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Hou Yifan Wins Khanty-Mansiysk Grand Prix, Girya Second

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 4/22/14, 4:28 AM.

The result was never in doubt: Hou Yifan won the Women's Grand Prix in Khanty-Mansiysk. The result was never in doubt: Hou Yifan won the Women's Grand Prix in Khanty-Mansiysk. The reigning World Champion finished on 8.5/11 and 1.5 points ahead of Olga Girya, whose 7/11 was good for a GM norm. 

Photos © Kirill Merkuriev courtesy of FIDE

After eight rounds Hou Yifan topped the standings with a score of 6.5/8 and she was a full point ahead of Olga Girya. The two faced each other on Saturday, and so there was the possibility that the tournament would be all open again, with two rounds to go. Instead, Hou Yifan won yet again, and virtually decided the event.

Hou Yifan finished with two draws, against Anna Muzychuk and Alexandra Kosteniuk. With her excellent score Hou Yifan won the 10,000 Euro first prize and also 11 rating points. The distance to Judit Polgar in the women's rating list is becoming smaller and smaller: 56 points now.

Women Grand Prix, Khanty-Mansiysk | Final Standings

# Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 Pts SB
1 Hou,Yifan 2618 2697 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 8.5/11
2 Girya,Olga 2450 2596 0 1 0 1 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 7.0/11
3 Kosteniuk,Alexandra 2527 2556 ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 0 1 6.5/11
4 Lagno,Kateryna 2543 2523 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 6.0/11 33.50
5 Muzychuk,Anna 2560 2522 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 6.0/11 29.50
6 Stefanova,Antoaneta 2489 2496 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 1 1 ½ ½ 5.5/11 29.50
7 Dzagnidze,Nana 2550 2459 0 0 0 ½ ½ 1 0 ½ 1 1 1 5.5/11 25.00
8 Zhao,Xue 2552 2491 ½ 0 ½ 1 0 1 1 ½ 0 ½ 0 5.0/11 28.75
9 Ushenina,Anna 2501 2464 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 5.0/11 24.25
10 Muminova,Nafisa 2321 2414 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 4.0/11
11 Kosintseva,Tatiana 2496 2364 0 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 3.5/11 19.50
12 Batchimeg,Tuvshintugs 2340 2377 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 1 ½ 0 ½ 3.5/11 18.50

2, 1, 3: Olga Girya, Hou Yifan and Alexandra Kosteniuk

After this event, two more Grand Prixs will be held this year. The winner of the overall Grand Prix qualifies for a world title match which is scheduled for the third quarter of 2015.

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  • 6 months ago

    kayagun

    Well done Hou.Keep it burning.

  • 6 months ago

    SummerStorm

    Typically great result for Hou, but very good for Kosteniuk too.

     

    I really like the very aggressive way Hou played in that game with Girya. Very nice.

  • 6 months ago

    Marcokim

    @yogiOK... many feel that Irina Krush got her GM norms in a somehow suspect way. FIDE wanted to do a few favors for the USCF (and to its image) and bent lots of rules and engineered lots of loopeholes to let the 2480 IM get her GM norms the easy way. It doesn't hurt that she is fairly elegant, eloquent and good ambassador for chess - but she ain't no GM.

  • 6 months ago

    FanOfCarlsen

    She looks cute.. Kiss

  • 6 months ago

    b2b2

    Congratulations to Hou, Yifan. Subject to the amount of the prize funds, she may/may not play in the next women's championship.   She may not even play in any more women's events (playing weaker players does not make her better).  

    Following in the footsteps of Judit Polgar, it is in Hou Yifan's best interests to play against stronger players (which are typically men).  This is how Judit increased in strength; for it is only by pushing oneself that full potential can be achieved.    

  • 6 months ago

    ExchangeMaster

    nice game from fan

  • 6 months ago

    castleslong

    I believe the honest truth is, there is no difference.  There is simply a smaller number of women who play  chess as opposed to the number of men who play chess.   Further to that if one examines the wildly successful chess careers of the 3 Polgar sisters, and one further examines the exploits of Judith: the truth of the matter, is that not only is, it that she, (Judith) is actually not very far behind the development of even the most talented of male chess players; including even such luminaries, as Fischer, Kasparov, and, yes even Magnus the magnificent; is the fact that, because of the careful documentation of Judith's nearly unprecedented  rise to the actual, I believe, lofty, position of one of the top 10 players of any sex in the entire world; then this fact, must, lend  of itself, at least in some small way, to the notion that sometime, somehow, somewhen, some female will replicate this feat.  Therefore, it probably, is just a matter of time, before this actually occurs.  And no, really, I am not a male who, somehow, is also an ardent feminist. I simply am, a fervent believer in simple logic, in much the same way that Spock (from Star Trek) is a believer in logic. Thanks for your time.  (BTW...I'm not really frothing at the mouth, it only appears to be that way...just FYI)...oh lol, I guess

  • 6 months ago

    GoldeWC

    So what is the reason why women's performance is so much worse than men's ? (no sexism plz) 

  • 6 months ago

    rahulbcp

    Congrats

  • 6 months ago

    Alpenschach

    I'm glad to see that Olga Girya is starting to get the attention she deserves!

    I am a bit disappointed by the performance of Tatiana Kosintseva though... does anybody know why her results went downhill so much?

  • 6 months ago

    iMacChess

    These girls are awesome...

  • 6 months ago

    idreesarif

    the title holder could change after this utterly stupid knockout tournament this year ..... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women%27s_World_Chess_Championship_2014

     

    In any case Koneru is winning this grand prix

  • 6 months ago

    JP510

    Humpy Koneru (India) is a strong favorite to become the next challenger because she has won her first two grand prix events, collecting 320 points. Anna Muzychuk has a slim chance, but she will have to win her one remaining event, and Koneru finish 3rd or worse in both of her remaining events.

    The Wikipedia link gives a complete picture:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FIDE_Women%27s_Grand_Prix_2013%E2%80%9314

  • 6 months ago

    yogiOK

    That's right, I would think that Irina Krush could finish at least in the middle of the pack, and might even be a contender. Yifan is a step ahead of any female player, with the exception of Judit Polgar, but Krush and Zatonskih can play with this field quite well.

  • 6 months ago

    the_aleph

    Where was Irina Krush (be still, my beating heart!)?

  • 6 months ago

    trakoz

    Congrats  Hou Yifan. Well done.


  • 6 months ago

    Dekker

    She is. So then, the 2nd place will qualify.
    Incredible performance! 

  • 6 months ago

    jtsio

    A world title match against whom? Isn't Hou Yifan the reigning world champion?

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