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Elina Danielian Leads Kazan Grand Prix

Elina Danielian Leads Kazan Grand Prix

kazan womens grand prix 2012 full logo.jpgAfter 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:

# Name Nat Elo Pts
1 Elina Danielian  ARM 2484 3.0
2 Anna Muzychuk  SLO 2598 2.5
3 Humpy Koneru  IND 2589 2.5
4 Nadezhda Kosintseva  RUS 2528 2.5
5 Viktorija Cmilyte  LTU 2508 2.5
6 Antoaneta Stefanova  BUL 2518 2.0
7 Keteryana Lahno  UKR 2546 2.0
8 Alexandra Kosteniuk  RUS 2457 2.0
9 Hou Yifan  CHN 2623 1.5
10 Alisa Galliamova  RUS 2484 1.5
11 Tatiana Kosintseva  RUS 2532 1.0
12 Betul Cemre Yildiz  TUR 2333 1.0


FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov starts the game between Humpy Koneru and Hou Yifan in round 1

Kazan Grand Prix 2012 Hou Yifan Humpy Koneru Round 1.jpg


Newly crowned women's world rapid champion Antoaneta Stefanova won her first round game

Kazan Grand Prix 2012 Antoaneta Stefanova Round 1.jpg


But Stefanova lost to Anna Muzychuk (pictured) in the second round

Kazan Grand Prix 2012 Anna Muzychuk Round 1.jpg



Betul Yildiz defeated Hou Yifan in a wild game for the shock result of the round

Kazan Grand Prix 2012 Betul Yildiz Round 2.jpg


Viktorija Cmilyte was among the winners in round 3

Kazan Grand Prix Viktorija Cmilyte Round 3.jpg


Elina Danielian won her second game in a row in round 4 to take the lead

Kazan Grand Prix 2012 Elina Danialian Round 4.jpg


Hou Yifan recorded her second loss with white in the fourth round against Viktorija Cmilyte

Kazan Grand Prix 2012 Hou Yifan Round 4.jpg


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.

The standings after the first three tournaments can be found in our previous news report.  The regulations for the 2011/12 Grand Prix can be found here

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.

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