Women's WCh. G5: Another quick draw

by Klaus Besenthal
3/8/2016 – On Monday Mariya Muzychuk and Hou Yifan had a rest day which they probably mostly spent preparing for the remainder of the match. But in game five on Tuesday neither Hou Yifan who was playing with White nor Mariya Muyzchuk who defended with Black came up with anything exciting and the game quickly petered out to a draw. After five of ten games Hou Yifan now leads by 3-2.

2016 Women's World Chess Championship

The Women’s World Chess Championship Match 2016 between the current World Champion Mariya Muzychuk of Ukraine and Challenger Hou Yifan of China (former World Champion 2010-2012, 2013-2015) takes place in Lviv, Ukraine, on March 1-18, 2016. The first game is scheduled to start at 3 pm local time on 2nd of March 2016. You can watch the games live in our broadcast window at the bottom of this page.

The rest day

Photos by Vitaliy Hrabar for the official site

Follow the games live on playchess.com

Hou Yifan and Mariya Muzychuk had a rest day on Monday but they still had some duties to fulfill and were invited to pose for pictures in elegant surroundings.

This chess set might not be entirely suitable for modern tournament chess...

... but Mariya Muzychuk...

... and Hou Yifan...

... seemed to enjoy themselves.

Game five

Before the game the players were greeted with flowers...

... but then things got more serious.

However, game five was a rather listless affair and not much of a real battle. After Muzychuk had no trouble at all to equalize with Black, Hou Yifan decided to play it safe and quickly steered the game into a completely equal ending which the players continued for a couple of moves before agreeing to a draw.

 

 

Current standings

Player Fed Rtg G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 G10 Pts
Mariya Muzychuk
UKR
2563
½
0
½
½
½
 
 
 
 
 
2.0
Hou Yifan
CHN
2667
½
1
½
½
½
 
 
 
 
 
3.0

Schedule

March 6 Sunday 15:00 Game 4
March 7 Monday Day Off  
March 8 Tuesday 15:00 Game 5
March 9 Wednesday 15:00 Game 6
March 10 Thursday Day Off  
March 11 Friday 15:00 Game 7
March 12 Saturday 15:00 Game 8
March 13 Sunday Day Off  
March 14 Monday 15:00 Game 9
March 15 Tuesday Day Off  
March 16 Wednesday 15:00 Game 10
March 17 Thursday Day Off  
March 18 Friday 15:00 Tie-break games
March 18 Friday 18:00 Closing Ceremony

All games start at 3 p.m. local time, which is an hour ahead of European time, two ahead of Britain, and seven ahead of New York. You can find the starting time at your location here.

Links

The games will be broadcast live on the official web site and on the server Playchess.com. If you are not a member you can download a free Playchess client there and get immediate access. You can also use ChessBase or any of our Fritz compatible chess programs.
 

Klaus Besenthal is computer scientist, has followed and still follows the chess scene avidly since 1972 and since then has also regularly played in tournaments.
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thlai80 thlai80 3/9/2016 07:43
Seems like Mariya had successfully neutralized Yifan's White e4 so much so that she choose c4. Game 4 and 5 would have been the best chance for Yifan to pull away with another win to prevent Mariya from recovering but both have been disappointing. Is this fizzling out into a drawfest?
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