Kramnik and Hou Yifan play match in Medias, Romania

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11/22/2016 – On 26th November the 10th Kings Tournament will start in Medias, Romania. Several rapid tournaments will be played, one of them is a big open tournament. But the main attraction is a rapid and blitz match between Vladimir Kramnik and Hou Yifan.

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This year's Kings Tournament will be in memoriam of Elisabeta Polihroniade, who was the main organizer of the previous editions and passed away earlier this year at the age of 80.

The Kings Tournament has a long tradition and in the past has attracted many strong players. This year the organisers invited Vladimir Kramnik and Hou Yifan to play a rapid and blitz match. There will also be a number of other events, e.g. a simul by Anatoly Karpov and a rapid tournament that is open for all.

The opening ceremony and the drawing of lots for the main event will be take in Bucharest on 26th of November with Anatoly Karpov and Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and many others as guests.

Dorian Rogozenco will comment the games on

Tournament page



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mozartiano123 mozartiano123 12/2/2016 04:12
5,5 vs 2,5 in Rapid.
6 vs 4 in blitz.

I think she performed well. She played against a Legend and could still score decently. I think that she will learn a lot from these games.
Daniel Quigley Daniel Quigley 11/24/2016 04:55
It's a rapid and blitz match, neither of which are Kramnik's strength.
Jarman Jarman 11/24/2016 01:10
A short exhibition match is different than playing regularly against stronger opposition. This is quite different than a training session.
Objectively speaking, I still believe that HY will be blown off the board. As a fan I hope she will prove me wrong and hold her own, but she is going to face a still very strong world title contender and unfortunately she's currently not even close to that.
thrajin thrajin 11/23/2016 03:45
@Jarman, she obviously knows this and chooses to play anyway. Little point in playing someone vastly superior? That's nonsense. The best chess experience I've ever gained was playing regularly with national masters (USCF) when I was around 1600 strength. Playing with a group of superior players for about a year saw my rating jump about 300 points and simply made me a better player.

Hou has lots to gain by playing the best. And for all we know she might even win a game or two.
Jarman Jarman 11/23/2016 09:55
There's little point in playing someone who is vastly superior. Short is past his prime and yet he beat her handily very recently, so I doubt she will enjoy the "experience" of taking a drubbing.
knightprince knightprince 11/23/2016 06:15
Its not always about winning and losing. Its all about experience.
Imagine the amount of experience she will gain.
KOTLD KOTLD 11/23/2016 06:10
emerlion's right, it will be a massacre.
emerlion emerlion 11/22/2016 05:43
No offense, but Kramnik will win easily.