Hou Yifan Wins Women's GP, Shares First in Sharjah With Ju Wenjun

Hou Yifan Wins Women's GP, Shares First in Sharjah With Ju Wenjun

Hou Yifan of China became the winner of the overall 2013-2014 Women's Grand Prix, finishing 85 GP points ahead of Humpy Koneru of India. She has now secured a place in the 2015 women's world championship match, no matter how she will score in the 2014 women's world championship knockout tournament.

The reigning women's world champion shared first place at the final tournament in Sharjah, UAE with her compatriot Ju Wenjun, who finished in third place in the overall standings.

In 2014. Hou Yifan has made it clear that, without the retired Judit Polgar, she's in a league of her own. By finishing first in the last three (of six) Grand Prix tournaments, she became the convincing winner of the overall GP.

Moreover, the Chinese GM got her rating to 2667. That's only eight points below Polgar's 2675, and would be good for a 64th place in the rating list of September. In the women's live list, Humpy Koneru (2581) and Ju Wenjun (2580) are far behind.

The latter made an impressive jump with a 19.3-point-gain in Sharjah that was good for a shared first place, the biggest success so far for the 23-year-old Chinese GM.

She topped the standings together with her famous compatriot after eight rounds, and even took a half-point lead with the following win in round nine: 

Ju Wenjun. | Photo © Anastasiya Karlovich courtesy of FIDE

Hou Yifan could have overtaken Polgar in the rating list, but instead dropped some points after draws with Elina Danielian and Batchimeg Tuvshintugs. But she caught Ju Wenjun in the final round, thanks to the following win. Alina l'Ami, who recentely got the IM title, was completely out of form and scored three draws and eight losses in Sharjah.

Hoy Yifan. | Photo © Maria Emelianova courtesy of FIDE

2014 Sharjah Grand Prix | Final Standings

# Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 Pts SB
1 Ju,Wenjun 2559 2696 phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 8.5/11 41.75
2 Hou,Yifan 2661 2687 ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 8.5/11 41.00
3 Batchimeg,Tuvshintugs 2346 2567 ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 6.5/11 31.75
4 Harika,Dronavalli 2521 2551 0 ½ 1 phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ ½ 1 0 ½ 1 1 6.5/11 31.25
5 Ushenina,Anna 2487 2554 ½ 0 ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 6.5/11 31.00
6 Zhao,Xue 2508 2552 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png 1 0 ½ 1 1 1 6.5/11 29.75
7 Koneru,Humpy 2598 2481 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 0 phpfCo1l0.png 1 1 ½ ½ 1 5.5/11
8 Danielian,Elina 2490 2459 0 ½ ½ 0 0 1 0 phpfCo1l0.png ½ 1 1 ½ 5.0/11
9 Kosintseva,Tatiana 2494 2427 ½ 0 ½ 1 0 ½ 0 ½ phpfCo1l0.png 0 ½ 1 4.5/11
10 Zhu,Chen 2461 2361 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 1 phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ 3.5/11
11 Muminova,Nafisa 2315 2336 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ 3.0/11
12 L'Ami,Alina 2446 2174 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png 1.5/11

The Grand Prix in Sharjah was the last of six tournaments in the 2013-2014 Women's Grand Prix Series. Hou Yifan won the overall series because she finished ahead of Humpy Koneru, and thus secured a place in the 2015 women's world championship match even if she loses her title later this year in the knockout championship.

That knockout championship is very much in doubt at the moment. It is scheduled for October, but FIDE hasn't announced a host city or sponsor yet.

Women's GP 2013-2014 | Final Standings

# Name Fed Rtg 1 2 3 4 5 6 GP Pts
1 Hou Yifan CHN 2629 45 160 160 145 4 465
2 Koneru Humpy IND 2613 160 160 50 60 4 380
3 Ju Wenjun CHN 2538 75 70 120 145 4 340
4 Anna Muzychuk SLO 2561 130 120 85 50 4 335
5 Nana Dzagnidze GEO 2541 100 120 65 90 4 310
6 Bela Khotenashvili GEO 2518 160 10 120 20 4 300
7 Kateryna Lahno RUS 2540 60 120 85 3 265
8 Dronavalli Harika IND 2513 60 85 75 87.5 4 247.5
9 Anna Ushenina UKR 2488 75 80 45 87.5 4 242.5
10 Tatiana Kosintseva RUS 2476 100 90 15 40 4 230
11 Zhao Xue CHN 2542 85 45 30 87.5 4 217.5
12 Alexandra Kosteniuk RUS 2533 45 55 110 50 4 215
12 Olga Girya RUS 2493 10 30 55 130 4 215
14 Elina Danielian ARM 2458 30 40 120 50 4 210
15 Antoaneta Stefanova BUL 2488 60 30 65 75 4 200
16 Batchimeg Tuvshintugs MGL 2346 20 60 15 87.5 4 167.5
17 Nafisa Muminova UZB 2332 20 30 10 20 4 70
18 Viktorija Cmilyte LTU 2525 30 30 2 60
19 Zhu Chen QAT 2461 30 1 30
20 Guliskhan Nakhbayeva KAZ 2300 10 1 10
20 Alina L'Ami ROM 2446 10 1 10



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