Women’s World Champion Anna Ushenina lost the third game with white pieces and let her opponent to increase the lead in the Women’s World Championship Match by 3 points. The position became very complex after the opening and as in the previous games Anna had time troubles before the first time control. Hou Yifan masterfully used her chance and went for a sharp continuation. Anna started to make mistakes and her position became lost. World Champion made the 40th move on the board but lost on time.
The fifth game of the Women’s World Championship Match also finished in a draw. According to regulations and drawing of colors, Hou Yifan had white pieces for the second time in a row. Once again Keres Attack appeared on the board and both teams seemed ready for theoretical battle. It was Anna Ushenina who chose another line compare to the previous game, nevertheless, as in the fourth round, the game was transferred to the ending quite quickly. Anna Ushenina managed to get quite promising position but missed her chance to fight for advantage after 21…Rh4. Hou Yifan was defending precisely and didn’t give another chance to her opponent. Hou Yifan has 3,5 points and Anna Ushenina 1,5 points after five games.
The fourth game of the Women’s World Championship Match finished in a draw. Sicilian, Keres Attack appeared in the game and already after 14 moves the queens were traded. Former World Champion could have tried to create more problems for her opponent to solve but preferred playing without risk and the game finished in a draw after three-time repetition. Every draw brings the challenger closer to her goal, while the World Champion needs to start seeking victories to catch up with Hou Yifan. After 4 games Hou Yifan is leading with 3 points. Anna Ushenina has 1 point. On the 16th of September the players have a rest day. The match will continue on the 17th of September. Hou Yifan will have white pieces again. The measure of changing the colors after the fourth game has a goal to prevent the same player to have white pieces after each of the rest days throughout the match because this might give her an advantage in preparation.