Tuesday, June 12, 2012

2012 FIDE Women's Grand Prix - Kazan

Here's another FIDE Women's Grand Prix snuck up on me -- well, my mind is on other things these days, and chess has taken a back seat.

Here are the standings after R3:

Ranking crosstable after Round 3
RankSNo.NameRtgFED123456789101112Pts. TB1TB2TB3
112GMAnna Muzychuk 2598SLO*½1½20.53.250
21GMElina Danielian 2484ARM½*½120.52.750
35GMViktorija Cmilyte 2508LTU*½011.51.52.250
6GMNadezhda Kosintseva 2528RUS*0½11.51.52.250
7GMAntoaneta Stefanova 2518BUL01*½1.51.52.250
8GMKeteryana Lahno 2546UKR½½½*
79GMAlexandra Kosteniuk 2457RUS10*½1.5120
82GMHumpy Koneru 2589IND½½*½1.50.52.750
911GMHou Yifan 2623CHN½*
1010IMAlisa Galliamova 2484RUS0*1½1.501.50
113WGMBetul Cemre Yildiz 2333TUR010*101.50
4GMTatiana Kosintseva 2532RUS½0½*101.50

As you can see, darlings, it is another star-studded event! There's still lots of chess to be played.  It's an 11-round event and as we've seen before, anything can and sometimes does happen!

What I find striking about this tournament is that no player has jumped out with 3.0, or even 2.5!  Wow!  It seems that in recent memory, the mark of the eventual winner (or runner-up) has been jumping out to a commanding early lead.  Well, we'll see what develops. 

In this particular event, I'm rooting for Kosteniuk and Koneru.

Here's the official website.  The Republic of Tatarstan?  What the hell is THAT?  Did a revolution occur that I slept through? (probably won't be the first time or last. Just wake me up when the decimated American middle class decides to say FU to the top 1% slave masters.  I don't want to miss that revolution.)

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