Reports | September 21, 2011 8:52

Hou Yifan also wins in Shenzhen

Hou Yifan also wins in Shenzhen

Hou Yifan also won the second tournament in the FIDE Women's Grand Prix Series 2011-2012. Just like last month in Rostov, the reigning World Champion from China scored 8/11 and this time she remained undefeated. IM Anna Muzychuk, from Ukraine but playing for Slovenia, finished a full point behind the winner, and also undefeated.

2-1-3 in Shenzhen: Anna Muzychuk (SLO), Hou Yifan (CHN) and Ju Wenjun (CHN)

General info

The second event in the FIDE Women Grand Prix 2011-2012 series took place September 5-20 in the Wuzhou Hotel in Shenzhen, China. The participants of the event included current Women World Champion Hou Yifan and former World Champion Zhu Chen. Former World Champion Xu Yuhua was a technical adviser. The winner of each tournament receives 6,500 euros out of a prize fund of 40,000 euros. The overall winner of the Women's Grand Prix will win a further 15,000 Euros at the end of the series. Players can only offer draws through the chief arbiter in special cases and the "zero tolerance" rule is also in effect, which requirer chess players to be seated at their boards when the games are scheduled to start.

Rounds 9-11

We left the tournament after eight rounds, when Hou Yifan had just grabbed the lead with a smooth win over Viktorija Cmilyte. In the 9th round she continued with another win, against her compatriot Ruan Lufei. In a Classical Scheveningen, the World Champion played a rare move order, skipping ...Qc7 and going for 10...Bd7 immediately, when 11.Nb3 allowed 11...b5. After 12.Bf3 Qc7 White's 13.a3 was probably a bit too slow:

Ruan Lufei-Hou Yifan
Shenzhen, 2011


Zhao Xue, who was trailing by half a point, lost to Ju Wenjun and so Hou Yifan had increased her lead to a full point, with just two rounds to go. Two draws would almost certainly be enough to finish clear first, and that's exactly what happened - in fact the Chinese maintained her lead of a full point.

Anna Muzychuk eventually finished clear second, with 7/11. Like the winner she remained undefeated: eight draws and wins against Danielian, Yildiz and Cmilyte. The four other Chinese participants finished on places 3-6: Ju Wenjun, Tan Zhongyi, Zhao Xue and Ruan Lufei. Turkish participant Betul Cemre Yildiz is not a 2200-player anymore, but still has't reached the level of the other participants yet; she drew five games and lost six.

Games rounds 9-11


Shenzhen Women GP 2011 | Round 11 Standings




Hou Yifan does it again...

...and is of course interviewed by local TV


Photos © Anastasiya Karlovich and He Long


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Author: Peter Doggers

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adam's picture

congrats! i have the feeling we witness the rise of a new judit

KAI's picture

Anna Muzychuk finished with 7/11 instead 7.5

columbo's picture

I agree with you Adam, very very impressive young player, i followed her games, a blessing !

Chess Fan's picture

You Hifan and Judit are the two greatest women players in the world now, leaps and bounds ahead of anyone else (and yes, I am a fan of Koneru Humpy, but as a chess fan first and foremost, I do not want to be anything less than objective). So, how about having a 12-game championship match between these two greatest players, with all the prize money, prestige, and trappings of a male world championship?
You Hifan probably needs some more time to become her best before she can have a realistic chance against the great Judit (I opine that Judit would currently win close to 100% certainty) but if they search for sponsorship now, they could arrange a great match in a year or two when You Hifan peaks and we can have a female world championship as eagerly anticipated as the male world championships.
Does everyone agree?

chesser's picture

No, I do not. Let Hou first reach an elo of 2675+-, then at least the match could have some meaning. But Judit is the only woman in the world who has ever reached that, so the odds are quite low for Hou, even though she is a super talent.

Ganesh's picture

Anna Muzychuk is sooo cute... :)

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