Friday, September 12, 2008

2008 Women World Championship Semi Final : Hou Yifan beat Koneru Humpy !

Update: GM Hou Yifan has just beat the top seed GM Koneru Humpy from India in their tie break games tonight. After the rapid tie break game ended in a 1-1 draw, Hou Yifan win both of the blitz tie break and win the match. He will meet Russian - Alexandra Kosteniuk in the Final.

The 2008 Semifinal Women World Championship between GM Hou Yifan (photo left) versus GM Koneru Humpy (photo right) is being held now at Nalchik, Russia. After the two classical game finished with a 1-1 draw the players play a two rapid tie break game that have just finished with a 1-1 draw. Both player are now playing in a 4th tie break game with a blitz time control.

Below is the final blitz game of the match.

WGM Hou Yifan (2557) - GM Koneru Humpy (2622)
2008 World Women Championship,

Semifinal Game 4 Tiebreak (Blitz)

White has the advantage thanks to his e6 passed pawn but the game are far from over however Koneru made the task easier fro Yi fan after...

35...Rfe8? ( She should have played the more active move such as 35...Bd2 36.Rd1 Qe3 and remain active) 36. Qxf4 ?! ( 36.Rxf4! Rxe6 37. Qxe6 Qxf4 38. Qxa6 is clear win ) 36...Qxf4 37. Rxf4 Rxe6 38. Rf7 c5 ? ( 38...Re8 is better . Black should not let white dominate his bank rank. ) 39.Rc7 Rd2 40.Rb1 Re8 41. Rb7 and black resign 1-0

WGM_Hou Yifan - GM_Koneru Humpy

2008 World Women Championship,

Semifinal Game 1(Rapid) ,12.9.08

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 Nb8 10.d4 Nbd7 11.Nbd2 Bb7 12.Bc2 Re8 13.Nf1 Bf8 14.Ng3 g6 15.b3 Bg7 16.d5 Rc8 17.Be3 c6 18.c4 Nb6 19.Rb1 Qc7 20.dxc6 Bxc6 21.Bxb6 Qxb6 22.Qxd6 Rcd8 23.Qb4 Bf8 24.Qc3 Bc5 25.Re2 b4 26.Qe1 Kg7 27.Rd1 Rxd1 28.Qxd1 Rd8 29.Qc1 Nd7 30.Qg5 f6 31.Qg4 Kf7 32.Rd2 Nf8 33.Rxd8 Qxd8 34.Ne1 Ne6 35.Nd3 Be7 36.Qd1 Qd4 37.Nc1 Qb6 38.Nf1 Bc5 39.Nd3 Bd4 40.Qe1 a5 41.Ng3 Kg7 42.Bd1 Bc3 43.Qe2 Qb7 44.Qg4 Qd7 45.Be2 Kf7 46.h4 h5 47.Qf3 Ke7 48.Qe3 Qd4 49.Qh6 Bxe4 50.Qh7+ 50...Kd6 ?? black should settle for a draw with 50...Ke8 51.Qg8+ Ke7 52.Qh7+ 51.c5+ Nxc5 52.Nxc5 Kd5 black resign without waiting for 53.Ngxe4 winning material black is lost after 52...Bc6 53.Na6 Qb6 54.Qxg6 e4 55.Bc4 e3 56.Nf5+ Ke5 57.Nxe3 Kd6 58.Qg8 Bd7 59.Nd5 Qb7 60.Qf8+ Ke5 61.Qxf6+ 1-0

updated : Hou Yifan win 1st blitz tie break...she just need a draw in the second blitz tie break to ensure place in the final...and she will be playing white !

The 2nd Rapid game ended in a win for Koneru after a blunder by Yi Fan.

GM_Koneru Humpy vs GM_Hou Yifan –

2008 World Women Championship,

Semifinal Game 2 (Rapid) ,12.9.08

1.d4 e6 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.Nbd2 Bb4 6.Qc2 0–0 7.Bg2 d5 8.0–0 Nbd7 9.Ne5 Bb7 10.cxd5 Nxe5 11.dxe5 Nxd5 12.a3 Bxd2 13.Bxd2 c5 14.f4 Qc7 15.e4 Ne7 16.Bc3 Rad8 17.g4 Nc6 18.Qf2 Nd4 19.Rfe1 f6 20.exf6 Rxf6 21.f5 exf5 22.gxf5 Rff8 23.Bd2 Qf7 24.Bg5 Rd7 25.Re3 Qh5 26.Bf4 Rfd8 27.Rae1 Ba6 28.Kh1

28...Ne2?? A blunder. Hou Yi fan should have play : 28...Re8 which is more or less equal chance 29.Bf3 now she simply lost a piece without any real compensation 29...Qf7 30.Bxe2 Rd2 31.Qh4 Bxe2 32.R3xe2 R2d3 33.Rg2 R8d7 34.Be5 Qb3 35.Qh6 36.Rxg7+ Kf8 37.Qf6+ Ke8 38.Rg2 Rd1 39.Qc6+ Kf8 40.Bg7+ Ke7 41.Bf6+ Kf8 42.Qc8+ Kf7 43.Qg8+ 1-0

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