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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Shenzhen Women's Chess Grand Prix R4: Yifan, Xue, Muzychuk lead

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Hi everyone,

The chess news update from China is that now, there is a three-way tie for the lead at the Shenzhen Women's Chess Grand Prix after four rounds!

GMs Hou Yifan, Zhao Xue and IM Anna Muzychuk are sharing the lead with 3 points each. Four players are at 2.5 each - Cmilyte, Lufei, Wenjun and Zhongyi.

In the fourth round, Zhu Chen lost to Ju Wenjun, Elina Danielian lost to Ruan Lufei and Yildiz Betul Cemre lost to Anna Muzychuk. The other games were drawn: Ekaterina Kovalevskaya-Viktorija Cmilyte, Batkhuyag-Tan Zhongyi, Zhao Xue-Hou Yifan.

The second event in the FIDE Women Grand Prix 2011-2012 series is taking place at the Wuzhou Hotel in Shenzhen, China. The participants of the event include current Women's World Chess Champion Hou Yifan and former World Champion Zhu Chen. Former World Champion Xu Yuhua is a technical adviser. The winner of the tournament will receive 6,500 euros out of a prize fund of 40,000 euros. The overall winner of the Women's Grand Prix will win a further 15,000 Euros at the end of the series. Players can only offer draws through the chief arbiter in special cases and the 'zero tolerance' rule is also in effect, which require chess players to be seated at their boards when the games are scheduled to start. You can watch the games live here.

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