Ankara FIDE Women's Grand Prix 2012

  • SonofPearl
  • on 9/14/12, 10:49 AM.

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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.


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


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


More information and coverage is available at the official website.

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  • 4 years ago


    Go Anna! Go Slovenia! :)

  • 4 years ago


    fabelhaft:  You're right about Anna's situation lately.  The losses came in the last two rounds, when it was clear that she was not concentrated at all on the games (I watched the games).  That said, Anna has performed wonderfully at all events so far this year, which brought her rating to #2 in the world, actually ahead of Hou Yifan prior to the Olympiad.

    But the complicating factor about the other title challenger candidates is that they must win (possibly split 1st place) or be second (only for Koneru Humpy that might work), and also hope that Anna ends at or below 3rd place in the tournament, in order to move her out of her overall 2nd place current standings in the Grand Prix.  Such high results might be expected from some of these top-rated players but aren't easy at all to achieve.

    Ju Wenjun didn't do well at the Olympiad either (even against players rated 200-300 points lower than her).  Zhao Xue did okay there (8 out of 10 on 2nd board), but missed many opportunities -- she was lucky that her opponents often didn't have a clue.  Koneru Humpy didn't take part in the Olympiad, so it's not known what her form is currently, but we have seen a match between her and the champion last year already, so it'll be nice to have another challenger for some diversity.

  • 4 years ago


    WGM Kateryna Lahno has all the coveted Bs, beauty, brain and boobs heheInnocent

  • 4 years ago


    Muzychuk had a horrible Olympiad, either she was saving prep or is in really bad shape. She lost more than 25 Elo, and was beaten by opponents rated 2251 and 2413, and had draws against players in the 2200s.

  • 4 years ago


    The title challenger will be one of these four women -- the others already cannot accumulate enough points to qualify:

    Muzychuk, Anna  GM  2606
    Koneru, Humpy  GM  2593
    Zhao, Xue  GM  2549
    Ju, Wenjun  WGM  2528
  • 4 years ago


    I just read about the format - "18 top world women players were to be selected to compete in these tournaments. Each player agrees and will contract to participate in exactly four of these tournaments....."

  • 4 years ago


    Interesting to note that none of the girls in the photo are playing! I wonder why Lahno isn't participating - she could qualify for the world championship against Hou Yifan by winning the tournament... Or is there a rule that limits participation to just 4 of the 6 events?

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