2010 Women’s Chess Championship: Round #4

2010 Women World Chess Championship
Round #4 Pairings
# Player ELO
Nation
Flag
Player ELO
Nation
Flag
1 Harika 2525
IND
India
Ruan 2480
CHN
China
2 Zhao 2474
CHN
China
Skripchenko 2460
FRA
France
3 Koneru 2600
IND
India
Ju 2524
CHN
China
4 Hou 2591
CHN
China
Lahno 2522
UKR
Ukraine

Preview: Looking at the quarterfinals, you have Koneru Humpy and Hou Yifan in the same bracket. That is unfortunate and probably an oversight. Apparentely, Alexandra Kosteniuk is the top seed as World Champion, but it still would not explain Humpy and Hou in the same bracket since they would be #2 and #3. It appears as if Kosteniuk was given the best chance to defend.

This could be an “all-Chinese” semi-final, or it could be India vs. China semi-final. Ruan Lufei is in good form and her matchup with Dronavali Harika will be a major fight. Ju Wenjun can possibly be a difficult opponent for Koneru Humpy. Uncertain of their head-to-head record, but Ju is a very determined fighter as are all of the Chinese.

Almira Skripchenko will be a heavy underdog versus Zhao Xue, but her games against Viktorija Cmilyte were impressive. Hou-Lahno will be a good matchup of experienced players… both legitimate Grandmasters. There is no rest day until after round #5.

Round #4 – Game #1
Monday, 13 December 2010

Favorites bolt out front… Hou Yifan and Humpy Koneru stike first!

Harika-Ruan, ½-½
Zhao-Skripchenko, ½-½
Koneru-Ju, 1-0
Lahno-Hou, 0-1

Blitz Champion Kateryna Lahno will need more than a prayer to take the match to blitz tiebreaks after loss.

Women’s Blitz Champion Kateryna Lahno
will try to take the match to blitz tiebreaks after loss.
Photo by wwcxc2010.tsf.org.tr.

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Daaim Shabazz

Daaim Shabazz is the founder of The Chess Drum, while serving as a tenured faculty member of Global Business & Marketing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. He holds a B.S. Computer Science from Chicago State University, an MBA in Marketing and a Ph.D. in International Affairs & Development, both from Clark Atlanta University. He has served the journalist community for more than 30 years and still competes in tournaments occasionally.

2 Comments

  1. Round #4 – Game #2
    Tuesday, 14 December 2010

    Hou Yifan and Koneru Humpy advance for epic match! Zhao Xue joins them and will be a part of an all-Asian semifinal.

    Ruan-Harika, ½-½
    Skripchenko-Zhao, 0-1 (Zhao wins match 1½-½)
    Ju-Koneru, ½-½ (Koneru wins match 1½-½)
    Hou-Lahno, ½-½ (Hou wins match 1½-½)

    Of course there is always talk about the Russian tradition in chess. However, in the past 20 years, China has dominated women’s play and stand a good chance to bring the crown back to China after a short reign by Alexandra Kosteniuk. India is also in the conversation when it comes to the rising powers of chess.

    GM Kateryna Lahno waits patiently as a very cheerful Hou Yifan arrives at the board. Very interested spectators in background including Koneru Ashok, father of Koneru Humpy and Wang Qian, mother of Hou Yifan. Photo by wwcxc2010.tsf.org.tr.

    GM Kateryna Lahno waits patiently as a very cheerful Hou Yifan arrives at the board. Very interested spectators in background including Koneru Ashok, father of Koneru Humpy and Wang Qian, mother of Hou Yifan. Photo by wwcxc2010.tsf.org.tr.

    With Viswanathan Anand firmly ensconced as the World Champion and having won Junior Championships, the only championship left is the women’s crown. India will have the top-seed player in Koneru Humpy going for her first title. In fact, Humpy lost to Hou in the 2008 semifinals to stop India from taking four world titles in one year. She will again face Hou Yifan in an epic battle of two fierce rivals.

    With the elimination of both European contestants, it will be an all Asian tournament, but Dronavali Harika and Ruan Lufei will play tiebreaks after their second draw.

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  2. Round #4 – Tiebreak
    Wednesday, 15 December 2010

    Ruan beats Harika in tiebreak. She join two compatriots as China is guaranteed to have a final contestant.

    Ruan defeated Harika, 1½-½ (Ruan wins match 2½-1½)

    The former Girl's Junior Champion was unable to make headway against her Chinese rival. Photo by wwcxc2010.tsf.org.tr.

    Dronavali Harika, former Girl’s Junior Champion, was unable to make headway against her Chinese rival, Ruan Lufei. Photo by wwcxc2010.tsf.org.tr.

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