Friday, August 12, 2011

2011-2012 Women's Grand Prix: Rostov

 R9 - Hou Yifan proved she is not invincible; Lahno had something to prove.  Sadly, Humpy Koneru seemed out of it right from the get-go.  I am left wondering "what is wrong?"  She should not have lost a game (even with black) to Ekaterine Kovalelevskaya, who is having an absolutely horrid tournament.  It won't get any easier for Humpy - she has to face T. Kosintseva in R10 and Kateryna Lahno in R11!  Oh my!  One thing is sure, if she expects to have any chance against Hou in the Women's Chess Championship match, she'd better step up her game big time - in a hurry. 

5IMMuzychuk Anna25381 - 0WGMRuan Lufei247912
6GMKosintseva Nadezhda25601 - 0GMKosteniuk Alexandra24974
7GMDanielian Elina25211 - 0IMGalliamova Alisa24923
8IMKovalevskaya Ekaterina24271 - 0GMKoneru Humpy26142
9GMKosintseva Tatiana25571 - 0GMStefanova Antoaneta25241
10GMLahno Kateryna25361 - 0GMHou Yifan257511


111GMHou Yifan2575CHN*½01½11111728.0002747
29GMKosintseva Tatiana2557RUS½*½½½11½½1625.2502642
310GMLahno Kateryna2536UKR1½*01101½½24.7502596
45IMMuzychuk Anna2538SLO0½1*½½11½½22.7502602
56GMKosintseva Nadezhda2560RUS½½0*½½½½11520.0002570
62GMKoneru Humpy2614IND0½½*½½1½1017.5002513
71GMStefanova Antoaneta2524BUL0½½½*0½1½116.7502521
83IMGalliamova Alisa2492RUS000½½1*10½14.2502458
912WGMRuan Lufei2479CHN0100½0*1½½14.0002443
107GMDanielian Elina2521ARM0½0½½010*113.7502449
114GMKosteniuk Alexandra2497RUS0½½½00½½½*314.2502417
128IMKovalevskaya Ekaterina2427RUS00½½010½0*11.7502379

There are two more rounds to go:

Round 10 on 2011/08/13 at 15:00
12WGMRuan Lufei2479-GMHou Yifan257511
1GMStefanova Antoaneta2524-GMLahno Kateryna253610
2GMKoneru Humpy2614-GMKosintseva Tatiana25579
3IMGalliamova Alisa2492-IMKovalevskaya Ekaterina24278
4GMKosteniuk Alexandra2497-GMDanielian Elina25217
5IMMuzychuk Anna2538-GMKosintseva Nadezhda25606
Round 11 on 2011/08/14 at 12:00
6GMKosintseva Nadezhda2560-WGMRuan Lufei247912
7GMDanielian Elina2521-IMMuzychuk Anna25385
8IMKovalevskaya Ekaterina2427-GMKosteniuk Alexandra24974
9GMKosintseva Tatiana2557-IMGalliamova Alisa24923
10GMLahno Kateryna2536-GMKoneru Humpy26142
11GMHou Yifan2575-GMStefanova Antoaneta25241

Ruan v. Hou in R10 I assume will be an easy draw - I expect that Ruan has received the "message" (if not an outright order) that she should not press Hou too much for a win, even though doing so (and winning) would prove a point of her own :)

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