Reports | November 20, 2011 21:19

WWCh: 5th game drawn

WWCh: 5th game drawn

The fifth game of the Women's World Championship match between Hou Yifan and Humpy Koneru also ended in a draw. At half-time, title holder Hou Yifan still leads by a point. The sixth game will be played on Monday, November 21st. The match takes place in in Tirana, Albania and is played over 10 classical games and a possible tiebreak.

Another draw in game 5 | All photos © FIDE by Anna Burtasova & Anastasiya Karlovich

Event Women's World Championship | PGN via TWIC
Dates November 13th-30th, 2011
Location Tirana, Albania
System 10-game match, tie-break if necessary
Players Reigning World Champion Hou Yifan (China) and Challenger Humpy Koneru (India)
Rate of play 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move one

On Sunday Hou Yifan again played with the white pieces (as explained in the previous report). The players followed the same line they had already played in the fourth game.

The Chinese deviated first, on move 12. “White did not manage to get any advantage today,” she said at the post-game press conference. "The game was equal and normal. I played by my home preparation until around the 16th move.”

Humpy Koneru commented: “I did not expect her to play the variation with the queen exchange, but I just kept on playing normally. I think we did not play anything new in this line.”

Game 5

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Relea's picture

I think Humpy will win the next game.

zjl's picture

I think Hou Yifan will win the next game!!!

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