Ankara FIDE Women's Grand Prix 2012

Ankara FIDE Women's Grand Prix 2012

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The sixth and final tournament of the FIDE Women's 2011/12 Grand Prix series takes place from 15-29 September in Ankara, Turkey.

The winner of the series determines the challenger for the 2013 Women's World Championship, against reigning champion Hou Yifan.

Despite being the current champion, Hou Yifan is allowed to compete in the Grand Prix events.  After five events Hou leads the standings and cannot be caught, so the challenger for her title will be the player who finishes second overall.

Hou Yifan won the first 2 Grand Prix events in Rostov and Shenzhen, while Zhao Xue achieved a crushing victory in the third Grand Prix in Nalchik (where Hou Yifan did not compete).  The fourth Grand Prix in Kazan had joint winners - Humpy Koneru and Anna Muzychuk, and the fifth Grand Prix in Jermuk was once again won by Hou Yifan.

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Hou Yifan (centre) with Nadezhda Kosintseva (left) and Kateryna Lahno at the last Grand Prix in Jermuk

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160 points are awarded for a first place finish, 130 for second place, 110 for third, 90 for fourth, and then down in steps of 10.  In the case of tied scores, points are shared by the players.

The current Grand Prix series standings (best 3 scores count towards final standings):

Player  Rostov  Shenzhen  Nalchik  Kazan  Jermuk  Best 3
Hou Yifan  160 160 —  100 160 480
Anna Muzychuk  100 130 —  145 —  375
Kateryna Lahno  130 —  80 50 110 320
Koneru Humpy  65 —  —  145 110 320
Ju Wenjun  —  100 130 —  75 305
Zhao Xue  —  75 160 —  60 295
Viktorija Cmilyte  —  35 100 100 —  235
Nadezhda Kosintseva  80 —  55 35 110 245
Tatiana Kosintseva  100 —  55 60 —  215
Ruan Lufei  30 75 —  —  75 180
Elina Danielian  45 50 —  75 45 170
Ekaterina Kovalevskaya  20 20 100 —  30 150
Antoaneta Stefanova  45 —  55 35 —  135
Alisa Galliamova  65 —  30 20 —  115
Tan Zhongyi  —  100 —  —  —  100
Munguntuul Batkhuyag  —  60 20 —  20 100
Alexandra Kosteniuk  10 —  10 75 —  95
Zhu Chen  —  35 55 —  —  90
Lilit Mkrtchian  —  —  —  —  45 45
Betul Cemre Yildiz  —  10 —  10 —  20
Nino Khurtsidze  —  —  —  —  10 10

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Each tournament is a 12-player single round-robin event.  The opening round of the Ankara Grand Prix is on 16 September, and the final round is scheduled for the 28 September, with rest days on 20 and 25 September.

The winner of each of the Grand Prix tournaments wins €6,500 out of a prize fund of €40,000. As the overall winner, Hou Yifan also receives a further €15,000.

The regulations for the 2011/12 Grand Prix can be found here.

The participants in the final Ankara Grand Prix are:

Player  Title  Elo
Muzychuk, Anna  GM  2606
Koneru, Humpy  GM  2593
Zhao, Xue  GM  2549
Ju, Wenjun  WGM  2528
Kosintseva, Tatiana GM  2524
Cmilyte, Viktorija  GM  2520
Stefanova, Antoaneta  GM  2502
Ruan, Lufei  WGM  2492
Socko, Monika  GM  2463
Munguntuul, Batkhuyag  IM  2434
Yildiz, Betul Cemre  WGM  2341
Ozturk, Kubra  WGM  2294

 

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