FIDE Women's Grand Prix 2011–12

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The FIDE Women's Grand Prix 2011–12 was a series of six chess tournaments exclusively for women, which formed part of the qualification cycle for the Women's World Chess Championship 2013. The winner of the Grand Prix, Hou Yifan, will challenge the 2012 Women's World Chess champion.

Format[edit]

18 top world women players were to be selected to compete in these tournaments. Each player agrees and will contract to participate in exactly four of these tournaments. Players must rank their preference of tournaments once the final list of host cities is announced and the dates are allocated to each host city.

Each tournament is 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 grand prix points for first place, 130 for second place, 110 for third place, and then 90 down to 10 points by steps of 10. In case of a tie in points the grand prix points are shared evenly by the tied players. Players only counted their best three tournament results. The player with the most grand prix points is the winner.

Players and qualification[edit]

There were several ways to qualify for the Grand Prix series.[1][2]

Polgár, the highest rated woman in the world, has never competed for the women's title and declined to participate in this cycle as well, so her spot was given to the next player on the average rating list, Viktorija Cmilyte.

At the second tournament in Shenzhen, Tan Zhongyi replaced Alisa Galliamova.[3]

Tie breaks[edit]

With the objective of determining a clear, single winner to play in the Challenger Match and in the case that two or more players have equal cumulative points at the top, the following criteria (in descending order) will 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:[4]

Nr Host city Date Winner Points (Win/Draw/Loss)
1 Rostov, Russia 1–15 August 2011 Hou Yifan 8/11 (+6 =4 –1)
2 Shenzhen, China 6–20 September 2011 Hou Yifan 8/11 (+5 =6 –0)
3 Nalchik, Russia 8–23 October 2011 Zhao Xue 9.5/11 (+9 =1 –1)
4 Kazan, Russia 10–21 June 2012[5] Koneru Humpy and Anna Muzychuk 7.5/11 (+4 =7 –0)
5 Jermuk, Armenia 16–30 July 2012 Hou Yifan 7/11 (+4 =6 –1)
6 Ankara, Turkey 16–28 September 2012 Koneru Humpy 8.5/11 (+7 =3 –1)

Events crosstables[edit]

Rostov, August 2011
Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Score Tie break
1 China Hou Yifan 2575 0 1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 8
2 Ukraine Kateryna Lahno 2536 1 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 0 ½ ½ 7
3 Slovenia Anna Muzychuk 2538 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 34.25
4 Russia Tatiana Kosintseva 2557 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 33.50
5 Russia Nadezhda Kosintseva 2560 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 6
6 India Koneru Humpy 2614 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 0 1 28.25
7 Russia Alisa Galliamova 2492 0 0 0 1 ½ ½ 1 0 1 1 ½ 26.75
8 Bulgaria Antoaneta Stefanova 2524 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 1 ½ 5 25.25
9 Armenia Elina Danielian 2521 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 0 0 1 1 5 24.25
10 China Ruan Lufei 2479 ½ 1 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 1 ½ ½
11 Russia Ekaterina Kovalevskaya 2427 0 ½ ½ 0 0 1 0 0 0 ½ 1
12 Russia Alexandra Kosteniuk 2497 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 3
Shenzhen, September 2011
Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Score Tie break
1 China Hou Yifan 2578 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 8
2 Slovenia Anna Muzychuk 2545 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 7
3 China Ju Wenjun 2536 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 1 33.75
4 China Tan Zhongyi 2429 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 31.25
5 China Zhao Xue 2497 ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 1 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 6 31.25
6 China Ruan Lufei 2477 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 6 28.75
7 Mongolia Batkhuyagiin Möngöntuul 2465 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 1 1 ½ 1
8 Armenia Elina Danielian 2517 ½ 0 1 ½ 1 0 1 0 0 ½ ½ 5
9 Qatar Zhu Chen 2490 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 0 ½ ½ 25.00
10 Lithuania Viktorija Cmilyte 2525 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 1 1 ½ ½ 22.00
11 Russia Ekaterina Kovalevskaya 2421 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 4
12 Turkey Betul Cemre Yildiz 2308 ½ 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½
Nalchik, October 2011
Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Score Tie break
1 China Zhao Xue 2497 0 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
2 China Ju Wenjun 2536 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 0 ½ 7
3 Russia Ekaterina Kovalevskaya 2421 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 6 33.75
4 Lithuania Viktorija Cmilyte 2525 0 ½ 0 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 6 29.25
5 Ukraine Kateryna Lahno 2554 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1
6 Qatar Zhu Chen 2490 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 0 5 25.00
7 Russia Tatiana Kosintseva 2536 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 5 24.50
8 Russia Nadezhda Kosintseva 2560 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 5 23.00
9 Bulgaria Antoaneta Stefanova 2528 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 1 1 1 5 23.00
10 Russia Alisa Galliamova 2498 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 0
11 Mongolia Batkhuyagiin Möngöntuul 2465 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 0 0 1 4
12 Russia Alexandra Kosteniuk 2469 0 ½ 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Kazan, June 2012
Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Score Tie break
1 India Koneru Humpy 2589 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 36.75
2 Slovenia Anna Muzychuk 2598 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 36.50
3 Lithuania Viktorija Cmilyte 2508 ½ ½ 1 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 7.5 35.00
4 China Hou Yifan 2623 ½ ½ 0 1 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 0 7 37.25
5 Russia Alexandra Kosteniuk 2457 ½ ½ 1 0 1 ½ 0 ½ 0 1 1 6 31.00
6 Armenia Elina Danielian 2484 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 1 1 ½ 1 0 1 6 30.75
7 Russia Tatiana Kosintseva 2532 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 1
8 Ukraine Kateryna Lahno 2546 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 0 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 5
9 Bulgaria Antoaneta Stefanova 2518 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 22
10 Russia Nadezhda Kosintseva 2528 ½ 0 0 ½ 1 0 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 22.75
11 Russia Alisa Galliamova 2484 0 0 0 0 0 1 ½ 0 ½ 0 1 3
12 Turkey Betul Cemre Yildiz 2333 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0
Jermuk, July 2012
Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Score Tie break
1 China Hou Yifan 2617 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 7
2 Russia Nadezhda Kosintseva 2516 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 0 0 ½ ½ 36.50
3 Ukraine Kateryna Lahno 2537 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 36.00
4 India Koneru Humpy 2598 ½ 0 0 1 ½ 1 0 1 1 ½ 1 33.00
5 China Ju Wenjun 2518 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 6 31.25
6 China Ruan Lufei 2483 0 0 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 6 29.25
7 China Zhao Xue 2556 ½ 0 1 0 1 0 ½ 1 0 ½ 1
8 Armenia Elina Danielian 2480 ½ 0 ½ 1 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 5 27.50
9 Armenia Lilit Mkrtchian 2450 0 1 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 5 25.25
10 Russia Ekaterina Kovalevskaya 2417 0 1 0 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 1 0
11 Mongolia Batkhuyagiin Möngöntuul 2447 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 4
12 Georgia (country) Nino Khurtsidze 2456 0 ½ ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 1 1
Ankara, September 2012
Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Score Tie break
1 India Koneru Humpy 2593 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1
2 Slovenia Anna Muzychuk 2606 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 8
3 China Zhao Xue 2549 ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 ½
4 Lithuania Viktorija Cmilyte 2520 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 0 1 1 33.50
5 China Ruan Lufei 2492 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 29.50
6 Mongolia Batkhuyagiin Möngöntuul 2434 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 6
7 Russia Tatiana Kosintseva 2524 0 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 1 ½
8 China Ju Wenjun 2528 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 0 1 1 ½ 1 5
9 Bulgaria Antoaneta Stefanova 2502 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 1
10 Turkey Betul Cemre Yildiz 2341 0 0 0 1 0 ½ 1 0 0 ½ ½
11 Poland Monika Soćko 2463 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 1
12 Turkey Kübra Öztürk 2294 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 0 2

Grand Prix standings[edit]

Hou Yifan won the Grand Prix with a perfect score culminating with her third sole victory at the fifth Grand Prix in Jermuk and thus qualified her to face Anna Ushenina in the Women's World Chess Championship 2013. A score in italics denotes a score not being into account for the total as there are three better results for the player.

Player Rostov Shenzhen Nalchik Kazan Jermuk Ankara Played Best 3
1  Hou Yifan (China) 160 160 100 160 4 480
2  Koneru Humpy (India) 65 145 110 160 4 415
3  Anna Muzychuk (Slovenia) 100 130 145 130 4 405
4  Zhao Xue (China) 75 160 60 110 4 345
5  Kateryna Lahno (Ukraine) 130 80 50 110 4 320
6  Ju Wenjun (China) 100 130 75 50 4 305
7  Viktorija Cmilyte (Lithuania) 35 100 100 85 4 285
8  Nadezhda Kosintseva (Russia) 80 55 35 110 4 245
9  Ruan Lufei (China) 30 75 75 85 4 235
10  Tatiana Kosintseva (Russia) 100 55 60 60 4 220
11  Elina Danielian (Armenia) 45 50 75 45 4 170
12  Ekaterina Kovalevskaya (Russia) 20 20 100 30 4 150
 Batkhuyagiin Möngöntuul (Mongolia) 60 20 20 70 4 150
14  Antoaneta Stefanova (Bulgaria) 45 55 35 40 4 140
15  Alisa Galliamova (Russia) 65 30 20 3 115
16  Tan Zhongyi (China) 100 1 100
17  Alexandra Kosteniuk (Russia) 10 10 75 3 95
18  Zhu Chen (Qatar) 35 55 2 90
19  Betul Cemre Yildiz (Turkey) 10 10 30 3 50
20  Lilit Mkrtchian (Armenia) 45 1 45
21  Monika Soćko (Poland) 20 1 20
22  Nino Khurtsidze (Georgia) 10 1 10
 Kübra Öztürk (Turkey) 10 1 10

Notes: Tan Zhongyi replaced Alisa Galliamova in Shenzhen.[6] Nino Khurtsidze and Lilit Mkrtchian replaced Alexandra Kosteniuk and Zhu Chen in Jermuk, who had withdrawn their participation.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2011/12 Grand Prix regulations". FIDE. Retrieved 9 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Grand Prix participants". FIDE. Retrieved 9 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Shenzhen Women's Grand Prix 2011". chess.co.uk. 13 September 2011. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Grand Prix Schedule". FIDE. Retrieved 8 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Kazan schedule". kazan2012.fide.com. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Shenzhen Women's Grand Prix 2011". chess.co.uk. 13 September 2011. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "Jermuk FIDE Women's Grand Prix 2012". chess.com. 15 July 2012. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 

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