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Women Grand Prix Jermuk Tournament

Yifan Hou7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Nadezhda Kosintseva6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Koneru Humpy6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Kateryna Alexandrovna Lahno6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[games]
Ruan Lufei6/11(+4 -3 =4)[games]
Ju Wenjun6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Zhao Xue5.5/11(+4 -4 =3)[games]
Elina Danielian5/11(+1 -2 =8)[games]
Lilit Mkrtchian5/11(+3 -4 =4)[games]
Ekaterina Valentinovna Kovalevskaya4.5/11(+3 -5 =3)[games]
Batkhuyag Munguntuul4/11(+0 -3 =8)[games]
Nino Khurtsidze3.5/11(+2 -6 =3)[games]

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E V Kovalevskaya vs N Kosintseva  1-0532012Women Grand Prix JermukA25 English
2. E Danielian vs L Mkrtchian ½-½322012Women Grand Prix JermukD56 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. Khurtsidze vs Ju Wenjun 0-1652012Women Grand Prix JermukA15 English
4. Yifan Hou vs B Munguntuul  ½-½352012Women Grand Prix JermukC50 Giuoco Piano
5. Koneru vs Zhao Xue 1-0242012Women Grand Prix JermukE15 Queen's Indian
6. Ruan Lufei vs Lahno ½-½172012Women Grand Prix JermukB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
7. Lahno vs E V Kovalevskaya  1-0312012Women Grand Prix JermukB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
8. L Mkrtchian vs Yifan Hou 0-1392012Women Grand Prix JermukE56 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6
9. Zhao Xue vs N Kosintseva 0-1222012Women Grand Prix JermukD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
10. Ju Wenjun vs E Danielian  1-0442012Women Grand Prix JermukE00 Queen's Pawn Game
11. B Munguntuul vs Ruan Lufei  0-1642012Women Grand Prix JermukC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
12. Koneru vs Khurtsidze 1-0252012Women Grand Prix JermukD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. Ruan Lufei vs L Mkrtchian 1-0432012Women Grand Prix JermukB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
14. Yifan Hou vs Ju Wenjun  ½-½422012Women Grand Prix JermukB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
15. E V Kovalevskaya vs B Munguntuul  1-0222012Women Grand Prix JermukA33 English, Symmetrical
16. N Kosintseva vs Lahno  ½-½442012Women Grand Prix JermukB22 Sicilian, Alapin
17. E Danielian vs Koneru 1-0382012Women Grand Prix JermukD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
18. Khurtsidze vs Zhao Xue  0-1422012Women Grand Prix JermukE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
19. B Munguntuul vs N Kosintseva  ½-½462012Women Grand Prix JermukC77 Ruy Lopez
20. Khurtsidze vs E Danielian  ½-½602012Women Grand Prix JermukA04 Reti Opening
21. Koneru vs Yifan Hou  ½-½372012Women Grand Prix JermukD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. Ju Wenjun vs Ruan Lufei  1-0442012Women Grand Prix JermukD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. Zhao Xue vs Lahno  1-0592012Women Grand Prix JermukD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
24. L Mkrtchian vs E V Kovalevskaya  1-0422012Women Grand Prix JermukD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
25. Lahno vs B Munguntuul  ½-½382012Women Grand Prix JermukD02 Queen's Pawn Game
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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

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  HeMateMe: <she's a doctoral student.> I won't tell her adviser she's playing hookey, if you don't...
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  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.
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  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.

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  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.
Premium Chessgames Member 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...
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  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.

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  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.

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  twinlark: Ju Wenjun gains her 3rd GM norm and her GM title for her result at Jermuk.

congratulation GM Ju Wenjun!

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  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.
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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.

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  HeMateMe: Congratulations to Yifan for winning a prestigious tournament.
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