FIDE Women’s Grand Prix in Sharjah R5 – Hou Yifan catches Ju Wenjun on top

There were two decisive games and four draws in the fifth round of the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix in Sharjah, UAE.

The sole leader after four rounds, Ju Wenjun, was the first one to finish the game. Her opponent Batchimeg Tuvshintugs decided not to tempt the luck today and the players repeated the moves in the middle game.

Elina Danielian relatively quickly outplayed Zhao Xue, while World Champion Hou Yifan defeated Tatiana Kosintseva after a long and complex fight.

Elina Danielian - Zhao Xue

Elina Danielian – Zhao Xue

Indian derby between Humpy Koneru and Harika Dronavalli as well as the game Ushenina-Muminova finished in a draw.

Alina L’Ami and Zhu Chen split a point and thus both players have stopped the unfortunate series of losses.

After 5 rounds Chinese Ju Wenjun and Hou Yifan are leading with 4 points. Three players Batchimeg Tuvshintugs. Anna Ushenina and Harika Dronavalli share the third place with 3, 5 points out of 5.

Hou Yifan - Tatiana Kosintseva

Hou Yifan – Tatiana Kosintseva

The distance between the players who fight for the victory in Grand Prix Series, Hou Yifan and Humpy Koneru, increased to two points.

Replay games with analysis

After the end of the game Rajai N Alsusi, General Manager of Sharjah Cultural and Chess Club, presented flowers and cake to former world champion Anna Ushenina, who turned 29 today.

Ushenina birthday

Round 5 results:
GM Danielian Elina 2490 – GM Zhao Xue 2508 1 – 0
WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2346 – WGM Ju Wenjun 2559 ½ – ½
WGM L’ami Alina 2446 – GM Zhu Chen 2461 ½ – ½
WGM Muminova Nafisa 2315 – GM Ushenina Anna 2487 ½ – ½
GM Hou Yifan 2661 – GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2494 1 – 0
GM Harika Dronavalli 2521 – GM Koneru Humpy 2598 ½ – ½

Round 5 standings:
1-2. GM Hou Yifan 2661 CHN and WGM Ju Wenjun 2559 CHN – 4
3-5. WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2346 MGL, GM Ushenina Anna 2487 UKR and GM Harika Dronavalli 2521 IND – 3½
6-7. GM Danielian Elina 2490 ARM and GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2494 RUS – 2½
8-9. GM Zhao Xue 2508 CHN and GM Koneru Humpy 2598 IND – 2
10. WGM Muminova Nafisa 2315 UZB – 1½
11-12. GM Zhu Chen 2461 QAT and WGM L’ami Alina 2446 ROU – ½

Round 6 pairings:
GM Zhao Xue 2508 – GM Koneru Humpy 2598
GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2494 – GM Harika Dronavalli 2521
GM Ushenina Anna 2487 – GM Hou Yifan 2661
GM Zhu Chen 2461 – WGM Muminova Nafisa 2315
WGM Ju Wenjun 2559 – WGM L’ami Alina 2446
GM Danielian Elina 2490 – WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2346

Harika Dronavalli - Humpy Koneru

Harika Dronavalli – Humpy Koneru

Photos by Maria Emelianova, courtesy of the official website

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