Kosteniuk Wins Women's Speed Chess GP Leg 4 Final

Kosteniuk Wins Women's Speed Chess GP Leg 4 Final

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On Sunday GM Alexandra Kosteniuk won the fourth and final leg of the FIDE Chess.com Women's Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix. Thanks to her 7-5 win against Indian GM Humpy Koneru, Kosteniuk finished first in the overall Grand Prix and qualified for the Super Final against GM Anna Ushenina on July 20.

Earlier in the day, GM Hou Yifan had beaten IM Sarasadat Khademalsharieh 7.5-2.5. This Grand Prix tournament is the fourth and final leg.

How to watch?
The games of the Women's Speed Chess events are played on the Chess.com Live Server at www.chess.com/live. All matches are broadcast live with chess-master commentary on Chess.com/TV. The Super Final starts Monday, July 20, at 7:00 a.m. Pacific / 16:00 Central Europe.


The live broadcast of the final day.

Kosteniuk won $3,000 and gained the maximum 12 Grand Prix points for a total of 24, two more than Ushenina and GM Valentina Gunina. The latter narrowly missed out on the Super Final, having scored one game point less than Ushenina in her GP series.

Koneru gained eight Grand Prix points ($2,000). Hou got six GP points this time ($1,000), and Khademalsharieh five ($700).

All players who lost in the quarterfinals gained two GP points and $500, while the players who lost in the round of 16 did not get any GP points but still earned $200 in prize money.

FIDE Chess.com Women's Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix | Final Standings (Top)

# Fed Name Rating Leg 1 Leg 2 Leg 3 Leg 4 Score TB1
1 Alexandra Kosteniuk 2521 6 6 12 24 86.5
2 Anna Ushenina 2387 12 8 2 22 69
3 Valentina Gunina 2476 8 12 2 22 68
4 Kateryna Lagno 2608 2 6 12 20 73
5 Hou Yifan 2601 2 8 6 16 69.5
6 S Khademalsharieh 2431 5 5 5 15 64
7 Humpy Koneru 2483 0 2 8 10 37.5

The final of this fourth leg was equal for more than half of the match. The score was 3.5-3.5 after three 5+1 games and four 3+1 games. 

Koneru started with a loss but then received praise for how she conducted the second 5+1 game. The aggressive, computer-accurate play is indeed impressive:

It was after those seven games that Kosteniuk ran away, scoring three wins in a row: the last 3+1 game and the first two bullet games. That more or less decided the match; Koneru won one more, but time was running out. The match ended with a draw.

That last 3+1 game was indeed a turning point because Koneru was, in fact, winning before she ended losing.

Kosteniuk-Koneru | Score

# Fed Name Username Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Score
1 Alexandra Kosteniuk @ChessQueen 2700 2662 1 0 ½ 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 ½ 7.0/12
2 Humpy Koneru @humpy1987 2603 2641 0 1 ½ 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 ½ 5.0/12

Kosteniuk-Koneru | All games

Before the final, the match for third place ended in a convincing victory for Hou. Khademalsharieh could briefly enjoy the lead as she won the first game and drew the second, but then the former world champion had enough of it and duly won five games in a row.

Khademalsharieh did have her chances, but often games were decided by heavy blunders when time was running low. An example is game six:

Hou-Khademalsharieh | Score

# Fed Name Username Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Score
1 Hou Yifan @yifan0227 2705 2803 0 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 7.5/10
2 Sarasadat Khademalsharieh @sara_khm 2613 2515 1 ½ 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 2.5/10

Hou-Khademalsharieh | All games

You can find all the previous results of the fourth leg here.

Each of the 21 Grand Prix players participated in three of the four legs. Each leg was a 16-player knockout and lasted five days.

All FIDE Women's Speed Chess Championship matches are broadcast live with chess-master commentary on Chess.com/TVThe Super Final starts Monday, July 20, at 7:00 a.m. Pacific / 16:00 Central Europe.

More information about the FIDE Chess.com Women's Speed Chess Championship can be found here.

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