5.a4 a6 6.c3 d6 7.d3 h6 8.0-0 Nf6 9.Re1 0-0 10.h3 Be6 11.Nbd2 Re8 12.Qb3 d5 13.exd5 Bxd5 14.Ne4 Bxc4 15.Qxc4 Nxe4 16.dxe4 Qf6 17.a5 Ba7 18.Be3 Bxe3 19.Rxe3 Qe6 20.Qe2 Rad8 21.b5 Nb8 22.c4 Nd7 23.Rd1 Nc5 24.Rd5 Rxd5 25.exd5 Qg6 26.Rxe5 Rxe5 27.Qxe5 axb5 28.cxb5 Qb1+ 29.Kh2 Qxb5 30.Qxc7 Nd7 31.d6 g6 32.Qd8+ Kg7 33.Qe7 Qf5 34.Kg1 Qb1+ 35.Kh2 Qf5 36.Kg3 g5 37.Kh2 Qf4+ 38.Kg1 Qc1+ 39.Ne1 Nf6 40.Kf1 Qc4+ 41.Kg1 Qc1 42.Kh2 Qf4+ 43.Kg1 Qc1 44.g3 Qd1 45.Kg2 Qd5+ 46.Nf3 h5 47.Qe5 Kf8 Harika wins the match 0-1

Jesper Norgaard
13-12-2010, 09:22 AM
Armageddon played at 5 vs 4 (White must win) with 3"/move from move 61 onwards.

Muzychuk didn't get that far losing on time on move 48 in what had just become a completely won position; Harika had 22 seconds remaining.

That is largely correct; however according to Polgar's blog there were more moves and white flagged on move 56, just 4 moves away from getting 3 seconds per move, which would have been child's play to win for her. Once again this awkward armageddon format with fixed time (4 minutes against 5) instead of negotiable time, proves advantageous for black. Black is OK as Adorjan wrote, but more so in Armageddon of this format. I think distributed fixed time should be negotiated with bidding from each player. Note that Harika "won" the draw and thus chose black which proved decisive. To me the this shows once again that if there is not increment on *every* move, we get these kind of half-baked games where a player trying to cope with time loses in a completely won position. Even the hard-core ICC bulldogs Carlsen and Nakamura played their private 40-game blitz match with 3 minutes per player and 1 second of increment per move.

Muzychuk,Mariya (2452) - Harika,Dronavalli (2504) [C54]
WWCC 2010 Tiebreak Antakya/Turkey (3.7), 12.12.2010
[Robot 3]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bb6 5.a4 a6 6.c3 d6 7.d3 h6 8.0-0 Nf6 9.Re1 0-0 10.h3 Be6 11.Nbd2 Re8 12.Qb3 d5 13.exd5 Bxd5 14.Ne4 Bxc4 15.Qxc4 Nxe4 16.dxe4 Qf6 17.a5 Ba7 18.Be3 Bxe3 19.Rxe3 Qe6 20.Qe2 Rad8 21. b5 Nb8 22. c4 Nd7 23. Rd1 Nc5 24. Rd5 Rxd5 25. exd5 Qg6 26. Rxe5 Rxe5 27. Qxe5 axb5 28. cxb5 Qb1+ 29. Kh2 Qxb5 30. Qxc7 Nd7 31. d6 g6 32. Qd8+ Kg7 33. Qe7 Qf5 34. Kg1 Qb1+ 35. Kh2 Qf5 36. Kg3 g5 37. Kh2 Qf4+ 38. Kg1 Qc1+ 39. Ne1 Nf6 40. Kf1 Qc4+ 41. Kg1 Qc1 42. Kh2 Qf4+ 43. Kg1 Qc1 44. Kf1 Qc4+ 45. Kg1 Qc1 46. Kh2 Qf4+ 47. Kg1 Qc1 48. g3 Qd1 49. Kg2 Qd5+ 50. Nf3 h5 51. Qe5 Qxe5 52. Nxe5 Kf8 53. Kf3 Ke8 54. Ke3 g4 55. hxg4 hxg4 56. Kd4 Harika wins the match with 22 seconds against zero on the clock 0-1

By the way after 43...Qc1 black could have claimed a draw straight away from 3 times repetition of the position, winning the match. However, this was far from easy to see for a human player during the game.

Kevin Bonham
13-12-2010, 12:44 PM
Thanks Jesper. It looks like what happened is that because of the speed of the play at the end only some of the moves played appeared on the relay board.

The "bidding" system is indeed fairer, as is the system where one player sets and the other chooses.

I can't understand why they have 5/+10 for the first two "blitzes" (which for a 60 move game goes for half an hour!) and then go direct to Armageddon afterwards.

Garvinator
13-12-2010, 01:28 PM
I have said it before, but I do not see any reason for Armageddon at all in these type of tournaments.

They could play 2 game mini matches until someone wins one mini match. It might add another hour to the whole day, but big deal. These are held on the 'rest' days between the classical games, so it is not delaying the event to have another hour to get a 'proper' result.

Kevin Bonham
13-12-2010, 01:42 PM
The last men's World Cup had a better system of playing up to five two-game blitz matches and then armageddon. One tiebreak match got as far as the fifth two-game blitz match and the rest got nowhere near so there were no armageddon deciders. I think that is a better solution than playing an indefinite number of matches and a far better solution than what happened last night.

Perhaps there is some view that if a tiebreak drags on too long then the winner is disadvantaged for the next round but so what, if it takes you five blitz matches to win your match you barely deserve to be in the next round anyway.

Kevin Bonham
13-12-2010, 10:38 PM
There is now one Chinese player in every quarter-final:

Ruan vs Harika
Koneru vs Ju
Hou vs Lahno
Zhao vs Skripchenko

Europe has taken a bit of a hit with only Ukraine and France still represented and both of those face higher-rated opponents.

ER
14-12-2010, 01:08 AM
There is now one Chinese player in every quarter-final:

Ruan vs Harika
Koneru vs Ju
Hou vs Lahno
Zhao vs Skripchenko

Europe has taken a bit of a hit with only Ukraine and France still represented and both of those face higher-rated opponents.

I believe Kateryna can do it! She is the epitomy of stubborn concentration (typical woman)! :P OK Adamski I didn't mean to be sexist or anything!!! :P

Garvinator
14-12-2010, 09:33 AM
Lahno lost game 1.
1. e4 c5 2. c3 Nf6 3. e5 Nd5 4. Nf3 Nc6 5. Bc4 e6 6. d4 cxd4 7. cxd4 d6 8. O-O Be7 9. Qe2 O-O 10. Nc3 Nxc3 11. bxc3 dxe5 12. dxe5 Qa5 13. Bd2 b6 14. a4 Qc5 15. Be3 Qa5 16. Bb5 Bb7 17. Qb2 a6 18. Bxc6 Bxc6 19. Qxb6 Qxb6 20. Bxb6 Rfc8 21. Bd4 Rab8 22. Rfd1 h6 23. Nd2 Bd5 24. Rdb1 Bg5 25. Nf1 Bc6 26. a5 Rxb1 27. Rxb1 Bb5 28. Ng3 Bd8 29. Ra1 Bd3 30. f3 Rb8 31. Rd1 Bc2 32. Rd2 Bg6 33. Bb6 Bxb6+ 34. axb6 Rxb6 35. Rd8+ Kh7 36. Kf2 a5 37. Ra8 Rb2+ 38. Ke3 Rxg2 39. c4 Rc2 40. Kd4 Rxh2 41. c5 Rd2+ 42. Kc4 Rc2+ 43. Kb5 h5 44. Rxa5 h4 45. Nh1 Bh5 46. Ra3 Rh2 47. c6 Rxh1 48. Rc3 Rb1+ 49. Kc5 h3 50. Rc2 Bxf3 51. c7 Bb7 52. Rc3 Rh1 53. Kb6 Bc8 0-1

antichrist
14-12-2010, 11:08 AM
I believe Kateryna can do it! She is the epitomy of stubborn concentration (typical woman)! :P OK Adamski I didn't mean to be sexist or anything!!! :P

I have witnessed that whenever China put their mind to something they get top results, even if meant bending the rules a bit in swimming. One reason is the total control that sports admin have over players - they are usually drawn from highly talented but poverty stricken masses who have little chance and really appreciate the opportunity to be successful and travel and conquer the world. And that is what is expected of them - to undergo severe heartbreaking training and endurance in return.

Kevin Bonham
14-12-2010, 02:03 PM
Koneru won again last night and is going well. She's won the first game in every match so far and ended every match so far in regulation (two with draws and one with a second win).

antichrist
14-12-2010, 02:26 PM
In case not recorded earlier here, Arianne did not show up coz she got job offer she could not refuse in Luxembourg, she said sorry folks.

It is in today's Ian Roger's Byron Echo chess column

Now if only she could have pulled off Ian's stunt and stradled the world.

Denis_Jessop
14-12-2010, 04:51 PM
In case not recorded earlier here, Arianne did not show up coz she got job offer she could not refuse in Luxembourg, she said sorry folks.

It is in today's Ian Roger's Byron Echo chess column

Now if only she could have pulled off Ian's stunt and stradled the world.

The only job in Luxemboutg for her that I can think of is as soigneur for their new professional road cycling team (Team Lleopard) which contains people like the Schleck bros and Fabian Cancellara. ;) :hmm:

DJ

Kevin Bonham
15-12-2010, 02:34 AM
Ruan and Harika drew again so playoff for them.
Hou and Lahno drew so Lahno out. Sorry JaK.
Koneru and Ju drew so Ju out.
Skripchenko played the Evans Gambit and it was going OK until a sac offer that turned into a blunder:

Skripchenko,Almira (2458) - Zhao Xue (2462) [C51]
WWCC 2010 Antakya/Turkey (4.2), 14.12.2010
[Robot 4]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bb6 5.a4 a6 6.Nc3 Nf6 7.Nd5 Nxd5 8.exd5 Nd4 9.a5 Ba7 10.d6 0-0 11.0-0 Nf5 12.d4 cxd6 13.Bg5 Qe8 14.Re1 Nxd4 15.Nxd4 Bxd4 16.Ra3 d5 17.Bxd5 d6 18.Qf3 Kh8 19.Bf6 Qd7! Time for bishop to go away again now 20.c3?? e4! 21.Bxg7+ Bxg7 22.Rxe4 Qf5 23.Qd3 Be6 24.Bxb7 Ra7 25.Bc6 Rc8 26.b5 axb5 27.Bxb5 d5 28.Rea4 Qxd3 29.Bxd3 Bxc3 30.a6 d4 31.Bf1 Kg7 32.h3 Kf6 33.g4 Ke7

and I assume that black will win, leaving only China and India represented in the semis.

Igor_Goldenberg
15-12-2010, 09:02 AM
If Koneru wins we'll have an all Indian kingship.

ER
15-12-2010, 12:42 PM
If Koneru wins we'll have an all Indian kingship.

queenship??? :uhoh: :hmm: :P

Igor_Goldenberg
15-12-2010, 02:27 PM
queenship??? :uhoh: :hmm: :P
I mean both Anand and Koneru at the helm.

ER
15-12-2010, 08:09 PM
I mean both Anand and Koneru at the helm.

thanks :)
Actually, and in the last two decades (after the fall of the USSR (*) in particular) was the reign of Topalov & Atanasova (Bulgaria :clap: go Vesco :clap:) the only case of the male and female World Champions coming from the same country?
(*) I haven't checked the records when I referred to the USSR but I presume that during the long domination of chess by the particular country from the late 40s and (with a short break, Bobby Fischer 1972-75) up to 1990 there must have been some occurrences of concurrent soviet (I know it sounds rather paradoxical if not completely oxymoronic :)) kings and queens!

Kevin Bonham
15-12-2010, 09:06 PM
thanks :)
Actually, and in the last two decades (after the fall of the USSR (*) in particular) was the reign of Topalov & Atanasova (Bulgaria :clap: go Vesco :clap:) the only case of the male and female World Champions coming from the same country?

Yes - with the caveat that Topalov was not an undisputed World Champion.

The USSR held both titles from 1950-1972, and from 1975-1991.

If you use the current borders then Georgia held the WWCC from 1962-1991 so the cases of Russians (for instance) holding both at once would have to be between 1950 and 1962. I am unsure of which part of the USSR some of the early women's champions were from.

ER
15-12-2010, 10:10 PM
I know that surnames ending in ili and idge are mainly Georgian, in enko are mainly Ukrainian, in ian Armenian and in as, es, is, os mainly Latvian. I use this losely as a rule of thumb!

Oepty
15-12-2010, 11:14 PM
Yes - with the caveat that Topalov was not an undisputed World Champion.

The USSR held both titles from 1950-1972, and from 1975-1991.

If you use the current borders then Georgia held the WWCC from 1962-1991 so the cases of Russians (for instance) holding both at once would have to be between 1950 and 1962. I am unsure of which part of the USSR some of the early women's champions were from.

Menchik was born in Moscow, but to British and Czech parents and moved to England aged 15
Rudenko in Ukraine
Bykova in Bogolyubovo, Russia A place founded because the Virgin Mary was supposedly seen there.
Rubtsova in Moscow, She was also the first Women's Correspondance World Champion
Scott

ER
15-12-2010, 11:37 PM
Bykova in Bogolyubovo, Russia A place founded because the Virgin Mary was supposedly seen there...
Scott
Apparently the virgin didn't do much to help Bobolyubov who's arse was kicked mercilessly by Alekhine... Well maybe Bykova was blessed due to Mary's sorority approach? Well back to this womens' championship, christianity looks like it has given the cold shoulder treatment to its girls! :P

Kevin Bonham
16-12-2010, 01:43 AM
Ruan Lufei defeated Harika easily and is through to the semi-final.

The semi-final draw showcases two more examples of FIDE stupidity in tournament design. Humpy Koneru and Hou Yifan are the best players in the tournament and the best women in the world behind Polgar. It would be nice to at least see a four-game match between the two and it would be a fitting final that would enhance what little credibility the tournament design has.

Instead we get this:

Ruan Lufei (2480) - Zhao Xue (2474)
Humpy Koneru (2600) - Hou Yifan (2591)

Why do we get this when Koneru and Hou are the best two players in the tournament? We get it because FIDE seeds the winner of the previous event #1 irrespective of rating or form, and so if the previous winner isn't one of the top two rated players, then the top two rated players will be seeded 2 and 3.

That wouldn't matter in itself except that FIDE uses top-bottom to middle-middle pairings instead of top-half bottom-half. So that means the semi pairings are 1-4 and 2-3. Whoever wins the two-game match between Koneru and Hou will go into the final as an overwhelming favourite and the final could be rather lopsided.

antichrist
16-12-2010, 02:55 AM
I know that surnames ending in ili and idge are mainly Georgian, in enko are mainly Ukrainian, in ian Armenian and in as, es, is, os mainly Latvian. I use this losely as a rule of thumb!

what are Serbian or Croatian? And can they be parted?

Oepty
16-12-2010, 10:27 AM
Ruan Lufei defeated Harika easily and is through to the semi-final.

The semi-final draw showcases two more examples of FIDE stupidity in tournament design. Humpy Koneru and Hou Yifan are the best players in the tournament and the best women in the world behind Polgar. It would be nice to at least see a four-game match between the two and it would be a fitting final that would enhance what little credibility the tournament design has.

Instead we get this:

Ruan Lufei (2480) - Zhao Xue (2474)
Humpy Koneru (2600) - Hou Yifan (2591)

Why do we get this when Koneru and Hou are the best two players in the tournament? We get it because FIDE seeds the winner of the previous event #1 irrespective of rating or form, and so if the previous winner isn't one of the top two rated players, then the top two rated players will be seeded 2 and 3.

That wouldn't matter in itself except that FIDE uses top-bottom to middle-middle pairings instead of top-half bottom-half. So that means the semi pairings are 1-4 and 2-3. Whoever wins the two-game match between Koneru and Hou will go into the final as an overwhelming favourite and the final could be rather lopsided.

Kevin, a Zhao Xue - Humpy Koneru final could be quite interesting. Zhao has a very good record against Koneru, +4 - 1 = 2 according to chessgames.com and has won both their games this year.
Scott

Vlad
16-12-2010, 02:04 PM
In the last championship Koneru and Yifan also played in the semi-final. Yifan managed to beat Koneru by the smallest of margins. In the final round Yifan got crashed by relatively fresh Kosteniyuk, who not only had much easier opponent in the semi-final but also missed some matches earlier because some Georgians did not show up.

All in all, the history may be repeated. At the end of the day, "freshness" in such events is more important than actual strength.

Kevin Bonham
16-12-2010, 03:39 PM
All in all, the history may be repeated. At the end of the day, "freshness" in such events is more important than actual strength.

Yes. This could well make the final more interesting even if it is a mismatch on paper.

Thanks Scott for the info re Zhao - Koneru. Head to head records are not usually a very good predictor compared with ratings but sometimes one player can get a bit of a mental block because of them.

Oepty
16-12-2010, 03:57 PM
In the last championship Koneru and Yifan also played in the semi-final. Yifan managed to beat Koneru by the smallest of margins. In the final round Yifan got crashed by relatively fresh Kosteniyuk, who not only had much easier opponent in the semi-final but also missed some matches earlier because some Georgians did not show up.

All in all, the history may be repeated. At the end of the day, "freshness" in such events is more important than actual strength.

While Kosteniyuk did have a shorter semi-final match I don't think calling Pia Cramling a much easier opponent is completely fair. Cramling was 5th seed, only rated 13 points below Hou Yifan, while Kosteniyuk was 9th seed.
Scott

Garvinator
16-12-2010, 05:34 PM
Top v bottom through to middle-middle is not so bad if they re-seeded after each round.

I think this type of format is a good one for a consecutive weekend format ie run ten of these in a row in each weekend.

Those who are eliminated early get to go home, so do not need to spend all weekend at the tournament venue.

But for any kind of world champ, it is a joke.

Most sports that use knockouts do not seed all 128 players. Grand Slam tennis seeds the top 32 and then everyone else is randomly drawn.

Kevin Bonham
17-12-2010, 01:39 AM
Hou-Koneru game 1 is an extremely boring Berlin that is moving so slowly it appears to be going backwards. Someone would have to play the ending extremely badly for a result to occur.

Ruan-Zhao is a mildly more interesting Scotch that might amount to something but I wouldn't bet on it.

Capablanca-Fan
17-12-2010, 05:19 AM
I know that surnames ending in ili and idge are mainly Georgian, in enko are mainly Ukrainian, in ian Armenian and in as, es, is, os mainly Latvian. I use this losely as a rule of thumb!
A tighter rule of thumb is:

Georgian: –shvili (meaning child) and –dze (son), as in Gaprindashvili, Chiburdanidze, and Giorgadze, as well as Dzhughashvili and Shevardnadze.
Ukrainian: –enko (Rudenko) and –chuk (Ivanchuk) are patronymic in origin, while –ishin (Romanishin) is matronymic.
Armenian: –ian (sometimes transliterated –yan) means "son of", as in Petrosian, Kasparian (Kasparov's mother's maiden name) and Aronian. The study composer Pogosyants had a rarer form of an Armenian name with the additional –ts, but he was Ukrainian by birth.
Latvian: male first and last names end in –s, including Mihails Tāls and Aleksejs Širovs. Native Latvian surnames end in –is or a consonant + s, e.g. Gipslis and Ozols.
Lithiuanian: male surnames often end in –as, e.g. Mikenas and Palciauskas.

Garvinator
17-12-2010, 08:29 AM
Hou-Koneru game 1 is an extremely boring Berlin that is moving so slowly it appears to be going backwards. Someone would have to play the ending extremely badly for a result to occur.;)

[Event "2010 WWCC"]
[Site "Antakya"]
[Date "2010.12.16"]
[Round "51.2"]
[White "Hou, Yifan"]
[Black "Koneru, Humpy"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C67"]
[WhiteElo "2591"]
[BlackElo "2600"]
[PlyCount "155"]
[EventDate "2010.??.??"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. d4 Nd6 6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. dxe5 Nf5
8. Qxd8+ Kxd8 9. Nc3 Ke8 10. Ne2 Be7 11. b3 a5 12. a4 Be6 13. Bb2 h5 14. Nfd4
Nxd4 15. Nxd4 Rd8 16. Nxe6 fxe6 17. Rad1 Kf7 18. g3 Bb4 19. Kg2 Bd2 20. Kf3 Rd5
21. Ke2 Rhd8 22. c4 R5d7 23. Bc1 Bc3 24. Rxd7+ Rxd7 25. f4 g6 26. Rf3 Bb4 27.
Rd3 Rxd3 28. Kxd3 Be7 29. Be3 c5 30. Ke4 b6 31. Kf3 Bf8 32. g4 Be7 33. Kg3 c6
34. Kh3 Bd8 35. Bf2 Bc7 36. Bh4 hxg4+ 37. Kxg4 Kg7 38. Bf6+ Kf7 39. Bh4 Kg7 40.
Bf6+ Kf7 41. Kg5 b5 42. Kh6 bxa4 43. bxa4 Bb6 44. Be7 Bc7 45. Bxc5 Bd8 46. Bf2
Be7 47. c5 Bf8+ 48. Kg5 Be7+ 49. Kg4 Ke8 50. Be1 Bxc5 51. Bxa5 Be7 52. Kf3 Kd7
53. Ke4 c5 54. Kd3 Kc6 55. Kc4 Bh4 56. Bd2 Bf2 57. h3 Bg1 58. Bc1 Bf2 59. Bd2
Bg1 60. Kd3 Bf2 61. Be3 Be1 62. Kc4 Bb4 63. Bf2 Kb6 64. Be3 Kc6 65. Bg1 Kb6 66.
Bf2 Kc6 67. Bh4 Bd2 68. Bg5 Be1 69. Be7 Bf2 70. a5 Be3 71. Bg5 Bf2 72. h4 Bg3
73. a6 Bf2 74. h5 gxh5 75. f5 exf5 76. e6 Bg3 77. e7 Kd7 78. a7 1-0

Kevin Bonham
17-12-2010, 01:48 PM
44.Be7!! But why has black made such a mess of her own queenside pawn structure anyway? Was 29...c5 necessary?

ER
17-12-2010, 02:35 PM
A tighter rule of thumb is:

Georgian: –shvili (meaning child) and –dze (son), as in Gaprindashvili, Chiburdanidze, and Giorgadze, as well as Dzhughashvili and Shevardnadze.
Ukrainian: –enko (Rudenko) and –chuk (Ivanchuk) are patronymic in origin, while –ishin (Romanishin) is matronymic.
Armenian: –ian (sometimes transliterated –yan) means "son of", as in Petrosian, Kasparian (Kasparov's mother's maiden name) and Aronian. The study composer Pogosyants had a rarer form of an Armenian name with the additional –ts, but he was Ukrainian by birth.
Latvian: male first and last names end in –s, including Mihails Tāls and Aleksejs Širovs. Native Latvian surnames end in –is or a consonant + s, e.g. Gipslis and Ozols.
Lithiuanian: male surnames often end in –as, e.g. Mikenas and Palciauskas.

Thanks Jono, That's all very interesting! (Sprouty who adds an s in people's names must be accepted as a honorary Latvian! :P)!

Kevin Bonham
18-12-2010, 01:37 AM
Zhao-Ruan game two was the kind of pointless relatively short draw (22 moves) that this format tends to breed; playoffs for them tomorrow night before the rest day.

Not likely to see the same thing in Koneru-Hou since Koneru has to win!

A few comments on the endgame of Hou-Koneru above:

25...g6? It's not rocket science that rooks are going off the board in this position. The move played blocks the king's access to f5 via g6 and actually leaves black significantly hamstrung on the kingside for the bishop ending. This looks like quite a serious error.

29...c5?! This otherwise structurally weakening move seems OK on the condition that black can block the kingside as well, but in the game black failed to do that. I think black's position was quite difficult anyhow.

41...b5 This is actually forced, everything else loses quickly.

44.Be7 [EDIT: see below]

74.h5! and 75.f5! The icing on the cake. Very neat finish.

I think my comment that someone would have to play the endgame extremely badly underestimated white's resources. Koneru did play the endgame poorly but it is not as if there are many identifiable howlers (not to me anyway). Just shows that even at that level, SCBs can be remarkably easy to lose.

Kevin Bonham
18-12-2010, 01:47 AM
Koneru-Hou game could get exciting; transposed Najdorf of sorts, black has sacced two pawns for a lot of queenside pressure.

Kevin Bonham
18-12-2010, 02:51 AM
Current situation:

Koneru,Humpy (2600) - Hou,Yifan (2577) [B95]
WWCC 2010 Antakya/Turkey (5.2), 17.12.2010
[Robot 3]

1.d4 e6 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bg5 c5 4.Nc3 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Be7 6.e4 d6 7.Qd2 a6 8.0-0-0 b5 9.Bd3 Bb7 10.Rhe1 b4 11.Nb1 Nbd7 12.Qxb4 Nc5 13.Nb3 Qc7 14.Nxc5 dxc5 15.Qd2 c4 16.Bxf6 Bxf6 17.Bxc4 0-0 18.Qe2 Rfc8 19.Nd2 Be5 20.g3 Rab8 21.Nb3 Bf6 22.e5 Bxe5 23.Qxe5 Qxc4 24.Rd2 Bd5 25.Kb1 a5 26.Nc1 Qb4 27.c3 Qxc3 28.Qxc3 Rxc3 29.Nb3 Rc4 30.Nxa5 Ra4 31.Nb3 Rba8 32.Nc1 Bxa2+ 33.Nxa2 Rxa2 34.Re3 g5 35.Rd7 Ra1+ 36.Kc2 Rc8+ 37.Kd2 Rcc1 38.Rb7 Rd1+ 39.Kc2 Rac1+ 40.Kb3 Rd2 41.f4 gxf4 42.gxf4 Rxh2 43.f5 exf5 44.Ree7 Rh6

Black is better and has a secure draw at least barring cataclysmic blunders.

Looks like Hou (who needs only a draw) is not only going through to the final but will get two days off and have time for a proper rest before she takes on the winner of the playoff for the other semi.

Kevin Bonham
19-12-2010, 12:01 AM
^^^
Above was a draw so Hou has a day off today.

Tiebreak 1. White might be a little bit disappointed at letting this one fizzle out.

Ruan,Lufei (2480) - Zhao Xue (2462) [B03]
WWCC 2010 tiebreak 1/2 Final Antakya/Turkey (5.3), 18.12.2010
[Robot 4]

1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.c4 Nb6 5.f4 Bf5 6.Nc3 e6 7.Be3 Be7 8.Nf3 0-0 9.Be2 dxe5 10.fxe5 f6 11.0-0 Nc6 12.exf6 Bxf6 13.Qd2 Qe8 14.Bg5 Bxg5 15.Qxg5 Rd8 16.Rad1 h6 17.Qe3 Qe7 18.b3 Nd7 19.h3 Rfe8 20.Bd3 Bxd3 21.Rxd3 Nf6 22.Rdd1 a6 23.Rfe1 Qd6 24.Ne4 Nxe4 25.Qxe4 Qf8 26.Rf1 Qd6 27.Kh1 Rf8 28.Rfe1 Rf6 29.Ne5 Nxd4 30.Ng4 Rf5 31.Rxd4 Qxd4 32.Qxe6+ Rf7 33.Ne5 Qf2 34.Nxf7 Qxf7 35.Qe7 Rd7 36.Qe4 c6 37.Qe2 ˝-˝

Kevin Bonham
19-12-2010, 01:54 AM
Ruan goes through. Zhao missed a likely win on move 22, made more mistakes and could have gone two pawns down and then courageously sacrificed a piece for drawing chances in the endgame. However the endgame was a bit too hard for 10 secs/move and after some missed draws and further mistakes Ruan won and qualified.

Ruan has been to the tiebreaks every single round:
Round 1 v Baginskaite win-loss then win-draw
Round 2 v Zhang win-loss then win-win
Round 3 v Kosteniuk draw-draw then win-draw
Round 4 v Harika draw-draw then win-draw
Round 5 v Zhao draw-draw then draw-win

Hou's form going into the final
Round 1 v Heredia Serrano win-win
Round 2 v Romanko win-draw
Round 3 v Zhu Chen win-loss then draw-win
Round 4 v Lahno win-draw
Round 5 v Koneru win-draw

All up Hou has +6=3-1 (75%) in classic and +1=1 in rapid while Ruan has +2=6-2 (50%) in classic and +6=4 in rapid. Note also that all Hou's draws in classic converted the match they occurred in, so the loss to Zhu Chen is the only blot on her form guide.

Zhao Xue (2462) - Ruan,Lufei (2480) [D18]
WWCC 2010 tiebreak 1/2 Final Antakya/Turkey (5.4), 18.12.2010
[Robot 4]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 dxc4 5.a4 Bf5 6.Nh4 e6 7.Nxf5 exf5 8.e3 Bb4 9.Bxc4 0-0 10.0-0 Nbd7 11.Qc2 g6 12.f3 Nb6 13.Bb3 Rc8 14.a5 Nbd7 15.e4 c5 16.dxc5 fxe4 17.fxe4 Bxc5+ 18.Kh1 Ng4 19.Bf4 Qh4 20.Bg3 Qh5 21.Qe2 Ngf6? 22.Rf3 [22.Rad1 Qxe2 23.Nxe2 Bb4 24.Ba4 , both knights are hit and white picks up a piece for a pawn, if 24...Nc5 (24...Rcd8 25.Bh4) 25.Rd4] 22...Bd4 23.Raf1? [23.Qd1!] 23...Nc5 24.Nd5? [24.Bc2 saves the pawn although black is better] 24...Nfxe4 25.Ne7+ Kh8 26.Be1 Rce8 27.Qc4 Nxb3 [27...Qe5! 28.Nd5 (28.Rxf7 Rxf7 29.Rxf7 (29.Qxf7 Qxe7) 29...Nd6) 28...Bxb2 and black is two pawns up] 28.Rxb3 Qc5 29.Qxc5 Nxc5 30.Rb4 Bg7 31.Bf2 Nd3 32.Rxb7 Bf6 33.Bxa7! A good try to mix things up 33...Rxe7 34.a6 Rxb7 35.axb7 Be5 36.Rd1 Nb4 37.Rc1 Na6 38.Rc8 Kg7 39.b4 f6 40.g3 Kf7 41.Kg2 Re8 42.b5 Nb8 43.Kf3 Ke7 44.h3 Kd7 45.Rc2 Bd6 46.g4 h6 47.Rc1 Be5 48.Rc2 h5 49.gxh5 gxh5 50.Rc1 Bc7 51.Rc2 Bd6 52.Rc1 Ke7 53.Rc2 Nd7 54.Rc8 Bb8 55.Be3 [55.Bxb8 Nxb8 56.Kf4 draws] 55...Ne5+ 56.Ke2? White's king needs to be closer to the action if possible. [56.Ke4! Kd7 57.Rxe8 Kxe8 58.Kf5 Ke7 59.Bf4 and white's king position should be good for a draw.] 56...Kd7! 57.Rc2 [57.Rxe8 Kxe8 and white might still hold but it is much more difficult] 57...Rg8 58.Kf2 Nf7 59.Rd2+ Nd6 60.Bf4 Ke7 61.Re2+ Kf7 62.Rc2 Nxb7 63.Be3 Nd6 64.b6 Rc8 65.Ra2 Nc4 66.Rc2 Nxb6 67.Rb2 Nc4 68.Rb7+ Kg6 69.Bd4 Be5 70.Ba7 Rc7 0-1

Kevin Bonham
19-12-2010, 05:48 PM
It appears that the seemingly brilliant 44.Be7 in Hou-Koneru is actually technically a blunder and a draw can be forced against it with perfect play. Chessbase gives the line
44...Kxe7! 45.Kxg6 Bd8 and the bishop not only controls the entry to f6 but also the h4 square. 46.h4 (46.Kg7 Ke8 ) 46...Kf8 47.h5 Kg8 48.h6 (48.f5 exf5 49.Kxf5 Kg7 50.Ke6 Bc7 ) 48...Bh4 49.h7+ Kh8 50.Kf7 Kxh7 51.Kxe6 Kg7 52.Kd7 Kf8 53.Kxc6 Bg3 54.Kxc5 Bxf4= ]

I think I was looking at 53.f5 but it looks like ...Bg3 just holds against that too if black is very careful!

Garvinator
21-12-2010, 07:51 AM
Hou Yifan (2591) - Ruan Lufei (2480) [B12]
Women's World championship 2010
Antakya, Turkey, 20.12.2010

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.f3 dxe4 4.fxe4 e5 5.Nf3 Bg4 6.Bc4 Nd7 7.c3 b5 8.Bd3 Ngf6 9.0–0 Bd6 10.Bg5 0–0 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 ˝–˝

Denis_Jessop
21-12-2010, 02:40 PM
If you are a punkah wallah in this match does it matter who ye fan ? :doh: :hmm:

DJ

Kevin Bonham
22-12-2010, 07:54 AM
Ruan,Lufei (2480) - Hou,Yifan (2577) [B83]
WWCC 2010 Final Antakya/Turkey (6.2), 21.12.2010
[Robot 4]

Poor game by white who seemed to only want a draw and hence was unduly keen to swap off into an inferior ending which she then played badly anyway, at least until she was two pawns down by which stage it was too late. Hou takes the lead and if Hou wins tonight with white it is all over.

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Be2 Be7 7.0-0 Nc6 8.Be3 0-0 9.f4 e5 10.Nxc6 bxc6 11.Kh1 exf4 12.Bxf4 Be6 13.Bf3 Qb8 14.b3 Qb4 15.Qe1 a5 16.Rd1 Rfe8 17.e5 dxe5 18.Bxe5 Rac8 19.Qg3 g6 20.Na4 Nd5 21.Bxd5 cxd5 22.Bc3 Qg4 23.Qxg4 Bxg4 24.Rxd5 Bb4 25.Bxb4 axb4 26.Rd2 Bf5 27.Kg1 Rxc2 28.Rxc2 Bxc2 29.Kf2 Bd3 30.Re1 Rc8 31.Ke3 Bb5 32.Rd1 Re8+ 33.Kf4 Re2 34.g4 Bxa4 35.bxa4 Rxa2 36.Rd4 Rxa4 37.h4 Kf8 38.Re4 f6 39.Rc4 Ke7 40.Rd4 Ke6 41.Ke4 Ke7 42.Kf4 h6 43.h5 gxh5 44.gxh5 Kf7 45.Re4 Kf8 46.Kg4 f5+ 47.Kxf5 Ra5+ 48.Kg6 Ra6+ 49.Kh7 Rb6 50.Rf4+ Ke7 51.Rf1 b3 52.Kg7 b2 53.Rb1 Ke6 54.Kxh6 Kf5+ 55.Kg7 Kg5 56.Kf7 Kxh5 57.Ke7 Kg4 58.Kd7 Kf3 A precious win for the Chinese prodigy! 0-1

Garvinator
23-12-2010, 08:01 AM
Lufei had serious chances to even up the score today. However, Yifan's persistent defense and Lufei's inaccuracies resulted in a draw. It's a must win for her tomorrow or Yifan will be the new Chess Queen.

Hou, Yifan (2591) - Ruan, Lufei (2480)
Women's World Championship - Game 3

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nd7 5. Ng5 Ngf6 6. Bd3 g6 7. N1f3 Bg7 8. O-O O-O 9. Qe2 h6 10. Ne4 Nxe4 11. Qxe4 c5 12. Bc4 e6 13. Be3 Nf6 14. Qd3 Ng4 15. dxc5 Qc7 16. Rad1 Nxe3 17. Qxe3 b6 18. Nd2 Qxc5 19. Qxc5 bxc5 20. c3 Bb7 21. Nb3 Rfc8 22. Na5 Rc7 23. Nxb7 Rxb7 24. Rd2 Rab8 25. Bb3 a5 26. Rc1 a4 27. Bxa4 Rxb2 28. Rxb2 Rxb2 29. Bd1 Rxa2 30. g3 Ra3 31. c4 Bd4 32. Kg2 Ra2 33. Rc2 Ra1 34. Bf3 Kf8 35. h4 Ke7 36. Bc6 g5 37. hxg5 hxg5 38. g4 Ra3 39. Be4 Kd6 40. Re2 Kc7 41. Bh7 e5 42. Be4 Kb6 43. Rd2 Ka5 44. Bd5 f6 45. Kf1 Kb4 46. Ke2 e4 47. Rc2 e3 48. fxe3 Rxe3+ 49. Kd1 Rg3 50. Rg2 Rh3 51. Re2 Kc3 52. Rd2 Rh4 53. Rg2 Kd3 54. Rd2+ Ke3 55. Re2+ Kf4 56. Re4+ Kg3 57. Be6 Rh8 58. Kd2 Re8 59. Kd3 Rxe6 60. Rxe6 Kxg4 61. Re4+ Kf5 62. Re1 g4 63. Rf1+ Ke5 64. Re1+ Kd6 65. Ke4 Bf2 66. Rd1+ Ke6 67. Rd5 g3 68. Kf3 f5 69. Kg2 Kf6 70. Kf3 Kg5 71. Re5 Kg6 72. Rd5 Kf6 73. Kg2 Ke6 74. Kf3 f4 75. Kg2 Be3 ˝-˝

Denis_Jessop
23-12-2010, 08:09 AM
Lufei will be ruin' her inaccuracies even if they didn't quite ruin her chances. :hmm:

DJ

Adamski
23-12-2010, 10:29 PM
If you are a punkah wallah in this match does it matter who ye fan ? :doh: :hmm:

DJ
LOL. Lately, our Denis has become a pun King. Who (Hou) will be a Queen.

Garvinator
24-12-2010, 09:25 AM
Ruan, Lufei (2480) vs. Hou, Yifan (2591)
Women's World Championship (game 4)

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 d6 6. g4 h6 7. h4 Nc6 8. Rg1 d5 9. exd5 Nxd5 10. Nxd5 Qxd5 11. Bg2 Qe5+ 12. Be3 Qh2 13. f4 Bd7 14. Qd2 Nxd4 15. O-O-O Bc5 16. Bxd4 Bxd4 17. Qxd4 O-O-O 18. Qc4+ Kb8 19. Qe4 Bc8 20. h5 Ka8 21. a4 Rd5 22. Rdf1 Qh4 23. Qc4 Rd7 24. a5 Qd8 25. a6 Qa5 26. Kb1 Kb8 27. axb7 Bxb7 28. Bxb7 Rxb7 29. Qd4 Ka8 30. Rf3 Rhb8 31. b3 f6 32. Rd1 Qb4 33. Qe3 Rb6 34. Rd4 Qe7 35. Qd3 R6b7 36. Re3 Re8 37. Rd6 e5 38. fxe5 fxe5 39. Re4 Qc7 40. Rd5 Qb8 41. Rc4 Rf8 42. Kb2 Qe8 43. Rdc5 Qe6 44. Qe4 Kb8 45. Rxe5 Qf6 46. Rc6 Qf7 47. Rf5 1-0

The match is now tied at 2-2. They will go into the playoff to decide the title.

Kevin Bonham
24-12-2010, 11:50 AM
Good game by Ruan. Seems like Hou made some dubious moves just out of theory (most of 11-14 deserve scrutiny) and after 15.0-0-0 had a bad position for most of the game and only now and then looked like she might be able to get back into it.

It would be hilarious if Ruan can win the title having gone to tiebreaks in every match.

Official site suggests it's four rapid, two blitz, armageddon tonight - is that correct?

Denis_Jessop
24-12-2010, 02:08 PM
LOL. Lately, our Denis has become a pun King. Who (Hou) will be a Queen.

Not me for starters. :) Chinese names are always good for that kind of treatment as I remember from my primary school days though not from later, fortunately.

DJ

Kevin Bonham
24-12-2010, 10:23 PM
Rapid 1 drawn (Ruan white). Haven't seen the game yet.

Hou currently in a superior knight ending in rapid 2 but Ruan has more time.

Kevin Bonham
24-12-2010, 10:40 PM
Very hard to hold inferior knight endings in rapids. Lots of fun winning the other side though. :lol:

Hou,Yifan (2577) - Ruan,Lufei (2480) [B15]
WWCC 2010 Final Tiebreak Antakya/Turkey (6.6), 24.12.2010
[Robot 3]

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Nxf6+ exf6 6.c3 Bf5 7.Nf3 Bd6 8.Be2 Nd7 9.0-0 0-0 10.Be3 Qc7 11.h3 Bf4 12.Nh4 Be4 13.Bf3 Rfe8 14.Re1 Bg6 15.Qd2 Bxe3 16.Rxe3 Nb6 17.Rae1 Kf8 18.b3 Rxe3 19.Qxe3 Nd5 20.Qc1 Qd6 21.g3 Re8 22.Rxe8+ Kxe8 23.c4 Nc7 24.Qe3+ Qe7 25.Qf4 Kd8 26.d5 c5 27.Kg2 Qe5 28.Qd2 b6 29.b4 Na6 30.a3 Be4 31.b5 Nc7 32.Qe3 Bxf3+ 33.Nxf3 Qxe3 34.fxe3 Ne8 35.Nd2 Nd6 36.g4 Ke7 37.Kf3 Kd7 38.Ke2 h6 39.Kd3 Ke7 40.Ne4 Nb7 41.Ng3 g6 42.Ne4 Nd8 43.a4 Nb7 44.Kc3 Na5 45.Nd2 Kd6 46.Kd3 Ke7 47.Ne4 Nb7 48.h4 Na5 49.Ng3 Nb7 50.Ne2 Nd6 51.e4 Nb7 52.h5 g5 53.Ng1 Nd6 54.Nf3 Kd8 55.e5 fxe5 56.Nxe5 Kc7 57.Nc6 f5 58.gxf5 Nxf5 59.Nxa7 g4 60.Nc6 Ng7 61.Ne5 g3 62.Ke2 Nxh5 63.Kf3 Nf6 64.Kxg3 Ne4+ 65.Kf4 Nc3 66.Kf5 Kd6 67.Nf7+ Kd7 68.Nxh6 Nxa4 69.Nf7 Nb2 70.Ne5+ Kd6 71.Ke4 Nd1 72.Ng4 Nc3+ 73.Ke3 Na2 74.Kd2 Nb4 75.Ne3 Ke5 76.Nc2 Na2 77.Ne1 Kd6 78.Nd3 Kd7 79.Kc2 1-0

Kevin Bonham
24-12-2010, 10:47 PM
This was Rapid 1. Ruan was very lucky to draw this since Hou had a great position out of the opening and also later on. Hou's decision to exchange off her last rook produced a draw but had Hou not done that it appears she was winning.

Ruan,Lufei (2480) - Hou,Yifan (2577) [B70]
WWCC 2010 Final Tiebreak Antakya/Turkey (6.5), 24.12.2010
[Robot 3]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 g6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Bg7 6.Nb3 d6 7.Be2 Nf6 8.0-0 0-0 9.Bg5 a6 10.f4 b5 11.Bf3 b4 12.Nd5 Nxd5 13.exd5 Na5 14.Nxa5 Qxa5 15.Rb1 Bf5 16.Qe2 Qc5+ 17.Kh1 Qxc2 18.Qxc2 Bxc2 19.Rbc1 Rfc8 20.Rf2 Be4 21.Re1 Bxf3 22.Rxf3 Ra7 23.g4 Bxb2 24.Bxe7 Bc3 25.Re2 Rd7 26.f5 a5 27.f6 a4 28.Rc2 a3 29.Rf4 Re8 30.Rc4 Rdxe7 31.fxe7 Rxe7 32.Kg2 Re5 33.Rc8+ Kg7 34.Rc7 Rxd5 35.Rf2 Bf6 36.Rb7 Rd4 37.h3 g5 38.Rb5 Be5 39.Rb7 Bf4 40.Re2 Kf6 41.Kf3 Rd3+ 42.Ke4 Rxh3 43.Rg2 Re3+ 44.Kd4 Rg3 45.Rxg3 Bxg3 46.Rxb4 Bf2+ 47.Kd5 Bc5 48.Rb3 Kg6 49.Rf3 f5 50.gxf5+ Kf6 51.Ke4 g4 52.Rd3 Kg5 53.Rd5 h6 54.f6+ Kxf6 55.Kf4 Ke6 56.Rh5 Bb4 57.Kxg4 Bd2 58.Rh3 Bc1 59.Rh1 Bg5 60.Rh3 Bc1 61.Rh1 Bg5 62.Rh3 Kd5 ˝-˝

Score of rapid 2 updated in previous post.

Oepty
24-12-2010, 10:48 PM
More moves - Hou trapped Ruan's knight
Scott

Kevin Bonham
24-12-2010, 11:05 PM
More moves - Hou trapped Ruan's knight
Scott

Yes, I've updated that. If the moves provided are correct then Ruan still could have drawn by giving the knight up for pawns. Perhaps 73.Ke3 was actually Kd3 which stops this from working.

Garvinator
24-12-2010, 11:16 PM
[Event "WWCC 2010 Final Tiebreak"]
[Site "Antakya/Turkey"]
[Date "2010.12.24"]
[Round "6.6"]
[White "Hou, Yifan"]
[Black "Ruan, Lufei"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B15"]
[WhiteElo "2577"]
[BlackElo "2480"]
[Annotator "Robot 3"]
[PlyCount "157"]
[EventDate "2010.??.??"]
[TimeControl "1500+10"]

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nf6 5. Nxf6+ exf6 6. c3 Bf5 7. Nf3 Bd6 8.
Be2 Nd7 9. O-O O-O 10. Be3 Qc7 11. h3 Bf4 12. Nh4 Be4 13. Bf3 Rfe8 14. Re1 Bg6
15. Qd2 Bxe3 16. Rxe3 Nb6 17. Rae1 Kf8 18. b3 Rxe3 19. Qxe3 Nd5 20. Qc1 Qd6 21.
g3 Re8 22. Rxe8+ Kxe8 23. c4 Nc7 24. Qe3+ Qe7 25. Qf4 Kd8 26. d5 c5 27. Kg2 Qe5
28. Qd2 b6 29. b4 Na6 30. a3 Be4 31. b5 Nc7 32. Qe3 Bxf3+ 33. Nxf3 Qxe3 34.
fxe3 Ne8 35. Nd2 Nd6 36. g4 Ke7 37. Kf3 Kd7 38. Ke2 h6 39. Kd3 Ke7 40. Ne4 Nb7
41. Ng3 g6 42. Ne4 Nd8 43. a4 Nb7 44. Kc3 Na5 45. Nd2 Kd6 46. Kd3 Ke7 47. Ne4
Nb7 48. h4 Na5 49. Ng3 Nb7 50. Ne2 Nd6 51. e4 Nb7 52. h5 g5 53. Ng1 Nd6 54. Nf3
Kd8 55. e5 fxe5 56. Nxe5 Kc7 57. Nc6 f5 58. gxf5 Nxf5 59. Nxa7 g4 60. Nc6 Ng7
61. Ne5 g3 62. Ke2 Nxh5 63. Kf3 Nf6 64. Kxg3 Ne4+ 65. Kf4 Nc3 66. Kf5 Kd6 67.
Nf7+ Kd7 68. Nxh6 Nxa4 69. Nf7 Nb2 70. Ne5+ Kd6 71. Ke4 Nd1 72. Ng4 Nc3+ 73.
Ke3 Na2 74. Kd2 Nb4 75. Ne3 Ke5 76. Nc2 Na2 77. Ne1 Kd6 78. Nd3 Kd7 79. Kc2 1-0

Kevin Bonham
24-12-2010, 11:49 PM
Rapid 3 drawn. Hou just needs to draw rapid 4 with white now.

Ruan,Lufei (2480) - Hou,Yifan (2577) [B36]
WWCC 2010 Final Tiebreak Antakya/Turkey (6.7), 24.12.2010
[Robot 3]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.c4 Nf6 6.Nc3 Nxd4 7.Qxd4 d6 8.Bg5 Bg7 9.Qd2 0-0 10.Be2 a5 11.0-0 a4 12.Rac1 Be6 13.Kh1 Qa5 14.f3 Rfc8 15.Nd5 Qxd2 16.Bxd2 Nxd5 17.exd5 Bd7 18.Bc3 Bxc3 19.Rxc3 e5 20.Kg1 Kf8 21.Kf2 Ke7 22.Ra1 Ra5 23.Ra3 Rca8 24.Rc1 b6 25.Ke1 R8a7 26.Rd3 Rc7 27.b4 axb3 28.axb3 Ra2 29.Rd2 Rca7 30.Bd3 R7a3 31.b4 Rxd2 32.Kxd2 Rb3 33.b5 Ra3 34.Rc2 f5 35.Rc3 Ra8 36.Kc1 Kf6 37.Kb2 g5 38.Rc1 h5 39.h3 Be8 40.g4 Bg6 41.Rf1 Ra7 42.Kb3 Ra8 43.Bc2 Ra7 44.Bd3 Ra8 45.Bc2 Ra7 46.Bd3 Ra8 ˝-˝

Jesper Norgaard
25-12-2010, 01:02 AM
Who won game 4 rapid game? Yes, Hou won, and now a worthy world champion at 16 years of age.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Kevin Bonham
25-12-2010, 01:02 AM
Rapid 4 won by white and Hou Yifan is - marginally - the youngest ever FIDE Womens World Champion at 16. (Chiburdanidze was 17).

Hou,Yifan (2577) - Ruan,Lufei (2480) [C61]
WWCC 2010 Final Antakya/Turkey (6.8), 24.12.2010
[Robot 4]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nd4 4.Nxd4 exd4 5.0-0 Bc5 6.Bc4 d6 7.c3 Ne7 8.d3 0-0 9.Bg5 Kh8 10.Nd2 f6 11.Bh4 c6 12.Qe2 d5 13.Bb3 dxc3 14.bxc3 d4 15.cxd4 Bxd4 16.Rad1 Ng6 17.Bg3 Ne5 18.h3 a5 19.a4 Qe7 20.Kh1 c5 21.f4 Nc6 22.Nf3 Be6 23.Bxe6 Qxe6 24.Rb1 Qd7 25.Rfd1 Rfc8 26.Rb5 Nb4 27.Be1 b6 28.Nxd4 Qxd4 29.Bf2 Qd6 30.e5 fxe5 31.fxe5 Qe6 32.d4 c4 33.d5 Qf5 34.d6 Nd3 35.Bxb6 Re8 36.Qg4 Qf7 37.d7 Re7 38.e6 Rxe6 39.Qxc4 Qxd7 40.Rxd3 Re1+ 41.Kh2 Qe7 42.Qc7 1-0

Adamski
30-12-2010, 05:56 PM
Congatulations to Hou - Who played well throughout the champs so seems a worthy winner.

Kevin Bonham
21-01-2011, 06:42 PM
Several players have signed a letter of complaint about many aspects of the conditions for this event.

http://chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=6952

FIDE will apparently respond.

Garvinator
21-01-2011, 06:53 PM
I think this type of letter is way too late. The protests needed to be done at the tournament.

Kevin Bonham
21-01-2011, 10:15 PM
I think this type of letter is way too late. The protests needed to be done at the tournament.

Yes; accompanied by threats of mass withdrawal if conditions really are unbearable.

Garvinator
21-01-2011, 10:25 PM
Yes; accompanied by threats of mass withdrawal if conditions really are unbearable.And of course if mass withdrawals are threatened, then they have to be followed through with if conditions are really that bad.

Being a ko tournament though, it would not have killed the tournament for fide to call their bluff and say if you do not play, you will lose your first round games and the tournament will go on without you.

In other formats, especially round robin, mass withdrawals hurt more.

Kevin Bonham
28-01-2011, 07:55 PM
FIDE reply

http://chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=6976

Many of the criticisms made in the letter are simply ignored or downplayed.

Garvinator
28-01-2011, 08:33 PM
FIDE reply http://chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=6976 Many of the criticisms made in the letter are simply ignored or downplayed.I am stunned. I am expected so much more of fide :lol:

Kevin Bonham
10-02-2011, 11:50 PM
Turkish Chess Federation were leaving it to FIDE to respond but have now responded themselves following FIDE's reply and addressing many issues not addressed by FIDE. They also take a swipe at the motivations of the complainants pointing out that none of them reached the quarter finals.

http://chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=7004

Garvinator
11-02-2011, 12:12 AM
They also take a swipe at the motivations of the complainants pointing out that none of them reached the quarter finals.I was considering making this point earlier, but the obvious answer back to that point is that the poor conditions is the reason why they did not do well.

ER
11-02-2011, 01:06 AM
I was considering making this point earlier, but the obvious answer back to that point is that the poor conditions is the reason why they did not do well.

whereas the non complainants who actually advanced in the final stages were all treated like empresses in the best establishments of course! :uhoh: :eek: :rolleyes:

Kevin Bonham
11-02-2011, 09:19 AM
It really proves nothing. A person's satisfaction with the event is likely to be influenced by their result so it would not be expected that those who did well (and received good prizemoney) would complain even if there was something to complain about.

ER
11-02-2011, 02:02 PM
It really proves nothing. A person's satisfaction with the event is likely to be influenced '...

It proves a lot!
That was too collective to be "a person's" satisfaction or dissatisfaction!
That was almost a movement!
FIDE and Turkey gave them the serve they deserved!