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Hou Yifan wins with Black!

Hou Yifan
The World Champion significantly improved her chances of retaining the title with a win as Black in the popular Ragozin system. Black's queen penetration turned out to be more significant than White picking off the h-pawn.

So summing up the third match 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

So Hou Yifan now leads by one point:

Name Rating Country Age Highest ever rating World rank Points
Hou Yifan 2578 China 17 2612 (May 2011) 3 2
Humpy Koneru 2600 India 24 2623 (July 2009) 2 1

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

More information from the World Chess Federation website:

http://www.fide.com/

and

http://www.wwcc2011tirana.com


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