Hou Yifan Wins Rostov Grand Prix

Hou Yifan Wins Rostov Grand Prix

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Aug 15, 2011, 9:27 AM |
5 | Chess Event Coverage

Women's World Champion Hou Yifan finished on a score of 8/11 to claim victory in the first Women's Grand Prix of the 2011/12 series in Rostov.

After a tremendous 5½/6 start to the competition, Hou never looked likely to be caught. 

Second place goes to Kateryna Lahno, the only player to beat Hou in their individual game.

Humpy Koneru, who will challenge Hou Yifan for the world title in Nov/Dec could only finish in the middle of the 12-strong field.

Former champion Alexandra Kosteniuk had a nightmare time throughout, capped by losing in the final round to finish last.

The final cross-table:

 Hou, Yifan  CHN 2575 * 0 1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 8
 Lahno, Kateryna  UKR 2536 1 * 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 0 ½ ½ 7
 Muzychuk, Anna  SLO 2538 0 1 * ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½
 Kosintseva, Tatiana  RUS 2557 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 1 1 ½
 Kosintseva, Nadezhda  RUS 2560 ½ 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 6
 Koneru, Humpy  IND 2614 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 0 1
 Galliamova, Alisa  RUS 2492 0 0 0 1 ½ ½ * 1 0 1 1 ½
 Stefanova, Antoaneta  BUL 2524 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 * 1 ½ 1 ½ 5
 Danielian, Elina  ARM 2521 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 0 * 0 1 1 5
 Ruan, Lufei  CHN 2479 ½ 1 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 1 * ½ ½
 Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina  RUS 2427 0 ½ ½ 0 0 1 0 0 0 ½ * 1
 Kosteniuk, Alexandra  RUS 2497 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 * 3

 

Hou Yifan receives her prize from FIDE president Kirsan Illyumzhinov

Hou Yifan_Wins.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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