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Hou Yifan Regains Title

  • FM MikeKlein
  • on 21.09.13 07:52.

Needing only seven of the alotted 10 games, Chinese GM Hou Yifan convincingly won the 2013 Women's World Championship in Taizhou, China, by beating title-holder GM Anna Ushenina of Ukraine. Hou Yifan first won the title in 2010, then lost it last year by losing in the second round of the knockout-style event (which Ushenina won).

The title is contested annually but alternates between a large, elimination event, and a one-on-one match, as it was this year. Hou Yifan qualified as the challenger by winning the last Women's Grand Prix cycle.

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Having dominated as Black throughout the match, Hou Yifan won for the first time as White to achieve the clinching score of 5.5-1.5. In a the first Najdorf of the series, Hou Yifan's king proved inviolate the whole game, while Ushenina's monarch was completely depleted of pawns. Facing invasions on the back rank, h-file, and White's well-poised knight, Ushenina conceded the game and the title.

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Hou Yifan also gained 10 rating points in the match, while Ushenina lost 10. The winner's purse is 120,000 Euros, while Ushenina takes 80,000 Euros in the loss.
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GM Anna Ushenina, who was unable to win any games in the match

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The two players discuss their final game with FIDE Press Officer Anastasiya Karlovich
All photos courtesy Anastasiya Karlovich.

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  • vor 10 Monate

    weitiandilixin

    4 losts 3 draws but make 80 000 Euro,not so bad,why she looks so angry?

  • vor 10 Monate

    vishy_roz

    pretty

  • vor 10 Monate

    mon03

    congrats 

    Hou Yifan Sealed

  • vor 10 Monate

    deepak64

    One sided game. It happens in chess.

  • vor 10 Monate

    Uphigh100percent

    Will Hou Yifan pass Judits rating, consistentely, in the future?I think so

  • vor 10 Monate

    orangeishblue

    There has been only one Womens World Champion for the past 20 years and that is Judit Polgar. She is the only woman that has been capable of competeing with the best chess players in the world

  • vor 10 Monate

    PhoenixTTD

    Ushenina made a lot of money for someone of her level and with this performance.  There are a lot of male players who play much better who would love that payday.

  • vor 10 Monate

    chessdoggblack

    @joncasals5 & albatrosses - I agree: the fide press officer Anastasiya Karlovich is just wonderful for chess. I have taken to her myself after viewing her in many tournaments. Her chess wit and professionalism is beyound words. She is totally an outstanding person representing chess around the world. Well...you win some and lose some - that's the way chess go. But the look on GM Anna Ushenina face appears to state what all chess players have faced in a losing position. "Will someone tell me what is exactly going on here?" Good win for GM Yifan Hou, showing those hungry chess players for a win on how it's done! Cool

  • vor 10 Monate

    albatrosses

    Karlovich is a joy to watch.

  • vor 10 Monate

    _valentin_

    An elimination knock-out event has shown somewhat erratic results -- sometimes really strong players win, most recently Kamsky (2007), Gelfand (2009), Svidler (2011), and Kramnik (2013) in the men's version of a World Cup -- but sometimes the winners may have few significant accomplishments during their chess careers.

    The men's version -- where the winner (and runner-up) qualify for a subsequent Candidate's tournament -- makes sense; those winners aren't random players, and if they're so good, they'll show it again next against other really strong challengers in a round-robin Candidate's tournament, not to mention playing a match against the champion himself in the end.

    Congratulations to Yifan Hou -- very well deserved title, re-won!  Really only a couple of women in the world today have shown be to anywhere close to her class (e.g., Koneru, Muzychuk, and of course Polgar who doesn't play in women-only events).

  • vor 10 Monate

    Bulentovski

    bravo

  • vor 10 Monate

    ioanciprian

    Congrats to Hou Yifan. Asian players are really good!

  • vor 10 Monate

    joncasals5

    I love Anastasiya Karlovich, she is so beautiful and smart.. <3 great victory for Yifan :) I expect that she can boost her ELO rating

  • vor 10 Monate

    Lawdoginator

    That picture of Anna is so funny. You can tell exactly how things went for her. 

  • vor 10 Monate

    GoatsRUs

    There should be a talent section to this event.

  • vor 10 Monate

    FM VPA

    The nightmare is over & Anna can party nowYell

  • vor 10 Monate

    xxbro

    80 000 avros is not bad. Well-done Anna! Never mind what ppl say...

  • vor 10 Monate

    scacchistasupremo

    Too easy

  • vor 10 Monate

    Gannicus_The_God2

    Yes, I agree that its crazy the women's champion has to alternate between elimination event and match play....... that seems unfair.... but I do like that they have to defend their title every year..... I wish on the mens side the champion should have to do the same....... ( but for men and women it should only be match play )

  • vor 10 Monate

    george11373

    Do you think Hou Yifan is good enough to play with the men in next year's Candidate Tournament? She is young and still improving, so she eventually will be a 2700+ player.

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