Reports | November 19, 2011 11:56

WWCh G4: Hou Yifan maintains lead in Albania

WWCh G4: Hou Yifan maintains lead in Albania

The fourth game of the Women's World Championship match between Hou Yifan and Humpy Koneru ended in a draw. The reigning champion was better throughout the game, but after five hours of play the Indian grandmaster saved the draw. The match takes place in in Tirana, Albania and is played over 10 classical games and a possible tiebreak.

Game 4 under way in Tirana, Albania | 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

The first move in game 4 executed by the sponsor and President of the Albanian Chess Federation, Rezart Taci while FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos watches

In the fourth game of the match World champion Hou Yifan had the white pieces. As her opponent Humpy Koneru said at the post-game press conference, the Chinese got an edge and was pressing throughout the game. The Indian had to defend an unpleasant position.

In the deep endgame White managed to win a pawn, but there were not many sources left for a fight – both players had a rook and a knight. The challenger defended this endgame well, despite being short on time.

At 8pm the game finally finished.After 4 games World Champion Hou Yifan is leading with 2.5 points; Humpy Koneru has 1.5.

On the 19th of November the players have a rest day. On Sunday, November 20th Hou Yifan will have the white pieces again. The measure of changing the colors after the fourth game has the goal to prevent the same player having the white pieces after each of the rest days throughout the match because this might give her an advantage in preparation.

Game 4

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mr cat's picture

A good fighting match so far, and interesting openings.

devoluk's picture

Humpy will win the next three games.

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