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Hou Yifan Retains Women's World Championship

  • SonofPearl
  • on 11/24/11, 10:30 AM.

Hou Yifan drew the eighth game of her ten-game match with challenger Humpy Koneru to retain the title with two games to spare.

The final score in Hou Yifan's favour was an impressive 5½-2½, winning three games, drawing five and losing none.  As the winner, she takes home € 120,000.

At just 17 years of age the Chinese champion has the potential to improve still further, dominating women's chess and holding the title for many years.

Congratulations to Hou Yifan, Women's World Chess Champion!

 Name Nat Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total
 Hou, Yifan  CHN 2578 ½  ½  1 ½
½
1
1
½
 Koneru, Humpy  IND 2600 ½  ½  0 ½
½
0
0
½

 

Hou Yifan WWC2011_Rd8.jpg

 

 

A pressing question now must be whether or not Hou Yifan should focus on "open" events, instead of women's events, challenging herself to compete with the best male players.

Judit Polgar has been the top rated women's chess player for more than two decades and achieved her success by almost exclusively playing against men. Will Hou Yifan follow the same path and could she eventually displace Polgar as the top rated woman in the world?

The latest 'live' ratings for the top women show Hou Yifan has jumped to #2 in the rankings at 2595 Elo, ahead of her defeated challenger Koneru Humpy on 2583 Elo, but still well short of Judit Polgar's 2710 Elo rating.

Photo from the official website.

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  • 3 years ago

    chessrook1234

    but judith decided not to compete..Judth has her own goals and this isnt one of them.so, instead of talking hypothetically, lets send congrats to the actual players in the final and the winner..

     

    this is like carlson not competing for the world championship..its his loss just like it is everyone elses..sine we now miss out on some great matches.

  • 3 years ago

    chessrook1234

    I still think Hou needs a hair stylist ;-)

  • 3 years ago

    _valentin_

    The end result of this match has made people believe that it was an easy achievement.  

    In reality, as you would understand if you watch/read the comments of GMs on the games, it was Koneru who pushed and pushed in almost every game, yet her mistake was that she didn't know when to stop pushing and lost as a result of overstretching in all three games.  Had she played more prudently, it would have been all draws in these eight games.  This is not to diminish the accomplishment of Yifan Hou, but to point out that the match win wasn't the result of some kind of domination on her part -- rather, repeated mistakes of the same (overstretching) type by her opponent yielded the wins.

  • 3 years ago

    ErickCartman

    i am kinda confused. here it is Hou's winning the world championship, so why would on earth some people like to involve Polgar here and say she will beat Hou easily like 11-1(and really????)? Everybody knows that Hou has a lower rating compared with Polgar but what's the point here? just because you don't wish a chinese young girl Hou to win so put these mean comments here to seek some comfort?

    and, Hou is only 17, and world championship title twice

  • 3 years ago

    GeniusKJ

    Polgar - Yifan would be like 11 - 1 if they played 12 games. 

  • 3 years ago

    ccube1979

    i think polgar style is hanging and yi fan is more solid(computer based), but as of this moment polgar will eat yin fan any day

    perhaps with proper training and dedication she'll be able to match polgar but not today

  • 3 years ago

    Twobit

    By the way, whatever happened to the other sisters? There were three of them, "The Incredible Polgar Sisters".

  • 3 years ago

    GeniusKJ

    Congrats to Hou Yifan!

    But I think she has years of homework left to do before she's worthy of challenging Judit Polgar.

  • 3 years ago

    Ruslanchik

    Great win by Hou. She was never really challenged by Koneru, who I thought would give her much more competition. I agree with many here that Yifan should focus on open events. The prize money will be less and her results will be frustrating, but she should improve greatly. We can all see that she has great potential. I hope she makes the most of it.

  • 3 years ago

    rahulbcp

    congrats to hou!!!

  • 3 years ago

    wait4GF

    Kiss congratulations to Hou ╭(╯3╰)╮

  • 3 years ago

    amrita1

    Congratulations to Hou Yifan !!!

    Better Luck & a hard work next time Humpy,we are still proud of you for what you have achieved till now !!!

  • 3 years ago

    _valentin_

    Congratulations indeed!

    It seems that Yifan Hou would benefit a lot from playing in open events, as she has done already -- including competing for the men's world cup in its most recent two editions: this is a clear path to improving her chess even further, over the coming years.

    A very good trainer will be indispensable too. China has a few top-rated players whom she can learn from (and play with); or they can hire someone from the outside, e.g., like Morozevich has worked with Zhu Chen (QTR) for several years.  This should not be hard for the Chinese to organize either way, if they wish to see her stay dominant on top of the women's chess for years.

  • 3 years ago

    platolag

    Thumbs up!

  • 3 years ago

    mycreativemind

    Creative mind Hou.Congratulations

  • 3 years ago

    rubensrocha

    Well done, congratulation to Hou Yifan.

    Soon she'll be among the 2700 players! 

  • 3 years ago

    mycreativemind

    Brilliant mind.Go Hou.Congratulations.

  • 3 years ago

    alec40


    :) Good job Hou well done.

  • 3 years ago

    Twobit

    Yeah, maybe just like Kasparov trained Carlsen, Polgar should train Hou Yifan. It is true, she is clearly the best player now, she would benefit from moving toward men's chess. Congratulations!
  • 3 years ago

    jootoo

    happy

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