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Zhao Xue Completes Nalchik Grand Prix Rout

  • SonofPearl
  • on 10/21/11, 1:08 PM.

Zhao Xue (pictured) of China completed a fantastic victory in the Nalchik Women's Grand Prix, demolishing the opposition to finish a full 2½ points ahead of the field.

Even a last round loss to her compatriot Ju Wenjun barely dimmed the magnitude of Zhao Xue's achievement to score 9½/11.

Ju Wenjun finished second, and Ekaterina Kovalevskaya third, but the event belongs to Zhao Xue!

There will now be a break for a few months until the next Grand Prix in the series, which takes place in June 2012 in Kazan, Russia.

The final Nalchik standings in full:

Zhao, Xue  CHN 2497 * 0 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Ju, Wenjun  CHN 2536 1 * ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 0 ½ 7
Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina  RUS 2421 ½ ½ * 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 6
Cmilyte, Viktorija  LTU 2525 0 ½ 0 * 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 6
Lahno, Kateryna  UKR 2554 0 ½ ½ 0 * ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1
Zhu, Chen  QAT 2490 0 0 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 0 5
Kosintseva, Tatiana  RUS 2536 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 5
Kosintseva, Nadezhda  RUS 2560 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 1 5
Stefanova, Antoaneta  BUL 2528 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ * 1 1 1 5
Galliamova, Alisa  RUS 2498 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 * 1 0
Munguntuul, Batkhuyag  MGL 2465 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 0 0 * 1 4
Kosteniuk, Alexandra  RUS 2469 0 ½ 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 *

 

Another win for Xhao Xue in round nine against Antoaneta Stefanova

Zhao Zue round 9 nalchik GP 2011.jpg

 

 

Yet another win, this time against Tatiana Kosintseva (left) in round 10

Zhao Zue round 10 nalchik GP 2011.JPG

 

 

Finally, Ju Wenjun (pictured) ended Zhao Xue's remarkable run to claim 2nd place

Ju Wenjun round 11 nalchik GP 2011.JPG

 

 

The best overall player from the series of 6 Grand Prix tournaments will become the challenger for the 2013 Women's World Championship. The regulations for the 2011/12 Grand Prix can be found here.

The winner in each of the tournaments will receive 6,500 euros out of a prize fund of 40,000 euros, with the overall winner getting a further 15,000 euros.

The current women's world champion Hou Yifan won the first two Grand Prix events, in Rostov and Shenzhen.

Pictures from the official website.

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  • 3 years ago

    caozhu

    Zhu, Chen, the former women's world champion, is quite dispointing now.

  • 3 years ago

    zugzwang64

    Well, if she did throw it she sure went about it the hard way (53 moves)!  Somehow I doubt it...once you've clinched clear first going away it's easy to relax and slip up.

  • 3 years ago

    divinapinoy

    I hope it is NOT a THANK YOU WIN for Wenjun fr Xue to ensure a1st &2nd for China.

  • 3 years ago

    AlexiShirov

    Great respect for her ,,

    Hi China :D

  • 3 years ago

    Ultimater

    Respect++ :D

  • 3 years ago

    chessrook1234

    chinese chop chop if she did not drop last match...cheater

  • 3 years ago

    NM flashboy2222

     Just like everything else, the world's greatest chess players will soon be...         +1

  • 3 years ago

    olivertwistiloveyou

    Wink(mobidi) I am just kidding man, I always pretend that I am a chess master.....I want to be famous like these chess players,but finally I find I have no talent.......If you are only an ordinary person,and you want to pursue more,you will feel painful.....

  • 3 years ago

    mobidi

    Rest The World- Carlsen, Anand,Gelfand,Kramnik...others.

  • 3 years ago

    mobidi

    @ olivertwistiloveryou Congratulations!!! She is very nice girl (and very nice smile!).My chess-daughter Viktoria Cmilyte played almost good in this tournament.I was her coach when she was 'The World Champ-Brasil 1995 u-14).China-girls  now are the best players in the World.I think match China -girls  vs  REST THE WORLD would be interesting!

  • 3 years ago

    olivertwistiloveyou

    she is my chess student........congratulations,Xue,it is an honor to be your teacher.

  • 3 years ago

    Andre_Harding

    NrthrnKnght, I find it hard to disagree with you.

  • 3 years ago

    dbanker

    i agree - but certainly a draw will also give her a clear 2nd place.. but, anyway... shall we see now more often a china vs china finale?

  • 3 years ago

    joemelpasco

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  • 3 years ago

    loved

    Nicely done, Ms. Zhao. Congratulations Smile

  • 3 years ago

    fish_food

    Possibly the result speaks to a miscalibration of women's ratings.

    When Zhao Xue produces a similar result in a tournament comprised of only men players of similar ratings, then that would be a "fantastic victory". It is no accident the Polgar's almost exclusively eschew women's events.

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