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|Jul-19-12|| ||Blunderdome: Search "lufei" at that link -- she's a doctoral student.|
|Jul-19-12|| ||notyetagm: Humpy Koneru has won *two* miniatures in two rounds!|
Women Grand Prix Jermuk (2012)/Koneru Humpy
|Jul-19-12|| ||notyetagm: Zhao Xue has lost *two* miniatures in two rounds!|
Women Grand Prix Jermuk (2012)/Zhao Xue
|Jul-19-12|| ||HeMateMe: <she's a doctoral student.> I won't tell her adviser she's playing hookey, if you don't...|
|Jul-20-12|| ||twinlark: <HeHateMe>
<Yifan is already dominant enough that she should be allowed to prepare for a match of 16 games against a challanger, the way Anand was allowed to rest and prepare. I think the women's format is somewhat insulting to a player who holds the title.>
I'm not sure she's dominant at the moment, as she's going through a prolonged form slump that has seen her shedding rating points en masse, earlier this year after Gibraltar and Reykjavik, she was knocking on the door of the top 100, but now she's slid dozens of places in the world ranking and if her current live rating doesn't improve, her world ranking will slide by another 100 places or so. She came last in the Chinese Championship and at the moment she seems to have real difficult winning any games even in the women's only events which have much lower rated players.
Muzychuk is far more impressive at the moment, thrashing 2700+ Sasikiran and basically holding her own even against the likes of Kamsky, while Yifan is drawing against 2400+ players.
Having said that, I can't see why the women's game can't follow the same world championship format as the men's: World Cup qualifier, Grand Prix qualifiers, and rating qualifiers for a Candidates tournament to find a challenger for the World Champion.
Between 1972 and 2000, women also had Interzonals and Candidates matches. What possible reason is there for the two World Championship cycles to be so different?
|Jul-20-12|| ||notyetagm: <twinlark> Ju Wenjun is becoming extremely strong.|
|Jul-20-12|| ||notyetagm: <twinlark> When Zhao Xue was 9.5/10 last year at one of the Grand Prix events, it was Ju Wenjun who stuck her with a loss in the last round.|
|Jul-21-12|| ||visayanbraindoctor: I sure would like to see a double round robin Candidates starring Hou Yifan, Muzychuk, Ju Wenjun, Zhao Xue, and Humpy Koneru. Judit Polgar too.|
This is a repeat of my old posts, but I have never liked the Grand Prix as a qualifier to the WC. I think too many players get in through special means, such as being from a host country or because the organizers and FIDE like them. Ideally, everyone (or most of everyone) should fight it out from the zonals.
Now it looks as though FIDE is re-installing the Grand Prix for the men's cycle again. What percentage of the participants are seeded in, without having to qualify from the zonals? Such a system could end up just promoting a form of elitism in the WC ladder.
My educated guess is that nowadays we cannot avoid such things because money is needed to finance a WC cycle, and the sponsors must naturally be allowed to seed in their players.
|Jul-21-12|| ||twinlark: <notyetagm>
Wenjun is patchy. She can be extremely strong in one tournament or she can completely drop her bundle as she has done in the last few months.
It's worth bearing in mind she hasn't won three GM norms yet even though she's been rated over 2500 for over two and a half years now, and she hasn't done anything really notable in open tournaments. Give her time and she might, much as Anna Muzychuk now appears to be maturing as a strong open player ready to take on the big boys.
Her form now is on an uptick, but she's overdue for a form recovery, as she was ready to slide back into the 2400 zone.
|Jul-22-12|| ||siggemannen: What happened to the Kosintseva sisters, they've been really sucking it up lately :( And Gunina still stuck around 2500s, the future of Russian chess doesn't look that good.|
|Jul-22-12|| ||shivasuri4: Wenjun continues to lead, but Humpy and Lufei posted wins today, and are half a point adrift along with Hou. Tomorrow's a rest day.|
|Jul-24-12|| ||shivasuri4: Humpy was one of the two who lost today, in the 7th round, and now the leader Wenjun is one point clear of her. Hou and Lufei continue to play solid chess, and trail the leader be half a point.|
|Jul-26-12|| ||chessgames.com: We were missing the fine game Lahno vs E Kovalevskaya, 2012 until just today--sorry about the omission.|
|Jul-26-12|| ||shivasuri4: A very surprising collapse from Humpy in this crucial event. After her sixth round win, she has lost two in a row, and what's worse, her play has withered in the middlegame stages, rather than the opening. Rectifying this might take some time. She can say goodbye to her chances in the Grand Prix series if she fails to score at least 2.5 out of the next three rounds.|
Finally Hou has caught up with Wenjun, and should now favour her chances.
|Jul-27-12|| ||shivasuri4: Humpy hit back today, but it might already be too late.She'll need to win tomorrow, in the final round, and hope those ahead of her and equal to her, in terms of points, lose.|
|Jul-27-12|| ||Kinghunt: <Now it looks as though FIDE is re-installing the Grand Prix for the men's cycle again. What percentage of the participants are seeded in, without having to qualify from the zonals? Such a system could end up just promoting a form of elitism in the WC ladder.>|
I would argue just the opposite, that it's great that a lot of players are seeded in and don't need to play special qualification tournaments. In my mind, the zonals are a result of an outdated past. Why did zonals exist? To identify the strongest players. But now, we have the rating system to do that. Seeding players by rating essentially makes all events zonals. To qualify, you don't need to do well in a single event, but in a large number of events, which makes us more confident we're selecting the best players. At the same time, there are no particular events anyone needs to participate in, making it easier for everyone.
|Jul-27-12|| ||dumbgai: The domination of the Chinese players continues...|
|Jul-27-12|| ||twinlark: Even if Yifan loses the last round, she's assured of sharing GP points for first place, which means she's won the Women's Grand Prix series. This is great insurance for her in the event she fails to retain her title in the World Championship knockout tournament later this year, as it assures he of the right to challenge for the title next year.|
Well done GM Yifan.
|Jul-27-12|| ||TheFocus: <dumbgai: The domination of the Chinese players continues...>|
I don't mind if my Chinese girlfriend dominates every now and then. I like her to assert herself.
Wait... Are we talking chess-wise here?
Well, then, never mind. Disregard this post.
|Jul-27-12|| ||twinlark: Ju Wenjun gains her 3rd GM norm and her GM title for her result at Jermuk.|
congratulation GM Ju Wenjun!
|Jul-27-12|| ||twinlark: Can you lovebirds take this elsewhere?|
|Jul-28-12|| ||Karpova: Last round losses for Hou, Ju and Ruan left only Hou relatively unscathed. The winners N. Kosintseva (against Ruan), Koneru (against Ju) and Lahno (against Hou) share 2nd place (SB scores: Kosintseva > Lahno > Koneru).|
|Jul-28-12|| ||amaurobius: Very strange that all the Chinese players should lose in the last round, changing what had been a superb tournament for them into a merely good one.
Congratulations to the winner, and to the three runners up who all finished strongly after an indifferent first two-thirds of the tournament.|
|Jul-28-12|| ||twinlark: |
Pity about that last round loss, but well done to Yifan for winning both this contest and the Grand Prix where she scored a perfect 480.
Assuming she retains the World Championship later this year, her challenger next year will probably be either Anna Muzychuk (who'd have to be the favourite, and the most likely to give Yifan a run for her money) or Koneru Humpy.
Still in the running, but at long odds, are Ju Wenjun and Zhao Xue.
|Jul-30-12|| ||HeMateMe: Congratulations to Yifan for winning a prestigious tournament.|
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