FIDE Women's World Chess Championship 2013 (Games and Results)
FIDE Women's World Chess Championship 2013
Mark Crowther - Friday 20th September 2013
The FIDE Women's World Chess Championship 2013 took place in Taizhou, China 11th to 20th September 2013. Anna Ushenina (rated 2500) was became surprise women's champion in a knock-out last year. However Hou Yifan (2609) had a huge rating advantage and she was a big favourite. Ushenina's excellent preparation was the key for her chances especially as Hou Yifan has now become a student. It turned out that Hou Yifan was a class above Ushenina (who was also in terrible time trouble in many games) overpowering her in middle-game tactics for a crushing 5.5-1.5 win. Hou Yifan will have to defend her title in another knock-out event currently in the calendar (venue undecided) 11th to 31st October 2014.
The second game of the FIDE Women's World Chess Championship in Taizhou, China was drawn in just 33 moves and just two and a half hours play. Just as in game one Ushenina had the better opening preparation at least equalising and forcing her opponent to trade quickly to a draw. Ushenina played the Sveshnikov variation and her choice of 17...b4 (played rarely but the games Kamsky-Lautier, Anand-Kramnik and Almasi-Shirov suggests pedigree) seemed to catch out Hou. 18.h4 was new but it seems not especially good as Hou almost immediately went for simplification and a draw. Next game Sat 14th Sept 2013 when Ushenina will have white.
FIDE Women's World Chess Championship 2013 (2)
Mark Crowther (Thu Sep 12 14:09:00 2013)
Hou Yifan vs Anna Ushenina Game 2. Photo © Anastasiya Karlovich. | http://taizhou2013.fide.com
FIDE Women's World Chess Championship 2013 (1)
Mark Crowther | Wed Sep 11 12:39:00 2013
World Chess Championship Women 2013 (Taizhou CHN)
Tue 10th Sep 2013 - Sat 28th Sep 2013 - Official Site
WCh Women 2013 (2 players 10 Rds Match Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games
WCh Women 2013 (2 players 10 Rds Match Indiv TC: 90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games
| WCh Women 2013 Taizhou CHN Tue 10th Sep 2013 - Sat 28th Sep 2013
Leading Round 7 (of 10) Standings: