Women's World Chess Championship 2011

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The Women's World Chess Championship 2011 was the 35th of its kind. It was organised by FIDE and was played in a match format between the defending champion and a challenger, determined via the FIDE Grand Prix series.[1]

On 8 August 2011 the match was awarded to Tirana, Albania. The prize fund was $200,000.[2] The match took place from 13 to 30 November 2011.[3] Champion Hou Yifan retained her title,[4] defeating challenger Koneru Humpy by 5½ - 2½.[5][6][7]

Match format[edit]

Women's World Chess Championship, Tirana 2011

The match was scheduled to be played over 10 games with classical time controls: 90 minutes for first 40 moves with added 30 minutes for the rest of the game and a 30-second increment per move starting from the first move.

Koneru Humpy played White in the first game.[8] Colours then alternated, except after game 4. The two players were ranked second and third in the world at the time, behind only Judit Polgár.[9]

Should the match have been tied after ten games, tie-breaks would have kicked in. Those were:

  • Up to four rapid games (25 minutes per player with a 10-second increment from the first move)
  • two rapid games (5 minutes per player with a 3-second increment from the first move)
  • One armageddon game that Black only needs to draw to win the match (5 minutes for White and 4 minutes for Black with a 3-second increment from move 61)

Match stats[edit]

Women's World Chess Championship 2011
Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Total
India Koneru Humpy 2600 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½
China Hou Yifan 2578 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½

After eight out of ten games the match was decided, by Hou Yifan drawing with Black and reaching 5½ points.

Head-to-head record[edit]

Prior to the match, Hou Yifan and Koneru Humpy had played 16 games against each other at classical time control with the following statistics:[10]

Hou Yifan Draws Koneru Humpy Total
Hou Yifan (White) – Koneru Humpy (Black) 5 2 0 7
Koneru Humpy (White) – Hou Yifan (Black) 3 4 2 9
Total 8 6 2 16


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