Shenzhen: Hou Yifan leads by a full point

9/18/2011 – With one round to go the young women's world champion from China has 7.5/9 points, with IM Anna Muzychuk of Slovenia at 6.5. In rounds nine and ten 50% of the games were decisive, and the total draw rate is a respectable 55% (21.7% white and 23.3% black wins). The organisers are providing excellent coverage – Internet broadcast, reports and high-class pictures. Penultimate report.

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The second stage of FIDE Women's Grand Prix cycle 2011-2012 is being staged from 5th to 20th of September in the Wuzhou Hotel in Shenzhen, China. The tournament is being organized by the Shenzhen Press Group in collaboration with FIDE and Chinese Chess Federation. The participants include 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 will receive 6,500 euros out of a prize fund of 40,000 Euros. Games startat 3:00 p.m. local time (round 11 starts at noon). Rest days are September 11th (after round four) and September 16th (after round eight).

Round 9 – Saturday, 17 September 2011
Both games between Chinese players were decisive: Hou Yifan defeated Ruan Lufey and Ju Wenjun was stronger in the game against Zhao Xue. After four draws in a row Anna Muzychuk managed to win against Viktorija Cmilyte. Elina Danielian was very close to catching a full point in the game against Betul Yildiz as well, but made a mistake and game was drawn. Ekaterina Kovalevsklaya and Tan Zhongyi had good chances in the endings but had to be satisfied with a draw results in the games against Bathhuyagh Munguntuul and Zhu Chen respectively. After nine games Hou Yifan kept the leading position in the tournament a full point ahead of Anna Muzychuk, who was in second place. Ju Wenjun and Zhao Xue shared third/fourth. Full report here.

[Event "Shenzhen WGP 2011"] [Site "Shenzhen CHN"] [Date "2011.09.17"] [Round "9"] [White "Ruan Lufei"] [Black "Hou Yifan"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B84"] [WhiteElo "2477"] [BlackElo "2578"] [PlyCount "80"] [EventDate "2011.09.07"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be2 e6 7. O-O Be7 8. f4 O-O 9. Kh1 Nc6 10. Be3 Bd7 11. Nb3 b5 12. Bf3 Qc7 13. a3 Rad8 14. g4 h6 15. Bg2 d5 16. e5 Nh7 17. Nd4 f6 18. exf6 Bxf6 19. f5 Nxd4 20. Bxd4 Kh8 21. Qd3 Bxd4 22. Qxd4 exf5 23. gxf5 Bxf5 24. Nxd5 Qxc2 25. Rac1 Qe2 26. Rc7 Qg4 27. Qxg4 Bxg4 28. Nf4 Rf6 29. h3 Bd1 30. Kg1 Bb3 31. Be4 Nf8 32. Nh5 Rxf1+ 33. Kxf1 Rd7 34. Rc8 Kg8 35. Ra8 Bc4+ 36. Kf2 Rd2+ 37. Ke3 Rxb2 38. Nf4 Kf7 39. Rxa6 Ne6 { White has been under permanent pressure in this Sicilian Scheveningen. Now she cracks.} 40. Nd5 $4 Re2+ ({and because of} 40... Re2+ 41. Kf3 Ng5+ 42. Kg4 Rxe4+ {White resigned.}) 0-1


Ju Wenjun ground out a 66-move win against GM Zhao Xue


Viktorija Cmilyte lost to Anna Muzychuk in 25 moves

Round 10 – Sunday, 18 September 2011

Three decisive games again in a round which saw former women's world champion Zhu Chen (above) play a dubious novelty, immediately get into trouble and then go down in a ruthless mop-up operation by her Mongolian opponent Bathhuyagh Munguntuul (picture below).

[Event "Shenzhen WGP 2011"] [Site "Shenzhen CHN"] [Date "2011.09.18"] [Round "10"] [White "Zhu Chen"] [Black "Munguntuul, B."] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D43"] [WhiteElo "2490"] [BlackElo "2465"] [PlyCount "114"] [EventDate "2011.09.07"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bh4 dxc4 7. e4 g5 8. Bg3 b5 9. Be2 Bb7 10. Qc2 Nbd7 11. Rd1 Qb6 12. Ne5 Bg7 13. Nxf7 $146 ({Predecessor (18):} 13. h4 g4 14. O-O Rd8 15. Na4 Qa5 16. Nxd7 Nxd7 17. Nc5 Nxc5 18. dxc5 Rxd1 19. Rxd1 Qxa2 20. Bc7 Qxb2 21. Rd8+ Ke7 22. Qd1 Qa1 23. Rd7+ Ke8 24. Rd8+ Ke7 25. Rd7+ Ke8 26. Rd8+ Ke7 {1/2-1/2 (26) Zhang Zhong (2608)-Karjakin,S (2645) Tiayuan 2005}) 13... Kxf7 14. e5 Rhd8 ({After} 14... Nd5 {Bathhuyagh was probably afraid of} 15. Bh5+ Ke7 16. Qg6 {although she could have defended adaquately with} Rag8 17. Qf7+ Kd8) 15. exf6 Nxf6 16. Be5 c5 17. Bxf6 Bxf6 18. Bh5+ Kg8 19. Qg6+ Bg7 20. dxc5 Rxd1+ 21. Nxd1 Qa5+ 22. Kf1 Bd5 23. h4 Qd2 24. Rh3 gxh4 25. Bg4 Rf8 26. c6 {Now the game begins to fall apart for the former world champion.} (26. Rxh4 {was the better alternative.}) 26... Kh8 27. Rxh4 $2 b4 $2 (27... c3 {wins on the spot, e.g.} 28. Rxh6+ (28. bxc3 Bc4+ 29. Kg1 Qe1+ {leads to mate.}) 28... Bxh6 29. bxc3 Bc4+ 30. Kg1 Qe1+ 31. Kh2 Bf4+ 32. g3 Bxg3+ {and it's curtains for White.}) 28. Be2 c3 29. Rg4 Be5 30. bxc3 bxc3 31. Rh4 Bf4 32. Rg4 Bg5 33. Nxc3 {and the rest is simply a mop-up operation by the Mongolian player.} Qxc3 34. Kg1 Qc1+ 35. Bf1 Qc5 36. Kh2 Qxf2 37. Bd3 Qf7 38. Ra4 Qxg6 39. Bxg6 Bxc6 40. Rxa7 Rf2 41. Kh3 Bxg2+ 42. Kg3 Rb2 43. a4 Bd5 44. Be8 Rb3+ 45. Kg4 Bf3+ 46. Kg3 Bc6+ 47. Kg4 Rb4+ 48. Kh3 Bxe8 49. Ra8 Kg7 50. Rxe8 Kf6 51. a5 Ra4 52. Ra8 Kf5 53. a6 e5 54. Kg3 Ra3+ 55. Kg2 Ke4 56. Kf1 Bf4 57. Kg2 Ra2+ 0-1


Chinese GM Zhao Xue at the start of round ten


Her opponent was Armenian GM Elina Danielian

[Event "Shenzhen WGP 2011"] [Site "Shenzhen CHN"] [Date "2011.09.18"] [Round "10"] [White "Zhao Xue"] [Black "Danielian, E."] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D17"] [WhiteElo "2497"] [BlackElo "2517"] [PlyCount "116"] [EventDate "2011.09.07"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. a4 Bf5 6. Nh4 Bg4 7. h3 Bh5 8. g4 Bg6 9. Nxg6 hxg6 10. e3 e6 11. Bxc4 Bb4 12. Qf3 Nbd7 13. Bd2 a5 14. g5 Nd5 15. h4 Qe7 16. Bb3 N5b6 17. O-O-O O-O-O 18. Na2 Bxd2+ 19. Rxd2 Kb8 20. Kb1 Ka8 21. e4 e5 22. Qc3 exd4 23. Rxd4 Nc5 24. Rxd8+ Rxd8 25. Qxa5+ Kb8 26. Re1 $2 {White misses a tactical point.} Nxb3 27. Qxb6 Rd1+ 28. Kc2 (28. Rxd1 Qxe4+ {and mate. }) 28... Rxe1 29. Kxb3 {Knight and pawn for the rook, but White is still lost.} Qe6+ 30. Ka3 Qd6+ 31. Kb3 Qd1+ 32. Ka3 Qd6+ 33. Kb3 Qd3+ 34. Nc3 Rxe4 35. Qc5 Re8 36. a5 Rd8 37. Qe5+ Ka7 38. Qxg7 Rd5 39. Qxf7 Rb5+ 40. Ka2 Rxa5+ 41. Kb3 Rb5+ 42. Ka2 Rb4 43. Qe7 Qc4+ 44. Ka1 Qa6+ 45. Kb1 Qb6 46. Kc1 Qa5 47. Qe3+ c5 48. Kb1 Rxh4 49. Qd3 Qa6 50. Qe3 Rd4 51. Qe8 Rb4 52. Qe3 Qf1+ 53. Kc2 Qc4 54. Kb1 Qd4 55. Qe6 Qd3+ 56. Kc1 Qf1+ 57. Kc2 Qxf2+ 58. Ne2 Qf5+ 0-1


Chinese WGM Tan Zhongyi, now in shared third/fourth place


Out of form: Viktorija Cmilyte, who is dropping 21 rating points

[Event "Shenzhen WGP 2011"] [Site "Shenzhen CHN"] [Date "2011.09.18"] [Round "10"] [White "Tan Zhongyi"] [Black "Cmilyte, V."] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A88"] [WhiteElo "2429"] [BlackElo "2525"] [PlyCount "83"] [EventDate "2011.09.07"] 1. d4 f5 2. c4 Nf6 3. Nf3 g6 4. g3 Bg7 5. Bg2 O-O 6. O-O d6 7. Nc3 c6 8. d5 e5 9. dxe6 Bxe6 10. b3 Na6 11. Bb2 Qe7 12. Re1 Ne4 13. Qc1 Nac5 14. Nxe4 Bxb2 15. Qxb2 fxe4 16. Nd4 e3 17. f4 Bg4 18. Qc2 g5 19. b4 Ne6 20. Nxe6 Qxe6 21. b5 Bf5 22. Qb3 gxf4 23. bxc6 bxc6 24. Bxc6 Be4 25. Bxe4 Qxe4 26. c5+ d5 27. Rad1 Rad8 28. Qd3 Qe6 29. gxf4 Rxf4 30. Rf1 Re4 31. Kh1 Kh8 32. c6 Qe5 33. Rf3 d4 $2 { The decisive error: White throws away a defensible game.} 34. c7 Re8 35. Qc4 Rh4 36. h3 Rc8 37. Rg1 Qe4 38. Rg2 Qe7 {and now it is already a forced mate.} 39. Rfg3 h6 40. Qg8+ Rxg8 41. Rxg8+ Kh7 42. Rh8+ 1-0


This important game between the top seeds, Hou Yifan and Ju Wenjun, was a hard-fought draw

[Event "Shenzhen WGP 2011"] [Site "Shenzhen CHN"] [Date "2011.09.18"] [Round "10"] [White "Hou Yifan"] [Black "Ju Wenjun"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B93"] [WhiteElo "2578"] [BlackElo "2536"] [PlyCount "79"] [EventDate "2011.09.07"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. f4 e5 7. Nf3 Nbd7 8. a4 Be7 9. Bc4 O-O 10. O-O Qb6+ 11. Kh1 exf4 12. a5 Qc5 13. Bb3 Ne5 14. Bxf4 Ng6 15. Bg3 Bg4 16. Qd2 Rae8 17. h3 Bd7 18. Qd4 Bc6 19. Qd3 Nh5 20. Bf2 Qb4 21. Nd4 Nhf4 22. Qf3 Bf6 23. Nxc6 bxc6 24. Bb6 Bxc3 25. Ra4 Qb5 26. bxc3 c5 27. Raa1 Re7 28. Qe3 Nh5 29. Bd5 Nf6 30. Rxf6 gxf6 31. Qf3 Re5 32. Qxf6 Qd7 33. Rd1 Rh5 34. Rd3 Re5 35. Rg3 Qe7 36. Rxg6+ hxg6 37. Qxg6+ Kh8 38. Qh6+ Kg8 39. Qg6+ Kh8 40. Qh6+ 1/2-1/2


In the lead by a full point, with one round to go: Chinese GM Hou Yifan


Chess is not the easy: second seed WGM Ju Wenjun, 2536


At the bottom of the cross table: WIM Betul Cemre Yildiz of Turkey, rated 2308


One of the many photographers in Shenzhen

Photos by Anastasiya Karlovich and He Long

Standings after ten rounds


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