For Kosteniuk, this win proved that having a family is not an obstacle to achieve her dreams to be the World Champion ! She delivered a baby girl last year. Another interetsing part is the totle now goes back to Russia ( Soviet Union in the past) after 17 years. Maya Chiburdanaze is the last Russian who won the title from 1991 - 1996 before the chinese start dominating women chess .
GM Alexandra Kosteniuk (2510) – WGM Hou Yifan (2557)
2008 WCC Final ,Game 4, 17.09.2008
1.e4 c5 In a must win situation, Hou Yifan correctly choose the Sicilian which offer complicated play in many variations. 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Be2 Be7 8.0–0 a6 9.a4 0–0 10.f4 Qc7
The game now transpose into the Scheveningen Variation.11.Kh1 Bd7 12.Nb3 b6 13.Qe1 Bc8 Probably a new move. I can't find it in the database. Black relocate his bishop to b7 after ...b6. This is possible after white retreat his knight to b3 because if white play f5, black doesnt have to defend e6 with the bishop. 14.Qg3 Bb7 15.f5 Kh8 16.Rad1 Rae8 17.fxe6 fxe6 18.Qh3 Bd8 19.Nd4 Nxd4 20.Rxd4 e5 21.Rc4 Qb8 22.Rd1 b5 23.axb5 axb5 24.Nxb5 Nxe4 25.Bd3 Nf6 26.Rh4 e4 27.Be2 Bc8 28.Qg3 Ba6 29.c4 Bxb5 30.cxb5 Bb6
31.Bf4 if 31.Bxb6 black will have a strong initiative with 31...Qxb6 32.Rxd6 Rc8 33.Rd1 Rc2 and white have to defend carefully 31...Qa7 32.Bxd6 Bf2 33.Qf4 There is one famous chess wisdom that say : " if you attack your opponent piece and he attack another piece of yours ...attack another one of his piece !" 33...Nd5! 34.Qc1 Rc8 35.Qd2...35... Rfd8? a serious mistake that could be the turning point of the game ( and the championship!) 35...Rf6 is better 36.Rxh7+! Kxh7 37.Qxd5 Qa8 38.Qf5+ Kg8 39.Qxf2 Kosteniuk missed the stronger 39.b6 ! 39...Kh8 40.Qe7 40.g3! is suggested by Fritz- with the idea of ..Rd5 - Rh4 or Bf4 40...Qh6 Yifan should have been relive to reach the time control with a playable position ! 41.h3 Qg6 42.Qe5 Bb6
43.Bh5 Qh6 44.Bg4 e3 45.Qe4 45...Qf6 ? Now this is a serious mistake. Black should have use his main threat - the passed pawn on e3 by supporting it with 45...Re8 and threaten to push it after that! 46.Rd5! now white is threatening the desicive Rh5+ and later Be6++ 46... Ra1+ 47.Kh2 Qxd6+ Black is force to sac her queen because after 47...Qh6 48.Bf4 Qh7 49.Rh5 still her queen will be capture ! 48.Rxd6 Bc7
49.Qf5 Bxd6+ 50.g3 Kg8 51.Qd5+ Kf8 52.Qf5+ Kosteniuk can ask for more with 52.Qf3+ Ke7 53.Qxe3+ but she wisely choose to secure the title with the force perpectual 52...Ke7 53.Qe6+ Kf8 54.Qf5+ Kg8 55.Qd5+ Kf8 56.Qf5+ ½–½
We have a new Women World Champion - Alexandra Kosteniuk !