21 June 2012, Kuala Lumpur – In Kazan, Alexandra Kostenuik won her game against current leader, Elina Danielian in round 9 of the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix. Meanwhile Humpy Koneru of India and Hou Yifan of China, both won their respective games.
The official website of the tournament reported that Elina Danielian lost the first game in the tournament to Alexandra Kosteniuk. Ex-world champion, who had white pieces, was playing for initiative from the opening and found nice sacrifice to open the central files and create a decisive attack on opponents ‘king. The defeat of Armenian player let Anna Muzychuk, who made a draw against Viktorija Chmilyte, and Humpy Koneru, who won against Katerina Lahno, reach her on top. Although two rounds to go there are three leaders in the tournament. Hou Yifan managed to win in close to draw rook endgame against Alisa Galliamova.
Standings After Round 9:
Official website: http://kazan2012.fide.com
(All photos from tournament website)