Rostov FIDE Women's Grand Prix (4)
Hou Yifan goes 4/4 after defeating Muzychuk in Rostov WGP
Mark Crowther - Friday 5th August 2011
Hou Yifan scored 4th win in a row and the start of the FIDE Women's Grand Prix in Rostov. Photo © Anastasiya Karlovich. | http://rostov2011.fide.com/
Rostov FIDE Women's Grand Prix Round 4. Hou Yifan's lead stands at a point and a half after just four rounds of play as she defeated Anna Muzychuk in a Ruy Lopez Marshall. Kateryna Lahno was the only other winner and she went second with a win against Nadezhda Kosintseva in the final game to finish. Humpy Koneru was held to a draw by Alisa Galliamova. Rest day Saturday.
Hou Yifan won yet against, this time against Anna Muzychuk. Photo © Anastasiya Karlovich Rostov Women's Grand Prix 2011
Hou Yifan moved further clear of the field with yet another win, this time in a theoretical battle in the Ruy Lopez Marshall Attack against Anna Muzychuk. Hou gradually consolidated her king position then made her material advantage count.
Elo favourite Humpy Koneru lost further ground against World Champion Hou Yifan when she was held by Alisa Galliamova. Photo © Anastasiya Karlovich Rostov Women's Grand Prix 2011
Whilst Humpy Koneru is the Elo favourite I think World Champion Hou Yifan started the event favourite as she rapidly improves. Koneru started slowly in Doha before she won a number of must win games and here she is losing touch with Hou Yifan as she again could only draw with Alisa Galliamova and in only 26 moves too.
Tatiana Kosintseva drew with Elina Danielian in a game that went down to King vs King. Photo © Anastasiya Karlovich Rostov Women's Grand Prix 2011
The games Tatiana Kosintseva - Elina Danielian, Ruan Lufei - Ekaterina Kovalevskaya and Antoaneta Stefanova - Alexandra Kosteniuk were all drawn.
Antoaneta Stefanova against Alexandra Kosteniuk. Photo © Anastasiya Karlovich Rostov Women's Grand Prix 2011
Kateryna Lahno beat Nadezhda Kosintseva in the final game to finish.
|Rostov Women GP 2011 Rostov-on-Don (RUS), 1-15 viii 2011||cat. XII (2527)|
|Round 4 (August 5, 2011)|
|Hou, Yifan||- Muzychuk, Anna||1-0||47||C89||Ruy Lopez Marshall|
|Lahno, Kateryna||- Kosintseva, Nadezhda||1-0||94||E06||Catalan|
|Kosintseva, Tatiana||- Danielian, Elina||½-½||58||B12||Caro Kann Advanced|
|Koneru, Humpy||- Galliamova, Alisa||½-½||26||D11||Slav Defence|
|Ruan, Lufei||- Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina||½-½||55||B30||Sicilian Rossolimo|
|Stefanova, Antoaneta||- Kosteniuk, Alexandra||½-½||66||E15||Queens Indian|
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