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Humpy Koneru Wins Ankara FIDE Women Grand Prix

Humpy Koneru of India emerged winner of the FIDE Women Grand Prix in Ankara and secured the second place in the overall Grand Prix Series behind the reigning World Champion Hou Yifan.

Winner of the GP Series gets the right to challenge the World Champion to a match in 2013. If Hou Yifan defends her title in the World Championship in Khanty-Mansiysk in December 2012, then Koneru becomes the challenger for 2013.

Humpy Koneru

Humpy Koneru

Round eleven was as thrilling as it was expected. All the attention turned to the games which would determine the winner of Ankara Grand Prix. Humpy Koneru confidently won against Monika Socko and moved to the audience to wait for the final outcome of the game between Ruan Lufei and Anna Muzychuk.

The victory would have given the Slovenian player the second place in the Series but she missed a good chance for advantage and the game was drawn.

Ruan Lufei - Muzychuk Anna

Ruan Lufei - Muzychuk Anna

Another important game for the final standings was played between Zhao Xue and Tatiana Kosintseva. A draw guaranteed Zhao Xue the bronze medal in GP in Ankara.

Both Turkish players Kubra Ozturk and Betul Yildiz lost in the 11th round to the higher rated Viktorija Cmilyte and Antoaneta Stefanova respectively.

Zhao Xue

Zhao Xue

Munguntuul Batkhuyag won against Ju Wenjun and finished the tournament with +1 score.

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Round 11 results:
Cmilyte Viktorija – Ozturk Kubra 1-0
Ju Wenjun – Munguntuul Batkhuyag 0-1
Koneru Humpy – Socko Monika 1-0
Ruan Lufei – Muzychuk Anna ½-½
Stefanova Antoaneta – Yildiz Betul Cemre 1-0
Zhao Xue – Kosintseva Tatiana ½-½

Photos by Anastasya Karlovich

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Ju Wenjun

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