Reports | May 12, 2013 0:39

Geneva Women GP: Khotenashvili & Muzychuk lead, 3 rounds to go

In the last four rounds the standings at the Geneva Women's Grand Prix have changed considerably. After round 8, Kateryna Lagno (Ukraine), who was at the top after four days, has dropped to third place behind GM Anna Muzychuk (Slovenia) and IM Bela Khotenashvili (Georgia). Sunday is a rest day and after that the last three rounds will be played.

Round 8 in action | Photos by Anastasiya Karlovich courtesy of FIDE


Geneva Women GP 2013 | Participants

Name Title Country Rating
Hou, Yifan gm CHN 2617
Muzychuk, Anna gm SLO 2585
Lagno, Kateryna gm UKR 2548
Dzagnidze, Nana gm GEO 2545
Ju, Wenjun wgm CHN 2544
Cmilyte, Viktorija gm LTU 2522
Kosintseva, Tatiana gm RUS 2517
Khotenashvili, Bela im GEO 2505
Kosteniuk, Alexandra gm RUS 2491
Ushenina, Anna gm UKR 2491
Girya, Olga wgm RUS 2463
Batchimeg Tuvshintugs wgm MGL 2298

We pick up the tournament in round 5 – for rounds 1-4 see our first report. The key game in round five was the encounter between the highest rated players in the tournament: Hou Yifan and Anna Muzychuk. The Slovenian player outplayed the former World Champion and caught Ukrainian Katerina Lagno, who drew her game with Anna Ushenina. Two Russian players, Alexandra Kosteniuk and Olga Girya, lost their games against Bela Khotenashvili and Ju Wenjun respectively. Another Russian, Tatiana Kosintseva, had a winning position against Tuvshintugs Batchimeg of Mongolia but missed several chances.

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A young Anna Muzychuk and and a young Kateryna Lagno in a picture sent to us by Adrian Mikhalchishin

In the 6th round the standings were shaken up even more! Tatiana Kosintseva and Bela Khotenashvili defeated Viktorija Cmilyte and Batchimeg Tuvshintugs respectively, and joined the leaders, Katerina Lagno and Anna Muzychuk, who finished their games in draws. After five draws in the previous rounds, World Champion Anna Ushenina finally won her first game and got to half a point behind the leaders. Her opponent Alexandra Kosteniuk lost her third game in a row. Olga Girya played very confidently against former World Champion Hou Yifan and made a draw after 70 moves.

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The seventh round was quite amazing with only decisive games, and the victories of Black outnumbered White’s success with 5 to 1! Anna Muzychuk defeated co-leader Tatiana Kosintseva, Bela Khotenashvili won against Viktorija Cmilyte and Katerina Lagno lost to Hou Yifan. As a result, Slovenian Anna Muzychuk and Bela Khotenashvili from Georgia where sharing first place with 5 out of 7. Ju Wenjun of China, who defeated Ukrainian Anna Ushenina, was now in sole third place, half a point behind the leaders. Alexandra Kosteniuk managed to stop her unfortunate series and won against Tuvshintugs Batchimeg. Nana Dzagnidze defeated Olga Girya and was on plus one after 7 rounds.

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Also in the 8th round there was lots of fighting chess to be enjoyed. Anna Ushenina, who failed to checkmate with bishop and knight earlier in the tournament, showed that she is not World Champion for nothing, beating former World Champion and world's number two Hou Yifan of China. Her compatriot Ju Wenjun fell back in the standings again after a loss against Alexandra Kosteniuk, while Kateryna Lagno beat Nana Dzagnidze with Black. In the all-Russian encounter Tatiana Kosintseva defeated Olga Girya. This way Anna Muzychuk and IM Bela Khotenashvili kept their half point lead.

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Women GP Geneva 2013 | Round 8 standings

 

The tournament in Geneva is the first of the new Women Grand Prix series 2013-2014. It's a series of six tournaments held over two years (2013-14). The winner of the Grand Prix series at the end of 2014 will play the Women World Champion in the third quarter of 2015 in a ten game match for the Women’s World Championship title.

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Women chess is the only chess I care about. Just look at those babes, they are so sexy and beautiful and smart.

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