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Humpy Koneru To Challenge For World Title

  • SonofPearl
  • on 3/5/11, 7:18 AM.

There was an incredible finish to the final Women's Grand Prix in Doha today, as Humpy Koneru won her last round game to earn a share of first place.

Long-time runaway leader Elina Danielian shared first place with Koneru in the event, but a half share of the points for a first place finish was enough for Humpy Koneru to just overtake Nana Dzagnidze in the overall Grand Prix standings.

Had Marie Sebag won her final round game and also shared first place in Doha, then Humpy would have missed out and Nana would have qualified. It was that close!

Humpy Koneru will face Hou Yifan for the Women's World Championship

Humpy Koneru Rest Day.jpg

 

 

 

 

The final result in Doha:

Koneru, Humpy  IND 2607 1 ½  ½  0 1 1 ½  1 1 ½  1 8 2654
Danielian, Elina  ARM 2454 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 ½  1 ½  1 8 2668
Sebag, Marie  FRA 2489 ½  0 1 1 ½  0 1 ½  1 ½  1 7 2592
Cramling, Pia  SWE 2516 ½  1 0 1 ½  0 0 ½  ½  1 ½  5½  2487
Dzagnidze, Nana  GEO 2550 1 0 0 0 ½  1 1 1 0 1 0   2484
Chiburdanidze, Maia  GEO 2502 0 0 ½  ½  ½  0 1 1 1 ½  ½    2489
Munguntuul, Batkhuyag  MGL 2410 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 ½  0 ½  1 5 2461
Xu, Yuhua  CHN 2484 ½  0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 ½  5 2454
Mkrtchian, Lilit  ARM 2475 0 ½  ½  ½  0 0 ½  1 ½  0 1   2426
Fierro Baquero, Martha
ECU 2353 0 0 0 ½  1 0 1 0 ½  ½  1   2437
Stefanova, Antoaneta  BUL 2546 ½  ½  ½  0 0 ½  ½  0 1 ½  0 4 2383
Zhu, Chen  QAT 2495 0 0 0 ½  1 ½  0 ½  0 0 1 3½  2356

 

The final Grand Prix Standings after all six events:

Player Istanbul Nanjing Nalchik Jermuk Ulaanbaatar Doha Best 3
Hou Yifan  120 –  130 (70) 160 –  410.00
Koneru Humpy  160 –  (70) –  93.33 145 398.33
Nana Dzagnidze  –  130 100 160 –  (80) 390.00
Tatiana Kosintseva  –  –  160 130 93.33 –  383.33
Elina Danielian  120 –  (10) 93.33 –  145 358.33
Zhao Xue  90 110 (40) –  93.33 –  293.33
Xu Yuhua  –  160 –  (30) 60 55 275.00
Marie Sebag  80 80 –  –  (30) 110 270.00
Antoaneta Stefanova  45 –  –  93.33 130 (20) 268.33
Pia Cramling  65 –  100 (55) –  80 245.00
Lilit Mkrtchian  –  80 40 93.33 –  (35) 213.33
Maia Chiburdanidze  45 –  –  (40) 70 80 195.00
Batkhuyag Munguntuul  –  60 70 –  (20) 55 175.00
Shen Yang  (25) 60 –  55 45 –  160.00
Zhu Chen  –  30 70 –  45 (10) 145.00
Martha Fierro  65 20 –  (10) –  35 120.00
Kovanova Baira  –  40 40 20 –  –  100.00
Ju Wenjun  –  80 –  –  –  –  80.00
Betul Cemre Yildiz  10 10 20 –  (10) –  40.00
Zeinab Mamedyarova  25 –  –  –  –  –  25.00

 

So Humpy Koneru will challenge the reigning women's chess champion Hou Yifan for the title later this year.

Picture from the official website.

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Comments


  • 4 years ago

    CHEssGUEVARA

    Is Chess more popular in India than Russia?

  • 4 years ago

    SonofPearl

    @ ralphsnider - yes, the world championship was held at the end of last year and was a KO event.  This loooooong "grand prix" series of events was to determine who will play the new champion (sometime later this year).

  • 4 years ago

    ralphsnider

    thought womens world champs decided recently...perhaps differernt time control?

  • 4 years ago

    amrita1

    All the Best,Humpy !!!

  • 4 years ago

    GeorgeAjay

    good game humpy

  • 4 years ago

    higher_being

    Good show Humpy...Make it 2 for Inida ..Anand already is a world champ..

  • 4 years ago

    Hammers

    go humpty dumpty

  • 4 years ago

    annamrammohanrao

    Every Indian and Every Indian Chess Lovers should Celebrate this Great Historical occation.

  • 4 years ago

    annamrammohanrao

    Chess Gems are here!!

  • 4 years ago

    annamrammohanrao

    I congratulate you and your father

  • 4 years ago

    annamrammohanrao

    As a Woman Chess Player, you created a special achievement in Indian Chess History

  • 4 years ago

    annamrammohanrao

    Really great achievement

  • 4 years ago

    alaa78

    why arent there any russians in the doha event ? is there something we dont know ?

  • 4 years ago

    Pavrey

    Cannot wait for the WCC to start - though Humpy has to play her best to beat the Chinese girl

  • 4 years ago

    ensrocha

    Wonderful play by Humpy at last game.

    Would be sad if she couldn't qualify after that.Smile

  • 4 years ago

    Hendrik77

    Beautiful woman:)

  • 4 years ago

    annamrammohanrao

    The game against Zu Chen Round No.11 held on 5th March,2011 is really amazing, with black pieces you played very well, I wish all the best in coming encounter.

  • 4 years ago

    summer_breeze

    Congratulations, Humpy!! What a great finish!

  • 4 years ago

    Netsuj

    Go Humpy!! :-( for Nana(Your time will come:-)). What an exciting ending to the Grand Prix!!!!!!!!

    Hou Yifan vs. Humpy Koneru - It's gonna get hot!

  • 4 years ago

    sudeep22

    good luck koneru humpy

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