Taizhou 04: draw in 31, Hou leads by two points

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9/15/2013 – The second white by the challenger, who has won both her black games, was a Sicilian Scheveningen in which Hou Yifan executed the aggressive Keres Attack (7.g4 after 6...e6). She gained enough advantage to play for a win, but the women's world champion Anna Ushenina defended well and the game ended in a draw. Round four report with beautiful photos by Anastasiya Karlovich.

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Women’s World Chess Championship Match 2013 between the current World Champion Anna Ushenina of Ukraine and her challenger, Hou Yifan of China (former World Champion 2010-2012), is being played from September 11th to 27 in the Taizhou Hotel (Taizhou, China). The time control is 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move one. The games start at 3 p.m. local time. That translates to 09:00 a.m. CEST, 03:00 a.m. New York, 10:00 a.m. Kiev. You can find your local time here.

Round four report

Is it something we said? For round four the playing hall was filled with school children

Adjusting her pieces: 19-year-old Chinese GM Hou Yifan

The reigning world champion Anna Ushenina, beautifully captured at the start of
the game by star photographer (and FIDE Press Officer) Anastasiya Karlovich

Chief arbiter Panagiotis Nikolopoulos starts game four

2.Nf3 and aiming for a Scheveningen

Will Yifan go for the Keres? Anna Ushenina after playing 6...e6

And play it she did, 7.g4, with clear intentions of going for a win

Round four game

[Event "?"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2013.09.15"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Hou Yifan"]
[Black "Ushenina"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B81"]
[Annotator "Abrahamyan, Tatev"]
[PlyCount "62"]
[EventDate "2013.09.11"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 {now that Hou Yifan has
increased her lead by 2 points, Ushenina must feel even more pressure to try
to win with either color. She's been playing the Najdorf with great success
for the past couple of years} 6. Be3 e6 7. g4 {Hou Yifan has tried different
set up here, but this would be a first} h6 8. Qf3 ({more common is} 8. Bg2 Nc6
9. h3 Ne5 10. Qe2 g5 11. O-O-O Bd7 12. f4 gxf4 13. Bxf4 {with complicated,
crazy position}) 8... Qc7 {another rare line not tried by strong players very
often} (8... Nbd7 {now White can't play h4 right away due to the Ne5 threat} 9.
Qh3 e5 10. Nf5 g6 11. g5 gxf5 12. exf5 {old line that hasn't been played in
years}) 9. h4 h5 ({the first new move.} 9... Nbd7 {has been tried once and I
like it better because after g5 Ng4 is still and idea, and Black will now have
another Knight on e5 and more development} 10. g5 Ne5 11. Qe2 hxg5 12. Bxg5 Bd7
(12... b5 {securing the c4 square for the knight might be more accurate}) 13.
f4 Nc6 {Ceschia,I (2257)-Bruno,F (2459)/Forni di Sopra op 1st 2011 (3)/1-0})
10. g5 Ng4 11. Bh3 Nd7 12. g6 Nde5 {so now Black has reached a similar
position she could have reached with earlier Nbd7, but now with a weakness on
e6} 13. gxf7+ Qxf7 14. Qxf7+ Kxf7 (14... Nxf7 {would be more accurate
discouraging Bg5 and allowing Black to transfer the dark square bishop to f6,
where it will attacking more targets} 15. Ke2 Be7 {and it's not so easy for
White to take advantage for Black's weak pawns, since h4 is a major weakness
as well}) 15. Bg5 Bd7 16. f3 Nf6 17. O-O-O Nh7 18. Bf4 Nf6 {Black doesn't seem
to have a good plan here and is just shuffling around, whereas White is
rearranging her pieces and putting them on good squares. Next, the c3 knight
will head to f4. It's hard to suggest any great improvements for Black. She
needs to see what White is doing and react to that} 19. Bg3 b5 20. a3 $2 ({
strange decision. White's idea is to play} 20. Nce2 {anyways, so why waste
time with a3?} Nc4 {doesn't make sense here due to simple} 21. b3 Nb6 22. e5)
20... Nc4 21. f4 (21. Nce2 Rc8 {and due to the a3 pawn push, playing b3
becomes impossible, giving back enough time to untangle}) 21... Ng4 22. Nf3 Ra7
{unneccessary} ({simple} 22... Be7 {would suffice}) 23. Rd3 Be7 24. Ng5+ Ke8
25. Re1 Rf8 26. Nd1 {White has given away all of her advantage. All of Black's
pieces are well placed now} Rb7 27. Re2 g6 28. Nh7 Rf7 29. Ng5 Rf8 30. Nh7 Rf7
31. Ng5 Rf8 {Given the pressure that Ushenina must feel to win games and the
fact that Hou Yifan has won both games with Black, the next round is going to
be an exciting and bloody one} 1/2-1/2

Information and pictures by Anastasiya Karlovich, FIDE Press Officer

WGM Anastasiya (Nastja) Karlovich was Ukrainian champion and vice-champion among girls
U16, 18 and 20. She was European Champion with the Ukrainian team in the Youth Team Championships.


Players Rtng
Anna Ushenina 2500
Hou Yifan 2609


10th September Opening Ceremony
11th September Game 1
12th September Game 2
13th September Rest day
14th September Game 3
15th September Game 4
16th September Rest day
17th September Game 5
18th September Game 6
19th September Rest day
20th September Game7
21st September Game 8
22nd September Rest day
23rd September Game 9
24th September Rest day
25th September Game 10
26th September Rest day
27th September Tiebreak Games
28th September Closing Ceremony


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