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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Women's Chess Grand Prix R4: Four Decisive Games

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Hi everyone,

Women's Chess Grand Prix fourth round saw four decisive games on Wednesday. The only game to end as a draw was the Ruan Lufei-Zhao Xue match after the long battle. 

Meanwhile, Humpy Koneru beat Tatiana Kosintseva and joined the shared lead with Lufei after four rounds. The Indian player was the only one who won her game with black pieces - all the other decisive games finished on favor of white. 

Both Turkish players Betul Yildiz and Kubra Ozturk were overplayed by rating favorites of the matches Ju Wenjun and Anna Muzychuk respectively. Monika Socko unexpectedly lost an equal endgame after she blundered the knight, playing against Munguntuul Batkhuyag. 

Cmilyte Viktorija received comfortable position after the opening and outplayed Antoaneta Stefanova. Thursday is a free day. This is the sixth edition of the Women's Chess Grand Prix for the cycle 2011/12. Reigning women's world chess champion Hou Yifan has already won the series and it remains to be seen who would come second in the final standings. The fifth round of the sixth round of the chess grand prix resumes on Friday.

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