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Friday, March 13, 2009

FIDE Women's Grand Prix Istanbul:round 5 and 6 results, round 7 pairings

Here are the results from round 5 of the FIDE Women's Grand Prix chess event in Istanbul:

Round 5 (March 12, 2009)

Hou Yifan - Yildiz, Betul Cemre result:1-0 no.of moves:39 ECO:Code: C88 Opening:Ruy Lopez Closed

Zhao Xue - Cramling, Pia result:1-0 no. of moves:53 ECO code:A41 Opening:Modern Defence

Fierro Baquero, Martha L - Koneru, Humpy result:0-1 no. of moves:57 eco code:C90 Opening:Ruy Lopez

Danielian, Elina - Mamedjarova, Zeinab result:½-½ no of moves:63 eco code:E09 Opening: Catalan

Sebag, Marie - Stefanova, Antoaneta result:0-1 no. of moves:40 eco code: C95 Opening: Ruy Lopez Breyer variation

Shen Yang - Chiburdanidze, Maia result: 0-1 no. of moves:49 eco code:E32 Opening:Nimzo Indian 4.Qc2 variation

As a consequence of these games here are the standings after 5 rounds of play in this tournament:

FIDE Women's Grand Prix 2009

1st place:Hou Yifan 4.5 points, 2nd/3rd place .Koneru and Zhao Xue, 4.0 points, 4th place: Fierro Baqero 3.5 points, 5th/6th place: Stefanova and Danielian 3.0 points,7th place: Chiburdanidze: 2.5 points, 8th place: Sebag: 2.0 points,
9th place:Shen Yang: 1.5 points, 10th place:Cramling, 1 point, 11th and 12th places: Mamedjarova and Yildiz 1/2 point

Here are results from round 6 of the tournament which were played today:

FIERRO Baquero-YIFAN 0-1

Taking these results into consideration here are the standings after 6 rounds of play in this tournament:

1st place: GM HOU Yifan 2571,5½ points, 2nd place,3rd place: GM KONERU Humpy 2621, GM ZHAO 2508 5 points 4th place: IM DANIELIAN 2496 4 points 5th place: IM FIERRO Baquero 2403 3½ points 6th place:GM STEFANOVA 2557 3 points
7th place: GM CHIBURDANIDZE 2½ points 8th place:GM SEBAG 2529 2½ points,
9th place:WGM MAMEDJAROVA Zeinab 2362, SHEN 2448, GM CRAMLING 1.5 points,11th place: WIM YILDIZ Betul 2214 ½ point.

(Note I have not ranked players using the tiebreak formula, I will do this after the last round of play).


Here are the pairings for round 7 of the tournament:

GM HOU Yifan 2571-GM KONERU Humpy 2621
GM ZHAO Xue 2508-IM FIERRO Baquero Martha 2403
GM SEBAG 2529-WIM YILDIZ Betul 2214

Good luck to all the players!

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