WWC2011-3: Humpy falls behind in game 3

Hou Yifan took advantage of her opponent's shortage of time. Photo by Anastasiya Karlovich for FIDE.

Hou Yifan broke on top in a tense game which ended with Koneru Humpy’s position collapsed under pressure. Photo by Anastasiya Karlovich for FIDE.

China’s Hou Yifan won the first decisive game of the match after struggling to hold in the first two games. In the Queen’s Gambit, Hou played actively and aggressively expanded on the kingside with 9…g5 10. Bg3 Ne4 11. Rc1 Qa5 12. Ne5 Bxc3+ 13. bxc3. Of course there were pinning tricks if black captured the pawn.

India’s Koneru Humpy had some ideas of her own and aimed at black’s weakened kingside with 16. fxg3 Nxe5 17. dxe5 Be6 18. Bh5 Qxa2 19. Rf6 Qb2 20. Rxh6. While Hou’s king’s position looked like Swiss Chess, she had a powerful bishop to cover her position.

Humpy is looking for answers.

Things began to turn for the worse when Humpy began to fall into time pressure. With 17 moves to make in five minutes Humpy began to unravel. Hou kept playing for complications, but Humpy managed to trade queens.

With only a minute left to make 12 moves, black developed a winning position with an ominous passed e-pawn. Humpy was reduced to passivity and the Chinese steamrolled with 34…e2 35. Bc2 Rf7 36. Bxd3 cxd3 37. Rd2 0-1 The backrank killer 37…Rdf6! looms.

2011 Women’s World Chess Championship
November 14th-27th, 2011 (Triana, Albania)
 
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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.

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