Jermuk R4: Ju Wenjun takes the sole lead

7/21/2012 – In round four WGM Ju Wenjun defeated her compatriot WGM Ruan Lufei to push her off the top rung of the scoreboard. Wenjun now occupies that slot alone, with 3.5/4 points and a 2847 performance. Three games were drawn in the round and three drawn. We bring you all the games with annotations and some visual impressions of the spectacular playing venue in Jermuk.

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From July 16 to 29, 2012 the southern Armenian hamlet of Jermuk is playing host to the Fifth FIDE Women's Grand Prix, part of a series of elite events organised by FIDE and Global Chess. There will be six tournaments over two years in various countries around the world. The winner of each tournament takes home 6,500 Euros, the total prize fund is 40,000 Euros. The overall winner will get a further 15,000 Euros at the end of the series. Starting time of the games is 15:00h (check your local time here). A full shedule with all results is given at the bottom of the page. Monday, July 23 is a free day.

Round four

Round four: Friday July 20, 2012 at 15:00h
GM
Zhao Xue 2556
1-0
GM
Lahno Kateryna 2537
IM
Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2447
½-½
GM
Kosintseva Nadezhda 2516
IM
Mkrtchian Lilit 2450
1-0
IM
Kovalevskaya Ekaterina 2417
WGM
Ju Wenjun 2518
1-0
WGM
Ruan Lufei 2483
GM
Koneru Humpy 2598
½-½
GM
Hou Yifan 2617
IM
Khurtsidze Nino 2456
½-½
GM
Danielian Elina 2480

After four rounds of play Chinese WGM Ju Wenjun has gone into the sole lead by scoring a victory against her compatriot Ruan Lufei, who shared the top of the table a round earlier. The astonishing Wenjun now has 3.5 points out of four games and, if we calculate performance so early in the tournament, she is scoring like you would expect a 2847 player to do.

Standings after four rounds

Games of the round annotated for replay

This analysis is being done by Aghasi Inants in Armenian and translated into English by and Aram Hajian.

The venue in Jermuk


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The Fifth FIDE Women's Grand Prix is being held in the "Armenia Health SPA" sanatorium, which is built in the monumental building style of classical Armenian architecture. It is the most famous and distinguished sanatorium in the Republic. It consists of a first-class health-improving hotel complex with comfortable rooms and infrastructure – bar, fitness-hall, Wi-Fi internet; plus excursion programs toward medieval Christian monuments.


The playing venue of the Fifth FIDE Women's Grand Prix in Jermuk, Armenia


In front of the hotel sanatorium are six large demo boards...


... on which guests can follow the action...


...and discuss with experts ...


... while making sure, of course, that ones shoes are spotless


It's a lake-side resort – you can explore the area in the Google map above


Idyllic, peaceful and theraputic, those are the words that occur to you when you wander around Jermuk

The players


GM Kateryna Lahno, 2537, at 50% with a 2493 performance


IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag of Mongolia, rated 2447, with 1.0/4


On the rise: IM Lilit Mkrtchian of Armenia with 1.5/4


WGM Ruan Lufei, rated 2483, with 2.5/4 and a 2576 performance


Top seed GM Hou Yifan, 2617, with 2.5/4 and a 2592 performance


And then there was one: WGM Ju Wenjun (left) overtook her compatriot Ruan Lufei


A delighted Lilit Mkrtchian analysing her first win in this event with Aghasi Inants


The team that provides us with pictures, games and analyses


Our photographer Arman Karakhanyan and his Nikon D300S

Arman is specialized in book illustration with water colors, in the development of caricatures, comics and personages. He produced an encyclopedia for children called “My First Atlas” as a graduation project. He also took first place in student painting competition “Colors of Jazz” organized by the Public Affairs Section of the United States Embassy in Armenia as part of Jazz Appreciation Month. Arman has held an individual exhibition of photo art and graphic works in Albert & Tov Boyajian Art Gallery. He is fluent in Armenian, Russian, English, MS Windows, Adobe Photoshop, Corel Draw. 3D MAX.

Remaining schedule

6th day: Round 5 21.07.2012
7th day: Round 6 22.07.2012
8th day: Free day 23.07.2012
9th day: Round 7 24.07.2012
10th day: Round 8 25.07.2012
11th day: Round 9 26.07.2012
12th day Round 10 27.07.2012
13th day: Round 11 and Closing Ceremony 28.07.2012
14th day: Departure 29.07.2012

Schedule and results

Round one: Tuesday July 17, 2012 at 15:00h
GM
Koneru Humpy 2598
1-0
GM
Zhao Xue 2556
IM
Khurtsidze Nino 2456
0-1
WGM
Ju Wenjun 2518
GM
Danielian Elina 2480
½-½
IM
Mkrtchian Lilit 2450
GM
Hou Yifan 2617
½-½
IM
Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2447
WGM
Ruan Lufei 2483
½-½
GM
Lahno Kateryna 2537
IM
Kovalevskaya Ekaterina 2417
1-0
GM
Kosintseva Nadezhda 2516
Round two: Wednesday July 18, 2012 at 15:00h
GM
Zhao Xue 2556
0-1
GM
Kosintseva Nadezhda 2516
GM
Lahno Kateryna 2537
1-0
IM
Kovalevskaya Ekaterina 2417
IM
Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2447
0-1
WGM
Ruan Lufei 2483
IM
Mkrtchian Lilit 2450
0-1
GM
Hou Yifan 2617
WGM
Ju Wenjun 2518
1-0
GM
Danielian Elina 2480
GM
Koneru Humpy 2598
1-0
IM
Khurtsidze Nino 2456
Round three: Thursday July 19, 2012 at 15:00h
IM
Khurtsidze Nino 2456
0-1
GM
Zhao Xue 2556
GM
Danielian Elina 2480
1-0
GM
Koneru Humpy 2598
GM
Hou Yifan 2617
½-½
WGM
Ju Wenjun 2518
WGM
Ruan Lufei 2483
1-0
IM
Mkrtchian Lilit 2450
IM
Kovalevskaya Ekaterina 2417
1-0
IM
Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2447
GM
Kosintseva Nadezhda 2516
½-½
GM
Lahno Kateryna 2537
Round four: Friday July 20, 2012 at 15:00h
GM
Zhao Xue 2556
1-0
GM
Lahno Kateryna 2537
IM
Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2447
½-½
GM
Kosintseva Nadezhda 2516
IM
Mkrtchian Lilit 2450
1-0
IM
Kovalevskaya Ekaterina 2417
WGM
Ju Wenjun 2518
1-0
WGM
Ruan Lufei 2483
GM
Koneru Humpy 2598
½-½
GM
Hou Yifan 2617
IM
Khurtsidze Nino 2456
½-½
GM
Danielian Elina 2480
Round five: Saturday July 21, 2012 at 15:00h
GM
Danielian Elina 2480
-
GM
Zhao Xue 2556
GM
Hou Yifan 2617
-
IM
Khurtsidze Nino 2456
WGM
Ruan Lufei 2483
-
GM
Koneru Humpy 2598
IM
Kovalevskaya Ekaterina 2417
-
WGM
Ju Wenjun 2518
GM
Kosintseva Nadezhda 2516
-
IM
Mkrtchian Lilit 2450
GM
Lahno Kateryna 2537
-
IM
Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2447
Round six: Sunday July 22, 2012 at 15:00h
GM
Zhao Xue 2556
-
IM
Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2447
IM
Mkrtchian Lilit 2450
-
GM
Lahno Kateryna 2537
WGM
Ju Wenjun 2518
-
GM
Kosintseva Nadezhda 2516
GM
Koneru Humpy 2598
-
IM
Kovalevskaya Ekaterina 2417
IM
Khurtsidze Nino 2456
-
WGM
Ruan Lufei 2483
GM
Danielian Elina 2480
-
GM
Hou Yifan 2617
Round seven: Tuesday July 23, 2012 at 15:00h
GM
Hou Yifan 2617
-
GM
Zhao Xue 2556
WGM
Ruan Lufei 2483
-
GM
Danielian Elina 2480
IM
Kovalevskaya Ekaterina 2417
-
IM
Khurtsidze Nino 2456
GM
Kosintseva Nadezhda 2516
-
GM
Koneru Humpy 2598
GM
Lahno Kateryna 2537
-
WGM
Ju Wenjun 2518
IM
Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2447
-
IM
Mkrtchian Lilit 2450
Round eight: Wednesday July 24, 2012 at 15:00h
GM
Zhao Xue 2556
-
IM
Mkrtchian Lilit 2450
WGM
Ju Wenjun 2518
-
IM
Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2447
GM
Koneru Humpy 2598
-
GM
Lahno Kateryna 2537
IM
Khurtsidze Nino 2456
-
GM
Kosintseva Nadezhda 2516
GM
Danielian Elina 2480
-
IM
Kovalevskaya Ekaterina 2417
GM
Hou Yifan 2617
-
WGM
Ruan Lufei 2483
Round nine: Thursday July 25, 2012 at 15:00h
WGM
Ruan Lufei 2483
-
GM
Zhao Xue 2556
IM
Kovalevskaya Ekaterina 2417
-
GM
Hou Yifan 2617
GM
Kosintseva Nadezhda 2516
-
GM
Danielian Elina 2480
GM
Lahno Kateryna 2537
-
IM
Khurtsidze Nino 2456
IM
Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2447
-
GM
Koneru Humpy 2598
IM
Mkrtchian Lilit 2450
-
WGM
Ju Wenjun 2518
Round ten: Friday July 26, 2012 at 15:00h
GM
Zhao Xue 2556
-
WGM
Ju Wenjun 2518
GM
Koneru Humpy 2598
-
IM
Mkrtchian Lilit 2450
IM
Khurtsidze Nino 2456
-
IM
Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2447
GM
Danielian Elina 2480
-
GM
Lahno Kateryna 2537
GM
Hou Yifan 2617
-
GM
Kosintseva Nadezhda 2516
WGM
Ruan Lufei 2483
-
IM
Kovalevskaya Ekaterina 2417
Round eleven: Saturday July 27, 2012 at 15:00h
IM
Kovalevskaya Ekaterina 2417
-
GM
Zhao Xue 2556
GM
Kosintseva Nadezhda 2516
-
WGM
Ruan Lufei 2483
GM
Lahno Kateryna 2537
-
GM
Hou Yifan 2617
IM
Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2447
-
GM
Danielian Elina 2480
IM
Mkrtchian Lilit 2450
-
IM
Khurtsidze Nino 2456
WGM
Ju Wenjun 2518
-
GM
Koneru Humpy 2598

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