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Rostov FIDE Women's Grand Prix (4)

Hou Yifan goes 4/4 after defeating Muzychuk in Rostov WGP

Hou Yifan scored 4th win in a row and the start of the FIDE Women's Grand Prix in Rostov. Photo © Anastasiya Karlovich.

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

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

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

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)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2
1. Hou, Yifan g CHN 2575 * . 1 . 1 . . . 1 . 1 . 4
2. Lahno, Kateryna g UKR 2536 . * 0 . . . 1 . ½ . 1 . 2616
3. Muzychuk, Anna m SLO 2538 0 1 * ½ . . . . . . . ½ 2 2523
4. Kosintseva, Tatiana g RUS 2557 . . ½ * . . ½ ½ ½ . . . 2 2529
5. Koneru, Humpy g IND 2614 0 . . . * 1 . . . ½ ½ . 2 2517
6. Ruan, Lufei wg CHN 2479 . . . . 0 * . 1 . ½ . ½ 2 2521
7. Kosintseva, Nadezhda g RUS 2560 . 0 . ½ . . * ½ . . . 1 2 2510
8. Danielian, Elina g ARM 2521 . . . ½ . 0 ½ * . . . 1 2 2505
9. Kosteniuk, Alexandra g RUS 2497 0 ½ . ½ . . . . * ½ . . 2461
10. Stefanova, Antoaneta g BUL 2524 . . . . ½ ½ . . ½ * 0 . 2433
11. Galliamova, Alisa m RUS 2492 0 0 . . ½ . . . . 1 * . 2475
12. Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina m RUS 2427 . . ½ . . ½ 0 0 . . . * 1 2331
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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