World Championship only weeks away!
World Champion Viswanathan Anand will defend his crown against Boris Gelfand. The match begins May 11th and will be held in Moscow’s Tretyakov Gallery. This will be Anand’s second defense since winning the crown at a championship tournament in 2007 in Mexico. He defended his crown against both Vladimir Kramnik…Read More »
Will Hou Yifan become the greatest?
Hou Yifan during her successful title defense last year. Photo by Anastasiya Karlovich for FIDE. Hou Yifan has been the topic of discussion ever since she burst onto the chess scene as a promising phenom. Hou is now 18 and has already trod a progressive path to make her mark…Read More »
WWC2011-8: Hou defends crown!
GM Hou Yifan, Women’s World Champion Photo by Anastasiya Karlovich for FIDE. Hou Yifan successful defended her title against Koneru Humpy by drawing the eight game in the Women’s World Chess Championship in Tirana, Albania. This was her first title defense and she won in convincing manner by 5½-2½. Perhaps…Read More »
WWC2011-7: Humpy falls again… down 3
International Arbiter Carol Jarecki starts the clock for Hou Yifan in Game #7 against Koneru Humpy. In a must-win situation, Koneru Humpy of India was certainly looking to steal a game with a surprise in the opening. Eschewing the Sicilian once again, Humpy tried a peculiar line (9…Qd7) against the…Read More »
WWC2011-6: Hou wins to widen gap
Hou Yifan was somber in victory. Her health scare was soothed by a nice win. Last night things were not looking well for Hou Yifan. According to ChessBase, she fell ill and was rushed to emergency for severe stomach pains. After tests were conducted, doctors attributed her condition to stress…Read More »
WWC2011-5: Another draw in Game Five
Panoramic view of the playing hall. In today’s game, Hou Yifan and Koneru Humpy fought to another draw repeating the same opening from Game #4. Yifan tried 12.cxd4 attempting to improve on yesterday’s game where she got a slight advantage but was unable to make anything of it. This game…Read More »
WWC2011-4: Hou still at +1
Koneru Humpy (right) on the move against Hou Yifan. Photo by Anastasiya Karlovich for FIDE. After breaking out on top with a win yesterday, Hou Yifan had the white pieces against her Asian rival, Koneru Humpy. Looking to put a comfortable distance between them, Hou started the game with 1.e4…Read More »
WWC2011-3: Humpy falls behind in game 3
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…Read More »
WWC2011-2: Hou under pressure, but holds
Koneru Humpy trots out the Petroff in Game #2. The Indian pressed by could not score the full point. Photo by Anastasiya Karlovich for FIDE. Looking at the first two games of the Women’s World Championship, one may say that it is the challenger who looks to be more aggressive.…Read More »
WWC2011-1: 1st game ends in lengthy draw
The highly-anticipated world championship match between China’s Hou Yifan and India’s Koneru Humpy got underway today. The first of ten games began with the “Killer Catalan” which has become a serious weapon in several World Championship matches. Viswanathan Anand employed with great effect against Veselin Topalov. Perhaps Koneru got some…Read More »