WWCC08: Kosteniuk 1 Hou 0

Today saw Game 1 of the Women’s World Chess Championship. In a masterful display of superior positional understanding, Alexandra Kosteniuk slowly constricted her young opponent from the Black side before unleashing a pawn- and game-winning combination.

As Sergey Shipov wrote in the Semifinal Bulletin,

“The women’s championship is far more interesting than men’s! Women always play aggressive chess. Nobody is over-cautious or uses the defensive approach. Being a man, it is a bit offensive for me to admit that the girls are much closer to the great medieval ideals…”

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