Humpy Koneru (2600) – Hou Yifan (2578)
Koneru: “It was a normal opening, I prepared some line. I’ve got very decent position after the opening. I had two bishops. I wanted to press for a win. At the beginning I had a lot of time but then I was trying to find the best line. I was afraid that some variations would lead to draw”.
1.d4 e6 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.Qa4+ Nc6 6.e3 0–0 7.Bd2 dxc4 8.Bxc4 Bd6 9.Qc2 a6 10.a3 e5 11.dxe5
Koneru: “This move is not a novelty, there were few games played in this variation before”.
11…Nxe5 12.Nxe5 Bxe5 13.f4 Bxc3 14.Bxc3 Qe7 15.0–0 Qxe3+ 16.Kh1
Hou Yifan: “I was spending a lot of time here as I knew White has a better position so I tried to find some plan”.
16…Qb6 17.f5 Bd7 18.Bb4 Rfe8
18…Ng4 was advised at the press-conference. Hou Yifan: “Already at this moment in the game I had a little time. I saw this move, but decided to simply move the rook”.
19.Rad1 Qc6 20.Qb3
Both players calculated also 20.Bxf7+ Kxf7 21.Qb3+ Be6 22.fxe6+ Rxe6. Koneru: “In this position I did not see a proper plan for White”. Although, the Indian admitted that White has a small edge in this position.
20…Kh8 21.Rc1 Qb6
Black could use a tiny trick: 21…Re5 and if 22.Bxf7 then 22…Rxf5
22.Bxf7 Re5 23.Bc3 Qxb3 24.Bxb3 Re3 25.Bc4 Rae8 26.Bd4 R3e7 27.Ba2 Re2 28.Bf7 R8e7 29.Bc4 R2e4
Koneru: “After this move I had already bad position”.
Koneru: “I saw the move 30.Bxf6 before, but I missed it in this position!” White has the initiative after 30…gxf6 31.Bd5
30…Re8 31.Bf7 R8e5 32.Ba2 Bc6 33.Rg1 Re2 34.Bd4 Rxf5 35.Bc4 Rd2 36.Bc3 Ne4 37.Rge1 Ng3+ 38.hxg3 Rh5+ 0–1
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