Lopota GP R03: Chinese Hou and Ju lead

6/22/2014 – With her win over Bela Khotenashvili WGM Ju Wenjun caught up with her compatriot, Chinese GM and Women's World Champion GM Hou Yifan. Both players have 2.5/3 points. Following at 2.0 are four GMs: Koneru Humpy, who will soon be married, and Harika Dronavalli from India, Anna Muzychuk of Ukraine, and Nana Dzagnidze of Georgia. Round three report.

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The fourth stage of the the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix series 2013-2014 is taking place at the Ugra Chess Academy, Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia from the from the 19th of June until the 1st of July 2014. It is a twelve-player round robin with time controls of 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, with 30 minutes plus an additional 30 seconds per move for the rest of the game. The total prize fund is 60,000, with the winner getting 10,000 Euro.

Round Three

Round 03 –June 21 2014, 15:00h
Zhao Xue 2538
0-1
Stefanova, Antoaneta 2488
Hou Yifan 2629
½-½
Koneru Humpy 2613
Ju Wenjun 2532
1-0
Khotenashvili, Bela 2518
Dzagnidze, Nana 2541
1-0
Muminova, Nafisa 2332
Dronavalli Harika 2503
½-½
Danielian, Elina 2460
Muzychuk, Anna 2561
1-0
Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2532

The key game of this round was Hou Yifan vs Koneru Humpy, top seeds and perennial number two and three in the world rankings. The game ended in a draw after the Chinese GM missed a great winning chance.

[Event "Lopota WGP 2014"] [Site "Lopota GEO"] [Date "2014.06.21"] [Round "3.2"] [White "Hou, Yifan"] [Black "Koneru, Humpy"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A00"] [WhiteElo "2629"] [BlackElo "2613"] [PlyCount "97"] [EventDate "2014.06.19"] 1. g3 {Yifan seems to keep this somewhat excentric opening as a potentially lethal weapon for Grand Prix events (she first used it in Khanty Mansyisk against Alexandra Kosteniuk). Here the players soon end up in Pirc territory.} Nf6 2. Bg2 g6 3. e4 e5 4. Ne2 Bg7 5. Nbc3 c6 6. d4 d6 7. h3 b5 8. Be3 Bb7 9. dxe5 dxe5 10. Qxd8+ Kxd8 11. a4 a6 12. Nc1 Nbd7 13. Nd3 Kc7 14. O-O Ne8 15. h4 Nd6 16. Bh3 Rad8 17. axb5 axb5 18. Bxd7 Rxd7 19. Nc5 Rdd8 20. Nxb7 Nxb7 21. Ra6 Ra8 22. Bb6+ Kd7 23. Rfa1 Rxa6 24. Rxa6 Rb8 25. Ra7 Bf6 26. Na2 Be7 27. Nc1 Bd6 28. Nd3 f5 29. b4 ({The biggest chance, mentioned by Humpy during the conference, was} 29. f4 $1 {should be winning:} exf4 (29... fxe4 30. Nxe5+ Bxe5 31. fxe5 {is very tricky as Black is completely tied up.} e3 (31... Ke6 32. Bc7 ) 32. Bxe3 {will secure White the full point.}) 30. e5 $1 {and e.g.} Be7 31. gxf4 $18) 29... Ke6 30. f3 fxe4 31. fxe4 h5 32. Kg2 Nd8 33. Nc5+ Bxc5 34. bxc5 Kf6 35. c3 Ne6 36. Kf3 Rf8 37. Ke3 Rf7 38. Ra8 Rf8 39. Ra7 Rf7 40. Ra6 Rf8 41. Ra2 Ke7 42. Ra7+ Kf6 43. Rd7 Ra8 44. Rd6 Ra3 45. Kd2 Ra2+ 46. Ke3 Ra3 47. Kd2 Ra2+ 48. Ke3 Ra3 49. Kd2 1/2-1/2

GM Koneru Humpy, third strongest female player ever, during her game against the second strongest

We are delighted to tell you that on May 22nd Humpy was engaged to be married to
Dasari Anvesh, son of Industrialist Dasari Ramakrishna, CEO of Efftronics Private Limited

The wedding will take place in Vijayawada on August 13 –
we extend our best wishes and congratulations to the new couple

The tournament playing hall was filled with chess partisans in round three, who were there to watch...

... Georgian GM Bella Khotenashvili, Elo 2518, who was born close to Lopota. After yesterday's defeat at the hands of Hou Yifan, Bella defended until the last drop of her energy, but lost to another Chinese player ...

WGM Ju Wenjun (above, 2532), who now has 2.5/3 and joins Hou Yifan in the lead.

[Event "Lopota WGP 2014"] [Site "Lopota GEO"] [Date "2014.06.21"] [Round "3.3"] [White "Ju, Wenjun"] [Black "Khotenashvili, Bela"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C26"] [WhiteElo "2532"] [BlackElo "2518"] [PlyCount "139"] [EventDate "2014.06.19"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3 Bc5 4. Bg2 O-O 5. Nge2 Re8 6. O-O c6 7. d4 exd4 8. Nxd4 h6 9. a3 Bf8 10. Bf4 d6 11. h3 Na6 12. Re1 Nc5 13. g4 a5 14. Qd2 Qb6 15. b3 Bd7 16. Nf5 Bxf5 17. gxf5 Rad8 18. Be3 Qc7 19. Bd4 Ncd7 20. f4 b5 21. b4 c5 22. Bf2 Rb8 23. bxc5 b4 24. axb4 axb4 25. Nd5 Nxd5 26. Qxd5 dxc5 27. e5 Nb6 28. Qc6 Qxc6 29. Bxc6 Rec8 30. Bb5 Rc7 31. e6 Be7 32. Ra6 fxe6 33. Rxe6 Nc8 34. Bc4 Kf8 35. Kf1 Rbb7 36. Ra8 Ra7 37. Rb8 $2 (37. Ra6 $1 {which the official tournament reporter Alina l'Ami calls "subtle, aesthetic and strong, all at the same time", would have let Wenjun collect the full point.} Rxa8 38. Rxa8 Ke8 39. Be6 {and Black will lose material.}) 37... Rab7 {Now for some time it looked like Bella, who was stubbornly defending, might hold on.} 38. Ra8 Ra7 39. Rb8 Rab7 40. Rxb7 Rxb7 41. Rc6 Nd6 42. Bd5 Rb8 43. f6 gxf6 44. Bxc5 Ne8 45. Be3 Rd8 46. Be4 Nd6 47. Bd3 Rb8 48. Rb6 Rxb6 49. Bxb6 Nb7 50. Be3 Nc5 51. Bc4 Kg7 52. Ke2 Kg6 53. Kf3 f5 54. Bd5 Na4 55. Bd4 Nc3 56. Bc6 Bd6 57. Be8+ Kh7 58. Bd7 Kg6 59. h4 Nd5 60. h5+ {To take or not to take, that is here the question.} Kxh5 $2 ({After} 60... Kf7 61. Bxf5 Nxf4 {Black is suffering, but she has kept her drawing chances alive.}) 61. Be8+ Kh4 62. Bf2+ Kh3 63. Bd7 Ne7 64. Bg3 $1 { [%cal Rd7b5,Rb5f1] Now Black has to give up too much material in order to prevent Bd7-b5-f1 mate.} Bxf4 65. Bxf4 h5 66. Bd6 Nd5 67. Bxf5+ Kh4 68. Be6 b3 69. cxb3 Nf4 70. Be7# {The game ended in mate anyway.} 1-0

Standings

Round three Games

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The beautiful lake in Lopota, which some players have already walked around

Photos and information by Alina l'Ami, from the official website

Schedule and results

Round 01 – June 19 2014, 15:00h
Koneru Humpy 2613
1-0
Stefanova, Antoaneta 2488
Zhao Xue 2538
½-½
Khotenashvili, Bela 2518
Hou Yifan 2629
1-0
Muminova, Nafisa 2332
Ju Wenjun 2532
1-0
Danielian, Elina 2460
Dzagnidze, Nana 2541
½-½
Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2532
Dronavalli Harika 2503
½-½
Muzychuk, Anna 2561
Round 02 – June 20 2014, 15:00h
Stefanova, Antoaneta 2488
½-½
Muzychuk, Anna 2561
Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2532
0-1
Dronavalli Harika 2503
Danielian, Elina 2460
½-½
Dzagnidze, Nana 2541
Muminova, Nafisa 2332
½-½
Ju Wenjun 2532
Khotenashvili, Bela 2518
0-1
Hou Yifan 2629
Koneru Humpy 2613
½-½
Zhao Xue 2538
Round 03 – June 21 2014, 15:00h
Zhao Xue 2538
0-1
Stefanova, Antoaneta 2488
Hou Yifan 2629
½-½
Koneru Humpy 2613
Ju Wenjun 2532
1-0
Khotenashvili, Bela 2518
Dzagnidze, Nana 2541
1-0
Muminova, Nafisa 2332
Dronavalli Harika 2503
½-½
Danielian, Elina 2460
Muzychuk, Anna 2561
1-0
Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2532
Round 04 – June 22 2014, 15:00h
Stefanova, Antoaneta 2488   Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2532
Danielian, Elina 2460   Muzychuk, Anna 2561
Muminova, Nafisa 2332   Dronavalli Harika 2503
Khotenashvili, Bela 2518   Dzagnidze, Nana 2541
Koneru Humpy 2613   Ju Wenjun 2532
Zhao Xue 2538   Hou Yifan 2629
Round 05 – June 24 2014, 15:00h
Hou Yifan 2629   Stefanova, Antoaneta 2488
Ju Wenjun 2532   Zhao Xue 2538
Dzagnidze, Nana 2541   Koneru Humpy 2613
Dronavalli Harika 2503   Khotenashvili, Bela 2518
Muzychuk, Anna 2561   Muminova, Nafisa 2332
Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2532   Danielian, Elina 2460
Round 06 – June 25 2014, 15:00h
Stefanova, Antoaneta 2488   Danielian, Elina 2460
Muminova, Nafisa 2332   Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2532
Khotenashvili, Bela 2518   Muzychuk, Anna 2561
Koneru Humpy 2613   Dronavalli Harika 2503
Zhao Xue 2538   Dzagnidze, Nana 2541
Hou Yifan 2629   Ju Wenjun 2532
Round 07 – June 26 2014, 15:00h
Ju Wenjun 2532   Stefanova, Antoaneta 2488
Dzagnidze, Nana 2541   Hou Yifan 2629
Dronavalli Harika 2503   Zhao Xue 2538
Muzychuk, Anna 2561   Koneru Humpy 2613
Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2532   Khotenashvili, Bela 2518
Danielian, Elina 2460   Muminova, Nafisa 2332
Round 08 – June 27 2014, 15:00h
Stefanova, Antoaneta 2488   Muminova, Nafisa 2332
Khotenashvili, Bela 2518   Danielian, Elina 2460
Koneru Humpy 2613   Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2532
Zhao Xue 2538   Muzychuk, Anna 2561
Hou Yifan 2629   Dronavalli Harika 2503
Ju Wenjun 2532   Dzagnidze, Nana 2541
Round 09 – June 29 2014, 15:00h
Dzagnidze, Nana 2541   Stefanova, Antoaneta 2488
Dronavalli Harika 2503   Ju Wenjun 2532
Muzychuk, Anna 2561   Hou Yifan 2629
Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2532   Zhao Xue 2538
Danielian, Elina 2460   Koneru Humpy 2613
Muminova, Nafisa 2332   Khotenashvili, Bela 2518
Round 10 – June 30 2014, 15:00h
Stefanova, Antoaneta 2488   Khotenashvili, Bela 2518
Koneru Humpy 2613   Muminova, Nafisa 2332
Zhao Xue 2538   Danielian, Elina 2460
Hou Yifan 2629   Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2532
Ju Wenjun 2532   Muzychuk, Anna 2561
Dzagnidze, Nana 2541   Dronavalli Harika 2503
Round 11 – July 01 2014, 13:00h
Dronavalli Harika 2503   Stefanova, Antoaneta 2488
Muzychuk, Anna 2561   Dzagnidze, Nana 2541
Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2532   Ju Wenjun 2532
Danielian, Elina 2460   Hou Yifan 2629
Muminova, Nafisa 2332   Zhao Xue 2538
Khotenashvili, Bela 2518   Koneru Humpy 2613

Grand Prix standings

Grand prix points were then allocated according to each player's standing in the tournament: 160 grand prix points for first place, 130 for second place, 110 for third place, and then 90 down to 10 points by steps of 10. In case of a tie in points the grand prix points are shared evenly by the tied players. Players only counted their best three tournament results. The player with the most grand prix points is the winner.

# Player
Geneva
Dilijan
Tashk.
Khanty
Lopota
Erdenet
Best 3
1 Muzychuk
130
120
 
85
x
 
335
2 Humpy
 
160
160
 
x
x
320
3 Khotenashvili
160
10
120
 
x
 
290
4 Dzagnidze
100
120
 
65
x
 
285
5 Lahno
60
 
120
85
 
x
265
6 Girya
10
30
55
130
 
 
215
7 Kosteniuk
45
 
55
110
x
 
210
8 Hou Yifan
45
 
 
160
x
x
205
9 Kosintseva
100
90
 
15
 
x
205
10 Ushenina
75
80
 
45
 
x
200
11 Stefanova
 
60
30
65
x
x
155
12 Harika
 
60
85
 
x
x
145
13 Ju Wenjun
75
 
70
 
x
x
145
14 Zhao Xue
 
 
85
45
x
x
130
15 Tuvshintugs
20
60
 
15
 
x
95
16 Danielian
 
30
40
 
x
 
70
17  Cmilyte
30
30
 
 
 
x
60
18 Muminova
 
 
20
30
x
x
50
19 Nakhbayeva
 
 
10
 
 
 
10

Source: Wikipedia

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