The First Finalist is Hou Yifan
The first finalist was determined today after the second game in semifinal matches. Hou Yifan, playing black, drew the second game against Humpy Koneru and promoted to the final. A Chinese player sacrificed 2 pawns but received a good compensation. In order to protect her king Humpy Koneru had to give the extra material back. The Indian player had already lost her match to Chinese prodigy two years ago during the World Championship in Nalchik. At that time she also lost the first game of the semifinal match but succeeded to equalize the score and, unlike today, the match was decided only on tie-break. Zhao Xue and Ruan Lufei drew the second game today and decided to try their luck in tie-breaks tomorrow.
Analysis of Koneru-Hou game by GM Efstratios Grivas
The organizer of the World Championship and the President of TCF Ali Nihat Yazici and participants before the second game of the semifinals.
Chess is all around Hou Yifan.
Koneru’s long 2. Bg5 move made Hou Yifan think at the beginning of the game.
The beginning of the game between Humpy Koneru and Hou Yifan.
The second game between Zhao Xue and Ruan Lufei finished peacefully as well as the first one.