Humpy Koneru Wins First Womens Grand Prix

Humpy Koneru Wins First Womens Grand Prix

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Mar 21, 2009, 9:22 AM |
8 | Chess Event Coverage

Humpy Koneru of India (pictured) won the first event of the inaugural FIDE Women's Grand Prix in Istanbul.

The 12-player round robin event featured many of the world's top female players, despite an unfortunate scheduling clash with the Women's European Championships.

15 year-old Hou Yifan from China led for several rounds, and even defeated Koneru in round 7.  However, Yifan lost to compatriot Zhao Xue in round 8, letting Xue take the lead.  As the final round started, Koneru had clawed her way back to share first place with Yifan on 7.5/10 points.  In the end, India edged out China as Koneru won her last game with Marie Sebag and Yifan could only draw with Shen Yang.

So Koneru wins the first Women's Grand Prix and takes home the €6,500 first prize.  Another five Grand Prix are planned during 2009/10, with the overall winner qualifying to play the current Women's World Champion, Alexandra Kosteniuk, in 2011 for the title.

1 Koneru, Humpy   IND   2621 *   1 0 ½   1 1 1 1 1 1 ½   ½     
2 Danielian, Elina  ARM  2496 0 *  ½  1 1 1 ½  1 1 ½  ½  1 8
3 Hou Yifan  CHN  2571 1 ½  *  0 ½  1 1 1 ½  1 ½  1 8
4 Zhao Xue  CHN  2508 ½  0 1 *  0 1 1 ½  ½  1 1 1  
5 Sebag, Marie  FRA  2529 0 0 ½  1 *  1 ½  0 ½  1 ½  1 6
6 Fierro Baquero, Martha ECU  2403 0 0 0 0 0 *  1 ½  1 1 1 1  
7 Cramling, Pia  SWE  2548 0 ½  0 0 ½  0 *  1 1 ½  1 1  
8 Stefanova, Antoaneta  BUL  2557 0 0 0 ½  1 ½  0 *  ½  1 ½  1 5
9 Chiburdanidze, Maia  GEO  2516 0 0 ½  ½  ½  0 0 ½  *  1 1 1 5
10 Mamedjarova, Zeinab  AZE  2362 0 ½  0 0 0 0 ½  0 0 *  1 ½   
11 Shen Yang  CHN  2448 ½  ½  ½  0 ½  0 0 ½  0 0 *  0  
12 Yildiz, Betul Cemre  TUR  2214 ½  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½  1 *  2

 

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