Hou Yifan Nears Chess Title in Taizhou

Hou Yifan Nears Chess Title in Taizhou

For The New York Times, Dylan Loeb McLain reports that Chinese grandmaster Hou Yifan is close to regaining her chess title:

Ms. Hou, 19, the women’s world champion in 2010 and 2011, is playing for the current title in Taizhou, China, against Anna Ushenina, 28, a Ukranian grandmaster who is the reigning champion. Each player earns one point for a victory and a half-point for a draw, and, after four games, Ms. Hou leads 3 to 1. The winner will be the first player to amass 5½ points.

The champion will earn 120,000 euros (about $160,000) and the runner-up 80,000 euros (about $106,000).

Ms. Hou lost in the second round of a 64-player elimination championship tournament last year when Ms. Ushenina, who was the 30th seed, won it to become the champion. [Source]

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