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Monday, September 8, 2008

Women's World Chess Championship:Round 4 Game 2

Here are the results from the second game of these matches:

Round 4 Game 2 (September 7, 2008)
Cramling, Pia - Stefanova, Antoaneta ½-½ 49 D43 Anti-Meran Gambit
Hou Yifan - Mkrtchian, Lilit 1-0 38 B13 Caro Kann Exchange
Shen Yang - Koneru, Humpy 0-1 42 D31 Semi-Slav Defence
Ushenina, Anna - Kosteniuk, Alexandra 0-1 26 E35 Nimzo Indian 4.Qc2

These results mean the following match standings exist: Kosteniuk,Koneru,Yifan and Cramling make it through to the semi-finals:

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 2510½1

UKR Ushenina, Anna 2476½0

Round 4 Match 02
IND Koneru, Humpy 262211

CHN Shen, Yang 244500

Round 4 Match 03
ARM Mkrtchian, Lilit 2436½0

CHN Hou, Yifan 2557½1

Round 4 Match 04
BUL Stefanova, Antoaneta 25500½

SWE Cramling, Pia 25441½

Here are the pairings for the Semi-Finals: These matches should be extremely close and entertaining in my opinion:

Round 5

Name Rtng G1 G2 Rp1 Rp2 Bz1 Bz2 SD Total

Round 5 Match 01
Kosteniuk, Aleksandra 2510

Cramling, Pia 2544

Round 5 Match 02
Hou, Yifan 2557

Koneru, Humpy 2622

Cramling and Kosteniuk have played one game against each other in their professional chess careers, the game occurred in the FIDE World Cup in 2000 and Cramling won in 106 moves! Yifan and Koneru have also played one game against each other at Corus 2008, the game was drawn in 54 moves:

[Event "FIDE World Cup-C (Women)"]
[Site "Shenyang"]
[Date "2000.08.01"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Cramling,Pia"]
[Black "Kosteniuk,Alexandra"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Eco "A87"]
1.d4 f5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.0-0 0-0 6.b3 d6 7.Bb2 Qe8 8.c4 Na6
9.Qc2 Rb8 10.Nbd2 b5 11.Rfe1 Kh8 12.a3 bxc4 13.Qxc4 Qb5 14.Qxb5 Rxb5 15.e3 Ne4 16.Rab1 Nxd2
17.Nxd2 c5 18.Bf1 Rb6 19.Bc3 Rb8 20.Rbc1 Bb7 21.Nc4 cxd4 22.Bxd4 Nc5 23.Bxg7+ Kxg7 24.Na5 Be4
25.b4 Ne6 26.Be2 Rbc8 27.f3 Ba8 28.Kf2 Kf6 29.Ba6 Rc7 30.Rxc7 Nxc7 31.Be2 Rb8 32.Rc1 Ne6
33.Bd1 g5 34.Bb3 g4 35.f4 Bf3 36.h4 Be4 37.Bd1 Ba8 38.Be2 Be4 39.Rc3 h6 40.Bf1 Bf3
41.Bd3 Ba8 42.Nb3 Bd5 43.Nd4 Nxd4 44.exd4 Be4 45.Ba6 Rb6 46.Bf1 Bc6 47.Ke3 e6 48.Bc4 Ke7
49.d5 exd5 50.Bd3 Ke6 51.Kd4 Bb5 52.Bc2 Bc4 53.Re3+ Kf6 54.Ba4 a5 55.bxa5 Ra6 56.Bc2 Rxa5
57.a4 Rc5 58.Ra3 Ra5 59.Ra1 Ke6 60.Re1+ Kf7 61.Rb1 Ke6 62.Rb8 Ba2 63.Rh8 Rc5 64.Rxh6+ Ke7
65.Bxf5 Rc4+ 66.Ke3 d4+ 67.Kf2 Rxa4 68.Bxg4 Bc4 69.Rh7+ Kf6 70.Rh6+ Ke7 71.f5 Ra2+ 72.Kf3 d3
73.f6+ Kf8 74.Bh5 Kg8 75.f7+ Bxf7 76.Bxf7+ Kxf7 77.Rxd6 Ra3 78.Kg4 Ke7 79.Rd4 Ke6 80.h5 Ke5
81.Rd8 Ra4+ 82.Kf3 Kf6 83.Rxd3 Ra5 84.Kg4 Ra4+ 85.Kh3 Ra5 86.Kh4 Ra1 87.Rd6+ Kg7 88.g4 Ra5
89.Rd7+ Kg8 90.h6 Rb5 91.g5 Rb6 92.Kh5 Rb5 93.Re7 Ra5 94.Kg6 Ra6+ 95.Kf5 Ra1 96.g6 Rf1+
97.Ke6 Re1+ 98.Kd7 Rd1+ 99.Kc6 Rc1+ 100.Kd5 Rd1+ 101.Kc4 Rc1+ 102.Kd3 Rd1+ 103.Kc2 Rd8 104.Kc3 Kf8
105.Rc7 Kg8 106.Kc4 1-0

:[Event "Corus-B"]
[Site "Wijk aan Zee"]
[Date "2008.01.12"]
[Round "10"]
[White "Hou,Yifan"]
[Black "Koneru,Humpy"]
[Result "1/2"]
[Eco "C87"]
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 d6 7.c3 Bg4 8.d3 Nd7
9.Be3 h6 10.Nbd2 Bg5 11.h3 Bh5 12.d4 Bxe3 13.fxe3 0-0 14.Nf1 b5 15.Bc2 Nb6 16.Ng3 Bg6
17.Nf5 Re8 18.b3 Bxf5 19.exf5 d5 20.e4 Qd6 21.f6 exd4 22.cxd4 Qxf6 23.e5 Qe7 24.Qd3 g6
25.e6 f5 26.Qd2 Qf6 27.Rac1 Rxe6 28.Rxe6 Qxe6 29.Qxh6 Re8 30.Bxf5 gxf5 31.Rxc6 Qxh6 32.Rxh6 Re2 33.Rc6 a5 34.Rxc7 Rxa2 35.Rb7 Nc8 36.Rb8 Rc2 37.Rxb5 Ne7 38.Rxa5 f4 39.Rc5 Rb2 40.Rc3 Nf5 41.Rd3 Rb1+ 42.Kf2 Ng3 43.Nd2 Rd1 44.Kf3 Ne4 45.Kxf4 Nxd2 46.Ke3 Nf1+ 47.Ke2 Rb1 48.g4 Kg7 49.Kf2 Kg6 50.Kg2 Kg5 51.Rf3 Nd2 52.Rf5+ Kg6 53.Rxd5 Rxb3 54.Rf5 1/2

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