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Rostov FIDE Women's Grand Prix (1)

World Champion Hou Yifan defeats Humpy Koneru

Hou Yifan started with a win. Photo © Anastasiya Karlovich.

Hou Yifan started with a win. Photo © Anastasiya Karlovich. | http://rostov2011.fide.com/

The World Women's Chess Champion Hou Yifan got off to the best possible start in the 1st FIDE Women's Grand Prix of 2011-12 when she beat Humpy Koneru in the first round of the Rostov FIDE Women's Grand Prix. She defends her title against Koneru later in the year and the two are the top seeds in this event. Kateryna Lahno beat Alisa Galliamova in the only other decisive game of the day. Brief report follows.

Humpy Koneru lost to Hou Yifan

Humpy Koneru lost to Hou Yifan. Photo © Anastasiya Karlovich Rostov Women's Grand Prix 2011

Appropriately enough the first Women's Grand Prix of the 2011-12 season started with a game between the two favourites, World Chess Champion Hou Yifan and her challenger Humpy Koneru. Koneru was pressing for much of the game before blundering decisively on move 36 after which there was no way back.

Koneru,Humpy - Hou Yifan [E46]
FIDE WGP Rostov Rostov-on-Don RUS (1), 02.08.2011

1.d4 e6 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 0-0 5.Nge2 d5 6.a3 Be7 7.cxd5 exd5 8.Nf4 c6 9.Bd3 a5 10.0-0 Na6 11.Bc2 Nc7 12.f3 c5 13.Na4 Na6 14.Nc3 Nc7 15.Qe2 b5 16.dxc5 Bxc5 17.Rd1 Ba6 18.Qf2 Bb7 19.Bd2 Re8 20.Nce2 Ne6 21.Nd3 Bb6 22.Nd4 Rc8 23.Bc3 Ba6 24.Kh1 Rc4 25.Bb3 Rc7 26.Rac1 b4 27.Nxe6 Rxe6 28.Bxf6 Rxf6 29.Rxc7 Bxc7 30.axb4 axb4 31.f4 Bc4 32.Qc2 Bxb3 33.Qxb3 Rb6 34.Nc5 h6 35.Rxd5 Qh4

Hou Yifan

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Humpy Koneru

Position after 35...Qh4

36.h3?

White allows a check on the back rank which turns out to be fatal. She would still be better after:

[36.g3]

36...Qe1+ 37.Kh2 Rg6 38.Qc2 Qxe3 39.Nd3 Bb6 40.Nc5 Qxf4+ 41.Kh1 Qf1+

0-1

Alisa Galliamova lost to Kateryna Lahno

Alisa Galliamova lost to Kateryna Lahno. Photo © Anastasiya Karlovich Rostov Women's Grand Prix 2011

There was just one further decisive game where Kateryna Lahno converted an opening advantage against Alisa Galliamova.

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. Lahno, Kateryna g UKR 2536 . * . . . . . . . . . 1 1
3. Kosintseva, Nadezhda g RUS 2560 . . * . . . . ½ . . . . ½ 2521
4. Kosintseva, Tatiana g RUS 2557 . . . * . ½ . . . . . . ½ 2497
5. Muzychuk, Anna m SLO 2538 . . . . * . . . . ½ . . ½ 2427
6. Kosteniuk, Alexandra g RUS 2497 . . . ½ . * . . . . . . ½ 2557
7. Stefanova, Antoaneta g BUL 2524 . . . . . . * . ½ . . . ½ 2479
8. Danielian, Elina g ARM 2521 . . ½ . . . . * . . . . ½ 2560
9. Ruan, Lufei wg CHN 2479 . . . . . . ½ . * . . . ½ 2524
10. Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina m RUS 2427 . . . . ½ . . . . * . . ½ 2538
11. Koneru, Humpy g IND 2614 0 . . . . . . . . . * . 0
12. Galliamova, Alisa m RUS 2492 . 0 . . . . . . . . . * 0
Round 1 (August 2, 2011)
Kosintseva, Nadezhda - Danielian, Elina ½-½ 76 B12 Caro Kann Advanced
Muzychuk, Anna - Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina ½-½ 61 B61 Sicilian Rauzer
Kosteniuk, Alexandra - Kosintseva, Tatiana ½-½ 42 C78 Ruy Lopez Moeller Defence
Stefanova, Antoaneta - Ruan, Lufei ½-½ 98 D11 Slav Defence
Koneru, Humpy - Hou, Yifan 0-1 41 E46 Nimzo Indian Rubinstein
Galliamova, Alisa - Lahno, Kateryna 0-1 41 D90 Gruenfeld Flohr

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