The Women’s World Chess Championship is now in the second round with 32 players advancing to the second round from the main draw of 64 players. The first games of the second round were played on Wednesday. The full report is up at Chess Blog. In one of the key games of the second round, Natalia Zhukova beat top seed Koneru Humpy. Humpy has just played 28.Rb4 in the position on the left. Zhukova came up with an exciting continuation. Run the game in the Chess King applet.


Koneru, Humpy – Zhukova, Natalia

Result: 0-1
Site: Khanty-Mansiysk
Date: 2012.11.14
[…] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.¤c3 c5 4.cxd5 exd5 5.¤f3 ¤c6 6.g3 ¤f6 7.¥g2 ¥e7 8.O-O O-O 9.¥g5 c4 10.¤e5 ¥e6 11.¤xc6 bxc6 12.b3 ¦c8 13.¤a4 £a5 14.e3 ¦fd8 15.¥xf6 gxf6 16.£h5 c5 17.dxc5 ¥xc5 18.¤xc5 £xc5 19.¦fd1 c3 20.¦ac1 c2 21.¦d2 £c3 22.£e2 ¥f5 23.¦d4 £b2 24.£d2 £xa2 25.e4 ¥g6 26.f4 £xb3 27.exd5 £b2 28.¦b4 £xc1+ 29.£xc1 ¦b8 30.¥e4 ¦xb4 31.¥xc2 ¦c4 32.f5 ¥xf5 33.£f1 ¦xc2 34.£xf5 ¦d2 35.£g4+ ¢h8 36.£f4 ¦8xd5 37.£xf6+ ¢g8
The two Black Rooks and a passed pawn are way too much for White to battle against with a lone Queen and Koneru Humpy resigned.