2010 Women’s Chess Championship: Round #3

2010 Women World Chess Championship
Round #3 Pairings
# Player ELO
Nation
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Player ELO
Nation
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1 Kosteniuk 2507
RUS
Russia
Ruan 2480
CHN
China
2 Muzychuk,M 2462
UKR
Ukraine
Harika 2525
IND
India
3 Dembo 2454
GRE
Greece
Zhao 2474
CHN
China
4 Skripchenko 2460
FRA
France
Cmilyte 2514
LTU
Lithuania
5 Koneru 2600
IND
India
Zatonskih 2478
USA
USA
6 Muzychuk,A 2462
SLO
Slovenia
Ju 2524
CHN
China
7 Hou 2591
CHN
China
Zhu 2477
QAT
Qatar
8 Huang 2402
CHN
China
Lahno 2522
UKR
Ukraine

Round #3 – Game #1
Friday, 10 December 2010

Excitement galore in third round!

Kosteniuk-Ruan, ½-½
Harika-Muzychuk,M, ½-½
Zhao-Dembo, 1-0
Skripchenko-Cmilyte, ½-½
Zatonskih-Koneru, 0-1
Muzychuk,A-Ju, 0-1
Hou-Zhu, 1-0
Lahno-Huang, 1-0

Alexandra Kosteniuk drew quickly against Ruan Lufei, but the defending World Champion had a bit of trouble in the game and was slightly worse in the final position. This result will give Ruan a bit of confidence since she has nothing to lose. She will play white against with the backing of the large Chinese contingent.

Koneru Humpy and Hou Yifan got on the board with wins. Humpy outplayed the former U.S. women’s champion Anna Zatonskih from the black side of a Catalan. The finishing attack was very instructive. Zhu Chen was worse against Hou, but maybe it appeared as if she would hold the position. Hou conjured up play on the weak c-pawns. She maneuvered her king to the queenside and summarily won a crucial c5-pawn and black’s position collapsed.

GM Zhao Xue had an impressive win against IM Yelena Dembo.

GM Zhao Xue had an impressive win against IM Yelena Dembo.
Photo by wwcxc2010.tsf.org.tr.

Kathryn Lahno beat Huang Qian in 28 moves after black conceded a poor pawn structure. Huang may have blundered since on 28.b6! cannot stop the pawn without sacrificing a piece. Ju Wenjun also scored against Anna Muzychuk converting the rook versus three pawns ending. Harika had a “book” 4+3 rook and pawn ending (same side), but was unable to convert the advantage.

The most impressive game of the round had to be Zhao Xue’s win over Yelena Dembo. In a King’s Indian, white got incredible pressure on the queenside while Dembo went for the kingside onslaught. White offered an exchange for a strong passed d-pawn and realized that she could not safely captured the exchange, most of white’s pieces were aimed on the black side of the board.

It appears as if Zhao should have gotten more from such a position than an extra pawn. However, her position was so superior that she won another pawn and with passed pawns on the a- and g-file, it become difficult to hold both sides of the board. Dembo resigned.

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2 Comments

  1. Round #3 – Game #2
    Saturday, 11 December 2010

    Kosteniuk holds draw… title defense hope alive!

    Ruan-Kosteniuk, ½-½
    Muzychuk,M-Harika, ½-½
    Dembo-Zhao, ½-½ (Zhao wins match 1½-½)
    Cmilyte-Skripchenko, ½-½
    Koneru-Zatonskih, ½-½ (Koneru wins match 1½-½)
    Ju-Muzychuk,A, ½-½ (Ju wins match 1½-½)
    Zhu-Hou, 1-0
    Huang-Lahno, ½-½ (Lahno wins match 1½-½)

    Ruan vs. Kosteniuk; Humpy vs. Zatonskih

    Battle Royal: Ruan vs. Kosteniuk; Humpy vs. Zatonskih

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  2. Round #3 – Tiebreak
    Sunday, 12 December 2010

    Ruan topples Kosteniuk… Hou Yifan and Skripchenko advance!
    Harika wins Armageddon Match to advance.

    Ruan defeats Kosteniuk, 1½-½ (Ruan wins match 2½-1½)
    Harika defeats Muzychuk,M, 3-2 (Harika wins match 4-3)
    Skripchenko defeats Cmilyte, 1½-½ (Skripchenko wins match 2½-1½)
    Hou defeats Zhu, 1½-½ (Hou wins match 2½-1½)

    IM Dronavali Harika won exciting tiebreak.

    IM Dronavali Harika won exciting tiebreak.

    The reign has ended for Alexandra Kosteniuk. She made a gallant stand to defend her crown, but was undone by Ruan Lufei, the talented Chinese student who is studying at Carnegie-Mellon University. Kosteniuk did not play well against Ruan whose style seemed to unnerve the champion.

    In the tiebreak, she was completely crushed in the first game of the tiebreak and could not muster up enough play to equalize. Meanwhile Hou Yifan would defeat Chinese legend Zhu Chen in the tiebreak meaning that four Chinese would play in the last eight.

    The Indians had great success in their quest for another World Championship as Koneru Humpy won comfortably against Anna Zatonskih and Dronavali Harika battled to win an Armageddon sudden death to advance. In the rapid, Harika’s win was countered by Mariya Muzychuk in the second. Then Muzychuk forced Harika to win in the blitz tiebreak. Harika ended up winning the Armageddon match after Muzychuk ran out of time in a winning position.

    Round #4 Pairings

    IM Dronavali Harika (India) -WGM Ruan Lufei (China)
    GM Zhao Xue (China) – IM Almira Skripchenko (France)
    GM Koneru Humpy (India) – WGM Ju Wenjun (China)
    GM Hou Yifan (China) – GM Kateryna Lahno (Ukraine)

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