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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Alexandra Kosteniuk:Women's World Chess Champion

GM Alexandria Kosteniuk and Hou Yifan drew the fourth game (what turned out to be the last game) of the 2008 Women's World Chess Championship. The draw result means that Kosteniuk is the new World Women's Chess Champion. The fourth game lasted 56 moves before the two players agreed to a draw. The final score in the match was 2.5-1.5. Congratulations to Alexandra Kosteniuk. Let us hope that her past efforts to promote chess in the World (especially to children), become even more pronounced during her reign, so that more people (especially children) learn to play chess in the world. The games in this Women's World Chess championship, were among the most hardly fought I have ever seen. In my opinion in most cases both players in a game in this Women's World Chess championship, continued playing trying to win, taking risks, much longer than any man would.

Here are the moves of the final game of the match between Kosteniuk and Yifan.The opening was a Sicilian Defense:Scheveningen variation

[Event "WCh-Women"]
[Site "Nalchik RUS"]
[Date "2008.09.17"]
[Round "6.4"]
[White "Kosteniuk,A"]
[Black "Hou Yifan"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "2510"]
[BlackElo "2557"]
[EventDate "2008.09.14"]
[ECO:B85 ]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 d6 6. Be3 Nf6 7. Be2 Be7
8. O-O a6 9. a4 O-O 10. f4 Qc7 11. Kh1 Bd7 12. Nb3 b6 13. Qe1 Bc8 14. Qg3
Bb7 15. f5 Kh8 16. Rad1 Rae8 17. fxe6 fxe6 18. Qh3 Bd8 19. Nd4 Nxd4 20.
Rxd4 e5 21. Rc4 Qb8 22. Rd1 b5 23. axb5 axb5 24. Nxb5 Nxe4 25. Bd3 Nf6 26.
Rh4 e4 27. Be2 Bc8 28. Qg3 Ba6 29. c4 Bxb5 30. cxb5 Bb6 31. Bf4 Qa7 32.
Bxd6 Bf2 33. Qf4 Nd5 34. Qc1 Rc8 35. Qd2 Rfd8 36. Rxh7+ Kxh7 37. Qxd5 Qe3
38. Bg4 Ra8 39. Qe6 Kh8 40. Qe7 Qh6 41. h3 Qg6 42. Qe5 Bb6 43. Bh5 Qh6 44.
Bg4 e3 45. Qe4 Qf6 46. Rd5 Ra1+ 47. Kh2 Qxd6+ 48. Rxd6 Bc7 49. Qf5 Bxd6+
50. g3 Kg8 51. Qd5+ Kf8 52. Qf5+ Ke7 53. Qe6+ Kf8 54. Qf5+ Kg8 55. Qd5+ Kf8
56. Qf5+ 1/2-1/2

In case some of you are unaware, GM Alexandra Kosteniuk has had a very good website for a number of years, which can be visited at You can leave her your congratulations in her guestbook. I wish Alexandra all the best during her reign as Women's Chess Champion.

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