After the end of the final round of women chess Grand Prix in Khanty-Mansiysk closing ceremony followed.
The FIDE Women GP from Khanty Mansiysk came to an end, delivering two big announcements: it is official – the Chinese chess wall remained intact, as even the former women world champion, Alexandra Kosteniuk, didn't succeed to discover its weak spot.
Today, 20th April 2014, was marked by three important moments in the FIDE Women GP from Khanty Mansiysk: the Chinese power-lady proved indeed to be unstoppable: today's draw against Anna Muzychuk secured the first place unshared for Hou Yifan, even before the last 11th round!
The Hou Yifan Express turned into a jet-propelled aircraft after today's win over her main contender for the 1st place, the Russian Olga Girya.
The Bulgarian star received her first chess guidance from her father at the age of 4, and just three years later she already made her name by winning the Sofia Championship.
We enter the second half of the FIDE Women GP with the same leader: Hou Yifan, who keeps the one point distance from the second place, after drawing with Black against Antoaneta Stefanova. I
After the rest day, the podium remains unaltered: Hou Yifan cruises to another win against Nafisa Muminova, running with a full point away from Anna Muzychuk.
On Sunday, the free day at the tournament, the organizers prepared a mini-tour around the main cultural, sportive and historical sights of Ugra capital for all the participants and guests of Grand Prix.
A game of chess creates as much emotions, contradictions and admiration for its author as an intriguing writing. If you take a closer look, the course of the game reminds of any story’s plot. T
If you have thought that chess had little or no connection with physical sports, the fourth round of the Khanty Mansiysk 2014 FIDE Women GP may change your view. I
Nana Dzagnidze showed her strength over the chess board from a young age when she won the under 12 World Junior Championship 1992.
The first player in this tournament to have thrown sand into Hou Yifan’s wheels was the Ukrainian GM, Lagno, who successfully hold the Chinese to a draw.
Vice-President of Russian Chess Federation Andrei Selivanov who visited Khanty-Mansiysk, answered the questions of journalists in the press-center.
By all the rules of the somewhat undefined and yet implacable science of probabilities, keeping the pace of five decisive games per day was virtually impossible. In the third round, the drawing rate finally took revenge, as we only had two decisive games.