Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Humpy Won Istanbul Women Grand Prix

In the last round of İstanbul Women Grand Prix, Humpy Koneru won against Marie Sebag while Hou Yifan faltered against Shen Yang. Elina Danielian scored an important victory and outplayed Xue Zhao to take the second spot. Martha Fierro won against Maia Chiburdanidze while Pia Cramling closed the tournament with a win against Antoaneta Stefanova. Zeinab Mamedyarova and Betül Cemre Yıldız drew.
The leader changed for the third time and Humpy Koneru won İş Bank Atatürk FIDE Women Grand Prix with 8.5 out of 11. Elina Danielian took the second place with better tie-break having 8 points while Hou Yifan took the third place.

Koneru Humpy won the event from the 12 strong field of players although she suffers her losses against China sensation girl Hou Yifan. Here's are her interview:


"First two rounds the way I played was very good. Just missed 2-3 move combination starting with the third game. Once I lost to Hou Yifan I lost my hope to win the title. I just wanted to play some good games. Overall I could not really play up to my level."


Koneru Humpy receives 6,500 Euro cheque


Elina Danielian receives 4,375 Euro cheque


China sensation girl Hou Yifan receives 4,375 Euro cheque

Final Ranking
Rank SNo. Name Rtg FED Pts
1 12 GM KONERU Humpy 2621 IND
2 7 IM DANIELIAN Elina 2496 ARM 8
3 4 GM HOU Yifan 2571 CHN 8
4 5 GM ZHAO Xue 2508 CHN
5 6 GM SEBAG Marie 2529 FRA 6
6 3 IM FIERRO Baquero Martha L. 2403 ECU
7 1 GM CRAMLING Pia 2548 SWE
8 11 GM STEFANOVA Antoaneta 2557 BUL 5
10 10 WGM MAMEDJAROVA Zeinab 2362 AZE
11 8 WGM SHEN Yang 2448 CHN
12 2 WIM YILDIZ Betul Cemre 2214 TUR 2

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