The 2010 FIDE Women's World chess championship has begun in Tirana, Albania. The match pits Indian player Humpy Koneru (seen on the left in the photo above) against Women's World Chess champion, Chinese phenom Hou Yifan, who is on the right in the photo above). Koneru, (who is 24 years of age) as an FIDE Elo rating of 2600 which makes her the second-highest rated female player in the World (behind Judit Polgar). Hou Yifan (who is 17 years old) has an Elo rating of 2578 (which makes her the 3rd-highest-rated female player in the World, behind Koneru and Polgar.
The first two games of this match have been already played in Tirana, with both games ending in draws.The match began this past Monday with Koneru having the advantage of the white pieces. She began the game by playing the move 1.d4 and after Yifan responsed with 1...Nf6 the game continued 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Bg2 Be7 5.Nf3 O-O 6.O-O (This opening is known as the Catalan opening. Tartakower first played it in a 1929 Barcelona tournament and then named it after the region.). When the game continued with Yifan playing the capture 6....dxc4 the "Open" variation of the Catalan was being played. To learn more about this opening please visit the following website by clicking on the link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catalan_Opening .The two players continued the game after 6...dxc4 for another 73 moves before agreeing on a draw. You can play through the game move by move and see analysis by GM Alejandro Ramirez, by clicking on the following link:
The second game of the match was played in Tirana yesterday with Hou Yifan playing the white pieces. She began the game by playing 1.e4 and Koneru decided to play classically as black by responding with the move 1...e5. The game continued with Yifan playining 2.Nf3 and after Koneru played her next move of 2...Nf6 we could say that the opening was the Petrov (Petroff's) defense. You can read some information concerning game two and play through the game with analysis by GM Alejandro Ramiez by clicking on the following link:
The third game of the match will be played tomorrow in Tirana.
It should be noted that this match is only ten games in length, with the first player to reach 5.5 points being declared the Women's World Chess Championshiip. The time control for these games is 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the remainder of the game plus an increment of 30 seconds per move starting at move one.
If the two players are tied after 10 games, then they will play a sudden-death playoff consisting of 4 games at a time control of Game/25 plus a 10 second increment after each move.
I think that the match is only being held for 10 games is an outrage and ridiculous! Why has the FIDE decided that this important match is only going to have this short a duration? If the FIDE wanted to get more girls and women interested in playing chess, they should have held a longer match! Each game in the match is now extremely important and neither Koneru nor Hou Yifan can fall behind early in the match, because she will simply not have enough games to recover!
Best wishes to both players for tommorrow's third game!!
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