Women’s World Chess Championship 2011

Today, the WWCC kicked off in Albania with a hard fought draw in an Open Catalan between Koneru and Hou.

Abbott: Who had the white pieces?
Costello: No, Hou had the black pieces.
Abbott: So, who had the white pieces?
Costello: No! … Hou had the… (you get the point.)

With Judit Polgar’s recent reentry into top-flight events, she casts a tall and long shadow over anyone who would claim to be the Women’s World Chess Champion. However, I suppose the same could be said of the Men’s World Championship- what with the highest ranked player in the world refusing to play in the candidates matches. In any case, you can watch the the games live on chessgames.com or chess bomb-