Hou Yifan Wins Khanty-Mansiysk Grand Prix, Girya Second

Hou Yifan Wins Khanty-Mansiysk Grand Prix, Girya Second

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The result was never in doubt: Hou Yifan won the Women's Grand Prix in Khanty-Mansiysk. The result was never in doubt: Hou Yifan won the Women's Grand Prix in Khanty-Mansiysk. The reigning World Champion finished on 8.5/11 and 1.5 points ahead of Olga Girya, whose 7/11 was good for a GM norm. 

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After eight rounds Hou Yifan topped the standings with a score of 6.5/8 and she was a full point ahead of Olga Girya. The two faced each other on Saturday, and so there was the possibility that the tournament would be all open again, with two rounds to go. Instead, Hou Yifan won yet again, and virtually decided the event.

Hou Yifan finished with two draws, against Anna Muzychuk and Alexandra Kosteniuk. With her excellent score Hou Yifan won the 10,000 Euro first prize and also 11 rating points. The distance to Judit Polgar in the women's rating list is becoming smaller and smaller: 56 points now.

Women Grand Prix, Khanty-Mansiysk | Final Standings

# Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 Pts SB
1 Hou,Yifan 2618 2697 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 8.5/11
2 Girya,Olga 2450 2596 0 1 0 1 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 7.0/11
3 Kosteniuk,Alexandra 2527 2556 ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 0 1 6.5/11
4 Lagno,Kateryna 2543 2523 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 6.0/11 33.50
5 Muzychuk,Anna 2560 2522 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 6.0/11 29.50
6 Stefanova,Antoaneta 2489 2496 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 1 1 ½ ½ 5.5/11 29.50
7 Dzagnidze,Nana 2550 2459 0 0 0 ½ ½ 1 0 ½ 1 1 1 5.5/11 25.00
8 Zhao,Xue 2552 2491 ½ 0 ½ 1 0 1 1 ½ 0 ½ 0 5.0/11 28.75
9 Ushenina,Anna 2501 2464 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 5.0/11 24.25
10 Muminova,Nafisa 2321 2414 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 4.0/11
11 Kosintseva,Tatiana 2496 2364 0 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 3.5/11 19.50
12 Batchimeg,Tuvshintugs 2340 2377 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 1 ½ 0 ½ 3.5/11 18.50

2, 1, 3: Olga Girya, Hou Yifan and Alexandra Kosteniuk

After this event, two more Grand Prixs will be held this year. The winner of the overall Grand Prix qualifies for a world title match which is scheduled for the third quarter of 2015.

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