Carlsen 2812 1

Anand 2808.4 2

Kramnik 2786.2 4

Nakamura 2748.2 10

Adams 2728 17

Short 2680 58

McShane 2645 100

Howell 2611 178

Average 2727.35

FIDE Ratings

Anand 2804 1

Carlsen 2802 2

Kramnik 2791 4

Nakamura 2741 15

Adams 2723 22

Short 2680 58

McShane 2645 100

Howell 2611 178

Average 2724.625

IM Jovanka Houska reached the second round of the Women’s World Championship
in Antakya, Turkey after her opponent IM Iweta Rajlich was unable to reach
the tournament due to the closure of Warsaw Airport.

Houska is likely to face top seed Koneru Humpy of India in round two. There
were few surprises in the first round first leg games but this game stood
out.

The early g2-g4 has become an attacking weapon in all sorts of positions in
recent years. White’s primary idea was to undermine the black e4 pawn but
after Black makes a slightly reckless pawn grab, the whole kingide opens up.

E Ovod – Shen Yang

English Opening

1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 c6 4.d4 e4 5.d5 Bc5 6.Nc3 Qe7 7.e3 0–0 8.g4!8…Qe5
9.h4 h6?! (9…Bb4) 10.g5 hxg5 11.hxg5 Qxg5 12.Nxe4! Bb4+ (12…Qxg2
13.Nxf6+ gxf6 14.Qh5 Qg7 15.Ne2! Black is defenceless to Rg1] 13.Kf1 Nxe4
14.Bxe4 f5 15.Nh3! Qf6 16.Bg2 Bd6 17.f4! (Ng5 is a threat although White
does not carry it out) 17…Be7 18.Rb1 (18.Ng5! Qg6 19.dxc6 dxc6 20.Bd5+
cxd5 21.Qxd5+ Rf7 22.Nxf7 Qxf7 23.Rh8+!) 18…Na6 19.b3 Qg6 20.Bf3 Nc5
21.Rb2! Ne4 22.Rg2 Qe8 (22…Ng3+ 23.Kg1 and the knight is pinned) 23.Bxe4
fxe4 24.Bb2 (With an overwhelming attack, the game concluded) 24…Bf6
25.Bxf6 Rxf6 26.Qd4 Qh5 27.Nf2 (27.Qxf6 Qd1+ 28.Kf2 Qc2+ 29.Kg3 Qxg2+!
Survives) 27…Qf5 28.Rg5 c5 29.Qd1 d6 30.Qh5 1-0