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.


For the first time in her career, Kosteniuk played a Caro-Kann with black, and Hou, likely surprised, shun long theoretical lines and played 2. d3. The game was very hard fought, and in the end Alexandra won, congratulations! Below you can watch the game in an applet created by the software Chess King.




Hou Yifan – Kosteniuk, Alexandra

Result: 0-1
Site: Eilat (Israel)
Date: 2012.10.11

[…] 1.e4 c6 “Kosteniuk surprises her opponent with a Caro-Kann, played the first time of her career in a classical game”

2.d3 “Hou does not want to go into long theoretical lines”

2…d5 3.¤d2 e5 4.¤gf3 ¥d6 5.d4 exd4 6.exd5 ¤f6 (6…¤e7 7.dxc6 ¤bxc6 8.¤b3) (6…cxd5 7.¤xd4 ¤c6) 7.dxc6 ¤xc6 8.¥e2 O-O 9.¤b3

(9.O-O ¥f59.O-O ¥f5 (9…¦e8) )

9…¦e8 10.O-O ¥g4 11.h3 (11.¥g5 and) (11.¦e1 have been played before) 11…¥xf3 (11…¥h5 12.¤bxd4 ¤xd4 13.¤xd4 ¥xe2 14.¤xe2) 12.¥xf3 ¥e5 13.¤c5 ¦c8 (13…£c7 14.¤d3 ¥h2+ 15.¢h1 ¥d6 16.¥g5 ¤e4) 14.¤d3 ¥b8 15.¥g5 h6 16.¥h4 g5 Not afraid of playing aggressively 17.¥g3 ¥xg3 White’s pawn structure is a little weakened

18.fxg3 £d6 19.¦f2

(19.g4 ¦c7 20.¦f2 (20.£d2 ¢g7 21.¦ad1 ¤e4) 20…¤b4)

19…¢g7

(19…£xg3 20.£d2 (20.¥h5 £e3 21.¢h1 £e6 22.£f3) 20…¦e4)

20.£d2 £xg3 21.¦af1 ¦e7 22.c3

(22.¥xc6 ¦xc6 23.¦f3 (23.¤b4 ¦d6 24.¦xf6 ¦xf6 25.¦xf6 ¢xf6 26.¤d5+) 23…¤e4)

22…¤e5

(22…dxc3 would have been better 23.£xc3 ¦cc7 24.¥d1 ¤e5)

23.cxd4 ¤c4 24.£b4 ¦cc7 25.¦c1 ¤e3 26.¦xc7 ¦xc7 27.£d2 ¤f5

(27…¤xg2 is even better 28.¥xg2 ¤e4)

28.¤e5 ¤d6 29.¦f1 £h4 30.£d3 Both players are in time trouble (30.¤g4 ¤xg4 31.hxg4 £g3) 30…£g3 31.£d2 ¤f5 32.£d3 (32.¥xb7 ¤e3 33.¦e1) 32…¤d6 33.£d2 ¤f5 34.£d3 £f4 35.¥xb7 £xd4+ 36.£xd4 ¤xd4 37.¥a6 ¦c2 38.¦f2 ¦c1+ 39.¦f1 ¦c2 40.¦f2 ¦c1+ The position is equal and Hou should have repeated moves. Now Black has a more active position

41.¢h2 h5 42.¦d2 ¤f5 43.¦f2 ¤d6 (43…¤g3 44.¤d3 ¦a1) 44.¥d3 h4 (44…g4 45.hxg4 hxg4 46.¦f1 ¦c5) 45.¦f1 ¦c7 46.g3 ¦e7 47.¤f3

(47.¤c4 hxg3+ 48.¢xg3 ¤xc4 (48…¤h5+ 49.¢g4 ¤xc4 50.¥xc4 f6) 49.¥xc4 ¤e4+ 50.¢g2 ¤d2 51.¦c1)

47…¦e3 48.¥a6 hxg3+ 49.¢xg3 ¤f5+ black’s 2 knights are very dangerous 50.¢h2 g4 51.hxg4 ¤xg4+ 52.¢h3 ¤e5 53.¥b7 especially close to the center 53…¤d6 54.¥a8 f5 55.¢g3 ¤d3 56.¢h4 ¢f6 57.b3? did not see black’s next move 57…¦e8! 58.¦d1 (58.¥d5 f4) 58…¦xa8 59.¦xd3 ¤e4 The threat of …Rh8 mate is too strong. White resigns. Magnificently played by Alexandra Kosteniuk versus the current women’s world chess champion Hou Yifan.



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11 Responses to “12th World Champion Kosteniuk Beats 13th Hou Yifan in Eilat 2012”

  • sandra, rome says:

    The Chess King has been tutoring the Chess Queen – fantastic work Chess Queen you are so amazing

  • dennis, london says:

    great win very aggressively played just so suiting you!

  • Jason Bourne, Los Angeles says:

    just replayed the game – the chess queen is a killer

  • Congratulations CHESS QUEEN and CHESSKING!! 😀

  • A Great Win over Great Player by Chess Queen with surprising Caro-Kann opening !!

    Congratulations Alexandra Kosteniuk !!!

  • Jenkins, Colorado says:

    why white resigned maybe Kh3? no?

  • Ali, Dubai says:

    @jenkins hey Kh3 to save knight would fork the Rook and the White King with the Black Knight going to f2 – great game chess queen very attacking the two knights remind me of a game of vishy anand against topalov in world chess championship very well played indeed the Chess Queen

  • Keith Larkins, Manchester says:

    Did anyone notice – both world chess champions hou yifan and anand lost this week. also… kosteniuk has now beaten anand, carlsen, polgar, hou yifan, aronian, grischuk, stefanova, zhu chen, – no other woman has beaten so many top players and so many world chess champions among them. She’s a Chess Queen!

  • dio chrishna says:

    Long live the lovely Queen!!

  • иренеяс says:

    Поздравляю Александра!!! Супер игра!!!

  • dudeirock says:

    Great job chess queen! caro-kann is also a bit tricky to work with

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