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Women's World Chess Championship 2011 (6)

Hou Yifan takes control against Humpy Koneru in World Title Match Game 6

Hou Yifan's two game lead looks close to decisive in this 10 game match. Photo ©

Hou Yifan's two game lead looks close to decisive in this 10 game match. Photo © | http://www.wwcc2011tirana.com

Hou Yifan beat Humpy Koneru in game 6 to take complete control of her 10 game Women's World Chess Championship match in Tirana in defence of her title. Her preparation was disturbed by severe stomach pains that led to her hospitalisation overnight. It seems this was the tension of the match because she played well surviving a dangerous opening and then exploiting some poor directionless play from Koneru to hand her a painful defeat.

Humpy Koneru against Hou Yifan

Game 6. Humpy Koneru against Hou Yifan. Photo © Anastasiya Karlovich and Anna Burtasova with kind permission of FIDE. http://www.wwcc2011tirana.com/

Anastasiya Karlovich, FIDE Press officer reports:

Humpy Koneru

Humpy Koneru in Round 6. Photo © Anastasiya Karlovich and Anna Burtasova with kind permission of FIDE. http://www.wwcc2011tirana.com/

The World champion won the sixth game of the match and is now two points ahead of the challenger Humpy Koneru. Although White got an edge from the opening, the Chinese managed to equalize and break the position in the time trouble to come out as a winner.

Humpy Koneru against Hou Yifan

Game 6. Humpy Koneru shakes hands with Hou Yifan. Photo © Anastasiya Karlovich and Anna Burtasova with kind permission of FIDE. http://www.wwcc2011tirana.com/

The outcome is even more surprising when one knows that Hou Yifan spent several hours in the hospital the previous night. 17 years old experienced severe pains in her stomach aria and was immediately taken into the best hospital of Tirana by the organizers and FIDE officials. The doctors checked her medical condition, but the necessary tests proved there was no other problem, beside psychological pressure. Hou Yifan declined taking any pain killers. After this "preparation" for the game she nevertheless sat at the board in a perfect fighting condition and managed not only to neutralize chess preparation of the opponent, but take an upper hand.

Hou Yifan in Round 6

Hou Yifan in Round 6. Photo © Anastasiya Karlovich and Anna Burtasova with kind permission of FIDE. http://www.wwcc2011tirana.com/

In the next four games Koneru should fight two points back to survive in the match. On the 22nd of November the players have a rest day. The 7th game of the match will be played on the 23rd of November.

The official tournament web page: http://www.wwcc2011tirana.com/

Humpy Koneru against Hou Yifan

Game 6. Humpy Koneru against Hou Yifan. 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
Hou, Yifan - Koneru, Humpy ½-½ 43 C80 Ruy Lopez Open
Koneru, Humpy - Hou, Yifan 0-1 38 D38 QGD Ragozin

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 ½ 1 . . . . 4 2725
Koneru, Humpy g IND 2600 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 . . . . 2 2453

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