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GP SHARJAH 2014 

GRAND PRIX SHARJAH 2014 – FINAL RANKING

Final Ranking crosstable after 11 Rounds Rk. Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pts.…

GRAND PRIX SHARJAH 2014 – HOU YIFAN AND JU WENJUN ARE THE WINNERS OF GRAND PRIX IN SHARJAH

Ju Wenjun and Hou Yifan became the winners of the 6th stage of the FIDE Women’s Grand…

GRAND PRIX SHARJAH 2014 – ROUND 10: LEADERS KEEP THEIR POSITIONS

After the tenth round of the Women’s Grand Prix in Sharjah Ju Wenjun keeps leading. She…

GRAND PRIX SHARJAH 2014 – ROUND 9: HOU YIFAN WINS GRAND PRIX SERIES, JU WENJUN TAKES LEAD

After the end of 9th rounds it it became official - Hou Yifan has won the FIDE Women…

GRAND PRIX SHARJAH 2014 – ROUND 8: SAME LEADERS AT THE TOP

The central game of the eighth round between Ju Wenjun and Hou Yifan finished in a draw…

OLYMPIAD 2014 

41ST OLYMPIAD TROMSO 2014 - FINAL RANKING

Final Ranking after 11 Rounds - Open Rk. SNo Team Team Games + = - TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4 1 7…

41ST OLYMPIAD TROMSO 2014 - ROUND 11

Board Pairings - Open Round 11 on 2014/08/14 at 11:00 Bo. 15 Poland (POL) Rtg - 7 China…

41ST OLYMPIAD TROMSO 2014 - ROUND 10 INTERIM REPORT: LAWYERS & POLITICIANS

Tromsø had two not-quite chess events in focus today - the 9 a.m. hearing at the local…

41ST OLYMPIAD TROMSO 2014 - TROMSØ OLYMPIAD ORGANIZERS VS. RUSSIAN CHESS FEDERATION

The RCF sued the organizers for USD 200,000 for legal expenses connected to the dispute…

41ST OLYMPIAD TROMSO 2014 - TROMSØ’S AMAZING VOLUNTEER HOSTESS

Countless Norwegian and international volunteers are giving their all during the Chess…

41ST OLYMPIAD TROMSO 2014 - ROUND 10 PREVIEW: PENULTIMATE CHANCE

Sometimes the pairings system throws up oddities during big team events, but in the…

41ST OLYMPIAD TROMSO 2014 - ROUND 9: FRAYING NERVES?

Signs of accumulating fatigue or shaky nerves could be seen as Round 9 of the 2014 Chess…

41ST OLYMPIAD TROMSO 2014 - RD 9 INTERIM REPORT: ELECTION FOCUS

Today's play would have a hard time living up to the energy and excitement levels…

41ST OLYMPIAD TROMSO 2014 - BLITZ ON THE WAVES

The side tournaments in blitz during the 2014 Chess Olympiad move around the city of…

GP LOPOTA 

GRAND PRIX LOPOTA 2014 - FINAL RANKING

GRAND PRIX LOPOTA 2014 Lopota, Telavi, Georgia /June 18 - July 2 Final Ranking crosstable…

GRAND PRIX LOPOTA.- ALL GOOD THINGS COME TO AN END

Even though Hou Yifan's tournament win has been predicable for quite a while and…

GRAND PRIX LOPOTA.- D-DAY

The outside weather didn't improve for the tenth round and the players start displaying…

GRAND PRIX LOPOTA - LIGHTNING BOLT

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GRAND PRIX LOPOTA - WHERE MAMA MEANS FATHER

After it became clear that I couldn't attend all the activities planned for the second…

GRAND PRIX SHARJAH 2014 – ROUND 8: SAME LEADERS AT THE TOP

The central game of the eighth round between Ju Wenjun and Hou Yifan finished in a draw and both leaders secured their places at the top with 6, 5 points.  Batchimeg Tuvshintugs outplayed Alina L’Ami and keeps the third place after eight rounds one point behind the leaders. Elina Danielian defeated Nafisa Muminova and shares the fourth place with Anna Ushenina and Harika Dronavalli. Other games finished in a draw but Zhao Xue had the highest chances to grab the full point in the game against Tatiana Kosintseva. Hou Yifan and Humpy Koneru keep 3 points distance and Hou Yifan needs only one draw to win the first place in the FIDE Women Grand Prix Series 2013-2014.

Tomorrow is free day and the ninth round will start at 3 pm on 4th of September. 

Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 1-0 Alina l'Ami

Alina L’Ami tried to avoid opponent’s preparation and chose to play a bit different setup compare to her previous games.  In the middle game Tuvshintugs missed an interesting opportunity to play on the King’s side.

25.f5!? Nd7 26.fg fg 27.e5!? with unclear position. 
After quieter 25.Qc2 Black was just in time to create conter play on the King's side and place pieces in better positions.  According to Alina, she saw the right plan starting with 30...Nd7 but could not explain why she had changed her mind at the last moment. The fight could have just started but after blunder 30.Qf6 White got a piece and after the time control Romanian player resigned. 



Elina Danielian 1-0 Nafisa Muminova

Nafisa Muminova let Elina Danielian to exchange her dark-square bishop in the opening and that was the beginning of her problems. Black refused to go into the worse endgame and was suffering in the middle game. Elina played very precisely and didn’t let any chance to her opponent. 

Anna Ushenina 1/2-1/2 Humpy Koneru

Anna Ushenina could not find a clear plan after the opening and let her opponent to obtain a comfortable position.  Humpy tried to find chances to complicate the things but White has too solid position during whole game.  Former world champion felt the right moment to exchange most of the pieces and made a draw. 

 


Ju Wenjun 1/2–1/2 Hou Yifan

Hou Yifan stopped “competing” with Caruana on who will win more games in a row and after 4 victories made a draw with her compatriot and co leader.  The victory in this game could have put Hou Yifan at the top of women’s live rating list. Nevertheless World Champion admitted it was not her goal and she was not thinking about it during the game.  The position was equal after the opening and after most of the pieces had left the board the move repetion followed.

Zhu Chen 1/2 – 1/2 Harika Dronavalli

Zhu Chen decided to go for moves repetition in the position which she believed was better for White. “Black still has to prove if she has equal play but my tournament situation is not so good, so I decided to use an opportunity to make a draw at the early stage of the game”, said former world champion. Harika believed the final position was equal but agreed that Black needed to be watchful.

Zhao Xue 1/2-1/2 Tatiana Kosinsteva

Tatiana was not familiar with this line in the Queens Indian. Black was late with attack on the King’s side and underestimated White’s pressure on the Queen’s side. Chinese player sacrificed a pawn and got a very good compensation due to excellent location of her pieces.  

After 24…Rd7. Things cannot be good if Black needs to place her pieces this unfortunate way. After 25.d6! Black’s position collapses.  Later on Zhao Xue didn’t play precisely and let her opponent to escape.

Chinese player went for the force line but missed she cannot play 34.Ba6 in the end because of 34...d3 and 35...d2.

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