Rostov R11: Hou Yifan wins Women's Grand Prix by a full point

8/15/2011 – Her two closest rivals were only able to make a draw (Kateryna Lahno against Humpy Koneru) or lost the final game (Tatiana Kosintseva against Alisa Galliamova), so a draw against Antoaneta Stefanova was enough for women's world champion Hou Yifan to coast to victory with 8.0/11 and a 2692 performance. In second place Kateryna Lahno with 7.0/11. Final report.

The Rostov Chess Federation in collaboration with FIDE and Global Chess is organising the first event for the 2011/2012 Women's Grand Prix series. The tournament is being held in the Don-Plaza Hotel and runs from August 1st (arrival, opening) until August 15 (departure). The eleven rounds are between August 2nd and 14, with rest days on the 6th and 11th. The start of the games from of rounds 1-10 is 3:00 p.m. local time, round 11 at starts at noon local time. The winner receives 6,500 Euros out of a total prize fund of 40,000 Euros, and the overall winner of the Women's Grand Prix will win a further 15,000 Euros at the end of the series.

Round eleven report

Round eleven: Sunday August 14
Kosintseva Nadezhda
½-½
Ruan Lufei
Danielian Elina
½-½
Muzychuk Anna
Kovalevskaya Ekat.
1-0
Kosteniuk Alexandra
Kosintseva Tatiana
0-1
Galliamova Alisa
Lahno Kateryna
½-½
Koneru Humpy
Hou Yifan
½-½
Stefanova Antoaneta


The runner-up in the last Women's World Championship Ruan Lufei of China faces...


... Russian GM Nadezhda Kosintseva, who finished the event at 6.0/11 points


The glare: Anna Muzychuk vs Elina Danielian in the final round of this tournament

[Event "Rostov Women GP"] [Site "Rostov-on-Don RUS"] [Date "2011.08.13"] [Round "10"] [White "Stefanova, A."] [Black "Lahno, Kateri"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A48"] [WhiteElo "2524"] [BlackElo "2536"] [PlyCount "94"] [EventDate "2011.08.02"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Bf4 Bg7 5. Qd2 O-O 6. Bh6 Ne4 7. Nxe4 dxe4 8. Bxg7 Kxg7 9. Ng5 e5 {A show of confidence by a player who had beat the reigning World Champion in the previous round.} 10. O-O-O Qxd4 11. Qxd4 exd4 12. Rxd4 e3 $1 13. fxe3 h6 14. Nf3 {Nicely played by Black, making sure that her opponent has problems with her bishop languishing on f1.} Re8 15. Rd3 Na6 16. g3 Nb4 17. Rb3 c5 18. a3 Nd5 19. e4 c4 20. Rb5 Ne3 {Black is better, and with the white bishop still languishing on f1 the pawn sacrifice on move twelve was clearly justified.} 21. Rc5 $2 Rd8 {Mate-in-one threat.} 22. Nd2 Be6 23. b3 Rd7 24. bxc4 Rad8 {White is two pawns up but actually lost in this position.} 25. Rd5 Bxd5 26. exd5 Rc7 27. Rg1 b5 28. Bg2 bxc4 29. Bf3 Nxd5 30. Nb1 Ne3 31. Nc3 h5 32. h4 Rcd7 33. Ne4 f5 34. Nc5 Rd1+ 35. Rxd1 Rxd1+ 36. Kb2 Rd2 37. Kc3 Rxc2+ 38. Kd4 Nf1 39. e4 fxe4 40. Bxe4 Ra2 41. Ne6+ Kf6 42. Nf4 Nxg3 43. Bxg6 Ne2+ 44. Nxe2 Kxg6 45. Nf4+ Kh6 46. Kxc4 Rxa3 47. Kb5 Rg3 0-1


Cheerful still, but moving to a disastrous minus five result: GM Alexandra Kosteniuk

[Event "Rostov Women GP"] [Site "Rostov-on-Don RUS"] [Date "2011.08.14"] [Round "11"] [White "Kovalevskaya, E."] [Black "Kosteniuk, A."] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B30"] [WhiteElo "2427"] [BlackElo "2497"] [PlyCount "77"] [EventDate "2011.08.02"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. e5 Nd5 5. O-O Nc7 6. Be2 d6 7. exd6 Qxd6 8. Nc3 e5 9. a3 Be7 10. b4 Bf5 11. bxc5 Qxc5 12. Rb1 O-O-O 13. Ne1 e4 14. Nb5 Ne6 15. d3 a6 16. Be3 Qe5 17. Na7+ Nxa7 18. Bxa7 h5 19. Qd2 {Black is clearly better. She should simply take the pawn on a3 and try to grind out a win.} Nf4 $2 {"This was a terrible move," said Alexandra Kosteniuk after the game.} ( 19... Rd7 {was also a move to consider.}) 20. d4 Nxe2+ 21. Qxe2 Qe6 22. c4 Bg4 23. Qe3 Qg6 {Now White has the initiativ and navigates the following tactical complication successfully.} 24. d5 Rd7 25. Rb6 Qg5 26. Qg3 Rc7 27. d6 h4 28. Qe3 Qxe3 29. fxe3 Bg5 30. dxc7 Bxe3+ 31. Kh1 Be2 32. Rxf7 Bxc4 33. Rf5 Bd3 34. Rxb7 Kxb7 35. Bxe3 Kxc7 36. Nxd3 exd3 37. Rd5 Rb8 38. Rxd3 Rb1+ 39. Bg1 1-0


A final round mishap for Tatiana Kosintseva against compatriot Alisa Galliamova

[Event "Rostov Women GP"] [Site "Rostov-on-Don RUS"] [Date "2011.08.14"] [Round "11"] [White "Kosintseva, T."] [Black "Galliamova, A."] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B42"] [WhiteElo "2557"] [BlackElo "2492"] [PlyCount "164"] [EventDate "2011.08.02"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. Bd3 Bc5 6. Nb3 Ba7 7. Qe2 Nc6 8. Be3 d6 9. f4 Nf6 10. Nc3 b5 11. Bxa7 Rxa7 12. g4 b4 13. Na4 h6 14. O-O-O Qc7 15. Qe3 Bb7 16. Be2 Ra8 17. h4 Na5 18. Nxa5 Qxa5 19. b3 Bxe4 20. Rhe1 Rc8 21. Bd3 d5 22. g5 Ng4 23. Qd4 Bxd3 24. Rxd3 O-O 25. h5 Rc6 26. Kb1 Qd8 27. Rg3 f5 28. gxh6 gxh6 29. Qxb4 Qh4 30. Rgg1 Rfc8 31. Rg2 Qxh5 32. Qe7 Qf7 33. Qh4 Kh7 34. Nb2 Qc7 35. Ree2 Qxf4 36. Qe7+ Kh8 37. Nd3 Qg5 38. Qf7 Qg7 39. Qh5 Qg5 40. Qf7 Qg7 41. Qh5 Qf6 42. Ne5 Nxe5 43. Rxe5 R6c7 44. Re1 Rg7 45. Rge2 Re7 46. Rh2 Kh7 47. Reh1 Rg8 48. Qe2 Rg6 49. Qxa6 Reg7 50. Re1 f4 51. Qd3 Rf7 52. a4 f3 53. Rf2 Qf5 54. Qe3 Rg2 55. Rh1 h5 56. a5 e5 57. a6 d4 58. Qd2 Rxf2 59. Qxf2 Ra7 60. Qh4 e4 61. Qd8 f2 62. Rf1 Rxa6 63. Qxd4 Rf6 64. Qa7+ Kg6 65. Qb8 Kh7 66. Qc7+ Rf7 67. Qg3 Qg4 68. Qe3 Qg2 69. Qe2 Kg7 70. Kb2 h4 71. Qb5 e3 72. Qe5+ Kh7 73. Qh5+ Kg8 74. Qxh4 e2 75. Rh1 Qxh1 76. Qd8+ Kh7 77. Qd3+ Kh6 78. Qd6+ Kh5 79. Qe5+ Kg4 80. Qd4+ Kg3 81. Qe5+ Kg2 82. Qxe2 Qh4 0-1


Kateryna Lahno with a great final spurt


Humpy Koneru with two wins, two losses and seven draws in this event

[Event "Rostov Women GP"] [Site "Rostov-on-Don RUS"] [Date "2011.08.14"] [Round "11"] [White "Lahno, Kateri"] [Black "Koneru, H."] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D31"] [WhiteElo "2536"] [BlackElo "2614"] [PlyCount "95"] [EventDate "2011.08.02"] 1. c4 e6 2. Nc3 d5 3. d4 Bb4 4. e3 Nf6 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 O-O 7. cxd5 exd5 8. Bd3 b6 9. Ne2 Ba6 10. O-O c5 11. f3 Re8 12. Ng3 Bxd3 13. Qxd3 Nc6 14. Bb2 c4 15. Qd2 h5 16. Rae1 h4 17. Nf5 Ne7 18. Nxe7+ Qxe7 19. Qf2 h3 20. g4 b5 21. Bc1 a5 22. g5 Nh7 23. e4 Nxg5 24. Qg3 f6 25. Bxg5 fxg5 26. exd5 Qxa3 27. Rxe8+ Rxe8 28. Re1 Rxe1+ (28... Rf8 29. Qxh3 Qxc3 30. Qe6+ Rf7 31. Qe8+ Kh7 32. Qe4+ g6 { may have been a viable alternative.}) 29. Qxe1 Kf8 30. Qe6 {Threatening a perpetual. "Black was probably winning, but after this move I don't see how she could do it," said Kateryna Lahno after the game.} Qc1+ 31. Kf2 Qd2+ 32. Kf1 Qg2+ 33. Ke1 Qh1+ 34. Ke2 Qxh2+ 35. Kd1 Qc7 36. Qxh3 b4 37. Qf5+ Kg8 38. Qe6+ Qf7 39. Qc8+ Kh7 40. Qh3+ Kg6 41. Qe6+ Qxe6 42. dxe6 b3 43. Kc1 Kf6 44. d5 a4 45. Kb2 Ke7 46. Ka3 Kd6 47. Kb2 Ke7 48. Ka3 1/2-1/2


Mom-pics: the mother of Hou Yifan gets a few shots of her daughter


An arbiter waits to start the clock of the last round game against Antoaneta Stefanova

[Event "Rostov Women GP"] [Site "Rostov-on-Don RUS"] [Date "2011.08.14"] [Round "11"] [White "Hou Yifan"] [Black "Stefanova, A."] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B19"] [WhiteElo "2575"] [BlackElo "2524"] [PlyCount "96"] [EventDate "2011.08.02"] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. h4 h6 7. Nf3 Nd7 8. h5 Bh7 9. Bd3 Bxd3 10. Qxd3 e6 11. Bd2 Ngf6 12. O-O-O Be7 13. Ne4 Qc7 14. Nxf6+ Bxf6 15. g3 Be7 16. Kb1 O-O-O 17. c4 Nf6 18. Qe2 c5 19. Bc3 cxd4 20. Bxd4 Bc5 21. Bxc5 Qxc5 22. Ne5 Nd7 23. Nxd7 Qf5+ 24. Ka1 Rxd7 25. Rxd7 Kxd7 26. Qd2+ Kc8 27. Rd1 Qxh5 28. Qd7+ Kb8 29. Qd6+ Kc8 {White can simply repeat and force a draw, which was enough for a tournament victory. "I thought that I might have compensation for the pawn," said Yifan. "Now I am not sure that there was enough compensation. Maybe it was just an equal position."} 30. a3 a6 31. c5 Qf3 32. c6 Qxc6 33. Qf4 e5 34. Qe3 Qb5 35. Rc1+ Kb8 36. Rc5 Qf1+ 37. Rc1 Qb5 38. Rc5 Qe8 39. Rxe5 Qc6 40. Qf4 Qc7 41. Qe4 Rc8 42. Re7 f5 43. Rxc7 fxe4 44. Rxg7 Rf8 45. Re7 Rxf2 46. Rxe4 h5 47. Rh4 Rf3 48. Rxh5 Rxg3 1/2-1/2

Pictures by Anastasiya Karlovich and
Kema Goryaeva with kind permission of FIDE

Final standings

It is worth noting that the winner, 17-year-old Chinese GM Hou Yifan, had a plus five score in the first six rounds, with an incredible 2953 performance, but only 50% in the last five rounds, with a 2505 performance. Yifan stands to gain seventeen points on the next FIDE rating list from this tournament.

Closing ceremony


The closing ceremony in the Don-Plaza Hotel in Rostov


The winner Hou Yifan receives a plaque from FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov


In second place Ukrainian GM Kateryna Lahno


Two world champions: reigning Hou Yifan, sixth Nona Gaprindashvili


The players and visitors – in the front left Lahno, Muzychuk, Kovalevskaya and...


... the increasingly glamorous Antoaneta Stefanova

 
A little dance recital for the players and guests, with some interesting acrobatic elements

A final group photo with Nadezhda Kosintseva, Alisa Galliamova, Antoaneta Stefanova, Kateryna Lahno, Anna Muzychuk, Hou Yifan, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, Elina Danielian, Ruan Lufei, Ekatrina Kovalevskaya, Humpy Koneru, Tatiana Kosintseva and Alexandra Kosteniuk

Schedule and results

Round one: Tuesday August 02 at 15:00
Stefanova Antoaneta
½-½
Ruan Lufei
Koneru Humpy
0-1
Hou Yifan
Galliamova Alisa
0-1
Lahno Kateryna
Kosteniuk Alexandra
½-½
Kosintseva Tatiana
Muzychuk Anna
½-½
Kovalevskaya Ekat.
Kosintseva Nadezhda
½-½
Danielian Elina
Round two: Wednesday August 03 at 15:00
Ruan Lufei
1-0
Danielian Elina
Kovalevskaya Ekat.
0-1
Kosintseva Nadezhda
Kosintseva Tatiana
½-½
Muzychuk Anna
Lahno Kateryna
½-½
Kosteniuk Alexandra
Hou Yifan
1-0
Galliamova Alisa
Stefanova Antoaneta
½-½
Koneru Humpy
Round three: Thursday August 04 at 15:00
Koneru Humpy
1-0
Ruan Lufei
Galliamova Alisa
1-0
Stefanova Antoaneta
Kosteniuk Alexandra
0-1
Hou Yifan
Muzychuk Anna
1-0
Lahno Kateryna
Kosintseva Nadezhda
½-½
Kosintseva Tatiana
Danielian Elina
1-0
Kovalevskaya Ekat.
Round four: Friday August 05 at 15:00
Ruan Lufei
½-½
Kovalevskaya Ekat.
Kosintseva Tatiana
½-½
Danielian Elina
Lahno Kateryna
1-0
Kosintseva Nadezhda
Hou Yifan
1-0-
Muzychuk Anna
Stefanova Antoaneta
½-½
Kosteniuk Alexandra
Koneru Humpy
½-½
Galliamova Alisa
Round five: Sunday August 07 at 15:00
Galliamova Alisa
1-0
Ruan Lufei
Kosteniuk Alexandra
0-1
Koneru Humpy
Muzychuk Anna
½-½
Stefanova Antoaneta
Kosintseva Nadezhda
½-½
Hou Yifan
Danielian Elina
0-1
Lahno Kateryna
Kovalevskaya Ekat.
0-1
Kosintseva Tatiana
Round six: Monday August 08 at 15:00
Ruan Lufei
0-1
Kosintseva Tatiana
Lahno Kateryna
½-½
Kovalevskaya Ekat.
Hou Yifan
1-0
Danielian Elina
Stefanova Antoaneta
½-½
Kosintseva Nadezhda
Koneru Humpy
½-½
Muzychuk Anna
Galliamova Alisa
½-½
Kosteniuk Alexandra
Round seven: Tuesday August 09 at 15:00
Kosteniuk Alexandra
½-½
Ruan Lufei
Muzychuk Anna
1-0
Galliamova Alisa
Kosintseva Nadezhda
½-½
Koneru Humpy
Danielian Elina
0-1
Stefanova Antoaneta
Kovalevskaya Ekat.
0-1
Hou Yifan
Kosintseva Tatiana
½-½
Lahno Kateryna
Round eight: Wednesday August 10 at 15:00
Ruan Lufei
1-0
Lahno Kateryna
Hou Yifan
½-½
Kosintseva Tatiana
Stefanova Antoaneta
1-0
Kovalevskaya Ekat.
Koneru Humpy
½-½
Danielian Elina
Galliamova Alisa
½-½
Kosintseva Nadezhda
Kosteniuk Alexandra
½-½
Muzychuk Anna
Round nine: Friday August 12 at 15:00
Muzychuk Anna
1-0
Ruan Lufei
Kosintseva Nadezhda
1-0
Kosteniuk Alexandra
Danielian Elina
1-0
Galliamova Alisa
Kovalevskaya Ekat.
1-0
Koneru Humpy
Kosintseva Tatiana
1-0
Stefanova Antoaneta
Lahno Kateryna
1-0
Hou Yifan
Round ten: Saturday August 13 at 15:00
Ruan Lufei
½-½
Hou Yifan
Stefanova Antoaneta
0-1
Lahno Kateryna
Koneru Humpy
½-½
Kosintseva Tatiana
Galliamova Alisa
1-0
Kovalevskaya Ekat.
Kosteniuk Alexandra
0-1
Danielian Elina
Muzychuk Anna
½-½
Kosintseva Nadezhda
Round eleven: Sunday August 14 at 12:00
Kosintseva Nadezhda
½-½
Ruan Lufei
Danielian Elina
½-½
Muzychuk Anna
Kovalevskaya Ekat.
1-0
Kosteniuk Alexandra
Kosintseva Tatiana
0-1
Galliamova Alisa
Lahno Kateryna
½-½
Koneru Humpy
Hou Yifan
½-½
Stefanova Antoaneta
 

Links

The games are being broadcast live on the official web site and on the chess server Playchess.com. If you are not a member you can download a free Playchess client there and get immediate access. You can also use ChessBase 11 or any of our Fritz compatible chess programs.

Copyright ChessBase

Feedback and mail to our news service Please use this account if you want to contribute to or comment on our news page service



Discuss

Rules for reader comments

 
 

Not registered yet? Register