Hou Yifan Wins In Ulaanbaatar

Hou Yifan Wins In Ulaanbaatar

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Aug 12, 2010, 10:09 AM |
7 | Chess Event Coverage

Hou Yifan4.jpgHou Yifan may only be sweet sixteen, but she is already a deadly force at the chess board.

The talented Chinese prodigy (pictured, from the official site) won the latest FIDE Women's Grand Prix in Ulanbaataar with an undefeated score of 8/11 despite a brief illness which caused her round eight game to be postponed for a day.

She won that delayed game and went on to clinch a crucial draw with her nearest rival Antoaneta Stefanova in the final round to seal victory against a very strong field for a women's tournament.

Hou Yifan is already the #3 ranked woman behind #1 Judit Polgar, who has rarely played in recent years and #2 Koneru Humpy, who trailed her in this event.

The final standings in Ulaanbaatar

 Hou Yifan CHN 2577 * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 8.0
 Stefanova, Antoaneta BUL 2560 ½ * 0 0 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 7.5
 Koneru, Humpy IND 2600 ½ 1 * 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 0 ½ 6.5
 Zhao Xue CHN 2462 ½ 1 1 * 0 1 0 0 1 ½ ½ 1 6.5
 Kosintseva, Tatiana RUS 2562 ½ 0 ½ 1 * ½ ½ ½ 1 0 1 1 6.5
 Chiburdanidze, Maia GEO 2514 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ * 1 ½ 0 1 1 1 6.0
 Xu Yuhua CHN 2488 0 0 ½ 1 ½ 0 * ½ ½ ½ 1 1 5.5
 Shen Yang CHN 2435 ½ 0 0 1 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 0 1 5.0
 Zhu Chen QAT 2476 0 ½ ½ 0 0 1 ½ ½ * 1 1 0 5.0
 Sebag, Marie FRA 2519 0 0 0 ½ 1 0 ½ ½ 0 * 1 ½ 4.0
 Munguntuul, Batkhuyag MGL 2421 0 0 1 ½ 0 0 0 1 0 0 * 1 3.5
 Yildiz, Betul Cemre TUR 2235 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 0 1 ½ 0 * 2.0

 

A selection of games from Hou Yifan are below:

 

 

 

 

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