View Full Version : 2011 Women's World Championship [Hou Yifan - Humpy Koneru]

Kevin Bonham
27-02-2011, 09:01 PM
Yes, a thread for another one already. Apparently the WWC is now an annual event, but it isn't always a knockout. Rather, this year the winner of the most recent WWC final, Hou Yifan, will face the highest placed qualifier from the Women's Grand Prix.

The final round of the Women's Grand Prix is being held at the moment and only Nana Dzagnidze and Humpy Koneru can still qualify. But Koneru needs to win the final tournament and faces a minor obstacle because she is currently on 2.5/5 while Elina Danielien is on ... 5/5! In this tournament Dzagnidze herself hasn't been doing that well, but she did further her chances by beating Koneru.

So late this year there will be a 10-game match between Hou Yifan and either Koneru or Dzagnidze, and it present the chances of the latter are firming.

Dzagnidze is dangerous as can be seen from this brilliant win from Gibraltar:

Dzagnidze - Vallejo

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. g3 O-O 5. Bg2 d6 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. O-O a6 8. e4 Rb8 9. h3 b5 10. e5 Ne8 11. Ng5 Na5 12. e6 Bxe6 13. Nxe6 fxe6 14. c5 e5 15. dxe5 Bxe5 16. Bg5 Nc4 17. Nd5 Nf6 18. b3 Bxa1 19. Qxa1 Ne5 20. f4 Nd3 21. c6 Rf7 22. Rd1 Nc5 23. Re1 Qf8 24. Rxe7 Rxe7 25. Nxf6+ Kf7 26. Bd5+ Ne6 27. Nd7 Qh8 28. Bf6 Qg8 29. Bxe7 Kxe7 30. Qf6+ 1-0

Kevin Bonham
03-03-2011, 11:18 PM
Koneru has defeated Danielian and is now on 5.5/8, a point behind Danielian with three games to go, needing an outright win of the event for any chance of qualifying.

If Koneru wins the tournament outright, Dzagnidze can still qualify by also overtaking Danielian and placing second outright. Dzagnidze has won her last three games and is now equal third on 5/8.

Koneru's remaining opponents are all sub-2500 while Danielian's are higher-rated.

Kevin Bonham
05-03-2011, 11:16 PM
After ten rounds Danielian was on 7.5 and Koneru on 7 leaving Koneru needing to beat Zhu Chen with black, and have Danielian lose to draw with Stefanova with white, and have Sebag not beat Munguntuul with black, to qualify.

Danielian has drawn with Stefanova thus guaranteeing herself =1st at worst in the current GP event and qualifying Dzagnidze for a shot at the Women's World Championship in a real match rather than the usual knockout short-game rubbish. [EDIT: Koneru has qualified, see below.]

Dzagnidze won the Jermuk GP, came second in Nanjing and equal third in Nalchik; in this one she's midfield but the best three count. Hou had a first, a second, an equal second and a midfield result.

06-03-2011, 06:36 AM
Didn't happen as Danielian has drawn with Stefanova thus guaranteeing herself =1st at worst in the current GP event and qualifying Dzagnidze for a shot at the Women's World Championship in a real match rather than the usual knockout short-game rubbish.Both chessbase and Susan Polgar are reporting that Humpy has qualified, not Dzagnidze.


On the 5th of March the Grand Prix of Qatar has ended. Humpy Koneru became a winner of Women Grand Prix in Qatar and also got the right to play the match against Hou Yifan.

Round eleven was as thrilling as it was expected. After two quite peaceful draws between Dzagnidze-Chiburdanidze and Danielian-Stefanova, all the attention turned to the games which would identify the winner of Grand Prix in Qatar and also decide the participant of the match with Hou Yifan. The Chinese has already clinched the first place in the overall Grand Prix cycle and is a current World Champion among women.

The first contender Nana Dzagnidze could not have an effect on the situation and was waiting for the result of the second challenger Humpy Koneru who needed to win the game in order to have a chance to qualify.

Another important for the final standings game was played between Marie Sebag and Bathkhuyag Munguntuul. The French player also needed to win in order to share the first place. In such case Nana Dzagnidze would get a ticket to the match because Humpy Koneru would not get enough points in overall series of Women Grand Prix. After almost 5 hours of fighting Marie Sebag was defeated by Mongolian player and Humpy Koneru scored a crucial point!


Kevin Bonham
06-03-2011, 09:01 PM
Yes, they're correct and the calculations I had seen or done (forget which) on the issue were incorrect. Koneru is indeed the qualifier with 398 1/3 points to Dzagnidze's 390 after recording a two-way tie for first (worth 145 points with 137 needed). Koneru won Istanbul, tied for first in Qatar and tied for third in Ulaanbaatar.

A 10-game match between the two best females in the world who aren't called Polgar should be an exciting event.