The first game of the Women'с World Championship match has started at 18:00 MSK Тайм in Tirana, Albania. The challenger of the reigning World Champion Hou Yifan is Indian Humpy Koneru.
In the Catalan Opening
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Bg2 Be7 5.Nf3 0-0 6.0-0 dxc4 7.Qc2 a6 8.Qxc4 b5 9.Qc2 Bb7 10.Bd2 Be4 11.Qc1 Bb7
Koneru chose a quite rare move 12.a4!? and the game quickly shied away from the scenarios of the foregoing duels: 12…b4 13.Bf4 Nd5.
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