Test your tactical skills with these puzzles from the Women’s World Championship Match, GM Hou vs. GM Muzychuk.
Hou is currently undefeated and leading by 2 points after 7 rounds. Update: GM Hou Yifan won the match after nine rounds, with 6/9. Muzychuk, despite being the underdog by over 100 rating points, showed impressive tactical ability as well.
GM Yifan Hou vs. GM Mariya Muzychuk
Position after 28…hxg6
White to move.
“The pin is mightier than the sword.”
GM Mariya Muzychuk vs. GM Hou Yifan
Position after 33. Bc2
Black to move.
“The passed pawn is a criminal who should be kept under lock and key. Mild measures, such as police surveillance, are not sufficient.”
-Aron Nimzowitsch, My System
GM Hou Yifan vs. GM Mariya Muzychuk
Position after 18. Qc2
Black to move and draw.
“Never play for the win, never play for the draw, just play chess!”
–GM Alexander Khalifman
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