2012 Kazan Grand Prix Update

2012 Kazan Grand Prix Update

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kazan womens grand prix 2012 full logo.jpgAfter eight rounds of the FIDE Women's Grand Prix in Kazan, Russia, Elina Danielian has continued to perform strongly, and now leads with six points.

Anna Muzychuk is just half a point behind on 5½ points, followed by Koneru Humpy and Viktorija Cmilyte on 5 points.

The Kazan Women's Grand Prix runs from 10-22 June and is the fourth in a series of six tournaments to determine the challenger for the 2013 Women's World Championship.  The format of each event is a 12-player single round-robin. 

The Kazan standings after 7 rounds:

# Name Nat Elo Pts
1 Danielian, Elina  ARM  2484 6
2 Muzychuk, Anna  SLO  2598
3 Koneru, Humpy  IND  2589 5
4 Cmilyte, Viktorija  LTU  2508 5
5 Hou, Yifan  CHN  2623
6 Lahno, Kateryna  UKR  2546
7 Kosintseva, Nadezhda  RUS  2528 4
8 Kosteniuk, Alexandra  RUS  2457
9 Kosintseva, Tatiana  RUS  2532
10 Stefanova, Antoaneta  BUL  2518 3
11 Galliamova, Alisa  RUS  2484 2
12 Yildiz, Betul Cemre  TUR  2333

Kateryna Lahno (left) beat Alexandra Kosteniuk in round 5

Kazan Grand Prix 2012 Lahno Kosteniuk Round 5.jpg

Anna Muzychuk beat the lowest seeded player Betul Yildiz in round 5

Kazan Grand Prix 2012 Anna Muzychuk Round 5.jpg

Elina Danielian kept up the winning pace in round 6

Kazan Grand Prix 2012 Elina Danialian Round 6.jpg

Hou Yifan has made a slow recovery after a poor start to the tournament

Kazan Grand Prix 2012 Hou Yifan Round 6.jpg

Viktorija Cmilyte won her round 7 game

Kazan Grand Prix 2012 Viktorija Cmilyte Round 7.jpg

Kateryna Lahno missed a nice tactic against leader Elina Danielian in round 8

Kazan Grand Prix 2012 Kateryna Lahno Round 8.jpg

Hou Yifan continued her recovery by beating Alexandra Kosteniuk in round 8

Kazan Grand Prix 2012 Hou Yifan Alexandra Kosteniuk Round 8.jpg

The winner of each of the six Grand Prix tournaments in the series will win €6,500 out of a prize fund of €40,000, and the overall winner will win a further €15,000.

The standings after the first three tournaments can be found in our previous news report.  The regulations for the 2011/12 Grand Prix can be found here

Round-by-round reports, results and games can be found at the official website together with live video coverage and commentary.


Photos by Rashit Shiriyazdanov and Anastasiya Karlovich for the official website.  Games via TWIC.

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