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Humpy Koneru Keeps Grand Prix Lead

  • SonofPearl
  • on 9/24/12, 12:32 PM.

ankara2012_Womens_Grand%20Prix.jpgAll the games in the 2012 FIDE Women's Grand Prix in Ankara were drawn in round 8, leaving Humpy Koneru with a half point lead over her nearest rival Anna Muzychuk.

The Ankara Grand Prix is the final tournament of the 2011/12 Women's Grand Prix series to determine the challenger for the women's world chess championship in 2013, and appropriately Humpy Koneru and Anna Muzychuk are both vying for that prize.

If Humpy wins in Ankara, then she will be the challenger in 2013.  If she doesn't then it will be Anna Muzychuk.

Tuesday is a rest day, but round eight on Wednesday will see the two rivals face each other in a crucial clash. Humpy Koneru will have the white pieces.

The standings after 8 rounds

Name Fed Elo Pts
Koneru, Humpy  IND 2593
Muzychuk, Anna  SLO 2606 6
Zhao, Xue  CHN 2549 5
Ruan, Lufei  CHN 2492 5
Cmilyte, Viktorija  LTU 2520
Ju, Wenjun  CHN 2528
Munguntuul, Batkhuyag  MGL 2434 4
Kosintseva, Tatiana  RUS 2524 4
Yildiz, Betul Cemre  TUR 2341
Stefanova, Antoaneta  BUL 2502 2
Ozturk, Kubra  TUR 2294 2
Socko, Monika  POL 2463 2


Humpy Koneru

Ankara Grand Prix 2012 Round 8 Koneru Humpy.jpg



Anna Muzychuk and Antoaneta Stefanova

Ankara Grand Prix 2012 Round 8 Anna Muzychuk Antoaneta Stefanova.jpg



Ju Wenjun and Viktorija Cmilyte

Ankara Grand Prix 2012 Round 8 Ju Wenjun Viktorija Cmilyte.jpg



Monika Socko and Betul Yildiz

Ankara Grand Prix 2012 Round 8 Monika Socko Betul Yildiz.jpg



Ruan Lufei

Ankara Grand Prix 2012 Round 8 Ruan Lufei.jpg



Zhao Xue

Ankara Grand Prix 2012 Round 8 Zhao Xue.jpg


The final round of the Ankara Grand Prix is on 28 September. Rounds start at 15:00 local time (12:00 UTC), with rest days on 20 and 25 September.  Live games broadcast here.

Photos from the official website.  Games via TWIC.

2485 reads 6 comments
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  • 22 months ago


    Go Anna! Be the first Slovenian player to win the World Championship Title! ;)

  • 22 months ago


    Good luck Munguntuul!

  • 22 months ago


    "Alternating KO championships with matches seems odd"

    That's no exaggeration.

  • 22 months ago


    @ papapizza - thanks. Yes, for Humpy or Muzychuk to be the challenger assumes that Hou Yifan is still the champion after the 2012 KO championship coming up this year. Otherwise (I presume) since Hou Yifan has won the Grand Prix she will be the challenger in 2013 if she loses her title this year.

    Alternating KO championships with matches seems odd, but there you go...Laughing

  • 23 months ago


    Hou Yifan has already won the Grand Prix. Should Hou Yifan win the world champion at the end of this year, Koneru or Muzychuk would be the challenger in 2013. Otherwise, Hou would be the challenger.

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