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6th FIDE Women Grand Prix Tournament

Elina Danielian8/11(+7 -2 =2)[games]
Koneru Humpy8/11(+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]
Yuhua Xu5/11(+4 -5 =2)[games]
Batkhuyag Munguntuul5/11(+4 -5 =2)[games]
Lilit Mkrtchian4.5/11(+2 -4 =5)[games]
Martha Lorena Fierro Baquero4.5/11(+3 -5 =3)[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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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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