Jermuk FIDE Women's Grand Prix Update

  • SonofPearl
  • on 7/23/12, 8:54 AM.

Ju Wenjun of China is leading the FIDE Women's Grand Prix in Jermuk, Armenia with a score of 4½ points after six rounds.

Hou Yifan, Humpy Koneru and Ruan Lufei are just half a point behind the leader in this 12-player single round-robin event.

The Jermuk Women's Grand Prix is the fifth in a series of six tournaments to determine the challenger for the 2013 Women's World Championship, against reigning champion Hou Yifan.  If Hou emerges as the Grand Prix series winner, then the runner-up will challenge her for the title.

Hou Yifan won the first 2 Grand Prix events in Rostov and Shenzhen, while Zhao Xue took achieved a crushing victory in the third Grand Prix in Nalchik (Hou Yifan did not compete there).  The fourth Grand Prix in Kazan had joint winners - Humpy Koneru and Anna Muzychuk.  The current standings in the overall Grand Prix can be found in our previous report.

The final round in Jermuk is scheduled for the 28 July. The winner of each of the six Grand Prix tournaments in the series earns €6,500 out of a prize fund of €40,000, and the overall winner will win receive a further €15,000.

The current standings in Jermuk:

# Name Nat Elo Pts
1 Ju Wenjun CHN 2518
2 Hou Yifan CHN 2617 4
3 Koneru Humpy IND 2598 4
4 Ruan Lufei CHN 2483 4
5 Danielian Elina ARM 2480 3
6 Lahno Kateryna UKR 2537 3
7 Mkrtchian Lilit ARM 2450 3
8 Zhao Xue CHN 2556 3
9 Kovalevskaya Ekaterina RUS 2417
10 Kosintseva Nadezhda RUS 2516
11 Munguntuul Batkhuyag MGL 2447 2
12 Khurtsidze Nino GEO 2456 ½


Ju Wenjun leads the Jermuk Grand Prix after six rounds

Ju Wenjun 3.jpg



The full regulations for the 2011/12 Grand Prix can be found here.  More information and coverage is available at the official website.

Picture from the official website.

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  • 4 years ago

    IM dpruess

    that draw at the end, the two players are fighting for control of the central dark squares with their queens. black does not want to trade queens and fix white's pawn structure, as white would have the advantage in that case. I'm not sure if white has some way to keep playing instead of going back and forth.

  • 4 years ago


    weird draw at the end

  • 4 years ago


    China seems to be taking over the female chess world. First, the 2011 Championship is decided between two chinese women, and now Ju has the lead in this very competitive event! I'd like to see the males do the same and rise up the overall rating lists!

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