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Sunday, September 7, 2008

Woman's World Chess Championship:Round 4 Game 1

The first games in the quarter-finals of the Woman's World Chess Championship were played today in Nalchik, Russia. Here are the results:

Round 4 Game 1 (September 7, 2008)
Stefanova, Antoaneta - Cramling, Pia 0-1 54 D10 Slav Defence
Mkrtchian, Lilit - Hou Yifan ½-½ 28 E12 Queens Indian Petrosian
Koneru, Humpy - Shen Yang 1-0 31 D11 Slav Defence
Kosteniuk, Alexandra - Ushenina, Anna ½-½ 67 B12 Caro Kann Advanced

I find it surprising that Stefanova decided to play a Queen's Gambit against Cramling,because Stefanova has been playing the Trompowsky Attack in tournaments alot of the time, when she has the White pieces. The pressure is really on Stefanova now,due to the fact that she lost with the White pieces.

WCh-Women Nalchik (RUS), 28 viii - 18 ix 2008
Round 4 Results 8th-10th September 2008.
NAT Name Rtng G1 G2 Rp1 Rp2 Bz1 Bz2 SD Total
Round 4 Match 01
RUS Kosteniuk, Aleksandra 2510½
UKR Ushenina, Anna 2476½
Round 4 Match 02
IND Koneru, Humpy 26221
CHN Shen, Yang 24450
Round 4 Match 03
ARM Mkrtchian, Lilit 2436½
CHN Hou, Yifan 2557½
Round 4 Match 04
BUL Stefanova, Antoaneta 25500
SWE Cramling, Pia 25441

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