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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 10: LEADERS KEEP THEIR POSITIONS

After the tenth round of the Women’s Grand Prix in Sharjah Ju Wenjun keeps leading. She drew with Humpy Koneru as well as Hou Yifan did against Batchimeg Tuvshintugs, so the winner of the tournament will be determined in the last round. Batchimeg Tuvshintugs is on the third place one point behind of Hou Yifan. Anna Ushenina split a point with Zhao Xue and keeps chances for the bronze medal as she placed fourth before the last round. Zhu Chen and Harika Dronavalli defeated Tatiana Kosintseva and Elina Danielian respectively. Alina L’Ami made a draw with Nafisa Muminova. 

In the last round Ju Wenjun plays with Black against Tatiana Kosintseva, while Hou Yifan has white pieces against Alina L’Ami. The 11th round will start at 1 pm local time on 6th of September. The closing ceremony will take place at the Cultural and Chess Club of Sharjah at 7.30 pm.

Zhao Xue 1/2-1/2 Anna Ushenina

Zhao Xue and Anna Ushenina were the first ones to finish their game. Former world champion managed to surprise her opponent at the opening and equalized quite easily. In the final position Black could have sacrificed a pawn in order to get some activity on the King’s side. However, it was not easy to estimate if there was enough compensation and Anna preferred to repeat the moves. 

 

Ju Wenjun 1/2 – 1/2 Humpy Koneru

The leader of the tournament obtained very comfortable position due to better pawn structure and more active pieces. It was not easy to hold for Black and Humpy gave a chance to her opponent to  get a big advantage after possible 32.Rd5. 

One of the ideas is to change the rooks and use d-file and passive position of Black. Ju Wenjun preferred to play without any risk and kept her lead before the last round.

Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 1/2-1/2 Hou Yifan

Batchimeg Tuvshintugs, who shows very good opening preparation in this tournament, managed to get a position where White plays almost without any risk. Her knight on d4 was perfectly placed and it was not easy to create any counter play for Black.

Trying to create a threat Bb5 Hou Yifan could have had some troubles after 35. Qb2. Pawn on g7 is hanging, Bb5 is not possible…It's hard to say if Black can hold the position.

However, the tiredness from playing so long and difficult tournament influenced the decision of Batchimeg and the peace was signed one move before the time control.

Elina Danielian 0-1 Harika Dronavalli

Harika Dronavalli used the King’s Indian Defense against Elina Danielan but few moves later the pattern of position looked more similar to Benoni, Indian player got a better pawn structure in the minor piece endgame with connected center pawns. In the following pawn endgame Dronavalli kept an advantage and won a marathon after 89 moves and nearly six hours of play.

Alina L'Ami 1/2-1/2 Nafisa Muminova

The position was about equal when Alina L’Ami decided to go for 24. Rg3. “I could have said that I've seen the following combination before I played Rg3 but in fact I simply missed 24… Ne5 and Rd1 in the end of the variation”, explained Romanian player. 

After 25.Qh5 the game became extremely sharp and after necessary 25… Ng6, White played 26.Re6! sacrificing a rook and after 26…fe 27. Be6 Kh8 28. Qg6  Nafisa decided make a draw after 28…Qe7.

It was also possible to play 28…Qf8 hoping that the defensive recourses are good enough, as it was not easy to calculate all following variations.

Hint, the daughter of Zhu Chen, could not wait for her mother any more and decided to join the press conference.


Zhu Chen 1-0 Tatiana Kosintseva


The first victory of Zhu Chen in this tournament.  After the opening the position became very complex and double edged as both players started to advance their pawns on different sides. After 26.f5 Tatiana could have regrouped her pieces and stopped the attack of her opponent but underestimated the threats of White.

The leader of the tournament Ju Wenjun writes her wishes in the book of the Cultural and Chess Club of Sharjah 

The Deputy Arbiter Anastasia Sorokina and Batchimeg Tuvshintugs

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