In the last round of İstanbul Women Grand Prix, Humpy Koneru won against Marie Sebag while Hou Yifan faltered against Shen Yang. Elina Danielian scored an important victory and outplayed Xue Zhao to take the second spot. Martha Fierro won against Maia Chiburdanidze while Pia Cramling closed the tournament with a win against Antoaneta Stefanova. Zeinab Mamedyarova and Betül Cemre Yıldız drew.
The leader changed for the third time and Humpy Koneru won İş Bank Atatürk FIDE Women Grand Prix with 8.5 out of 11. Elina Danielian took the second place with better tie-break having 8 points while Hou Yifan took the third place.
Detailed last round report below.
The crucial game of the round and
actually the decisive game of the tournament was Marie Sebag-Humpy Koneru won
by the Indian grandmaster. Black's choice was the less popular option of 9...a5
against the closed Ruy Lopez, which has some drawbacks but also have its own
subtleties. Black equalized rather comfortably after the opening. White seemed
to have better pawn formation and play on king side while black chose to seek
her chances on the kingside. White eased black's intentions by playing Nd5 and
black immediately exploitated the grave mistake and won swiftly.
White took over the initiative and utilized
tactics from early on in Elina Danielian-Xue Zhao and the Armenian
international master won rather easily against the Chinese player who has been
one of the top performers until the last two rounds. The game was also crucial
in terms of determining the top spots and Danielian took the second place by
having better tie break against Hou Yifan. She also scored her second GM norm
with a performance of 2658-norm performance-.
In Shen Yang-Hou Yifan, black chose a dynamic
variation of Nimzo Indian which is occasionally played at top level intending
to win and ensure the shared first place. However, white had somewhat better
chances in the endgame which were eventually neutralized by the younger Chinese
player and the game ended as a draw, which was only enough for Hou Yifan to
share the second place but third because of having worse tie break.
Martha Fierro won against Maia Chiburdanidze
with black pieces in Benko Gambit where black equalized after the opening.
White's intention of exchanging queens with Ne4 allowed black to enter a much
favorable endgame and the Ecuadorian IM converted and finished the first
edition of GP with a win.
Zeinab Mamedyarova employed Colle System
against Betül Cemre Yıldız and achieved a better position after the opening.
White managed to win a pawn and close to win but with an open position on board
and both sides having a queen and a rook meant the first side to create threats
would take over. Black managed to create tactical problems for white which are
particularly difficult to cope in time trouble and able to save the game.
The latest finishing game of the round was
between Antoaneta Stefanova and Pia Cramling. The game was a very sharp and
exciting one where black sacrificed an exchange sacrifice at move 22. Another
remarkable feature of the game was that neither side castled but white king
became much less safer and black collected some pawns against the exchange,
therefore these two factors were enough for black to win.