Saturday, December 11, 2010

Chess Femme News

From The Times of India:
Humpy strikes against Anna in World Chess Championship
Hari Hara Nandanan, TNN, Dec 12, 2010, 02.42am IST

CHENNAI: India's Koneru Humpy struck with black pieces in the first game of the pre-quarter finals against Anna Zatonskih of US in the Women's World Chess Championship at Hatay on Friday.

Playing black in the Queen's Gambit Declined, the Indian won a pawn on the 16th move with a neat tactical shot and went on simplifying the position, keeping her advantage. First, she threatened mate with the bishop and Queen but changed the plan to a Queen and room combination that was more deadly. After 45 moves, Anna resigned, faced with a mating combination.

This next article is very interesting, but I only find one mention of chess mentioned throughout the entire article. Perhaps chess is more difficult to master than playing a several musical instruments...
13-year old prodigy Kristin Qian shows her fascinating talent in poetry, music and much more
Published: Saturday, December 11, 2010, 11:00 AM
Updated: Saturday, December 11, 2010, 4:01 PM
David Stabler, The Oregonian
Scientists have much to say about the brain, but they would surely stand mute before Kristin Qian.

When Kristin was a week old, her mother heard her humming through her baby monitor. That was Li Dai's first inkling that she and her husband had an unusual child. ...

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