Moving away from Suffolk for a change… The Women’s World Championship is currently taking place in Taizhou, China. The current World Champion, Anna Ushenina from Ukraine, is being challenged by the talented 19-year old from China, Hou Yifan.
The match started on 10 September and after four rounds, Hou Yifan is leading 3 – 1. The fifth round begins tomorrow (Tuesday) at 7.00pm GMT and you can watch the moves, live on the excellent (and free) ChessBomb site. The winner is the first to 5½ points; in the event of a tie four rapidplay games will be played.
Suffolk isn’t short of talented young female players either. The current Suffolk Ladies’ Champion 15-year old Emilia Jewell will be presented with her trophy at the Bury League Jamboree on Thursday, whilst 9-year old Anita Somton will be heading off to Montenegro in a a couple of weeks’ time to represent England in the European Youth Championships (Under 10 Girls section). Before that she will get some useful practice (and tough opposition) by competing in the u2000 section of the e2e4 Congress in Bedford next weekend.