Women’s World Chess Championship Final Match Game 3: Ushenina-Stefanova 1-0

Anna Ushenina drew first blood on Thursday by winning the third game of the final match of the Women’s World Chess Championship 2012 in Khanty Mansiysk. She beat Antoaneta Stefanova of Bulgaria. Ushenina now leads the match. This is a best-of-four match. If the score after four games is 2-2, the players continue on tie-break to decide the Women’s World Chess Champion 2012. Read a report on Chess Blog. Replay the game with Chess King. Read more…

Women’s World Chess Championship Final Match Game 2: Stefanova-Ushenina 1/2-1/2

The final match is being played at the Khanty-Mansiysk Women’s World Chess Championship 2012 between Anna Ushenina of Ukraine and Antoaneta Stefanova of Bulgaria. The first game had its excitement and the second was a theoretical discussion. Read the full report on Chess Blog. Replay the game in the Chess King applet in the extended post. Read more…

Women’s World Chess Championship Final Match Game 1: Ushenina-Stefanova 1/2-1/2

The first game at the final of the Women’s World Chess Championship 2012 in Khanty Mansiysk turned from a could-be boring game to an exciting-save by Anna Ushenina as White against Antoaneta Stefanova. Read the full report on Chess Blog. Replay the game with Chess King in the extended post. Read more…

Fighting Chess Girls Play: Ushenina vs Wenjun at Khanty Mansiysk Women’s World Chess 2012

The Women’s World Chess Championship 2012 semi-final second tiebreak between Anna Ushenina of Ukraine and Ju Wenjun of China was an absolute sitter. Wenjun was winning, but goofed up in time trouble. Ushenina held on and got Wenjun into a zugzwang that witnessed the latter struggling with a Bishop against Black’s Rook in a pawn logjam. Ushenina pulled off a miraculous draw that was enough for her to advance to the final. Read the full report on Chess Blog. Just how cruel chess can be, and just how cruel it can be to watch… Replay the game with the super Chess King applet. Read more…

Khanty-Mansiysk Women’s World Chess Championship 2012 Semi-Finals: Stefanova-Dronavalli 1-0

The Khanty Mansiysk Women’s World Chess Championship 2012 witnessed an exciting game between former Women’s World Chess Champion Antoaneta Stefanova of Bulgaria and Harika Dronavalli of India. Great tactics that were carried home with a solid finish saw the Bulgarian get ahead in the first game of the semi-finals. But, the second game would be played on Saturday with Harika on the White side. Replay the exciting game with Chess King and read the full report on Chess Blog. Read more…

Khanty-Mansiysk Women’s World Chess Championship 2012 Semi-Finals: Ushenina lets Wenjun Escape with Draw

The Khanty-Mansiysk Women’s World Chess Championship is now in the semi-final stage. The four semi-finalists played the first game of the round on Friday. Anna Ushenina let Ju Wenjun escape with a draw. Check out the full report on Chess Blog and run the game through the Chess King applet in the extended post. Read more…

Khanty-Mansiysk Women’s World Chess Championship 2012 Quarter Finals: Antoaneta Stefanova-Marie Sebag 1-0

Bulgarian Antoaneta Stefanova – former women’s world chess champion – was up against the wall in a must-win situation against Marie Sebag of France on Wednesday to stay in the Women’s World Chess Championship 2012 in Khanty Mansiysk. Sebag had won the first game of the quarter finals of the championship on Tuesday. Stefanova pulled up her socks and went for the win as Sebag stumbled. The match now goes into tiebreak to be played on Thursday. Play the nice game in the Chess King applet in the extended post and read a report on Chess Blog. White’s position on the left with the unstoppable a-pawn rolling down eventually brought home a victory. Read more…

Khanty-Mansiysk Women’s World Chess Championship 2012 Quarter-Finals: Harika Dronavalli Saves Absolutely Lost Game Against Zhao Xue!

Huge material advantage of the Chinese Zhao Xue went down in a single moment of greed in the quarter finals of the Women’s World Chess Championship 2012 in Khanty Mansiysk on Wednesday as Harika Dronavalli saved a totally lost endgame! The match now goes into tiebreak with the duo having already drawn their first game. You can read the full report on Chess Blog. In the position on the left, Black has just played 65. …e4 attacking the White Knight on f3. Harika plays the daring 66.Qd8. What happens now if Black takes the Knight? Replay the fantastic chess game in the Chess King applet. Read more…

Khanty-Mansiysk Women’s World Chess Championship 2012 Quarter-Finals: Anna Ushenina Knocks out Nadezhda Kosintseva

The Russian challenge in the Women’s World Chess Championship 2012 in Khanty Mansiysk has come to an end with this loss of Nadezhda Kosintseva to Anna Ushenina of Ukraine. The second games of the quarter finals were played on Wednesday. Displaying steady and strong chess, Ushenina beat Kosintseva with White to advance to the semi-finals. Final position on the left. Black’s King is in a hopeless bind on the h-file and attempting to save the checkmate with Qc6 will end in White capturing the Black Knight on f4. Read the full report on Chess Blog. Replay the exciting chess game with Chess King in the extended post. Read more…

Khanty-Mansiysk Women’s World Chess Championship R3: Harika Dronavalli-Lela Javakhishvili 1-0

Though, top-rated Koneru Humpy of India was knocked out of the Women’s World Chess Championship 2012 in Khanty Mansiysk in the second round, India’s Harika Dronavalli has done well to progress to the fourth round. She knocked out Lela Javakhishvili with accurate play in the third round. Lela resigned in the position on the left-three pawns down and a King without any protective cover had no hope! You can read all reports from the Women’s World Chess Championship 2012 at Chess Blog. Replay this nice game in the Chess King applet. Read more…

Khanty-Mansiysk Women’s World Chess Championship R3: Marie Sebag-Alisa Galliamova 1-0

Another important match of Round 3 at the Women’s World Chess Championship 2012 was between Marie Sebag and Alisa Galliamova in Round 3. Sebag held her ground and tired out Galliamova by knitting a checkmate. Galliamova was knocked out with the loss. In the position on the left, Black has just resigned. Can you see the forced checkmate coming up after White played 56.Qa8? Galliamova resigned immediately. Read all reports on the World Chess Championship 2012 in Khanty Mansiysk at Chess Blog. Run the game in the Chess King applet below. 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…

Khanty-Mansiysk Women’s World Chess Championship 2012: Pia Cramling-Irina Krush 1-0

The Women’s World Chess Championship is now in the second round. Here is another interesting game from Round 2. The full report is up at Chess Blog. In the position on the left, Krush has just played 25… KxRb6. Can you see the forced win from this point on? Run the game in the Chess King applet in the extended post. Read more…

Chess King Showcase: Kramnik-Shirov 1-0 Game that Almost Got Russia the Gold in 2010 Chess Olympiad

6.Qb3

The 2012 Istanbul Chess Olympiad is about to begin. However, here’s a game from the last round of the previous Chess Olympiad held in Khanty-Mansiysk in 2010. Vladimir Kramnik beat Alexei Shirov of Spain in his trademark style. That, most felt, was taking Russia well on their way to the gold. Then, disaster struck. Peter Svidler lost to Ivan Lopez Salgado. Ukraine and Israel drew their match so Ukraine picked up the gold, while Israel got the silver. Here is the Kramnik-Shirov chess game that almost got the gold for Russia in 2010. Playing a move Kramnik had not used before (except in blitz) – 6.Qb3 – Kramnik even gave up the Bishop pair in the Semi-Slav game. So much for theory! Check out this classical chess game with our special Chess King applet that works beautifully on absolutely any tablet or smartphone on the planet. Read more…