Reports | September 23, 2011 13:01

Agreement on Hou Yifan - Humpy Konery match

On the FIDE website it is reported that on 15 September, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met with Mr. Rezart Taci, the Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the 2011 Women's World Chess Championship Match. The leaders signed an agreement on the match between Hou Yifan (CHN) and Koneru Humpy (IND) Match, which is scheduled to take place November 14th-30th in Tirana, Albania.

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Kevin Penny's picture

This should be a great match!! A truly wonderful addition to further the popularity of Women's Chess.

Chess Fan's picture

I agree. On paper, You Hifan should win it easily, but this is the first time they are playing in an extended match format and this will surely bring the better player as the winner.
We can only hope that both of them peak during the tournament and play their best.

Anonymous's picture

You have to give FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov the credit. Dictator or not, his love for chess is indisputable and he gets things done. He has raised money and organized all these unified world championships in both men and women with the best players playing, after years of grid lock.
Hope he organizes a match between Judit Polgar and the winner of this match after this (I am not ruling out Humpy as a winner. Not counting You Hifan, she has always been dominating in women chess).

Anonymous's picture

As a 2700 player Judit Polgar thinks that 'women's chess' is beneath her.
That is why she doesn't bother competing for the women's title.

RealityCheck's picture

Well, if she believes "womens chess" is beneath her, also she must realise that "mens chess" is above her. She's stuck between a rock and a hard spot. She has absolutly no chance of becoming Male World Champion.

Mark DS's picture

Since there is no clear-cut evidence of a gender-related, innate difference in chess ability (as opposed to many physical sports), it's good that men and women can compete in the same competitions. As long as women form a small minority of chess players, it seems sensible to have financial incentives for the best performing women in open competitions, but I would advise every young girl to follow Judit's example and avoid separate womens' tournaments. The stronger opposition you face, the more you learn.
And about Judit not becoming the overall world champion of chess: if that's your only criterion for success, then there are many millions of failed, mostly male chessplayers around and only five successful, living grandmasters: Spassky, Karpov, Kasparov, Kramnik and Anand. Judit has beaten all of them except Kramnik. Among some 1,300 grandmasters in the world, Judit holds position 30 on the ranking list, and in 2005 she was number 8. So mens' chess would be above her ? :-)
I think the relatively small amount of women who play competitive chess is still a major factor in the near-absence of women in FIDE's top 100.

redivivo's picture

"Spassky, Karpov, Kasparov, Kramnik and Anand. Judit has beaten all of them except Kramnik"

She'e beaten all of them if quick games count, but Kasparov and Kramnik never lost to her in classical chess.

Mark DS's picture

OK, thanks for correcting this.

RealityCheck's picture

Just for the record, winning the World Championship Title is not the only benchmark I use to judge a persons success in chess. Although it is ranked very high. It's the goal most top twenty pro players are goaling for.

What can we say about the millions who tried but just didn't make it? We can say they failed in their attempt to become Wch but, I wouldn't call them failures.

For sure Judit has won games against the male Wch's. She may even have some pretty wins booked against the other Wch's you forgot to mention-- Khalifman, Ponomariov, and Kasimjanov; unlike the sport boxing, no one goes undefeated in chess. She'll need more than a pretty win here and there to be taken seriously in the contest for the Wch Title.

Eugene Wee's picture

In other words, it is not that "men's chess" ia above Judit Polgar; it is just that she has almost no chance of becoming world champion at this time, unless she goes for the women's world title.

As for being taken seriously in the contest for the world championship: recall that she was taken seriously enough to be given a place in the 2005 world championship tournament. Sure, she may have not been the first choice for the place, and she did finish last, but that does not detract from the fact that she was regarded as a serious contender.

Furthermore, if you are willing to consider Khalifman, Ponomariov, and Kasimjanov as world champions in the same sense as the five that were named, then I note that in a world championship tournament with the same format as the events as those three won, Judit Polgar would certainly have as much a chance to be world champion as they did, even now.

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