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Anna Ushenina is the New Women’s World Chess Champion

December 3, 2012

Congratulations to my friend Anna Ushenina on becoming the World Women’s Chess Champion. Anna, who lives in the Ukraine played  forceful yet beautiful chess throughout the long event. In the end it was her uncompromising attitude at the board that allowed her to defeat the other players and become the fourteenth Women’s World Chess Champion. Below is my favorite game that Anna Ushenina played at FIDE Knock-Out Women’s World Championship:


[Event "FIDE Knock-Out Women's World Championship"]
[Site "Khanty-Mansiysk RUS"]
[Date "2012.11.21"]
[EventDate "2012.11.11"]
[Round "4.2"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Anna Ushenina"]
[Black "Nadezhda Kosintseva"]
[ECO "E58"]
Anna Ushenina is the Women's World Chess Champion.

Anna Ushenina is the Women’s World Chess Champion.

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 O-O 5. Bd3 d5 6. Nf3 c5
7. O-O Nc6 8. a3 Bxc3 9. bxc3 Qc7 10. cxd5 exd5 11. a4 Re8
12. Ba3 c4 13. Bc2 Bg4 14. Qe1 Bh5 15. Nh4 Ng4 16. g3 Bg6
17. Nxg6 hxg6 18. Qd2 Na5 19. Rae1 Nf6 20. f3 Qc6 21. Qg2 Nb3
22. e4 Qxa4 23. Bb2 Qb5 24. Bb1 dxe4 25. fxe4 Re6 26. Re2 Rae8
27. e5 Nd5 28. Qf3 f5 29. g4 f4 30. Be4 Rd8 31. Bxd5 Qxd5
32. Qxf4 Qd7 33. Ba3 Ra6 34. Bb4 Qe6 35. Qe4 b5 36. Ref2 Ra1
37. Rxa1 Nxa1 38. Ra2 Nb3 39. Rxa7 Nc1 40. Re7 Qa6 41. Qf3 Kh8
42. Qf7 Rg8 43. Ra7 Qc8 44. Qxg6 Ne2+ 45. Kf1 Nf4 46. Qg5 1-0

India in the Chess Spotlight

October 1, 2008
Harikrishna after winning the 2008 Spice Cup.

Harikrishna after winning the 2008 Spice Cup.

   The sub-continent that invented the game of chess in the sixth century is now becoming the focus of chess in the twenty-first century. Viswanathan Anand, the current World Chess Champion, has ignited a nationalistic enthusiasm for the “Game of Kings” not seen since the Soviet era. Anand has received rock star status in his home country of India and bagged many prestigious awards including the Arjuna Award, the Padma Shri, the Rajiv Ghandi, and the Padma Bhushan. The effects of Anand’s success can be seen in recent chess news of his Indian compatriots.
   In September of 2008, 22 year old Koneru Humpy was the top ranked player in the Women’s World Chess Championships. While competing in the semi-finals she shocked the world by loosing in a blitz play-off against the 14-year-old Chinese wonder girl Hou Yifan. I believe her loss was a combination of folding under pressure and not having a coaching staff (Humpy is trained exclusively by her father). Despite this disappointing loss, Humpy  remains the second highest rated female player in the history of chess with an astronomical rating above 2600.
   On September 28, 2008, another Indian chess player made chess history in Lubbock, Texas. GM Pentala Harikrishna, India’s third highest ranked Grand Master, won the strongest chess tournament of its kind ever held on United States soil. The category-15 2008 Spice Cup ended in a four way tie with Harikrishna winning on tie breaks. GM Pentala Harikrishna did not loose a single game in this nine round event that touted an average player rating of 2605.
   On October 14, 2008, Viswanathan Anand will defend his title against Vladimir Kramnik in Bonn, Germany. Regardless of this matches outcome, Viswanathan Anand will continue to be recognised as the chess trailblazer who led India onto the world stage.

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