New Delhi GP: Four decisive results

by Klaus Besenthal
3/30/2023 – The Women’s Grand Prix in New Delhi saw its fourth round being played on Wednesday. Former leader Bibisara Assaubayeva was defeated by Aleksandra Goryachkina. Zhu Jiner, who beat Humpy Koneru, and Polina Shuvalova (pictured), who beat Nana Dzagnidze, now top the standings with 2½/4 points each. In addition, Kateryna Lagno defeated Vaishali Rameshbabu. | Photo: FIDE / Ismael Nieto

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An eventful round

There is already a Chinese woman on the throne of the women’s world champion, and there are also two Chinese women playing in the current Candidates Final. And Zhu Jiner seems to be making her way into this circle. In the overall Grand Prix ranking, she is already in a position that would entitle her to participate in the next Candidates Tournament, and at the event in New Delhi, she does not seem to want to be ousted from it.

Facing Humpy Koneru in the fourth round, Zhu simply had to make solid moves — and victory almost came by itself:


Zhu Jiner, Humpy Koneru

Zhu Jiner could make it into the next Candidates Tournament | Photo: FIDE / Ismael Nieto

Aleksandra Goryachkina

Aleksandra Goryachkina beat former leader Bibisara Assaubayeva | Photo: FIDE / Ismael Nieto

Results - Round 4


Standings - Round 4


All games



Klaus Besenthal is computer scientist, has followed and still follows the chess scene avidly since 1972 and since then has also regularly played in tournaments.