Lahno Defeats Hou In Rostov Grand Prix

Lahno Defeats Hou In Rostov Grand Prix

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Kateryna Lahno (pictured) of the Ukraine defeated Hou Yifan in the 9th round of the Rostov Grand Prix, but the young Chinese champion still leads the competition by a point with two rounds remaining.

Round nine was a particularly bloodthirsty round, with all games being decided in favour of the white pieces.

Tatiana Kosintseva is the nearest challenger to Hou Yifan, beating Antoaneta Stefanova's Caro-Kann defence to stay in touch.

Humpy Koneru suffered her second loss of the event. Having previously only lost to Hou, she lost badly to last-placed Ekaterina Kovalevskya to end her faint chances of winning the event.

The standings after round nine:

 Hou, Yifan  CHN  2575 7
 Kosintseva, Tatiana  RUS  2557 6
 Lahno, Kateryna  UKR  2536
 Muzychuk, Anna  SLO  2538
 Kosintseva, Nadezhda  RUS  2560 5
 Koneru, Humpy  IND  2614
 Stefanova, Antoaneta  BUL  2524
 Galliamova, Alisa  RUS  2492
 Ruan, Lufei  CHN  2479
 Danielian, Elina  ARM  2521
 Kosteniuk, Alexandra  RUS  2497 3
 Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina  RUS  2427


Lahno (left) and Hou at the post-game press conference




Elina Danielian (left) beat Alisa Galliamova




A disappointing event for Kosteniuk, but still a smile for the camera

Alexandra Kosteniuk_Rd9.jpg



Anna Muzychuk beat Ruan Lufei to reach a score of 5½ points

Anna Muzychuk.jpg



Tatiana Kosintseva won to stay within a point of the lead




Ekaterina Kovalevskaya (right) earned her first win of the competition

Ekaterina Kovalevskya_Rd9.jpg



Games start at 3pm local time except the last round which will be three hours earlier. Live coverage is available at the official website at this link.

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

The regulations for the 2011/12 Grand Prix can be found here.


Pictures from the official website.

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