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6th FIDE Women Grand Prix Tournament

Elina Danielian8/11(+7 -2 =2)[games]
Humpy Koneru8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Marie Sebag7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Nana Dzagnidze5.5/11(+5 -5 =1)[games]
Pia Cramling5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Maia Chiburdanidze5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Batkhuyag Munguntuul5/11(+4 -5 =2)[games]
Yuhua Xu5/11(+4 -5 =2)[games]
Martha Lorena Fierro Baquero4.5/11(+3 -5 =3)[games]
Lilit Mkrtchian4.5/11(+2 -4 =5)[games]
Antoaneta Stefanova4/11(+1 -4 =6)[games]
Zhu Chen3.5/11(+2 -6 =3)[games]

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Chiburdanidze vs B Munguntuul 0-17620116th FIDE Women Grand PrixD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
2. M Fierro vs Zhu Chen 1-05520116th FIDE Women Grand PrixA20 English
3. A Stefanova vs Y Xu 0-14920116th FIDE Women Grand PrixE00 Queen's Pawn Game
4. Koneru vs N Dzagnidze 0-14120116th FIDE Women Grand PrixD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
5. P Cramling vs L Mkrtchian  ½-½4420116th FIDE Women Grand PrixE15 Queen's Indian
6. M Sebag vs E Danielian 0-15820116th FIDE Women Grand PrixE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
7. L Mkrtchian vs A Stefanova 0-17920116th FIDE Women Grand PrixD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. E Danielian vs Chiburdanidze 1-07420116th FIDE Women Grand PrixA15 English
9. Y Xu vs M Sebag 0-12720116th FIDE Women Grand PrixB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
10. N Dzagnidze vs B Munguntuul 1-05120116th FIDE Women Grand PrixA06 Reti Opening
11. Koneru vs M Fierro 1-03720116th FIDE Women Grand PrixA58 Benko Gambit
12. Zhu Chen vs P Cramling ½-½3920116th FIDE Women Grand PrixE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
13. M Sebag vs L Mkrtchian ½-½8320116th FIDE Women Grand PrixC04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
14. B Munguntuul vs E Danielian 0-13620116th FIDE Women Grand PrixC11 French
15. M Fierro vs N Dzagnidze  1-04020116th FIDE Women Grand PrixA20 English
16. A Stefanova vs Zhu Chen 0-12420116th FIDE Women Grand PrixA15 English
17. P Cramling vs Koneru ½-½6220116th FIDE Women Grand PrixA10 English
18. Chiburdanidze vs Y Xu 1-04520116th FIDE Women Grand PrixD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
19. Zhu Chen vs M Sebag 0-14620116th FIDE Women Grand PrixD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
20. Koneru vs A Stefanova ½-½4720116th FIDE Women Grand PrixD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
21. L Mkrtchian vs Chiburdanidze 0-15220116th FIDE Women Grand PrixE42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
22. N Dzagnidze vs E Danielian 0-14020116th FIDE Women Grand PrixD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
23. M Fierro vs P Cramling  ½-½4220116th FIDE Women Grand PrixA10 English
24. Y Xu vs B Munguntuul 1-03320116th FIDE Women Grand PrixB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
25. E Danielian vs Y Xu 1-06920116th FIDE Women Grand PrixD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
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  Ladolcevita: Incredible,congrats to Humpy!Well deserved!
Mar-05-11  yalie: Humpy wins the tourney on tiebreaks. But she and Danielian get the same number of points for the GP standings. That is enough for Humpy to edge Dzagnidze in the overall standings and qualify to face Hou Yifan.

Promising storylines:

China vs. India?
#1 vs. #2 (with apologies to Judit)
Revenge for Humpy? (Yifan eliminated Humpy in the last two KOs)

Will the Indian Chess Federation adopt Humpy now?

Mar-05-11  yalie: from twic:

<Humpy Koneru was somewhat lucky to beat Zhu Chen (a number of the former world champions don't look to have worked very hard at their games recently and Zhu Chen was very poor in Doha). Zhu was familiar with the opening that was played and got a huge position after 23 moves. Then she just spent a lot of time over the insipid Ra3 and after that her position gradually went down hill and Koneru made no mistake. Koneru had a huge series of lucky breaks in the final rounds, not least Danielian's loss in the penultimate round and she took advantage of a series of poor moves by her opponents>

I dont know what Crowther is smoking. I'm not sure Humpy was lost after 23 moves. Her 23rd move was suboptimal, yes but it elicited a reply that was suboptimal too. It was a way to complicate to get the win. Also, it was Humpy who was the unlucky one as far as positions go in this tournament - she missed wins against Dzagnidze (and lost) and Yuhua. Humpy played the best chess of all the ladies and was a deserving winner.

Mar-05-11  Atking: Koneru risked an unusual defence played with vigor and won because she was a better player.
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  ketchuplover: congrats to Koneru!
Mar-05-11  thickhead: Congratulations to Humpy for winning the tournament.
Mar-05-11  Ragh: Congratulations to Konery Humpy for winning the tournament and thereby qualifying for the World Championship!!
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  HeMateMe: Nice rush to the end by Humpy. And, a real match for the title, ten games, not that four game nonsense.
Mar-05-11  kingfu: 2 wins and 3 draws for The French Defense in this tournament.

It should be called the Botvinnik-Korchnoi-Morozevich Defense.

The BKM.

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  HeMateMe: I'll take one. With onion rings and a diet Pepsi.
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  HeMateMe: Is anyone familiar with these small, man made islands, just off the coast of Qatar? Someone i went to high school with had mentioned working in Saudia Arabia as a petroleum engineer for years. I'm not sure if it was Saudi or maybe Qatar, but he said there was a "party island complex" just off the mainland, where there was drinking, gambling, etc. No drining allowed in the Kingdom, devout Muslems. But, get off the mainland and you can go out and get special.
Mar-05-11  thickhead: How was the tie resolved? Can anybody explain. It is some SB points shown on but I could not understand what it is. It was also mentioned elsewhere that she won by 5.5/6
Mar-05-11  malathiswami: The SB points are the cumulative scores of all the opponents that the player has defeated, plus half the score of the opponents with whom the player has drawn: the Sonneborn-Berger tiebreaker system.

The comment is that Humpy won by scoring 5.5/6 over the last 6 rounds - she was far behind earlier but finished extremely strongly.

Happy that the women also get to play a match for the championship, that the top two players (other than Judit) get to play the first match (after many years), and that Humpy gets another chance to achieve a major career goal. The long match format may play to her strengths: good preparation, relatively few errors. Hope she will get some of the top Indian men players to provide coaching, in addition to her father.

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  HeMateMe: Is the match location/time set yet?
Mar-05-11  thickhead: Thank you,Malathi<malathiswami> I was thinking the same about SB point but I made mistake in calculation and came upto around 49 for Humpy and was wondering whether it is calculated in a different way.25 years back when I was playing in national B the terminology was very familiar to me but now I have forgotten.
Mar-06-11  Bdellovibrio: < Is anyone familiar with these small, man made islands, just off the coast of Qatar?> You're probably thinking of Dubai, in the United Arab Emerites (UAE.)
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  Ladolcevita: <HeMateMe>
Some businessmen from my city actually had bought such small though very expensive islands in Dubai,which was once a piece of news here.But I've never met any rich people in person,so I dont know about the detailed story. The latest relevant news I heard was that such islands were beginning to sink into the ocean,so it was very likely that these businessmen have suffered a great economical loss...
Mar-06-11  researchj: try
Mar-06-11  yalie: hmm Vishy also plays up china - india and the revenge angles:)

also he thinks Humpy needs to get better tactically

<What's the way to beat Hou?
Humpy has to be tactically much more alert. The initiative has to be converted into a point. She has to find a way to improve her technique. There is no point in outplaying someone if (she) can find an escape tactically. Hou is not a clear favourite as such. But she is dangerous. >

is it even possible to get better tactically in a few moths at this level?

Mar-07-11  Atking: <Yalie> My impression is about the same. Koneru is a very strong positionnal player (Generally the most difficult), if she sharps her tactics and her openings she should able to challenge 2700 Elo.
Mar-07-11  kingfu: The BKM is a dish best served cold.
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  Ladolcevita: <Atking>
Yes,Koneru is a positional player,and Yifan plays more in a tactical way.That's something noteworthy in their title match.
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  HeMateMe: I think the longer, ten game match is good for the game. It might result in some more media coverage of the match. If it were only four games, there is less interest from television and the newspapers.
Mar-08-11  ChessXin: Hou Yifan are currently both the World champion and the Grand Prix champion at age 17. Very impressive.
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  Penguincw: So,if Koneru Humpy is going to challenge Yifan Hou for the women's world chess title,when will the match take place?
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