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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Kazan Chess Round 4: Danielian in Sole Lead; Hou Loses to Cmilyte

The Kazan Chess Grand Prix Round 4 saw an upset for Women's World Chess Champion Hou Yifan as she lost to Viktorija Cmilyte. 
Viktorija Cmilyte - Hou Yifan


This is the second loss for the Chinese chess prodigy in the tournament. Meanwhile, Elina Danielian sacrificed an exchange with White and beat Tatiana Kosintseva. Humpy Koneru and Betul Yildiz were both struggling against time when Yildiz lost track and Koneru capitalised to win the point. Alisa Galliamova lost to Nadezhda Kosintseva. Two exciting games with fortunes swinging were played out for a draw by Anna Muzychuk - Katerina Lahno and Alexandra Kosteniuk – Antoaneta Stefanova. 


Champion vs Champion
Alexandra Kosteniuk and Antoaneta Stefanova
Thursday is the first free day of the tournament. Elina Danielian (Armenia) is leading solely with 3 points, following by Anna Muzychuk (Slovenia), Nadezhda Kosintseva (Slovenia), Humpy Koneru (India) and Viktorija Chilyte (Lithuania) half a point behind. Katerina Lahno (Ukraine), Alexandra Kostenyuk (Russia) and Antoaneta Stefanova (Bulgaria) are sharing 6 – 8th ranks with 2 points each. Alisa Galliamova (Russia) and Hou Yifan (China) collected 1.5 points to occasionally place on the 9th – 10th positions. Tatiana Kosintseva (Russia) and Betul Yildiz (Turkey) are closing the table, having just 1 point after 4 rounds of play.

You can view the Viktorija Cmilyte-Hou Yifan game in our Chess King game applet. 




Yifan, Hou (2623) - Cmilyte, Viktorija (2508)

Result: 0-1
Site: Kazan, RUS
Date: 2012.06.13


[...] 1.e4 c5 2.¤c3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.£xd4 ¤c6 5.¥b5 ¥d7 6.¥xc6 ¥xc6 7.£d3 ¤f6 8.¥g5 £a5 9.¥xf6 gxf6 10.¤f3 ¦g8 11.¦g1 ¥h6 12.¤d4 ¥d7 13.g3 ¦c8 14.¦f1 ¥h3 15.¦h1 £b4 16.¤b3 f5 17.exf5 £c4 18.£xc4 ¦xc4 19.f6 ¦g6 20.f4 e5 21.¤d2 ¦xc3 22.bxc3 exf4 23.¢e2 ¦xf6 24.¦ae1 ¢d7 25.¤e4 ¦g6 26.¦hg1 ¥g4+ 27.¢f1 ¥e6 28.gxf4 ¥xf4 29.¦xg6 hxg6 30.¢g2 ¢c6 31.a3 ¥e5 32.¦e3 ¥d5 33.¢f2 ¥xh2 34.¤g3 f5 35.¦d3 ¢c5 36.¦d1 ¥xg3+ 37.¢xg3 g5 38.¢f2 ¥e4 39.¦g1 g4 40.¢e3 ¥xc2 41.¦g2 ¥e4 42.¦d2 ¢c4 43.¦xd6 g3 44.¦d4+ ¢xc3 45.¦b4 ¥c6 46.¦b1 ¢c2 47.¦b4 a5 48.¦c4+ ¢b3 49.¦c5 g2 50.¢f2 a4 51.¦xf5 ¢xa3





Photos by Rashit Shiriyazdanov and Anastasiya Karlovich from official website of Kazan Women's Chess Grand Prix. 

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