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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Women's World Chess Championships:Semi-finals

The World Women's Chess Championship has reached the semi-final stage. In dramatic fashion, both games of the sem-final ended in wins for one of the players, Alexandra Kosteniuk defeated Pia Cramling, and Hou Yifan defeated Humpy Koneru. Here are the moves played in each of the first games in PGN format:

[Event "WCh-Women"]
[Site "Nalchik RUS"]
[Date "2008.09.10"]
[Round "5.1"]
[White "Kosteniuk,A"]
[Black "Cramling,P"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2510"]
[BlackElo "2544"]
[EventDate "2008.08.29"]
[ECO "C10"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nc6 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. e5 Ne4 6. Bd3 Bb4 7. Bd2 Nxd2 8.
Qxd2 f6 9. a3 Bxc3 10. Qxc3 fxe5 11. dxe5 Qe7 12. h4 Bd7 13. b4 a6 14. h5
O-O-O 15. Qd2 Kb8 16. c3 Rdf8 17. Qe3 Na7 18. a4 c5 19. bxc5 Rc8 20. Rb1
Qxc5 21. Qxc5 Rxc5 22. Bxa6 Rc7 23. Kd2 Bxa4 24. Rb4 Bd7 25. Rhb1 Bc8 26.
Nd4 Re8 27. f4 Ree7 28. Rb6 h6 29. g3 Re8 30. Rd6 Ree7 31. Bf1 Bd7 32. Bh3
Nc8 33. Bxe6 Nxd6 34. exd6 Bxe6 35. dxe7 Bd7 36. Nf5 1-0


[Event "WCh-Women"]
[Site "Nalchik RUS"]
[Date "2008.09.10"]
[Round "5.1"]
[White "Hou Yifan"]
[Black "Koneru,H"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2557"]
[BlackElo "2622"]
[EventDate "2008.08.29"]
[ECO "C95"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8.
c3 O-O 9. h3 Nb8 10. d4 Nbd7 11. Nbd2 Bb7 12. Bc2 c5 13. d5 g6 14. Nf1 Nh5
15. Bh6 Re8 16. b3 Bf8 17. Be3 Nb6 18. a4 bxa4 19. bxa4 Nc4 20. a5 Bc8 21.
N3d2 Nxa5 22. Ra3 Bd7 23. Qa1 Nb7 24. Rb1 Qc7 25. Rxa6 Rxa6 26. Qxa6 Nd8
27. Nc4 f5 28. Qb6 Qxb6 29. Nxb6 f4 30. Nxd7 fxe3 31. Nxe3 Bh6 32. g4 Re7
33. Ba4 Nf4 34. Rb8 Kg7 35. Rxd8 Rf7 36. Nd1 Nxh3+ 37. Kg2 Nf4+ 38. Kf1 Bg5
39. Rb8 Nd3 40. Rb6 Rf4 41. Bb5 Nxf2 42. Nxf2 Bh4 43. Rxd6 Rxf2+ 44. Kg1
Rf4 45. Nxe5 Rxe4 46. Rd7+ Kg8 47. Nf3 Rxg4+ 48. Kf1 Bf6 49. Rc7 g5 50.
Rxc5 Rf4 51. Kg2 g4 52. Nd4 h5 53. Rc8+ Kf7 54. d6 h4 55. Be8+ 1-0

These results mean that Cramling and Koneru must both win the second game of their respective matches to force a playoff.

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