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FIDE Women's Grand Prix Kazan Tournament

Humpy Koneru7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Anna Muzychuk7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Viktorija Cmilyte7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Yifan Hou7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Elina Danielian6/11(+4 -3 =4)[games]
Alexandra Kosteniuk6/11(+4 -3 =4)[games]
Tatiana Kosintseva5.5/11(+2 -2 =7)[games]
Kateryna Lagno5/11(+2 -3 =6)[games]
Nadezhda Kosintseva4.5/11(+2 -4 =5)[games]
Antoaneta Stefanova4.5/11(+1 -3 =7)[games]
Alisa Galliamova3/11(+2 -7 =2)[games]
Betul Cemre Yildiz2.5/11(+1 -7 =3)[games]

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. B Yildiz vs A Galliamova 0-1582012FIDE Women's Grand Prix KazanB40 Sicilian
2. E Danielian vs A Muzychuk  ½-½282012FIDE Women's Grand Prix KazanD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
3. Koneru vs Yifan Hou  ½-½292012FIDE Women's Grand Prix KazanE56 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6
4. N Kosintseva vs A Stefanova  0-1672012FIDE Women's Grand Prix KazanC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
5. T Kosintseva vs Kosteniuk ½-½812012FIDE Women's Grand Prix KazanC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
6. Cmilyte vs Lagno ½-½322012FIDE Women's Grand Prix KazanD97 Grunfeld, Russian
7. A Muzychuk vs A Stefanova  1-0442012FIDE Women's Grand Prix KazanB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
8. Yifan Hou vs B Yildiz 0-1342012FIDE Women's Grand Prix KazanC78 Ruy Lopez
9. Lagno vs N Kosintseva  ½-½332012FIDE Women's Grand Prix KazanA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
10. A Galliamova vs T Kosintseva  ½-½442012FIDE Women's Grand Prix KazanE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
11. Kosteniuk vs Cmilyte  1-0682012FIDE Women's Grand Prix KazanB32 Sicilian
12. E Danielian vs Koneru  ½-½372012FIDE Women's Grand Prix KazanE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
13. B Yildiz vs E Danielian  0-1402012FIDE Women's Grand Prix KazanB44 Sicilian
14. Cmilyte vs A Galliamova 1-0282012FIDE Women's Grand Prix KazanA09 Reti Opening
15. A Stefanova vs Lagno  ½-½482012FIDE Women's Grand Prix KazanD98 Grunfeld, Russian
16. T Kosintseva vs Yifan Hou 0-1732012FIDE Women's Grand Prix KazanB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
17. Koneru vs A Muzychuk  ½-½722012FIDE Women's Grand Prix KazanD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
18. N Kosintseva vs Kosteniuk 1-0772012FIDE Women's Grand Prix KazanE00 Queen's Pawn Game
19. Yifan Hou vs Cmilyte 0-1512012FIDE Women's Grand Prix KazanB23 Sicilian, Closed
20. Koneru vs B Yildiz  1-0442012FIDE Women's Grand Prix KazanA28 English
21. E Danielian vs T Kosintseva  1-0392012FIDE Women's Grand Prix KazanE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
22. A Galliamova vs N Kosintseva  0-1362012FIDE Women's Grand Prix KazanE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
23. Kosteniuk vs A Stefanova  ½-½572012FIDE Women's Grand Prix KazanD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
24. A Muzychuk vs Lagno  ½-½332012FIDE Women's Grand Prix KazanB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
25. B Yildiz vs A Muzychuk  0-1352012FIDE Women's Grand Prix KazanB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
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Jun-19-12  Method B: I believe your points <Kinghunt> are correct except of the first one.

From the regulations:

<Should the overall winner of the Women’s Grand Prix also be the Women’s World Champion at the end of the Grand Prix series in 2013, then the challenger rights will go to the second placed overall in the Grand Prix.>

So Hou wins the GP and the 2012 KO event. She retains her title this year and need to defend it in 2013 against the second placed overall player in the GP.

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  whiteshark: Today's my fav pairing Kosintseva vs Kosintseva - it's like mud wrestling - fun to watch... d'oh, an unexpected draw in only 14 moves...
Jun-20-12  shivasuri4: With 2 rounds to go, we now have three players in joint lead- Muzychuk, Danielian, and Humpy.

Humpy next plays Kosteniuk with white and then faces Galliamova with black.

Muzychuk will play Hou with white and then Nadezhda Kosintseva in the final round.

Danielian first meets Galliamova with white and then Hou with black.

Humpy appears to have the easiest final rounds, but her long win today could leave her fatigued and hinder her progress in the remaining rounds.

Jun-20-12  hellopolgar: If Hou scores 2/2 in the remaining two rounds, then Humpy is the only player who can outscore her, but Humpy will also have to score 2/2.
Jun-20-12  xanadu: Muzychuk-Hou is the girl´s game of the year!
Jun-21-12  shivasuri4: I wouldn't rule out any of the top 5 currently from taking the top spot. Cmilyte meets players lower placed in both her remaining rounds, and Hou can certainly win her next two games.
Jun-21-12  firebyrd: <Muzychuk-Hou is the girl´s game of the year!> ... maybe if Muzychuk is the girl in question, yet holding Svidler to a draw in Svidler vs A Muzychuk, 2012 deserves mention.

If <the girl> is referring to Hou I'd put a penny on Yifan Hou vs Judit Polgar, 2012

Jun-21-12  Kinghunt: Hou and Muzychuk drew, Cmiltye looks to be winning, Daniellian is losing, and Koneru's game looks to be even. If the remaining games finish as expected, then Cmiltye, Muzychuk, and Koneru will go into the last round in a threeway tie for first.
Jun-21-12  waustad: I'm beginning to think that they are picking aggressively awful ads to try to convince people to pay for the premium membership for ustream.
Jun-21-12  waustad: Cmilyte just joined the leaders by beating N Kosintseva.
Jun-21-12  waustad: Does anybody know what time the final round starts? The time is posted for all the other games, but the official website only gives the date for the final round.
Jun-21-12  waustad: Final round pairings:
Nadezhda Kosintseva vs Anna Muzychuk
Antoaneta Stefanova vs Viktorija Cmilyte
Kateryna Lahno vs Tatiana Kosintseva
Alexandra Kosteniuk vs Betul Cemre Yildiz
Alisa Galliamova vs Humpy Koneru
Hou Yifan vs Elina Danielian
Jun-21-12  Harvestman: Based on those parings you have to fancy Humpy for the best chance of an outright win.
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  whiteshark: Humpy Koneru, Viktorija Cmilyte and Anna Muzychuk are leading with 6.5/10 points before todays final round. (They all have black pieces, btw.) Followers are Elina Danielian and Hou Yifan with 6/10, who'll play against each other.
Jun-22-12  shivasuri4: <Harvestman>, true, although nerves could play a role. I predict a two-way tie at the top.

<waustad>, I believe it starts at 1 PM Moscow/ Kazan time (+4 GMT).

Jun-22-12  waustad: Stefanova opted to force a draw very early. Bummer.
Jun-22-12  shivasuri4: Congrats to Humpy and Muzychuk for sharing the first place with 7.5 points! Humpy had a higher S-B, but both get 145 points from this event. Cmilyte and Hou (if she wins this round) will score 100 points each.

Jun-22-12  Calar: Anna Muzychuk and Koneru Humpy both won last round and finished the tournament with 7.5/11.

Are there tie-breaks now? Will only one player be declared as a winner?

Jun-22-12  shivasuri4: <Calar>, no, both Humpy and Muzychuk are declared winners. Hou might take some time to win, but she's certainly better after the first time control.
Jun-22-12  Kinghunt: Hou won, to finish tied for 3rd-4th. She finishes the event with more wins than anyone else, but her two losses count heavily against her. She needs to find some stability again.
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  whiteshark: Final crosstable:
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  HeMateMe: Yifan is still the best, perhaps still honing her style. Koneru had no chance against her, in the last WC match.

I see the Kointseva sisters played another 14 move draw, against each other. Bad for womens chess.

Jun-22-12  Kinghunt: I don't see why it's bad for women's chess that two sisters don't want to fight each other. It's not like they're two random people who just don't want to play.
Jun-22-12  dumbgai: <Kinghunt: I don't see why it's bad for women's chess that two sisters don't want to fight each other. It's not like they're two random people who just don't want to play.>

If you want to be a professional, family shouldn't interfere with your approach to competition. I believe that what the K-sisters keep doing is no more acceptable than the Soviet GMs not wanting to fight each other, that Fischer complained about. If they don't want to take every game seriously, they shouldn't participate in the same tournaments.

Jul-18-13  notyetagm: Koneru vs A Stefanova, 2012

A *fantastic* <PETITE COMBINAISON> by Humpy Koneru.

32 ?

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32 ♖c8x♘f8+!

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The Black g7-bishop cannot take on f8 because it must <DEFEND/PROTECT> the f6-sq from the threat of a <KNIGHT FORK> from the <CENTRALIZED> White d5-knight due to the <KNIGHT FORK DISTANCE> between the Black g4-queen and Black g8-king (i.e., 32 ... ♗g7x♖f8?? 33 ♘d5-f6+).

32 ... ♔g8x♖f8

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Now the Black g8-king has been <DECOYED (DRAGGED)> to the f8-sq, where His Majesty is <TRAPPED> on a <WEAK BACK RANK>.

33 ♕d3x♖e2!

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The point of the combination: the Black g4-queen is <OVERWORKED>, having to <DEFEND/PROTECT> the <LOOSE> Black e2-rook from <CAPTURE> while also simultaneusly <DEFENDING/PROTECTING> the <LOOSE> c8-mating sq.

Two simple <FORCING MOVES>, a <CHECK> 32 ♖c8x♘f8+! and a <CAPTURE> 33 ♕d3x♖e2!, and White has won a clean piece.

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