Posts Tagged ‘Ushenina’

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!


WWCC08 – Quarterfinal Pairings

Saturday, September 6th, 2008

While Yifan Hou easily dispatched her opponent in the tiebreak, the battle between GM Shen Yang and IM Nadezhda Kosintseva was a more rocky (and tragic) affair. After winning the first rapid game, Kosintseva looked well on her way to a draw from a superior position. Then something happened — probably time-trouble — and suddenly it was game over… but for the “wrong” player.

Unable to recover, she offered little resistance in the blitz games. Chess can be a cruel game indeed!

So, here we have it, the quarterfinals are upon us:

  • Kosteniuk-Ushenina
  • Koneru-Shen
  • Mkrtchian-Hou
  • Stefanova-Cramling


Serious chess. Serious fun!