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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Kosteniuk advances to the final

GM Alexandra Kosteniuk of Russia held GM Pia Cramling to a draw in the second game of their semi-final match at the World Women's Chess Championship in Nalchik, Russia. This result means that Kosteniuk advances to the final against the winner of the Yifan Hou -Humpy Koneru match. In the second game of the Hou-Koneru match, with her back against the wall, facing a must win, Koneru came through and defeated Yifan Hou in 36 moves.

Here are the moves from the two games (in PGN format):

[Event "WCh-Women"]
[Site "Nalchik RUS"]
[Date "2008.09.10"]
[Round "5.2"]
[White "Cramling,P"]
[Black "Kosteniuk,A"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "2544"]
[BlackElo "2510"]
[EventDate "2008.08.29"]
[ECO "D37"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. c4 d5 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. e3 a6 6. Bxc4 b5 7. Be2 Bb7 8.
O-O Nbd7 9. b3 c5 10. Bb2 Bd6 11. a4 b4 12. Nb1 O-O 13. Nbd2 Rc8 14. Rc1
Bb8 15. h3 Qe7 16. Nc4 cxd4 17. Nxd4 Nc5 18. f4 Ba7 19. Kh2 Be4 20. Ne5
Rfd8 21. Bf3 Qb7 22. Bxe4 Nfxe4 23. Qe2 Bb8 24. Nc4 f6 25. Rc2 e5 26. fxe5
fxe5 27. Nf5 Kh8 28. Kg1 Nc3 29. Qg4 Rf8 30. Rcf2 Nd3 31. Nfd6 Bxd6 32.
Nxd6 Nxf2 33. Rxf2 Qd5 34. Nxc8 Rxf2 35. Kxf2 Qd2+ 36. Kg3 Qe1+ 37. Kf3
Qe2+ 38. Kg3 Qe1+ 39. Kf3 Qe2+ 40. Kg3 1/2-1/2

[Event "WCh-Women"]
[Site "Nalchik RUS"]
[Date "2008.09.10"]
[Round "5.2"]
[White "Koneru,H"]
[Black "Hou Yifan"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2622"]
[BlackElo "2557"]
[EventDate "2008.08.29"]
[ECO "A35"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. Nc3 Nc6 4. d4 cxd4 5. Nxd4 g6 6. Nc2 Bg7 7. e4 d6 8.
Be2 O-O 9. O-O Be6 10. b3 a6 11. Rb1 Rb8 12. Bb2 Qa5 13. b4 Qd8 14. f4 b5
15. cxb5 axb5 16. Kh1 Qd7 17. Qd2 Rfd8 18. Ne3 d5 19. exd5 Nxd5 20. Nexd5
Bxd5 21. Bxb5 Qb7 22. Nxd5 Qxb5 23. Bxg7 Rxd5 24. Qc3 Rd3 25. Qa1 f6 26. a4
Qd5 27. Bh6 Rxb4 28. Rxb4 Nxb4 29. f5 g5 30. Qc1 Nc6 31. a5 Rd2 32. Rg1
Nxa5 33. Qc8+ Qd8 34. Qe6+ Kh8 35. Qf7 Qg8 36. Qxe7 1-0

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