Hou Yifan Dominating In Rostov

Hou Yifan Dominating In Rostov

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Women's World Champion Hou Yifan is dominating the first Grand Prix of the 2011/12 series, in Rostov, Russia.

After eight completed rounds, the 17 year-old champion from China has amassed an incredible undefeated score of 7/8, two points ahead of the top-quality field.

So far only the Kosintseva sisters, Nadezhda and Tatiana, have managed to hold Hou to a draw.

Tomorrow is the second and final rest day, so round nine is on Friday 12 August.

The standings after eight rounds:

 Name Nat
Elo Pts
 Hou Yifan CHN 2575 7
 Kosintseva Tatiana RUS 2557 5
 Koneru Humpy IND 2614
 Stefanova Antoaneta BUL 2524
 Lahno Kateryna UKR 2536
 Muzychuk Anna SLO 2538
 Kosintseva Nadezhda RUS 2560 4
 Galliamova Alisa RUS 2492
 Ruan Lufei CHN 2479
 Kosteniuk Alexandra RUS 2497 3
 Danielian Elina ARM 2521
 Kovalevskaya Ekaterina RUS 2427


Games start at 3pm local time except the last round which will be three hours earlier. 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 leading lady, Hou Yifan

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


Picture from the official website.

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