World Women Chess Championship day 9 – live

Round three tiebreaks

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13:10 CET

Welcome to the live coverage of the World Women Chess Championship on! Elena Sedina of Italy shocked the Chinese prodigy Yifan Hou in the yesterday’s game to even up the score and proceed to tiebreaks. Today, in the rapid game one, Sedina attempted to use the poisonous Qxd4 again, but Yifan avoided the pin with an early a6.

13:20 CET

Meanwhile, Shen Yang and Nadezda Kosintseva are testing the Nimzo-Indian once again, only this time Kosintseva deviated from the earlier game and played the “mainstream” 6…b6. Sister Tatiana, who was eliminated by Alexandra Kosteniuk, is in the playing hall to give moral support to Nadezda.

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Nadezda Kosintseva and Shen Tang

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Yifan Hou preparing for the tiebreak

13:45 CET

Elena Sedina is in time trouble again – 3 minutes against Yifan’s 10. Locals from Nalchik gather in the conference hall to follow the games with the commentary of GM Evgeny Vasjukov. One small kid from the Nalchik chess club is sleeping in the comfortable chair :)

13:50 CET

WGM Jana Bellin has arrived from England to perform the anti-doping control. This is one of the main IOC requirements to even start a consideration of including chess in the big Olympic family. Is coffee forbidden?

14:00 CET

Yifan Hou wins the first rapid game with Black pieces! The devastating 36…Rb1! proved that Black was faster in the mutual pawn race. The second game will start 10 minutes after Shen-Kosintseva finishes.

14:10 CET

The dominating Black Knight on f4 must have caused a strong headache to Shen Yang. She couldn’t solve all the problems and Nadezda Kosintseva wins the first game with a checkmate on g5. Stay tuned for the 2nd rapid tiebreak!

14:35 CET

The second tiebreak game is ongoing. In spite of the lead, Yifan Hou goes sharp against Sedina’s French defence, using the once-favorite line of Alekhine and Fischer.

14:40 CET

Nadezda Kosintseva is taking a cautious route with Ruy Lopez Exchange variation. Still, we have to remember that Antoaneta Stefanova won the other day with Black in this same Qf6 line.

14:40 CET

Dr. Jana Bellin will soon inform the players about the procedure for the anti-doping test.

15:30 CET

Shen Yang strikes back! The two will now proceed with blitz games. Ruy Lopez Exchange didn’t score well for White thus far.

15:35 CET

Yifan Hou wins the second rapid game as well and qualifies for the Quarterfinals.

15:55 CET

Severe time trouble in the first blitz game between Yang and Kosintseva! Both players are down to 30 seconds (there is increment). Kosintseva played the beautiful 35…Ne4!!, with idea 36. fxe4 Rd2 (and White’s own e4 pawn covers Bc2 diagonal), but the problem was that Yang is not forced to take.

16:05 CET

Excellent endgame technique by Shen Yang, who is now leading 1-0. Kosintseva has to win the next game in order to reach the Armageddon.

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Shen Yang

16:50 CET

After the long struggle, the second blitz game ended in a draw and Shen Yang advances to the next round! Both Chinese players have survived the tiebreaks.

17:30 CET

The press conference with Shen Yang and Yifan Hou has just ended.

Yifan Hou about yesterday’s loss: – Yesterday I lost a very simple game. I was sad but I decided to play my best in tiebreaks.

Shen Yang: – We started with eight players here and now there are only two left. However, we are not being pressured from China, we are still young.

Yifan Hou was asked on why she chose a very sharp variation in the 2nd tiebreak game in spite of having a 1-0 lead: – I don’t think in the terms of sharp or quiet, I am only “playing the position”.

Shen Yang on her thoughts when Kosintseva opened with “drawish” Ruy Lopez Exchange variation: – I know about drawing tendencies, that is why I tried to keep on as many pieces as possible and wait for my chance.

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Shen Yang and Yifan Hou after today’s tiebreaks


Thank you for following live coverage of the Women World Chess Championship. See you tomorrow.


Elena Sedina – Yifan Hou 0-1, 0-1

Shen Yang – Nadezda Kosintseva 0-1, 1-0, 1-0, draw

Quarterfinal pairings:

Alexandra Kosteniuk – Anna Ushenina

Humpy Koneru – Shen Yang

Lilit Mkrtchian – Yifan Hou

Antoaneta Stefanova – Pia Cramling