Elina Danielian Leads Kazan Grand Prix
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After four rounds of the FIDE Women's Grand Prix in Kazan, the Armenian Elina Danielian leads the field with a score of 3 points.
The surprise of the tournament so far has been the poor start by Hou Yifan. The women's world champion lost her second round game to the lowest ranked competitor, Turkey's Betul Yildiz, when she became unnecessarily embroiled in tactical melee, and lost again in round four to Viktorija Cmilyte of Lithuania.
The Kazan Women's Grand Prix runs from 10-22 June and is the fourth in a series of six tournaments to determine the challenger for the 2013 Women's World Championship. The format of each event is a 12-player single round-robin.
The Kazan standings after 4 rounds:
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FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov starts the game between Humpy Koneru and Hou Yifan in round 1
Newly crowned women's world rapid champion Antoaneta Stefanova won her first round game
But Stefanova lost to Anna Muzychuk (pictured) in the second round
Betul Yildiz defeated Hou Yifan in a wild game for the shock result of the round
Viktorija Cmilyte was among the winners in round 3
Elina Danielian won her second game in a row in round 4 to take the lead
Hou Yifan recorded her second loss with white in the fourth round against Viktorija Cmilyte
The winner of each of the six Grand Prix tournaments in the series will win €6,500 out of a prize fund of €40,000, and the overall winner will win a further €15,000.
Round-by-round reports, results and games can be found at the official website together with live video coverage and commentary.
Photos by Rashit Shiriyazdanov and Anastasiya Karlovich for the official website.