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Agent Smith
23-06-2012, 07:49 AM
http://kazan2012.fide.com/index.php

Was won by Hump Koneru after a see-sawing tournament.

1 2 GM Humpy Koneru 2589 IND * 1 1 1 1 7.5 0.5 36.75 3
2 12 GM Anna Muzychuk 2598 SLO * 1 1 1 1 7.5 0.5 36.5 3
3 5 GM Viktorija Cmilyte 2508 LTU * 1 0 1 1 1 7 1 35 3
4 11 GM Hou Yifan 2623 CHN 0 * 1 1 1 1 1 0 7 0 37.25 4
5 9 GM Alexandra Kosteniuk 2457 RUS 1 0 * 1 0 0 1 1 6 1 31 3.5
6 1 GM Elina Danielian 2484 ARM 0 0 * 1 1 1 0 1 6 0 30.75 2.5
7 4 GM Tatiana Kosintseva 2532 RUS 0 0 * 1 1 5.5 0 27.5 2
8 8 GM Keteryana Lahno 2546 UKR 0 1 0 0 * 1 5 0 25.5 2.5
9 7 GM Antoaneta Stefanova 2518 BUL 0 0 0 * 1 4.5 1 22 2
10 6 GM Nadezhda Kosintseva 2528 RUS 0 0 1 0 0 * 1 4.5 0 22.75 2.5
11 10 IM Alisa Galliamova 2484 RUS 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 * 1 3 0 13.5 1.5
12 3 WGM Betul Cemre Yildiz 2333 TUR 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 * 2.5 0 14 1

Agent Smith
23-06-2012, 07:51 AM
Solid win after a nice opening gotcha.

[Event "FIDE Women GP Kazan 2012"]
[Site "Kazan, RUS"]
[Date "2012.06.20"]
[Round "9.5"]
[White "Kosteniuk, Alexandra"]
[Black "Danielian, Elina"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2457"]
[BlackElo "2484"]
[ECO "C13"]
[EventDate "2012.??.??"]
[PlyCount "59"]

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.e5 Nfd7 6.h4 c5 7.Bxe7 Kxe7
( 7...Qxe7 8.Nb5 Kd8
( 8...Qd8 9.Nd6+ Ke7 )
9.c3 cxd4 10.cxd4 Qb4+ 11.Qd2 Nc6 12.Rd1 Qxd2+ 13.Rxd2 )
8.dxc5 Nc6 9.Qd2 Nxc5 10.O-O-O Qa5 11.Rh3 h6 12.Nge2 Rd8 13.Qf4 Nd7 14.Rg3
Rg8 15.Re3 Rb8 16.Nd4 Nxd4 17.Rxd4 g5 18.hxg5 hxg5 19.Qg3 Qc5 20.Qg4 b5
21.b4 Qc6 22.Qh5 a5 23.Nxd5+ exd5 24.e6 Rg6 25.exd7+ Kxd7 26.Bd3 Rg7 27.
Qh8 Qf6 28.Rxd5+ Kc6 29.Rc5+ Kd6 30.Qf8+ 1-0

Kevin Bonham
23-06-2012, 08:02 PM
One place in the 2013 Women's World Championship is at stake here and it can be won by finishing either first or second (second place is good enough if the 2012 WC winner wins the GP too).

The players still in contention for first are Hou Yifan, Muzychuk, Zhao Xue, Ju Wenjun and Koneru. Muzychuk needs to win her final event with Hou no better than third while the others each have two events to go but would need to do very strongly in both.

Ruan Lufei and Munguntuul Batkhuyag are in remote mathematical contention for second but would have to do much better than they have so far. Cmilyte's last round draw has eliminated her from contention for the 2013 World Champs unless someone withdraws.

Next event is Jermuk 16-30 July and the last is Istanbul 22 Oct - 5 Nov.

Kevin Bonham
26-07-2012, 06:53 PM
Probably not worth a new thread for each one of these but Jermuk is now in progress. Hou Yifan is playing in this one (originally slated not to) and equal leading with Ju Wenjun on 5.5/8. Zhao Xue is still just in the race for a needed big result on 4.5/8 as is Lufei on 4.5 while Koneru is on 4/8 (Batkhuyag on 3/8 is not surprisingly struggling.) In the next few days we will likely see some of the players mentioned in the above post eliminated from the race for 2013.

Kevin Bonham
27-07-2012, 04:09 PM
Hou Yifan leading outright, 2 rounds to go. If she wins outright she will win the Grand Prix but the race will still be on for second.

Kevin Bonham
29-07-2012, 04:32 PM
Hou Yifan lost to Lahno in the final round but it did not matter as the only players who could tie with her also lost. Hence Hou Yifan outright first 7/11 N Kosintseva, Lahno, Koneru 6.5, Ju Wenjun, Ruan Lufei 6 etc

The result is that Hou Yifan wins the Grand Prix with three outright wins from four events and will appear in the 2013 World Champs as either champion or challenger.

Second place now determines the challenger should Hou also win the 2012 knockout. Anna Muzychuk, Humpy Koneru, Ju Wenjun and Zhao Xue are in contention for this but the last two would need at least =1st in the last event in Istanbul to get there.

Kevin Bonham
19-09-2012, 10:24 PM
Last event now on in Istanbul. Of those in the race for second, Wenjun Ju had a setback with this draw against Socko:

6k1/5b2/7p/8/8/5Pq1/1Q6/7K b - - 0 1

70...Bd5?? 71.Qh8+! forcing black to stalemate white.

And it was worse for Zhao Xue who lost to Cmilyte. Still plenty of rounds to go though.

Kevin Bonham
20-09-2012, 09:17 PM
Koneru now equal 1-2 on 3.5/4 and Muzychuk now equal 3-5 on 3.0/4.

As they are now, Koneru would finish second with 400 points to Muzychuk's 375. Muzychuk needs to score above 100 points to improve her standing (which requires outright 3rd, equal 2nd-5th or better). If Muzychuk fails to do so then Koneru can beat her by scoring above 120 (which requires outright 2nd, equal 1st-4th or better.)

Kevin Bonham
22-09-2012, 07:33 PM
Muzychuk defeated Socko in round 5 to join leaders Koneru and Ruan Lufei. This puts Muzychuk back on track for the potentially crucial GP second place.

Kevin Bonham
23-09-2012, 06:32 PM
Muzychuk - Yildiz epic SCB ending

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bc5 5.Nxc6 Qf6 6.Qf3 dxc6 7.Nc3 Be6 8.Qg3 0-0-0 9.Be3 Bxe3 10.Qxe3 Kb8 11.f4 Ne7 12.Bd3 Rhe8 13.0-0 Bc8 14.Qf2 Qd4 15.a3 c5 16.Rad1 a6 17.Be2 Qxf2+ 18.Kxf2 Nc6 19.Rxd8 Rxd8 20.Rd1 Rd4 21.Ke3 f6 22.Bf3 Be6 23.Rd2 Kc8 24.h4 Rxd2 25.Kxd2 Nd4 26.Bd1 Kd7 27.Ne2 Nxe2 28.Bxe2 Kd6 29.Kc3 Bd7 30.Bc4 Bc6 31.Kd3 h6 32.Ke3 Ba4 33.c3 Bc6 34.Be2 Bd7 35.Bh5 Ba4 36.Kf2 b6 37.Kg3 a5 38.Be2 Bd7 39.Kf3 Bc6 40.Ke3 Bd7 41.g4 Be8 42.Bc4 Bd7 43.Be2 Be8 44.Bd1 Bd7 45.Bf3 Be8 46.Be2 Bd7 47.Kf3 Bc6 48.Bc4 Bb7 49.Bf7 Bc6 50.Bg6 Bd7 51.Bh7 Bc6 52.Bf5 Be8 53.Ke3 Bc6 54.g5 Ba4 55.Bg4 Bc6 56.Be2 Be8 57.Bc4 Bh5 58.Kf2 Be8 59.Kf3 Bh5+ 60.Kg3 Bd1 61.gxh6 gxh6 62.Bf1 Bh5 63.Bg2 Be8 64.Kg4 Ke6 65.Bf1 b5 66.Be2 h5+ 67.Kf3 Kd6 68.Bf1 Bd7 69.Kg3 Bc6 70.Bg2 Bd7 71.Bh3 Bc6 72.Bf5 Be8 73.Kf3 Bf7 74.Ke3 Be8 75.Bh7 b4 76.Bg8 Bd7 77.Bf7 Bg4 78.Bg6 Ke6 79.Kd2 Kd6 80.Kd3 Bf3 81.Bf5 Bd1 82.Ke3 Ba4 83.Kd2 Be8 84.Kd3 Bb5+ 85.Ke3 Be8 86.Kd2 Bf7 87.Kd3 Bb3 88.Bh3 Bd1 89.Bf1 Bb3 90.Be2 Bf7 91.Bf3 c6 92.Ke3 Be8 93.Be2 Bf7 94.Kf2 Bg6 95.Bf3 Bf7 96.Kg3 Be8 97.Bg2 Bf7 98.Bh3 Bb3 99.Kf2 Bd1 100.Ke3 Bb3 101.Kd2 Bf7 102.Bc8 Bc4 103.Bf5 Bf7 104.Bh7 Be6 105.Bg6 Bg4 106.Ke3 Bd1 107.Be8 Bg4 108.Bf7 Ke7 109.Bc4 Bd7 110.axb4 cxb4 111.cxb4 axb4 112.Kd4 Kd6 113.e5+ fxe5+ 114.fxe5+ Ke7 115.Kc5 Be6 116.Kxb4 Bg4 117.Kc5 Bf3 118.b4 Kd7 119.Bf7 Ke7 120.e6 Bg2 121.Bxh5 Kxe6 122.Be8 Bf1 123.Bxc6 Kf6 124.Bd5 Be2 125.Bc4 Bg4 126.Kd6 Bf3 127.b5 Be4 128.b6 Bb7 129.Kc7 Be4 130.Bb5 1-0

Koneru and Muzychuk now 5/6 with no-one else above 4.

Kevin Bonham
24-09-2012, 11:56 AM
Koneru back in the box seat after round seven, in outright first half a point ahead of Muzychuk with four rounds to go. Koneru beat Wenjun Ju with white while Muzychuk drew with Zhao Xue with black. The two leaders play in round nine with Koneru white.

Kevin Bonham
27-09-2012, 12:27 PM
Muzychuk into the lead defeating Koneru with black:

1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nc3 g6 4.e3 Nf6 5.d4 cxd4 6.exd4 d5 7.Bg5 Be6 8.Bxf6 exf6 9.Be2 Bb4 10.0-0 Bxc3 11.bxc3 dxc4 12.Rb1 b6 13.Qa4 Qd7 14.Bxc4 Bxc4 15.Qxc4 0-0 16.Rfe1 Rac8 17.h3 Rfd8 18.Qd3 Qd6 19.Qa6 Rc7 20.Nd2 Kg7 21.Nc4 Qd5 22.Ne3 Qa5 23.Qc4 Rcc8 24.Qb3 Qg5 25.Nc4 Qd5 26.Ne3 Qd7 27.Rbd1 Na5 28.Qb4 f5 29.d5 Qd6 30.Qd4+ Qf6 31.c4 f4 32.Qxf6+ Kxf6 33.Ng4+ Kg7 34.Ne5 Nxc4 35.Nxc4 Rxc4 36.Re7 Ra4 37.Rd2 Rd6 38.f3 a5 39.Kf2 Rb4 40.Re4 Rxe4 41.fxe4 Kf6 42.Kf3 Ke5 43.Rb2 h5 44.a4 g5 45.Rb1 Rg6 46.Rd1 g4+ 47.hxg4 hxg4+ 48.Ke2 Rd6 49.Kd3 f5 50.Re1 fxe4+ 51.Rxe4+ Kxd5 52.g3 Kc5+ 53.Kc3 f3 54.Rxg4 Rf6 55.Rc4+ Kd5 56.Rd4+ Ke5 57.Rd1 f2 58.Rf1 Ke4 0-1

Muzychuk has more difficult opponents in the last two rounds, playing Cmilyte and Ruan Lufei while Koneru plays Socko (who is having a shocking tournament) and tailender Ozturk. However a tie for first will be enough for Muzychuk to come second in the GP and potentially qualify for a WC match.

Kevin Bonham
28-09-2012, 02:14 PM
Muzychuk drew with Cmilyte and Koneru beat Ozturk so it is now down to the final round. To finish second in the GP Koneru must do better against Socko than Muzychuk does against Ruan Lufei.

My disappointment about this system is that instead of it determining a sure challenge spot, it actually determines a maybe-challenge on the precondition that Hou Yifan wins this year's knockout WC.

It could happen instead that a weaker player wins the knockout and then becomes women's world champion and defends their title against Hou Yifan, which I do not think would be as interesting.

Kevin Bonham
28-09-2012, 11:51 PM
Humpy Koneru has won the Ankara GP and finished second in the Women's GP, meaning that if Hou Yifan wins the knockout world championship later this year, then Koneru will be her challenger.

Muzychuk was unable to win this very strange game against Ruan Lufei. Don't expect your pet computer to help you understand this one too well; until computers get the Monte Carlo simulations going they won't understand concepts like "never ever" and hence can't grasp that the key question in much of this game is: can the black dark-square bishop ever emerge from its cage?

Ruan Lufei - Muzychuk

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bc5 5.Nxc6 Qf6 6.Qf3 bxc6 7.Nd2 a5 8.a4 Ne7 9.Qxf6 gxf6 10.Nb3 Bb6 11.Bd2 0-0 12.c4 d6 13.c5 dxc5 14.Bc4 f5 15.f3 fxe4 16.fxe4 Be6 17.Rc1 Ng6 18.Bh6 Rfe8 19.Nd2 Ne5 20.b3 Rad8 21.Rc3 Rd6 22.Rg3+ Bg4 23.Bf4 Rg6 24.Bxe5 Rxe5 25.Rf1 Re7 26.Rf4 Bh5 27.Rxg6+ Bxg6 28.g4 Kg7 29.Ke2 f6 30.Ke3 Rd7 31.Rf2 Rd4 32.h4 h6 33.Rg2 Ba7 34.g5 hxg5 35.hxg5 f5 36.Rf2 fxe4 37.Rf6 Bb6 38.Re6 Rd6 39.Re7+ Kf8 40.Re5 Rd4 41.Nf1 Rd7 42.Re6 Kg7 43.Ng3 Rd6 44.Re5 Rd4 45.Kf4 Kf8 46.Re6 Rd6 47.Re5 Rd2 48.Re6 Rd6 49.Rxg6 Rxg6 50.Nxe4 Rd6 51.Kf5 Kg7 52.Nf6 Ba7 53.Nh5+ Kh7 54.Nf6+ Kg7 55.Ng4 Bb6 56.Ne5 Ba7 57.Kg4 Bb6 58.Kh5 Rd2 59.Nxc6 Rh2+ 60.Kg4 Rg2+ 61.Kf4 Rf2+ 62.Kg3 Rd2 63.Kg4 Rg2+ 64.Kf4 Rf2+ 65.Kg4 Rg2+ 66.Kf4 1/2-1/2