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6th FIDE Women Grand Prix Tournament

Koneru Humpy8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Elina Danielian8/11(+7 -2 =2)[games]
Marie Sebag7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Nana Dzagnidze5.5/11(+5 -5 =1)[games]
Maia Chiburdanidze5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Pia Cramling5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Yuhua Xu5/11(+4 -5 =2)[games]
Batkhuyag Munguntuul5/11(+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 1; 21 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. P Cramling vs L Mkrtchian  ½-½4420116th FIDE Women Grand PrixE15 Queen's Indian
2. Zhu Chen vs P Cramling ½-½3920116th FIDE Women Grand PrixE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
3. P Cramling vs Koneru ½-½6220116th FIDE Women Grand PrixA10 English
4. M Sebag vs L Mkrtchian ½-½8320116th FIDE Women Grand PrixC04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
5. Koneru vs A Stefanova ½-½4720116th FIDE Women Grand PrixD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
6. M Fierro vs P Cramling  ½-½4220116th FIDE Women Grand PrixA10 English
7. Chiburdanidze vs Zhu Chen ½-½1820116th FIDE Women Grand PrixD91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
8. B Munguntuul vs L Mkrtchian  ½-½3220116th FIDE Women Grand PrixC18 French, Winawer
9. A Stefanova vs M Fierro ½-½5220116th FIDE Women Grand PrixE91 King's Indian
10. M Sebag vs Koneru ½-½4320116th FIDE Women Grand PrixC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
11. L Mkrtchian vs E Danielian  ½-½3220116th FIDE Women Grand PrixD26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
12. P Cramling vs Chiburdanidze  ½-½4420116th FIDE Women Grand PrixA17 English
13. Zhu Chen vs Y Xu  ½-½4420116th FIDE Women Grand PrixE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
14. A Stefanova vs M Sebag  ½-½6520116th FIDE Women Grand PrixD02 Queen's Pawn Game
15. Chiburdanidze vs A Stefanova  ½-½5120116th FIDE Women Grand PrixD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. Y Xu vs Koneru ½-½10620116th FIDE Women Grand PrixB42 Sicilian, Kan
17. M Sebag vs Chiburdanidze  ½-½2320116th FIDE Women Grand PrixC10 French
18. A Stefanova vs B Munguntuul  ½-½4320116th FIDE Women Grand PrixD02 Queen's Pawn Game
19. E Danielian vs A Stefanova ½-½2820116th FIDE Women Grand PrixD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
20. Chiburdanidze vs N Dzagnidze ½-½1220116th FIDE Women Grand PrixD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
21. L Mkrtchian vs M Fierro  ½-½5220116th FIDE Women Grand PrixA45 Queen's Pawn Game
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Mar-05-11  Gogia: So, Nana qualified to challenge Yifan, right?
Mar-05-11  yalie: <Gogia: So, Nana qualified to challenge Yifan, right?>

not yet. Humpy better against Zhu Chen. Sebag acually worse against Munguntuul. So odds of Humpy being the qualifier are better than 50% at this point.

To qualify, Humpy needs to win her game and Sebag to NOT win her game.

Mar-05-11  HowDoesTheHorsieMove: <Gogia>I think Nana qualifies unless Humpy wins and Sebag doesn't. That is looking likely at the moment, however.
Mar-05-11  Atking: To me Koneru is winning.
Mar-05-11  unsound: I think it's the extra pawns that create that impression.
Mar-05-11  Atking: a sound impression...
Mar-05-11  unsound: Holy crap, she did it.
Mar-05-11  witty: Congrats to Humpy for achieving what was almost impossible two rounds ago..Now she has to make it count by winning world championship and thus making unique feet of both men n women world champions being from INDIA.
Mar-05-11  HowDoesTheHorsieMove: Nice payday for Hou Yifan, too.
Mar-05-11  notyetagm: <yalie: ...

To qualify, Humpy needs to win her game and Sebag to NOT win her game.>

And that is exactly what happened.

Zhu Chen - Humpy Koneru 0-1

Munguntuul, Batkhuyag - Sebag, Marie 1-0

Congrats to Humpy for an incredible run at the end. Clutch chess.

Mar-05-11  Atking: So Humpy has 8 points as Danielian. Who won the Tournament?
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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.
Mar-05-11  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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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?
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