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Round 11 report
Monday, 19 September 2011


Hou Yifan became a sole winner of the second stage of FIDE Women Grand Prix in Shenzhen! In the 11th round playing black World Champion made a draw against Elina Danielian and fixed a first place in the tournament. During the tournament Hou Yifan managed to make 8 points (5 wins, 6 draws) and didn’t lose any game. Slovenian player Anna Muzychuk made a draw against Ju Wenjun and became second in the tournament with 7 points. Tan Zhongyi made a draw in the game against Ruan Lufey and shares the third place together with her compatriot Ju Wenjun. Ekaterina Kovalevskaya had better position after the opening but made a draw in the game against Zhao Xue. Munguntuul Bathhuyagh won the game against Betul Yildiz. Looking at the table with the final standings one can see the domination of Chinese players – 5 out of 6 first places are occupied by them and Anna Muzychuk is the only one who managed to be placed inside of their group.  

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Round 10 report
Monday, 19 September 2011
In the 10th round 3 games were scored: Viktorija Cmilyte received a good position from the opening lost to Tan Zhongyi in followed complications. Elina Danielian found very nice tactical move in the game against Zhao Xue and managed to win the endgame with exchange up. Munguntuul Bathhuyagh was stronger in the game against Zhu Chen. Other games were finished with draw result: Hou Yifan made a draw with Ju Wenjun; playing white Anna Muzychuk didn’t manage to get an advantage and drew the game against Ruan Lufey; Betul Yildiz also catched a half of the point in the game against Ekaterina Kovalevskaya. One round to go Hou Yifan is one point ahead of Anna Muzychuk who placed second. Ju Wenjun and Tan Zhongyi share the third place. In the last round Hou Yifan plays Black against Elina Danielian and draw gives her the sole victory of the tournament. The final results of the games Ju Wenjun-Anna Muzychuk and Ruan Lufey – Tan Zhongyi will be decisive for medals fortune as well.The 11th round starts at 12 a.m. local time and promises to be spectacular.
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Round 9 report
Sunday, 18 September 2011
In the 9th round both games between Chinese players finished with score - Hou Yifan defeated Ruan Lufey and Ju Wenjun was stronger in the game against Zhao Xue. After four draws in a row Anna Muzychuk managed to win against Viktorija Cmilyte. Elina Danielian was very close to catch a full point in the game against Betul Yildiz as well but made a mistake and game was drawn. Ekaterina Kovalevsklaya and Tan Zhongyi had good chances in the endings but had to be satisfied with a draw results in the games against Munguntuul Bathhuyagh and Zhu Chen accordingly. After 9 games Hou Yifan keeps the leading position in the tournament one point ahead of Anna Muzychuk who placed second. Ju Wenjun and Zhao Xue share the third place.

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Interview with a former World Champion Zhu Chen
Saturday, 17 September 2011
01.jpgZhu Chen: “We were really lucky for each other…”

Zhu Chen was born March 13, 1976 in Wenzhou, Zhejiang. In 2001, she became China 's second women's world chess champion after Xie Jun, and China 's 13th Grandmaster. In 1988 Zhu became the first Chinese player to win an international chess competition when she won the World Youth Championship among girls U-12 in Romania. She repeated her success and became the World Champion in her age groups in 1994 and 1996 as well. In 2002 at the age of 25 she defeated Russian player Alexandra Kosteniuk in the Women's World Chess Championship and became the eleventh World Champion among women. In 1998,2000,2002 she played for Chinese Olympiad team and bacame three times team world champion. Zhu gave up the chance to defend her world title in Georgia in May 2004 due to a jammed schedule and her pregnancy. In 2000 Zhu married to Qatari Grandmaster Mohamad Al-Modiahki, and in 2006 she transferred to Qatar chess federation.
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Free day in Fuxin Primary School
Friday, 16 September 2011
On 16th of September the players enjoyed the second day off. The organizers of the Grand Prix arranged a special program for the participants – 12 players were separated into 3 groups and attended three different places, including schools, community and communicated with students and residents in terms of chess. At 9-30 a.m. all players (including sleepy European participants) gathered in the lobby and were divided into three different groups.
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