Thursday, November 17, 2011

2011 Women's World Chess Championship Match

Hola!  Game 3 was today and as Eugene Wee promptly advised me, GM Hou Yifan, who had the black pieces today, defeated GM Koneru Humpy, who had a slightly better position out of the opening behind the white pieces.  The game was not a long, drawn out battle.

Perhaps it just wasn't Humpy's day today, or maybe she had something uncorked on her that she wasn't prepared for, or maybe she tried something and it didn't work and her plan went down in flames.  Don't know.  The match is 10 games, so I'm not going to downplay a loss with white, but it does happen and fine players overcome such things during the course of a match.  So, I'll see what happens tomorrow.  I can't speak as to how other chessplayers react, but when I have the black pieces I tend to play better, and if I have black and I'm feeling outgunned and outnumbered, I fight back as ferociously as I know how. 

The start of Round 3.  Humpy in a stunning outfit and Yifan
in her comfort faux-fur hoody.  At least, I hope it's faux-fur!
Humpy Koneru. Photo © Anastasiya Karlovich with kind permission of FIDE
(from The Week in Chess coverage)

Coverage at Susan Polgar's Chess Blog:
November 17, 2011:  Game 3: Hou Yifan Takes the Lead
November 16, 2011:  Costly Time Pressure  (ahhhh, time pressure - I've never had a problem with that, for the simple reason that I usually don't get that far into games before going down in flames)

I would like to see some analysis as the games progress by GM Susan Polgar, who has been there, done that, with her own Women's World Champion title.

Official website coverage.  I don't know how the streaming live coverage is working since I've been ver busy at the office and haven't had a chance to try it.  But the official website by the organizers of the match is clean, crisp and clear.  I like it.

The Week in Chess:
November 17, 2011:  Hou Yifan Takes Women's World Championship Lead With Win in Game 3
Nice photos and game analysis, play-through game with board. 

Koneru, Humpy - Hou Yifan
WCh w Tirana ALB (3), 2011.11.17
1.d4 e6 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Bg5 h6 7.Bh4 c5 8.e3 c4 9.Be2 g5 10.Bg3 Ne4 11.Rc1 Qa5 12.Ne5 Bxc3+ 13.bxc3 Nc6 14.O-O O-O 15.Bf3 Nxg3 16.fxg3 Nxe5 17.dxe5 Be6 18.Bh5 Qxa2 19.Rf6 Qb2 20.Rxh6 Bf5 21.Rf6 Be4 22.Bf3 Bd3 23.Qe1 Rae8 24.Bxd5 Rxe5 25.e4 Kg7 26.Rf2 Qb6 27.Qd2 Rd8 28.Qb2 f5 29.Qxb6 axb6 30.Bxb7 fxe4 31.Rb2 Re7 32.Bc6 Rd6 33.Ba4 e3 34.Re1 e2 35.Bc2 Rf7 36.Bxd3 cxd3 37.Rd2 Rdf6 0-1

Chessdom is offering live coverage of the games.

Chessvibes is also featuring up to the minute coverage. 

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