Tashkent Women's Grand Prix - Congratulations to Humpy Koneru Print
Monday, 30 September 2013 06:13
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Closing Ceremony

Official closing ceremony of the 3rd stage of Women Grand Prix Series 2013-14 was held in the Gallery of Fine Art of Tashkent on 30th of September. The ceremony was attended by many honoured guests such as the FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the Chairperson of Fund Forum's Board of Trustees Gulnara Karimova, the Minister of Culture and Sports of Uzbekistan Minhozhiddin Hozhimatov, the First Deputy Minister of Sports of Uzbekistan Zhasur Akramov, the Head of the Administration of Sports Rashid Talipov, the Director of Tashkent branch of REU after G.V. Plekhanov acad. K.Kh. Abdurakhmanov, the Head of the Administration of Olympic reserve Kamil Bayazitov, the Head of The State Committee for Communication, Informatization and Telecommunication Technologies of the Republic of Uzbekistan Hurshid Mirzahidov and many others.

Full report is here.

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Left: FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, center: Chairperson of Fund Forum's Board of Trustees Gulnara Karimova

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Standings after the 3rd leg of FIDE Women's Grand Prix.

Results of Round 11.

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
6 WGM Muminova Nafisa 2293 0 - 1 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2495 12
7 GM Zhao Xue 2579 1 - 0 GM Dronavalli Harika 2475 5
8 IM Khotenashvili Bela 2514 1 - 0 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2496 4
9 WGM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan 2307 0 - 1 GM Lagno Kateryna 2532 3
10 WGM Girya Olga 2439 ½ - ½ GM Koneru Humpy 2607 2
11 WGM Ju Wenjun 2535 ½ - ½ GM Danielian Elina 2470 1

Humpy Koneru became the winner of Grand Prix in Tashkent and now has a fascinating 100% result from two stages played!

Bela Khotenashvili shared second to third with Kateryna Lagno but Georgian had a better tie-break.

Zhao Xue outplayed Harika Dronavalli to take the fourth while the Indian moves to the fifth.

The full standings table of the tournament is available here.

Photos of the last round by Maria Emelianova are available at the Photo Gallery.

Photos from the closing ceremony as well as interesting interviews and the full report will be uploaded soon. Stay tuned!

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Round 10

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SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
12 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2495 ½ - ½ WGM Ju Wenjun 2535 11
1 GM Danielian Elina 2470 ½ - ½ WGM Girya Olga 2439 10
2 GM Koneru Humpy 2607 1 - 0 WGM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan 2307 9
3 GM Lagno Kateryna 2532 ½ - ½ IM Khotenashvili Bela 2514 8
4 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2496 0 - 1 GM Zhao Xue 2579 7
5 GM Dronavalli Harika 2475 1 - 0 WGM Muminova Nafisa 2293 6

In the tenth round Indian players Humpy Koneru (on the right) and Harika Dronavalli (left) were celebrating victories over Guliskhan Nakhbayeva and Nafisa Muminova respectively. Before the last round Humpy is leading with 7½ points while Harika has 6½. Kateryna Lagno and Bela Khotenashvili on the press conference looked quite satisfied with a peace and are now sharing third to fourth with 6 points each. Zhao Xue outplayed the former world champion Antoaneta Stefanova although her compatriot Ju Wenjun was close to a catastrophe with another former world champion Alexandra Kosteniuk, but managed to get a half-point. Chinese are now sharing sixth to seventh with 5½ points each, followed by Olga Girya, which has 5 after a draw with Elina Danielian.

For the full standings table please kindly visit this section.

Pictures of the 10th round and press conferences are in the Photo Gallery.

Full report is available at http://tashkent2013.fide.com/


Round 9

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SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
5 GM Dronavalli Harika 2475 0 - 1 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2495 12
6 WGM Muminova Nafisa 2293 0 - 1 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2496 4
7 GM Zhao Xue 2579 1 - 0 GM Lagno Kateryna 2532 3
8 IM Khotenashvili Bela 2514 1 - 0 GM Koneru Humpy 2607 2
9 WGM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan 2307 0 - 1 GM Danielian Elina 2470 1
10 WGM Girya Olga 2439 ½ - ½ WGM Ju Wenjun 2535 11

In spite of loss to Bela Khotenashvili, Humpy Koneru is still leading by a full point, as Kateryna Lagno and Harika Dronavalli were defeated by Zhao Xue and Alexandra Kosteniuk respectively. Elina Danielian and Antoaneta Stefanova both scored their second full points by winning against Guliskhan Nakhbayeva and Nafisa Muminova accordingly. The only one draw was signed between Olga Girya and Ju Wenjun.



For the current standings table please kindly visit this section.

Pictures of the 9th round are in the Photo Gallery.

Full report is available at http://tashkent2013.fide.com/


Round 8

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SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
12 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2495 0 - 1 WGM Girya Olga 2439 10
11 WGM Ju Wenjun 2535 ½ - ½ WGM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan 2307 9
1 GM Danielian Elina 2470 ½ - ½ IM Khotenashvili Bela 2514 8
2 GM Koneru Humpy 2607 1 - 0 GM Zhao Xue 2579 7
3 GM Lagno Kateryna 2532 ½ - ½ WGM Muminova Nafisa 2293 6
4 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2496 ½ - ½ GM Dronavalli Harika 2475 5

The eights round didn't bring any major changes to the leading group as Humpy Koneru outplayed Zhao Xue and increased her leading to one point. Harika Dronavalli and Kateryna Lagno drew against Antoaneta Stefanova and Nafisa Muminova accordingly to keep sharing second place. Ju Wenjun and Bela Khotenashvili also signed a peace with Guliskhan Nakhbayeba and Elina Danielian to stay on fourth to fifth places. In the Russian derby Olga Girya managed to score a point against Alexandra Kosteniuk.

The full standings table you can find here.

Pictures of the 8th round are available in the Photo Gallery.

Full report is available at http://tashkent2013.fide.com/


Round 7

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Round 7: Black side revenges, Koneru is back to sole lead

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
4 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2496 ½ - ½ GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2495 12
5 GM Dronavalli Harika 2475 ½ - ½ GM Lagno Kateryna 2532 3
6 WGM Muminova Nafisa 2293 0 - 1 GM Koneru Humpy 2607 2
7 GM Zhao Xue 2579 0 - 1 GM Danielian Elina 2470 1
8 IM Khotenashvili Bela 2514 0 - 1 WGM Ju Wenjun 2535 11
9 WGM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan 2307 0 - 1 WGM Girya Olga 2439 10

Without any doubts, the seventh round of the Grand Prix has happened to be the most exciting round here so far. Besides the theoretical clash of the leaders Harika Dronavalli and Kateryna Lagno, which finished with an early rather logical draw, non of the games had a predictable result. And after the principal battle of two former world champions Antoaneta Stefanova and Alexandra Kosteniuk has finished in a draw with a plenty of mistakes from both sides, the one could have thought "OK, that was very exciting". But then we found ourselves watching how the lowest-rated Nafisa Muminova creates a crucial attack on the king of the leader, top-seeded Humpy Koneru. However, the experience and steel nerves of the Indian has helped her to stay back and outplay Uzbek to once again get her sole leadership.

Elina Danielian was celebrating her first victory in the tournament as she forced Zhao Xue to blunder in an uncomfortable position after exchange sacrifice by Armenian. Ju Wenjun was stronger than Bela Khotenashvili to share with her the fourth place in the current standings.

But "the sweetest treat" of the evening was the long battle of Guliskhan Nakhbayeva against Olga Girya, where Russian in over 100 moves managed to convert a nearly equal endgame in her favor.

Pictures of the 7th round and press conferences are available in the Photo Gallery.

Full report is available at http://tashkent2013.fide.com/


Round 6

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Round 6: Lagno advances to the top

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
12 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2495 1 - 0 WGM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan 2307 9
10 WGM Girya Olga 2439 0 - 1 IM Khotenashvili Bela 2514 8
11 WGM Ju Wenjun 2535 1 - 0 GM Zhao Xue 2579 7
1 GM Danielian Elina 2470 ½ - ½ WGM Muminova Nafisa 2293 6
2 GM Koneru Humpy 2607 ½ - ½ GM Dronavalli Harika 2475 5
3 GM Lagno Kateryna 2532 1 - 0 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2496 4

Kateryna Lagno enters the second half of FIDE Grand Prix in a good mood as she outplayed Antoaneta Stefanova to catch up the Indian leaders Humpy Koneru and Harika Dronavalli, who have signed a peace in their principal battle. Another national derby was an upset for Zhao Xue to Ju Wenjun having quite comfortable position after the opening. Alexandra Kosteniuk and Bela Khotenashvili won their games against Guliskhan Nakhbayeva and Olga Girya, while Nafisa Muminova drew against Elina Danielian.

After six rounds Koneru, Dronavalli and Lagno are leading with 4.5 points, Knotenashvili is half a point behind, Zhao has 3.5.

Full standings table you can find here.

Pictures of the 6th round and press conferences are in the Photo Gallery.

Full report is available at http://tashkent2013.fide.com/
Round 5

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Round 5: Tough day for Black


SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
3 GM Lagno Kateryna 2532 1 - 0 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2495 12
4 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2496 ½ - ½ GM Koneru Humpy 2607 2
5 GM Dronavalli Harika 2475 1 - 0 GM Danielian Elina 2470 1
6 WGM Muminova Nafisa 2293 1 - 0 WGM Ju Wenjun 2535 11
7 GM Zhao Xue 2579 1 - 0 WGM Girya Olga 2439 10
8 IM Khotenashvili Bela 2514 1 - 0 WGM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan 2307 9

The fifth round of Women's Grand Prix in Tashkent appeared to be lucky for the white side as five of the six games finished in favor of those who made the first move, and Antoaneta Stefanova managed to make a draw with the leader Humpy Koneru despite the Indian had a slightly better position. Harika Dronavalli outplayed Elina Danielian to catch up her compatriot with 4 points, Kateryna Lagno and Zhao Xue are half-point behind them after beating Alexandra Kosteniuk and Olga Girya. Bela Khotenashvili has "+1" after defeating Guliskhan Nakhbayeva, and we have to point out a triumph of Nafisa Muminova over Ju Wenjun, which moved the leader of Uzbek female team to the middle of the standings table.

Pictures of the 5th round and press-conferences.

Full report is available at http://tashkent2013.fide.com/


Round 4

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The fourth round didn't change anything in the group of leaders: Humpy Koneru and Harika Dronavalli drew with Kateryna Lagno and Ju Wenjun accordingly, another Chinese Zhao Xue was lucky to save the game against Guliskhan Nakhbayeva, and Elina Danielian couldn't get anything from the position with well defending Antoaneta Stefanova and also signed a piece. Russian players Alexandra Kosteniuk and Olga Girya managed to score the first full point each by winning their games against Bela Khotenashvili and Nafisa Muminova.

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
12 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2495 1 - 0 IM Khotenashvili Bela 2514 8
9 WGM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan 2307 ½ - ½ GM Zhao Xue 2579 7
10 WGM Girya Olga 2439 1 - 0 WGM Muminova Nafisa 2293 6
11 WGM Ju Wenjun 2535 ½ - ½ GM Dronavalli Harika 2475 5
1 GM Danielian Elina 2470 ½ - ½ GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2496 4
2 GM Koneru Humpy 2607 ½ - ½ GM Lagno Kateryna 2532 3

Before the first free day Humpy Koneru is the sole leader with 3.5 points out of 4, Harika Dronavalli has 3, Zhao Xue and Kateryna Lagno - 2.5.

The full standings table is avaliable here

Pictures of the 4th round and press-conferences.

Full report is available at http://tashkent2013.fide.com/


Round 3

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SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
2 GM Koneru Humpy 2607 1 - 0 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2495 12
3 GM Lagno Kateryna 2532 1 - 0 GM Danielian Elina 2470 1
4 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2496 0 - 1 WGM Ju Wenjun 2535 11
5 GM Dronavalli Harika 2475 0 - 1 WGM Girya Olga 2439 10
6 WGM Muminova Nafisa 2293 1 - 0 WGM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan 2307 9
7 GM Zhao Xue 2579 0 - 1 IM Khotenashvili Bela 2514 8

In the third round all the games were resultative. Indian players Humpy Koneru and Harika Dronavalli quite confidently won their games with white pieces against Russians Alexandra Kosteniuk and Olga Girya accordingly. Humpy became the sole leader with 3 points, Harika is half-point behind her. Bela Khotenashvili overplayed Zhao Xue to join her on 3rd place together with Kateryna Lagno, who managed to score a point against Elina Danielian.

Antoaneta Stefanova lost control on the game in a completely winning situation against Ju Wenjun, and the Chinese used this mistake to outplay and join Bulgarian with 50 percent of points.

Finally Nafisa Muminova cheered up the Uzbek supporters by beating her long-time opponent at the Asian tournaments Guliskhan Nakhbayeva from Kazakhstan.

Pictures from the third round and press-conference.

Tournament standings

Full report is available at http://tashkent2013.fide.com/

Round 2

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Round 2: Humpy Koneru and Zhao Xue take the lead

Three of six games in the second round ended up in quick (but not quiet) draws: Ju Wenjun didn't find a winning move against Kateryna Lagno, Olga Girya had a minimum advantage against Antoaneta Stefanova, which was not enough for an active play, and Harika Dronavalli got a comfortable position with Guliskhan Nakhbayeva, and the game logically went to a half-point.

Two rating-leaders of Tashkent Grand Prix managed to take the lead both winning with black pieces: Zhao Xue outplayed Alexandra Kosteniuk and Humpy Koneru again had the longest but successful battle - today against Elina Danielian.

The novice of the Grand Prix Nafisa Muminova overplayed Bela Khotenashvili in the opening but couldn't find a winning move and blundered in a time trouble.

Round 2 results

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
12 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2495 0 - 1 GM Zhao Xue 2579 7
8 IM Khotenashvili Bela 2514 1 - 0 WGM Muminova Nafisa 2293 6
9 WGM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan 2307 ½ - ½ GM Dronavalli Harika 2475 5
10 WGM Girya Olga 2439 ½ - ½ GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2496 4
11 WGM Ju Wenjun 2535 ½ - ½ GM Lagno Kateryna 2532 3
1 GM Danielian Elina 2470 0 - 1 GM Koneru Humpy 2607 2

Pictures from the second round and press-conference.

Tournament standings


Full report is available at http://tashkent2013.fide.com/


Round 1

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Round 1: Time Trouble

The first game of Women's Grand Prix in Tashkent became quite tough for the players. Three hours after the first move was made by FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov in the game of Nafisa Muminova and Zhao Xue, most of the battles just reached the middle-games.
Four participants managed to score their first points in the tournament: top-seeded Humpy Koneru won the longest battle against Ju Wenjun, Antoaneta Stefanova and Zhao Xue outplayed the newcomers of the Grand Prix Series Guliskhan Nakhbayeva and Nafisa Muminova accordingly, and Harika Dronavalli succeeded against Bela Khotenashvili. The games Elina Danielian against Alexandra Kosteniuk and Kateryna Lagno versus Olga Girya ended up in draws.

Round 1 results

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
1 GM Danielian Elina 2470 ½ - ½ GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2495 12
2 GM Koneru Humpy 2607 1 - 0 WGM Ju Wenjun 2535 11
3 GM Lagno Kateryna 2532 ½ - ½ WGM Girya Olga 2439 10
4 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2496 1 - 0 WGM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan 2307 9
5 GM Dronavalli Harika 2475 1 - 0 IM Khotenashvili Bela 2514 8
6 WGM Muminova Nafisa 2293 0 - 1 GM Zhao Xue 2579 7

Standings

Pictures from the first round and press-conference.

Full report is available at http://tashkent2013.fide.com/


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The opening ceremony of the third leg of FIDE Women Grand Prix Series 2013-2014 took place at the beautiful Gallery of Fine Art on the 17th of September. The event was attended by many honored guests such as the FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the Minister of Culture and Sports of Uzbekistan Minhozhiddin Hozhimatov, the First Deputy Minister of Sports of Uzbekistan Zhasur Akramov, the Head of the Administration of Sports Rashid Talipov, the Head of the Administration of Olympic reserve Kamil Bayazitov, the Head of The State Committee for Communication, Informatization and Telecommunication Technologies of the Republic of Uzbekistan Hurshid Mirzahidov and many others. The Chairperson of Fund Forum's Board of Trustees Gulnara Karimova couldn't be present at the ceremony but passed her warmest welcome for the participants and expressed the hope to the future of the Fund Forum's cooperation with the World Chess Federation.

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The ceremony started with the national dance showed by the young charming girls of "Sabo" ensemble.

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The classical song of Andrea Bocelli performed by the Honored Artist of Uzbekistan Ramiz Usmanov and laureate of the festival of young artists "Yangi avlod 2006" Shirin Mamatova made the perfect ambience in the hall of the Art Gallery.

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The FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov is happy about the tradition of organizing tournaments in Tashkent, and pointed that FIDE is planning to organize lots of even bigger events in the capital of Uzbekistan.

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Honored guests of the opening ceremony.

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FIDE Prezident Kirsan Ilyumzhinov with Minister of Culture and Sports of Uzbekistan Minhozhiddin Hozhimatov before making the first move of the tournament

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The Chief Arbiter and Organizer of the tournament IA Husan Turdialiev conducted the ceremony of drawing of lots. Each participant was proposed to choose one of 12 national hats with the number inside of each.

Pairings of the first round: 

1

Danielian Elina

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Kosteniuk Alexandra

2

Koneru Humpy

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Ju Wenjun

3

Lagno Kateryna

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Girya Olga

4

Stefanova Antoaneta

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Nakhbayeva Guliskhan

5

Dronavalli Harika

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Khotenashvili Bela

6

Muminova Nafisa

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Zhao Xue


The tournament will be held from September 17th to October 1st, with each round scheduled to start at 2 pm local time (10 a.m. European time) at the Gallery of Fine Art. The players will have 2 days off on September 22d and September 27th. Average rating of event is 2479.

Many young Uzbek chess players and rising stars, students, a lot of media representatives, guests from the Ministry, Olympic Committee, universities of Uzbekistan, members of junior national team, diplomats and Ministry of Foreign affairs representatives - all the guests showed how much people in Tashkent love and admire chess and promised a great future to this uniting and inspiring sport in Uzbekistan.

Organizing Committee:

Husan Turdialiev - Chief Arbiter

Olga Sabirova - Executive Director of Uzbekistan Chess Federation

Abdukahhar Abduhalikov - Tournament Arbiter

Gulbahor Musaeva - Accountant of Uzbekistan Chess Federation

Rustamzhon Mamatkulov - Governor of the Tournament

Tahmina Turdialieva - Tournament Arbiter

Irina Gevorgyan - Tournament Arbiter

Eldar Gafurov - Deputy Chairman of Uzbekistan Chess Federation

Bahodir Umurzakov - Deputy Chairman  of Uzbekistan Chess Federation

 

Appeals Committee:

Casto Abundo - Chairman of Appeals Committee

 

Members of Appeals Committee

Antoaneta Stefanova

Kateryna Lagno

 

Reserve of Appeals Committee

Alexandra Kosteniuk

Humpy Koneru


By WFM Maria Emelianova

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