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Second Game Of The Final Round
frontHou Yifan won the second game of the final. Playing with black pieces, she defeated her compatriot Ruan Lufei. After the opening Ruan Lufei got comfortable position and could create some problems for the opponent. Instead she decided to enter the ending which was better for the Black. Hou Yifan got two extra pawns and didn’t give any chance for her opponent in the rook ending.
Tomorrow Hou Yifan has white pieces. The match will be finished in her favor If she wins the third game of the final. 

Interview With Hou Yifan
hou“I will play the final as any other round”.

Anastasiya Karlovich- Can you please tell about the match with Humpy Koneru?
Hou Yifan- In the first game we entered the ending which was almost equal. Later Koneru played not very good and in the bishop ending I won a pawn and the position became almost won. In the second game we came to the Sicilian defense.  I sacrificed two pawns, maybe there was some compensation, but I am not sure if it was enough or not. I had a pair of bishops, so maybe it was a compensation for me. There was also danger for her king…

First Game of The Final Round
frontThe final match of the World Women Chess Championship started today. Two Chinese player Hou Yifan and Ruan Lufei played the first game. The mayor of the city Antakya visited the event and made the first move for Hou Yifan. White started the game with 1. e4.  The players entered the popular line of Caro-Kann defense. The following position appeared on the board after 24 moves.

The Second Finalist is Ruan Lufei

The second semi-final match was decided on tie-break today. Ruan Lufei joined Hou Yifan, who has promoted from the classical games, in the final. The first rapid game was drawn again but in the second one Ruan Lufei, playing with black pieces, defeated her compatriot Zhao Xue. "The result that I have now is just unbelievable! I had a back ticket on December, 13 because I thought I would be eliminated by Kosteniuk and go home”, said the second winner of the semi-final match. She also explained that she was not afraid to play tie-breaks, but it was not a strategy or intention to make draws in the main games on purpose.


After the rest day on 19 th of December the finalists Hou Yifan and Ruan Lufei will play four classical games from 20th till 23rd of December.  

Analysis of Ruan-Zhao tiebreak by GM Adrian Mihalcisin
The First Finalist is Hou Yifan
IMG_6988The 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

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