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Round 4 Game 1
frontOnly 8 participants are left in the World Championship. Hou Yifan, playing with black pieces, won against Katerina Lahno. Ukrainian player had a little advantage due to the extra pawn but the bishops of the opponent were very strong. Instead of making accurate draw, Katerina Lahno was probably trying to play for more and lost the game.

Humpy Koneru received a position with an advantage and managed to win a pawn. Her opponent Ju Wenjun created some counter play on the king’s side and provoked a mistake from the Indian player. Achieved a comfortable equalization, Ju Wenjun blundered both pawn and game as her position immediately collapsed. Two games, Zhao - Skripchenko and Harika -  Ruan, were drawn.  In the first game French player Almira Skripchenko grabbed a pawn in a middle game but it was not enough to make a full point. Harika Dronavalli got a position with two bishops in the endgame but, due to accurate play of her opponent Ruan Lufei, didn’t manage to win a game.

Aleksandra Kosteniuk lost her title!
IMG_6488Durıng the tie-break match wıth Chinese player Ruan Lufei, already former world champion lost the first game and did not manage to equalise the score in the match.
Tie-Breaks 3
IMG_5813Four matches were decided on tie-breaks today. Hou Yifan, Almira Skripchenko, Harika Dronavalli and Ruan Lufei have qualified. The last Russian player Aleksandra Kosteniuk lost the match to Chinese player Ruan Lufei after 2 rapid games. The match ended with 1,5:0.5 score. The encounter between Hou Yifan and Zhu Chen was the second one which was determined after the rapid games. The first one was drawn but the second one finished on a favor of Chinese prodigy. After two draws in rapid games, Almira Skripchenko won both blitz games against Viktorija Cmilyte and promoted to the 4th round.
The first Armageddon game at the championship happened in the match between Maria Muzychuk and Harika Dronavalli. Ukrainian player won the first blitz game with black but her opponent succeeded to take revenge. After drawing of lots Harika Dronavalli got the right to choose the color of her pieces. She preferred to play with black. Therefore Maria Muzychuk, playing white, had to make a full point in order to win the match. According to the rules of Sudden Death game in case of a draw Black promotes to the next stage of the event. After the tense struggle Harika won by time.
The Arbiters of The Championship
IMG_5355The Arbiters of The Championship are listed below.

Chief Arbiter                   IA Erdem Ucarkus
Deputy Chief Arbiter      IA Aykut İlker Mete
Deputy Arbiter               IA Guran Unal
Deputy Arbiter               IA Tugan Unal
Arbiter                            NA Ahmet Uctu
Arbiter                            NA Bulent Askar
Arbiter                            NA Emrah Sitki Saglam
Views of Antakya
01Hatay (Antakya) is a province in southern Turkey, on the Mediterranean coast, with Syria to the south and east and the Turkish provinces of Adana and Osmaniye to the north. The administrative capital is Antakya (Antioch). In Ottoman times, Hatay was part of the Vilayet of Aleppo in what was known then as Syria. Hatay is one of the most cosmopolitan provinces of Turkey, home to communities of various background and religions including Sunni Muslims, Alawi Muslims, Syriac Orthodox, Syriac Catholics, Maronites, Arab (Greek-Orthodox) and Armenian communities. The village of "Vakiflar" in the district of Samandag is Turkey's last remaining rural Armenian community while Arabs form the majority in three districts out of the twelve in Hatay: Samandag (Suwaidiyyah) (Alawi), Altinozu (Qusair) and Reyhanli (Rihaniyyah) (Sunni).

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