Commented Chess Video: Two-Piece Sac, 26-Move Demolition

12th Women’s World Chess Champion and Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk comments her chess blitz game against 13th Women’s World Chess Champion Hou Yifan at the 2012 Sport Accord World Mind Games in Beijing. The game is a sharp Sicilian Defence, Scheveningen Variation. Alexandra is better prepared, attacks the black king, sacrifices 2 pieces, and forces black to resign already on the 26th move. The game is presented with the chess software Chess King. Read more…

GM Chess Analysis Video: Alexandra Kosteniuk – Hou Yifan 1-0

Are you looking for chess analysis by a World Chess Champion? Here’s your chess treat for the weekend. The 12th Women’s World Chess Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk takes on the 13th Women’s World Chess Champion Hou Yifan, in Beijing, at the Sport Accord Mind Sports Games, 2012. The game is a complicated Sicilian Defence, Scheveningen variation, with a fantastic attack. Sit back and watch the full analysis of the game. GM Alexandra Kosteniuk uses the software ‘Chess King’ in the video. Pick up your own copy of Chess King – now with Houdini 4 – at the Chess King shop. Also read the original post at Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk’s personal chess blog www.chessqueen.com. Read more…

Women’s World Chess Championship 2013 Game 7: Hou Yifan – Anna Ushenina 1-0

Women’s World Chess Championship Match 2013 between the current World Champion Anna Ushenina of Ukraine and her challenger, Hou Yifan of China (former World Champion 2010-2012), was played from September 11-27 at the Taizhou Hotel (Taizhou, China). With this, the seventh game, Hou Yifan has once again won the title. Read a report on Chess Blog. Read more…

Women’s World Chess Championship Round 3: Anna Ushenina – Hou Yifan 0-1

China’s Hou Yifan, the Challenger, has taken a two-point lead against reigning Women’s World Chess Champion, Anna Ushenina of Ukraine. Here’s the third game of the match where Black crushed the champion. The match is being played in Taizhou, China. Read a report on Chess Blog. You can replay the game in the Chess King applet below. Read more…

Women’s World Chess Championship 2013 Game 2: Hou Yifan – Anna Ushenina 1/2-1/2

Reigning Women’s World Chess Champion Anna Ushenina of Ukraine held her ground and drew the second game with Challenger Hou Yifan at the World Chess Championship currently on in China. Ushenina trails in the match as she lost the first game. Read a full report on Round 2 on Chess Blog. You can replay the game in the Chess King applet below. Read more…

Women’s World Chess Championship 2013 Game 1: Anna Ushenina – Hou Yifan 0-1

White has played 40. BxRd3 How did Black win?

The Women’s World Chess Championship began with a bang in China today: Reigning champion Anna Ushenina of Ukraine had a good position with White when she stumbled struggling to keep pace with the clock by the side of the board. Hou Yifan, with her experience and talent, had no problems winning the game with Black. Replay the full game below. You can also read a report on the event at Chess Blog. Read more…

75th Tata Steel Chess 2013 R11: Yifan Hou – Viswanathan Anand ½-½

Round 11 at the 75th Tata Steel Chess 2013: World Champion Anand dropped the ball against former Women’s World Champion Hou Yifan. What seemed destined to become a model endgame victory turned tragic for the Indian Grandmaster when he decided to transpose a winning knight endgame into a drawn pawn endgame: After, for example, 42…h5 Black should be winning, but after Anand’s mistake 42…Nf5?, Hou Yifan found the narrow path to a draw with 43.Nxf5 Kxf5 44.a4 Ke6 45.g4! Kd5 46.Kc3 Ke4 47.Kc2! Kd4 48.Kb3 e4 49.b5 axb5 50.axb5 e3 51.Kc2 Ke4 52.Kd1!. Replay the game with Chess King, watch the Hou Yifan’s post-game video comment, and read a full report on Round 11 at Chess Blog. Read more…

75th Tata Steel Chess 2013 R10: Pentala Harikrishna – Hou Yifan 0-1

Former Women’s World Chess Champion Hou Yifan scored her second victory at the 75th Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2013 in Round 10. Playing solidly with Black she handled the Rook ending with confidence to hand Indian Grandmaster Pentala Harikrishna his second defeat in the tournament. Replay the brave game with Chess King, watch the post-game video and read a full report on Round 10 at Chess Blog. Read more…

75th Tata Steel Chess R9: Hou Yifan – Magnus Carlsen 0-1

This position is from the game Hou Yifan – Magnus Carlsen in Round 9 at the 75th Tata Steel Chess 2013. The former women’s world chess champion put up a spirited fight against the World No. 1. Can you win this position as Black from here on? Replay the full game with Chess King, watch the post-game video and read a full report on Round 9 at Chess Blog. Read more…

75th Tata Steel Chess R6: Anish Giri – Hou Yifan 0-1

The former women’s world chess champion finally got to score her first win at the 75th edition of the Tata Steel Chess in Round 6. Hou Yifan knew how to exploit her chances on the queenside as Giri ambled along planless. An exchange sacrifice set the Chinese GM on her path to victory and even the return sac was not enough to save the game for Giri. Watch the post-game video and run the game through Chess King. A round report is available at Chess Blog. Read more…

75th Tata Steel Chess R5: Hou Yifan – Hikaru Nakamura 0-1

75th Tata Steel Chess 2013: Former Women’s World Chess Champion Hou Yifan started off with a steady tackle of US Chess Champion Hikaru Nakamura’s Sicilian battle. However, she went in for a losing dissolution of pawns and gave up the point to stay at the bottom of the table after five rounds. Wrapping off the game was easy for the American Grandmaster as a matter of technique. You can read a full report on Chess Blog. Replay the game with Chess King. Read more…

75th Tata Steel Chess 2013 R4: Wang Hao – Hou Yifan 1-0

Wang Hao was one of the five players who scored a win during the 4th round of the 75th Tata Steel Chess 2013. At the losing end was former Women’s World Chess Champion Hou Yifan. Wang Hao went for the classical Nimzo line that fetched him a solid structure that made the best of his powerful Bishop against a bad Knight. Hou Yifan tried, but eventually blundered in a very difficult position. Check out the post-game video and game with Chess King. Read more…

75th Tata Steel Chess R1: Sergey Karjakin Beats Hou Yifan

The 75th Tata Steel Chess 2013 got off to a start with two decisive games in Round 1. Pentala Harikrishna (winner of last year’s Group B) beat Anish Giri and Sergey Karjakin beat former Women’s World Chess Champion Hou Yifan to celebrate his 23rd birthday! Here is the Karjakin-Yifan game and a video comment by the winner. You can read a round report on the first round at the Tata Steel Chess Round 1 at Chess Blog. Read more…

Cool Chess Queen™ Puzzle: Find GM Kosteniuk’s Killer Move versus GM Hou Yifan

Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk has just won the Gold in the Blitz Tournament at the Sport Accord World Mind Games 2012 in Beijing. Here is a position from the game Alexandra Kosteniuk – Hou Yifan 1-0. Hou Yifan has just played 25. …Nh7. What was GM Kosteniuk’s killer move? Read more…

Khanty-Mansiysk Women’s World Chess Championship 2012: Hou Yifan-Monika Socko 0-1

The Women’s World Chess Championship 2012 in Khanty Mansiysk witnessed shocking results in Round 2. Women’s World Chess Champion won the first game of the round by beating Monika Socko as expected. But, Socko returned to beat Yifan in the second game with Black taking the match into tiebreak. Socko won the tiebreak thereafter, knocking out Hou Yifan from the Championship and going down in Women’s chess history for creating one of the biggest upsets. Read report on Chess Blog. Run the nice game with Chess King. Read more…

Univé Crown Chess: Hikaru Nakamura-Hou Yifan 1-0

The 16th Univé Chess Festival is taking place from October 19-27, 2012, in in Hoogeveen, Holland. The main event is a four-player Crown Group double round robin with Hikaru Nakamura, USA, 2786, Anish Giri, NL, 2730, Sergey Tiviakov, NL, 2659, and women’s world chess champion Hou Yifan, China, 2605. Nakamura is the only one who has won two games in three rounds so far. Here is the nice Nakamura-Yifan game in the Chess King applet. Read more…

12th World Champion Kosteniuk Beats 13th Hou Yifan in Eilat 2012

Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk beats World Champion Hou Yifan[New: see Alexandra’s Blog Post!] The most closely watched game in this month’s women’s chess took place today in the first round of the European Club Cup in Eilat, Israel. It confronted the 12th women’s world chess champion Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk to the 13th women’s world chess champion Hou Yifan. You recall that Alexandra beat Hou Yifan in 2008 to become the 12th women’s world chess champion (see video), but since 2010 Hou gained the upper hand, became world champion, and had been playing great chess, beating in a spectacular match Judit Polgar in Gibraltar, and boasting a rating of 2605 right now. So everyone was looking at this game very closely. Read more…

Women’s Chess Grand Prix R11: Kateryna Lahno-Hou Yifan 1-0

China’s Hou Yifan has won the fifth edition of the Women’s Chess Grand Prix that just concluded in Jermuk, Armenia. She had already won the first and second editions! She now has won the overall current Grand Prix cycle. Despite a last-round loss to Kateryna Lahno, Yifan took first. Here is the nice Lahno-Yifan game from Round 11. A full report on the event is available at Chess Blog. Read more…

Women’s Chess Grand Prix Jermuk: Playing a Won Game with Patience

Here is a nice game played between Ekaterina Kovalevskaya and Hou Yifan during the ninth round at the ongoing Women’s Chess Grand Prix in Jermuk. With this win, Yifan goes into sole lead! Find the full round report at Chess Blog. Read more…

Women’s Chess Grand Prix: Hou Yifan Shows How to Squeeze Your Opponent in the Corner

Squeezing the Life out of Your OpponentSqueeze your opponent into suffocating – That was Women’s World Chess Champion Hou Yifan’s idea when beating one of China’s strongest women chess players, Ruan Lufei, in Jermuk on Wednesday at the Women’s Chess Grand Prix. Check out the Ruy Lopez game with Chess King. Read more…