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FIDE Women's Grand Prix Lopota Tournament

Yifan Hou9/11(+7 -0 =4)[games]
Ju Wenjun7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Elina Danielian7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Nana Dzagnidze6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Antoaneta Stefanova6/11(+4 -3 =4)[games]
Dronavalli Harika6/11(+2 -1 =8)[games]
Anna Muzychuk5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Koneru Humpy5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Alexandra Kosteniuk5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Zhao Xue3.5/11(+1 -5 =5)[games]
Bela Khotenashvili3/11(+1 -6 =4)[games]
Nafisa Muminova1.5/11(+1 -9 =1)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
FIDE Women's Grand Prix Lopota (2014)

Played in Lopota, Georgia 19 June - 1 July 2014. FIDE page: https://www.fide.com/component/cont.... Crosstable: http://www.chess-results.com/tnr138.... Overview: Wikipedia article: FIDE Women's Grand Prix 2013%E2%80%9314

Previous event in the Grand Prix series 2013-2014: FIDE Women's Grand Prix Khanty - Mansiysk (2014). Next (and last out of six events): FIDE Women's Grand Prix Sharjah (2014).

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Koneru vs A Stefanova  1-0432014FIDE Women's Grand Prix LopotaB06 Robatsch
2. Yifan Hou vs Kosteniuk ½-½242014FIDE Women's Grand Prix LopotaA13 English
3. A Stefanova vs B Khotenashvili  ½-½222014FIDE Women's Grand Prix LopotaD00 Queen's Pawn Game
4. Koneru vs N Muminova  1-0372014FIDE Women's Grand Prix LopotaE10 Queen's Pawn Game
5. D Harika vs A Muzychuk  ½-½772014FIDE Women's Grand Prix LopotaA33 English, Symmetrical
6. N Dzagnidze vs Kosteniuk  ½-½292014FIDE Women's Grand Prix LopotaA28 English
7. Ju Wenjun vs E Danielian 1-0712014FIDE Women's Grand Prix LopotaD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
8. Yifan Hou vs N Muminova 1-0302014FIDE Women's Grand Prix LopotaC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
9. Zhao Xue vs B Khotenashvili  ½-½532014FIDE Women's Grand Prix LopotaD53 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. Koneru vs Zhao Xue  ½-½562014FIDE Women's Grand Prix LopotaE15 Queen's Indian
11. B Khotenashvili vs Yifan Hou 0-1552014FIDE Women's Grand Prix LopotaE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
12. Kosteniuk vs D Harika 0-1502014FIDE Women's Grand Prix LopotaC01 French, Exchange
13. E Danielian vs N Dzagnidze  ½-½432014FIDE Women's Grand Prix LopotaE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
14. A Stefanova vs A Muzychuk  ½-½222014FIDE Women's Grand Prix LopotaA80 Dutch
15. N Muminova vs Ju Wenjun  ½-½242014FIDE Women's Grand Prix LopotaB30 Sicilian
16. A Muzychuk vs Kosteniuk  1-0422014FIDE Women's Grand Prix LopotaC42 Petrov Defense
17. Ju Wenjun vs B Khotenashvili  1-0702014FIDE Women's Grand Prix LopotaC26 Vienna
18. Yifan Hou vs Koneru ½-½492014FIDE Women's Grand Prix LopotaA00 Uncommon Opening
19. D Harika vs E Danielian  ½-½442014FIDE Women's Grand Prix LopotaE07 Catalan, Closed
20. N Dzagnidze vs N Muminova  1-0352014FIDE Women's Grand Prix LopotaD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
21. Zhao Xue vs A Stefanova  0-1362014FIDE Women's Grand Prix LopotaD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. A Stefanova vs Kosteniuk 1-0762014FIDE Women's Grand Prix LopotaE14 Queen's Indian
23. Koneru vs Ju Wenjun  ½-½582014FIDE Women's Grand Prix LopotaE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
24. Zhao Xue vs Yifan Hou 0-1422014FIDE Women's Grand Prix LopotaA30 English, Symmetrical
25. B Khotenashvili vs N Dzagnidze 0-1372014FIDE Women's Grand Prix LopotaE12 Queen's Indian
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Jun-30-14  Kaspablanca: Some questions: Why the hell the world champion have to play in a 2 game mini match? The logical is that the women play the same format the men do it to defend the title; play a candidates tournament, the winner plays the champion in a match, that would give women chess credibility, imagine if Carlsen being the champion plays a KO tournament of a 2 game mini match! Why Humpy is only 16 elo point behinf Hou Yifan despite the Chinese player have won easily the tournaments she plays lately whereas the Indian have been struggling?
Jun-30-14
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  notyetagm: FIDE Women's Grand Prix Lopota (2014)/Ju Wenjun

Ju Wenjun has gained 24.4(!) points at Lopota.

Jul-01-14
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  alexmagnus: <notyetagm> The "better" Humpy didn't do much better against Hou than Ushenina did, didn't she? IIRC she scored half a point more.
Jul-01-14
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  alexmagnus: <IIRC she scored half a point more.>

Slightly "better". A full point more but with one more game played.

Jul-01-14
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  alexmagnus: Hou - Koneru Women's World Championship (2011)
Jul-01-14  waustad: Ju Wenjun may have to settle for a 10 game GM norm since her final round loss to Kosteniuk may drop the full 11 game performance rating below 2600. Let's hope all of the paperwork goes through properly this time.
Jul-01-14  dumbgai: <Why Humpy is only 16 elo point behinf Hou Yifan despite the Chinese player have won easily the tournaments she plays lately whereas the Indian have been struggling?>

After this tournament the gap will be more than 50 points.

Jul-01-14
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  notyetagm: <dumbgai: <Why Humpy is only 16 elo point behinf Hou Yifan despite the Chinese player have won easily the tournaments she plays lately whereas the Indian have been struggling?> After this tournament the gap will be more than 50 points. >

Yes, the gap between Hou Yifan and Humpy Koneru is now pretty large. And the gap between Women's #1 Judit Polgar and Women's #2 Hou Yifan is now only like 20 someodd points.

Looking forward to an "unofficial" Women's World Championship match between Judit Polgar and Hou Yifan.

Hou Yifan *crushed* her last time they played.

Yifan Hou vs Judit Polgar, 2012

Jul-01-14  waustad: It looks like Ju Wenjun got the 11 game norm afterall. chess-results gives her a 2622 performance rating even with her last round loss.
Jul-01-14  alexapple: <waustad> It's Ju Wenjun's 6th GM norm. Congratulations!
Jul-01-14  andrewjsacks: Hou is indeed a cut above. Where is the Judit-Hou exhibition match? Now, THAT would be interesting...
Jul-01-14  dumbgai: Wonder if Polgar would become more interested in the match if she gets overtaken in rating soon. I know she wouldn't state it in such a way, but it's possible Polgar never bothered playing for the women's title because she was so obviously far ahead of everyone else that such an event wasn't worth bothering with. That would no longer be the case if her rating gets eclipsed, and she might be motivated to prove something.

The difference is 29 rating points after this tournament, and their recent trends have been going in opposite directions (as you would expect given their ages).

Jul-02-14
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  Alien Math: Hou Yifan game appears well also Ju Wenjun with GM norms
Jul-02-14  zborris8: <dumbgai - Hou is the strongest female player??> I don't think a match between Hou and Polgar will ever occur, as Judit has devoted her life to prove that there are no differences between men and women in chess.
Jul-02-14  paavoh: <...Judit-Hou exhibition match?> What is the point? Judit has refrained from playing in women's tournaments or matches and can stick to her decision.

I would be more interested in seeing Hou battling more with male 2700s. It would probably improve her chess, and perhaps, enforce the male/female equality suggested by Judit, too.

Jul-02-14  Kanatahodets: I think Hou, if she needed, could have 2 more wins easily!
Jul-02-14  Kanatahodets: Given that not so strong Krush had recently two draws with So and Chuky,I can assume that even the best male player couldn't obtain better result than Hou. Hou is really out of league! She IS a 2700 player already.
Jul-02-14  dx9293: As I've said many times, I like the current KO system for determining the Women's WC <Challenger> but not the Championship itself.

A couple of years ago Judit hinted that she would be open to playing a match against Hou, but basically implied "sponsors, show me the money!" I don't blame her.

Jul-02-14  kia0708: I don't see Ivanchuk among the players :-(
Jul-02-14
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  alexmagnus: < As I've said many times, I like the current KO system for determining the Women's WC <Challenger> but not the Championship itself.>

What about being kind of both? determining the challenger but with the reigning champion participating. If the champ wins, the next WC match gets skipped.

Jul-03-14  dx9293: <alexmagnus> This is possible, but in general I don't like the Champion competing in an event where their challenger is decided.

Also, the Champion has something to gain by playing a title match every so often: a cash grab! If one could theoretically sit on their title for 20 years without facing any challengers, they're missing opportunities to win the match/tournament prize money.

Jul-03-14  fgh: <Kanatahodets: Given that not so strong Krush had recently two draws with So and Chuky,I can assume that even the best male player couldn't obtain better result than Hou. Hou is really out of league! She IS a 2700 player already.>

I agree, Krush's minus score in the 2014 Edmonton International is irrelevant. And Hou Yifan is at least as strong as Carlsen. And the Earth is flat.

Jul-04-14  Kanatahodets: <fgh: minus score in the 2014 Edmonton International is irrelevant. And Hou Yifan is at least as strong as Carlsen. And the Earth is flat.> two first arguments are valid. As for Earth, I am not sure that it is not flat! Of course, popular media would say that it is not flat. But I wouldn't dismiss the possibility that it is in fact flat:) Actually, it is related to my old philosophical thoughts. I am not even sure that England exist! OK, it is solipsism, but I never bought arguments in its falseness...
Jul-04-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Flat, hail! Y'all step too far to the raht, yer toast-yer gonna fall off the edge!

On a halfway serious note, I agree with <dx9293>: I too am not wild about champion and challenger competing in an event where the former's challenger is determined.

Jul-04-14  Chris321: <Kanatahodets>hey bro sorry for your French football team,did want them to take the Germans out but that didn't happen.
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