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Women's World Chess Championship 2011 (7)

Hou Yifan virtually home in her defence of Women's World Title against Koneru

Job almost done for Hou Yifan. Photo © Anastasiya Karlovich and Anna Burtasova  with kind permission of FIDE.

Job almost done for Hou Yifan. Photo © Anastasiya Karlovich and Anna Burtasova with kind permission of FIDE. | http://www.wwcc2011tirana.com

Hou Yifan took a practically decisive 5-2 lead against Humpy Koneru and now only needs a draw to retain her World Chess Championship title. In game 7 she again outclassed Koneru in the middle-game eventually forcing the win of a pawn which turned out to be decisive. Better and tougher preparation earlier in the year, huge backing from the Chinese Chess Federation, a huge plus score against Koneru, two match wins in the FIDE KO format against Koneru, youth and I believe superior talent all on her side all suggested to me that this would happen.

Humpy Koneru against Hou Yifan

Game 7. Hou Yifan against Humpy Koneru. Photo © Anastasiya Karlovich and Anna Burtasova with kind permission of FIDE. http://www.wwcc2011tirana.com/

Hou Yifan - Koneru,Humpy [C92]
WCh w Tirana ALB (7), 23.11.2011

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 0-0 9.h3 Qd7 10.d4 Re8 11.Nbd2 Bf8 12.a3 Bb7 13.d5 Ne7 14.Nf1 Ng6 15.N3h2 c6 16.Bg5 Be7 17.dxc6 Bxc6 18.Ng3 Nf4 19.Bxf6 Bxf6 20.Nh5 Qe7 21.Qf3 Bg5 22.Rad1 Ne6 23.Ng4 Rf8 24.Ne3 Bxe3 25.Qxe3 Rad8 26.Ng3 g6 27.Rd2 h5 28.Qh6 Nf4 29.Ne2 Qf6 30.Nxf4 exf4 31.Rd3 Rfe8 32.Rf3 Rd7 33.Rxf4

Humpy Koneru

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Hou Yifan

Position after 33.Rxf4

34...Qg7 34.Qg5 Re5 35.Qg3 Rde7 36.Rd1 g5 37.Rf5 Bxe4 38.Rxe5 Qxe5 39.Rxd6 Qxg3 40.fxg3 Bb7 41.Kf2 Kg7 42.Bd1 h4 43.gxh4 gxh4 44.Rd4 Be4 45.Bf3 Bxf3 46.Kxf3 Re1 47.Rxh4 Rb1 48.Rb4 Kf6 49.Ke3 Ke5 50.Re4+ Kd5 51.Rd4+ Ke5 52.Rd2 f5 53.Kd3 Kf4 54.Rf2+ Kg3 55.Rxf5 Rxb2 56.Rg5+ Kh4 57.Rg6 a5 58.Rg4+ Kh5 59.Re4 Kg6 60.Re2 Rb3 61.Ra2 b4 62.axb4 axb4 63.Rc2 Ra3 64.Kd4 bxc3 65.Rxc3 Ra2 66.Rg3+ Kh5 67.Ke3 Ra3+ 68.Kf2 Ra2+ 69.Kg1 Ra1+ 70.Kh2 Ra2 71.Rd3 Ra5 72.Rd4 Rb5 73.h4 Rb3 74.g3 Rb1 75.Kh3 Rh1+ 76.Kg2 Ra1 77.Rd5+ Kh6 78.Kh3 Ra3 79.Re5 Ra4 80.Re3 Ra6 81.g4 Ra1 82.Re6+ Kg7 83.h5 Rh1+ 84.Kg3 Kh7 85.Kf4 Rf1+ 86.Kg5 Rf7 87.h6 Ra7 88.Kh5 Ra5+ 89.g5 Rb5 90.Re7+ Kg8 91.Kg6 Rb6+ 92.Kf5 Rb5+ 93.Kf6 Rb6+ 94.Re6 Rb8 95.g6 Kh8 96.Re5 Ra8 97.Kg5 1-0

Hou Yifan

Game 7. Hou Yifan. Photo © Anastasiya Karlovich and Anna Burtasova with kind permission of FIDE. http://www.wwcc2011tirana.com/

Humpy Koneru

Game 7. Humpy Koneru. 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
Hou, Yifan - Koneru, Humpy 1-0 97 C92 Ruy Lopez Chigorin

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 1 . . . 5 2758
Koneru, Humpy g IND 2600 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 0 . . . 2 2420

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