Saturday, February 26, 2011

Qatar Women GP 2011 Elina Danielian Perfect 5/5

Somehow there is no demonstration or riot in Doha, Qatar. Well, unlike his Middle East of North African country who got new hobby in criticizing their king/president, in Qatar thing went normally and they even hosting a chess tournament. About a week after the start of 2011 Women FIDE Grand Prix in Doha, Armenian GM Elina Danielian is smiling wide for her five wins so far. Result from the last round, round 5, is as follow :

Doha 2011 Women GP, Round 5
Chiburdanidze, Maia (GEO) Zhu Chen (QAT) ½-½

Cramling, Pia (SWE) Dzagnidze, Nana (GEO) 1-0
Danielian, Elina (ARM) Xu Yuhua (CHN) 1-0
Munguntuul, Batkhuyag (MGL) Mkrtchian, Lilit (ARM) ½-½
Sebag, Marie (FRA) Koneru, Humpy (IND) ½-½
Stefanova, Antoaneta (BUL) Fierro, Martha (ECU) ½-½

and this put the tentative standing like this:
1. Danielian, Elina 5

2. Cramling, Pia 3
2.  Fierro, Martha 3
2.  Sebag, Marie 3
5. Koneru, Humpy 2,5
5. Chiburdanidze, Maia 2.5
7. Zhu Chen 2
7. Stefanova, Antoaneta 2
7. Dzagnidze, Nana 2
7. Xu Yuhua 2
11. Mkrtchian, Lilit 1.5
11. Munguntuul, Batkhuyag 1.5

Can Danielian win this GP? As the main player in Women Chess is a bit narrow in selection, it will be a delight surprise. Hou Yifan is the overall GP leader but since she is the Woman Chess World Champion now
and the objective of this GP is to win a ticket against WC, then the second place is the main concern here. Currently Nana Dzagnidze is leading, Koneru and Xu Yuhua are also potential for being the runner up of overall GP, if they land first place in Doha. Official Doha website here.

And Overall FIDE Women Chess Grand Prix up to Ulaan Baatar :

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