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Rostov FIDE Women's Grand Prix (2)

Hou Yifan leads alone on 2/2

Humpy Koneru had a long day defending a rook and pawn ending a pawn down. Photo © Anastasiya Karlovich.

Humpy Koneru had a long day defending a rook and pawn ending a pawn down. Photo © Anastasiya Karlovich. | http://rostov2011.fide.com/

Hou Yifan has played a lot of chess recently. Her last performances in the AAI GM tournament and Hangzhou WGM events were disappointing but this is all clearly part of a training process for her title defence later in the year. Here she has started fast with 2/2. Rival Humpy Koneru had to work hard to hold a rook and pawn ending against Stefanova. Ruan Lufei and Nadezhda Kosintseva both scored wins. Brief report follows.

Hou Yifan against Alisa Galliamova

Hou Yifan against Alisa Galliamova. Photo © Anastasiya Karlovich Rostov Women's Grand Prix 2011

Hou Yifan scored a second victory to lead alone on 2/2. She beat Alisa Galliamova who also lost in the first round. Her 9.Bf3 seems like it was a new move and Galliamova was in trouble straight away after her 9...d5 and she never really recovered.

Humpy Koneru

Humpy Koneru Photo © Anastasiya Karlovich Rostov Women's Grand Prix 2011

Humpy Koneru would surely have liked to strike back straight away from her loss in round 2 but she had the worse of a draw against Antoaneta Stefanova allbeit that the Rook and Pawn ending was very drawish and after a lenthy defence she managed to hold.

Elina Danielian

Elina Danielian became a familiar figure after her fine performance in Doha. Photo © Anastasiya Karlovich Rostov Women's Grand Prix 2011

Elina Danielian had a major say in the last FIDE Grand Prix in Doha and her aggressive intuitive style took centre stage there. Here she had a very reasonable position as black against Ruan Lufei until her 40th move Nc6 which was a blunder that allowed a rook access to her queenside pawns and this eventually cost her the game.

On stage in Round 2

On stage in Round 2. Photo © Anastasiya Karlovich Rostov Women's Grand Prix 2011

Nadezhda Kosintseva surprised Ekaterina Kovalevskaya with 7...Na6 in a Queen's Gambit and quickly got a nice position. 15.Ng5 was an aggressive idea that didn't work, and Kovalevskaya defended well and then played safely to secure the full point.

Tatiana Kosintseva against Anna Muzychuk and Kateryna Lahno against Alexandra Kosteniuk were both drawn.

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 2
2. Ruan, Lufei wg CHN 2479 . * . . . . ½ . 1 . . . 2715
3. Kosintseva, Nadezhda g RUS 2560 . . * . . . . . ½ . 1 . 2667
4. Lahno, Kateryna g UKR 2536 . . . * ½ . . . . . . 1 2687
5. Kosteniuk, Alexandra g RUS 2497 . . . ½ * ½ . . . . . . 1 2546
6. Kosintseva, Tatiana g RUS 2557 . . . . ½ * . ½ . . . . 1 2517
7. Stefanova, Antoaneta g BUL 2524 . ½ . . . . * . . ½ . . 1 2546
8. Muzychuk, Anna m SLO 2538 . . . . . ½ . * . . ½ . 1 2492
9. Danielian, Elina g ARM 2521 . 0 ½ . . . . . * . . . ½ 2326
10. Koneru, Humpy g IND 2614 0 . . . . . ½ . . * . . ½ 2356
11. Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina m RUS 2427 . . 0 . . . . ½ . . * . ½ 2356
12. Galliamova, Alisa m RUS 2492 0 . . 0 . . . . . . . * 0
Round 2 (August 3, 2011)
Hou, Yifan - Galliamova, Alisa 1-0 36 B43 Sicilian Paulsen
Ruan, Lufei - Danielian, Elina 1-0 63 C11 French Defence
Lahno, Kateryna - Kosteniuk, Alexandra ½-½ 47 E18 Queens Indian
Kosintseva, Tatiana - Muzychuk, Anna ½-½ 42 B35 Sicilian Defence
Stefanova, Antoaneta - Koneru, Humpy ½-½ 111 D38 QGD Ragozin
Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina - Kosintseva, Nadezhda 0-1 40 A15 English counter King's Fianchetto

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