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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Congrats to Hou Yifan for Winning Jermuk Women's Chess Grand Prix and Overall Grand Prix As Well!

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Hi everyone,

Winners: Nadezhda Kosintseva (joint second), Hou Yifan (first), Kateryna Lahno (joint second)

Women's world chess champion, China's Hou Yifan has won the Jermuk Women's Chess Grand Prix in Armenia with a solid performance. She won a clear first despite a last-round loss to Kateryna Lahno tallying a score of 7 out of 11 points. Incidentally, Hou Yifan has also won the overall Grand Prix as well!

All the three Chinese players - Yifan, Ju Wenjun and Ruan Lufei - at the top of the table lost their last round game to Lahno, Koneru Humpy and Nadezhda Kosintseva respectively. all suffered defeats against Lahno, Humpy Koneru and Nadezhda Kosintseva, respectively.

Check the following games with Chess King
Kateryna Lahno-Hou Yifan 1-0
Ju Wenjun-Koneru Humpy 0-1
Nadezhda Kosintseva-Ruan Lufei 1-0

Final standings:
1. GM Hou Yifan CHN 2617 – 7
2-4. GM Kosintseva Nadezhda RUS 2516, GM Lahno Kateryna UKR 2537 and GM Koneru Humpy IND 2598 – 6.5
5-6. WGM Ju Wenjun CHN 2518 and WGM Ruan Lufei CHN 2483 – 6
7. GM Zhao Xue CHN 2556 – 5.5
8-9. GM Danielian Elina ARM 2480 and IM Mkrtchian Lilit ARM 2450 – 5
10. IM Kovalevskaya Ekaterina RUS 2417 – 4.5
11. IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag MGL 2447 – 4
12. IM Khurtsidze Nino GEO 2456 – 3.5

Hou Yifan had also won the first and second editions of the Grand Prix in Rostov and Shenzhen. Chinese Zhao Xue had won the next Grand Prix in Nalchik. The fourth Grand Prix was won by Anna Muzychuk and Koneru Humpy jointly in Kazan.

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