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Hou Yifan keeps control

Hou Yifan
Being a point down, Humpy Koneru switched to the somewhat more dynamic Open variation of the Ruy Lopez. However she was never able to generate any serious counterplay and it was the World champion who avoided a repetition. Hou Yifan even went on to win a pawn, but this was insufficient for victory due to the Indian's careful defence.

So summing up the fourth match game:

White Rating Country Result Black Rating Country Moves Opening
Hou Yifan 2578 CHN 0.5-0.5 Humpy Koneru 2600 IND 43 Spanish Open

So Hou Yifan still leads by one point:

Name Rating Country Age Highest ever rating World rank Points
Hou Yifan 2578 China 17 2612 (May 2011) 3 2.5
Humpy Koneru 2600 India 24 2623 (July 2009) 2 1.5

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 

More information from the World Chess Federation website:

http://www.fide.com/

and

http://www.wwcc2011tirana.com


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