Rostov R2: Yifan strikes again, leads with 2.0/2

8/4/2011 – Women's world champion Hou Yifan is on the rise. After some lack-luster events she has started this very strong tournament with two successive wins. Russian GM Nadezhda Kosintseva and Chinese WGM Ruan Lufei also picked up full points, while top seed Koneru Humpy had to defend for 111 moves against Antoaneta Stefanova. "Etti" has played a total of 209 moves in two games.

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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.


Alisa Galliamova, Kateryna Lahno, Tatiana Kosintseva, Nadezhda Kosintseva, Hou Yifan, Koneru Humpy, Anna Muzychuk, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Antoneta Stefanova, Elina Danielian, Ruan Lufei, Ekaterina Kovalevskaya

The Rostov Women's Grand Prix is one of the strongest women tournaments of all times. The participants include current Women World Champion Hou Yifan, two former Women World champions: Alexandra Kosteniuk and Antoaneta Stefanova, as well as challenger in the World Championship Match Humpy Koneru who are all among the highest ranked women players in the world.

Sd Name
Nat.
Title
Rating
  1  Humpy Koneru
IND
 GM
 2614
  2  Hou Yifan
CHN
 GM
 2575
  3  Nadezhda Kosintseva
RUS
 GM
 2560
  4  Tatiana Kosintseva
RUS
 GM
 2557
  5  Anna Muzychuk
SLO
 GM
 2538
  6  Kateryna Lahno
UKR
 GM
 2536
  7  Antoaneta Stefanova
BUL
 GM
2524
  8  Elina Danielian
ARM
 GM
2521
  9  Alexandra Kosteniuk
RUS
 GM
2497
 10  Alisa Galliamova
RUS
 WGM
 2492
 11  Ruan Lufei
CHN
 WGM
2479
 12  Ekaterina Kovalevskaya
RUS
 WGM
2427

Round two

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
A panorama view of the start of round two – use scroll bar for full view


Preparing for battle: Women's World Champion Hou Yifan and Russian WGM Alisa Galliamova

[Event "Rostov Women GP"] [Site "Rostov-on-Don RUS"] [Date "2011.08.03"] [Round "2"] [White "Hou, Yifan"] [Black "Galliamova, Alisa"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B43"] [WhiteElo "2575"] [BlackElo "2492"] [PlyCount "71"] [EventDate "2011.08.01"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. Nc3 d6 6. Be2 b5 7. a3 Bb7 8. f4 Nf6 9. Bf3 d5 10. exd5 (10. e5 Ne4 11. O-O Bc5 12. Be3 Nd7 13. Qd3 Nxc3 14. Qxc3 Rc8 15. f5 Bxd4 16. Qxd4 Rc4 17. Qd2 Nxe5 18. Bd4 Qf6 19. c3 O-O 20. Rae1 Rxd4 21. Qxd4 Nxf3+ 22. Rxf3 Bc8 23. fxe6 Qxd4+ 24. cxd4 {with clear advantage for White, and 1-0 in 80 moves. (Smolovic,M (2350)-Vujovic,M (2310)/Niksic 1996)}) 10... Nxd5 11. Nxd5 Bxd5 12. Be3 Qd7 13. Qe2 Nc6 14. O-O-O Rc8 15. f5 Nxd4 16. Bxd4 Bxf3 17. gxf3 Qc6 18. Rhe1 Qc4 19. fxe6 Qxe2 20. Rxe2 Ke7 21. exf7+ Kxf7 22. Bb6 h5 23. Rd7+ Kg8 24. Bd4 {This is simply winning for White.} h4 25. h3 Rh6 26. Rg2 g6 27. Be3 Rc6 28. Bxh6 Bxh6+ 29. Kd1 {White is now an exchange and a pawn up and a pleasant position.} Bf4 30. Re2 Kf8 31. Ree7 g5 32. c3 Rf6 33. Ke2 Bc1 34. Rh7 Kg8 35. Rdg7+ Kf8 36. Ra7 1-0


17-year-old women's world champion Hou Yifan


Russian-Tatar WGM Alisa Galliamova (formerly Ivanchuk)


At the press conference after the game Anastasiya Karlovich interviews the players

Alisa: In the opening I made a mistake by playing d5. Afterwards I thought I would have a chance to play Be7 instead of Qd7, but it would not have saved the game, because I think Be7 is not good due to the white answer Nf5.

Yifan: I was surprised when my opponent played d5. I’m not sure but I think it was not very good for her. Instead she could choose such move as Nd7. Concerning organization I can say that everything is fine here at the moment. The hotel is very nice. I had a chance to walk a bit and can say that it's very fresh here compare to China. Beijing is very hot these days, so I'm enjoying the weather here. It's my first time in Rostov and I hope I'll have other opportunities to come back to this city.


Antoaneta Stefanova, who played a 98-move game in round one...


... tried for 111 moves to overcome top seed Humpy Koneru

[Event "Rostov Women GP"] [Site "Rostov-on-Don RUS"] [Date "2011.08.03"] [Round "2"] [White "Stefanova, Antoaneta"] [Black "Koneru, Humpy"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D38"] [WhiteElo "2524"] [BlackElo "2614"] [PlyCount "221"] [EventDate "2011.08.01"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Bg5 Nbd7 7. Rc1 c6 8. e3 Qa5 9. Qb3 Ne4 10. Bd3 Nxg5 11. Nxg5 h6 12. Nf3 O-O 13. O-O Nf6 14. a3 Bd6 15. Qc2 Re8 16. h3 Qd8 17. Nd2 Bd7 18. Bf5 Bxf5 19. Qxf5 Re6 20. Na4 b6 21. Rc2 Qd7 22. b4 Bc7 23. Nb2 a5 24. Rfc1 axb4 25. axb4 g6 26. Qf3 Bd6 27. Nd3 Ra4 28. Nf4 Bxf4 29. Qxf4 Rxb4 30. Qxh6 Ne4 31. Nxe4 dxe4 32. Qf4 Kg7 33. Qb8 Rb5 34. Ra2 Re8 35. Ra7 Rxb8 36. Rxd7 c5 37. Re7 cxd4 38. exd4 Rd8 39. Rcc7 Rf5 40. Rxe4 b5 41. Rb7 Rfd5 42. Ree7 Rf8 43. g3 Rxd4 44. Rxb5 Rd6 45. h4 Rfd8 46. Rbb7 Rf6 47. Re2 Rfd6 48. Kg2 R8d7 49. Rbb2 Rd3 50. Rb8 Rd8 51. Rxd8 Rxd8 52. g4 Rd3 53. Re7 Ra3 54. f3 Ra5 55. g5 Ra1 56. Re4 Rb1 57. Kg3 Rg1+ 58. Kf4 Ra1 59. Rd4 Re1 60. Rc4 Ra1 61. Ke5 Ra5+ 62. Ke4 Ra1 63. Rd4 Rf1 64. Ke3 Re1+ 65. Kf2 Ra1 66. Rf4 Ra6 67. Rb4 Ra1 68. Rb6 Rh1 69. Kg3 Rg1+ 70. Kh2 Ra1 71. Rf6 Rb1 72. Kg2 Ra1 73. f4 Ra3 74. f5 Ra4 75. fxg6 fxg6 76. Kg3 Ra3+ 77. Kg4 Ra4+ 78. Kg3 Ra3+ 79. Rf3 Ra4 (79... Rxf3+ 80. Kxf3 {was a draw.}) 80. Rb3 Rc4 81. Rb7+ Kg8 82. Re7 Ra4 83. Re3 Kg7 84. Rf3 Rb4 85. Rf4 Rb3+ 86. Kg4 Rb7 87. Kf3 Rb3+ 88. Ke4 Rb5 89. Kd4 Ra5 90. Re4 Rf5 91. Ke3 Ra5 92. Rc4 Re5+ 93. Kd4 Rf5 94. Rc7+ Kg8 95. Ke4 Ra5 96. Rc4 Kg7 97. Rd4 Rb5 98. Rd5 Rb4+ 99. Ke5 Rxh4 100. Rd7+ Kg8 101. Kf6 Ra4 102. Rd6 Kh7 103. Rd7+ Kg8 104. Rg7+ Kf8 105. Rf7+ Kg8 106. Kxg6 Ra6+ 107. Rf6 Ra7 108. Rb6 Rg7+ 109. Kh5 Rh7+ 110. Kg4 Ra7 111. Kh5 1/2-1/2

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[Event "Rostov Women GP"] [Site "Rostov-on-Don RUS"] [Date "2011.08.03"] [Round "2"] [White "Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina"] [Black "Kosintseva, Nadezhda"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A15"] [WhiteElo "2427"] [BlackElo "2560"] [PlyCount "79"] [EventDate "2011.08.01"] 1. c4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. Nc3 d5 4. e3 Be7 5. d4 O-O 6. Qc2 c5 7. dxc5 Na6 8. cxd5 Nb4 9. Qb1 Nbxd5 10. Nxd5 Qxd5 11. Be2 Qxc5 12. a3 Bd7 13. b4 Qb6 14. Bb2 { Ekaterina Kovalevskaya: "I had prepared castling first, and when I realised that instead of it I just played Bb2 I was shocked. I understood that my position was already worse but it was not necessary to lose."} Bb5 15. Ng5 $2 { "I was so upset that I let myself go. One might say that emotions prevailed, and this is exactly where women differ from men."} Rfd8 16. Bxf6 Bxf6 17. Qxh7+ Kf8 18. Qh5 Bc3+ 19. Kf1 Bxe2+ ({"Nadya reanimated my position and instead of winning with one move, she decided to struggle more. I think that move} 19... g6 {terminated the game." Nadezhda: "I realised only after the game that this move was winning, but I did not see it during the game. I had a feeling I should give a check, as if I was playing checkers."}) 20. Kxe2 Qb5+ 21. Kf3 Qf5+ 22. Kg3 Bxa1 23. Rxa1 g6 24. Qh6+ Ke7 25. Nf3 Rh8 26. Qg7 Qf6 27. Qxf6+ Kxf6 28. h4 Rac8 29. Ng5 Ke7 30. f4 Rc3 31. Kf3 Rxh4 32. Ne4 Rc7 33. b5 Rh8 34. a4 Rc4 35. a5 Rb4 36. Rc1 Rd8 37. Rc5 b6 38. Rc6 Rxb5 39. g4 Rb3 40. Kg2 0-1


Anastasia Karlovich, Nadezhda Kosintseva, Ekaterina Kovalevskaya

Nadezhda: It is my first time in Rostov-on-Don as well as the first participation in a FIDE Grand Prix. I can say that the tournament is organised on a high level. Both hotel and catering – all conditions are perfect. Unfortunately such women's tournaments are rare. I am very glad that this one is being held in in Russia – in my motherland.

Ekaterina: No doubt I like everything. I am very happy to host this tournament in my home city. I combine the pleasant with the useful, playing chess and spending time with my numerous friends here. I am proud of the fact that the Grand Prix is taking place here and it is organised on the highest level. I do hope the other girls like it here too.


The game Kateryna Lahno vs Alexandra Kosteniuk, which was drawn in 47 moves

Anastasia: It seems that White had an obvious advantage?

Kateryna: Yes, it was the case, but I cannot say how big it was. Advantage is not the victory yet. More likely I should have played 18.bxc5. I saw this continuation, but at that moment I decided that it was better to play in another way and win the game comfortably. However, I underestimated Alexandra's move 24...Bd7. I thought that I would deliver mate by playing Qh5, Rd1 and Bd4. After Bd7 I had a completely new play with new chances, however, everything did not go in the way I would like to.

Alexandra: Yes, I agree that Katya had a rather big advantage. And still maybe the move bxc5 was more correct. After the move Bd7 I still thought White to have an advantage. In fact, the draw today is the biggest of my dreams. After 28.Qh4 I understood that draw had been provided for me. There were no more threats, and though my structure was bad but the pieces activity was high.

Alexandra: To my mind, the tournament is organised on a high level, perfect hotel and wonderful playing hall. Also I appreciate the fact that the hotel is situated in the center, surrounded by many green parks. For instance, in Tbilisi the hotel was also very good, but there was no place to walk, and that is very important for chess players. I have already taken an opportunity to go for a walk around the city. I like everything here.

Kateryna: So do I and share Alexandra's opinion. The organisers did their utmost to make us feel at home. All the conditions to play are provided. I already had time to leave the hotel, but I had to return soon because it was too hot outside. I like everything here and look forward to the excursions that have already roused our curiosity.


Ruan Lufei vs Elina Danielian, with arbiter WGM Zsuzsa Veroci of Hungary

[Event "Rostov Women GP"] [Site "Rostov-on-Don RUS"] [Date "2011.08.03"] [Round "2"] [White "Ruan, Lufei"] [Black "Danielian, Elina"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C11"] [WhiteElo "2479"] [BlackElo "2521"] [PlyCount "126"] [EventDate "2011.08.01"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. f4 c5 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. Be3 a6 8. Qd2 b5 9. dxc5 Bxc5 10. Bd3 Bb7 11. Bf2 Qb6 12. O-O Bxf2+ 13. Qxf2 Qxf2+ 14. Kxf2 Ke7 15. Rae1 Nc5 16. Ke3 Rac8 17. Rf2 Rhd8 18. Nd4 Nxd4 19. Kxd4 b4 20. Ne2 a5 21. Ke3 g6 22. Nd4 Ba6 23. g4 Bxd3 24. cxd3 Nd7 25. Kd2 Rg8 26. h3 h5 27. Rh2 Nb8 28. Rhh1 hxg4 29. hxg4 Nc6 30. Nf3 Rh8 31. Rc1 Rxh1 32. Rxh1 a4 33. Ke3 Kd7 34. Rh7 Ke7 35. Rh1 Kd7 36. Kd2 Ke7 37. Rh7 Nd8 38. Rh8 Rc7 39. Nd4 Rc5 40. Rg8 Nc6 $2 {Elina Danielian: "Under the time pressure I just blundered by playing 40... Nc6. I think the position was equal at this moment. I just had to play} (40... Kd7 {instead."}) 41. Nxc6+ Rxc6 42. Rb8 b3 43. axb3 axb3 44. Rxb3 g5 45. fxg5 d4 46. Rb5 Kf8 47. b4 Kg7 48. Rc5 Rb6 49. b5 Kg6 50. Kc2 Kxg5 51. Kb3 Kxg4 52. Kc4 Kf5 53. Kxd4 Rb8 54. Kc4 Rb7 55. Kb4 f6 56. exf6+ Kxf6 57. Ka5 Rd7 58. b6 e5 59. Rc3 Ke6 60. Ka6 Rd6 61. Ka7 Rd4 62. Ra3 Rd7+ 63. b7 Kd5 1-0


Tatiana Kosintseva vs Anna Muzychuk – an Accelerated Dragon drawn in 42 moves

Current standings

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

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
-
Ruan Lufei
Galliamova Alisa
-
Stefanova Antoaneta
Kosteniuk Alexandra
-
Hou Yifan
Muzychuk Anna
-
Lahno Kateryna
Kosintseva Nadezhda
-
Kosintseva Tatiana
Danielian Elina
-
Kovalevskaya Ekat.
Round four: Friday August 05 at 15:00
Ruan Lufei
-
Kovalevskaya Ekat.
Kosintseva Tatiana
-
Danielian Elina
Lahno Kateryna
-
Kosintseva Nadezhda
Hou Yifan
-
Muzychuk Anna
Stefanova Antoaneta
-
Kosteniuk Alexandra
Koneru Humpy
-
Galliamova Alisa
Round five: Sunday August 07 at 15:00
Galliamova Alisa
-
Ruan Lufei
Kosteniuk Alexandra
-
Koneru Humpy
Muzychuk Anna
-
Stefanova Antoaneta
Kosintseva Nadezhda
-
Hou Yifan
Danielian Elina
-
Lahno Kateryna
Kovalevskaya Ekat.
-
Kosintseva Tatiana
Round six: Monday August 08 at 15:00
Ruan Lufei
-
Kosintseva Tatiana
Lahno Kateryna
-
Kovalevskaya Ekat.
Hou Yifan
-
Danielian Elina
Stefanova Antoaneta
-
Kosintseva Nadezhda
Koneru Humpy
-
Muzychuk Anna
Galliamova Alisa
-
Kosteniuk Alexandra
Round seven: Tuesday August 09 at 15:00
Kosteniuk Alexandra
-
Ruan Lufei
Muzychuk Anna
-
Galliamova Alisa
Kosintseva Nadezhda
-
Koneru Humpy
Danielian Elina
-
Stefanova Antoaneta
Kovalevskaya Ekat.
-
Hou Yifan
Kosintseva Tatiana
-
Lahno Kateryna
Round eight: Thursday August 11 at 15:00
Ruan Lufei
-
Lahno Kateryna
Hou Yifan
-
Kosintseva Tatiana
Stefanova Antoaneta
-
Kovalevskaya Ekat.
Koneru Humpy
-
Danielian Elina
Galliamova Alisa
-
Kosintseva Nadezhda
Kosteniuk Alexandra
-
Muzychuk Anna
Round nine: Friday August 12 at 15:00
Muzychuk Anna
-
Ruan Lufei
Kosintseva Nadezhda
-
Kosteniuk Alexandra
Danielian Elina
-
Galliamova Alisa
Kovalevskaya Ekat.
-
Koneru Humpy
Kosintseva Tatiana
-
Stefanova Antoaneta
Lahno Kateryna
-
Hou Yifan
Round ten: Saturday August 13 at 15:00
Ruan Lufei
-
Hou Yifan
Stefanova Antoaneta
-
Lahno Kateryna
Koneru Humpy
-
Kosintseva Tatiana
Galliamova Alisa
-
Kovalevskaya Ekat.
Kosteniuk Alexandra
-
Danielian Elina
Muzychuk Anna
-
Kosintseva Nadezhda
Round eleven: Sunday August 14at 12:00
Kosintseva Nadezhda
-
Ruan Lufei
Danielian Elina
-
Muzychuk Anna
Kovalevskaya Ekat.
-
Kosteniuk Alexandra
Kosintseva Tatiana
-
Galliamova Alisa
Lahno Kateryna
-
Koneru Humpy
Hou Yifan
-
Stefanova Antoaneta
 

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