April 22, 2014 13:34

Hou Yifan Wins Khanty-Mansiysk Grand Prix, Girya Second

The result was never in doubt: Hou Yifan won the Women's Grand Prix in Khanty-Mansiysk. The reigning World Champion finished on 8.5/11 and 1.5 points ahead of Olga Girya, whose 7/11 was good for a GM norm. 

Photos © Kirill Merkuriev courtesy of FIDE

After eight rounds Hou Yifan topped the standings with a score of 6.5/8 and she was a full point ahead of Olga Girya. The two faced each other on Saturday, and so there was the possibility that the tournament would be all open again, with two rounds to go. Instead, Hou Yifan won yet again, and virtually decided the event.

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Hou Yifan finished with two draws, against Anna Muzychuk and Alexandra Kosteniuk. With her excellent score Hou Yifan won the 10,000 Euro first prize and also 11 rating points. The distance to Judit Polgar in the women's rating list is becoming smaller and smaller: 56 points now.

Women Grand Prix, Khanty-Mansiysk | Final Standings

# Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 Pts SB
1 Hou,Yifan 2618 2697 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 8.5/11  
2 Girya,Olga 2450 2596 0 1 0 1 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 7.0/11  
3 Kosteniuk,Alexandra 2527 2556 ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 0 1 6.5/11  
4 Lagno,Kateryna 2543 2523 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 6.0/11 33.50
5 Muzychuk,Anna 2560 2522 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 6.0/11 29.50
6 Stefanova,Antoaneta 2489 2496 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 1 1 ½ ½ 5.5/11 29.50
7 Dzagnidze,Nana 2550 2459 0 0 0 ½ ½ 1 0 ½ 1 1 1 5.5/11 25.00
8 Zhao,Xue 2552 2491 ½ 0 ½ 1 0 1 1 ½ 0 ½ 0 5.0/11 28.75
9 Ushenina,Anna 2501 2464 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 5.0/11 24.25
10 Muminova,Nafisa 2321 2414 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 4.0/11  
11 Kosintseva,Tatiana 2496 2364 0 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 3.5/11 19.50
12 Batchimeg,Tuvshintugs 2340 2377 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 1 ½ 0 ½ 3.5/11 18.50

 

2, 1, 3: Olga Girya, Hou Yifan and Alexandra Kosteniuk

After this event, two more Grand Prixs will be held this year. The winner of the overall Grand Prix qualifies for a world title match which is scheduled for the third quarter of 2015.

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 Anon's picture

Very much deserved win by Hou Yifan who plays great chess but was obviously underchallenged in that event. A fantastic performance by Olga Girya who showed some amazing ideas which could make every chessplayer proud. Not sure about the rest of the players, especially the arrived 2500+ girls, they seem somehow to be a little overrated. Very nice attacking games also by Muminova, however she is also kind of vulnerable to big blunders.

Cor Dekker's picture

Isn't it time for a Polgar - Yifan match?

Chess Fan's picture

Thank would be awesome for women chess, and chess itself, wouldn't it?
But I don't see Judit playing You Hifan now. I see her losing a lot by playing, including putting her legacy as the greatest ever women chess player on the line, because human memory is only most recent.

Chess Fan's picture

Sorry Hou Yifan. I should rewire my cranial circuits. Did not mean to misspell one of the greatest chess talents. My apologize to the Chinese and the Women World Champion (if they should even care! ;-) )

idratherplay960's picture

No, it's time for a Yifan - Carlsen match

Marcos's picture

No, it is not, the ~300 rating point difference would be manifest

Chess Fan's picture

You can't be serious. Great as Yifan is, the one-sided crushing loss would be devastating psychologically even for Hou.

Anonymous's picture

Will never happen. Carlsen is scared of girls and juniors.

Anonymous's picture

So Hou is the favorite to qualify for a match against herself?

Chess Fan's picture

Good one :-)

 Anon's picture

Recommended reading regarding Hou Yifan's name (really interesting, btw!): http://en.chessbase.com/post/hou-yifan-what-s-in-a-name

I would love to see a match between Judith Polgar and Hou Yifan. But seriously, who would pay for such a thing?

PeterV's picture

Those presents! :=(

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