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Hou Yifan almost there!

Hou Yifan needs only half-a-point more
In the seventh match game Humpy Koneru played the Zaitsev variation in the Spanish. Despite the choice of a relatively active choice, World Champion Hou Yifan kept control throughout. Indeed she picked off one pawn towards the time control and a second one shortly afterwards. The technical phase took time, but Hou Yifan's third victory was always inevitable.

So summing up the seventh match game:

White Rating Country Result Black Rating Country Moves Opening
Hou Yifan 2578 CHN 1-0 Humpy Koneru 2600 IND 97 Spanish Zaitsev

So Hou Yifan now leads by three points with only three games to go:

Name Rating Country Age Highest ever rating World rank Points
Hou Yifan 2578 China 17 2612 (May 2011) 3 5
Humpy Koneru 2600 India 24 2623 (July 2009) 2 2

The earlier games of the match went as follows:

The first game:

White Rating Country Result Black Rating Country Moves Opening
Humpy Koneru 2600 IND 0.5-0.5 Hou Yifan 2578 CHN 80 Catalan Opening

The second game:

White Rating Country Result Black Rating Country Moves Opening
Hou Yifan 2578 CHN 0.5-0.5 Humpy Koneru 2600 IND 42 Petroff's Defence

The third game:

White Rating Country Result Black Rating Country Moves Opening
Humpy Koneru 2600 IND 0-1 Hou Yifan 2578 CHN 37 Queen's Gambit Ragozin 

The fourth game:

White Rating Country Result Black Rating Country Moves Opening
Hou Yifan 2578 CHN 0.5-0.5 Humpy Koneru 2600 IND 58 Spanish Open

The fifth game:

White Rating Country Result Black Rating Country Moves Opening
Hou Yifan 2578 CHN 0.5-0.5 Humpy Koneru 2600 IND 58 Spanish Open

The sixth game:

White Rating Country Result Black Rating Country Moves Opening
Humpy Koneru 2600 IND 0-1 Hou Yifan 2578 CHN 38 Nimzoindian Defence

 More information from the World Chess Federation website:

http://www.fide.com/

and

http://www.wwcc2011tirana.com


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