Friday, August 13, 2010

Hou Yifan wins Women’s Grand Prix

Hou Yifan of China won the 5th FIDE Women’s Grand Prix Chess Tournament 2010 at Ulaanbataar in Mongolia.

Hou topped the field with 8 points out of 11 rounds, a clear half point ahead of Antoaneta Stefanova who ended with 7.5 points. Koneru Humpy from India played well and ended 5th with 6.5 points.

In the final round Hou faced Antoaneta and needed just a draw to clinch first place. Antoaneta needed to win to overtake Hou for first place; after a tough game, a draw was the result.

Hou remained undefeated throughout the tournament and in the interview said that her main goal was to play well and not worry about the result. She said the first round game with Kosintseva where she survived a very dangerous position was the most difficult game for her in the tournament and was happy to have won this event.

Click here to find the official tournament site
Click here for final standings and round-by-round results
Click here to find Hou Yifan on Wiki

Below is a game from Round 3 in which Hou defeats Xu in a sparkling game.
White: Hou Yifan
Black: Xu Yuhua
1. e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.Ngf3 cxd4 5.exd5 Qxd5 6.Bc4 Qd6 7.0-0 Nf6 8.Nb3 Nc6 9.Nfxd4 Nxd4 10.Nxd4 a6 11.Re1 Bd7 12.Bg5 0-0-0 13.Re3 Bc6 14.Rd3 Be4 15.Rd2 Qc7 16.Nxe6 Rxd2 17.Qxd2 Qd6 18.Nxf8 Qxd2 19.Bxd2 Rxf8 20.f3 Bg6 21.c3 Rd8 22.Be3 Nd5 23.Bd4 Nf4 24.Re1 b5 25.Bf1 Nd3 26.Re2 Nc1 27.Rd2 Nxa2 28.Be3 Rxd2 29.Bxd2 Kb7 30.Kf2 Kc6 31.Ke3 a5 32.b4 axb4 33.cxb4 f6 34.Kd4 Bf7 35.Bd3 h5 36.h4 g6 37.g3 g5 38.f4 g4 39.Be4+ Kd6 40.Bc2 Kc6 41.Bd3 1-0

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