Koneru, Muzychuk Win Kazan Grand Prix

  • SonofPearl
  • on 6/22/12, 11:11 AM.

kazan womens grand prix 2012 full logo.jpgHumpy Koneru and Anna Muzychuk shared victory in the FIDE Women's Grand Prix in Kazan, Russia with 7½/11 points.

Long-time leader Elina Danielian ran out of steam, losing her last three games to finish back in 6th position.

Women's world champion Hou Yifan finished strongly to claim a share of third place with Viktorija Cmilyte on 7 points.

The Kazan Women's Grand Prix was the fourth in a series of six tournaments to determine the challenger for the 2013 Women's World Championship.  The best 3 Grand Prix event scores by each player count towards their final Grand Prix total.

Hou Yifan is currently leading the overall standings (see the end of this article), and if she stays there then the regulations state that the second placed player will challenge her for the world title.

Anna Muzychuk (left) and Humpy Koneru (right) receive their prizes from the FIDE president

Kazan Grand Prix 2012 Prizegiving Humpy Koneru Anna Muzychuk.jpg

The final standings in the Kazan Grand Prix:

# Name Nat Elo Pts
1 Koneru, Humpy  IND  2589
2 Muzychuk, Anna  SLO  2598
3 Hou, Yifan  CHN  2623 7
4 Cmilyte, Viktorija  LTU  2508 7
5 Kosteniuk, Alexandra  RUS  2457 6
6 Danielian, Elina  ARM  2484 6
7 Kosintseva, Tatiana  RUS  2532
8 Lahno, Kateryna  UKR  2546 5
9 Kosintseva, Nadezhda  RUS  2528
10 Stefanova, Antoaneta  BUL  2518
11 Galliamova, Alisa  RUS  2484 3
12 Yildiz, Betul Cemre  TUR  2333


Alexandra Kosteniuk inflicted Elina Danielian's first defeat in round 9

Kazan Grand Prix 2012 Alexandra Kosteniuk Round 9.jpg


Humpy Koneru defeated Kateryna Lahno with black in round 9

Kazan Grand Prix 2012 Humpy Koneru Round 9.jpg

Hou Yifan continued her climb up the leaderboard with a round 9 win against Alisa Galliamova

Kazan Grand Prix 2012 HouYifan Round 9.jpg


Humpy Koneru won her last round game to clinch a share of first place...

Kazan Grand Prix 2012 Humpy Koneru.jpg


...with Anna Muzychuk who also won her last round game.

Kazan Grand Prix 2012 Anna Muzychuk.jpg

The winner of each of the six Grand Prix tournaments in the series receives €6,500 out of a prize fund of €40,000, and the overall winner will win a further €15,000.

The official website for the Kazan Grand Prix is here.  The full regulations for the 2011/12 Grand Prix can be found here.

The overall Grand Prix standings after 4 of 6 rounds:

Player  Rostov  Shenzhen  Nalchik  Kazan  Jermuk  Istanbul  Pts
Hou Yifan  160 160   100 420
Anna Muzychuk  100 130   145   375
Kateryna Lahno  130 80 50   260
Viktorija Cmilyte    35 100 100   235
Zhao Xue    75 160   235
Ju Wenjun    100 130   230
Tatiana Kosintseva  100   55 60   215
Koneru Humpy  65     145 210
Nadezhda Kosintseva  80 55 35   170
Elina Danielian  45 50   75   170
Ekaterina Kovalevskaya  20 20 100   140
Antoaneta Stefanova  45 55 35   135
Alisa Galliamova  65   30 20   115
Ruan Lufei  30 75     105
Tan Zhongyi  100         100
Alexandra Kosteniuk  10 10 75   95
Zhu Chen  35 55   90
Munguntuul Batkhuyag    60 20   80
Betul Cemre Yildiz    10   10 20

Photos by Rashit Shiriyazdanov and Anastasiya Karlovich for the official website.  Games via TWIC. Overall standings via Wikipedia.

6239 reads 12 comments
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  • 4 years ago


    Hou Yifan is also a human and no doubt she could win against men and women as well. But there are other men and women players who are actually better players than Hou Yifan.So much importance to Hou doen not do justice. Yes she is currently women world champion but one day soon she wont be world champion. There is nothing forever. I  want to know if Koneru Humpy played in previous Grand Prix tournaments or not and if she did then what are her results?

  • 4 years ago


    For Hou Yifan , playing against women is not that easy as it needs nerves of steel.When playing against men , she has nothing to lose , but when playing against women after having good results against men , they all expectinng her to win easily which is actually far from simple.

           Women are in many cases tougher than men as they have , most of them, a lot more patience and their risks are much more calculated.So after  playing against men , playing against women needs a totally different psychological approach and that is not always possible or easy.

  • 4 years ago


    Congrats Anna And Humpy...!!! both are my Fav..!!!

  • 4 years ago


    Congrad to Humpy Koneru and the people from india. Are great people.



  • 4 years ago


    Go Anna! 

  • 4 years ago


    Share: Chess News - enlightens. Thank you.

  • 4 years ago

    FM gauranga

    Anna Muzychuk is a strong young player who will likely play for the World Championship very soon.

  • 4 years ago


    Great result for Muzychuk who will be 2606 on the July list (the highest rated woman behind Judit Polgar).

  • 4 years ago


    wow ahead for so logn to place 6th I know that must hurt.

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