Cramling, Hou Yifan, Koneru, Kosteniuk through

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Pia Cramling, Hou Yifan, Humpy Koneru and Aleksandra Kosteniuk all needed just two games to beat their opponents and qualify for the semis at the Women World Championship in Nalchik, Russia.

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Top seeded Humpy Koneru from India, the world's number two behind Judit Polgar who never plays in women-only events, also won her second game against Shen Yang from China. Koneru actually has played only six games yet, and no tiebreak thus far: in the first round she beat Yorsa Alaa El Din from Egypt 2-0 and then in the second she qualified automatically because both Lomineishvili and Khukhashvili had canceled their participation. In the third round Koneru knocked out Hoang Thanh Trang (Hungary) 1.5-0.5 and so now Shen Yang 2-0.

Pia Cramling, the other player who won her first quarter final game yesterday, came under pressure against Stefanova and even lost a pawn, but after Stefanova blundered on move 36, all that was left for the former world champion from Bulgaria was to save the draw.

Lilit Mkrtchian played a few weak moves with her king's knight and you shouldn't do this against Hou Yifan, who will spot 23.Bxg6! in a split second. Relatively best was to play 23...Kg8 there because White's attack was just too strong.

Anna Ushenina from the Ukraine soon found herself in a lost position after a very interesting novelty played by Aleksandra Kosteniuk in a line from the Nimzo-Indian. After that new move, Ushenina immediately made a big mistake and 16...d4 sealed here fate.



Round 4





































 
Name

Rtng
G1 G2 Rp1 Rp2 Bz1 Bz2

SD
Total
 
Round 4 Match 01
RUS
Kosteniuk, Aleksandra 2510
?Ǭ?
1
         
1.5
UKR
Ushenina, Anna 2476
?Ǭ?
0
         
0.5
 
Round 4 Match 02
IND
Koneru, Humpy 2622
1
1
         
2
CHN
Shen, Yang 2445
0
0
         
0
 
Round 4 Match 03
ARM
Mkrtchian, Lilit 2436
?Ǭ?
0
         
0.5
CHN
Hou, Yifan 2557
?Ǭ?
1
         
1.5
 
Round 4 Match 04
BUL
Stefanova, Antoaneta 2550
0
?Ǭ?
         
0.5
SWE
Cramling, Pia 2544
1
?Ǭ?
         
1.5






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