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Hou Yifan Regains Title

  • FM MikeKlein
  • on 21/09/13 07:52.

Needing only seven of the alotted 10 games, Chinese GM Hou Yifan convincingly won the 2013 Women's World Championship in Taizhou, China, by beating title-holder GM Anna Ushenina of Ukraine. Hou Yifan first won the title in 2010, then lost it last year by losing in the second round of the knockout-style event (which Ushenina won).

The title is contested annually but alternates between a large, elimination event, and a one-on-one match, as it was this year. Hou Yifan qualified as the challenger by winning the last Women's Grand Prix cycle.

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Having dominated as Black throughout the match, Hou Yifan won for the first time as White to achieve the clinching score of 5.5-1.5. In a the first Najdorf of the series, Hou Yifan's king proved inviolate the whole game, while Ushenina's monarch was completely depleted of pawns. Facing invasions on the back rank, h-file, and White's well-poised knight, Ushenina conceded the game and the title.

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Hou Yifan also gained 10 rating points in the match, while Ushenina lost 10. The winner's purse is 120,000 Euros, while Ushenina takes 80,000 Euros in the loss.
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GM Anna Ushenina, who was unable to win any games in the match

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The two players discuss their final game with FIDE Press Officer Anastasiya Karlovich
All photos courtesy Anastasiya Karlovich.

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  • 14 mesi fa

    orangeishblue

    I think there has been a tremendous amount of rating inflation. Susan Polgar actually reached her peak in the early nineties. By 2005 she was already more retired than active. I think it was Madrid 1994, she won an elite tournament round robin over the likes of Salov, Shirov, Kamsky. I think women such as Xie Jun, Hou Yifan, Koneru Humpy are closing in on Susan Polgars peak strength but I still think that Susan was at least a class higher than them now. Yet her younger sister is a class above even Susans peak strength. I wish the chessmetrics.com website had continued past 2005 to include all the modern strong women players. Susans Peak was 91st in the world. Judit came in at peak as number 5.

  • 14 mesi fa

    sapientdust

    Thanks for the info, orangeishblue. I had no idea that 100 points was awarded to all women other than Susan Polgar in the mid-eighties. Seems like yet another story of FIDE corruption.

    I think maybe it's too far in the past though to have a strong effect on present scores. Susan Polgar's highest rating ever was in 2005, nearly 20 years after the 100 point rating change. Hou Yifan wasn't even born until 1994.

    Susan Polgar's rating would certainly have adjusted over the course of decades after the adjustment in the eighties (she'd get more points from every woman she beats), so the only way I see to argue that Susan was clearly stronger is to show that there has been so much rating inflation in the last 8 years that Hou Yifan's rating is actually less than Polgar's 2005 rating in inflation-adjusted terms.

  • 14 mesi fa

    orangeishblue

    FIDE gave every woman chess player a 100 rating points because Susan was so far in front of all the other women and guess what after the gift Susan was still the highest rated woman in the world.  So yes except for Sister Judit I believe Susan Polgar would still be the strongest woman in the world even today.

    http://www.anusha.com/elo.htm

  • 14 mesi fa

    shahzad728

    congrats for winning 

  • 14 mesi fa

    watcha

    Judit Polgar has reached a FIDE rating of 2735 in July 2005 and by then she was the 8th ranked player in the world (among men).

    see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judit_Polg%C3%A1r

    Even today she is holding a higher live rating than Yifan ( 2688 vs. 2620 ).

    see: http://www.2700chess.com/

    Judit Polgar has been and still is the greatest ever woman chess player, and Yifan has a lot to do to match her achievement.

  • 14 mesi fa

    sapientdust

    @orangeishblue: Isn't Hou Yifan already higher rated than Susan Polgar, or are you trying to say that there has been so much inflation that their ratings aren't comparable? Hou Yifan is currently 2609 (peak=2649), while Susan Polgar's highest rating ever was 2577 in 2005.

  • 14 mesi fa

    orangeishblue

    Not a chance in the world she could pass Judit's rating without inflation help. For that matter Susan Polgar is 2nd to Judit in strength and every woman is far behind Susan.

  • 14 mesi fa

    Uphigh100percent

    Do you think that hou can pass Judith's rating in the future?

  • 14 mesi fa

    iguna

    Yeah..lopsided game.. Too easy for Hou... How about Hou vs Judith?

  • 14 mesi fa

    orangeishblue

    Everyone obviously doesn't deserve a shot at the title. Winning a mini knockout means squat. Title should be served by matches not a lottery.

  • 14 mesi fa

    chessrook1234

    play every year- round robin style..this will show the true winner...1-1 makes little sense. why protect the champion? give everyone a shot at the tile. Will will have a 100 m olympics like this? last time olympics winner...will run only against one other runner? lol..

  • 14 mesi fa

    orangeishblue

    They need to get rid of elimination matches, they are just the only way a European can actually get the title.

  • 14 mesi fa

    mobidi

    @ tagasky- You are right!- SHE CAN! Nice ,beautiful and very smart "- little china-girl"- I'm FAN of Hou YIFAN!Embarassed

  • 14 mesi fa

    NormanTaga

    womens title finished...now the mens world championship match next!!!

  • 14 mesi fa

    MindWalk

    Such a lopsided match score and Hou Yifan only gains ten rating points?

  • 14 mesi fa

    Wappinschaw

    Good for you Hou Yifan very well done!

  • 14 mesi fa

    Konstantyn

    Very pity. I expected Ushenina's win.

  • 14 mesi fa

    bagani

    Cool 

     

     

     

    hou 

     

     

    yifan , ratings prevail this time!!!

  • 14 mesi fa

    Marius_Daniel_

    nice match

  • 14 mesi fa

    weitiandilixin

    4 losts 3 draws but make 80 000 Euro,not so bad,why she looks so angry?

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