Women's World Championship: Hou Wins Game 3

Women's World Championship: Hou Wins Game 3

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Nov 17, 2011, 10:44 AM |
23 | Chess Event Coverage

The third game of the 2011 Women's World Championship in Tirana, Albania produced the first decisive game of the 10-game match.

Champion Hou Yifan took the initiative early on with the black pieces and outplayed her Indian challenger Humpy Koneru to take the lead.

A much better game for the champion, and a major setback for the challenger after a good start to the match. Game four is tomorrow (Friday 18 November) when Hou Yifan will have the white pieces.

The handshake at the start of the third match game; the first decisive result

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


The total prize fund is 200,000 euros, with the main match sponsor being Taci Oil International.

The time control is 40 moves in 90 minutes, then 30 minutes to finish the game, with a 30 second increment from the start.

If the scores are level after 10 games there will be a 4-game rapid match to determine the champion. If scores are still level, there will be up to 5 pairs of blitz games before a final sudden-death game.  The full schedule can be found here.

The full FIDE match regulations are here

Photo from the official website.

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