Tuesday, December 14, 2010

2010 Women's World Chess Championship - R4, G2

Three of the four players going into the semi-final have been decided!  Oh no. Oh yes!  Summary from the official website:

After the second game 3 participants of semi-final matches were determined. Hou Yifan and Humpy Koneru will meet at the board in semi-final as it happened in Nalchik in 2008. Both of them confidently drew their games today and thus won their matches against Katerina Lahno and Ju Wenjun accordingly. Almira Skripchenko was eliminated today by Zhao Xue. The French player simply blundered a piece in a good position. She was playing for 11 days without any pause and won three previous matches on tie-breaks. Her opponent Chinese Zhao Xue will meet with the winner of the match Harika – Ruan which will be determined on tie-breaks tomorrow. The classic part of Indian-Chinese encounter ended with two draws. Both participants proved to be good rapid players and it`s not easy to give prognoses.

GM Kateryna Lahno: wife, mother, World Blitz Chess Champion (Women's).
Against GM Hou Yifan, couldn't pull out a win today to force a play-off.

Round 4
Round 4 Match 01
Ruan, LufeiCHNWGM2480½½1
Harika, DronavalliINDIM2525½½1
Round 4 Match 02
Koneru, HumpyINDGM26001½Semi Final
Ju, WenjunCHNWGM25240½½
Round 4 Match 03
Hou, YifanCHNGM25911½Semi Final
Lahno, KaterynaUKRGM25220½½
Round 4 Match 04
Zhao, XueCHNGM2474½1Semi Final
Skripchenko, AlmiraFRAIM2460½0½

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