Humpy Koneru To Challenge For World Title

Humpy Koneru To Challenge For World Title

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There was an incredible finish to the final Women's Grand Prix in Doha today, as Humpy Koneru won her last round game to earn a share of first place.

Long-time runaway leader Elina Danielian shared first place with Koneru in the event, but a half share of the points for a first place finish was enough for Humpy Koneru to just overtake Nana Dzagnidze in the overall Grand Prix standings.

Had Marie Sebag won her final round game and also shared first place in Doha, then Humpy would have missed out and Nana would have qualified. It was that close!

Humpy Koneru will face Hou Yifan for the Women's World Championship

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The final result in Doha:

Koneru, Humpy  IND 2607 1 ½  ½  0 1 1 ½  1 1 ½  1 8 2654
Danielian, Elina  ARM 2454 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 ½  1 ½  1 8 2668
Sebag, Marie  FRA 2489 ½  0 1 1 ½  0 1 ½  1 ½  1 7 2592
Cramling, Pia  SWE 2516 ½  1 0 1 ½  0 0 ½  ½  1 ½  5½  2487
Dzagnidze, Nana  GEO 2550 1 0 0 0 ½  1 1 1 0 1 0   2484
Chiburdanidze, Maia  GEO 2502 0 0 ½  ½  ½  0 1 1 1 ½  ½    2489
Munguntuul, Batkhuyag  MGL 2410 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 ½  0 ½  1 5 2461
Xu, Yuhua  CHN 2484 ½  0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 ½  5 2454
Mkrtchian, Lilit  ARM 2475 0 ½  ½  ½  0 0 ½  1 ½  0 1   2426
Fierro Baquero, Martha
ECU 2353 0 0 0 ½  1 0 1 0 ½  ½  1   2437
Stefanova, Antoaneta  BUL 2546 ½  ½  ½  0 0 ½  ½  0 1 ½  0 4 2383
Zhu, Chen  QAT 2495 0 0 0 ½  1 ½  0 ½  0 0 1 3½  2356

 

The final Grand Prix Standings after all six events:

Player Istanbul Nanjing Nalchik Jermuk Ulaanbaatar Doha Best 3
Hou Yifan  120 –  130 (70) 160 –  410.00
Koneru Humpy  160 –  (70) –  93.33 145 398.33
Nana Dzagnidze  –  130 100 160 –  (80) 390.00
Tatiana Kosintseva  –  –  160 130 93.33 –  383.33
Elina Danielian  120 –  (10) 93.33 –  145 358.33
Zhao Xue  90 110 (40) –  93.33 –  293.33
Xu Yuhua  –  160 –  (30) 60 55 275.00
Marie Sebag  80 80 –  –  (30) 110 270.00
Antoaneta Stefanova  45 –  –  93.33 130 (20) 268.33
Pia Cramling  65 –  100 (55) –  80 245.00
Lilit Mkrtchian  –  80 40 93.33 –  (35) 213.33
Maia Chiburdanidze  45 –  –  (40) 70 80 195.00
Batkhuyag Munguntuul  –  60 70 –  (20) 55 175.00
Shen Yang  (25) 60 –  55 45 –  160.00
Zhu Chen  –  30 70 –  45 (10) 145.00
Martha Fierro  65 20 –  (10) –  35 120.00
Kovanova Baira  –  40 40 20 –  –  100.00
Ju Wenjun  –  80 –  –  –  –  80.00
Betul Cemre Yildiz  10 10 20 –  (10) –  40.00
Zeinab Mamedyarova  25 –  –  –  –  –  25.00

 

So Humpy Koneru will challenge the reigning women's chess champion Hou Yifan for the title later this year.

Picture from the official website.

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