Women's Grand Prix, Monaco 2019, 3 - 15 December

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Women's Grand Prix, Monaco 2019, 3 - 15 December

Post by Mick Norris » Tue Dec 03, 2019 7:46 pm

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Round 1 (December 3, 2019)

Goryachkina, Aleksandra - Lagno, Kateryna ½-½ 32 B51 Sicilian Rossolimo
Muzychuk, Mariya - Muzychuk, Anna ½-½ 30 D43 Anti-Meran Gambit
Harika, Dronavalli - Dzagnidze, Nana ½-½ 42 B28 Sicilian Early a7-a6
Paehtz, Elisabeth - Zhao, Xue ½-½ 31 B33 Sicilian Sveshnikov
Cramling, Pia - Kosteniuk, Alexandra ½-½ 43 E43 Nimzo Indian Rubinstein
Gunina, Valentina - Koneru, Humpy 0-1 81 C80 Ruy Lopez Open
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Re: Women's Grand Prix, Monaco 2019, 3 - 15 December

Post by JustinHorton » Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:43 pm

Blimey did Gunina lose that in the end?
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Re: Women's Grand Prix, Monaco 2019, 3 - 15 December

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Round 2 (December 4, 2019)

Koneru, Humpy - Muzychuk, Mariya 1-0 64 D87 Gruenfeld Botvinnik
Harika, Dronavalli - Paehtz, Elisabeth 1-0 51 D15 Slav Defence
Dzagnidze, Nana - Muzychuk, Anna ½-½ 30 A33 English Symmetrical
Kosteniuk, Alexandra - Goryachkina, Aleksandra 1-0 69 B11 Caro Kann Two Knights
Lagno, Kateryna - Gunina, Valentina 1-0 73 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Zhao, Xue - Cramling, Pia ½-½ 30 A21 English Opening

Round 3 (December 5, 2019)

Muzychuk, Anna - Koneru, Humpy ½-½ 26 C42 Petroff's Defence
Muzychuk, Mariya - Lagno, Kateryna 1-0 66 E97 King's Indian Classical
Cramling, Pia - Harika, Dronavalli ½-½ 31 D31 Semi-Slav Defence
Goryachkina, Aleksandra - Zhao, Xue 1-0 61 D38 QGD Ragozin
Gunina, Valentina - Kosteniuk, Alexandra 1-0 40 E17 Queens Indian
Paehtz, Elisabeth - Dzagnidze, Nana 0-1 75 B42 Sicilian Paulsen

Round 4 (December 6, 2019)

Dzagnidze, Nana - Koneru, Humpy ½-½ 45 E15 Queens Indian
Kosteniuk, Alexandra - Muzychuk, Mariya ½-½ 23 B10 Caro Kann
Harika, Dronavalli - Goryachkina, Aleksandra 0-1 55 D45 Anti-Meran Variations
Zhao, Xue - Gunina, Valentina 1-0 40 E11 Bogo Indian Defence
Lagno, Kateryna - Muzychuk, Anna 0-1 53 C78 Ruy Lopez Moeller Defence
Paehtz, Elisabeth - Cramling, Pia 0-1 47 B41 Sicilian Paulsen

Round 5 (December 7, 2019)

Koneru, Humpy - Lagno, Kateryna ½-½ 35 D86 Gruenfeld Simagin
Goryachkina, Aleksandra - Paehtz, Elisabeth ½-½ 65 B07 Pirc Defence
Cramling, Pia - Dzagnidze, Nana ½-½ 32 D39 QGD Ragozin
Muzychuk, Anna - Kosteniuk, Alexandra 0-1 62 C43 Petroff's Defence
Muzychuk, Mariya - Zhao, Xue ½-½ 44 B31 Sicilian Rossolimo
Gunina, Valentina - Harika, Dronavalli 0-1 32 D45 Anti-Meran Variations
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Re: Women's Grand Prix, Monaco 2019, 3 - 15 December

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Round 6 (December 8, 2019)

Harika, Dronavalli - Muzychuk, Mariya 1-0 69 D79 Gruenfeld 3.g3
Kosteniuk, Alexandra - Koneru, Humpy ½-½ 40 C24 Bishop's Opening
Dzagnidze, Nana - Lagno, Kateryna 0-1 28 A15 English counter King's Fianchetto
Cramling, Pia - Goryachkina, Aleksandra 0-1 42 D52 Queens Gambit Cambridge Springs
Zhao, Xue - Muzychuk, Anna 0-1 63 D80 Gruenfeld 4.Bg5
Paehtz, Elisabeth - Gunina, Valentina 1-0 53 B11 Caro Kann Two Knights

Lots of decisive games
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Re: Women's Grand Prix, Monaco 2019, 3 - 15 December

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Tue Dec 10, 2019 6:08 pm

Gunina with 1 out of 6 - not what many would have predicted :shock:
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Re: Women's Grand Prix, Monaco 2019, 3 - 15 December

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Round 7 (December 10, 2019)

Goryachkina, Aleksandra - Dzagnidze, Nana 1-0 53 E32 Nimzo Indian 4.Qc2
Koneru, Humpy - Zhao, Xue 1-0 74 D02 Queen's Pawn Game
Muzychuk, Anna - Harika, Dronavalli ½-½ 24 B31 Sicilian Rossolimo
Lagno, Kateryna - Kosteniuk, Alexandra 1-0 48 C84 Ruy Lopez Centre Attack
Muzychuk, Mariya - Paehtz, Elisabeth 1-0 54 D48 Queens Gambit Meran
Gunina, Valentina - Cramling, Pia 0-1 36 E11 Bogo Indian Defence

Round 8 (December 11, 2019)

Goryachkina, Aleksandra - Gunina, Valentina 1-0 51 E09 Catalan
Harika, Dronavalli - Koneru, Humpy ½-½ 31 C45 Scotch Game
Cramling, Pia - Muzychuk, Mariya ½-½ 86 A33 English Symmetrical
Dzagnidze, Nana - Kosteniuk, Alexandra 0-1 59 A34 English Symmetrical
Zhao, Xue - Lagno, Kateryna ½-½ 52 E60 King's Indian without Nc3
Paehtz, Elisabeth - Muzychuk, Anna ½-½ 27 C89 Ruy Lopez Marshall
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Re: Women's Grand Prix, Monaco 2019, 3 - 15 December

Post by Mick Norris » Thu Dec 12, 2019 10:05 am

6 - Goryachkina
5.5 - Koneru
5 - Harika
4.5 - Cramling, Lagno, Kosteniuk and Muzychuk, A
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Re: Women's Grand Prix, Monaco 2019, 3 - 15 December

Post by JustinHorton » Thu Dec 12, 2019 11:50 am

Mick Norris wrote:
Thu Dec 12, 2019 10:03 am
Zhao, Xue - Lagno, Kateryna ½-½ 52 E60 King's Indian without Nc3
Though she played it on move five so I dunno
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Re: Women's Grand Prix, Monaco 2019, 3 - 15 December

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Thu Dec 12, 2019 2:04 pm

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Tue Dec 10, 2019 6:08 pm
Gunina with 1 out of 6 - not what many would have predicted :shock:
Make that 1 out of 8 :oops:

There aren't many players who avoid something like this at some stage of their career tbf.
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Re: Women's Grand Prix, Monaco 2019, 3 - 15 December

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Round 9 (December 12, 2019)

Koneru, Humpy - Paehtz, Elisabeth 0-1 37 E73 King's Indian Averbakh
Kosteniuk, Alexandra - Zhao, Xue ½-½ 42 C77 Ruy Lopez Anderssen
Muzychuk, Anna - Cramling, Pia ½-½ 31 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation
Lagno, Kateryna - Harika, Dronavalli ½-½ 26 B31 Sicilian Rossolimo
Muzychuk, Mariya - Goryachkina, Aleksandra ½-½ 56 C11 French Defence
Gunina, Valentina - Dzagnidze, Nana 0-1 40 B30 Sicilian Rossolimo

6.6 - Goryachkina
5.5 - Koneru, Harika
5 - Cramling, Lagno, Kosteniuk and Muzychuk, A
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Re: Women's Grand Prix, Monaco 2019, 3 - 15 December

Post by Alex Holowczak » Thu Dec 12, 2019 7:23 pm

Mick Norris wrote:
Thu Dec 12, 2019 7:11 pm
6.6 - Goryachkina
A novel scoring system :wink:

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Re: Women's Grand Prix, Monaco 2019, 3 - 15 December

Post by Mick Norris » Fri Dec 13, 2019 9:37 am

Today we have:

Dzagnidze Nana - Zhao Xue
Harika Dronavalli - Kosteniuk Alexandra
Paehtz Elisabeth - Lagno Kateryna
Cramling Pia - Koneru Humpy
Goryachkina Aleksandra - Muzychuk Anna
Gunina Valentina - Muzychuk Mariya

Tomorrow's final round:

Muzychuk Mariya - Dzagnidze Nana
Muzychuk Anna - Gunina Valentina
Lagno Kateryna - Cramling Pia
Kosteniuk Alexandra - Paehtz Elisabeth
Zhao Xue - Harika Dronavalli
and the potentially crucial
Koneru Humpy - Goryachkina Aleksandra
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Re: Women's Grand Prix, Monaco 2019, 3 - 15 December

Post by JustinHorton » Fri Dec 13, 2019 6:25 pm

A draw for Guinina today, and she might very well have done worse.

The other Muzychuk also drew, with Goryachkina, who to my eyes headed straight for that result. As I write Koneru is trying to cut the deficit, though she shouldn't have any real advantage in the ending.
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Re: Women's Grand Prix, Monaco 2019, 3 - 15 December

Post by Mick Norris » Sat Dec 14, 2019 8:54 am

Round 10 (December 13, 2019)

Goryachkina, Aleksandra - Muzychuk, Anna ½-½ 34 D85 Gruenfeld Defence
Harika, Dronavalli - Kosteniuk, Alexandra 0-1 40 C45 Scotch Game
Cramling, Pia - Koneru, Humpy ½-½ 49 E11 Bogo Indian Defence
Dzagnidze, Nana - Zhao, Xue ½-½ 99 B03 Alekhine's Defence
Paehtz, Elisabeth - Lagno, Kateryna ½-½ 22 A48 King's Indian Defence /c2-c4
Gunina, Valentina - Muzychuk, Mariya ½-½ 49 D43 Anti-Meran Gambit
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Re: Women's Grand Prix, Monaco 2019, 3 - 15 December

Post by JustinHorton » Sat Dec 14, 2019 9:51 am

Although I understand that the Grand Prix qualifies two players for the Candidates in 2021, I can't find anything explaining how the other qualifying places are determined. So while I assume that Goryachkina is pre-qualified by virtue of reaching the upcoming world championship match, I don't actually know that, and nor do I know whether, if that's so, the third-placed player in the Grand Prix would have a place reserved for them.
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