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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Congratulations to Koneru Humpy for winning Tashkent Chess Grand Prix

Chess Blog for Daily Chess News and Trivia (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2013  

Hi everyone,

Humpy Koneru has won her second chess Grand Prix event - which means she has won both the events she has played in. Her fellow Indian Grandmaster, Harika Dronavalli, was cruising along in second place all along through the tournament, but lost her pace towards the end and could not make it to the top-three. Bela Khotenashvili shared second to third with Kateryna Lagno, but the Georgian had a better tie-break and was second. Zhao Xue outplayed Harika Dronavalli to take the fourth while the Indian was fifth. Photos of the last round by Maria Emelianova are available in the Photo Gallery.

The official closing ceremony of the 3rd stage of the Women's Grand Prix Series 2013-14 was held in the Gallery of Fine Art of Tashkent on 30th of September. The ceremony was attended by many honoured guests such as the FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the Chairperson of Fund Forum's Board of Trustees Gulnara Karimova, the Minister of Culture and Sports of Uzbekistan Minhozhiddin Hozhimatov, the First Deputy Minister of Sports of Uzbekistan Zhasur Akramov, the Head of the Administration of Sports Rashid Talipov, the Director of Tashkent branch of REU after G.V. Plekhanov acad. K.Kh. Abdurakhmanov, the Head of the Administration of Olympic reserve Kamil Bayazitov, the Head of The State Committee for Communication, Informatization and Telecommunication Technologies of the Republic of Uzbekistan Hurshid Mirzahidov and other special guests.

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