Atatürk Istanbul: 13-year-old Hou leads women's super-tournament

3/14/2008 – Actually the shocking part is that the former women's world champion Zhu Chen is running a negative score of 0.0/4. In round four she lost against the new prodigy Hou Yifan, who is now in the lead with 3.5/4 points. Half a point behind are local player Ekaterina Atalik and Swedish veteran Pia Cramling. With four drawn games today the drawing average rose to 35%. Round four report.

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İş Bankası - Atatürk International Women Masters Chess Tournament

The tournament, announced in December last year, will take place from March 10th (arrival) to March 21 (departure) 2008. The venue is the İş Bankası Towers Complex, which has a total area of 225,000 square meters. It is the largest of its kind on the European continent. Games start at 14:30h local time (= GMT +2h). March 19 is a free day. The games are being broadcast on Playchess.com.

Round four report

Ti. Name Rtg
Res.
Ti. Name Rtg
GM CHEN Zhu 2548
0-1
WGM YIFAN Hou 2527
WGM XUE Zhao 2517
½-½
GM CRAMLING Pia 2524
IM DRONAVALLI Harika 2455
½-½
WIM YILDIZ Betul Cemre 2207
IM KRUSH Irina 2473
½-½
IM USHENINA Anna 2484
IM ATALIK Ekaterina 2408
½-½
IM JAVAKHISHVILI Lela 2470

Zhu Chen - Hou,Yifan
Isbank Ataturk International Women Mast Istanbul (4), 13.03.2008
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.b3 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 Be7 7.Nc3 0-0 8.Rc1 d5 9.cxd5 Nxd5 10.Bg2 Bb7 11.0-0 Nf6 12.Qc2 c5 13.dxc5 Bxc5 14.Rfd1 Nbd7 15.Bg5 Qe8 16.Nb5 Rc8 17.Qb1 h6 18.b4

18...Be4 19.Qb2 Bxf2+ 20.Kxf2 hxg5 21.Nd6 Rxc1 22.Qxc1 Qe7

23.Qxg5? Bd5 24.e4 Qxd6 25.Qh4 Qc7 26.exd5 Qc2+ 27.Rd2 Ne4+ 28.Ke2 Nxd2 29.Nxd2 exd5 30.Bxd5 Nf6 31.Qd4 Re8+ 32.Kf2 Ng4+ 33.Kf3 Qf5+

0-1.



Betül Yildiz and Ekaterina Atalik watch the game Irina Krush vs Anna Ushenina


IM Irina Krush, one of America's top female players, in her round four game


Lela Javakishvili, IM from Georgia, rated 2474


World number 11, IM Anna Ushenina of Ukraine, rated 2486


World number 6, WGM Zhao Xue from China, rated 2530, playing Pia Cramling


A disastrous tournament so far for former world champion Zhu Chen


World number 8, Chinese talent Hou Yifan, 2502, leads the field with 3.5/4 points

Pictures Özgür Akman in Istanbul

Standings after four rounds

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