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Changes of the article 11.3.b. of the Laws of Chess




Changes of the article 11.3.b.of the Laws of Chess


To all Arbiters:

Dear Colleagues,

During the 2014 Tromso FIDE Congress the Rules Commission, in order to reflect to the Anti cheating Committee’s request, altered the wording of the article 11.3.b.

The following was included in the Minutes of the Tromso Anti Cheating Committee Meeting of the 8 August 2014:

c. The Rules Commission reported that they have altered Law 11.3b in the Laws of Chess to reflect the request of the ACC. The new text reads: During a game, a player is forbidden to have a mobile phone, electronic means of communication or any device capable of suggesting chess moves on their person in the playing venue. However, the rules of the competition may allow such devices to be stored in a player’s bag, as long as the device is completely switched off. A player is forbidden to carry a bag holding such a device, without permission of the arbiter. If it is evident that a player has such a device on their person in the playing venue, the player shall lose the game. The opponent shall win. The rules of a competition may specify a different, less severe, penalty. The arbiter may require the player to allow his/her clothes, bags or other items to be inspected, in private. The arbiter or a person authorized by the arbiter shall inspect the player and shall be of the same gender as the player. If a player refuses to cooperate with these obligations, the arbiter shall take measures in accordance with Article 12.9. The final decision to make this change to the Laws of Chess shall be made by the 2014 FIDE General Assembly.

The above change was not possible to be approved by the Tromso FIDE General Assembly because of lack of quorum and it is going to be approved by the next FIDE General Assembly.

As the change is very significant and as the period until the next FIDE General Assembly will take place is too long, FIDE suggested that the Arbiters shall apply the above change of the article 11.3.b of the Laws of Chess during all their tournaments that will be held from now on.

Therefore you are instructed to apply the above wording of the article 11.3.b. of the Laws of Chess in all your tournaments, starting from 1 October 2014.

The interpretation of this change is as follows:

In minor chess tournaments, where the players is not possible to leave their mobiles out of the playing hall and the organizers cannot provide an area for collecting the mobiles of all the players during the rounds, the Arbiters have the possibility to apply the new wording of the article 11.3.b., allowing the players to have their mobile phones in their bags, but completely switched off.

The player shall inform the Arbiter before the start of the round, in case that a completely switched off mobile phone, or any electronic mean of communication, or any other device capable of suggesting chess moves is in his/her bag.

All the above shall be included in the rules of competition (tournament regulations) of the specific event in advance. The Chief Arbiter may make an announcement before the start of the round.

This possibility will not be valid for the World and Continental FIDE events.


With best regards 


Takis Nikolopoulos
Chairman
FIDE Arbiters’ Commission

World Mind Games Online Tournament 2014



SportAccord set to launch the biggest ever World Mind Games Online Tournament

The wait is almost over for online gaming enthusiasts! SportAccord begins the countdown to the launch of the 4th edition of the World Mind Games Online Tournament on the 15th of September. The tournament, featuring Bridge, Chess and Go, is being organized by SportAccord in partnership with RSportz, the community-based global sports network and online platforms BridgeBase Online, Chess.com and Pandanet.

The online tournament also marks the countdown to the 4th SportAccord World Mind Games to be held in Beijing from December 11-17 this year. Last year’s online tournament attracted over 700,000 players from all across the globe and SportAccord expects to comfortably attract a higher number of participants through the tournament online portal, www.onlinewmg.com. The portal will be the gateway for participants and enthusiasts for game rules, registration and all further information surrounding the SportAccord 2014 World Mind Games Online Tournament.

Open for a period of 2 months, registration for the online tournament is open to players from beginner to advanced levels. All participants stand a chance to win attractive prizes such as Formula 1 grand prix tickets sponsored by presenting partner Alliance Renault-Nissan and watches from World Mind Games official partner Rado. Additional prizes include Samsung TVs, tablets and gift cards. A total cash prize purse of $12,000 will be shared between the winners of the different tournaments.

SportAccord 2014 World Mind Games Online Tournament partners, Bridgebase Online, Chess.com and Pandanet will operate the online hosting of the disciplines of Bridge, Chess and Go, respectively.

SportAccord, the Union of International Sports Federations, operates and is in the process of organising 4 multi-sports games- the World Combat Games, the World Beach Games, the World Urban Games and the World Mind Games. The 4th edition of the SportAccord World Mind Games will be organized in Beijing from December 11-17, 2014, featuring Bridge, Chess, Draughts, Go and Xiangqi in cooperation with the respective international sports federations. The SportAccord World Mind Games unite the world’s best players in a quest for glory and prize money. SportAccord is constantly looking to engage more people in mind sports in a fun and exciting way through cultural programs and online games.

Online tournament dates: September 15 – November 15

Website: www.onlinewmg.com  

Official hashtag: #mindgames2014

FIDE Grand Prix Series 2014-2015




FIDE Grand Prix Series 2014-2015

Names Fed Qualifying Rating Rank Baku 2014 Tashkent 2014 Teheran 2015 Khanty 2015 Caruana, Fabiano ITA Rating List 2801 3 x x   x Grischuk, Alexander RUS Rating List 2789 4 x   x x Nakamura, Hikaru USA Rating List 2782 7 x x   x Karjakin, Sergey RUS Rating List 2777 8 x x   x Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime FRA World Cup 2013 2768 9   x x x Giri, Anish NLD President Nominee 2758 11 x   x x Dominguez, Leinier CUB Rating List 2756 13   x x x Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE Rating List 2756 12 x x x   Gelfand, Boris ISR Rating List 2748 17 x x   x Jakovenko, Dmitri RUS AGON Nominee 2747 18   x x x Svidler, Peter RUS Rating List 2732 22 x   x x Andreikin, Dmitry RUS World Cup 2013 2722 31 x x x   Radjabov, Teimour AZE AGON Nominee 2717 33 x x x   Kasimdzhanov, Rustam UZB AGON Nominee 2706 43 x x x   Tomashevsky, Evgeny RUS World Cup 2013 2701 46 x   x x Ghaem Maghami, Ehsan IRN AGON Nominee 2591 254   x x x                   Count         12 12 12 12

Veterans' Support Programme




FIDE and ACP are proud to announce the veterans' support programme, which is aimed to help the chess legends, who dedicated their life to our beloved game.

According to the decision of the joint FIDE-ACP panel, this year six distinguished veterans will get the award (5.000 USD each) as an appreciation for their contribution to chess. Please, find below the names of awardees:

              Boris Spassky (Russia)               Nona Gaprindashvili (Georgia)                                 Leonard Barden (England)               Viktor Kupreichik (Belarus)                                 Mark Tseitlin (Israel)               Igor Zaitsev (Russia)


Both FIDE and ACP hope to extend and expand the programme in future years.

FIDE President at the Moscow Blitz Chess Championship




Alexander Morozevich and Valentina Gunina are winners of the 68th Moscow Blitz Chess Championship


The Moscow Blitz Chess Championship Finals were held on 6th of September in the open air by the tradition since 1948. The playing venue of this year tournament was the summer ground of the VDNKh cultural centre (All-Russian Exhibition center). The FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and the President of Moscow State University of Civil Engineering (MGSU) Mr. Valery Telichenko were the honorable guests of the tournament. At the opening ceremony, the FIDE President thanked Vladimir Palikhata, President of the Moscow Chess Federation, for keeping the chess traditions and holding this tournament for the 68th time. Valery Telichenko noted that according to the MGSU students’ wishes, who want to develop their chess skills, a special department was established in the university. “We are pleased that this intellectual game is always relevant and certainly we supported the students’ initiative to establish new chess department in our university”, said Valery Telichenko. 





The Moscow Blitz winners:



Open section
Alexander Morozevich 15.5
Boris Savchenko 13
Vladimir Malakhov 13



Women’s section
Valentina Gunina 15
Daria Charochkina 13.5
Aysa Imeeva 11

Seniors Open section
Anatoli Schvedchikov 12
Vladimir Voevodin 12
Alexander Hait 10

Seniors Women Section
Galina Strutinskaia 5.5
Natalia Titorenko 5.5
Elena Fatalibekova 5.0

Boys section
Arsen Kukhmazov 11.5
Arman Geivondian 10.5
Nikita Afanasiev 10

Girls section
Karina Ivanova 9.5
Anastasya Paramzina 9.0
Maya Terechechkina 7.5

The official tournament website http://moscowchess.org/news/3806 

 

FIDE World Chess Championship Match 2014




Announcement

FIDE is pleased to announce that contract for the FIDE World Championship Match 2014 was signed by Magnus Carlsen (NOR) and Viswanathan Anand (IND). The Match is scheduled to take place in Sochi, Russian federation from the 7th to 28th of November 2014.


Hou Yifan and Ju Wenjun are the winners of Grand Prix in Sharjah



Ju Wenjun and Hou Yifan became the winners of the 6th stage of the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix in Sharjah. In the 11th round World Champion Hou Yifan defeated Alina L’Ami to catch her compatriot Ju Wenjun, who saved an important half a point in the game against Tatiana Kosintseva. The fight for the bronze medal lasted till the end of the round and as a result four players Batchimeg Tuvshintugs, Harika Dronavalli, Zhao Xue and Anna Ushenina shared the third place. Batchimeg Tuvshintugs needed a draw to keep the third place in the tournament but lost to Harika Dronavalli. According to tie-break results, it was Harika who won the bronze medal.

After 8 rounds Hou Yifan became the winner of the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix Series 2013-2014 and gained the right to play in a ten-game World Championship match in the third quarter of 2015. She showed better result than her main rival Humpy Koneru, who finished on the second place. Anna Muzychuk took the third place. The Classic Jewelry House Lobortas has also awarded the winner of Grand Prix Series Hou Yifan with the special cup. The trophy consists of precious elements and stones of varying size, including silver, gold and diamonds.

Final ranking     Rank SNo.   Name Rtg FED Pts Res. 1 2 WGM Ju Wenjun 2559 CHN 8½ ½ 2 7 GM Hou Yifan 2661 CHN 8½ ½ 3 8 GM Harika Dronavalli 2521 IND 6½ 2 4 12 GM Zhao Xue 2508 CHN 6½ 1½ 5 11 GM Ushenina Anna 2487 UKR 6½ 1½ 6 4 WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2346 MGL 6½ 1 7 9 GM Koneru Humpy 2598 IND 5½ 0 8 3 GM Danielian Elina 2490 ARM 5 0 9 10 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2494 RUS 4½ 0 10 1 GM Zhu Chen 2461 QAT 3½ 0 11 6 WGM Muminova Nafisa 2315 UZB 3 0 12 5 WGM L'ami Alina 2446 ROU 1½ 0


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Round 10: leaders keep their positions


After the tenth round of the Women’s Grand Prix in Sharjah Ju Wenjun keeps leading. She drew with Humpy Koneru as well as Hou Yifan did against Batchimeg Tuvshintugs, so the winner of the tournament will be determined in the last round. Batchimeg Tuvshintugs is on the third place one point behind of Hou Yifan. Anna Ushenina split a point with Zhao Xue and keeps chances for the bronze medal as she placed fourth before the last round. Zhu Chen and Harika Dronavalli defeated Tatiana Kosintseva and Elina Danielian respectively. Alina L’Ami made a draw with Nafisa Muminova.

In the last round Ju Wenjun plays with Black against Tatiana Kosintseva, while Hou Yifan has white pieces against Alina L’Ami. The 11th round will start at 1 pm local time on 6th of September. The closing ceremony will take place at the Cultural and Chess Club of Sharjah at 7.30 pm.

SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 12 GM Zhao Xue 2508 ½ - ½ GM Ushenina Anna 2487 11 1 GM Zhu Chen 2461 1 - 0 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2494 10 2 WGM Ju Wenjun 2559 ½ - ½ GM Koneru Humpy 2598 9 3 GM Danielian Elina 2490 0 - 1 GM Harika Dronavalli 2521 8 4 WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2346 ½ - ½ GM Hou Yifan 2661 7 5 WGM L'ami Alina 2446 ½ - ½ WGM Muminova Nafisa 2315 6



Full report on the official website

RESULTS after Round 10

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Round 9: Hou Yifan wins Grand Prix Series, Ju Wenjun takes lead


After the end of 9th rounds it ibecame official - Hou Yifan has won the FIDE Women Grand Prix Series 2013-2014! Humpy Koneru was the first one to finish her game against Zhu Chen, so she missed even theoretical chance to fight for the first place in Grand Prix Series.

At the same time the intrigue still revolves around the last two rounds of the 6th stage of Grand Prix in Sharjah. Ju Wenjun defeated Harika Dronavalli and took the sole lead half a point ahead of Hou Yifan, who drew with Elina Danielian. During the press conference Hou Yifan promised to try her best in the final rounds. World Champion will keep on fighting for the victory in the tournament, despite the fact that her main goal to win the WGP Series has been achieved. Batchimeg Tuvshintugs split a point with Nafisa Muminova and keeps the third place in the tournament one point behind of Hou Yifan. Anna Ushenina, who defeated Tatiana Kosintseva, is on the fourth place half a point behind of Mongolian player. Zhao Xue outplayed Alina L’Ami and shares the fifth place together with Elina Danielian.

SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 5 WGM L'ami Alina 2446 0 - 1 GM Zhao Xue 2508 12 6 WGM Muminova Nafisa 2315 ½ - ½ WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2346 4 7 GM Hou Yifan 2661 ½ - ½ GM Danielian Elina 2490 3 8 GM Harika Dronavalli 2521 0 - 1 WGM Ju Wenjun 2559 2 9 GM Koneru Humpy 2598 ½ - ½ GM Zhu Chen 2461 1 10 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2494 0 - 1 GM Ushenina Anna 2487 11



Full report on the official website

RESULTS after Round 9

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Round 8: Same leaders at the top


The central game of the eighth round between Ju Wenjun and Hou Yifan finished in a draw and both leaders secured their places at the top with 6,5 points. Batchimeg Tuvshintugs outplayed Alina L’Ami and keeps the third place after eight rounds one point behind the leaders. Elina Danielian defeated Nafisa Muminova and shares the fourth place with Anna Ushenina and Harika Dronavalli. Other games finished in a draw but Zhao Xue had the highest chances to grab the full point in the game against Tatiana Kosintseva. Hou Yifan and Humpy Koneru keep 3 points distance and Hou Yifan needs only one draw to win the first place in the FIDE Women Grand Prix Series 2013-2014.
Tomorrow is free day and the ninth round will start at 3 pm on 4th of September.

SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 12 GM Zhao Xue 2508 ½ - ½ GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2494 10 11 GM Ushenina Anna 2487 ½ - ½ GM Koneru Humpy 2598 9 1 GM Zhu Chen 2461 ½ - ½ GM Harika Dronavalli 2521 8 2 WGM Ju Wenjun 2559 ½ - ½ GM Hou Yifan 2661 7 3 GM Danielian Elina 2490 1 - 0 WGM Muminova Nafisa 2315 6 4 WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2346 1 - 0 WGM L'ami Alina 2446 5



Full report on the official website

RESULTS after Round 8

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Round 7 Results


Ju Wenjun and Hou Yifan continue to move synchronously over the last rounds as both players won today again. While Ju Wenjun caught her opponent Nafisa Muminova in the opening and won relatively quickly, Hou Yifan outplayed Zhu Chen only in the deep ending after 5 hours of play. After two losses in a row Humpy Koneru defeated Tatiana Kosintseva but it didn’t help her to shorten the distance with the World Champion so far. Batchimeg Tuvshintugs had good chances for victory against Zhao Xue but their game finished in a draw as well as other more quiet games L’Ami-Danielian and Dronavalli-Ushenina. After 7 rounds Ju Wenjun and Hou Yifan share the lead with 6 (!) points. Batchimeg Tuvshintugs is on the sole third place 1, 5 points behind the leaders. Anna Ushenina and Harika Dronavalli share the fourth place with 4 points.

SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 4 WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2346 ½ - ½ GM Zhao Xue 2508 12 5 WGM L'ami Alina 2446 ½ - ½ GM Danielian Elina 2490 3 6 WGM Muminova Nafisa 2315 0 - 1 WGM Ju Wenjun 2559 2 7 GM Hou Yifan 2661 1 - 0 GM Zhu Chen 2461 1 8 GM Harika Dronavalli 2521 ½ - ½ GM Ushenina Anna 2487 11 9 GM Koneru Humpy 2598 1 - 0 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2494 10

RESULTS after Round 7

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Round 6: Ju Wenjun and Hou Yifan improved their lead

In the sixth round of the Women Grand Prix in Sharjah both Ju Wenjun and Hou Yifan won their games against Alina L’Ami and Anna Ushenina respectivly. It was a lucky day for the Chinese players as the third participant from China Zhao Xue also won today. She defeated Humpy Koneru, who suffered the third loss in the tournament and has very few chances to catch Hou Yifan. After sixth rounds World Champion has increased the distance to 3 points.

After painful loss at the fifth round, Tatiana Kosintseva managed to win against Harika Dronavalli. The games Danielian-Tuvshintugs and Zhu-Muminova finished in a draw. 

SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 12 GM Zhao Xue 2508 1 - 0 GM Koneru Humpy 2598 9 10 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2494 1 - 0 GM Harika Dronavalli 2521 8 11 GM Ushenina Anna 2487 0 - 1 GM Hou Yifan 2661 7 1 GM Zhu Chen 2461 ½ - ½ WGM Muminova Nafisa 2315 6 2 WGM Ju Wenjun 2559 1 - 0 WGM L'ami Alina 2446 5 3 GM Danielian Elina 2490 ½ - ½ WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2346 4

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RESULTS after Round 6


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Round 5: two Chinese Hou Yifan and Ju Wenjun at the top

There were two decisive games and four draws in the fifth round of the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix in Sharjah. The sole leader after four rounds, Ju Wenjun, was the first one to finish her game. Her opponent Batchimeg Tuvshintugs decided not to check her luck today and the players repeated the moves in the middle game. Elina Danielian relatively quickly outplayed Zhao Xue, while World Champion Hou Yifan defeated Tatiana Kosintseva after long and complex fight. Indian derby between Humpy Koneru and Harika Dronavalli as well as the game Ushenina-Muminova finished in a draw. Alina L’Ami and Zhu Chen split a point and thus both players have stopped the unfortunate series of losses.

After 5 rounds Chinese Ju Wenjun and Hou Yifan are leading with 4 points. Three players Batchimeg Tuvshintugs. Anna Ushenina and Harika Dronavalli share the third place with 3, 5 points out of 5.

The distance between two players, who fight for the victory in Grand Prix Series Hou Yifan and Humpy Koneru, increased to two points. 

SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 3 GM Danielian Elina 2490 1 - 0 GM Zhao Xue 2508 12 4 WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2346 ½ - ½ WGM Ju Wenjun 2559 2 5 WGM L'ami Alina 2446 ½ - ½ GM Zhu Chen 2461 1 6 WGM Muminova Nafisa 2315 ½ - ½ GM Ushenina Anna 2487 11 7 GM Hou Yifan 2661 1 - 0 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2494 10 8 GM Harika Dronavalli 2521 ½ - ½ GM Koneru Humpy 2598 9


RESULTS after Round 5

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Round 4: Ju Wenjun takes lead


In a dramatic fourth round Ju Wenjun beat Elina Danielian to grab solo lead with 3½ points in the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix in Sharjah. In the battle of the two top seeds, Hou Yifan, playing black, defeated Humpy Koneru, who unexpectedly lost the drawish endgame. Tatiana Kosintseva had winning position against Nafisa Muminova but missed advantage in the time trouble. The game finished in a draw same as another encounter between Harika Dronavalli and Zhao Xue. Another drama happened in the game Zhu Chen – Batchimeg Tuvshintugs. Qatari player had better position during the whole game but didn’t play well in the rook endgame and even lost the game at the end. Alina L’Ami suffered another loss, this time against Anna Ushenina. Women’s World Champion Hou Yifan of China, Harika Dronavalli of India, former women’s world champion Anna Ushenina of Ukraine and WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs of Mongolia follow the leader with 3 points each.


Ju Wenjun 1-0 Elina Danielian

Humpy Koneru 0-1 Hou Yifan

Anna Ushenina 1-0 Alina L’Ami

Zhu Chen 0-1 Batchimeg Tuvshintugs

Zhao Xue 1/2-1/2 Harika Dronavalli

Tatiana Kosintseva 1/2-1/2 Nafisa Muminova

RESULTS after Round 4

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Round 3: Harika Dronavalli and Ju Wenjun are leading


Ju Wenjun defeated her compatriot Zhao Xue today to catch up Harika Dronavalli, who made a draw against World Champion Hou Yifan. Humpy Koneru and Nafisa Muminova played a dramatic game, which finished in a draw but not before both players missed good chances to win. Batchimeg Tuvshintugs and Anna Ushenina played a relatively quiet game and split a point just before the first time control. Alina L’Ami and Zhu Chen lost the third game in a row against Tatiana Kosintseva and Elina Danielian respectively.

Ju Wenjun 1-0 Zhao Xue

Danielian, Elina 1-0 Zhu Chen

Tuvshintugs, Batchimeg ½-½ Ushenina, Anna

l'Ami, Alina 0-1 Kosintseva, Tatiana

Muminova, Nafisa ½-½ Koneru Humpy

Hou Yifan ½-½ Dronavalli Harika


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Round 2: Harika Dronavalli takes early lead

Harika Dronavalli from India defeated Nafisa Muminova from Uzbekistan to become the sole leader after two rounds of the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix in Sharjah. Her compatriot Humpy Koneru managed to recover after unfortunate start and confidently won against Alina L’Ami. There were two more decisive games as Anna Ushenina and Ju Wenjun outplayed Elina Danielian and Zhu Chen respectively. Hou Yifan split a point with Zhao Xue and one more game between Batchimeg Tuvshintugs and Tatiana Kosintseva also finished in a draw. Five players including Hou Yifan, Zhao Xue, Batchimeg Tuvshintugs, Anna Ushenina and Ju Wenjun are half a point behind the leader.

Zhao Xue 1/2 – 1/2 Hou Yifan

The Chinese derby didn’t last for too long today and after one hour of play the peace has been signed. The theoretical line led to a known repetition and both players seemed satisfied with the final result. Speaking about interest of Chinese media towards Women Grand Prix event, Hou Yifan pointed out that after such a great success of Chinese Team at the Olympiad the attention of media turned to chess once again and Grand Prix event will be followed closely in China. At the same time both players of Chinese Women’s Team seemed unsatisfied with their own result in Tromso. “We have good chances to win this Olympiad as well as a previous one but for some reason we are always second”, said Zhao Xue.

Humpy Koneru 1-0 Alina L’Ami

It ‘s not an easy task to play against two best Indian women players in two days and Alina L’Ami suffered another loss today. There was an opportunity for Romanian player to exchange her knight for White’s light-square bishop but all the same Black got solid position after the opening. The critical moment of this game was perhaps at move 26 when Black didn’t play 26…Ne2 allowing her opponent to win an important pawn on the King’s side. It was just a question of technique from Humpy Koneru and she didn’t give any chance to her opponent.

Ushenina Anna 1-0 Elina Danielian

Anna Ushenina and Elina Danielian could have finished the game around 30th move but both players missed 30.g4 in the time trouble.

However the position was still in White’s favor but Danielian found the right moment to complicate the position after a piece sacrifice. Black managed to get 3 pawns for one piece, and in fact at one moment Black could draw the game with a nice move but failed to find the precise way.

Tatiana Kosintseva 1/2-1/2 Batchimeg Tuvshintugs

Once again Tatiana tried her luck in Ruy Lopez against Batchimeg but this time she chose 5.Bc6 comapere to 5.c3 as she played in the previous stage of Grand Prix In Khanty-Manskiysk. Same as before Russian player put a lot of pressure on her opponent but once again Batchimeg showed good defensive skills and managed to hold the position.

In order to complicate things White sacrificed a pawn on a5 even it was not so clear if she has enough compensation. Nevertheless Black found another way to keep the balance and after 45 moves the game finished in a draw.

Zhu Chen 0-1 Ju Wenjun

It was a very interesting and complex game with many different opportunities for both sides. Ju Wenjun played aggressively on the King’s side but her opponent kept calm till some moment and was holding the pressure. The game became extremely sharp after 23…f5, and every move was crucial. One of the critical moments happened on move 24 when Zhu Chen decided to change her dark square bishop for the knight. Ju Wenjun continued to fight for initiative and in the time trouble it seemed more difficult for White to find the exact moves.

Harika Dronavalli 1-0 Nafisa Muminova

Harika tried to avoid theoretical lines today and didn’t get anything out of the opening. As she pointed out at the press conference, she was not happy with her play at the early stage of the game and after 17…f5 and 18…c5 she estimated her position as slightly worse. It’s hard to say how Black could have improved her play but as in the previous game Harika showed better understanding of the position. She competently changed few pieces and started to play against black weaknesses. When Nafisa moved her queen on the Queen’s side Harika used a chance to create crashing attack on the weak king of her opponent. 

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Cross table after Round 2




Round 1

The sixth stage of FIDE Women Grand Prix in Sharjah started on 25th of August with four decisive games and two draws.

Most of the players playing the black pieces were higher rated than their opponents, and three out of four decisive games finished in Black’s favor. Humpy Koneru, one of the challengers for the victory in Grand Prix series, blundered material and lost her first game against Batchimeg Tuvshintugs, while Hou Yifan confidently outplayed Nafisa Muminova. Harika Dronavalli and Zhao Xue managed to win after long resistance from their opponents Alina L’Ami and Zhu Chen respectively. Elina Danielian and Anna Ushenina had good chances to finish their games with victories but their opponents Tatiana Kosintseva and Ju Wenjun managed to avoid serious troubles and both games ended in draws.

Muminova, Nafisa 0-1 Hou Yifan

Hou Yifan obtained quite comfortable position due to some inaccuracies made by her opponent and was slowly improving her position looking for the right moment to break through on the King’s side. White didn’t find real chances to find any counter play and after 32…g5 Muminova’s position became hopeless.

Tuvshintugs, Batchimeg 1-0 Koneru Humpy

Mongolian player decided to give up the bishop for the knight and ended up in the worse position. Humpy Koneru had many different options to increase her advantage but preferred to enter the position with two rooks for a queen with better chances for Black. According to Koneru she could have slowly increased the position of her pieces but instead she lost her track and blundered the material. Just one move earlier Black could have forced a draw by three times repetition.

Zhu Chen 0-1 Zhao Xue

Zhao Xue managed to equalize with black and grabbed a pawn on a2 due to her opponent’s mistake. Nevertheless, White got a positional compensation by activating her pieces. Black has to give a pawn back and the position was balanced but luckily for Zhao Xue, Zhu Chen made inaccurate moves 31.b4 and 32.e4. Chinese player confidently converted her advantage into full point.

Ju Wenjun ½-½ Ushenina, Anna

The game between Ju Wenjun and Anna Ushenina ended in a draw, but not before Ukrainian player had had a promising position. Ju Wenjun played inaccurately in the opening and ended up in the position with an isolated pawn. Anna Ushenina used a typical plan for this kind of positions and it was White’s turn to look for equality. At the same time former world champion was not so optimistic about her chances. “White didn’t do anything wrong to be punished”, said Anna during the press conference after the game but her opponent seemed to be happy with a draw. After 30 moves the game was over after three times repetition.

Danielian, Elina ½-½ Kosintseva, Tatiana

Tatiana Kosintseva didn’t expect the line with 7.c5 in Queens Gambit and went for dubious continuation with 7…Ne4. White managed to gain an advantage out of the opening and Tatiana was suffering trying to equalize the position during the whole game. In the endgame Elina Danielian managed to win a pawn but didn’t succeed to convert her advantage in the rook endgame.

l'Ami, Alina 0-1 Dronavalli Harika

It became clear during the press conference that Harika Dronavalli had better knowledge of the position which appeared after the opening. Despite the fact that White had pair of bishops, it was difficult to find the way to make use of them. Harika precisely played against the weakness of the White’s position – hanging pawns, and managed to win one of them. Black converted her advantage in the rook endgame.

And so after the first round the tournament has four leaders. Tuesday, August 26th at 15:00 local time the second round will be played:

Zhao Xue

2508



Hou Yifan

2661

Dronavalli Harika

2521



Muminova, Nafisa

2315

Koneru Humpy

2598



l'Ami, Alina

2446

Kosintseva, Tatiana

2494



Tuvshintugs, Batchimeg

2346

Ushenina, Anna

2487



Danielian, Elina

2490

Zhu Chen

2461



Ju Wenjun

2559

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The final stage of FIDE Women’s Grand Prix started in Sharjah



The sixth stage of the women’s FIDE Grand Prix officially opened today in Sharjah Cultural and Chess Club. 12 chess players representing 9 countries of the world will participate in the competition that will take place until the 7th of September 2014. In his speech FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov expressed his gratitude to the organizers and wished all players to show their best in the tournament.



“I am happy to be here in Sharjah in this magnificent Chess Club, the largest in the world chess building, the opening of which in 2013 I was fortunate to attend. I would like to take this occasion to thank one more time His Highness Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Quassimi, the ruler of Sharjah, for his decisive contribution into this outstanding architectural and cultural project that resulted in appearance of the top level playing venue together with the Regional FIDE office, which has turned Sharjah into the major chess destinations all over the world. Now Sharjah deservedly hosts the final leg of the Women’s Grand Prix Series, taking the baton from Georgian Lopota alone with other hosting cities of this significant women’s chess event, including here Khanty-Mansiysk in Russia, Tashkent in Uzbekistan, Dilijan in Armenia and Geneva in Switzerland. Women’s Grand Prix Series give strong impulse to development of women’s chess and let all of us enjoy tough and nonpresumable chess fights.”

FIDE President promised to announce the hosting city of the Women’s World Chess Championship at the closing ceremony of the Grand Prix in Sharjah on 6th of September.



The big and small cups from “Lobortas Classic Jewelry House” were presented during the opening ceremony of the sixth stage of FIDE Women’s Grand Prix in Sharjah. The winner of the Women’s Grand Priz Series will be awarded with the small cup at the closing ceremony. The Classic Jewelry House Lobortas had previously created for FIDE the Large and Small Chess Cups "Caissa". World Champion Hou Yifan was the one who got the award “Caissa” during Istanbul Chess Olympiad in 2012.

FIDE, the World Chess Federation, and Lobortas Classic Jewelry House are to release the men's Grand Prix Series trophy next year. Drawing of lots for the tournament was held during the opening ceremony. So, the pairs of the first round are: 

ROUND 1 Pairings

No. Rtg   Name Result   Name Rtg No. 1 2461 GM Zhu Chen vs GM Zhao Xue 2508 12 2 2559 WGM Ju Wenjun vs GM Ushenina Anna 2487 11 3 2490 GM Danielian Elina vs GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2494 10 4 2346 WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs vs GM Koneru Humpy 2598 9 5 2446 WGM L'ami Alina vs GM Harika Dronavalli 2521 8 6 2315 WGM Muminova Nafisa vs GM Hou Yifan 2661 7



The Women Grand Prix Series consists of six tournaments that are being held over a two year period between 2013 and 2014. 18 top players participate in 4 of these 6 tournaments. The winner of the Grand Prix series will play a ten-game World Championship match with the Women’s World Champion; which will be determined during Women World Championship in the third quarter of 2015.

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World Senior Chess Championship 2014



The World Senior Chess Championship will be held in Katerini, Greece from 23 October to 5 November 2014. The tournament will take place in the conference center of “Mediterranean Village” in Katerini, Olympus Riviera, Greece. The Championship is organized in categories over 50 and over 65 with separate tournament for women.

More than 150 players, 40 titled (GM, IM, WGMs) from 32 countries registered till now. Among them chess legends like GMs: Johh, Nunn (ENG), Zurab Sturua (GEO), Karen Movsziszian (ARM), Evgeny Sveshnikov (LAT), Anatoly Vaisser (FRA), Evgeni Vasiukov (RUS), Yuri Balashov (RUS), Nona Gaprindshvili (GEO) and many others.

The current participants lists can be found here:
http://www.chess-results.com/tnr142662.aspx?lan=1&art=0&turdet=YES&flag=30&wi=984 and in the official Championship web site: http://worldseniors2014.fide.com/

The participants lists are updating daily.

Due to many requests for extension of registration deadline the O.C. will accept registrations till Friday 26th of September 2014. These requests will be served on priority according each date availability.

The Tournament regulations and registration forms can be found here: http://www.fide.com/index.php?option=com_fidecalendar&view=fcalview&aid=939 

 

FIDE President's visit to Egypt



On 4 September 2014, FIDE President has visited Cairo, Egypt. He had fruitful meetings with Dr. Ashraf Sobhi - Deputy Minister of Youth & Sports and Khaled Zein Eldin, Chairman of Egyptian National Olympic Committee.

FIDE President congratulated the Deputy Minister for the two historic Egyptian Gold medals in Tromso chess Olympiad as EGY men team won Gold medal in Category B, while EGY women team won Gold in Category C.

Good news were released during the meetings as chess will be an official sport in 2017 Arabic Youth Games in Cairo and 2019 Mediterranean Beach Games in Alexandria, Egypt.

The Deputy Minister congratulated FIDE President for his re-election for another 4 years and confirmed interest of Egypt to hosts world chess event in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. He confirmed also the interest to enter chess in Egyptian schools and 4300 Youth centers in Egypt.



Meeting with the Deputy Minister of Youth & Sports Dr. Ashraf Sobhi


Dr. Hesham Elgendy, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and Khaled Zein Eldin, Chairman of the National Olympic Committee

Sharjah Women’s Grand Prix: Round 9



Round 9: Hou Yifan wins Grand Prix Series, Ju Wenjun takes lead


After the end of 9th rounds it ibecame official - Hou Yifan has won the FIDE Women Grand Prix Series 2013-2014! Humpy Koneru was the first one to finish her game against Zhu Chen, so she missed even theoretical chance to fight for the first place in Grand Prix Series.

At the same time the intrigue still revolves around the last two rounds of the 6th stage of Grand Prix in Sharjah. Ju Wenjun defeated Harika Dronavalli and took the sole lead half a point ahead of Hou Yifan, who drew with Elina Danielian. During the press conference Hou Yifan promised to try her best in the final rounds. World Champion will keep on fighting for the victory in the tournament, despite the fact that her main goal to win the WGP Series has been achieved. Batchimeg Tuvshintugs split a point with Nafisa Muminova and keeps the third place in the tournament one point behind of Hou Yifan. Anna Ushenina, who defeated Tatiana Kosintseva, is on the fourth place half a point behind of Mongolian player. Zhao Xue outplayed Alina L’Ami and shares the fifth place together with Elina Danielian.

SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 5 WGM L'ami Alina 2446 0 - 1 GM Zhao Xue 2508 12 6 WGM Muminova Nafisa 2315 ½ - ½ WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2346 4 7 GM Hou Yifan 2661 ½ - ½ GM Danielian Elina 2490 3 8 GM Harika Dronavalli 2521 0 - 1 WGM Ju Wenjun 2559 2 9 GM Koneru Humpy 2598 ½ - ½ GM Zhu Chen 2461 1 10 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2494 0 - 1 GM Ushenina Anna 2487 11



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RESULTS after Round 9

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Round 8: Same leaders at the top


The central game of the eighth round between Ju Wenjun and Hou Yifan finished in a draw and both leaders secured their places at the top with 6,5 points. Batchimeg Tuvshintugs outplayed Alina L’Ami and keeps the third place after eight rounds one point behind the leaders. Elina Danielian defeated Nafisa Muminova and shares the fourth place with Anna Ushenina and Harika Dronavalli. Other games finished in a draw but Zhao Xue had the highest chances to grab the full point in the game against Tatiana Kosintseva. Hou Yifan and Humpy Koneru keep 3 points distance and Hou Yifan needs only one draw to win the first place in the FIDE Women Grand Prix Series 2013-2014.
Tomorrow is free day and the ninth round will start at 3 pm on 4th of September.

SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 12 GM Zhao Xue 2508 ½ - ½ GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2494 10 11 GM Ushenina Anna 2487 ½ - ½ GM Koneru Humpy 2598 9 1 GM Zhu Chen 2461 ½ - ½ GM Harika Dronavalli 2521 8 2 WGM Ju Wenjun 2559 ½ - ½ GM Hou Yifan 2661 7 3 GM Danielian Elina 2490 1 - 0 WGM Muminova Nafisa 2315 6 4 WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2346 1 - 0 WGM L'ami Alina 2446 5



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RESULTS after Round 8

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Round 7 Results


Ju Wenjun and Hou Yifan continue to move synchronously over the last rounds as both players won today again. While Ju Wenjun caught her opponent Nafisa Muminova in the opening and won relatively quickly, Hou Yifan outplayed Zhu Chen only in the deep ending after 5 hours of play. After two losses in a row Humpy Koneru defeated Tatiana Kosintseva but it didn’t help her to shorten the distance with the World Champion so far. Batchimeg Tuvshintugs had good chances for victory against Zhao Xue but their game finished in a draw as well as other more quiet games L’Ami-Danielian and Dronavalli-Ushenina. After 7 rounds Ju Wenjun and Hou Yifan share the lead with 6 (!) points. Batchimeg Tuvshintugs is on the sole third place 1, 5 points behind the leaders. Anna Ushenina and Harika Dronavalli share the fourth place with 4 points.

SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 4 WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2346 ½ - ½ GM Zhao Xue 2508 12 5 WGM L'ami Alina 2446 ½ - ½ GM Danielian Elina 2490 3 6 WGM Muminova Nafisa 2315 0 - 1 WGM Ju Wenjun 2559 2 7 GM Hou Yifan 2661 1 - 0 GM Zhu Chen 2461 1 8 GM Harika Dronavalli 2521 ½ - ½ GM Ushenina Anna 2487 11 9 GM Koneru Humpy 2598 1 - 0 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2494 10

RESULTS after Round 7

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Round 6: Ju Wenjun and Hou Yifan improved their lead

In the sixth round of the Women Grand Prix in Sharjah both Ju Wenjun and Hou Yifan won their games against Alina L’Ami and Anna Ushenina respectivly. It was a lucky day for the Chinese players as the third participant from China Zhao Xue also won today. She defeated Humpy Koneru, who suffered the third loss in the tournament and has very few chances to catch Hou Yifan. After sixth rounds World Champion has increased the distance to 3 points.

After painful loss at the fifth round, Tatiana Kosintseva managed to win against Harika Dronavalli. The games Danielian-Tuvshintugs and Zhu-Muminova finished in a draw. 

SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 12 GM Zhao Xue 2508 1 - 0 GM Koneru Humpy 2598 9 10 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2494 1 - 0 GM Harika Dronavalli 2521 8 11 GM Ushenina Anna 2487 0 - 1 GM Hou Yifan 2661 7 1 GM Zhu Chen 2461 ½ - ½ WGM Muminova Nafisa 2315 6 2 WGM Ju Wenjun 2559 1 - 0 WGM L'ami Alina 2446 5 3 GM Danielian Elina 2490 ½ - ½ WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2346 4

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RESULTS after Round 6


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Round 5: two Chinese Hou Yifan and Ju Wenjun at the top

There were two decisive games and four draws in the fifth round of the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix in Sharjah. The sole leader after four rounds, Ju Wenjun, was the first one to finish her game. Her opponent Batchimeg Tuvshintugs decided not to check her luck today and the players repeated the moves in the middle game. Elina Danielian relatively quickly outplayed Zhao Xue, while World Champion Hou Yifan defeated Tatiana Kosintseva after long and complex fight. Indian derby between Humpy Koneru and Harika Dronavalli as well as the game Ushenina-Muminova finished in a draw. Alina L’Ami and Zhu Chen split a point and thus both players have stopped the unfortunate series of losses.

After 5 rounds Chinese Ju Wenjun and Hou Yifan are leading with 4 points. Three players Batchimeg Tuvshintugs. Anna Ushenina and Harika Dronavalli share the third place with 3, 5 points out of 5.

The distance between two players, who fight for the victory in Grand Prix Series Hou Yifan and Humpy Koneru, increased to two points. 

SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 3 GM Danielian Elina 2490 1 - 0 GM Zhao Xue 2508 12 4 WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2346 ½ - ½ WGM Ju Wenjun 2559 2 5 WGM L'ami Alina 2446 ½ - ½ GM Zhu Chen 2461 1 6 WGM Muminova Nafisa 2315 ½ - ½ GM Ushenina Anna 2487 11 7 GM Hou Yifan 2661 1 - 0 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2494 10 8 GM Harika Dronavalli 2521 ½ - ½ GM Koneru Humpy 2598 9


RESULTS after Round 5

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Round 4: Ju Wenjun takes lead


In a dramatic fourth round Ju Wenjun beat Elina Danielian to grab solo lead with 3½ points in the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix in Sharjah. In the battle of the two top seeds, Hou Yifan, playing black, defeated Humpy Koneru, who unexpectedly lost the drawish endgame. Tatiana Kosintseva had winning position against Nafisa Muminova but missed advantage in the time trouble. The game finished in a draw same as another encounter between Harika Dronavalli and Zhao Xue. Another drama happened in the game Zhu Chen – Batchimeg Tuvshintugs. Qatari player had better position during the whole game but didn’t play well in the rook endgame and even lost the game at the end. Alina L’Ami suffered another loss, this time against Anna Ushenina. Women’s World Champion Hou Yifan of China, Harika Dronavalli of India, former women’s world champion Anna Ushenina of Ukraine and WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs of Mongolia follow the leader with 3 points each.


Ju Wenjun 1-0 Elina Danielian

Humpy Koneru 0-1 Hou Yifan

Anna Ushenina 1-0 Alina L’Ami

Zhu Chen 0-1 Batchimeg Tuvshintugs

Zhao Xue 1/2-1/2 Harika Dronavalli

Tatiana Kosintseva 1/2-1/2 Nafisa Muminova

RESULTS after Round 4

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Round 3: Harika Dronavalli and Ju Wenjun are leading


Ju Wenjun defeated her compatriot Zhao Xue today to catch up Harika Dronavalli, who made a draw against World Champion Hou Yifan. Humpy Koneru and Nafisa Muminova played a dramatic game, which finished in a draw but not before both players missed good chances to win. Batchimeg Tuvshintugs and Anna Ushenina played a relatively quiet game and split a point just before the first time control. Alina L’Ami and Zhu Chen lost the third game in a row against Tatiana Kosintseva and Elina Danielian respectively.

Ju Wenjun 1-0 Zhao Xue

Danielian, Elina 1-0 Zhu Chen

Tuvshintugs, Batchimeg ½-½ Ushenina, Anna

l'Ami, Alina 0-1 Kosintseva, Tatiana

Muminova, Nafisa ½-½ Koneru Humpy

Hou Yifan ½-½ Dronavalli Harika


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Round 2: Harika Dronavalli takes early lead

Harika Dronavalli from India defeated Nafisa Muminova from Uzbekistan to become the sole leader after two rounds of the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix in Sharjah. Her compatriot Humpy Koneru managed to recover after unfortunate start and confidently won against Alina L’Ami. There were two more decisive games as Anna Ushenina and Ju Wenjun outplayed Elina Danielian and Zhu Chen respectively. Hou Yifan split a point with Zhao Xue and one more game between Batchimeg Tuvshintugs and Tatiana Kosintseva also finished in a draw. Five players including Hou Yifan, Zhao Xue, Batchimeg Tuvshintugs, Anna Ushenina and Ju Wenjun are half a point behind the leader.

Zhao Xue 1/2 – 1/2 Hou Yifan

The Chinese derby didn’t last for too long today and after one hour of play the peace has been signed. The theoretical line led to a known repetition and both players seemed satisfied with the final result. Speaking about interest of Chinese media towards Women Grand Prix event, Hou Yifan pointed out that after such a great success of Chinese Team at the Olympiad the attention of media turned to chess once again and Grand Prix event will be followed closely in China. At the same time both players of Chinese Women’s Team seemed unsatisfied with their own result in Tromso. “We have good chances to win this Olympiad as well as a previous one but for some reason we are always second”, said Zhao Xue.

Humpy Koneru 1-0 Alina L’Ami

It ‘s not an easy task to play against two best Indian women players in two days and Alina L’Ami suffered another loss today. There was an opportunity for Romanian player to exchange her knight for White’s light-square bishop but all the same Black got solid position after the opening. The critical moment of this game was perhaps at move 26 when Black didn’t play 26…Ne2 allowing her opponent to win an important pawn on the King’s side. It was just a question of technique from Humpy Koneru and she didn’t give any chance to her opponent.

Ushenina Anna 1-0 Elina Danielian

Anna Ushenina and Elina Danielian could have finished the game around 30th move but both players missed 30.g4 in the time trouble.

However the position was still in White’s favor but Danielian found the right moment to complicate the position after a piece sacrifice. Black managed to get 3 pawns for one piece, and in fact at one moment Black could draw the game with a nice move but failed to find the precise way.

Tatiana Kosintseva 1/2-1/2 Batchimeg Tuvshintugs

Once again Tatiana tried her luck in Ruy Lopez against Batchimeg but this time she chose 5.Bc6 comapere to 5.c3 as she played in the previous stage of Grand Prix In Khanty-Manskiysk. Same as before Russian player put a lot of pressure on her opponent but once again Batchimeg showed good defensive skills and managed to hold the position.

In order to complicate things White sacrificed a pawn on a5 even it was not so clear if she has enough compensation. Nevertheless Black found another way to keep the balance and after 45 moves the game finished in a draw.

Zhu Chen 0-1 Ju Wenjun

It was a very interesting and complex game with many different opportunities for both sides. Ju Wenjun played aggressively on the King’s side but her opponent kept calm till some moment and was holding the pressure. The game became extremely sharp after 23…f5, and every move was crucial. One of the critical moments happened on move 24 when Zhu Chen decided to change her dark square bishop for the knight. Ju Wenjun continued to fight for initiative and in the time trouble it seemed more difficult for White to find the exact moves.

Harika Dronavalli 1-0 Nafisa Muminova

Harika tried to avoid theoretical lines today and didn’t get anything out of the opening. As she pointed out at the press conference, she was not happy with her play at the early stage of the game and after 17…f5 and 18…c5 she estimated her position as slightly worse. It’s hard to say how Black could have improved her play but as in the previous game Harika showed better understanding of the position. She competently changed few pieces and started to play against black weaknesses. When Nafisa moved her queen on the Queen’s side Harika used a chance to create crashing attack on the weak king of her opponent. 

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Round 1

The sixth stage of FIDE Women Grand Prix in Sharjah started on 25th of August with four decisive games and two draws.

Most of the players playing the black pieces were higher rated than their opponents, and three out of four decisive games finished in Black’s favor. Humpy Koneru, one of the challengers for the victory in Grand Prix series, blundered material and lost her first game against Batchimeg Tuvshintugs, while Hou Yifan confidently outplayed Nafisa Muminova. Harika Dronavalli and Zhao Xue managed to win after long resistance from their opponents Alina L’Ami and Zhu Chen respectively. Elina Danielian and Anna Ushenina had good chances to finish their games with victories but their opponents Tatiana Kosintseva and Ju Wenjun managed to avoid serious troubles and both games ended in draws.

Muminova, Nafisa 0-1 Hou Yifan

Hou Yifan obtained quite comfortable position due to some inaccuracies made by her opponent and was slowly improving her position looking for the right moment to break through on the King’s side. White didn’t find real chances to find any counter play and after 32…g5 Muminova’s position became hopeless.

Tuvshintugs, Batchimeg 1-0 Koneru Humpy

Mongolian player decided to give up the bishop for the knight and ended up in the worse position. Humpy Koneru had many different options to increase her advantage but preferred to enter the position with two rooks for a queen with better chances for Black. According to Koneru she could have slowly increased the position of her pieces but instead she lost her track and blundered the material. Just one move earlier Black could have forced a draw by three times repetition.

Zhu Chen 0-1 Zhao Xue

Zhao Xue managed to equalize with black and grabbed a pawn on a2 due to her opponent’s mistake. Nevertheless, White got a positional compensation by activating her pieces. Black has to give a pawn back and the position was balanced but luckily for Zhao Xue, Zhu Chen made inaccurate moves 31.b4 and 32.e4. Chinese player confidently converted her advantage into full point.

Ju Wenjun ½-½ Ushenina, Anna

The game between Ju Wenjun and Anna Ushenina ended in a draw, but not before Ukrainian player had had a promising position. Ju Wenjun played inaccurately in the opening and ended up in the position with an isolated pawn. Anna Ushenina used a typical plan for this kind of positions and it was White’s turn to look for equality. At the same time former world champion was not so optimistic about her chances. “White didn’t do anything wrong to be punished”, said Anna during the press conference after the game but her opponent seemed to be happy with a draw. After 30 moves the game was over after three times repetition.

Danielian, Elina ½-½ Kosintseva, Tatiana

Tatiana Kosintseva didn’t expect the line with 7.c5 in Queens Gambit and went for dubious continuation with 7…Ne4. White managed to gain an advantage out of the opening and Tatiana was suffering trying to equalize the position during the whole game. In the endgame Elina Danielian managed to win a pawn but didn’t succeed to convert her advantage in the rook endgame.

l'Ami, Alina 0-1 Dronavalli Harika

It became clear during the press conference that Harika Dronavalli had better knowledge of the position which appeared after the opening. Despite the fact that White had pair of bishops, it was difficult to find the way to make use of them. Harika precisely played against the weakness of the White’s position – hanging pawns, and managed to win one of them. Black converted her advantage in the rook endgame.

And so after the first round the tournament has four leaders. Tuesday, August 26th at 15:00 local time the second round will be played:

Zhao Xue

2508



Hou Yifan

2661

Dronavalli Harika

2521



Muminova, Nafisa

2315

Koneru Humpy

2598



l'Ami, Alina

2446

Kosintseva, Tatiana

2494



Tuvshintugs, Batchimeg

2346

Ushenina, Anna

2487



Danielian, Elina

2490

Zhu Chen

2461



Ju Wenjun

2559

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The final stage of FIDE Women’s Grand Prix started in Sharjah



The sixth stage of the women’s FIDE Grand Prix officially opened today in Sharjah Cultural and Chess Club. 12 chess players representing 9 countries of the world will participate in the competition that will take place until the 7th of September 2014. In his speech FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov expressed his gratitude to the organizers and wished all players to show their best in the tournament.



“I am happy to be here in Sharjah in this magnificent Chess Club, the largest in the world chess building, the opening of which in 2013 I was fortunate to attend. I would like to take this occasion to thank one more time His Highness Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Quassimi, the ruler of Sharjah, for his decisive contribution into this outstanding architectural and cultural project that resulted in appearance of the top level playing venue together with the Regional FIDE office, which has turned Sharjah into the major chess destinations all over the world. Now Sharjah deservedly hosts the final leg of the Women’s Grand Prix Series, taking the baton from Georgian Lopota alone with other hosting cities of this significant women’s chess event, including here Khanty-Mansiysk in Russia, Tashkent in Uzbekistan, Dilijan in Armenia and Geneva in Switzerland. Women’s Grand Prix Series give strong impulse to development of women’s chess and let all of us enjoy tough and nonpresumable chess fights.”

FIDE President promised to announce the hosting city of the Women’s World Chess Championship at the closing ceremony of the Grand Prix in Sharjah on 6th of September.



The big and small cups from “Lobortas Classic Jewelry House” were presented during the opening ceremony of the sixth stage of FIDE Women’s Grand Prix in Sharjah. The winner of the Women’s Grand Priz Series will be awarded with the small cup at the closing ceremony. The Classic Jewelry House Lobortas had previously created for FIDE the Large and Small Chess Cups "Caissa". World Champion Hou Yifan was the one who got the award “Caissa” during Istanbul Chess Olympiad in 2012.

FIDE, the World Chess Federation, and Lobortas Classic Jewelry House are to release the men's Grand Prix Series trophy next year. Drawing of lots for the tournament was held during the opening ceremony. So, the pairs of the first round are: 

ROUND 1 Pairings

No. Rtg   Name Result   Name Rtg No. 1 2461 GM Zhu Chen vs GM Zhao Xue 2508 12 2 2559 WGM Ju Wenjun vs GM Ushenina Anna 2487 11 3 2490 GM Danielian Elina vs GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2494 10 4 2346 WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs vs GM Koneru Humpy 2598 9 5 2446 WGM L'ami Alina vs GM Harika Dronavalli 2521 8 6 2315 WGM Muminova Nafisa vs GM Hou Yifan 2661 7



The Women Grand Prix Series consists of six tournaments that are being held over a two year period between 2013 and 2014. 18 top players participate in 4 of these 6 tournaments. The winner of the Grand Prix series will play a ten-game World Championship match with the Women’s World Champion; which will be determined during Women World Championship in the third quarter of 2015.

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Sharjah Women’s Grand Prix: Round 10



Round 10: leaders keep their positions


After the tenth round of the Women’s Grand Prix in Sharjah Ju Wenjun keeps leading. She drew with Humpy Koneru as well as Hou Yifan did against Batchimeg Tuvshintugs, so the winner of the tournament will be determined in the last round. Batchimeg Tuvshintugs is on the third place one point behind of Hou Yifan. Anna Ushenina split a point with Zhao Xue and keeps chances for the bronze medal as she placed fourth before the last round. Zhu Chen and Harika Dronavalli defeated Tatiana Kosintseva and Elina Danielian respectively. Alina L’Ami made a draw with Nafisa Muminova.

In the last round Ju Wenjun plays with Black against Tatiana Kosintseva, while Hou Yifan has white pieces against Alina L’Ami. The 11th round will start at 1 pm local time on 6th of September. The closing ceremony will take place at the Cultural and Chess Club of Sharjah at 7.30 pm.

SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 12 GM Zhao Xue 2508 ½ - ½ GM Ushenina Anna 2487 11 1 GM Zhu Chen 2461 1 - 0 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2494 10 2 WGM Ju Wenjun 2559 ½ - ½ GM Koneru Humpy 2598 9 3 GM Danielian Elina 2490 0 - 1 GM Harika Dronavalli 2521 8 4 WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2346 ½ - ½ GM Hou Yifan 2661 7 5 WGM L'ami Alina 2446 ½ - ½ WGM Muminova Nafisa 2315 6



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Round 9: Hou Yifan wins Grand Prix Series, Ju Wenjun takes lead


After the end of 9th rounds it ibecame official - Hou Yifan has won the FIDE Women Grand Prix Series 2013-2014! Humpy Koneru was the first one to finish her game against Zhu Chen, so she missed even theoretical chance to fight for the first place in Grand Prix Series.

At the same time the intrigue still revolves around the last two rounds of the 6th stage of Grand Prix in Sharjah. Ju Wenjun defeated Harika Dronavalli and took the sole lead half a point ahead of Hou Yifan, who drew with Elina Danielian. During the press conference Hou Yifan promised to try her best in the final rounds. World Champion will keep on fighting for the victory in the tournament, despite the fact that her main goal to win the WGP Series has been achieved. Batchimeg Tuvshintugs split a point with Nafisa Muminova and keeps the third place in the tournament one point behind of Hou Yifan. Anna Ushenina, who defeated Tatiana Kosintseva, is on the fourth place half a point behind of Mongolian player. Zhao Xue outplayed Alina L’Ami and shares the fifth place together with Elina Danielian.

SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 5 WGM L'ami Alina 2446 0 - 1 GM Zhao Xue 2508 12 6 WGM Muminova Nafisa 2315 ½ - ½ WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2346 4 7 GM Hou Yifan 2661 ½ - ½ GM Danielian Elina 2490 3 8 GM Harika Dronavalli 2521 0 - 1 WGM Ju Wenjun 2559 2 9 GM Koneru Humpy 2598 ½ - ½ GM Zhu Chen 2461 1 10 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2494 0 - 1 GM Ushenina Anna 2487 11



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Round 8: Same leaders at the top


The central game of the eighth round between Ju Wenjun and Hou Yifan finished in a draw and both leaders secured their places at the top with 6,5 points. Batchimeg Tuvshintugs outplayed Alina L’Ami and keeps the third place after eight rounds one point behind the leaders. Elina Danielian defeated Nafisa Muminova and shares the fourth place with Anna Ushenina and Harika Dronavalli. Other games finished in a draw but Zhao Xue had the highest chances to grab the full point in the game against Tatiana Kosintseva. Hou Yifan and Humpy Koneru keep 3 points distance and Hou Yifan needs only one draw to win the first place in the FIDE Women Grand Prix Series 2013-2014.
Tomorrow is free day and the ninth round will start at 3 pm on 4th of September.

SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 12 GM Zhao Xue 2508 ½ - ½ GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2494 10 11 GM Ushenina Anna 2487 ½ - ½ GM Koneru Humpy 2598 9 1 GM Zhu Chen 2461 ½ - ½ GM Harika Dronavalli 2521 8 2 WGM Ju Wenjun 2559 ½ - ½ GM Hou Yifan 2661 7 3 GM Danielian Elina 2490 1 - 0 WGM Muminova Nafisa 2315 6 4 WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2346 1 - 0 WGM L'ami Alina 2446 5



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Round 7 Results


Ju Wenjun and Hou Yifan continue to move synchronously over the last rounds as both players won today again. While Ju Wenjun caught her opponent Nafisa Muminova in the opening and won relatively quickly, Hou Yifan outplayed Zhu Chen only in the deep ending after 5 hours of play. After two losses in a row Humpy Koneru defeated Tatiana Kosintseva but it didn’t help her to shorten the distance with the World Champion so far. Batchimeg Tuvshintugs had good chances for victory against Zhao Xue but their game finished in a draw as well as other more quiet games L’Ami-Danielian and Dronavalli-Ushenina. After 7 rounds Ju Wenjun and Hou Yifan share the lead with 6 (!) points. Batchimeg Tuvshintugs is on the sole third place 1, 5 points behind the leaders. Anna Ushenina and Harika Dronavalli share the fourth place with 4 points.

SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 4 WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2346 ½ - ½ GM Zhao Xue 2508 12 5 WGM L'ami Alina 2446 ½ - ½ GM Danielian Elina 2490 3 6 WGM Muminova Nafisa 2315 0 - 1 WGM Ju Wenjun 2559 2 7 GM Hou Yifan 2661 1 - 0 GM Zhu Chen 2461 1 8 GM Harika Dronavalli 2521 ½ - ½ GM Ushenina Anna 2487 11 9 GM Koneru Humpy 2598 1 - 0 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2494 10

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Round 6: Ju Wenjun and Hou Yifan improved their lead

In the sixth round of the Women Grand Prix in Sharjah both Ju Wenjun and Hou Yifan won their games against Alina L’Ami and Anna Ushenina respectivly. It was a lucky day for the Chinese players as the third participant from China Zhao Xue also won today. She defeated Humpy Koneru, who suffered the third loss in the tournament and has very few chances to catch Hou Yifan. After sixth rounds World Champion has increased the distance to 3 points.

After painful loss at the fifth round, Tatiana Kosintseva managed to win against Harika Dronavalli. The games Danielian-Tuvshintugs and Zhu-Muminova finished in a draw. 

SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 12 GM Zhao Xue 2508 1 - 0 GM Koneru Humpy 2598 9 10 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2494 1 - 0 GM Harika Dronavalli 2521 8 11 GM Ushenina Anna 2487 0 - 1 GM Hou Yifan 2661 7 1 GM Zhu Chen 2461 ½ - ½ WGM Muminova Nafisa 2315 6 2 WGM Ju Wenjun 2559 1 - 0 WGM L'ami Alina 2446 5 3 GM Danielian Elina 2490 ½ - ½ WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2346 4

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Round 5: two Chinese Hou Yifan and Ju Wenjun at the top

There were two decisive games and four draws in the fifth round of the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix in Sharjah. The sole leader after four rounds, Ju Wenjun, was the first one to finish her game. Her opponent Batchimeg Tuvshintugs decided not to check her luck today and the players repeated the moves in the middle game. Elina Danielian relatively quickly outplayed Zhao Xue, while World Champion Hou Yifan defeated Tatiana Kosintseva after long and complex fight. Indian derby between Humpy Koneru and Harika Dronavalli as well as the game Ushenina-Muminova finished in a draw. Alina L’Ami and Zhu Chen split a point and thus both players have stopped the unfortunate series of losses.

After 5 rounds Chinese Ju Wenjun and Hou Yifan are leading with 4 points. Three players Batchimeg Tuvshintugs. Anna Ushenina and Harika Dronavalli share the third place with 3, 5 points out of 5.

The distance between two players, who fight for the victory in Grand Prix Series Hou Yifan and Humpy Koneru, increased to two points. 

SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 3 GM Danielian Elina 2490 1 - 0 GM Zhao Xue 2508 12 4 WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2346 ½ - ½ WGM Ju Wenjun 2559 2 5 WGM L'ami Alina 2446 ½ - ½ GM Zhu Chen 2461 1 6 WGM Muminova Nafisa 2315 ½ - ½ GM Ushenina Anna 2487 11 7 GM Hou Yifan 2661 1 - 0 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2494 10 8 GM Harika Dronavalli 2521 ½ - ½ GM Koneru Humpy 2598 9


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Round 4: Ju Wenjun takes lead


In a dramatic fourth round Ju Wenjun beat Elina Danielian to grab solo lead with 3½ points in the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix in Sharjah. In the battle of the two top seeds, Hou Yifan, playing black, defeated Humpy Koneru, who unexpectedly lost the drawish endgame. Tatiana Kosintseva had winning position against Nafisa Muminova but missed advantage in the time trouble. The game finished in a draw same as another encounter between Harika Dronavalli and Zhao Xue. Another drama happened in the game Zhu Chen – Batchimeg Tuvshintugs. Qatari player had better position during the whole game but didn’t play well in the rook endgame and even lost the game at the end. Alina L’Ami suffered another loss, this time against Anna Ushenina. Women’s World Champion Hou Yifan of China, Harika Dronavalli of India, former women’s world champion Anna Ushenina of Ukraine and WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs of Mongolia follow the leader with 3 points each.


Ju Wenjun 1-0 Elina Danielian

Humpy Koneru 0-1 Hou Yifan

Anna Ushenina 1-0 Alina L’Ami

Zhu Chen 0-1 Batchimeg Tuvshintugs

Zhao Xue 1/2-1/2 Harika Dronavalli

Tatiana Kosintseva 1/2-1/2 Nafisa Muminova

RESULTS after Round 4

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Round 3: Harika Dronavalli and Ju Wenjun are leading


Ju Wenjun defeated her compatriot Zhao Xue today to catch up Harika Dronavalli, who made a draw against World Champion Hou Yifan. Humpy Koneru and Nafisa Muminova played a dramatic game, which finished in a draw but not before both players missed good chances to win. Batchimeg Tuvshintugs and Anna Ushenina played a relatively quiet game and split a point just before the first time control. Alina L’Ami and Zhu Chen lost the third game in a row against Tatiana Kosintseva and Elina Danielian respectively.

Ju Wenjun 1-0 Zhao Xue

Danielian, Elina 1-0 Zhu Chen

Tuvshintugs, Batchimeg ½-½ Ushenina, Anna

l'Ami, Alina 0-1 Kosintseva, Tatiana

Muminova, Nafisa ½-½ Koneru Humpy

Hou Yifan ½-½ Dronavalli Harika


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Round 2: Harika Dronavalli takes early lead

Harika Dronavalli from India defeated Nafisa Muminova from Uzbekistan to become the sole leader after two rounds of the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix in Sharjah. Her compatriot Humpy Koneru managed to recover after unfortunate start and confidently won against Alina L’Ami. There were two more decisive games as Anna Ushenina and Ju Wenjun outplayed Elina Danielian and Zhu Chen respectively. Hou Yifan split a point with Zhao Xue and one more game between Batchimeg Tuvshintugs and Tatiana Kosintseva also finished in a draw. Five players including Hou Yifan, Zhao Xue, Batchimeg Tuvshintugs, Anna Ushenina and Ju Wenjun are half a point behind the leader.

Zhao Xue 1/2 – 1/2 Hou Yifan

The Chinese derby didn’t last for too long today and after one hour of play the peace has been signed. The theoretical line led to a known repetition and both players seemed satisfied with the final result. Speaking about interest of Chinese media towards Women Grand Prix event, Hou Yifan pointed out that after such a great success of Chinese Team at the Olympiad the attention of media turned to chess once again and Grand Prix event will be followed closely in China. At the same time both players of Chinese Women’s Team seemed unsatisfied with their own result in Tromso. “We have good chances to win this Olympiad as well as a previous one but for some reason we are always second”, said Zhao Xue.

Humpy Koneru 1-0 Alina L’Ami

It ‘s not an easy task to play against two best Indian women players in two days and Alina L’Ami suffered another loss today. There was an opportunity for Romanian player to exchange her knight for White’s light-square bishop but all the same Black got solid position after the opening. The critical moment of this game was perhaps at move 26 when Black didn’t play 26…Ne2 allowing her opponent to win an important pawn on the King’s side. It was just a question of technique from Humpy Koneru and she didn’t give any chance to her opponent.

Ushenina Anna 1-0 Elina Danielian

Anna Ushenina and Elina Danielian could have finished the game around 30th move but both players missed 30.g4 in the time trouble.

However the position was still in White’s favor but Danielian found the right moment to complicate the position after a piece sacrifice. Black managed to get 3 pawns for one piece, and in fact at one moment Black could draw the game with a nice move but failed to find the precise way.

Tatiana Kosintseva 1/2-1/2 Batchimeg Tuvshintugs

Once again Tatiana tried her luck in Ruy Lopez against Batchimeg but this time she chose 5.Bc6 comapere to 5.c3 as she played in the previous stage of Grand Prix In Khanty-Manskiysk. Same as before Russian player put a lot of pressure on her opponent but once again Batchimeg showed good defensive skills and managed to hold the position.

In order to complicate things White sacrificed a pawn on a5 even it was not so clear if she has enough compensation. Nevertheless Black found another way to keep the balance and after 45 moves the game finished in a draw.

Zhu Chen 0-1 Ju Wenjun

It was a very interesting and complex game with many different opportunities for both sides. Ju Wenjun played aggressively on the King’s side but her opponent kept calm till some moment and was holding the pressure. The game became extremely sharp after 23…f5, and every move was crucial. One of the critical moments happened on move 24 when Zhu Chen decided to change her dark square bishop for the knight. Ju Wenjun continued to fight for initiative and in the time trouble it seemed more difficult for White to find the exact moves.

Harika Dronavalli 1-0 Nafisa Muminova

Harika tried to avoid theoretical lines today and didn’t get anything out of the opening. As she pointed out at the press conference, she was not happy with her play at the early stage of the game and after 17…f5 and 18…c5 she estimated her position as slightly worse. It’s hard to say how Black could have improved her play but as in the previous game Harika showed better understanding of the position. She competently changed few pieces and started to play against black weaknesses. When Nafisa moved her queen on the Queen’s side Harika used a chance to create crashing attack on the weak king of her opponent. 

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Round 1

The sixth stage of FIDE Women Grand Prix in Sharjah started on 25th of August with four decisive games and two draws.

Most of the players playing the black pieces were higher rated than their opponents, and three out of four decisive games finished in Black’s favor. Humpy Koneru, one of the challengers for the victory in Grand Prix series, blundered material and lost her first game against Batchimeg Tuvshintugs, while Hou Yifan confidently outplayed Nafisa Muminova. Harika Dronavalli and Zhao Xue managed to win after long resistance from their opponents Alina L’Ami and Zhu Chen respectively. Elina Danielian and Anna Ushenina had good chances to finish their games with victories but their opponents Tatiana Kosintseva and Ju Wenjun managed to avoid serious troubles and both games ended in draws.

Muminova, Nafisa 0-1 Hou Yifan

Hou Yifan obtained quite comfortable position due to some inaccuracies made by her opponent and was slowly improving her position looking for the right moment to break through on the King’s side. White didn’t find real chances to find any counter play and after 32…g5 Muminova’s position became hopeless.

Tuvshintugs, Batchimeg 1-0 Koneru Humpy

Mongolian player decided to give up the bishop for the knight and ended up in the worse position. Humpy Koneru had many different options to increase her advantage but preferred to enter the position with two rooks for a queen with better chances for Black. According to Koneru she could have slowly increased the position of her pieces but instead she lost her track and blundered the material. Just one move earlier Black could have forced a draw by three times repetition.

Zhu Chen 0-1 Zhao Xue

Zhao Xue managed to equalize with black and grabbed a pawn on a2 due to her opponent’s mistake. Nevertheless, White got a positional compensation by activating her pieces. Black has to give a pawn back and the position was balanced but luckily for Zhao Xue, Zhu Chen made inaccurate moves 31.b4 and 32.e4. Chinese player confidently converted her advantage into full point.

Ju Wenjun ½-½ Ushenina, Anna

The game between Ju Wenjun and Anna Ushenina ended in a draw, but not before Ukrainian player had had a promising position. Ju Wenjun played inaccurately in the opening and ended up in the position with an isolated pawn. Anna Ushenina used a typical plan for this kind of positions and it was White’s turn to look for equality. At the same time former world champion was not so optimistic about her chances. “White didn’t do anything wrong to be punished”, said Anna during the press conference after the game but her opponent seemed to be happy with a draw. After 30 moves the game was over after three times repetition.

Danielian, Elina ½-½ Kosintseva, Tatiana

Tatiana Kosintseva didn’t expect the line with 7.c5 in Queens Gambit and went for dubious continuation with 7…Ne4. White managed to gain an advantage out of the opening and Tatiana was suffering trying to equalize the position during the whole game. In the endgame Elina Danielian managed to win a pawn but didn’t succeed to convert her advantage in the rook endgame.

l'Ami, Alina 0-1 Dronavalli Harika

It became clear during the press conference that Harika Dronavalli had better knowledge of the position which appeared after the opening. Despite the fact that White had pair of bishops, it was difficult to find the way to make use of them. Harika precisely played against the weakness of the White’s position – hanging pawns, and managed to win one of them. Black converted her advantage in the rook endgame.

And so after the first round the tournament has four leaders. Tuesday, August 26th at 15:00 local time the second round will be played:

Zhao Xue

2508



Hou Yifan

2661

Dronavalli Harika

2521



Muminova, Nafisa

2315

Koneru Humpy

2598



l'Ami, Alina

2446

Kosintseva, Tatiana

2494



Tuvshintugs, Batchimeg

2346

Ushenina, Anna

2487



Danielian, Elina

2490

Zhu Chen

2461



Ju Wenjun

2559

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The final stage of FIDE Women’s Grand Prix started in Sharjah



The sixth stage of the women’s FIDE Grand Prix officially opened today in Sharjah Cultural and Chess Club. 12 chess players representing 9 countries of the world will participate in the competition that will take place until the 7th of September 2014. In his speech FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov expressed his gratitude to the organizers and wished all players to show their best in the tournament.



“I am happy to be here in Sharjah in this magnificent Chess Club, the largest in the world chess building, the opening of which in 2013 I was fortunate to attend. I would like to take this occasion to thank one more time His Highness Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Quassimi, the ruler of Sharjah, for his decisive contribution into this outstanding architectural and cultural project that resulted in appearance of the top level playing venue together with the Regional FIDE office, which has turned Sharjah into the major chess destinations all over the world. Now Sharjah deservedly hosts the final leg of the Women’s Grand Prix Series, taking the baton from Georgian Lopota alone with other hosting cities of this significant women’s chess event, including here Khanty-Mansiysk in Russia, Tashkent in Uzbekistan, Dilijan in Armenia and Geneva in Switzerland. Women’s Grand Prix Series give strong impulse to development of women’s chess and let all of us enjoy tough and nonpresumable chess fights.”

FIDE President promised to announce the hosting city of the Women’s World Chess Championship at the closing ceremony of the Grand Prix in Sharjah on 6th of September.



The big and small cups from “Lobortas Classic Jewelry House” were presented during the opening ceremony of the sixth stage of FIDE Women’s Grand Prix in Sharjah. The winner of the Women’s Grand Priz Series will be awarded with the small cup at the closing ceremony. The Classic Jewelry House Lobortas had previously created for FIDE the Large and Small Chess Cups "Caissa". World Champion Hou Yifan was the one who got the award “Caissa” during Istanbul Chess Olympiad in 2012.

FIDE, the World Chess Federation, and Lobortas Classic Jewelry House are to release the men's Grand Prix Series trophy next year. Drawing of lots for the tournament was held during the opening ceremony. So, the pairs of the first round are: 

ROUND 1 Pairings

No. Rtg   Name Result   Name Rtg No. 1 2461 GM Zhu Chen vs GM Zhao Xue 2508 12 2 2559 WGM Ju Wenjun vs GM Ushenina Anna 2487 11 3 2490 GM Danielian Elina vs GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2494 10 4 2346 WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs vs GM Koneru Humpy 2598 9 5 2446 WGM L'ami Alina vs GM Harika Dronavalli 2521 8 6 2315 WGM Muminova Nafisa vs GM Hou Yifan 2661 7



The Women Grand Prix Series consists of six tournaments that are being held over a two year period between 2013 and 2014. 18 top players participate in 4 of these 6 tournaments. The winner of the Grand Prix series will play a ten-game World Championship match with the Women’s World Champion; which will be determined during Women World Championship in the third quarter of 2015.

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Sharjah Women’s Grand Prix: Round 8



Round 8: Same leaders at the top


The central game of the eighth round between Ju Wenjun and Hou Yifan finished in a draw and both leaders secured their places at the top with 6,5 points. Batchimeg Tuvshintugs outplayed Alina L’Ami and keeps the third place after eight rounds one point behind the leaders. Elina Danielian defeated Nafisa Muminova and shares the fourth place with Anna Ushenina and Harika Dronavalli. Other games finished in a draw but Zhao Xue had the highest chances to grab the full point in the game against Tatiana Kosintseva. Hou Yifan and Humpy Koneru keep 3 points distance and Hou Yifan needs only one draw to win the first place in the FIDE Women Grand Prix Series 2013-2014.
Tomorrow is free day and the ninth round will start at 3 pm on 4th of September.

SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 12 GM Zhao Xue 2508 ½ - ½ GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2494 10 11 GM Ushenina Anna 2487 ½ - ½ GM Koneru Humpy 2598 9 1 GM Zhu Chen 2461 ½ - ½ GM Harika Dronavalli 2521 8 2 WGM Ju Wenjun 2559 ½ - ½ GM Hou Yifan 2661 7 3 GM Danielian Elina 2490 1 - 0 WGM Muminova Nafisa 2315 6 4 WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2346 1 - 0 WGM L'ami Alina 2446 5



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Round 7 Results


Ju Wenjun and Hou Yifan continue to move synchronously over the last rounds as both players won today again. While Ju Wenjun caught her opponent Nafisa Muminova in the opening and won relatively quickly, Hou Yifan outplayed Zhu Chen only in the deep ending after 5 hours of play. After two losses in a row Humpy Koneru defeated Tatiana Kosintseva but it didn’t help her to shorten the distance with the World Champion so far. Batchimeg Tuvshintugs had good chances for victory against Zhao Xue but their game finished in a draw as well as other more quiet games L’Ami-Danielian and Dronavalli-Ushenina. After 7 rounds Ju Wenjun and Hou Yifan share the lead with 6 (!) points. Batchimeg Tuvshintugs is on the sole third place 1, 5 points behind the leaders. Anna Ushenina and Harika Dronavalli share the fourth place with 4 points.

SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 4 WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2346 ½ - ½ GM Zhao Xue 2508 12 5 WGM L'ami Alina 2446 ½ - ½ GM Danielian Elina 2490 3 6 WGM Muminova Nafisa 2315 0 - 1 WGM Ju Wenjun 2559 2 7 GM Hou Yifan 2661 1 - 0 GM Zhu Chen 2461 1 8 GM Harika Dronavalli 2521 ½ - ½ GM Ushenina Anna 2487 11 9 GM Koneru Humpy 2598 1 - 0 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2494 10

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Round 6: Ju Wenjun and Hou Yifan improved their lead

In the sixth round of the Women Grand Prix in Sharjah both Ju Wenjun and Hou Yifan won their games against Alina L’Ami and Anna Ushenina respectivly. It was a lucky day for the Chinese players as the third participant from China Zhao Xue also won today. She defeated Humpy Koneru, who suffered the third loss in the tournament and has very few chances to catch Hou Yifan. After sixth rounds World Champion has increased the distance to 3 points.

After painful loss at the fifth round, Tatiana Kosintseva managed to win against Harika Dronavalli. The games Danielian-Tuvshintugs and Zhu-Muminova finished in a draw. 

SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 12 GM Zhao Xue 2508 1 - 0 GM Koneru Humpy 2598 9 10 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2494 1 - 0 GM Harika Dronavalli 2521 8 11 GM Ushenina Anna 2487 0 - 1 GM Hou Yifan 2661 7 1 GM Zhu Chen 2461 ½ - ½ WGM Muminova Nafisa 2315 6 2 WGM Ju Wenjun 2559 1 - 0 WGM L'ami Alina 2446 5 3 GM Danielian Elina 2490 ½ - ½ WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2346 4

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Round 5: two Chinese Hou Yifan and Ju Wenjun at the top

There were two decisive games and four draws in the fifth round of the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix in Sharjah. The sole leader after four rounds, Ju Wenjun, was the first one to finish her game. Her opponent Batchimeg Tuvshintugs decided not to check her luck today and the players repeated the moves in the middle game. Elina Danielian relatively quickly outplayed Zhao Xue, while World Champion Hou Yifan defeated Tatiana Kosintseva after long and complex fight. Indian derby between Humpy Koneru and Harika Dronavalli as well as the game Ushenina-Muminova finished in a draw. Alina L’Ami and Zhu Chen split a point and thus both players have stopped the unfortunate series of losses.

After 5 rounds Chinese Ju Wenjun and Hou Yifan are leading with 4 points. Three players Batchimeg Tuvshintugs. Anna Ushenina and Harika Dronavalli share the third place with 3, 5 points out of 5.

The distance between two players, who fight for the victory in Grand Prix Series Hou Yifan and Humpy Koneru, increased to two points. 

SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 3 GM Danielian Elina 2490 1 - 0 GM Zhao Xue 2508 12 4 WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2346 ½ - ½ WGM Ju Wenjun 2559 2 5 WGM L'ami Alina 2446 ½ - ½ GM Zhu Chen 2461 1 6 WGM Muminova Nafisa 2315 ½ - ½ GM Ushenina Anna 2487 11 7 GM Hou Yifan 2661 1 - 0 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2494 10 8 GM Harika Dronavalli 2521 ½ - ½ GM Koneru Humpy 2598 9


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Round 4: Ju Wenjun takes lead


In a dramatic fourth round Ju Wenjun beat Elina Danielian to grab solo lead with 3½ points in the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix in Sharjah. In the battle of the two top seeds, Hou Yifan, playing black, defeated Humpy Koneru, who unexpectedly lost the drawish endgame. Tatiana Kosintseva had winning position against Nafisa Muminova but missed advantage in the time trouble. The game finished in a draw same as another encounter between Harika Dronavalli and Zhao Xue. Another drama happened in the game Zhu Chen – Batchimeg Tuvshintugs. Qatari player had better position during the whole game but didn’t play well in the rook endgame and even lost the game at the end. Alina L’Ami suffered another loss, this time against Anna Ushenina. Women’s World Champion Hou Yifan of China, Harika Dronavalli of India, former women’s world champion Anna Ushenina of Ukraine and WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs of Mongolia follow the leader with 3 points each.


Ju Wenjun 1-0 Elina Danielian

Humpy Koneru 0-1 Hou Yifan

Anna Ushenina 1-0 Alina L’Ami

Zhu Chen 0-1 Batchimeg Tuvshintugs

Zhao Xue 1/2-1/2 Harika Dronavalli

Tatiana Kosintseva 1/2-1/2 Nafisa Muminova

RESULTS after Round 4

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Round 3: Harika Dronavalli and Ju Wenjun are leading


Ju Wenjun defeated her compatriot Zhao Xue today to catch up Harika Dronavalli, who made a draw against World Champion Hou Yifan. Humpy Koneru and Nafisa Muminova played a dramatic game, which finished in a draw but not before both players missed good chances to win. Batchimeg Tuvshintugs and Anna Ushenina played a relatively quiet game and split a point just before the first time control. Alina L’Ami and Zhu Chen lost the third game in a row against Tatiana Kosintseva and Elina Danielian respectively.

Ju Wenjun 1-0 Zhao Xue

Danielian, Elina 1-0 Zhu Chen

Tuvshintugs, Batchimeg ½-½ Ushenina, Anna

l'Ami, Alina 0-1 Kosintseva, Tatiana

Muminova, Nafisa ½-½ Koneru Humpy

Hou Yifan ½-½ Dronavalli Harika


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Round 2: Harika Dronavalli takes early lead

Harika Dronavalli from India defeated Nafisa Muminova from Uzbekistan to become the sole leader after two rounds of the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix in Sharjah. Her compatriot Humpy Koneru managed to recover after unfortunate start and confidently won against Alina L’Ami. There were two more decisive games as Anna Ushenina and Ju Wenjun outplayed Elina Danielian and Zhu Chen respectively. Hou Yifan split a point with Zhao Xue and one more game between Batchimeg Tuvshintugs and Tatiana Kosintseva also finished in a draw. Five players including Hou Yifan, Zhao Xue, Batchimeg Tuvshintugs, Anna Ushenina and Ju Wenjun are half a point behind the leader.

Zhao Xue 1/2 – 1/2 Hou Yifan

The Chinese derby didn’t last for too long today and after one hour of play the peace has been signed. The theoretical line led to a known repetition and both players seemed satisfied with the final result. Speaking about interest of Chinese media towards Women Grand Prix event, Hou Yifan pointed out that after such a great success of Chinese Team at the Olympiad the attention of media turned to chess once again and Grand Prix event will be followed closely in China. At the same time both players of Chinese Women’s Team seemed unsatisfied with their own result in Tromso. “We have good chances to win this Olympiad as well as a previous one but for some reason we are always second”, said Zhao Xue.

Humpy Koneru 1-0 Alina L’Ami

It ‘s not an easy task to play against two best Indian women players in two days and Alina L’Ami suffered another loss today. There was an opportunity for Romanian player to exchange her knight for White’s light-square bishop but all the same Black got solid position after the opening. The critical moment of this game was perhaps at move 26 when Black didn’t play 26…Ne2 allowing her opponent to win an important pawn on the King’s side. It was just a question of technique from Humpy Koneru and she didn’t give any chance to her opponent.

Ushenina Anna 1-0 Elina Danielian

Anna Ushenina and Elina Danielian could have finished the game around 30th move but both players missed 30.g4 in the time trouble.

However the position was still in White’s favor but Danielian found the right moment to complicate the position after a piece sacrifice. Black managed to get 3 pawns for one piece, and in fact at one moment Black could draw the game with a nice move but failed to find the precise way.

Tatiana Kosintseva 1/2-1/2 Batchimeg Tuvshintugs

Once again Tatiana tried her luck in Ruy Lopez against Batchimeg but this time she chose 5.Bc6 comapere to 5.c3 as she played in the previous stage of Grand Prix In Khanty-Manskiysk. Same as before Russian player put a lot of pressure on her opponent but once again Batchimeg showed good defensive skills and managed to hold the position.

In order to complicate things White sacrificed a pawn on a5 even it was not so clear if she has enough compensation. Nevertheless Black found another way to keep the balance and after 45 moves the game finished in a draw.

Zhu Chen 0-1 Ju Wenjun

It was a very interesting and complex game with many different opportunities for both sides. Ju Wenjun played aggressively on the King’s side but her opponent kept calm till some moment and was holding the pressure. The game became extremely sharp after 23…f5, and every move was crucial. One of the critical moments happened on move 24 when Zhu Chen decided to change her dark square bishop for the knight. Ju Wenjun continued to fight for initiative and in the time trouble it seemed more difficult for White to find the exact moves.

Harika Dronavalli 1-0 Nafisa Muminova

Harika tried to avoid theoretical lines today and didn’t get anything out of the opening. As she pointed out at the press conference, she was not happy with her play at the early stage of the game and after 17…f5 and 18…c5 she estimated her position as slightly worse. It’s hard to say how Black could have improved her play but as in the previous game Harika showed better understanding of the position. She competently changed few pieces and started to play against black weaknesses. When Nafisa moved her queen on the Queen’s side Harika used a chance to create crashing attack on the weak king of her opponent. 

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Cross table after Round 2




Round 1

The sixth stage of FIDE Women Grand Prix in Sharjah started on 25th of August with four decisive games and two draws.

Most of the players playing the black pieces were higher rated than their opponents, and three out of four decisive games finished in Black’s favor. Humpy Koneru, one of the challengers for the victory in Grand Prix series, blundered material and lost her first game against Batchimeg Tuvshintugs, while Hou Yifan confidently outplayed Nafisa Muminova. Harika Dronavalli and Zhao Xue managed to win after long resistance from their opponents Alina L’Ami and Zhu Chen respectively. Elina Danielian and Anna Ushenina had good chances to finish their games with victories but their opponents Tatiana Kosintseva and Ju Wenjun managed to avoid serious troubles and both games ended in draws.

Muminova, Nafisa 0-1 Hou Yifan

Hou Yifan obtained quite comfortable position due to some inaccuracies made by her opponent and was slowly improving her position looking for the right moment to break through on the King’s side. White didn’t find real chances to find any counter play and after 32…g5 Muminova’s position became hopeless.

Tuvshintugs, Batchimeg 1-0 Koneru Humpy

Mongolian player decided to give up the bishop for the knight and ended up in the worse position. Humpy Koneru had many different options to increase her advantage but preferred to enter the position with two rooks for a queen with better chances for Black. According to Koneru she could have slowly increased the position of her pieces but instead she lost her track and blundered the material. Just one move earlier Black could have forced a draw by three times repetition.

Zhu Chen 0-1 Zhao Xue

Zhao Xue managed to equalize with black and grabbed a pawn on a2 due to her opponent’s mistake. Nevertheless, White got a positional compensation by activating her pieces. Black has to give a pawn back and the position was balanced but luckily for Zhao Xue, Zhu Chen made inaccurate moves 31.b4 and 32.e4. Chinese player confidently converted her advantage into full point.

Ju Wenjun ½-½ Ushenina, Anna

The game between Ju Wenjun and Anna Ushenina ended in a draw, but not before Ukrainian player had had a promising position. Ju Wenjun played inaccurately in the opening and ended up in the position with an isolated pawn. Anna Ushenina used a typical plan for this kind of positions and it was White’s turn to look for equality. At the same time former world champion was not so optimistic about her chances. “White didn’t do anything wrong to be punished”, said Anna during the press conference after the game but her opponent seemed to be happy with a draw. After 30 moves the game was over after three times repetition.

Danielian, Elina ½-½ Kosintseva, Tatiana

Tatiana Kosintseva didn’t expect the line with 7.c5 in Queens Gambit and went for dubious continuation with 7…Ne4. White managed to gain an advantage out of the opening and Tatiana was suffering trying to equalize the position during the whole game. In the endgame Elina Danielian managed to win a pawn but didn’t succeed to convert her advantage in the rook endgame.

l'Ami, Alina 0-1 Dronavalli Harika

It became clear during the press conference that Harika Dronavalli had better knowledge of the position which appeared after the opening. Despite the fact that White had pair of bishops, it was difficult to find the way to make use of them. Harika precisely played against the weakness of the White’s position – hanging pawns, and managed to win one of them. Black converted her advantage in the rook endgame.

And so after the first round the tournament has four leaders. Tuesday, August 26th at 15:00 local time the second round will be played:

Zhao Xue

2508



Hou Yifan

2661

Dronavalli Harika

2521



Muminova, Nafisa

2315

Koneru Humpy

2598



l'Ami, Alina

2446

Kosintseva, Tatiana

2494



Tuvshintugs, Batchimeg

2346

Ushenina, Anna

2487



Danielian, Elina

2490

Zhu Chen

2461



Ju Wenjun

2559

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The final stage of FIDE Women’s Grand Prix started in Sharjah



The sixth stage of the women’s FIDE Grand Prix officially opened today in Sharjah Cultural and Chess Club. 12 chess players representing 9 countries of the world will participate in the competition that will take place until the 7th of September 2014. In his speech FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov expressed his gratitude to the organizers and wished all players to show their best in the tournament.



“I am happy to be here in Sharjah in this magnificent Chess Club, the largest in the world chess building, the opening of which in 2013 I was fortunate to attend. I would like to take this occasion to thank one more time His Highness Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Quassimi, the ruler of Sharjah, for his decisive contribution into this outstanding architectural and cultural project that resulted in appearance of the top level playing venue together with the Regional FIDE office, which has turned Sharjah into the major chess destinations all over the world. Now Sharjah deservedly hosts the final leg of the Women’s Grand Prix Series, taking the baton from Georgian Lopota alone with other hosting cities of this significant women’s chess event, including here Khanty-Mansiysk in Russia, Tashkent in Uzbekistan, Dilijan in Armenia and Geneva in Switzerland. Women’s Grand Prix Series give strong impulse to development of women’s chess and let all of us enjoy tough and nonpresumable chess fights.”

FIDE President promised to announce the hosting city of the Women’s World Chess Championship at the closing ceremony of the Grand Prix in Sharjah on 6th of September.



The big and small cups from “Lobortas Classic Jewelry House” were presented during the opening ceremony of the sixth stage of FIDE Women’s Grand Prix in Sharjah. The winner of the Women’s Grand Priz Series will be awarded with the small cup at the closing ceremony. The Classic Jewelry House Lobortas had previously created for FIDE the Large and Small Chess Cups "Caissa". World Champion Hou Yifan was the one who got the award “Caissa” during Istanbul Chess Olympiad in 2012.

FIDE, the World Chess Federation, and Lobortas Classic Jewelry House are to release the men's Grand Prix Series trophy next year. Drawing of lots for the tournament was held during the opening ceremony. So, the pairs of the first round are: 

ROUND 1 Pairings

No. Rtg   Name Result   Name Rtg No. 1 2461 GM Zhu Chen vs GM Zhao Xue 2508 12 2 2559 WGM Ju Wenjun vs GM Ushenina Anna 2487 11 3 2490 GM Danielian Elina vs GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2494 10 4 2346 WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs vs GM Koneru Humpy 2598 9 5 2446 WGM L'ami Alina vs GM Harika Dronavalli 2521 8 6 2315 WGM Muminova Nafisa vs GM Hou Yifan 2661 7



The Women Grand Prix Series consists of six tournaments that are being held over a two year period between 2013 and 2014. 18 top players participate in 4 of these 6 tournaments. The winner of the Grand Prix series will play a ten-game World Championship match with the Women’s World Champion; which will be determined during Women World Championship in the third quarter of 2015.

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Sharjah Women’s Grand Prix: Round 7



Round 7 Results


SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 4 WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2346 ½ - ½ GM Zhao Xue 2508 12 5 WGM L'ami Alina 2446 ½ - ½ GM Danielian Elina 2490 3 6 WGM Muminova Nafisa 2315 0 - 1 WGM Ju Wenjun 2559 2 7 GM Hou Yifan 2661 1 - 0 GM Zhu Chen 2461 1 8 GM Harika Dronavalli 2521 ½ - ½ GM Ushenina Anna 2487 11 9 GM Koneru Humpy 2598 1 - 0 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2494 10

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Round 6: Ju Wenjun and Hou Yifan improved their lead

In the sixth round of the Women Grand Prix in Sharjah both Ju Wenjun and Hou Yifan won their games against Alina L’Ami and Anna Ushenina respectivly. It was a lucky day for the Chinese players as the third participant from China Zhao Xue also won today. She defeated Humpy Koneru, who suffered the third loss in the tournament and has very few chances to catch Hou Yifan. After sixth rounds World Champion has increased the distance to 3 points.

After painful loss at the fifth round, Tatiana Kosintseva managed to win against Harika Dronavalli. The games Danielian-Tuvshintugs and Zhu-Muminova finished in a draw. 

SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 12 GM Zhao Xue 2508 1 - 0 GM Koneru Humpy 2598 9 10 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2494 1 - 0 GM Harika Dronavalli 2521 8 11 GM Ushenina Anna 2487 0 - 1 GM Hou Yifan 2661 7 1 GM Zhu Chen 2461 ½ - ½ WGM Muminova Nafisa 2315 6 2 WGM Ju Wenjun 2559 1 - 0 WGM L'ami Alina 2446 5 3 GM Danielian Elina 2490 ½ - ½ WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2346 4

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Round 5: two Chinese Hou Yifan and Ju Wenjun at the top

There were two decisive games and four draws in the fifth round of the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix in Sharjah. The sole leader after four rounds, Ju Wenjun, was the first one to finish her game. Her opponent Batchimeg Tuvshintugs decided not to check her luck today and the players repeated the moves in the middle game. Elina Danielian relatively quickly outplayed Zhao Xue, while World Champion Hou Yifan defeated Tatiana Kosintseva after long and complex fight. Indian derby between Humpy Koneru and Harika Dronavalli as well as the game Ushenina-Muminova finished in a draw. Alina L’Ami and Zhu Chen split a point and thus both players have stopped the unfortunate series of losses.

After 5 rounds Chinese Ju Wenjun and Hou Yifan are leading with 4 points. Three players Batchimeg Tuvshintugs. Anna Ushenina and Harika Dronavalli share the third place with 3, 5 points out of 5.

The distance between two players, who fight for the victory in Grand Prix Series Hou Yifan and Humpy Koneru, increased to two points. 

SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 3 GM Danielian Elina 2490 1 - 0 GM Zhao Xue 2508 12 4 WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2346 ½ - ½ WGM Ju Wenjun 2559 2 5 WGM L'ami Alina 2446 ½ - ½ GM Zhu Chen 2461 1 6 WGM Muminova Nafisa 2315 ½ - ½ GM Ushenina Anna 2487 11 7 GM Hou Yifan 2661 1 - 0 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2494 10 8 GM Harika Dronavalli 2521 ½ - ½ GM Koneru Humpy 2598 9


RESULTS after Round 5

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Round 4: Ju Wenjun takes lead


In a dramatic fourth round Ju Wenjun beat Elina Danielian to grab solo lead with 3½ points in the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix in Sharjah. In the battle of the two top seeds, Hou Yifan, playing black, defeated Humpy Koneru, who unexpectedly lost the drawish endgame. Tatiana Kosintseva had winning position against Nafisa Muminova but missed advantage in the time trouble. The game finished in a draw same as another encounter between Harika Dronavalli and Zhao Xue. Another drama happened in the game Zhu Chen – Batchimeg Tuvshintugs. Qatari player had better position during the whole game but didn’t play well in the rook endgame and even lost the game at the end. Alina L’Ami suffered another loss, this time against Anna Ushenina. Women’s World Champion Hou Yifan of China, Harika Dronavalli of India, former women’s world champion Anna Ushenina of Ukraine and WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs of Mongolia follow the leader with 3 points each.


Ju Wenjun 1-0 Elina Danielian

Humpy Koneru 0-1 Hou Yifan

Anna Ushenina 1-0 Alina L’Ami

Zhu Chen 0-1 Batchimeg Tuvshintugs

Zhao Xue 1/2-1/2 Harika Dronavalli

Tatiana Kosintseva 1/2-1/2 Nafisa Muminova

RESULTS after Round 4

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Round 3: Harika Dronavalli and Ju Wenjun are leading


Ju Wenjun defeated her compatriot Zhao Xue today to catch up Harika Dronavalli, who made a draw against World Champion Hou Yifan. Humpy Koneru and Nafisa Muminova played a dramatic game, which finished in a draw but not before both players missed good chances to win. Batchimeg Tuvshintugs and Anna Ushenina played a relatively quiet game and split a point just before the first time control. Alina L’Ami and Zhu Chen lost the third game in a row against Tatiana Kosintseva and Elina Danielian respectively.

Ju Wenjun 1-0 Zhao Xue

Danielian, Elina 1-0 Zhu Chen

Tuvshintugs, Batchimeg ½-½ Ushenina, Anna

l'Ami, Alina 0-1 Kosintseva, Tatiana

Muminova, Nafisa ½-½ Koneru Humpy

Hou Yifan ½-½ Dronavalli Harika


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Round 2: Harika Dronavalli takes early lead

Harika Dronavalli from India defeated Nafisa Muminova from Uzbekistan to become the sole leader after two rounds of the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix in Sharjah. Her compatriot Humpy Koneru managed to recover after unfortunate start and confidently won against Alina L’Ami. There were two more decisive games as Anna Ushenina and Ju Wenjun outplayed Elina Danielian and Zhu Chen respectively. Hou Yifan split a point with Zhao Xue and one more game between Batchimeg Tuvshintugs and Tatiana Kosintseva also finished in a draw. Five players including Hou Yifan, Zhao Xue, Batchimeg Tuvshintugs, Anna Ushenina and Ju Wenjun are half a point behind the leader.

Zhao Xue 1/2 – 1/2 Hou Yifan

The Chinese derby didn’t last for too long today and after one hour of play the peace has been signed. The theoretical line led to a known repetition and both players seemed satisfied with the final result. Speaking about interest of Chinese media towards Women Grand Prix event, Hou Yifan pointed out that after such a great success of Chinese Team at the Olympiad the attention of media turned to chess once again and Grand Prix event will be followed closely in China. At the same time both players of Chinese Women’s Team seemed unsatisfied with their own result in Tromso. “We have good chances to win this Olympiad as well as a previous one but for some reason we are always second”, said Zhao Xue.

Humpy Koneru 1-0 Alina L’Ami

It ‘s not an easy task to play against two best Indian women players in two days and Alina L’Ami suffered another loss today. There was an opportunity for Romanian player to exchange her knight for White’s light-square bishop but all the same Black got solid position after the opening. The critical moment of this game was perhaps at move 26 when Black didn’t play 26…Ne2 allowing her opponent to win an important pawn on the King’s side. It was just a question of technique from Humpy Koneru and she didn’t give any chance to her opponent.

Ushenina Anna 1-0 Elina Danielian

Anna Ushenina and Elina Danielian could have finished the game around 30th move but both players missed 30.g4 in the time trouble.

However the position was still in White’s favor but Danielian found the right moment to complicate the position after a piece sacrifice. Black managed to get 3 pawns for one piece, and in fact at one moment Black could draw the game with a nice move but failed to find the precise way.

Tatiana Kosintseva 1/2-1/2 Batchimeg Tuvshintugs

Once again Tatiana tried her luck in Ruy Lopez against Batchimeg but this time she chose 5.Bc6 comapere to 5.c3 as she played in the previous stage of Grand Prix In Khanty-Manskiysk. Same as before Russian player put a lot of pressure on her opponent but once again Batchimeg showed good defensive skills and managed to hold the position.

In order to complicate things White sacrificed a pawn on a5 even it was not so clear if she has enough compensation. Nevertheless Black found another way to keep the balance and after 45 moves the game finished in a draw.

Zhu Chen 0-1 Ju Wenjun

It was a very interesting and complex game with many different opportunities for both sides. Ju Wenjun played aggressively on the King’s side but her opponent kept calm till some moment and was holding the pressure. The game became extremely sharp after 23…f5, and every move was crucial. One of the critical moments happened on move 24 when Zhu Chen decided to change her dark square bishop for the knight. Ju Wenjun continued to fight for initiative and in the time trouble it seemed more difficult for White to find the exact moves.

Harika Dronavalli 1-0 Nafisa Muminova

Harika tried to avoid theoretical lines today and didn’t get anything out of the opening. As she pointed out at the press conference, she was not happy with her play at the early stage of the game and after 17…f5 and 18…c5 she estimated her position as slightly worse. It’s hard to say how Black could have improved her play but as in the previous game Harika showed better understanding of the position. She competently changed few pieces and started to play against black weaknesses. When Nafisa moved her queen on the Queen’s side Harika used a chance to create crashing attack on the weak king of her opponent. 

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Round 1

The sixth stage of FIDE Women Grand Prix in Sharjah started on 25th of August with four decisive games and two draws.

Most of the players playing the black pieces were higher rated than their opponents, and three out of four decisive games finished in Black’s favor. Humpy Koneru, one of the challengers for the victory in Grand Prix series, blundered material and lost her first game against Batchimeg Tuvshintugs, while Hou Yifan confidently outplayed Nafisa Muminova. Harika Dronavalli and Zhao Xue managed to win after long resistance from their opponents Alina L’Ami and Zhu Chen respectively. Elina Danielian and Anna Ushenina had good chances to finish their games with victories but their opponents Tatiana Kosintseva and Ju Wenjun managed to avoid serious troubles and both games ended in draws.

Muminova, Nafisa 0-1 Hou Yifan

Hou Yifan obtained quite comfortable position due to some inaccuracies made by her opponent and was slowly improving her position looking for the right moment to break through on the King’s side. White didn’t find real chances to find any counter play and after 32…g5 Muminova’s position became hopeless.

Tuvshintugs, Batchimeg 1-0 Koneru Humpy

Mongolian player decided to give up the bishop for the knight and ended up in the worse position. Humpy Koneru had many different options to increase her advantage but preferred to enter the position with two rooks for a queen with better chances for Black. According to Koneru she could have slowly increased the position of her pieces but instead she lost her track and blundered the material. Just one move earlier Black could have forced a draw by three times repetition.

Zhu Chen 0-1 Zhao Xue

Zhao Xue managed to equalize with black and grabbed a pawn on a2 due to her opponent’s mistake. Nevertheless, White got a positional compensation by activating her pieces. Black has to give a pawn back and the position was balanced but luckily for Zhao Xue, Zhu Chen made inaccurate moves 31.b4 and 32.e4. Chinese player confidently converted her advantage into full point.

Ju Wenjun ½-½ Ushenina, Anna

The game between Ju Wenjun and Anna Ushenina ended in a draw, but not before Ukrainian player had had a promising position. Ju Wenjun played inaccurately in the opening and ended up in the position with an isolated pawn. Anna Ushenina used a typical plan for this kind of positions and it was White’s turn to look for equality. At the same time former world champion was not so optimistic about her chances. “White didn’t do anything wrong to be punished”, said Anna during the press conference after the game but her opponent seemed to be happy with a draw. After 30 moves the game was over after three times repetition.

Danielian, Elina ½-½ Kosintseva, Tatiana

Tatiana Kosintseva didn’t expect the line with 7.c5 in Queens Gambit and went for dubious continuation with 7…Ne4. White managed to gain an advantage out of the opening and Tatiana was suffering trying to equalize the position during the whole game. In the endgame Elina Danielian managed to win a pawn but didn’t succeed to convert her advantage in the rook endgame.

l'Ami, Alina 0-1 Dronavalli Harika

It became clear during the press conference that Harika Dronavalli had better knowledge of the position which appeared after the opening. Despite the fact that White had pair of bishops, it was difficult to find the way to make use of them. Harika precisely played against the weakness of the White’s position – hanging pawns, and managed to win one of them. Black converted her advantage in the rook endgame.

And so after the first round the tournament has four leaders. Tuesday, August 26th at 15:00 local time the second round will be played:

Zhao Xue

2508



Hou Yifan

2661

Dronavalli Harika

2521



Muminova, Nafisa

2315

Koneru Humpy

2598



l'Ami, Alina

2446

Kosintseva, Tatiana

2494



Tuvshintugs, Batchimeg

2346

Ushenina, Anna

2487



Danielian, Elina

2490

Zhu Chen

2461



Ju Wenjun

2559

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The final stage of FIDE Women’s Grand Prix started in Sharjah



The sixth stage of the women’s FIDE Grand Prix officially opened today in Sharjah Cultural and Chess Club. 12 chess players representing 9 countries of the world will participate in the competition that will take place until the 7th of September 2014. In his speech FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov expressed his gratitude to the organizers and wished all players to show their best in the tournament.



“I am happy to be here in Sharjah in this magnificent Chess Club, the largest in the world chess building, the opening of which in 2013 I was fortunate to attend. I would like to take this occasion to thank one more time His Highness Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Quassimi, the ruler of Sharjah, for his decisive contribution into this outstanding architectural and cultural project that resulted in appearance of the top level playing venue together with the Regional FIDE office, which has turned Sharjah into the major chess destinations all over the world. Now Sharjah deservedly hosts the final leg of the Women’s Grand Prix Series, taking the baton from Georgian Lopota alone with other hosting cities of this significant women’s chess event, including here Khanty-Mansiysk in Russia, Tashkent in Uzbekistan, Dilijan in Armenia and Geneva in Switzerland. Women’s Grand Prix Series give strong impulse to development of women’s chess and let all of us enjoy tough and nonpresumable chess fights.”

FIDE President promised to announce the hosting city of the Women’s World Chess Championship at the closing ceremony of the Grand Prix in Sharjah on 6th of September.



The big and small cups from “Lobortas Classic Jewelry House” were presented during the opening ceremony of the sixth stage of FIDE Women’s Grand Prix in Sharjah. The winner of the Women’s Grand Priz Series will be awarded with the small cup at the closing ceremony. The Classic Jewelry House Lobortas had previously created for FIDE the Large and Small Chess Cups "Caissa". World Champion Hou Yifan was the one who got the award “Caissa” during Istanbul Chess Olympiad in 2012.

FIDE, the World Chess Federation, and Lobortas Classic Jewelry House are to release the men's Grand Prix Series trophy next year. Drawing of lots for the tournament was held during the opening ceremony. So, the pairs of the first round are: 

ROUND 1 Pairings

No. Rtg   Name Result   Name Rtg No. 1 2461 GM Zhu Chen vs GM Zhao Xue 2508 12 2 2559 WGM Ju Wenjun vs GM Ushenina Anna 2487 11 3 2490 GM Danielian Elina vs GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2494 10 4 2346 WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs vs GM Koneru Humpy 2598 9 5 2446 WGM L'ami Alina vs GM Harika Dronavalli 2521 8 6 2315 WGM Muminova Nafisa vs GM Hou Yifan 2661 7



The Women Grand Prix Series consists of six tournaments that are being held over a two year period between 2013 and 2014. 18 top players participate in 4 of these 6 tournaments. The winner of the Grand Prix series will play a ten-game World Championship match with the Women’s World Champion; which will be determined during Women World Championship in the third quarter of 2015.

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SportAccord Mind Games 2014: UPDATED Final List of Players



FIDE publishes the corrected list of players who have been selected to participate in the SportAccord Mind Games 2014:

1. MEN

ID Number Name Fed Tit B-day AvgRtg Standard Blitz Rapid 13300474 Aronian, Levon ARM GM 1982 2822,7 2805 2850 2813 4126025 Grischuk, Alexander RUS GM 1983 2800,3 2795 2778 2828 4168119 Nepomniachtchi, Ian RUS GM 1990 2793,7 2730 2880 2771 13401319 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE GM 1985 2768,7 2743 2824 2739 623539 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime FRA GM 1990 2757,0 2766 2777 2728 14100010 Ivanchuk, Vassily UKR GM 1969 2755,3 2735 2720 2811 3503240 Dominguez Perez, Leinier CUB GM 1983 2750,3 2760 2728 2763 14103320 Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR GM 1983 2739,7 2723 2758 2738 13400924 Radjabov, Teimour AZE GM 1987 2738,3 2724 2715 2776 2805677 Gelfand, Boris ISR GM 1968 2732,3 2753 2719 2725 703303 Leko, Peter HUN GM 1979 2730,7 2737 2682 2773 605506 Bacrot, Etienne FRA GM 1983 2730,0 2720 2739 2731 24116068 Giri, Anish NED GM 1994 2727,0 2750 2757 2674 8601429 Wang, Yue CHN GM 1987 2720,7 2715 2682 2765 1118358 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw POL GM 1987 2720,0 2733 2743 2684 8602883 Wang, Hao CHN GM 1989 2714,3 2730 2694 2719

No more than two players from each federation have been selected.


Top Reserves in case replacements for Russian players are needed:

ID Number Name Fed Tit B-day AvgRtg Standard Blitz Rapid 14109603 Karjakin, Sergey RUS GM 1990 2774,7 2786 2732 2806 4102142 Svidler, Peter RUS GM 1976 2766,7 2751 2756 2793


Top Reserves in case replacements from other federations are needed:

ID Number Name Fed Tit B-day AvgRtg Standard Blitz Rapid 5007003 Harikrishna, P. IND GM 1986 2718,3 2726 2728 2701 2000024 Kamsky, Gata USA GM 1974 2716,7 2717 2704 2729



2. WOMEN

ID Number Name Fed Tit B-day AvgRtg Standard Blitz Rapid 8602980 Hou, Yifan CHN GM 1994 2630,3 2629 2662 2600 14111330 Muzychuk, Anna UKR GM 1990 2590,7 2561 2665 2546 5008123 Koneru, Humpy IND GM 1987 2581,7 2613 2521 2611 13601903 Dzagnidze, Nana GEO GM 1987 2559,7 2541 2591 2547 4128125 Kosteniuk, Alexandra RUS GM 1984 2552,7 2533 2548 2577 2902257 Stefanova, Antoaneta BUL GM 1979 2545,0 2488 2569 2578 4167570 Gunina, Valentina RUS GM 1989 2543,3 2501 2577 2552 8601283 Zhao, Xue CHN GM 1985 2534,3 2542 2576 2485 8603006 Ju, Wenjun CHN WGM 1991 2520,7 2538 2469 2555 4133471 Kosintseva, Tatiana RUS GM 1986 2519,7 2476 2578 2505 4641833 Paehtz, Elisabeth GER IM 1985 2487,7 2456 2522 2485 5015197 Harika, Dronavalli IND GM 1991 2486,3 2513 2525 2421 14110911 Ushenina, Anna UKR GM 1985 2481,3 2488 2467 2489 14114550 Muzychuk, Mariya UKR IM 1992 2468,3 2521 2439 2445 13602640 Khotenashvili, Bela GEO GM 1988 2461,0 2518 2447 2418 1700030 Cramling, Pia SWE GM 1963 2455,7 2491 2433 2443


The list occurred automatically based on the received contracts.

Sharjah Women’s Grand Prix: Round 6



Round 6: Ju Wenjun and Hou Yifan improved their lead

In the sixth round of the Women Grand Prix in Sharjah both Ju Wenjun and Hou Yifan won their games against Alina L’Ami and Anna Ushenina respectivly. It was a lucky day for the Chinese players as the third participant from China Zhao Xue also won today. She defeated Humpy Koneru, who suffered the third loss in the tournament and has very few chances to catch Hou Yifan. After sixth rounds World Champion has increased the distance to 3 points.

After painful loss at the fifth round, Tatiana Kosintseva managed to win against Harika Dronavalli. The games Danielian-Tuvshintugs and Zhu-Muminova finished in a draw. 

SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 12 GM Zhao Xue 2508 1 - 0 GM Koneru Humpy 2598 9 10 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2494 1 - 0 GM Harika Dronavalli 2521 8 11 GM Ushenina Anna 2487 0 - 1 GM Hou Yifan 2661 7 1 GM Zhu Chen 2461 ½ - ½ WGM Muminova Nafisa 2315 6 2 WGM Ju Wenjun 2559 1 - 0 WGM L'ami Alina 2446 5 3 GM Danielian Elina 2490 ½ - ½ WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2346 4

RESULTS after Round 6

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Round 5: two Chinese Hou Yifan and Ju Wenjun at the top

There were two decisive games and four draws in the fifth round of the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix in Sharjah. The sole leader after four rounds, Ju Wenjun, was the first one to finish her game. Her opponent Batchimeg Tuvshintugs decided not to check her luck today and the players repeated the moves in the middle game. Elina Danielian relatively quickly outplayed Zhao Xue, while World Champion Hou Yifan defeated Tatiana Kosintseva after long and complex fight. Indian derby between Humpy Koneru and Harika Dronavalli as well as the game Ushenina-Muminova finished in a draw. Alina L’Ami and Zhu Chen split a point and thus both players have stopped the unfortunate series of losses.

After 5 rounds Chinese Ju Wenjun and Hou Yifan are leading with 4 points. Three players Batchimeg Tuvshintugs. Anna Ushenina and Harika Dronavalli share the third place with 3, 5 points out of 5.

The distance between two players, who fight for the victory in Grand Prix Series Hou Yifan and Humpy Koneru, increased to two points. 

SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 3 GM Danielian Elina 2490 1 - 0 GM Zhao Xue 2508 12 4 WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2346 ½ - ½ WGM Ju Wenjun 2559 2 5 WGM L'ami Alina 2446 ½ - ½ GM Zhu Chen 2461 1 6 WGM Muminova Nafisa 2315 ½ - ½ GM Ushenina Anna 2487 11 7 GM Hou Yifan 2661 1 - 0 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2494 10 8 GM Harika Dronavalli 2521 ½ - ½ GM Koneru Humpy 2598 9


RESULTS after Round 5

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Round 4: Ju Wenjun takes lead


In a dramatic fourth round Ju Wenjun beat Elina Danielian to grab solo lead with 3½ points in the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix in Sharjah. In the battle of the two top seeds, Hou Yifan, playing black, defeated Humpy Koneru, who unexpectedly lost the drawish endgame. Tatiana Kosintseva had winning position against Nafisa Muminova but missed advantage in the time trouble. The game finished in a draw same as another encounter between Harika Dronavalli and Zhao Xue. Another drama happened in the game Zhu Chen – Batchimeg Tuvshintugs. Qatari player had better position during the whole game but didn’t play well in the rook endgame and even lost the game at the end. Alina L’Ami suffered another loss, this time against Anna Ushenina. Women’s World Champion Hou Yifan of China, Harika Dronavalli of India, former women’s world champion Anna Ushenina of Ukraine and WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs of Mongolia follow the leader with 3 points each.


Ju Wenjun 1-0 Elina Danielian

Humpy Koneru 0-1 Hou Yifan

Anna Ushenina 1-0 Alina L’Ami

Zhu Chen 0-1 Batchimeg Tuvshintugs

Zhao Xue 1/2-1/2 Harika Dronavalli

Tatiana Kosintseva 1/2-1/2 Nafisa Muminova

RESULTS after Round 4

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Round 3: Harika Dronavalli and Ju Wenjun are leading


Ju Wenjun defeated her compatriot Zhao Xue today to catch up Harika Dronavalli, who made a draw against World Champion Hou Yifan. Humpy Koneru and Nafisa Muminova played a dramatic game, which finished in a draw but not before both players missed good chances to win. Batchimeg Tuvshintugs and Anna Ushenina played a relatively quiet game and split a point just before the first time control. Alina L’Ami and Zhu Chen lost the third game in a row against Tatiana Kosintseva and Elina Danielian respectively.

Ju Wenjun 1-0 Zhao Xue

Danielian, Elina 1-0 Zhu Chen

Tuvshintugs, Batchimeg ½-½ Ushenina, Anna

l'Ami, Alina 0-1 Kosintseva, Tatiana

Muminova, Nafisa ½-½ Koneru Humpy

Hou Yifan ½-½ Dronavalli Harika


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Round 2: Harika Dronavalli takes early lead

Harika Dronavalli from India defeated Nafisa Muminova from Uzbekistan to become the sole leader after two rounds of the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix in Sharjah. Her compatriot Humpy Koneru managed to recover after unfortunate start and confidently won against Alina L’Ami. There were two more decisive games as Anna Ushenina and Ju Wenjun outplayed Elina Danielian and Zhu Chen respectively. Hou Yifan split a point with Zhao Xue and one more game between Batchimeg Tuvshintugs and Tatiana Kosintseva also finished in a draw. Five players including Hou Yifan, Zhao Xue, Batchimeg Tuvshintugs, Anna Ushenina and Ju Wenjun are half a point behind the leader.

Zhao Xue 1/2 – 1/2 Hou Yifan

The Chinese derby didn’t last for too long today and after one hour of play the peace has been signed. The theoretical line led to a known repetition and both players seemed satisfied with the final result. Speaking about interest of Chinese media towards Women Grand Prix event, Hou Yifan pointed out that after such a great success of Chinese Team at the Olympiad the attention of media turned to chess once again and Grand Prix event will be followed closely in China. At the same time both players of Chinese Women’s Team seemed unsatisfied with their own result in Tromso. “We have good chances to win this Olympiad as well as a previous one but for some reason we are always second”, said Zhao Xue.

Humpy Koneru 1-0 Alina L’Ami

It ‘s not an easy task to play against two best Indian women players in two days and Alina L’Ami suffered another loss today. There was an opportunity for Romanian player to exchange her knight for White’s light-square bishop but all the same Black got solid position after the opening. The critical moment of this game was perhaps at move 26 when Black didn’t play 26…Ne2 allowing her opponent to win an important pawn on the King’s side. It was just a question of technique from Humpy Koneru and she didn’t give any chance to her opponent.

Ushenina Anna 1-0 Elina Danielian

Anna Ushenina and Elina Danielian could have finished the game around 30th move but both players missed 30.g4 in the time trouble.

However the position was still in White’s favor but Danielian found the right moment to complicate the position after a piece sacrifice. Black managed to get 3 pawns for one piece, and in fact at one moment Black could draw the game with a nice move but failed to find the precise way.

Tatiana Kosintseva 1/2-1/2 Batchimeg Tuvshintugs

Once again Tatiana tried her luck in Ruy Lopez against Batchimeg but this time she chose 5.Bc6 comapere to 5.c3 as she played in the previous stage of Grand Prix In Khanty-Manskiysk. Same as before Russian player put a lot of pressure on her opponent but once again Batchimeg showed good defensive skills and managed to hold the position.

In order to complicate things White sacrificed a pawn on a5 even it was not so clear if she has enough compensation. Nevertheless Black found another way to keep the balance and after 45 moves the game finished in a draw.

Zhu Chen 0-1 Ju Wenjun

It was a very interesting and complex game with many different opportunities for both sides. Ju Wenjun played aggressively on the King’s side but her opponent kept calm till some moment and was holding the pressure. The game became extremely sharp after 23…f5, and every move was crucial. One of the critical moments happened on move 24 when Zhu Chen decided to change her dark square bishop for the knight. Ju Wenjun continued to fight for initiative and in the time trouble it seemed more difficult for White to find the exact moves.

Harika Dronavalli 1-0 Nafisa Muminova

Harika tried to avoid theoretical lines today and didn’t get anything out of the opening. As she pointed out at the press conference, she was not happy with her play at the early stage of the game and after 17…f5 and 18…c5 she estimated her position as slightly worse. It’s hard to say how Black could have improved her play but as in the previous game Harika showed better understanding of the position. She competently changed few pieces and started to play against black weaknesses. When Nafisa moved her queen on the Queen’s side Harika used a chance to create crashing attack on the weak king of her opponent. 

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Round 1

The sixth stage of FIDE Women Grand Prix in Sharjah started on 25th of August with four decisive games and two draws.

Most of the players playing the black pieces were higher rated than their opponents, and three out of four decisive games finished in Black’s favor. Humpy Koneru, one of the challengers for the victory in Grand Prix series, blundered material and lost her first game against Batchimeg Tuvshintugs, while Hou Yifan confidently outplayed Nafisa Muminova. Harika Dronavalli and Zhao Xue managed to win after long resistance from their opponents Alina L’Ami and Zhu Chen respectively. Elina Danielian and Anna Ushenina had good chances to finish their games with victories but their opponents Tatiana Kosintseva and Ju Wenjun managed to avoid serious troubles and both games ended in draws.

Muminova, Nafisa 0-1 Hou Yifan

Hou Yifan obtained quite comfortable position due to some inaccuracies made by her opponent and was slowly improving her position looking for the right moment to break through on the King’s side. White didn’t find real chances to find any counter play and after 32…g5 Muminova’s position became hopeless.

Tuvshintugs, Batchimeg 1-0 Koneru Humpy

Mongolian player decided to give up the bishop for the knight and ended up in the worse position. Humpy Koneru had many different options to increase her advantage but preferred to enter the position with two rooks for a queen with better chances for Black. According to Koneru she could have slowly increased the position of her pieces but instead she lost her track and blundered the material. Just one move earlier Black could have forced a draw by three times repetition.

Zhu Chen 0-1 Zhao Xue

Zhao Xue managed to equalize with black and grabbed a pawn on a2 due to her opponent’s mistake. Nevertheless, White got a positional compensation by activating her pieces. Black has to give a pawn back and the position was balanced but luckily for Zhao Xue, Zhu Chen made inaccurate moves 31.b4 and 32.e4. Chinese player confidently converted her advantage into full point.

Ju Wenjun ½-½ Ushenina, Anna

The game between Ju Wenjun and Anna Ushenina ended in a draw, but not before Ukrainian player had had a promising position. Ju Wenjun played inaccurately in the opening and ended up in the position with an isolated pawn. Anna Ushenina used a typical plan for this kind of positions and it was White’s turn to look for equality. At the same time former world champion was not so optimistic about her chances. “White didn’t do anything wrong to be punished”, said Anna during the press conference after the game but her opponent seemed to be happy with a draw. After 30 moves the game was over after three times repetition.

Danielian, Elina ½-½ Kosintseva, Tatiana

Tatiana Kosintseva didn’t expect the line with 7.c5 in Queens Gambit and went for dubious continuation with 7…Ne4. White managed to gain an advantage out of the opening and Tatiana was suffering trying to equalize the position during the whole game. In the endgame Elina Danielian managed to win a pawn but didn’t succeed to convert her advantage in the rook endgame.

l'Ami, Alina 0-1 Dronavalli Harika

It became clear during the press conference that Harika Dronavalli had better knowledge of the position which appeared after the opening. Despite the fact that White had pair of bishops, it was difficult to find the way to make use of them. Harika precisely played against the weakness of the White’s position – hanging pawns, and managed to win one of them. Black converted her advantage in the rook endgame.

And so after the first round the tournament has four leaders. Tuesday, August 26th at 15:00 local time the second round will be played:

Zhao Xue

2508



Hou Yifan

2661

Dronavalli Harika

2521



Muminova, Nafisa

2315

Koneru Humpy

2598



l'Ami, Alina

2446

Kosintseva, Tatiana

2494



Tuvshintugs, Batchimeg

2346

Ushenina, Anna

2487



Danielian, Elina

2490

Zhu Chen

2461



Ju Wenjun

2559

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The final stage of FIDE Women’s Grand Prix started in Sharjah



The sixth stage of the women’s FIDE Grand Prix officially opened today in Sharjah Cultural and Chess Club. 12 chess players representing 9 countries of the world will participate in the competition that will take place until the 7th of September 2014. In his speech FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov expressed his gratitude to the organizers and wished all players to show their best in the tournament.



“I am happy to be here in Sharjah in this magnificent Chess Club, the largest in the world chess building, the opening of which in 2013 I was fortunate to attend. I would like to take this occasion to thank one more time His Highness Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Quassimi, the ruler of Sharjah, for his decisive contribution into this outstanding architectural and cultural project that resulted in appearance of the top level playing venue together with the Regional FIDE office, which has turned Sharjah into the major chess destinations all over the world. Now Sharjah deservedly hosts the final leg of the Women’s Grand Prix Series, taking the baton from Georgian Lopota alone with other hosting cities of this significant women’s chess event, including here Khanty-Mansiysk in Russia, Tashkent in Uzbekistan, Dilijan in Armenia and Geneva in Switzerland. Women’s Grand Prix Series give strong impulse to development of women’s chess and let all of us enjoy tough and nonpresumable chess fights.”

FIDE President promised to announce the hosting city of the Women’s World Chess Championship at the closing ceremony of the Grand Prix in Sharjah on 6th of September.



The big and small cups from “Lobortas Classic Jewelry House” were presented during the opening ceremony of the sixth stage of FIDE Women’s Grand Prix in Sharjah. The winner of the Women’s Grand Priz Series will be awarded with the small cup at the closing ceremony. The Classic Jewelry House Lobortas had previously created for FIDE the Large and Small Chess Cups "Caissa". World Champion Hou Yifan was the one who got the award “Caissa” during Istanbul Chess Olympiad in 2012.

FIDE, the World Chess Federation, and Lobortas Classic Jewelry House are to release the men's Grand Prix Series trophy next year. Drawing of lots for the tournament was held during the opening ceremony. So, the pairs of the first round are: 

ROUND 1 Pairings

No. Rtg   Name Result   Name Rtg No. 1 2461 GM Zhu Chen vs GM Zhao Xue 2508 12 2 2559 WGM Ju Wenjun vs GM Ushenina Anna 2487 11 3 2490 GM Danielian Elina vs GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2494 10 4 2346 WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs vs GM Koneru Humpy 2598 9 5 2446 WGM L'ami Alina vs GM Harika Dronavalli 2521 8 6 2315 WGM Muminova Nafisa vs GM Hou Yifan 2661 7



The Women Grand Prix Series consists of six tournaments that are being held over a two year period between 2013 and 2014. 18 top players participate in 4 of these 6 tournaments. The winner of the Grand Prix series will play a ten-game World Championship match with the Women’s World Champion; which will be determined during Women World Championship in the third quarter of 2015.

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SportAccord Mind Games 2014: Final Selection of Players



FIDE publishes the list of players who have been selected to participate in the SportAccord Mind Games 2014:

1. MEN

ID Number Name Fed Tit B-day AvgRtg Standard Blitz Rapid 13300474 Aronian, Levon ARM GM 1982 2822.7 2805 2850 2813 4126025 Grischuk, Alexander RUS GM 1983 2800.3 2795 2778 2828 4168119 Nepomniachtchi, Ian RUS GM 1990 2793.7 2730 2880 2771 14109603 Karjakin, Sergey RUS GM 1990 2774.7 2786 2732 2806 13401319 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE GM 1985 2768.7 2743 2824 2739 623539 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime FRA GM 1990 2757.0 2766 2777 2728 14100010 Ivanchuk, Vassily UKR GM 1969 2755.3 2735 2720 2811 3503240 Dominguez Perez, Leinier CUB GM 1983 2750.3 2760 2728 2763 14103320 Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR GM 1983 2739.7 2723 2758 2738 13400924 Radjabov, Teimour AZE GM 1987 2738.3 2724 2715 2776 2805677 Gelfand, Boris ISR GM 1968 2732.3 2753 2719 2725 703303 Leko, Peter HUN GM 1979 2730.7 2737 2682 2773 605506 Bacrot, Etienne FRA GM 1983 2730.0 2720 2739 2731 24116068 Giri, Anish NED GM 1994 2727.0 2750 2757 2674 8601429 Wang, Yue CHN GM 1987 2720.7 2715 2682 2765 8602883 Wang, Hao CHN GM 1989 2714.3 2730 2694 2719

No more than two players from each federation have been selected with exceptions made for World Champions 2013 and
2014 for Rapid and Blitz.

Top Reserves in case replacements for Russian players are needed:

ID Number Name Fed Tit B-day AvgRtg Standard Blitz Rapid 4102142 Svidler, Peter RUS GM 1976 2766.7 2751 2756 2793 4116992 Morozevich, Alexander RUS GM 1977 2751.3 2731 2750 2773


Top Reserves in case replacements from other federations are needed:

ID Number Name Fed Tit B-day AvgRtg Standard Blitz Rapid 1118358 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw POL GM 1987 2720.0 2733 2743 2684 5007003 Harikrishna, P. IND GM 1986 2718.3 2726 2728 2701



2. WOMEN

ID Number Name Fed Tit B-day AvgRtg Standard Blitz Rapid 8602980 Hou, Yifan CHN GM 1994 2630.3 2629 2662 2600 14111330 Muzychuk, Anna UKR GM 1990 2590.7 2561 2665 2546 5008123 Koneru, Humpy IND GM 1987 2581.7 2613 2521 2611 13601903 Dzagnidze, Nana GEO GM 1987 2559.7 2541 2591 2547 4128125 Kosteniuk, Alexandra RUS GM 1984 2552.7 2533 2548 2577 2902257 Stefanova, Antoaneta BUL GM 1979 2545.0 2488 2569 2578 4167570 Gunina, Valentina RUS GM 1989 2543.3 2501 2577 2552 8601283 Zhao, Xue CHN GM 1985 2534.3 2542 2576 2485 8603006 Ju, Wenjun CHN WGM 1991 2520.7 2538 2469 2555 4133471 Kosintseva, Tatiana RUS GM 1986 2519.7 2476 2578 2505 4641833 Paehtz, Elisabeth GER IM 1985 2487.7 2456 2522 2485 5015197 Harika, Dronavalli IND GM 1991 2486.3 2513 2525 2421 14110911 Ushenina, Anna UKR GM 1985 2481.3 2488 2467 2489 14114550 Muzychuk, Mariya UKR IM 1992 2468.3 2521 2439 2445 13602640 Khotenashvili, Bela GEO GM 1988 2461.0 2518 2447 2418 1700030 Cramling, Pia SWE GM 1963 2455.7 2491 2433 2443



The list occurred automatically based on the received contracts.

List of titles approved by the Presidential Board



FIDE is publishing the list of titles approved by the Presidential Board.


  GM       Zilka, Stepan CZE     Glud, Jakob Vang DEN     Shoker, Samy EGY     Arribas Lopez, Angel ESP     Riff, Jean-Noel FRA     Bromberger, Stefan GER     Stern, Rene GER     Dambacher, Martijn NED     Rozum, Ivan RUS     Bagrationi, Alexander UKR     Bernadskiy, Vitaliy UKR     Nguyen, Huynh Minh Huy VIE             WGM       Dimitrijevic, Aleksandra BIH     Fomina, Tatyana EST     Duisenova, Madina KAZ     Enkhtuul, Altanulzii MGL     Seps, Monika SUI     Nguyen, Thi Mai Hung VIE             IM       Ikeda, Junta AUS     Sardana, Rishi AUS     Smirnov, Anton AUS     Rooze, Jan BEL     Chu, Wei Chao CHN     Li, Bo CHN     Liu, Gianchu CHN     Wang, Yiye CHN     Leyva Rivera, Yunier CUB     Olivia Castaned, Kevel CUB     Quesada Perez, Yasser CUB     Quesada Vera, Liordis CUB     Adair, James R. ENG     Roberson, Peter T. ENG     Santos Latasa, Jaime ESP     Suarez Real, Alberto ESP     Ebeling, Daniel FIN     Ider, Borya FRA     Baldauf, Marco GER     Dausch, Rene GER     Figura, Atila Gajo GER     Graf, Felix GER     Krassowizkij, Jaroslaw GER     Lampert, Jonas GER     Mons, Leon GER     Gledura, Benjamin HUN     Kantor, Gergely HUN     Korpa, Bence HUN     Sunilduth Lyna, Narayan IND     Noroozi, Omid IRI     Pourramezanali, Amirreza IRI     Saiyn, Zhanat KAZ     Daulyte, Deimante LTU     Sanchez Enriquez, Oscar MEX     Van de Griendt, Jan Willem NED     Van Foreest, Jorden NED     Van Wessel, Rudy NED     Pascua, Haridas PHI     Weichhold, Pawel POL     L'Ami, Alina ROU     Cawdery, Daniel RSA     Kashlinskaya, Alina RUS     Mokshanov, Alexey RUS     Sychev, Klementy RUS     Usmanov, Vasily RUS     Stankovic, Milos SRB     Zajic, Milan SRB     Loetscher, Roland SUI     Westerberg, Jonathan SWE     Yilmazyerli, Mert TUR     Bortnik, Nikolay UKR     Grinev, Valeriy UKR     Vetoshko, Volodymyr UKR     Korley, Kassa USA     Lee, Michael USA     Nagle, Sean USA             WIM       Mammadzada, Gunay AZE     Tammert, Iamze GER     Dordzhieva, Dinara RUS     Frisk, Ellinor SWE     Odnorozhenko, Kateryna UKR     Kurbonboeva, Sarvinoz UZB             IA       Ouaret, Fatsah ALG     Krassnitzer, Franz AUT     Lieb, Daniel AUT     Rudd, Jack ENG     Garcia Valer, Jesus ESP     Martinez Hernandez, Noemi ESP     Kolk, Marek EST     Hendrich, Daniel GER     Ricca, Roberto ITA     Uteshev, Arsen KAZ     Baltrunas, Arvydas LTU     Haro Covarrubias, Tizoc MEX     Drugov, Pavel RUS     Chan, Peng Khoon Gerald SIN     Savic, Natasa SRB     Cherif, Mondher TUN     Jemai, Akram TUN     Al Naimi, Hend UAE     Bu Khateer, Reem UAE     Hadi, Salwa UAE     Hassan, Ali UAE     Reed, Boyd USA     Turdialieva, Tahmina UZB             FA
      Harir, Mohamed Sofiane ALG     Sandler, Leonid AUS     Hametner, Gerald AUT     Jabbarov, Eldar AZE     Sideifzade, Fikret I AZE     Azevedo, Maurilio BRA     Lot, Adriana Padovani BRA     Barrios Lara, Adolfo Gerardo CHI     Birk, Bojan CRO     Fandino Reyes, Roquelina CUB     Ortiz, Nelson DOM     Omar, Ashraf EGY     Omar, Mohamed EGY     Carr, Matthew ENG     Gliddon, Daniel J ENG     Thomas, David R ENG     Canabate Domech, Francisco ESP     Lorenzo, Alfredo ESP     Nassar, Askold EST     Casier, Fabrice FRA     Doucet, Antoine FRA     Lapeyre, Pierre FRA     Minaud, Olivier FRA     Pierrot, Philippe FRA     Pouchon, Mickael FRA     Rapin, Florian FRA     Sauve, Philippe FRA     Nikoladze, Sopio GEO     Gerontopoulos, Prodromos GRE     Koutsogiannopoulou, Theodora GRE     Supriyono, Eko INA     Anil Kumar, Raizada IND     Arvind, Mhamal IND     Babita, B. IND     Biswanath, Banerjee IND     Krishnarao, Somanath IND     Raval Dilipkumar, Tribhovandas IND     Sathiesh, G. G. IND     Teli, Rajendra IND     Vidya, Gururaj IND     Heydarian, Hadi IRI     Saba, Iraj IRI     Yaacobovich, Shlomi ISR     Miller, Donald JAM     Kim, Sergey KAZ     Domarkaite, Laima LTU     Radzickas, Vaidas LTU     Vaznonis, Donatas LTU     Bargan, Sergei MDA     Bargan, Svetlana MDA     Bolio Zapata, Edwin David MEX     Nevarez Mills, Carlos Mario MEX     Gafner, Evgeny J. RUS     Malin, Denis RUS     Potapenko, Alexey RUS     Reshetnikov, Evgeny RUS     Ryzhkov, Vjacheslav RUS     Li, Jingfeng SIN     Jurcisin, Imrich SVK     Puchart, Vladimir SVK     Annageldyev, Orazly TKM     Ben Fredj, Jawhar TUN     Mansour, Al Tamimi UAE     Mansour, Mariam UAE     Bogachov, Olekseii UKR     Prohorov, Olexandr UKR     Ablyazimov, Shevket UZB     Khaydarov, Abbos UZB     Vahidov, Tair UZB     Diaz, Geber Eloy VEN     Gonzalez, Jose Luis VEN     Sanchez Castillo, Sarai Carolina VEN             FA from FIDE Arbiters' Seminars       Babamusta, Elton ALB     Collaku, Marin ALB     Culi, Ermal ALB     Driza, Arta ALB     Giergji, Rozana ALB     Gjoni, Eraldo ALB     Hoxha, Lavderim ALB     Truong, Paul CAM     George Githui Wanjiku KEN     Paras, Gudka KEN     Al Wadhahi Musallam OMA     Huang, Jimmy Ching-Chih  TPE             IO       Zerdali, Samir ALG     Barnes, Lara AL ENG     Alt, Ralph GER     Chan, Kwai Keong HKG     Skurygin, Anton KAZ     Al Otaibi, Yaser Motlaq KSA     Al Azmi, Khalaf KUW     Al Khateeb Taher KUW     Ozolins, Aris  LAT     Pilinkus, Donatas LTU     Amazzal, Mustapha MAR     Jurgensen, Graham RSA     Gallus, Matthias SUI     Jemai, Akram TUN     Miladi, Chaher Eddine TUN                     CONDITIONAL ON RTG               GM       Guidarelli, Laurent FRA     Akbaev, Kazbek RUS             IM       Larduet Despaigne, Carlos CUB     Lerch, Patrice FRA     Fruebing, Stefan GER     Sean, Winshand Cuhendi INA     Pak, Evgeniy KAZ     Draskovic, Luka MNE     Getz, Alec USA     Shen, Artur USA             WIM       Khalafova, Narmin AZE          

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