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FIDE Women's Grand Prix Tournament

Humpy Koneru8.5/11(+7 -1 =3)[games]
Elina Danielian8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Yifan Hou8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Zhao Xue7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Marie Sebag6/11(+4 -3 =4)[games]
Martha Lorena Fierro Baquero5.5/11(+5 -5 =1)[games]
Pia Cramling5.5/11(+4 -4 =3)[games]
Maia Chiburdanidze5/11(+3 -4 =4)[games]
Antoaneta Stefanova5/11(+3 -4 =4)[games]
Zeinab Mamedjarova2.5/11(+1 -7 =3)[games]
Shen Yang2.5/11(+0 -6 =5)[games]
Betul Cemre Yildiz2/11(+1 -8 =2)[games]

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. P Cramling vs Koneru 0-1502009FIDE Women's Grand PrixD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
2. B Yildiz vs A Stefanova 0-1742009FIDE Women's Grand PrixB06 Robatsch
3. M Fierro vs Z Mamedjarova  1-0302009FIDE Women's Grand PrixC77 Ruy Lopez
4. Yifan Hou vs Chiburdanidze ½-½482009FIDE Women's Grand PrixB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
5. Zhao Xue vs Shen Yang 1-0292009FIDE Women's Grand PrixD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. M Sebag vs E Danielian 0-1662009FIDE Women's Grand PrixB12 Caro-Kann Defense
7. P Cramling vs B Yildiz 1-0222009FIDE Women's Grand PrixD21 Queen's Gambit Accepted
8. A Stefanova vs M Fierro  ½-½632009FIDE Women's Grand PrixC41 Philidor Defense
9. Z Mamedjarova vs Yifan Hou 0-1432009FIDE Women's Grand PrixA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
10. Chiburdanidze vs Zhao Xue  ½-½372009FIDE Women's Grand PrixE12 Queen's Indian
11. Shen Yang vs M Sebag  ½-½622009FIDE Women's Grand PrixD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
12. Koneru vs E Danielian 1-0312009FIDE Women's Grand PrixA39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
13. E Danielian vs Shen Yang  ½-½642009FIDE Women's Grand PrixD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. M Sebag vs Chiburdanidze  ½-½432009FIDE Women's Grand PrixB12 Caro-Kann Defense
15. Zhao Xue vs Z Mamedjarova 1-0382009FIDE Women's Grand PrixD94 Grunfeld
16. Yifan Hou vs A Stefanova 1-0782009FIDE Women's Grand PrixC53 Giuoco Piano
17. M Fierro vs P Cramling 1-0742009FIDE Women's Grand PrixB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
18. B Yildiz vs Koneru ½-½1222009FIDE Women's Grand PrixB30 Sicilian
19. B Yildiz vs M Fierro 0-1512009FIDE Women's Grand PrixB36 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
20. P Cramling vs Yifan Hou 0-1732009FIDE Women's Grand PrixE12 Queen's Indian
21. A Stefanova vs Zhao Xue  ½-½622009FIDE Women's Grand PrixE00 Queen's Pawn Game
22. Z Mamedjarova vs M Sebag  0-1692009FIDE Women's Grand PrixD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
23. Chiburdanidze vs E Danielian  0-1272009FIDE Women's Grand PrixD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. Koneru vs Shen Yang ½-½392009FIDE Women's Grand PrixA06 Reti Opening
25. Shen Yang vs Chiburdanidze  0-1492009FIDE Women's Grand PrixE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
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Mar-19-09  dumbgai: **** Sebag, never rooting for that girl again. Anyways Humpy and Hou should stop playing in these women's tournaments where they have to score +5 just to keep their rating.
Mar-19-09  dumbgai: <Any way good exciting chess all along, which I never expected from women's tournament!>

The women always play exciting chess, but I'm not so convinced about "good". Compared to men's GM events, this was an absolute blunderfest.

Mar-19-09  Ragh: Congrats to Koneru Humpy for winning the title unshared!
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  Ladolcevita: <dumbgai>
Yeah....but maybe its because participation in this match is necessary to be qualified for Women World Championship in the future.
Mar-19-09  weisyschwarz: Nice showing by Elina Danielian. I doubt anyone figured her to do this well in such a high-quality field.
Mar-19-09  dumbgai: Man, not a good tournament for Cramling/Stefanova/Chibu.
Mar-20-09  dramas79: About this Nd5 blunder from Marie Sebag, I think people are underestimating Black's potential here. Even if Nd5 was not played, black has (IMHO) a good plan of Qf3, Nh5 followed by the rook lift on the a file if the white queen leaves the f1-a6 diagonal. On the other hand, with the f8 rook guarding, a quick attack on black's king appears unlikely. Thus, it appears to me that a black win is not impossible without the blunder.
Mar-20-09  dramas79: < Nice showing by Elina Danielian. I doubt anyone figured her to do this well in such a high-quality field.> Actually, I think she is much better. Humpy for one has had problems. I think this is Koneru's first win against her. For some reason, does not show Elina's wins against Koneru earlier (I am positive that Koneru has lost to Danielian in the past).
Mar-20-09  HolyKnight: I like the way Chess Base makes sure the pictures of all the lady chess players is out there. I'm not sure why on the female side of chess is the rating AND LOOKS, is important.

I guess on the man side of chess Grischuck and Perez are the only real good looking Male GMs.

Mar-20-09  dumbgai: <HolyKnight> Because based purely on rating and chess skill, most women chess players would be lost among the many male GMs who are stronger players. Why else would people pay attention to games between low 2500s? Kosteniuk's overall world ranking isn't even in the top 600.
Mar-20-09  ex0duz: I'd still watch it. Most times it's much more exciting, and their games feel more 'real' and 'human' to my patzer eyes. :p

Also, they seem to play more OTB chess than letting their fritz and memory do the playing, if you know what i mean. -_-

Yes, this means they are objectively weaker, but the games are more interesting to me, even if they have higher blunder percentage, and even if their first choice matches up with Rybka alot less..

It's the same reason that we also like to watch Amber. The games are arguably more exciting, quality of play doesn't have to be computer like to be enjoyable. Oh yeah, i forgot to mention that watching womens matches live would also add another level of 'eye candy'. :)

<HolyKnight: I guess on the man side of chess Grischuck and Perez are the only real good looking Male GMs.>

Who's Perez? This guy? Lu Perez

Never heard of him. lol.

As for good looking guys.. Dominguez(his GF is pretty hot too, heh), Morozevich(yes!), and i think that Maxim Rodstein(sp?) guy, the 2650+ player from Israel. He's like the Israeli version of Grischuk, they both have the long pretty boy hair.. haha

Mar-20-09  Jim Bartle: It's sort of like the difference between the NBA and NCAA basketball. They're both entertaining, though one is on a higher level.
Mar-20-09  dumbgai: Being a straight male my assessment might be way off the mark, but Morozevich seems like a rather handsome fellow.

<ex0dus> In general I think games between IMs and lower GMs tend to be more exciting and 'real' than 2700 level. Personally I still prefer to watch classical games at the highest level.

<Jim Bartle> Great analogy! All three of my teams won yesterday (my undergrad institution UCLA, my graduate institution Michigan, and my favorite NBA team LA Lakers). :D

Mar-20-09  Jim Bartle: UCLA just scraped by, I guess. Of course my U, Stanford, didn't even make the tourney.

Both UCLA and Michigan have certainly had some great teams in the past. I guess that's an understatement.

Mar-20-09  HolyKnight: I ment this Perez,
Leinier Dominguez-Perez
Mar-20-09  HolyKnight: Than on the other side of the coin, I'm not sure too many people would say Gelfand is a hunk! LOL
Mar-20-09  Open Defence: the other end of the spectrum is Jan Smeets
Mar-20-09  Jim Bartle: OOh, that's mean.
Mar-20-09  brucejavier: soo whats next for miss Hou, shes shy of the 2600+ barrier by only 10ELO points. That would make history!
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  Ladolcevita: <What is your next tournament? ¨C "Maybe the World Youth Championship in Turkey. I would play in the boysĄ¯ section."

Would it be a bit boring to play with the girls? ¨C "No, but I want to try something else. I want to challenge myself. I want to try the boys.">

I'm not sure,but maybe its this one.

Mar-21-09  praddy06: All time Top women player with their peak ratings

Judith Polgar - 2735 (Jul-2005)
Koneru Humpy - 2622 (Jul-2008)
Hou Yifan - 2578 (Oct-2008)
Susan Polgar - 2577 (Oct-2005)
Xie Jun - 2574 (Jan-2008)
Stefanova Antoaneta - 2560 (Jan-2003)
Cramling Pia - 2550 (Oct-2008)
Maia Chiburdanidze - 2550 (Oct-2000)
Zhu Chen - 2548 (Jan-2008)
Sofia Polgar - 2540 (Dec-1999)
Kosteniuk Alexandra - 2540 (Apr-2006)
Muzychuk Anna - 2540 (Jan-2009)

Mar-21-09  percyblakeney: Shen Yang was the draw queen of the tournament, and still she drew less than half her games.
Mar-21-09  bharatiy: <percy> I think we can not get into draw percentage when players are not equally rated and also highly rated. Draw percentage holds value only in 2700+ tournaments.
Mar-21-09  dumbgai: Also, more 0-1 games than 1-0.
Mar-22-09  percyblakeney: <bharatiy>

Indeed, here the difference in rating was big between some of the players. The most surprising thing is maybe that usually stable players like Chiburdanidze, Cramling and Stefanova all lost as many as four games each.

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