Elina Danielan and Humpy Koneru share first in Women GP Doha

Koneru has earned the right to challenge Yifan for the World Chess Championship

The final FIDE Women’s Grand Prix concluded today in Doha, Qatar. Elina Danielan of Armenia, who held the pole position throughout the tournament, and Humpy Koneru of India, after the strong finish where she scored 5.5/6, shared the first place with 8.0 points each. Koneru was declared winner on better additional criteria.

Moreover, the last round victory, after a tense struggle with former World Champion Zhu Chen, pushed Koneru ahead of Nana Dzagnidze in the overall Grand Prix standings and awarded her the right to challenge the reigning World Champion Yifan Hou to a match.

In the other games, Munguntuul Batkhuyag defeated the third-placed GM Marie Sebag and denied her of the chance to fight for the shared first place in Doha. Former World Champion Xu Yuhua won against Pia Cramling.

Nalchik GP Humpy Koneru 1

Humpy Koneru

Cento Elina Danielan

Elina Danielian

Round 11 results:

GM Chiburdanidze Maia 2502 ½ – ½ GM Dzagnidze Nana 2550

IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2410 1 – 0 GM Sebag Marie 2489

GM Danielian Elina 2454 ½ – ½ GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2546

GM Xu Yuhua 2484 1 – 0 GM Cramling Pia 2516

IM Mkrtchian Lilit 2475 ½ – ½ IM Fierro Baquero Martha L 2363

GM Zhu Chen 2495 0 – 1 GM Koneru Humpy 2607

Final standings:

1. GM Koneru Humpy 2607 IND and GM Danielian Elina 2454 ARM – 8.0

2-3. GM Sebag Marie 2489 FRA – 7.0

4-6. GM Cramling Pia 2516 SWE, GM Chiburdanidze Maia 2502 GEO and GM Dzagnidze Nana 2550 GEO – 5.5

7-8. GM Xu Yuhua 2484 CHN and IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2410 MGL – 5.0

9-10. IM Mkrtchian Lilit 2475 ARM and IM Fierro Baquero Martha 2363 ECU – 4.5

11. GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2546 BUL – 4.0

12. GM Zhu Chen 2495 QAT – 3.5

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