Hou Yifan wins the Jermuk FIDE Grand Prix

The 5th tournament of the FIDE Women Grand Prix 2011-2012 took place from 17th to 28th July in Jermuk, Armenia. 12 players competed in the round robin event.

The reigning World Champion Hou Yifan of China is the sole winner of the tournament despite the last round defeat at the hands of Kateryna Lahno. Yifan finished with 7/11 points.

Waking on the final day the three Chinese representatives were placed on the top three positions. But Yifan, Ju Wenjun and Ruan Lufei all suffered defeats against Lahno, Humpy Koneru and Nadezhda Kosintseva, respectively.

Hou Yifan

Hou Yifan

Kateryna Lahno

Kateryna Lahno

While Yifan already secured the tournament victory in the penultimate round, her compatriots slipped down in the standings to be replaced on the shared second place by their slayers.

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Final standings:

1. GM Hou Yifan CHN 2617 – 7
2-4. GM Kosintseva Nadezhda RUS 2516, GM Lahno Kateryna UKR 2537 and GM Koneru Humpy IND 2598 – 6.5
5-6. WGM Ju Wenjun CHN 2518 and WGM Ruan Lufei CHN 2483 – 6
7. GM Zhao Xue CHN 2556 – 5.5
8-9. GM Danielian Elina ARM 2480 and IM Mkrtchian Lilit ARM 2450 – 5
10. IM Kovalevskaya Ekaterina RUS 2417 – 4.5
11. IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag MGL 2447 – 4
12. IM Khurtsidze Nino GEO 2456 – 3.5

Nadezhda Kosintseva

Nadezhda Kosintseva

Jermuk enjoy nature

Enjoying the nature in Jermuk

Official website

The first leg of the Women Grand Prix in Rostov was won by Yifan Hou, she repeated her success in the second event in Shenzhen. Zhao Xue had no problems winning the Nalchik Grand Prix, while the fourth competition was a shared victory by Yifan Hou and Humpy Koneru.

Jermuk demonstration tables

The crowd gathering outside the playing hall to follow the action on demonstration tables

Jermuk night

Jermuk at night

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