Hou Yifan Almost Home In Grand Prix

Hou Yifan Almost Home In Grand Prix

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Aug 14, 2011, 12:58 AM |
9 | Chess Event Coverage

Hou Yifan maintained her one point lead with a draw in the penultimate round of the Rostov Grand Prix, for a score of 7½/10.

Hou's nearest rival Tatiana Kosintseva drew with Humpy Koneru, and she was joined in second place on 6½/10 by Kateryna Lahno who beat Anoaneta Stefanova with black.

Alexandra Kosteniuk's poor form continued as she lost to Elina Danielian, and Anna Muzychuk and Nadezhda Kosintseva split the points for a draw. Alisa Galliamova won her game with Ekaterina Kovalevskaya.

The standings after 10 rounds:

 Hou, Yifan  CHN  2575
 Lahno, Kateryna  UKR  2536
 Kosintseva, Tatiana  RUS  2557
 Muzychuk, Anna  SLO  2538 6
 Kosintseva, Nadezhda  RUS  2560
 Koneru, Humpy  IND  2614 5
 Stefanova, Antoaneta  BUL  2524
 Danielian, Elina  ARM  2521
 Galliamova, Alisa  RUS  2492
 Ruan, Lufei  CHN  2479 4
 Kosteniuk, Alexandra  RUS  2497 3
 Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina  RUS  2427

 

Hou Yifan either offers a prayer or spots a loose light fitting before her game

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Tatiana Kosintseva (right) drew with Humpy Koneru to stay one point behind Hou

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Wearing flowers in her hair didn't save Stefanova from defeat by Lahno

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Kostenuik lost an exciting struggle with Danielian

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A smiling Anna Muzychuk before her game with Nadezhda Kosintseva

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Alisa Galliamova won her game with Ekaterina Kovalevskaya

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The final round games start three hours earlier, at 12:00 local time. Live coverage is available at the official website at this link.

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

The regulations for the 2011/12 Grand Prix can be found here.

 

Pictures from the official website.

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