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Kevin Bonham
07-05-2013, 01:30 AM
First tournament currently on in Geneva has seen top seed Hou Yifan defeated by bottom seed WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs (2298).

Details of cycle and players here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FIDE_Women%27s_Grand_Prix_2013%E2%80%932014

Winner qualifies for 2015 WWC against winner of 2014 knockout World Champs. If they're the same person then the runner-up plays that person.

Given that the knockout is a silly way to award a world title compared to a match between the Grand Prix winner and the knockout winner, I might just start personally recognising every second year's winner as the real Women's World Champion. :lol:

Kevin Bonham
17-05-2013, 09:37 PM
IM Bela Khotenashvili on 8/11 was the eventual winner ahead of Anna Muzychuk 7.5 and Tatiana Kosintseva and Nana Dzagnidze 6.5. Hou Yifan had an absolute shocker performing 247 below rating for 5/11. Ushenina finished with an OK 6/11 including eight draws.

peter_parr
20-05-2013, 12:26 PM
The following article was published in the 41st year of my chess column in the Sydney Morning Herald on Monday 20 May 2013.

Leading final scores in the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix tournament in Geneva, Switzerland (12 players, 11 rounds):- IM B.Khotenashvili (GEO 2505) 8 – a 2681 result and above 8 GM’s ; GM A.Muzychuk (SLO 2585) 7.5. World Champion Anna Ushenina (UKR 2491) scored 6 and top seed Yifan Hou (CHN 2617) 5/11. The Ushenina-Yifan Hou world title match will be held in September in Taizhou, China.

Kevin Bonham
18-06-2013, 12:00 AM
Second tournament in Dilijan has started.

Koneru
Muzychuk
Dzagnidze
Khotenashvili
Stefanova
Kosintseva
Cmilyte
Ushenina
Harika
Danielian
Girya
Batchimeg

Dzagnidze defeated Batchimeg in round 1 and Kosintseva should have lost to Khotenashvili but won.

peter_parr
01-07-2013, 10:56 AM
The following article was published in the 41st year of my chess column in the Sydney Morning Herald on Monday 1st July 2013.

The FIDE Women’s Grand Prix tournament was held in Dilijan, Armenia. Leading final scores :- H.Koneru (IND 2597) 8/11 ; A.Muzychuk (SLO 2593), N.Dzagnidze (GEO 2550) 7. World Champion Anna Ushenina (UKR 2499) scored 50%.

Kevin Bonham
01-07-2013, 12:31 PM
Two down and Anna Muzychuk (250) leads Dzagnidze (220) and Kosintseva (190) of those who have played two events. Koneru, however, having played one and won one is possibly in the best position. Khotenashvili after unexpectedly winning the previous event finished last in this one.

flushfyre
01-07-2013, 01:12 PM
Has Anna Ushenina had any world-champion-worthy results since winning the world championship?

Kevin Bonham
01-07-2013, 01:29 PM
Has Anna Ushenina had any world-champion-worthy results since winning the world championship?

No. She's doing OK, running sixth in the GP with a couple of very slightly above midfield finishes, but the very random nature of the knockout half of the WC cycle means that FIDE have a "champion" with no other claim to the title.

Kevin Bonham
28-09-2013, 09:59 PM
Third GP event now on in Tashkent. Winner of the GP plays the winner of next year's silly knockout, which means that even though Hou Yifan is now WWC again, she needs to win the GP to make the 2015 match if she loses her title in the 2014 knockout.

Anyway Koneru, who has won the other GP event she played in, is in a strong position to win this one too as she is leading by a point with three to go. Hou Yifan plays in the last three GPs to come, and isn't playing in this one.

Agent Smith
29-09-2013, 10:44 AM
It sounds a little ridiculous.

How about Winner of each years GPs plays off against incumbant for the world title. How hard is that to figure out ?

Kevin Bonham
29-09-2013, 07:52 PM
The GP takes two years but I can't fathom what the point is of awarding the title every year anyway. Probably the only problem with using the GP as sole qualifier is that then to qualify you have to play lots of tournaments. That's why I think a match between the GP winner and the winner of a knockout World Cup to determine who plays the reigning titleholder might be a better system. As it stands they use the World Cup equivalent as the title every second year.

Kevin Bonham
01-10-2013, 12:19 AM
Koneru has won Tashkent outright and has a perfect score of two outright firsts from two events. Khotenashvili is also well placed after tying for second. 17 players are still in mathematical contention to win the GP but that's not surprising given that most have played at most two events.

In the last round Muminova managed to lose by mobile phone against Kosteniuk. I'm surprised FIDE do not require them to hand their phones in.

Kevin Bonham
22-04-2014, 11:54 PM
The Khanty-Mansiysk event won convincingly by Hou Yifan has its own thread.

Following the results of that one Muzychuk nominally "leads" but has 335 points from 3 events while Koneru has 320 from 2. One way of looking at it is that if you imagined the sixth event coming before the fifth, Koneru would pass Muzychuk with any result above outright last. So Koneru is clearly the "real" leader here.

Anyway by my calculations the following twelve are still in mathematical contention for first place:

A Muzychuk
Koneru
Khotenashvili
Dzagnidze
Hou Yifan
Lagno
T Kosintseva
Stefanova
Harika
Ju Wenjun
Zhao Xue
Muminova

Muminova has finished near the tail end of both events and would probably need to win both the remaining two outright, which isn't likely.

The Khanty result eliminated Girya, Kosteniuk, Ushenina and Batchimeg from contention from first and also second place. It seems that Stefanova is allowed to play five events (replaced Danielian in Khanty-Mansiysk) which if so is a bit unfair unless there is some special rule to limit her potential to score in one of them. But for that she would also be eliminated.

Kevin Bonham
20-06-2014, 10:43 PM
Underway in Lopota, Georgia with the following players:

Koneru
Stefanova
Zhao Xue
Khotenashvili
Hou Yifan
Muminova
Ju Wenjun
Danielian
Dzagnidze
Kosteniuk
Dronavalli
Muzychuk

Wins for Koneru, Hou and Ju in round 1.

Kevin Bonham
28-06-2014, 12:09 AM
Hou Yifan on 6.5/7 and leading by 1.5 points with four to play. If Hou Yifan wins then Erdenet in Aug-Sept will be a Hou Yifan - Koneru contest for the Grand Prix. If Hou Yifan wins this one they both have two outright wins, meaning that in all probability Hou Yifan's result in Erdenet must then be better than Koneru's result in either this event or Erdenet.

They might be the only players left in contention for the GP going into the last round since even if Muzychuk finishes outright second here, a result in the top half for Koneru eliminates Muzychuk from contention for first place.

Khotenashvili's performance in events has been remarkably up and down - an outright first, an equal second, an outright last and currently second-last in this one.

Agent Smith
28-06-2014, 07:30 AM
1: Hou, Yifan 2629 CHN 7.0 / 8 X 1 1 . = . = 1 . 1 1 1 2844 +17 (+6 -0 =2)
2: Ju, Wenjun 2532 CHN 5.5 / 8 0 X = . = 1 . 1 . 1 1 = 2655 +13 (+4 -1 =3)
3: Dzagnidze, Nana 2541 GEO 5.5 / 8 0 = X . 1 = . . = 1 1 1 2660 +12 (+4 -1 =3)
4: Muzychuk, Anna 2561 SLO 5.0 / 8 . . . X = 0 = = 1 = 1 1 2599 +4 (+3 -1 =4)
5: Koneru, Humpy 2613 IND 4.5 / 8 = = 0 = X . 1 1 = = . . 2583 -4 (+2 -1 =5)
6: Danielian, Elina 2460 ARM 4.5 / 8 . 0 = 1 . X = = = . = 1 2550 +9 (+2 -1 =5)
7: Harika, Dronavalli 2503 IND 4.5 / 8 = . . = 0 = X . 1 = = 1 2534 +3 (+2 -1 =5)
8: Stefanova, Antoaneta 2488 BUL 4.0 / 8 0 0 . = 0 = . X 1 1 . 1 2493 +1 (+3 -3 =2)
9: Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2532 RUS 3.5 / 8 . . = 0 = = 0 0 X . 1 1 2466 -7 (+2 -3 =3)
10: Zhao, Xue 2538 CHN 2.0 / 8 0 0 0 = = . = 0 . X = . 2355 -18 (+0 -4 =4)
11: Khotenashvili, Bela 2518 GEO 1.5 / 8 0 0 0 0 . = = . 0 = X . 2286 -22 (+0 -5 =3)
12: Muminova, Nafisa 2332 UZB 0.5 / 8 0 = 0 0 . 0 0 0 0 . . X 2086 -14 (+0 -7 =1)

http://en.chessbase.com/Portals/4/files/news/2014/events/lopota/yifan08.jpg

MichaelBaron
28-06-2014, 11:27 AM
The difference in live ratings of Polgar and Hou is now 30 points only. The gap is closing. Would be good to see a match between them.

Garvinator
28-06-2014, 08:05 PM
The difference in live ratings of Polgar and Hou is now 30 points only. The gap is closing. Would be good to see a match between them.
The only way you would see any game between them is if Hou starts playing in top line open events regularly.

flushfyre
28-06-2014, 08:23 PM
I daresay that Hou currently plays in more top open events than Polgar.

MichaelBaron
30-06-2014, 04:12 AM
Hou's live rating has reached 2650!

Agent Smith
02-07-2014, 06:27 AM
Hou played a couple of draws to finish with, while A.K. managed a final round win to leave her even.
Final

1: Hou, Yifan 2629 CHN 9.0 / 11 X 1 = 1 = 1 = = 1 1 1 1 2772 +17 (+7 -0 =4)
2: Ju, Wenjun 2532 CHN 7.0 / 11 0 X 1 = = 1 = 0 1 1 1 = 2621 +13 (+5 -2 =4)
3: Danielian, Elina 2460 ARM 7.0 / 11 = 0 X = = = 1 = 1 1 = 1 2638 +25 (+4 -1 =6)
4: Dzagnidze, Nana 2541 GEO 6.5 / 11 0 = = X = 0 1 = = 1 1 1 2583 +6 (+4 -2 =5)
5: Harika, Dronavalli 2503 IND 6.0 / 11 = = = = X = 0 1 = = = 1 2535 +4 (+2 -1 =8)
6: Stefanova, Antoaneta 2488 BUL 6.0 / 11 0 0 = 1 = X 0 1 = 1 = 1 2536 +8 (+4 -3 =4)
7: Koneru, Humpy 2613 IND 5.5 / 11 = = 0 0 1 1 X = = = 0 1 2512 -15 (+3 -3 =5)
8: Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2532 RUS 5.5 / 11 = 1 = = 0 0 = X 0 = 1 1 2532 +0 (+3 -3 =5)
9: Muzychuk, Anna 2561 SLO 5.5 / 11 0 0 0 = = = = 1 X = 1 1 2518 -6 (+3 -3 =5)
10: Zhao, Xue 2538 CHN 3.5 / 11 0 0 0 0 = 0 = = = X = 1 2386 -23 (+1 -5 =5)
11: Khotenashvili, Bela 2518 GEO 3.0 / 11 0 0 = 0 = = 1 0 0 = X 0 2345 -24 (+1 -6 =4)
12: Muminova, Nafisa 2332 UZB 1.5 / 11 0 = 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 X 2228 -10 (+1 -9 =1)

Kevin Bonham
02-07-2014, 09:21 AM
Wow, Muzychuk fell in a big heap at the end there.

Muzychuk's dismal run over the last few rounds eliminates her from contention. Now Koneru has 370 points and Hou has 365. Although Koneru's "lead" consists of a 50-point result (effectively, 8th/13) which she will probably drop, it does give her a tiebreak advantage. Therefore, Hou Yifan must finish ahead of Koneru in the final event and finish 8th or above (eg =7th to 9th counts as 8th). Otherwise Koneru wins the GP. (If Hou Yifan finishes above Koneru and finishes exactly 8th, then Hou Yifan will win on tiebreak).

Whichever of Koneru and Hou Yifan doesn't win the GP will be second, which means a World Championship match for them in the event that the winner wins the knockout rubbish.

Agent Smith
02-07-2014, 04:50 PM
Anna was doing ok until losing to Hou Yifan.

[Event "Lopota"]
[Site "Lopota"]
[Date "2014.06.29"]
[Round "9.3"]
[White "Muzychuk, Anna"]
[Black "Hou, Yifan"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B40"]
[EventDate "2014.??.??"]
[PlyCount "56"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 Nc6 4.Be2 Nge7 5.d4 Nxd4 6.Nxd4 cxd4 7.Qxd4 Nc6 8.Qd2 Bc5 9.O-O O-O 10.Nc3 d6 11.a3 a5 12.b3 e5 13.Nb5 Qh4 14.Bf3 Be6 15.Qg5 Qxg5 16.Bxg5 h6 17.Bd2 a4 18.Bd1 Nd4 19.Nc7 axb3 20.Nxa8 Rxa8 21.Bc3 Bxc4 22.a4 b5 23.axb5 Rxa1 24.Bxa1 Nxb5 25.Re1 Bd4 26.Bxd4 exd4 27.e5 dxe5 28.Rxe5 b2
( 28...b2 29.Re8+ Kh7 30.Bc2+ d3 31.Bb1 Nc3 32.Rb8 Nxb1 33.Rxb2 )
0-1

Kevin Bonham
26-08-2014, 04:42 PM
The Women's GP decider has commenced in Sharjah and Hou Yifan has a one-point start. She beat Muminova with black while Koneru lost a game she should never have lost to Tuvshintugs. (Despite her low rating Tuvshintugs also beat Hou in Geneva).

Tuvshintugs - Koneru

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.e3 b6 4.Bd3 Bb7 5.0-0 d5 6.b3 Bd6 7.Bb2 0-0 8.Ne5 c5 9.Nd2 Nc6 10.f4 Rc8 11.a3 Ne7 12.Qe2 Ne4 13.Bxe4 dxe4 14.Ndc4 Ba6 15.Rfd1 cxd4 16.Rxd4 Nf5 17.Rxe4 Bb7 18.Nxd6 Qxd6 19.Rd1 Qxd1+ 20.Qxd1 Bxe4 21.c4 f6 22.Ng4 Rcd8 23.Qe2 Rd3 24.Nf2 Rxe3 25.Qd2 h5 26.Nxe4 Rxe4 27.Kf2 Kh7 28.g3 Re3 29.Qd1 Kg6 30.Bc1 Re4 31.Bb2 e5 32.Qc2 Nd6?? [32...Re3 33.Bc1 exf4 34.Bxe3 fxe3+ 35.Ke1=] 33.Qd3 Rd8 34.fxe5 fxe5 35.Bxe5 Ouch 35...Kf7 36.Qd5+ 1-0

MichaelBaron
27-08-2014, 04:19 PM
The Women's GP decider has commenced in Sharjah and Hou Yifan has a one-point start. She beat Muminova with black while Koneru lost a game she should never have lost to Tuvshintugs. (Despite her low rating Tuvshintugs also beat Hou in Geneva).

Tuvshintugs - Koneru

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.e3 b6 4.Bd3 Bb7 5.0-0 d5 6.b3 Bd6 7.Bb2 0-0 8.Ne5 c5 9.Nd2 Nc6 10.f4 Rc8 11.a3 Ne7 12.Qe2 Ne4 13.Bxe4 dxe4 14.Ndc4 Ba6 15.Rfd1 cxd4 16.Rxd4 Nf5 17.Rxe4 Bb7 18.Nxd6 Qxd6 19.Rd1 Qxd1+ 20.Qxd1 Bxe4 21.c4 f6 22.Ng4 Rcd8 23.Qe2 Rd3 24.Nf2 Rxe3 25.Qd2 h5 26.Nxe4 Rxe4 27.Kf2 Kh7 28.g3 Re3 29.Qd1 Kg6 30.Bc1 Re4 31.Bb2 e5 32.Qc2 Nd6?? [32...Re3 33.Bc1 exf4 34.Bxe3 fxe3+ 35.Ke1=] 33.Qd3 Rd8 34.fxe5 fxe5 35.Bxe5 Ouch 35...Kf7 36.Qd5+ 1-0

Tuvshintugs is a very tricky player. I have played quite a few times in online blitz. She is a tough fighter.

Kevin Bonham
27-08-2014, 04:40 PM
Koneru defeated Alina L'Ami with white and Hou drew with black against Zhao Xue, so the gap is down to half a point, but Hou has had black twice.

Kevin Bonham
30-08-2014, 03:42 PM
Another two rounds played and Hou has increased her lead over Koneru. Round 3 Hou drew with Dronavili and Koneru drew with Muminova (but could have lost). Round 4 Hou defeated Koneru in their critical encounter, so now Hou is on 3 and Koneru 1.5.

1. d4 e6 2. c4 Nf6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Nf3 d5 5. Qb3 c5 6. dxc5 Na6 7. Bd2 O-O 8. cxd5 Nxd5 9. Nxd5 Bxd2 10. Nxd2 Nxc5 11. Qc4 Qxd5 12. Qxd5 exd5 13. Rc1 b6 14. e3 Bf5 15. b4 Nd3 16. Bxd3 Bxd3 17. Nb3 Bc4 18. Kd2 a5 19. bxa5 bxa5 20. Rc2 Rfb8 21. Rhc1 h5 22. Nc5 Rb5 23. Nd3 Re8 24. h4 g6 25. Nf4 Kg7 26. f3 Rb4 27. e4 Ra4 28. Nxd5 Bxd5 29. exd5 Rd4 30. Kc3 Rxd5 31. Kc4 Red8 32. g3 Rd4 33. Kb3 Rb8 34. Ka3 Re8 35. Kb2 Rd3 36. Rc3 Re2 37. Kb3 a4 38. Ka3 Rxc3 39. Rxc3 Rg2 40. Rd3 Rxg3 41. Kxa4 Rh3 42. Kb3 Rxh4 43. a4 Rf4 44. a5 h4 45. a6 Rf6 46. a7 Ra6 47. Rd4 Rxa7 48. Rxh4 Rc7 49. Rf4 Rc1 50. Kb2 Rc5 51. Ra4 Kf6 52. Ra7 g5 53. Rb7 Kg6 54. Ra7 f6 55. Ra6 Kf5 56. Ra4 Re5 0-1

Koneru has seven rounds left to try to recover the 1.5 point deficit.

MichaelBaron
31-08-2014, 11:33 AM
The winner qualifies for the WC match. However, Hou is the raining champion. Therefore, if she manages to defend her title in the nock-out championship coming up later on this year, I guess Koneru will still have a chance to challenge her in a championship match

Kevin Bonham
31-08-2014, 05:28 PM
The winner qualifies for the WC match. However, Hou is the raining champion. Therefore, if she manages to defend her title in the nock-out championship coming up later on this year, I guess Koneru will still have a chance to challenge her in a championship match

Oddly there seems to be a misprint in the WWCC regulations:


The winner of the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix series 2013-2014 will play the Women’s World Champion in the second
half of 2015 in a ten game match for the Women’s World Championship title. Should the overall winner of the Women’s Grand
Prix also be the Women’s World Champion at the end of the Grand Prix series in 2014, then the challenger rights will go to the second placed overall in the Grand Prix.

That seems to imply that Hou and Koneru will play a match no matter what, but the way it normally works is that if Hou loses her title in the knockout, then she plays the winner of the knockout in the 2015 match. I think that this is a drafting error because the drafters assumed the knockout would have been played by the time the GP is finished (which hasn't happened.)

Anyway Hou is another half-point closer as she now has 4/5 to Koneru's 2 with six to play.

Kevin Bonham
03-09-2014, 08:23 AM
Almost all over now as Hou is equal leader on 6.5/8 while Koneru is struggling on 3.5. Koneru needs to win her last three games and have Hou lose her last three, otherwise Hou has won the Grand Prix and qualified for the next real World Championship. (I don't think the knockouts should count.)

Agent Smith
04-09-2014, 05:27 PM
It was a free day today.

Batchimeg is the performer this tournament, with a live gain +32 elo. Ushenina is +6

http://en.chessbase.com/Portals/4/files/news/2014/events/sharjahgp/ushenina04.jpg

Kevin Bonham
05-09-2014, 11:53 AM
Hou has won the GP as she has 7/9 to Koneru's rather dismal score of 4.

So Hou will be one of the players in next year's real Women's World Championship. If Hou wins this year's fake WWC she will play Koneru next year, otherwise she will play this year's "champion".

MichaelBaron
07-09-2014, 12:35 PM
In nock-out, anything is possible but hard to imagine any female at all beating her in a longer match.