Posts Tagged ‘Humpy Koneru’

WWCC08: Hou Yifan Advances

Friday, September 12th, 2008

Koneru kept her nerve in the rapid tiebreakers bouncing back with a win in the second game to send it into double-overtime. Then Hou took over in the blitz games, taking the mini-match 4-2 and heading to the finals, where she’ll meet Alexandra Kosteniuk.

Here’s her first rapid win:

It’s obvious Black cannot take with the queen, but she’s up a pawn. See if you can find the winning line after 52…Kxc5.

WWCC08: Kosteniuk Thru To Finals!

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

Needing only a draw, Alexandra Kosteniuk happily forced a perpetual check from a position of superiority to clinch a berth in the finals, which thankfully will consist of four instead of two games. Still hardly the way to determine a champion, but what can you do?

In the other match, Humpy Koneru tied it up with a lucky win over Hou Yifan, when the latter allowed the opponent’s queen to penetrate her position (…Nxa5?).

“Hold on to your hats!” Tiebreak games tomorrow. :)

WWCC08 – Semis: Game 1

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

A couple great fighting games today:


What do you think, is it a surprise, Hou’s victory today?

Women’s World Chess Championship: Semifinal Pairings

Monday, September 8th, 2008

No tiebreakers needed this round! That means, tomorrow, the ladies finally get a well-deserved rest day before the following formidable match-ups get underway:

  • Alexandra Kosteniuk – Pia Cramling
  • Hou Yifan – Humpy Koneru

The veteran Cramling could probably be seen as something of a surprise, but she played some rather efficient chess in taking advantage of an apparently out-of-form Stefanova.

Today’s games were particularly interesting to me on account of their openings. It’s always exciting to see a rising star like Hou Yifan playing a somewhat offbeat opening that with which you yourself have been known to tussle. In this case, the exchange Caro-Kann, with Bd3 as White. Can’t say that I’ve been all too successful with it, as Braden Bournival can happily attest. But, I enjoy the ease of development and simple plan, nonetheless.

The other game of import to me was Kosteniuk’s crush of Ushenina from the black side of a Nimzo-Indian. Having studied the awesome Chess Openings For Black with the idea of abandoning my beloved King’s Indian Defense (I still waver about ending that lifelong relationship, and return to it from time to time), the fireworks in this one impressed.

So, what does the book have to say about this line?

Ack! It doesn’t. 4…d5 is not its recommendation, and since it’s a repertoire book, it only has to give you a primary move or two against each variation of the opponent. I could’ve sworn I’d seen this whole wild 11.Be5 0-0 line in recent high-level play. Perhaps it was one of Kramnik’s games?

WWCC08 – Round of 16 Pairings

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

Ah well, no Americans left in the draw. :(

We’re getting down to some real heavy-hitters here!
The matchups for the next round of mini-matches:

  • Svetlana Matveeva – Anna Ushenina
  • Hoang Thanh Trang – Humpy Koneru
  • Yifan Hou – Elena Sedina
  • Inna Gaponenko – Antoaneta Stefanova
  • Pia Cramling – Lufei Ruan
  • Dronavalli Harika – Lilit Mkrtchian
  • Yang Shen – Nadezhda Kosintseva
  • Aleksandra Kosteniuk – Tatjana Kosintseva

Serious chess. Serious fun!