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Hangzhou (China)

Hangzhou
The strongest women's closed tournament of all time is taking place in Hangzhou, China from the 13th to the 24th of July. Hou Yifan is the favourite, but the Kosintseva sisters are only slightly lower rated. All the games were drawn in the first round.

The time limit is the one that is gradually becoming a standard in strong FIDE events:

40 moves in 90 minutes, then 30 minutes for the remainder of the game. There is, in addition, an increment of 30 seconds by move.

The Sofia rule is also being applied, which means that "draws agreed by mutual consent" before move 30 are forbidden.

Here are the players:

Seed Title Name Country Elo World rank Age
1. GM Hou Yifan CHN 2575 3 17
2. GM Nadezhda Kosintseva RUS 2560 4 26
3. GM Tatiana Kosintseva RUS 2557 5 25
4. GM Nana Dzagnidze GEO 2537 7 24
5. MI Anna Zatonskih USA 2522 11 32
6. GMF Ju Wenjun CHN 2515 13 20
7. MI Dronavalli Harika IND 2513 14 20
8. GM Marie Sebag FRA 2510 15 24
9. GM Zhu Chen QAT 2485 23 35
10. GM Zhao Xue CHN 2470
 
29 26

The first round results:

White Elo Result Black Rating

No. of

moves

Hou Yifan 2575  ½-½ Nana Dzagnidze 2537  27
Marie Sebag 2510  ½-½ N.Kosintseva 2560  31
Dronavalli Harika 2513  ½-½ Zhao Xue 2470 119
Zhu Chen 2485  ½-½ Anna Zatonskih 2522  53
T. Kosintseva 2557  ½-½ Ju Wenjun 2515  40

The Official site : http://chess.sport.org.cn

In order to follow the Live games (9am GMT) http://live.chinaqiyuan.com/chess.html


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