Sharjah 10: Ju Wenjun one round away

by Alejandro Ramirez
9/6/2014 – The players took the time to visit different touristic parts of UAE in their rest day and prepared themselves for the penultimate round in Sharjah. Batchimeg Tuvshintugs continues with a fantastic tournament and held Hou Yifan to a draw. The Mongolian player only needs a draw for a GM norm. Ju Wenjun's draw with Humpy still keeps her in the lead by a mere half point.

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The sixth and final stage of the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix series 2013-2014 is taking place at the Sharjah Cultural and Chess Club, (UAE) from the 24th of August until the 7th of September 2014. Over eleven rounds, twelve of the strongest women players in the world will compete in the round robin tournament with the standard FIDE time control of 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, with 30 minutes being added at that point and an additional 30 seconds per move through the entire game.

Free Day

Anna Ushenina ready for her free day

The first stop was the Aquarium

A beautiful tunnel where the players observed all kinds of marine life

And some even got to play with them!

Not everyone went to the aquarium, but most did

Harika and Elina rehearsing before their round ten game!

Then it was up Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the World

A spectacular view enjoyed by Humpy and Harika

A late night with show and food

And Henna tatoos!

Lastly the players got to ride camels at night

Some more gracefully than others...

Round Ten

Round 10 –September 05 2014, 15:00h
Zhao Xue 2508
½-½
Ushenina, Anna 2487
Zhu Chen 2461
1-0
Kosintseva, Tatiana 2494
Ju Wenjun 2559
½-½
Koneru Humpy 2598
Danielian, Elina 2490
0-1
Dronavalli Harika 2521
Tuvshintugs, Batchimeg 2346
½-½
Hou Yifan 2661
l'Ami, Alina 2446
½-½
Muminova, Nafisa 2315

Zhao Xue ½-½ Ushenina, Anna
The Queen's Gambit Accepted variation chosen in this game led to White winning a pawn but having her queen almost trapped. Ushenina used this time to perpetually attack the queen, forcing a draw.

Showing off that Henna

Zhu Chen 1-0 Kosintseva, Tatiana
White's aggressive opening left her in a good position, but she underestimated Black's potential play. Kosintseva powerfully took control of the center and the game, and although her pawn sacrifice was not necessary it was good enough to give her compensation and initiative. She overstepped her limits, however, and she pushed her d-pawn too quickly. Zhu Chen used this time to start a very surprising and effective kingside attack that left Kosintseva's king exposed and White went in for a swift kill.

Ju Wenjun ½-½ Koneru Humpy
Ju Wenjun outplayed Humpy from a complex Bogo-Indian type of structure, eventually reaching a position in which Black was passive and tied down to the d6 pawn. However she decided to let her opponent bail out with a draw by offering a repetition. It is strange the Chinese player didn't play longer as she was playing without any risk.

Still half a point ahead: Ju Wenjun

Danielian, Elina 0-1 Dronavalli Harika
Danielian's 30.f4? left her in a position that was difficult to defend. After a long endgame she almost reached a draw, but made a fatal decision on where to put her queen and that left her one tempo short in the resulting queen and pawn endgame.

Friendly words before a very hard-fought game

Tuvshintugs, Batchimeg ½-½ Hou Yifan
If anything it was the Mongolian player that had the upper hand against the World Champion. In the final position White's chances were a little preferable thanks to the superior coordination of her queen and knight, but Tuvshintugs decided to opt for a draw.

Hou Yifan has had a good tournament, but her rating is so far ahead everyone else's that she is only winning two rating points

"Look, I drew for you!" Batchimeg's draw keeps her GM-norm chances alive and Ju Wenjun's lead

l'Ami, Alina ½-½ Muminova, Nafisa
Something definitely went wrong in the opening for l'Ami as the diagonals that were opened against her king were very dangerous. Muminova should not have let White establish a knight on e5 that did a good job blockading the h2-b8 diagonal. Things started to look bad fro the Romanian player again, but she found a nice sacrificial resource that barely let her give a perpetual check.

A real thriller!

Round Ten Games

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Standings

Photos by Maria Emelianova

Pairings and Schedule

Round 01 – August 25 2014, 15:00h
Zhu Chen 2461
0-1
Zhao Xue 2508
Ju Wenjun 2559
½-½
Ushenina, Anna 2487
Danielian, Elina 2490
½-½
Kosintseva, Tatiana 2494
Tuvshintugs, Batchimeg 2346
1-0
Koneru Humpy 2598
l'Ami, Alina 2446
0-1
Dronavalli Harika 2521
Muminova, Nafisa 2315
0-1
Hou Yifan 2661
Round 02 –August 26 2014, 15:00h
Zhao Xue 2508
½-½
Hou Yifan 2661
Dronavalli Harika 2521
1-0
Muminova, Nafisa 2315
Koneru Humpy 2598
1-0
l'Ami, Alina 2446
Kosintseva, Tatiana 2494
½-½
Tuvshintugs, Batchimeg 2346
Ushenina, Anna 2487
1-0
Danielian, Elina 2490
Zhu Chen 2461
0-1
Ju Wenjun 2559
Round 03 –August 27 2014, 15:00h
Ju Wenjun 2559
1-0
Zhao Xue 2508
Danielian, Elina 2490
1-0
Zhu Chen 2461
Tuvshintugs, Batchimeg 2346
½-½
Ushenina, Anna 2487
l'Ami, Alina 2446
0-1
Kosintseva, Tatiana 2494
Muminova, Nafisa 2315
½-½
Koneru Humpy 2598
Hou Yifan 2661
½-½
Dronavalli Harika 2521
Round 04 –August 28 2014, 15:00h
Zhao Xue 2508
½-½
Dronavalli Harika 2521
Koneru Humpy 2598
0-1
Hou Yifan 2661
Kosintseva, Tatiana 2494
½-½
Muminova, Nafisa 2315
Ushenina, Anna 2487
1-0
l'Ami, Alina 2446
Zhu Chen 2461
0-1
Tuvshintugs, Batchimeg 2346
Ju Wenjun 2559
1-0
Danielian, Elina 2490
Round 05 –August 30 2014, 15:00h
Danielian, Elina 2490
1-0
Zhao Xue 2508
Tuvshintugs, Batchimeg 2346
½-½
Ju Wenjun 2559
l'Ami, Alina 2446
½-½
Zhu Chen 2461
Muminova, Nafisa 2315
½-½
Ushenina, Anna 2487
Hou Yifan 2661
1-0
Kosintseva, Tatiana 2494
Dronavalli Harika 2521
½-½
Koneru Humpy 2598
Round 06 –August 31 2014, 15:00h
Zhao Xue 2508
1-0
Koneru Humpy 2598
Kosintseva, Tatiana 2494
1-0
Dronavalli Harika 2521
Ushenina, Anna 2487
0-1
Hou Yifan 2661
Zhu Chen 2461
½-½
Muminova, Nafisa 2315
Ju Wenjun 2559
1-0
l'Ami, Alina 2446
Danielian, Elina 2490
½-½
Tuvshintugs, Batchimeg 2346
Round 07 –September 01 2014, 15:00h
Tuvshintugs, Batchimeg 2346
0-1
Zhao Xue 2508
l'Ami, Alina 2446
½-½
Danielian, Elina 2490
Muminova, Nafisa 2315
½-½
Ju Wenjun 2559
Hou Yifan 2661
1-0
Zhu Chen 2461
Dronavalli Harika 2521
½-½
Ushenina, Anna 2487
Koneru Humpy 2598
1-0
Kosintseva, Tatiana 2494
Round 08 –September 02 2014, 15:00h
Zhao Xue 2508
½-½
Kosintseva, Tatiana 2494
Ushenina, Anna 2487
½-½
Koneru Humpy 2598
Zhu Chen 2461
½-½
Dronavalli Harika 2521
Ju Wenjun 2559
½-½
Hou Yifan 2661
Danielian, Elina 2490
1-0
Muminova, Nafisa 2315
Tuvshintugs, Batchimeg 2346
1-0
l'Ami, Alina 2446
Round 09 – September 04 2014, 15:00h
l'Ami, Alina 2446
0-1
Zhao Xue 2508
Muminova, Nafisa 2315
½-½
Tuvshintugs, Batchimeg 2346
Hou Yifan 2661
½-½
Danielian, Elina 2490
Dronavalli Harika 2521
0-1
Ju Wenjun 2559
Koneru Humpy 2598
½-½
Zhu Chen 2461
Kosintseva, Tatiana 2494
0-1
Ushenina, Anna 2487
Round 10 –September 05 2014, 15:00h
Zhao Xue 2508
½-½
Ushenina, Anna 2487
Zhu Chen 2461
1-0
Kosintseva, Tatiana 2494
Ju Wenjun 2559
½-½
Koneru Humpy 2598
Danielian, Elina 2490
0-1
Dronavalli Harika 2521
Tuvshintugs, Batchimeg 2346
½-½
Hou Yifan 2661
l'Ami, Alina 2446
½-½
Muminova, Nafisa 2315
Round 11 – September 06 2014, 13:00h
Muminova, Nafisa 2315   Zhao Xue 2508
Hou Yifan 2661   l'Ami, Alina 2446
Dronavalli Harika 2521   Tuvshintugs, Batchimeg 2346
Koneru Humpy 2598   Danielian, Elina 2490
Kosintseva, Tatiana 2494   Ju Wenjun 2559
Ushenina, Anna 2487   Zhu Chen 2461

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Grandmaster Alejandro Ramirez has been playing tournament chess since 1998. His accomplishments include qualifying for the 2004 and 2013 World Cups as well as playing for Costa Rica in the 2002, 2004 and 2008 Olympiads. He currently has a rating of 2583 and is author of a number of popular and critically acclaimed ChessBase-DVDs.
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