Shenzhen GP: Hou Yifan wins FIDE Grand Prix by a full point

9/19/2011 – She drew her final game comfortably with the black pieces and finished with 8.0/11 points on the scoresheet. Seventeen-year-old women's world champion Hou Yifan did not lose a single game in this event and performed at a 2644 level. Second was Anna Muzychuk of Slovenia – the only non-Chinese among the first six players. Final report.

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The second stage of FIDE Women's Grand Prix cycle 2011-2012 was staged from 5th to 20th of September in the Wuzhou Hotel in Shenzhen, China. The tournament was being organized by the Shenzhen Press Group in collaboration with FIDE and Chinese Chess Federation. The participants included the current Women World Champion Hou Yifan and the former World Champion Zhu Chen, the current European Champion Viktorija Cmilyte. The winner of the tournament receives 6,500 Euros out of a prize fund of 40,000 Euros.

Round 11 – Monday, 19 September 2011
Hou Yifan became a sole winner of the second stage of FIDE Women Grand Prix in Shenzhen. In the 11th round, playing black, the women's world champion made a draw against Elina Danielian and retained the first place in the tournament, in which she managed to make eight points (5 wins, 6 draws) and not lose a single game. The Slovenian IM Anna Muzychuk drew her game against Ju Wenjun and became sole second in the tournament, with 7.0/11 points. Tan Zhongyi made a draw in her game against Ruan Lufey and shares the third place together with her compatriot Ju Wenjun. Ekaterina Kovalevskaya had a better position after the opening but made a draw in the game against Zhao Xue. Munguntuul Bathhuyagh won her game against Betul Yildiz.

Looking at the table with the final standings one can see the domination of Chinese players – five out of the first six places are occupied by them, and Anna Muzychuk is the only one who managed to penetrate the group.


The winner by a full point: GM Hou Yifan with a 2644 performance


Anna Muzychuk, with 7.0/11 in sole second place


Equal third with 6.5/11 points: third seed WGM Ju Wenjun, 2536


WGM Tan Zhongyi finished third and will gain 19 Elo points

Final standings (after eleven rounds)

[Event "Shenzhen WGP 2011"] [Site "Shenzhen CHN"] [Date "2011.09.19"] [Round "11"] [White "Danielian, Elina"] [Black "Hou, Yifan"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A14"] [WhiteElo "2517"] [BlackElo "2578"] [PlyCount "80"] [EventDate "2011.09.07"] 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 d5 4. Bg2 Be7 5. O-O O-O 6. d4 dxc4 7. Qc2 a6 8. a4 Bd7 9. Ne5 Bc6 10. Nxc6 Nxc6 11. e3 Na5 12. Nd2 c5 13. dxc5 Qc7 14. b4 cxb3 15. Nxb3 Nxb3 16. Qxb3 Rab8 17. Ba3 Nd7 18. Rfc1 Nxc5 19. Bxc5 Bxc5 20. Bxb7 Qe7 21. Rab1 a5 22. Qc4 Bxe3 23. Qc7 Qxc7 24. Rxc7 Bd2 25. Rd7 Rfd8 26. Rxd8+ Rxd8 27. Rd1 g5 28. Bg2 Rd4 29. Kf1 Bc3 30. Rxd4 Bxd4 31. Ke2 Kg7 32. Bc6 g4 33. Bg2 Kf6 34. h3 gxh3 35. Bxh3 Ke5 36. f4+ Ke4 37. Bg2+ Kf5 38. Bh3+ Ke4 39. Bg2+ Kf5 40. Bh3+ Ke4 1/2-1/2

[Event "Shenzhen WGP 2011"] [Site "Shenzhen CHN"] [Date "2011.09.19"] [Round "11"] [White "Ju, Wenjun"] [Black "Muzychuk, Anna"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D11"] [WhiteElo "2536"] [BlackElo "2545"] [PlyCount "83"] [EventDate "2011.09.07"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 Bg4 5. Nc3 e6 6. Qb3 Qb6 7. Nh4 Bh5 8. h3 g5 9. Nf3 h6 10. Bd3 Bxf3 11. gxf3 Nbd7 12. Bd2 O-O-O 13. O-O-O Kb8 14. Kb1 Rg8 15. Rhg1 Be7 16. Qxb6 axb6 17. cxd5 exd5 18. Ne2 Nh5 19. Ng3 Nxg3 20. fxg3 Nf8 21. f4 Ne6 22. Bc3 gxf4 23. gxf4 Bh4 24. Rg4 Bf2 25. Bd2 h5 26. Rxg8 Rxg8 27. Rf1 Rg2 28. Kc1 c5 29. dxc5 Nxc5 30. Bc2 Ne4 31. Bb3 d4 32. exd4 Bxd4 33. Bc3 Nxc3 34. bxc3 Be3+ 35. Kb1 f6 36. Bd1 h4 37. Bg4 Bd2 38. Rf3 Rg3 39. Kc2 Rxf3 40. Bxf3 Bxf4 41. Kd3 Kc7 42. Ke4 1/2-1/2


Fourth seed GM Victorija Cmilyte of Lithuania, rated 2525


A disappointing event for the former women's world champion Zhu Chen

[Event "Shenzhen WGP 2011"] [Site "Shenzhen CHN"] [Date "2011.09.19"] [Round "11"] [White "Cmilyte, Viktorija"] [Black "Zhu, Chen"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D82"] [WhiteElo "2525"] [BlackElo "2490"] [PlyCount "71"] [EventDate "2011.09.07"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Bf4 Bg7 5. e3 c5 6. dxc5 Qa5 7. Rc1 dxc4 8. Bxc4 O-O 9. Nf3 Qxc5 10. Bb3 Nc6 11. O-O Qa5 12. h3 Bf5 13. Qe2 Ne4 14. Nd5 e5 15. Bg5 Rae8 16. Bh4 Be6 17. Rfd1 f6 $2 {Fatal, as Viktorija quickly proves:} 18. Qc2 g5 19. Qxe4 gxh4 20. Qxh4 Kh8 21. e4 Bc8 22. Rd3 f5 23. Ng5 h6 24. Nf4 {Nice, especially when played by a human in a tournament game.} exf4 25. Rd6 { Threatening mate in two.} Be6 26. Nxe6 Qe5 27. Nxg7 Qxd6 28. Nxe8 Rxe8 29. Rd1 Qg6 30. exf5 Qg5 31. Qxg5 hxg5 {White is two pawns up and has the dangerous passer on f5. The game is over, the rest is routine.} 32. Rd6 Re1+ 33. Kh2 Ne5 34. f6 g4 35. f7 Kg7 36. Rd8 1-0

[Event "Shenzhen WGP 2011"] [Site "Shenzhen CHN"] [Date "2011.09.19"] [Round "11"] [White "Munguntuul, Batkhuyag"] [Black "Yildiz, Betul Cemre"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C63"] [WhiteElo "2465"] [BlackElo "2308"] [PlyCount "69"] [EventDate "2011.09.07"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 4. d3 fxe4 5. dxe4 Nf6 6. O-O d6 7. Nc3 Be7 8. a4 O-O 9. h3 Kh8 10. Be3 Be6 11. Qe2 Qe8 12. Bc4 Bxc4 13. Qxc4 Nh5 14. b4 Qg6 15. Kh2 Rac8 16. b5 Na5 17. Qb4 b6 18. Nxe5 Qe6 19. Nd3 Bf6 20. Rae1 c5 21. bxc6 Nxc6 22. Qa3 Nd4 23. Bxd4 Bxd4 24. Nb5 Be5+ 25. Nxe5 Qxe5+ 26. Kg1 Rc5 27. Qd3 Rf6 28. g3 Qe6 29. Kh2 a6 30. Nd4 Qc8 31. Re3 Rg6 32. c3 Qxh3+ $2 {In a losing position a combination that doesn't work.} 33. Kxh3 Nf4+ 34. Kh2 ({Naturally not} 34. gxf4 Rh5#) 34... Rh5+ (34... Nxd3 35. Rxd3 {is of course simply losing.}) 35. Kg1 1-0


Not a good tournament for bottom seed WIM Betul Cemre Yildiz

Photos by Anastasiya Karlovich and He Long


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