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Khanty-Mansiysk: Hou Yifan Still on Top, Girya Second

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 18-04-14 10:54.

Hou Yifan still tops the standings after eight rounds at the Women's Grand Prix in Khanty-Mansiysk. The reigning World Champion scored 6.5/8 and is a full point ahead of Olga Girya, who is currently performing 200 Elo points above her rating. Anna Muzychuk is in third place with 5 points. There are three rounds to go which will be played on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Photos © Kirill Merkuriev courtesy of FIDE

Let's pick up the tournament after the third round, when Hou Yifan was the only player to have started with three wins. On Saturday the 20-year-old Chinese grandmaster dropped her first half point, with Black against Kateryna Lagno. Nana Dzagnidze recovered from the tough loss against the world champ by showing some good preparation:

Sunday was a rest day, when there was time for a city tour through Khanty-Mansiysk.

At the start of the new week Hou Yifan won another game. By now she shouldn't really be facing 2300 players anymore in round robin events, but that's how the Grand Prix is organized. 



But obviously not all 2300 players are destined to go down in this event. The sixth round saw a quick win for White in the game Muminova vs Kosintseva:


In the same round Olga Gyria started an impressive series of wins. She would score three victories in a row, the first against Zhao Xue:



The next day Girya faced her compatriot, ex-world champion Alexandra Kosteniuk. It was another excellent game, with perhaps just one mistake on move 27, but for the rest it was really well played.



In the same round Hou Yifan played Anna Ushenina, seven months after their world title match. The Chinese player was again the strongest:

Girya jumped to second place with another good win, against Anna Muzychuk. The 22-year-old Russian WGM knows her rook endings:


Round 8 saw a fascinating draw between Kosteniuk and Lagno in a line that we don't see that often anymore: the Alekhine-Chatard Attack. 


The tournament is the fourth leg of the 2013-2014 FIDE Women's Grand Prix series. It's a round robin over 11 rounds and the the time control is 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes to finish the game and 30 seconds increment per move from the start.

The prize fund is 75,000 Euros. It is split 60,000 Euros as direct prize money for the tournament, and 15,000 Euros added to the accumulated prize fund for the players at the end of the series. The winner of Grand Prix in Khanty-Mansiysk receives 10,000 Euros.

After this event, two more Grand Prixs will be held this year. The winner of the overall Grand Prix qualifies for a world title match which is scheduled for the third quarter of 2015.

Women Grand Prix, Khanty-Mansiysk | Round 8 Standings

# Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 Pts SB
1 Hou,Yifan 2618 2728 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 6.5/8
2 Girya,Olga 2450 2642 1 0 ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 5.5/8
3 Muzychuk,Anna 2560 2557 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 5.0/8
4 Lagno,Kateryna 2543 2512 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 4.0/8 17.25
5 Stefanova,Antoaneta 2489 2505 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ 4.0/8 16.50
6 Ushenina,Anna 2501 2501 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 1 4.0/8 15.00
7 Kosteniuk,Alexandra 2527 2491 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 1 4.0/8 13.25
8 Dzagnidze,Nana 2550 2482 0 0 ½ ½ 0 1 1 1 4.0/8 12.00
9 Zhao,Xue 2552 2458 ½ 0 0 1 1 ½ ½ 0 3.5/8 15.25
10 Muminova,Nafisa 2321 2463 0 ½ 0 0 0 1 1 1 3.5/8 10.25
11 Kosintseva,Tatiana 2496 2350 0 ½ ½ 0 1 0 0 ½ 2.5/8
12 Batchimeg,Tuvshintugs 2340 2259 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 0 ½ 1.5/8

The Women Grand Prix is a 12-player round robin. The dates are April 9th-21st, 2014 with rest days on the 13th and the 18th. Each day the rounds start at 15:00 local time which is 11:00 CET, 05:00 EST and 02:00 PST. | Games via to TWIC 

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  • 5 maanden geleden

    chessmaster102

    Why is the champion playing in the tournament series to find a challenger ?? Was Carlsen allowed to enter the candidates even tho he's world champion but chose not to ?

  • 5 maanden geleden

    b2b2

    Now that FIDE has forced Hou Yifan, the current reigning Women's World Chess Champion, to qualify for the next championship cycle, when will FIDE force Magnus Carlsen to do the same?  When will FIDE treat the men's and women's championship cycle the same? 

    An example of gender inequality!  True, Magnus Carlsen feels the champion should have to qualify but he has done nothing to change the system.  (Not even a petition to FIDE.)

    Despite his faults Fischer seems more forthright since he abdicated his throne rather than consent to FIDE's system.  (He put up his championship where his mouth was.)

  • 5 maanden geleden

    SummerStorm

    There should be a match? Yes, but Hou would play? Polgar, of course. Heh.

  • 5 maanden geleden

    jadeja1111

    greats....

  • 5 maanden geleden

    chesszking

    herrrrrrrrSurprised

  • 5 maanden geleden

    shivakrishna1990

    @Zinsch

    I think grand prix are conducted to find the challenger for the championship (or find candidates for candidates tournament). Is it different for women championships?

  • 5 maanden geleden

    Zinsch

    @shiva: Money?

  • 5 maanden geleden

    shivakrishna1990

    If Hou,Yifan is world champion, why is she playing the grand-prix?

  • 5 maanden geleden

    wjcsz

    Round 8 saw a fascinating draw between Kosteniuk and Lagno in a line that we don't see that often anymore: the Alekhine-Chatard Attack. 



     fascinating draw

  • 5 maanden geleden

    yogiOK

    Yes, Hou and Polgar would be an incredible match, and now Judit has a worthy challenger.

  • 5 maanden geleden

    nemo100

    Why is she not 2700 yet?

  • 6 maanden geleden

    iMacChess

    This women's Chess match is awesome to watch...

  • 6 maanden geleden

    Sahasrara

    Hou and Polgar now that would be a match!

  • 6 maanden geleden

    Farewell314

    No surprises here I guess.

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