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Hou Yifan Pulling Away in China

  • FM MikeKlein
  • on 9/14/13, 12:56 PM.

A second win as Black has widened GM Hou Yifan's lead over GM Anna Ushenina in the 2013 Women's World Championship Match in Taizhou, China. The challenger drew an uneventful game in round two but won convincingly in round three.

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Hou Yifan again used the Nimzo-Indian but won in only 24 moves, as opposed to her opening-round win, which at least lasted until just after the time control (41 moves).

In round two, the pair played to a draw in the Sveshnikov after Ushenina's minority attack effectively cleared out all the queenside pawns.



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The women are playing a 10-game match, with the first to 5.5 winning the title. They will play two games, have a rest day, then repeat. Hou Yifan has White today.

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  • 13 months ago

    bbb1

    ..and then I remembered Yi Fan defeated Judith last year at the Tradewise Gibrlatar masters.

    Pardon my fading memory.

    http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1655416

  • 13 months ago

    Twobit

    Yifan won again for the third time.

  • 13 months ago

    Abi-Alx-Sam

    hey.... so 5th - draw, 6th - Hou (with black) now Hou 4.5 - 1.5 Ushenina. 1 point more for Hou to win. 

  • 13 months ago

    bbb1

    Judith vs YiFan can only happen if YiFan takes part in more Men's events and if Judith can take time off from her babes. :)

  • 13 months ago

    jcm1978

    No more updates?

  • 13 months ago

    carlito2012

    Boring, the real strong woman who would crush Yifan, and everyone else is Polgar. So they are just wasting time between low players.

  • 13 months ago

    Minttunator

    4th round update: the 4th game was a draw, so Hou is still up 2 full points. Today is a rest day. Smile

  • 13 months ago

    SummerStorm

    I looked at the first 3 games yesterday and it was amazing how varied they were. Each game was really unique.

     

    Ushenina appears to know how the pieces move and is tactically sound enough and knows her openings about 10 moves, but after that she has trouble putting together consistent or planned play.

     

    Hou has been, and remains, very strong tactically and handles open positions beautifully, but she has also added more knowledge of unbalanced positions (see game 1).

     

    Indeed, if things continue this way it will be a major mismatch. But, I'm not surprised. Hou has played well against 2700+ players and Ushenina just hasn't had the chance to play in events at that level.

  • 13 months ago

    gnarledbrain

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    gnarledbrain

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  • 13 months ago

    Wappinschaw

    It shall be over in a few more games.

  • 13 months ago

    Wappinschaw

    Major mismatch!

  • 13 months ago

    Balachandar

    Why have they returned to a match format this time when it was a tournament in the last WC?

  • 13 months ago

    platolag

    When will we get to see the game we all want Judit Polgar vs Hou Yifan! 

  • 13 months ago

    b2b2

    Match over, Yifan owns the psychological element; Ushenina's play is defensive/conservative (even with White pieces).  During post-game interview, Ushenina let Yifan answer all commentator questions, even on questions directed to Ushenina.

  • 13 months ago

    schengw

    Hou played really good and she has also 100 more elo than the Ukrainer

  • 13 months ago

    weitiandilixin

    Congratulations!

     

     

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  • 13 months ago

    AkshitaGorti

    Go Hou,Yifan!

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