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Hou Yifan in Ulaanbaatar

The latest edition of the Women's grand Prix has just finished in Ulaanbaatar, which is the capital of Mongolia.
In the last round Hou Yifan had to face her closest rival Antoaneta Stefanova, but a draw ensured that she remained in first place.

An eventful tournament for the rising Chinese star who suffered from an ailment (suspected food poisoning) early on, but still managed to maintain her momentum until the end and finished as the only unbeaten player.

After this event the gap between her and World No.2 Humpy Koneru will be negligible.

Kept her nerve @ official site

The other big winners in the Elo-stakes were Stefanova and Zhao Xue. However although Stefanova gained a few and Kosintseva lost some points, the Russian will still be well ahead of the Bulgarian on the next list due to their other recent performances.

The players and their world rankings on the July 1st list:

NameRatingCountryWorld ranking
Humpy Koneru2600IND2
Hou Yifan2577CHN3
Tatiana Kosintseva2562RUS4
Antoaneta Stefanova2560BUL5
Marie Sebag2519FRA10
Maia Chiburdanidze2514GEO13
Xu Yuhua2488CHN19
Zhu Chen2476QAT25
Zhao Xue2462CHN34
Shen Yang2435CHN49
Munguntuul Batkhuyag2421MGL55
Betul Cemre Yildiz2235TUR361

Here is the final cross-table with my estimated Elo-rated changes.

StandingNameRatingCountry123456789101112ScorePerfChg
1 GM Hou Yifan2577CHNX=====1=111182654+10.7
2GM Antoaneta Stefanova2560BUL=X001=11=1117.52613+7.9
3GM Humpy Koneru 2600IND=1X0=1=1=10=6.52543-8.7
4GM Zhao Xue2462CHN=11X01001==16.52554+14.4
5GM Tatiana Kosintseva 2562RUS=0=1X===10116.52545-2.1
6GM Maia Chiburdanidze 2514GEO==00=X1=011162521+0.6
7GM Xu Yuhua2488CHN00=1=0X===115.52487=
8WGM Shen Yang2435CHN=001===X==0152456+3.8
9GM Zhu Chen2476QAT0==001==X11052452-2.8
10GM Marie Sebag 2519FRA000=10==0X1=42382-20.5
11WGM Batkhuyag Munguntuul 2421MGL001=000100X13.52360-9
12WIM Betul Cemre Yildiz 2235TUR00=000001=0X22247+1.6

The biggest loser was Marie Sebag who started very badly. As to the favourite Humpy Koneru, her performance was marred by only taking 0.5/2 from the two tail-enders.

For more information see the Official site

A lacklustre display from the world no.2 @ official site

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