Posts Tagged ‘Women’s World Chess Championship 2008’

WWCC08: Kosteniuk 1.5 – Hou 0.5

Monday, September 15th, 2008

Today’s game was a shocker. At first, with Hou Yifan having equalized easily out of the opening with Black, it looked like a draw was the most likely result. However, in such a short match, there’s hardly any time to catch one’s breath, so she pressed on in hopes of leveling the score. Alas, it only got her into trouble, and Kosteniuk, after 36.c4 and the exchange of queens which followed, appeared to be heading to a sure win. Such was not to be the case either. Clearly, Alexandra misplayed something. But just as clearly, Hou’s defense in the ensuing Rook and Pawn endgame is to be applauded.

Just look at that final position! Three pawns up yet no win in sight.

WWCC08: Kosteniuk 1 Hou 0

Sunday, September 14th, 2008

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…”

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?

Serious chess. Serious fun!