Posts Tagged ‘Shen Yang’

WWCC08 – Quarterfinals Game 1

Sunday, September 7th, 2008

The round-of-16 FIDE bulletin is ready, and the quarterfinals are underway.

  • Kosteniuk – Ushenina (1/2 – 1/2)
  • Koneru – Shen Yang (1 – 0)
  • Mkrtchian – Hou Yifan (1/2 – 1/2)
  • Stefanova – Cramling (0 – 1)

My pick for most exciting game of the day goes to Koneru’s for her well-calculated sacrificial (one piece after another) attack.

Junior 10.1 assigns exclamation marks to both 21.Bxg6 and 27.Nxd5. In other words, there’s no bluff to these shots!

Women’s Chess Championship – Hou’s 1st Loss

Friday, September 5th, 2008

It seems almost inevitable: As soon as someone mentions an athlete’s stellar performance, their next shot, serve, game, etc., goes down the tubes. So it was with Yifan Hou. After being celebrated as the only undefeated player of the Championship, she lost her first game today.

So, it’s off to the tiebreaks for her tomorrow, where she and her opponent will be joined by one other match, that of Shen Yang and Nadezhda Kosintseva, who got there by way of two draws. As for the rest, the quarterfinals in the top half of the draw are now set.

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Serious chess. Serious fun!