Jermuk R6: Three players stalking Ju Wenjun

7/24/2012 – The Chinese WGM is still in the lead, with 4.5/6 points, but three predatory GMs, Hou Yifan, Humpy Koneru and Ruan Lufei are keeping a sharp eye on her (enough allegories to justify the thumbnail?). The performance of the top four is well over 2600, and, with the next group a full point behind, they are going to decide the championship in the remaining five rounds amongst themselves.

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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.

Round five results

Round five: Saturday July 21, 2012 at 15:00h
GM
Danielian Elina 2480
½-½
GM
Zhao Xue 2556
GM
Hou Yifan 2617
1-0
IM
Khurtsidze Nino 2456
WGM
Ruan Lufei 2483
½-½
GM
Koneru Humpy 2598
IM
Kovalevskaya Ekaterina 2417
½-½
WGM
Ju Wenjun 2518
GM
Kosintseva Nadezhda 2516
0-1
IM
Mkrtchian Lilit 2450
GM
Lahno Kateryna 2537
½-½
IM
Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2447


After two losses a second win that pushed Lilit up to 50%


Another victory for the Chinese World Champion that puts her in second place


Nice shirts! Hou Yifan with her mother Wang Qian


Tools of her trade – Yifan's secret to success: a banana, a silver pot with longans,
wolfberries (or medlar) and raisins, all soaked in tea, a pen and some Tiger Balm


Bird of prey – not in the tournament but a denizen of Jermuk

Round six results

Round six: Sunday July 22, 2012 at 15:00h
GM
Zhao Xue 2556
½-½
IM
Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2447
IM
Mkrtchian Lilit 2450
½-½
GM
Lahno Kateryna 2537
WGM
Ju Wenjun 2518
½-½
GM
Kosintseva Nadezhda 2516
GM
Koneru Humpy 2598
1-0
IM
Kovalevskaya Ekaterina 2417
IM
Khurtsidze Nino 2456
0-1
WGM
Ruan Lufei 2483
GM
Danielian Elina 2480
½-½
GM
Hou Yifan 2617


What to do about these Chinese? Ruan Lufei ground out a win in 54 moves


A third win with one loss for 4.0/6 and equal 2nd-4th for Indian ace Humpy Koneru


Two of the friendliest players in the event took a 13-move draw


Lilit and Katya help Global Chess President Geoffrey Borg celebrate...


... his 49th birthday!


Simply enchanting: the venue in Jermuk after sunset

Photos by Arman Karakhanyan

Standings after six rounds

Remaining schedule

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

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
0-1
GM
Kosintseva Nadezhda 2516
GM
Lahno Kateryna 2537
1-0
IM
Kovalevskaya Ekaterina 2417
IM
Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2447
0-1
WGM
Ruan Lufei 2483
IM
Mkrtchian Lilit 2450
0-1
GM
Hou Yifan 2617
WGM
Ju Wenjun 2518
1-0
GM
Danielian Elina 2480
GM
Koneru Humpy 2598
1-0
IM
Khurtsidze Nino 2456
Round three: Thursday July 19, 2012 at 15:00h
IM
Khurtsidze Nino 2456
0-1
GM
Zhao Xue 2556
GM
Danielian Elina 2480
1-0
GM
Koneru Humpy 2598
GM
Hou Yifan 2617
½-½
WGM
Ju Wenjun 2518
WGM
Ruan Lufei 2483
1-0
IM
Mkrtchian Lilit 2450
IM
Kovalevskaya Ekaterina 2417
1-0
IM
Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2447
GM
Kosintseva Nadezhda 2516
½-½
GM
Lahno Kateryna 2537
Round four: Friday July 20, 2012 at 15:00h
GM
Zhao Xue 2556
1-0
GM
Lahno Kateryna 2537
IM
Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2447
½-½
GM
Kosintseva Nadezhda 2516
IM
Mkrtchian Lilit 2450
1-0
IM
Kovalevskaya Ekaterina 2417
WGM
Ju Wenjun 2518
1-0
WGM
Ruan Lufei 2483
GM
Koneru Humpy 2598
½-½
GM
Hou Yifan 2617
IM
Khurtsidze Nino 2456
½-½
GM
Danielian Elina 2480
Round five: Saturday July 21, 2012 at 15:00h
GM
Danielian Elina 2480
½-½
GM
Zhao Xue 2556
GM
Hou Yifan 2617
1-0
IM
Khurtsidze Nino 2456
WGM
Ruan Lufei 2483
½-½
GM
Koneru Humpy 2598
IM
Kovalevskaya Ekaterina 2417
½-½
WGM
Ju Wenjun 2518
GM
Kosintseva Nadezhda 2516
0-1
IM
Mkrtchian Lilit 2450
GM
Lahno Kateryna 2537
½-½
IM
Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2447
Round six: Sunday July 22, 2012 at 15:00h
GM
Zhao Xue 2556
½-½
IM
Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2447
IM
Mkrtchian Lilit 2450
½-½
GM
Lahno Kateryna 2537
WGM
Ju Wenjun 2518
½-½
GM
Kosintseva Nadezhda 2516
GM
Koneru Humpy 2598
1-0
IM
Kovalevskaya Ekaterina 2417
IM
Khurtsidze Nino 2456
0-1
WGM
Ruan Lufei 2483
GM
Danielian Elina 2480
½-½
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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