FIDE Women's Grand Prix 2009–11

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The FIDE Women's Grand Prix 2009–11 was a series of six chess tournaments exclusively for women, which formed part of the qualification cycle for the Women's World Chess Championship 2011. The winner of the Grand Prix (the one with most Grand Prix points) was to challenge Hou Yifan—the 2010 world champion in the third quarter of 2011. As Hou Yifan also won the Grand Prix, Koneru Humpy as the runner-up qualified for the championship match.[1][2][3]

The final tournament was originally scheduled to take place in Santiago de Chile starting at October 23, 2010. However, due to problems with financing, the host was replaced and the final tournament was then played in Doha, Qatar.[4]

Format[edit]

Eighteen of the top female players in the world were to be selected to compete in these tournaments. Each player would contract to participate in exactly 4 of these tournaments. Players must rank their preference of tournaments once the final list of host cities was announced and the dates allocated to each host city.[5]

Each tournament was staged as a 12-player, single round-robin tournament. In each round players scored 1 point for a win, ½ point for a draw and 0 for a loss. Grand prix points were then allocated according to each player's standing in the tournament: 160 points for first place, 130 for second place, 110 for third place, and then 90 down to 10 points for places four to twelve (decreasing by 10 points for each place). Grand Prix points were split between players on equal tournament points.

Players only counted their best three tournament results in the overall standings. The player with the most total grand prix points for those three tournaments was the winner.

Players and qualification[edit]

The 18 players qualified were:[6][7]

The four players who declined to participate were replaced by the following reserves (on rating): Antoaneta Stefanova, Tatiana Kosintseva, Maia Chiburdanidze, and Xu Yuhua. Although Santiago was replaced as host city by Doha, their nominee Fierro was allowed to stay in the series.

Mamedyarova was excluded from the series[citation needed] after the first tournament in Istanbul and replaced by Baira Kovanova. Kosintseva was unable to play in Nanjing and reserve Ju Wenjun took her place in that tournament.

Tie-breaks[edit]

With the objective of determining a clear, single winner to play in the championship match in the case that two or more players had equal cumulative points at the top, the following criteria (in descending order) would be utilized to decide the overall winner:

  1. The fourth result not already in the top three performances
  2. The number of actual game points scored in the four tournaments
  3. The number of first place finishes
  4. The number of second place finishes
  5. The number of won games
  6. Drawing of lots

Results[edit]

The six tournaments were:

  1. Istanbul, Turkey, March 7–19, 2009
  2. Nanjing, China, September 28–October 10, 2009
  3. Nalchik, Russia, April 26–May 7, 2010
  4. Jermuk, Armenia, June 24–July 5, 2010
  5. Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, July 30–August 11, 2010
  6. Doha, Qatar, February 23–March 5, 2011

Events crosstables[edit]

Istanbul, March 2009
Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Score Tie break
1 India Koneru Humpy 2621 - 1 0 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 ½
2 Armenia Elina Danielian 2496 0 - ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 ½ ½ 1 8 40.25
3 China Hou Yifan 2571 1 ½ - 0 ½ 1 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 8 39.75
4 China Zhao Xue 2508 ½ 0 1 - 0 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1
5 France Marie Sebag 2529 0 0 ½ 1 - ½ 1 0 ½ ½ 1 1 6
6 Sweden Pia Cramling 2548 0 ½ 0 0 ½ - 0 1 1 1 ½ 1 22.75
7 Ecuador Martha Fierro 2403 0 0 0 0 0 1 - ½ 1 1 1 1 20.00
8 Bulgaria Antoaneta Stefanova 2557 0 0 0 ½ 1 0 ½ - ½ ½ 1 1 5 20.75
9 Georgia (country) Maia Chiburdanidze 2516 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ - 1 1 1 5 20.25
10 China Shen Yang 2448 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 - 0 0 17.75
11 Azerbaijan Zeinab Mamedyarova 2362 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 1 - ½ 10.25
12 Turkey Betul Cemre Yildiz 2214 ½ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 ½ - 2
Nanjing, September–October 2009
Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Score Tie break
1 China Xu Yuhua 2485 - 0 ½ ½ 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 8
2 Georgia (country) Nana Dzagnidze 2535 1 - ½ 0 ½ 1 0 ½ 1 1 1 1
3 China Zhao Xue 2542 ½ ½ - 1 0 0 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 7
4 France Marie Sebag 2519 ½ 1 0 - ½ 1 0 1 0 1 ½ 1 33.25
5 Armenia Lilit Mkrtchian 2468 0 ½ 1 ½ - ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 30.75
6 China Ju Wenjun 2443 0 0 1 0 ½ - 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 29.50
7 China Shen Yang 2453 0 1 0 1 ½ 0 - ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 6
8 Mongolia Batkhuyag Munguntuul 2418 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ - ½ 0 1 1 20.75
9 Russia Baira Kovanova 2408 0 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ - 0 ½ 1 5
10 China Zhu Chen 2488 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 1 1 - ½ 1
11 Ecuador Martha Fierro 2386 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ - 0 2
12 Turkey Betul Cemre Yildiz 2224 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ - 1
Nalchik, April 2010
Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Score Tie break
1 Russia Tatiana Kosintseva 2536 - 1 1 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 9
2 China Hou Yifan 2585 0 - 0 ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 1
3 Georgia (country) Nana Dzagnidze 2535 0 1 - ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 7 33.25
4 Sweden Pia Cramling 2535 0 ½ ½ - ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 7 32.25
5 India Koneru Humpy 2595 ½ ½ ½ ½ - 0 0 0 1 ½ 1 1 26.75
6 China Zhu Chen 2488 ½ 0 ½ 0 1 - 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 26.75
7 Mongolia Batkhuyag Munguntuul 2418 0 0 ½ ½ 1 1 - 0 1 0 ½ 1 25.75
8 China Zhao Xue 2542 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 - 0 0 0 1 5 26.75
9 Armenia Lilit Mkrtchian 2468 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 0 1 - 1 1 ½ 5 24.00
10 Russia Baira Kovanova 2408 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ 1 1 0 - 1 1 5 20.00
11 Turkey Betul Cemre Yildiz 2224 ½ 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 1 0 0 - ½
12 Armenia Elina Danielian 2489 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 ½ -
Jermuk, June–July 2010
Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Score Tie break
1 Georgia (country) Nana Dzagnidze 2535 - 1 1 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 9
2 Russia Tatiana Kosintseva 2536 0 - 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1
3 Armenia Elina Danielian 2489 0 1 - ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 32.25
4 Armenia Lilit Mkrtchian 2468 0 ½ ½ - 1 0 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 30.50
5 Bulgaria Antoaneta Stefanova 2527 0 ½ 1 0 - 0 ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 30.00
6 China Hou Yifan 2585 ½ 0 ½ 1 1 - 1 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 6
7 Sweden Pia Cramling 2535 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 - ½ 0 ½ 1 1 27.25
8 China Shen Yang 2453 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 1 ½ - ½ ½ 1 1 25.25
9 Georgia (country) Maia Chiburdanidze 2506 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 1 ½ - 1 ½ 1
10 China Xu Yuhua 2485 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 1 ½ ½ 0 - 1 0 4
11 Russia Baira Kovanova 2408 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 0 - 1 3
12 Ecuador Martha Fierro 2386 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 -
Ulaanbaatar, July–August 2010
Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Score Tie break
1 China Hou Yifan 2585 - ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 8
2 Bulgaria Antoaneta Stefanova 2527 ½ - 0 0 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 1
3 India Koneru Humpy 2595 ½ 1 - 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 0 ½ 36.00
4 China Zhao Xue 2542 ½ 1 1 - 0 1 0 0 1 ½ ½ 1 34.75
5 Russia Tatiana Kosintseva 2536 ½ 0 ½ 1 - ½ ½ ½ 1 0 1 1 32.50
6 Georgia (country) Maia Chiburdanidze 2506 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ - 1 ½ 0 1 1 1 6
7 China Xu Yuhua 2485 0 0 ½ 1 ½ 0 - ½ ½ ½ 1 1
8 China Shen Yang 2453 ½ 0 0 1 ½ ½ ½ - ½ ½ 0 1 5 26.00
9 China Zhu Chen 2488 0 ½ ½ 0 0 1 ½ ½ - 1 1 0 5 25.75
10 France Marie Sebag 2519 0 0 0 ½ 1 0 ½ ½ 0 - 1 ½ 4
11 Mongolia Batkhuyag Munguntuul 2418 0 0 1 ½ 0 0 0 1 0 0 - 1
12 Turkey Betul Cemre Yildiz 2224 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 0 1 ½ 0 - 2
Doha, February–March 2011
Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Score Tie break
1 India Koneru Humpy 2595 - 1 ½ ½ 0 1 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 8 41.75
2 Armenia Elina Danielian 2489 0 - 1 0 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 8 40.25
3 France Marie Sebag 2519 ½ 0 - 1 1 ½ 0 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 7
4 Sweden Pia Cramling 2535 ½ 1 0 - 1 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 30.50
5 Georgia (country) Nana Dzagnidze 2536 1 0 0 0 - ½ 1 1 1 0 1 0 29.25
6 Georgia (country) Maia Chiburdanidze 2506 0 0 ½ ½ ½ - 0 1 1 1 ½ ½ 26.75
7 Mongolia Batkhuyag Munguntuul 2418 0 0 1 1 0 1 - 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 5 25.75
8 China Xu Yuhua 2485 ½ 0 0 1 0 0 1 - 0 1 1 ½ 5 24.75
9 Armenia Lilit Mkrtchian 2468 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 1 - ½ 0 1 23.50
10 Ecuador Martha Fierro 2386 0 0 0 ½ 1 0 1 0 ½ - ½ 1 21.00
11 Bulgaria Antoaneta Stefanova 2527 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ - 0 4
12 China Zhu Chen 2488 0 0 0 ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 1 -

Grand Prix standings[edit]

The Grand Prix was won by Hou Yifan, but as she was already was qualified for the championship match as title holder, runner-up Koneru Humpy qualified as challenger. Her tied first place in Doha was just enough to overtake Nana Dzagnidze and secure second place in the overall standings.

Player Istanbul Nanjing Nalchik Jermuk Ulaanbaatar Doha Played Best 3
1  Hou Yifan (China) 120 130 (70) 160 4 410
2  Koneru Humpy (India) 160 (70) 93⅓ 145 4 398⅓
3  Nana Dzagnidze (Georgia) 130 100 160 (80) 4 390
4  Tatiana Kosintseva (Russia) 160 130 93⅓ 3 383⅓
5  Elina Danielian (Armenia) 120 (10) 93⅓ 145 4 358⅓
6  Zhao Xue (China) 90 110 (40) 93⅓ 4 293⅓
7  Xu Yuhua (China) 160 (30) 60 55 4 275
8  Marie Sebag (France) 80 80 (30) 110 4 270
9  Antoaneta Stefanova (Bulgaria) 45 93⅓ 130 (20) 4 268⅓
10  Pia Cramling (Sweden) 65 100 (55) 80 4 245
11  Lilit Mkrtchian (Armenia) 80 40 93⅓ (35) 4 213⅓
12  Maia Chiburdanidze (Georgia) 45 (40) 70 80 4 195
13  Batkhuyag Munguntuul (Mongolia) 50 70 (20) 55 4 175
14  Shen Yang (China) (25) 60 55 45 4 160
15  Zhu Chen (China) 30 70 45 (10) 4 145
16  Martha Fierro (Ecuador) 65 20 (10) 35 4 120
17  Baira Kovanova (Russia) 40 40 20 3 100
18  Ju Wenjun (China) 80 1 08080
19  Betul Cemre Yildiz (Turkey) 10 10 20 (10) 4 04040
20  Zeinab Mamedyarova (Azerbaijan) 25 1 02525

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