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FIDE Women's Grand Prix Sharjah Tournament

Ju Wenjun8.5/11(+6 -0 =5)[games]
Yifan Hou8.5/11(+6 -0 =5)[games]
Dronavalli Harika6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Xue Zhao6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Anna Ushenina6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[games]
Tuvshintugs Batchimeg6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[games]
Humpy Koneru5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Elina Danielian5/11(+3 -4 =4)[games]
Tatiana Kosintseva4.5/11(+2 -4 =5)[games]
Chen Zhu3.5/11(+1 -5 =5)[games]
Nafisa Muminova3/11(+0 -5 =6)[games]
Alina L'Ami1.5/11(+0 -8 =3)[games]
* Chess Event Description
FIDE Women's Grand Prix Sharjah (2014)

Played in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates 25 August - 6 September 2014, as the 6th and last event of the Women's Grand Prix series 2013-2014. FIDE page:

Ju Wenjun and Yifan Hou shared the win with 8.5/11 and got 145 Grand Prix points (GPP). Crosstable ( :

Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 GPP =1 Ju Wenjun 2559 * ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 8½ 145 =1 Hou Yifan 2661 ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 8½ 145 =3 Harika 2521 0 ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 0 ½ 1 1 6½ 87.5 =3 Zhao Xue 2508 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 0 ½ 1 1 1 6½ 87.5 =3 Ushenina 2487 ½ 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 6½ 87.5 =3 Batchimeg 2346 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ * 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 6½ 87.5 7 Koneru 2598 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 * 1 1 ½ ½ 1 5½ 60 8 Danielian 2490 0 ½ 0 1 0 ½ 0 * ½ 1 1 ½ 5 50 9 Kosintseva 2494 ½ 0 1 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ * 0 ½ 1 4½ 40 10 Zhu Chen 2461 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 1 * ½ ½ 3½ 30 11 Muminova 2315 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ * ½ 3 20 12 L'Ami 2446 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ * 1½ 10

Previous event: FIDE Women's Grand Prix Lopota (2014).

Together with her wins at FIDE Women's Grand Prix Khanty - Mansiysk (2014) and FIDE Women's Grand Prix Lopota (2014), Hou Yifan had the most Grand Prix points and became the challenger for Mariya Muzychuk in the Muzychuk - Hou Women's World Championship Match (2016). For an overview of the Grand Prix cycle, see Wikipedia article: FIDE Women's Grand Prix 2013%E2%80%9314.

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. C Zhu vs X Zhao 0-1682014FIDE Women's Grand Prix SharjahE15 Queen's Indian
2. Ju Wenjun vs A Ushenina  ½-½322014FIDE Women's Grand Prix SharjahA22 English
3. N Muminova vs Y Hou 0-1422014FIDE Women's Grand Prix SharjahB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
4. A L'Ami vs D Harika  0-1562014FIDE Women's Grand Prix SharjahD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. E Danielian vs T Kosintseva  ½-½512014FIDE Women's Grand Prix SharjahD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. T Batchimeg vs Koneru 1-0362014FIDE Women's Grand Prix SharjahA46 Queen's Pawn Game
7. X Zhao vs Y Hou  ½-½222014FIDE Women's Grand Prix SharjahE37 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
8. Koneru vs A L'Ami 1-0482014FIDE Women's Grand Prix SharjahE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
9. D Harika vs N Muminova 1-0502014FIDE Women's Grand Prix SharjahA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
10. T Kosintseva vs T Batchimeg  ½-½452014FIDE Women's Grand Prix SharjahC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
11. C Zhu vs Ju Wenjun  0-1522014FIDE Women's Grand Prix SharjahB07 Pirc
12. A Ushenina vs E Danielian  1-01032014FIDE Women's Grand Prix SharjahE46 Nimzo-Indian
13. E Danielian vs C Zhu 1-0332014FIDE Women's Grand Prix SharjahA46 Queen's Pawn Game
14. N Muminova vs Koneru  ½-½572014FIDE Women's Grand Prix SharjahB40 Sicilian
15. Y Hou vs D Harika  ½-½352014FIDE Women's Grand Prix SharjahC05 French, Tarrasch
16. A L'Ami vs T Kosintseva  0-1352014FIDE Women's Grand Prix SharjahE56 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6
17. T Batchimeg vs A Ushenina  ½-½402014FIDE Women's Grand Prix SharjahD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
18. Ju Wenjun vs X Zhao  1-0502014FIDE Women's Grand Prix SharjahE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
19. A Ushenina vs A L'Ami  1-0282014FIDE Women's Grand Prix SharjahA45 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Ju Wenjun vs E Danielian 1-0852014FIDE Women's Grand Prix SharjahE09 Catalan, Closed
21. C Zhu vs T Batchimeg  0-1742014FIDE Women's Grand Prix SharjahD71 Neo-Grunfeld
22. T Kosintseva vs N Muminova  ½-½872014FIDE Women's Grand Prix SharjahC11 French
23. Koneru vs Y Hou 0-1562014FIDE Women's Grand Prix SharjahD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
24. X Zhao vs D Harika  ½-½582014FIDE Women's Grand Prix SharjahD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
25. T Batchimeg vs Ju Wenjun  ½-½182014FIDE Women's Grand Prix SharjahE90 King's Indian
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Sep-04-14  notyetagm: <dumbgai: <notyetagm> Thought you might like that. ;-)>

Indeed. :-)

Sep-05-14  geeker: In Round 10 we have the titanic L'Ami-Muminova clash :) ... perhaps one of the players will manage to win a game! Actually, I feel sorry for the bad event L'Ami is having; Muminova has made a few draws here and stabilized her performance somewhat (previous GP was dreadful).
Sep-05-14  ljfyffe: <geeker><titanic ...clash> The Titanic sails at dawn. Which side are you on?
Sep-05-14  geeker: Well, I sympathise with both players. Muminova has been getting pummelled the past several GP tourneys. L'Ami is appearing in her first, but it's been a disaster and she's been in terrible form. A draw would be reasonable, but I think Alina needs the win more, so I'll give her slight preference.
Sep-05-14  geeker: This just in: L'Ami sacked a bunch of material but only had a perpetual, so the clash of the Titans is drawn.
Sep-05-14  ljfyffe: It has been said that you only learn by which case, I should be a super-grandmaster! I'm only an average club player. GOOD LUCK TO BOTH PLAYERS.
Sep-05-14  ljfyffe: P.S. Thanks for the info!
Sep-05-14  dumbgai: Ju Wenjun wearing a miniskirt again, this time pink...
Sep-05-14  waustad: Since Batchimeg Tuvshintugs drew with Hou Yifan, her performance rating is still over 2600 after 10 rounds. Even if she loses to Dronavalli Harika tomorrow, it could still be used for a 10 game GM norm. She may just sit on the norm for a while because she isn't close to the title yet. An interim goal might be to get the IM title.
Sep-05-14  geeker: "Chimi" Tuvshintugs is a dangerous player. She beat Hou Yifan at Geneva 2013, and I recall she beat some GMs at the 2006 US Championship.
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  Penguincw: Ouch! Hou Yifan has lost 7.3 rating points in the last 3 rounds, and she also trails Ju Wenjun by half a point. Luckily, she has white against Alina L'Ami tomorrow (almost a mismatch there) while Ju Wenjun has black against Kosintseva.

BTW: I noticed that Ju Wenjun is "only" a WGM. Has she had any IM or GM norms yet? I understand that she needs at least a draw tomorrow (TPR would be 2604 then, according to FIDE) but how many norms does she have?

Sep-05-14  notyetagm: FIDE Women's Grand Prix Sharjah (2014)

<dumbgai: Ju Wenjun wearing a miniskirt again, this time pink...>

Oh, yes! ->

Sep-06-14  Eduardo Leon: <<ljfyffe> <<geeker>titanic ...clash> The Titanic sails at dawn. Which side are you on?>

The iceberg's.

Sep-06-14  ljfyffe: <Eduardo Leon>I meant: which side of the ship are you on? Just joking! It's a quote from a Bob Dylan song. And Elizabeth Bishop, the deceased poet, who spent her youth in Nova Scotia, wrote, in one of her poems:"I'd rather be an iceberg than a ship" which may explain from whence Simon and Garfunkel got the idea of "I'd rather be a hammer than a nail/Yes I would/If I surely could...".
Sep-06-14  HowDoesTheHorsieMove: <Ju Wenjun wearing a miniskirt again>

You call that a miniskirt? Maybe in the 1920s it was.

Sep-06-14  notyetagm: <HowDoesTheHorsieMove: <Ju Wenjun wearing a miniskirt again> You call that a miniskirt? Maybe in the 1920s it was.>

It's short enough. :-)


And by the way, Ju Wenjun won the Sharjah Grand Prix on tiebreak today by drawing her last round game against T. Kosintseva.

Congratulations to Ju and her mini-skirts!

Sep-06-14  ljfyffe: Another, by the way: Victor Maymudes, Dylan's road manager for some time, use to play quite a bit of chess with his boss... Game's not just for those highly-skilled at it ...
Sep-06-14  42eyes: 1920's miniskirt? Its a classy miniskirt :D.
Damn, i was hoping Ju Wenjun would finish at the top today.
Sep-06-14  notyetagm: <42eyes: Damn, i was hoping Ju Wenjun would finish at the top today.>

She did. She beat out Hou Yifan on tiebreak for 1st.

Sep-06-14  42eyes: How do they decide it? They have the same amount of wins & draws. (I'm new to following tournaments)
Sep-06-14  devere: So what is to become of the Women's World Championship 2014, scheduled to begin on October 11th, but so far with no site?!?
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  HeMateMe: I'm just glad none of the girls were stoned or publicly caned for wearing mini skirts. There's hope for the Arabian Peninsula yet.
Sep-08-14  waustad: <42eyes>There are often tiebreaks of some kind or other. It depends on the event, but here is a source that can help you with some of them (some are more often used in Swiss system tournaments): Other tiebreaks can be, more blacks, more wins, more wins with black, head to head and so forth.

In this event, the money and GP points were split, so perhaps the winner using SB or some such got the trophy, but everybody got a little trophy like memento.

Sep-08-14  42eyes: <waustad> Thanks! I did try looking up 'tie break' on wiki but I didn't find that article. It's helpful...& interesting.
Sep-09-14  ljfyffe: <dumbgai>And all the King's horses and all the King's men couldn't put Humpy back together again!
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