Reports | May 10, 2010 22:23

Kosintseva wins 3rd Women Grand Prix

Kosintseva wins 3rd Women GPTatiana Kosintseva kept her 1.5 point lead in the last three rounds of the Women Grand Prix tournament in Nalchik. The Russian grandmaster won the tournament with a superb 9 out of 11 (2735 perfomance). Second came 16-year-old Hou Yifan from China.

The third FIDE Women Grand Prix tournament took place April 25 - May 8 in Nalchik, the capital of Kabardino-Balkaria. The participants were GM Humpy Koneru (2622, IND), GM Hou Yifan (2570, CHN), GM Tatiana Kosintseva (2524, RUS), GM Pia Cramling (2523, SWE), IM Lilit Mkrtchan (2503, ARM), IM Elina Danielian (2491, ARM), GM Zhao Xue (2490, CHN), GM Nana Dzagnidze (2479, GEO), GM Zhu Chen (2476, QAT), WGM Munguntuul Batkhuyag, (2428, MGL), WGM Baira Kovanova (2385, RUS) and WIM Betul Cemre Yildiz (2244, TUR).

In our previous report we saw that the youngest of the Kosintseva sisters, Tatiana, was doing very well. By then she had beaten Dzagnidze, Hou Yifan, Munguntuul, Kovanova and Danielian and drawn with Zhao Xue, Koneru and Yildiz.

In the last three rounds Kosintseva managed to stay unbeaten. After a draw with former World Champion Zhu Chen the Russian grandmaster beat Pia Cramling in a crucial game, since the Swedish number one was trailing by point. This meant Kosintseva had already won the tournament with a round to go, reaching 8/10 while Hou Yifan and Dzagnidze collected 6.5 points. This didn't stop her from beating Mkrtchian in the last round with the black pieces. It appears that the Sofia rule isn't even an issue at women's tournaments, or is it?

And so Kosintseva won this third Women GP convincingly, though perhaps it was not as easy as it looked. At the final press conference she said: "As for the toughest [game], I think it’s yesterday’s game against Cramling: first of all, it was very long, and, secondly, it was extremely important. I wanted to make proper use of white pieces and interrupt my draw series. I was particularly focused on it. It wasn’t the only tough game, though. The game against Yildiz in the 9th round was pretty difficult as well, and I was on the verge of defeat in it."

Below you'll find another small selection of games. The last three GPs will be held in Jermuk, Armenia (23 June-6 July 2010), Ulanbaatar, Mongolia (29 July-12 August 2010) and Santiago, Chile (27 October-9 November 2010). Today the last of six men's Grand Prixs started in Astrakhan, Russia.

Women Grand Prix Nalchik 2010 | Round 11 (Final) Standings

Women Grand Prix Nalchik 2010 | Round 11 (Final) Standings

Selection of games rounds 9-11

Game viewer by ChessTempo

A happy Kosintseva at the press conference...

A happy Kosintseva at the press conference...

...and happily wearing a traditional Kabardian dress later on

...wearing a traditional Kabardian dress at the closing ceremony


Hou Yifan, who turned 16 in February, finished on clear second place. After the last round she said: 'It’s impossible always to be number one. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. I just try to play well instead of worrying too much about the overall result.'

Photos © Ilya Akhobekov & Eldar Mukhametov, more here

Update: GP standings after three events, thanks to ebutaljib
Women Grand Prix Standings


Share |
Peter Doggers's picture
Author: Peter Doggers

Founder and editor-in-chief of, Peter is responsible for most of the chess news and tournament reports. Often visiting top events, he also provides photos and videos for the site. He's a 1.e4 player himself, likes Thai food and the Stones.


Meppie's picture

Hi, is there something like an overall standing? On the FIDE GP website I can't find it.

Peter Doggers's picture

Yes, here. A bit hidden indeed, and not updated yet. Kosintseva didn't play in the first two.

ebutaljib's picture

A much better version of the Women's GP standings:

And here from Men's GP standings.

Meppie's picture

Thanks, I see chessbase has updated standings.

Peter Doggers's picture

Thx, added the standings to the article - what's your source, ebutaljib?

ebutaljib's picture

I'm the source :)

Tables were generated by me and they are correct as far as FIDE keeps it's own schedule and doesn't mix up things (by the way originally Stefanova and Xu Yuhua should participate in Nalchik, and Zhao Xue and Munguntuul should not so I had to make corrections to what was originally planned).
It's sometime hard to figure out who is going to play when, but sofar everything is in order :)

ebutaljib's picture

And by the way FIDE originally had the wrong sum for Zhao Xue and I see Chessbase has the wrong sum too. In 2nd GP tournament Zhao Xue was clear 3rd so she got 110 and not 120 Grand Prix points
You can check regulations:

"My" standings are correct ;)

T. Goto's picture

Congratulations to Ms. Kosintseva! An incredible performance against very strong opponents! I liked your comment on Sofia Rule here, i.e., fighting chess among female players. I understand that it gets more difficult as one climbs ranks and ratings, but, perhaps mixing genders in tournaments more often might spice up things a little?

Léonore's picture


Mejnour's picture


We DON'T CARE about such stupid feeling from you LOOSER!

Léonore's picture

Ok, I was just saying she was pretty girl + smart... U really have to relax!

Congrats Tatiana!

Don't forget... If you are looking to make big time money, u can always contact me!

Léonore's picture

u know, I don't understand...

Women ask for equality, and we still have these tournaments only for women. If things have to get equal, let's mix them up with men.

Don't you think that's fair? And saying "no, girls are too weak", don't u think that's admitting the inferiority?

If they girls are happy like that, I don't want to hear anymore crap from them.
Lower salary will be justified.

buri's picture

It'd be nice if you guys could cover Women events more in detail like the Men events :)

Latest articles