11th April 2010, Kuala Lumpur - Tonight Hou Yifan beats Marat to win the 8th round at the Kuala Lumpur Chess Open Championship 2010. With an unstoppable c-pawn about to queen and the white king very exposed, his two pieces (bishop and knight) were about to fall, white resigned.
Pix 1. Marat (left) – Hou Yifan, Round 8, KL Open 2010, top board.
However, earlier on Marat avoided a mating attack at the expense of further exposing his king and losing the exchange with his back rank rook. White's queen-side pawn storm lost steam as Hou continually checked the white king to pile the pressure on the white king. With no checking attacks for white and in a hopeless position, white resigned.
GM Hou Yifan is now destined to be the champion of the Kuala Lumpur Open 2010. Nobody is in sight of nearly challenging her commanding 7.0 points lead going into the final ninth round tomorrow morning, 12th April 2010.