Hou Yifan One Point From Title

  • FM MikeKlein
  • on 9/18/13, 8:41 AM.

GM Hou Yifan now has three wins and three draws from six games against Women's World Champion GM Anna Ushenina in their best-of-ten series. The Chinese teenager, playing near her hometown in Taizhou, now only needs one point from her final four games to recapture the top title in women's chess.


Hou Yifan won her third game today from the Black side to remain perfect with that color. Unlke rounds one and three, which were Nimzo-Indians, the Queen's Indian was used in round six. Even with the change, Hou Yifan did not spend much time in the opening, and got her attack going with a Benoni-style pawn structure.

Ushenina tried to mitigate the pressure with an exchange sacrifice, but Black's rooks proved too dominant. Running low on time, White began to make errors leading up to the time control.

Facing a desperate situation, Ushenina made her 40th move, Bxa1, but her time ran out before she pressed her clock, leading to a loss on time.


All three games in which Hou Yifan was White ended in draws.


The players will have a rest day tomorrow, with round seven to come September 20th. The match could end then, if Hou Yifan wins with White to get to the winning margin of 5.5 points.

All pictures courtesy FIDE Press Officer Anastasiya Karlovich.

10751 reads 35 comments
6 votes


  • 3 years ago


    I hope yifan loses soon!you can't improve in chess without mistakes!

  • 3 years ago


    Lady Capablanca!!!!!!!!!

  • 3 years ago

    FM gauranga

    This is a mismatch.

  • 3 years ago


    The same person created both the article on chessvibe.com and the one here on chess.com

  • 3 years ago


    thats what I thought !

  • 3 years ago


    The same author on both websites. my bad.

  • 3 years ago


    @qstone: I think Mike Klein copied... Mike Klein :-) (look at the author)

  • 3 years ago


    So who copy who?

  • 3 years ago


    Exact same article on chessvibes.com. not sure who copied who.

  • 3 years ago


    Hou Yifan will be the Women's WCC for a long time to come.

  • 3 years ago


    hou plays very simple and atractive

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