Reports | November 15, 2011 8:54

WWCh G1: Koneru presses, Hou holds

WWCh G1: Koneru presses, Hou holds

The first game of the Women's World Championship match between Humpy Koneru (as White) and Hou Yifan (as Black) ended in a draw. The match is played over 10 classical games and if necessary there will be a rapid (and possible blitz) tie-break. The event takes place in Tirana, Albania.

FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov making the first move | all photos © FIDE by 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 Monday the first game of the FIDE Women's World Championship ended in a draw. The first move 1.d4 of Humpy Koneru was done by FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and with Hou Yifan's  1…Nf6 the President of the Albanian Chess Federation Rezart Taci responded.

Although there are no anti-draw rules in effect and the players can agree to a peaceful result anytime, Hou Yifan and Humpy Koneru played until the late endgame. The Indian chose a rare line (12. a4) in a Catalan and reached a pleasant position. Later in the game many exchanges in the centre simplified the position. In time trouble, Hou Yifan confidently went for a rook ending a pawn down, and then showed that indeed it was easy to hold it.

Game 1

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Daniel's picture

Thanks for covering this event!

Chess Fan's picture

I also agree - thanks for covering this event.

stevefraser's picture

Whose gonna call NOW in the USA and tell 'em women seem to be excluded from the "real" world chess championship because some boneheads have decided women don't have the ablility/intelligence to compete against the men?

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