Reports | June 28, 2010 15:45

Dzagnidze leads GP in Jermuk

Dzagnidze leads GP in JermukAfter four rounds Nana Dzagnidze leads the 4th FIDE Women Grand Prix in Jermuk, Armenia. The Georgian grandmaster is on 3.5/4. The winner of the previous GP, Tatiana Kosintseva from Russia, is trailing by half a point.

Hou Yifan from China is currently leading the overall Women GP standings with 250 points, followed by Zhao Xue (240), Humpy Koneru (230) and Nana Dzagnidze (230). The first Women GP was held in March 2009 in Istanbul and was won by Humpy Koneru. Xu Yuhua finished first at the second, in September-October 2009 in Nanjing. In March of this year Tatiana Kosintseva was the convincing winner.

FIDE Women Grand Prix: Standings after 3 tournaments

(Thanks to ebutaljib)

Women Grand Prix Standings

The Women Grand Prix series consists of six tournaments. The winner of each tournament wins 6,500 euros out of a prize fund of 40,000 euros and the overall winner of the series will win a further 15,000 euros at the end of the series. The final two GPs will be held in Ulanbaatar, Mongolia (29 July-12 August 2010) and Santiago, Chile (27 October-9 November 2010).

According to FIDE regulations, the winner of the Grand Prix series at the end of 2010 will play the Women World Champion in the third quarter of 2011 in a ten game match for the Women’s World Championship title.

The 4th FIDE Women Grand Prix tournament takes place June 23 - July 6 in Jermuk, Armenia, where last year the 5th Men's GP was also held. Hou Yifan (CHN, 2589), Antoaneta Stefanova (BUL, 2560), Pia Cramling (SWE, 2536), Tatiana Kosintseva (RUS, 2534), Maia Chiburdanidze (GEO, 2514), Xu Yuhua (CHN, 2484), Nana Dzagnidze (GEO, 2478), Lilit Mkrtchian (ARM, 2477), Elina Danielian (ARM, 2473), Shen Yang (CHN, 2452), Baira Kovanova (RUS, 2366) and Martha Fierro (ECU, 2363) play.

Nana Dzagnidze started strongly in Jermuk. She beat Antoaneta Stefanova and Elina Danielian, then drew with Pia Cramling and then beat Baira Kovanova. Tatiana Kosintseva, who won the last Grand Prix in Nalchik, drew twice and won twice.

FIDE Women Grand Prix Jermuk 2010 | Round 4 Standings

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Games rounds 1-4

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Jermuk Women GP

Location is the beautiful Jermuk, Armenia...

Jermuk Women GP

...with fairy-tale bridges...

Jermuk Women GP

...and faces, this is a sandstone 'Mother Sose' (Sose Vardanian, 1865–1952), an Armenian female hajduk (freedom fighter), the wife of famous hajduk leader Serob Aghpur. She was surnamed "mayrig" (mother) by Serob's hajduks for her bravery and maternal concern for Armenian youth.

Jermuk Women GP

The venue, with demo boards in front

Jermuk Women GP

The opening ceremony, last Wednesday...

Jermuk Women GP

...with many officials present, including FIDE Commercial Director Geoffrey Borg, Technical Adviser Nona Gapridashvili, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, Serge Sarkissian (President of Armenia and the Armenian Chess Federation) and organizer, GM Smbat Lputian

Jermuk Women GP

Grand Prix leader Hou Yifan (China) drawing her lot...

Jermuk Women GP

...and former World Champion Maia Chiburdanidze doing the same

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Organizer GM Smbat Lputian keeping an eye on everything

Jermuk Women GP

The stunning playing hall which you might recall from last year's Men's GP

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Rob Brown's picture

Jeez, those Armenians conducting the drawing of lots should get out in the sun more often!

VladimirOo's picture

Hem, apart from money; what's the point of separate women GP?

I know this has been debated over and over, but the point of all this remains...

Michel83's picture

Does anybody else feel like there is a crossroad for Hou Yifan soon?
She clearly has the potential for 2700, but seems stuck slightly under 2600 since some time.
I feel like she either needs to change her coach and training or will be stuck at 2600 forever. What would be a huge pity with her tactical abilities.

noyb's picture

The point of separate women GP is that if they dared mix women with men, the women would always be finishing near the bottom. Case in point, Judit Polgar. Much was made about her, but she always finished near the bottom vs. the top men. What's the point?

vladimirOo's picture

We might argue that by never facing a stronger opposition, they will never progress. And precisely, i do worry about Hou Yifan too: let's hope she will dare facing men and try to get stronger!

and Judith was a permanent top 10 (if not more), i believe a lot of people would consider this as complete successful career as a chessplayer!

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