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FIDE Women's World Chess Championship 2013 (2)

Hou Yifan held easily by Ushenina in Women's World Championship game 2

Hou Yifan vs Anna Ushenina Game 2. Photo © Anastasiya Karlovich.

Hou Yifan vs Anna Ushenina Game 2. Photo © Anastasiya Karlovich. | http://taizhou2013.fide.com

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.

WCh Women Taizhou
Ushenina, Anna - Hou, Yifan 0-1 41 E32 Nimzo Indian 4.Qc2
Hou, Yifan - Ushenina, Anna ½-½ 33 B33 Sicilian Sveshnikov

WCh Women Taizhou (CHN), 11 ix 2013
Name Ti NAT Rtng 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Perf
Hou, Yifan g CHN 2609 1 ½ . . . . . . . . 2693
Ushenina, Anna g UKR 2500 0 ½ . . . . . . . . ½ 2416

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