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The Hou Yifan exhibition continues!

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Top beat bottom in the seventh round in Rostov. The World Champion, Hou Yifan, now on 6½/7, leads by two whole points. The second placed pair, Tatiana Kosintseva and Kateryna Lahno drew their encounter in 40 moves, the shortest game of the day.

Two of the games were attempted Berlin Defences, but in both cases White preferred to avoid the main lines with 4.d3.

In the battle for second place, White's gradual pawn push didn't cause too much distress in the black camp, and Lahno was able to hit back at the centre. Unfortunately for her, her pressure only led to mass simplification and there was no advantage in the knight endgame.

The other game with 4.d3 was also drawn. The former World Champion, Alexandra Kosteniuk, obtained the bishop pair and even won a pawn, but the presence of opposite bishops in the endgame put paid to any winning chances.

Hou Yifan switched to the French and once Kovalevskaya opened the centre the World champion castled long. After a spirited fight in the centre, Hou Yifan was able to push her d-pawn deep into the heart of White's position which led to her winning a pawn and ultimately the endgame.

Nadezhda Kosintseva and Humpy Koneru played out a manoeuvring Breyer. Once the position opened up it led to a mass cull on the queenside and no winning chances for either player.

White's only win of the day was achieved by Anna Muzychuk in a rather fortunate fashion. A double-edged position had started to shift in Black's favour when Alisa Galliamova blundered a key pawn, and then the game was all Muzychuk's.

Not for the first time, Antoaneta had the longest game of the day. Danielian opted for a Catalan-style g2-g3 against the Bulgarian's Chebanenko Slav. In the early middlegame, the Armenian sought activity with a pawn sacrifice, but this soon led to naught, and she then got her pieces tangled and lost two pieces for a rook. Despite valiant resistance from Danielian, Stefanova was able to wear down her opponent's defences.

The round 7 summary:

White Rating Result Black    Rating Moves Opening
Alexandra Kosteniuk 2497 ½-½ Ruan Lufei 2479    47 Spanish with d3
Anna Muzychuk 2538  1-0 Alisa Galliamova 2492     59 Siilian Richter-Rauzer
Kosintseva Nadezhda 2560  ½-½ Humpy Koneru 2614    49 Spanish Breyer
Elina Danielian 2521   0-1 Antoaneta Stefanova  2524    83 Slav with g3
Ekaterina Kovalevskaya 2427   0-1 Hou Yifan 2575     66 French Classical
Tatiana Kosintseva 2557   ½-½  Kateryna Lahno 2536    40 Spanish 4.d3

The table after seven rounds:

Posn. Name Title Country Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 Score
1 Hou Yifan GM CHN 2575  X . . 1 1 ½  . 1 1 . 1 1 6½ 
2 Kateryna Lahno GM UKR 2536  . X ½ 0 . 1 . 1 ½  . 1 ½  4½ 
3 Tatiana Kosintseva GM RUS 2557  . ½  X ½  . ½  . . ½  1 ½ 1 4½ 
4 Anna Muzychuk IM SLO 2538  0 1 ½  X ½  . ½  1 . . . ½  4
5 Humpy Koneru GM IND 2614  0 . . ½  X ½  ½  ½ 1 1 . . 4
6 Nadezhda Kosintseva GM RUS 2560  ½  0 ½ . ½ X ½  . . . ½  1 3½ 
7 Antoaneta Stefanova GM BUL 2524 . . . ½ ½  ½  X 0 ½  ½ 1 . 3½ 
8 Alisa Galliamova IM RUS 2492  0 0 . 0 ½  . 1 X ½  1 . . 3
9 Alexandra Kosteniuk GM RUS 2497  0 ½  ½  . 0 . ½  ½  X ½  . .
10 Ruan Lufei WGM CHN 2479  . . 0 . 0 . ½  0 ½  X 1 ½  2½ 
11 Elina Danielian GM ARM 2521  0 0 ½ . . ½  0 . . 0 X 1 2
12 Ekaterina Kovalevskaya IM RUS 2427  0 ½  0 ½  . 0 . . . ½  0 X 1½ 

The Schedule:

Date               Rounds etc.
01st August 2011 Opening ceremony
02nd August 2011 1st Round
03rd August 2011  2nd Round
04th August 2011  3rd Round
05th August 2011 4th Round
06th August 2011 Rest day
07th August 2011 5th Round
08th August 2011  6th Round
09th August 2011  7th Round
10th August 2011 8th Round
11th August 2011 Rest day
12th August 2011 9th Round
13th August 2011 10th Round
14th August 2011 11th Round

Times of the rounds:

Rounds 1-10 at 3 pm local time (1pm Paris, 12 noon London, 7am New York)

Rounds 11 at 12 noon (10am Paris, 9am London, 4am New York).

For further information go to the Official site: http://rostov2011.fide.com

For Live games: http://rostov2011.fide.com/tournament-games.html 

 

 


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