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Hou Yifan retains World Championship

The final game
A solid draw today was sufficient. Hou Yifan wins the Women's World Championship match against Humpy Koneru by the convincing margin of 5.5-2.5. The Chinese World Champion was never in any danger throughout the match and thoroughly deserved her victory.

So summing up the eighth match game:

White Rating Country Result Black Rating Country Moves Opening
Humpy Koneru 2600 IND 0.5-0.5 Hou Yifan 2578 CHN 29 Queen's Gambit Ragozin

So Hou Yifan has reached the target score of 5.5:

Name Rating Country Age Highest ever rating World rank Points
Hou Yifan 2578 China 17 2612 (May 2011) 3 5.5
Humpy Koneru 2600 India 24 2623 (July 2009) 2 2.5

Humpy Koneru will lose her status as World number 2. Not only has Hou Yifan won enough points off her challenger to overtake her, but Anna Muzychuk will also have gained more than enough rating points in Porto Carras to go ahead of the Indian!

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

The seventh game: 

 

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

More information from the World Chess Federation website:

http://www.fide.com/

and

http://www.wwcc2011tirana.com


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