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Women's World Chess Championship 2011 (4)

Hou Yifan still leads after draw in Women's World Championship Game 4

Hou Yifan drew with Humpy Koneru in game 4. Photo © Anastasiya Karlovich and Anna Burtasova with kind permission of FIDE.

Hou Yifan drew with Humpy Koneru in game 4. Photo © Anastasiya Karlovich and Anna Burtasova with kind permission of FIDE. | http://www.wwcc2011tirana.com

Hou Yifan was held reasonably comfortably by Humpy Koneru in game 4 of the Women's World Chess Championships in Tirana. They followed the entire game Smirin-Kaidanov Ashdod 2004 after which black was fine. Hou did emerge with an extra pawn but it was useless for winning purposes and the draw was agreed in 58 moves. Score Hou Yifan 2.5 Humpy Koneru 1.5. Game 5 2pm GMT on Sunday 19th November 2011.

Hou Yifan against Humpy Koneru in Game 4

Hou Yifan against Humpy Koneru in Game 4. Photo © Anastasiya Karlovich and Anna Burtasova with kind permission of FIDE. http://www.wwcc2011tirana.com/

Anastasiya Karlovich, FIDE Press officer reports:

In the fourth game of the match World champion Hou Yifan had white pieces. As her opponent Humpy Koneru said at the post-game press-conference, White got an edge and was pressing throughout the game – she had to defend the position that was not pleasant for her.

Hou Yifan in Game 4.

Hou Yifan in Game 4. Photo © Anastasiya Karlovich with kind permission of FIDE. http://www.wwcc2011tirana.com/

In the deep endgame White managed to win a pawn, but there were not many sources left for a fight – both players had a rook and a knight. The challenger defended this endgame well despite being short on time and the opponents agreed a draw. The game finished only at 8pm and this was the longest encounter of the match so far.

After 4 games World champion Hou Yifan is leading with 2,5 points. Humpy Koneru has 1.5.

Hou Yifan against Humpy Koneru in Game 4

Hou Yifan against Humpy Koneru in Game 4. Photo © Anastasiya Karlovich and Anna Burtasova with kind permission of FIDE. http://www.wwcc2011tirana.com/

On the 19th of November the players have a rest day. The match will continue on the 20th of November. Hou Yifan will have white pieces again. The measure of changing the colors after the fourth game has a goal to prevent the same player to have white pieces after each of the rest days throughout the match because this might give her an advantage in preparation.

Humpy Koneru in Round 4.

Humpy Koneru in Round 4. Photo © Anastasiya Karlovich and Anna Burtasova with kind permission of FIDE. http://www.wwcc2011tirana.com/

WCh w Tirana
Koneru, Humpy - Hou, Yifan ½-½ 80 E06 Catalan
Hou, Yifan - Koneru, Humpy ½-½ 42 C42 Petroff's Defence
Koneru, Humpy - Hou, Yifan 0-1 37 D38 QGD Ragozin
Hou, Yifan - Koneru, Humpy ½-½ 58 C80 Ruy Lopez Open

WCh w Tirana (ALB), 14 - 30 xi 2011
Name Ti NAT Rtng 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Perf
Hou, Yifan g CHN 2578 ½ ½ 1 ½ . . . . . . 2695
Koneru, Humpy g IND 2600 ½ ½ 0 ½ . . . . . . 2491

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