Fifth FIDE Women's Grand Prix starts in Jermuk

7/17/2012 – This event with zwelve elite female players is taking place in the Armenian hamlet of Jermuk, which is fast becoming a centre of chess, with it's third Grand Prix in four years. It started with a big opening ceremony on Monday, with the President of the country (and chess federation) present. In round one on Tuesday Humpy, Ju Wenjun and Kovalevskaya scored. Big illustrated report.

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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.

Jermuk


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Jermuk was a popular destination during the Soviet era and nowadays is still famous for its hot springs and its brand of mineral water that is bottled in the vicinity. It has a huge waterfall, a natural bridge, a lake, forests with its walking trails and mineral water pools.


Jermuk is located at an elevation of 2000m (6,800 ft) hand has a population of 6,200

Jermuk is currently being redeveloped to become a modern centre of tourism and health services. It is also being set up to become a sort of chess centre, with numerous chess tournaments hosted or scheduled to be hosted. The current event is the third FIDE Grand Prix in Jermuk – the first was in 2009, the second in 2010.

Participants of the 2012 Women's Grand Prix in Jermuk

No.
Name
Title
Fed
Rtg
1
Hou Yifan
GM
CHN
2617
2
Humpy Koneru
GM
IND
2598
3
Zhao Xue
GM
CHN
2556
4
Kateryna Lahno
GM
UKR
2537
5
Ju Wenjun
WGM
CHN
2518
6
Nadezhda Kosintseva
GM
RUS
2516
7
Ruan Lufei
WGM
CHN
2483
8
Elina Danielian 
GM
ARM
2480
9
Nino Khurtsidze
IM
GEO
2456
10
Lilit Mkrtchian
WGM
ARM
2450
11
Munguntuul Batkhuyag
WGM
MGL
2447
12
Ekaterina Kovalevskaya
WGM
RUS
2417

Opening ceremony


The participants lined up for the start of the opening ceremony


Dignitaries: GM Smbat Lputian, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, Armenian (and Chess Federation) President Serge Sargsyan, five-time women's world champion Nona Gaprindashvili, Global Chess president Geoffrey Borg.


Drawing of colours: women's world champion Hou Yifan gets the 4


Youthful musical presentation...


... and the reaction of a participant (Nino Khurtsidze)


Zhao Xue, Ju Wenjun and Nadezhda Kosintseva have mixed feelings


Group photo. Front: Nona Gaprindashvili, Munguntuul Batkhuyag, Nadezhda Kosintseva, Ekaterina Kovalevskaya, Hou Yifan, Kateryna Lahno; second row: Elina Danielian, Nino Khurtsidze, Lilit Mkrtchian, Zhao Xue, Ju Wenjun, Ruan Lufei

Results of the first round

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


Chinese WGM Ju Wenjun beat Georgian IM Nino Khurtsidze with the black pieces


Second seed GM Humpy Koneru of India, rated 2598, beat...


...Chinese GM Zhao Xue, rated 2556


Russian IM Ekaterina Kovalevskaya, rated 2417, beat...


...Russian GM Nadezhda Kosintseva, rated 2516


WGM Munguntuul Batkhuyag of Mongolia and GM Hou Yifan, China, discussing
their game and the round with GM Smbat Lputian

Schedule

1st day: Arrivals and Opening Ceremony 16.07.2012
2nd day: Round 1 17.07.2012
3rd day: Round 2 18.07.2012
4th day: Round 3 19.07.2012
5th day: Round 4 20.07.2012
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

Current Women's Grand Prix standings

Jermuk, Armenia, is the fifth leg of the second series of the Women's Grand Prix. So far the current Women World Champion Hou Yifan of China leading followed by Ana Muzychuk of Slovenia. Hou Yifan will be looking to win the Grand Prix in Jermuk clearly ahead of the other competitors, as in this way she would secure first place and a guaranteed match next year if she then fails to retain her title in the Women World Championship later on this year in Khanty Mansiysk, Russia.

Player
Title
Rtng
Rost.
Shenz.
Nalch.
Kazan
Jerm.
Mard.
Best 3
Events
Hou Yifan
GM
2613
160
160
100
*
420
4
Anna Muzychuk
GM
2606
100
130
145
*
375
4
Kateryna Lahno
GM
2537
130
80
50
*
260
4
Zhao Xue
GM
2556
75
160
*
*
235
4
Viktorija Cmilyte
GM
2525
35
100
100
*
235
4
Ju Wenjun
WGM
2518
100
130
*
*
230
4
Tatiana Kosintseva
GM
2530
100
55
60
*
215
4
Koneru Humpy
GM
2598
65
145
*
*
210
4
Nadezhda Kosintseva
GM
2516
80
55
35
*
170
4
Elina Danielian
GM
2480
45
50
75
*
170
4
Ekaterina Kovalevskaya  
IM
2417
20
20
100
*
140
4
Antoaneta Stefanova
GM
2505
45
55
35
*
135
4
Alisa Galliamova
IM
2465
65
*
30
20
115
4
Ruan Lufei
WGM
2483
30
75
*
*
105
4
Tan Zhongyi
WGM
2447
100
100
Alexandra Kosteniuk
GM
2472
10
10
75
95
3
Zhu Chen
GM
2491
35
55
90
2
Munguntuul Batkhuyag
IM
2447
60
20
*
*
80
4
Betul Cemre Yildiz
WGM
2330
10
10
*
20
3
Monica Socko
GM
2481
*
Nino Khurtsidze
IM
2456
*
Lilit Mkrtchian
IM
2450
*
Kubra Ozturk
WGM
2296
*

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
-
GM
Kosintseva Nadezhda 2516
GM
Lahno Kateryna 2537
-
IM
Kovalevskaya Ekaterina 2417
IM
Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2447
-
WGM
Ruan Lufei 2483
IM
Mkrtchian Lilit 2450
-
GM
Hou Yifan 2617
WGM
Ju Wenjun 2518
-
GM
Danielian Elina 2480
GM
Koneru Humpy 2598
-
IM
Khurtsidze Nino 2456
Round three: Thursday July 19, 2012 at 15:00h
IM
Khurtsidze Nino 2456
-
GM
Zhao Xue 2556
GM
Danielian Elina 2480
-
GM
Koneru Humpy 2598
GM
Hou Yifan 2617
-
WGM
Ju Wenjun 2518
WGM
Ruan Lufei 2483
-
IM
Mkrtchian Lilit 2450
IM
Kovalevskaya Ekaterina 2417
-
IM
Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2447
GM
Kosintseva Nadezhda 2516
-
GM
Lahno Kateryna 2537
Round four: Friday July 20, 2012 at 15:00h
GM
Zhao Xue 2556
-
GM
Lahno Kateryna 2537
IM
Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2447
-
GM
Kosintseva Nadezhda 2516
IM
Mkrtchian Lilit 2450
-
IM
Kovalevskaya Ekaterina 2417
WGM
Ju Wenjun 2518
-
WGM
Ruan Lufei 2483
GM
Koneru Humpy 2598
-
GM
Hou Yifan 2617
IM
Khurtsidze Nino 2456
-
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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