Humpy Set for Miracle Finish?

Humpy Set for Miracle Finish?

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Mar 4, 2011, 1:44 PM |
17 | Chess Event Coverage

Just when all seemed hopeless for Humpy Koneru, everything went her way in the penultimate round of the Doha Grand Prix.

Humpy won her game against Lilit Mkrtchian when her opponent blundered, and the leader Elina Danielian lost to Pia Cramling.  As a result, Humpy closed the gap at the top to just half a point and so could still of win the event and earn the right to face world champion Hou Yifan.

If she fails to earn at least a two-way share of first place in the event, then Nana Dzagnidze will be the challenger for the title.

Is Humpy Koneru set for a dramatic winning finish? (picture from the official website)

Humpy Koneru Rd 10.jpg

 

 

 

 

The standings going into the final round:

Danielian, Elina ARM 2454 * 0 1 0 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 . 1
Koneru, Humpy IND 2607 1 * ½ ½ 0 1 1 1 1 ½ ½ . 7
Sebag, Marie FRA 2489 0 ½ * 1 1 ½ ½ . 1 1 ½ 1 7
Cramling, Pia SWE 2516 1 ½ 0 * 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ . 1 ½
Dzagnidze, Nana GEO 2550 0 1 0 0 * . 1 1 0 1 1 0 5
Chiburdanidze, Maia GEO 2502 0 0 ½ ½ . * 1 0 1 1 ½ ½ 5
Mkrtchian, Lilit ARM 2475 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 0 * ½ . 1 0 1 4
Munguntuul, Batkhuyag MGL 2410 0 0 . 1 0 1 ½ * 0 0 ½ 1 4
Fierro Baquero, Martha ECU 2353 0 0 0 ½ 1 0 . 1 * 0 ½ 1 4
Xu, Yuhua CHN 2484 0 ½ 0 . 0 0 0 1 1 * 1 ½ 4
Stefanova, Antoaneta BUL 2546 . ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ 0 * 0
Zhu, Chen QAT 2495 0 . 0 ½ 1 ½ 0 0 0 ½ 1 *

 

The final round will be covered LIVE by Chess.com TV for Platinum and Diamond members.  Commentary by GM Dejan Bojkov starting 10am GMT (2am Pacific/5am Eastern in the US).

The final round draw:

 Zhu Chen 2495 -  Koneru Humpy 2607
 Danielian Elina 2454 -  Stefanova Antoaneta 2546
 Chiburdanidze Maia 2502 -  Dzagnidze Nana 2550
 Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2410 -  Sebag Marie 2489
 Xu Yuhua 2484 -  Cramling Pia 2516
 Mkrtchian Lilit 2475 -  Fierro Baquero Martha
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