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Rostov FIDE Women's Grand Prix (3)

Hou Yifan moves a point clear in Rostov with yet another win

Hou Yifan beat Alexandra Kosteniuk in Round 3. Photo © Anastasiya Karlovich.

Hou Yifan beat Alexandra Kosteniuk in Round 3. Photo © Anastasiya Karlovich. | http://rostov2011.fide.com/

Hou Yifan moved a point clear of the field in the third round of the Rostov-on-Don FIDE Women's Grand Prix with a third consecutive win. This time she won as black against Alexandra Kosteniuk. Anna Muzychuk just bulldozed Kateryna Lahno in a Scotch and Nadezhda Kosintseva took a quick draw against her sister Tatiana. Nadezhda and Muzychuk are a point behind the leader. Elo favourite Humpy Koneru scored her first win, a bit of a grind against Ruan Lufei. Brief report follows.

Hou Yifan against Alexandra Kosteniuk

Hou Yifan beat Alexandra Kosteniuk to go 3/3. Photo © Anastasiya Karlovich Rostov Women's Grand Prix 2011

Hou Yifan won yet again, and with black, against Alexandra Kosteniuk again she made her move towards the first time control.

Ekaterina Kovalevskaya against Elena Danielian

Ekaterina Kovalevskaya against Elena Danielian. Photo © Anastasiya Karlovich Rostov Women's Grand Prix 2011

Elina Danielian won on the run up to first time control,Ekaterina Kovalevskaya's position went down hill rapidly following her decision to swap light squared bishops off.

Humpy Koneru

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

Humpy Koneru ground her way to a win against Ruan Lufei for her first win of the event.

Anna Muzychuk just blew Kateryna Lahno away in a Scotch

Anna Muzychuk just blew Kateryna Lahno away in a Scotch. Photo © Anastasiya Karlovich Rostov Women's Grand Prix 2011

Sisters Nadezhda and Tatiana Kosintseva. Blink and you missed it

Sisters Nadezhda and Tatiana Kosintseva. Blink and you missed it. Photo © Anastasiya Karlovich Rostov Women's Grand Prix 2011

The sisters Nadezhda and Tatiana Kosintseva took a quick draw against each other.

Alisa Galliamova recovered from her dreadful start with a nice finish against Antoaneta Stefanova. Black can fight in the position below with 23...f5 but Stefanova missed that she is just getting mated if she doesn't take this preventative action.

Antoaneta Stefanova

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Alisa Galliamova

Position after 23.Rd1

23...Qb3 24.Bxb7+ Kxb7 25.Qe4+ Kb6 26.Rxa6+ Kxa6 27.Qc6+ Ka5 28.Ra1+ Qa3 29.Rxa3+ 1-0

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 . 3
2. Muzychuk, Anna m SLO 2538 . * . ½ . . 1 . . . . ½ 2 2631
3. Kosintseva, Nadezhda g RUS 2560 . . * ½ . . . ½ . . . 1 2 2626
4. Kosintseva, Tatiana g RUS 2557 . ½ ½ * . . . . ½ . . . 2531
5. Koneru, Humpy g IND 2614 0 . . . * 1 . . . ½ . . 2526
6. Ruan, Lufei wg CHN 2479 . . . . 0 * . 1 . ½ . . 2553
7. Lahno, Kateryna g UKR 2536 . 0 . . . . * . ½ . 1 . 2509
8. Danielian, Elina g ARM 2521 . . ½ . . 0 . * . . . 1 2488
9. Kosteniuk, Alexandra g RUS 2497 0 . . ½ . . ½ . * . . . 1 2431
10. Stefanova, Antoaneta g BUL 2524 . . . . ½ ½ . . . * 0 . 1 2403
11. Galliamova, Alisa m RUS 2492 0 . . . . . 0 . . 1 * . 1 2420
12. Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina m RUS 2427 . ½ 0 . . . . 0 . . . * ½ 2266
Round 3 (August 4, 2011)
Muzychuk, Anna - Lahno, Kateryna 1-0 28 C45 Scotch Game
Kosintseva, Nadezhda - Kosintseva, Tatiana ½-½ 13 C69 Ruy Lopez Exchange
Koneru, Humpy - Ruan, Lufei 1-0 49 A09 Reti Opening
Danielian, Elina - Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina 1-0 39 D02 Queen's Pawn Game
Kosteniuk, Alexandra - Hou, Yifan 0-1 35 D38 QGD Ragozin
Galliamova, Alisa - Stefanova, Antoaneta 1-0 29 D43 Anti-Meran Gambit

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