18 Sep 2012, Kuala Lumpur – In Ankara, Turkey the Turkey leg of the FIDE Women Grand Prix has started on Sunday, 16 Sep 2012. Two rounds of play has been played and the results are shown below.
WGM Ruan Lufei of China is leading after winning both first two rounds of the Grand Prix in Ankara.
The official website reported that the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix second round started on 17 September. Ankara is very hot these days but the participants seem to get accustomed to the weather conditions and came to the playing hall in good mood. TCF board member Askin Keles made the first symbolic move in the game between Tatiana Kosinsteva and Antoaneta Stefanova. He chose move 1.d4 which impressed both players very much as Tatiana normally doesn’t play it. After small discussion Mr. Keles made the move 1.e4 and game continued.
The game Humpy Koneru - Zhao Xue finished in a draw after three-time repetition comparatively quickly. The acting Olympic Champion Tatiana Kosintseva made the second draw in a row against the former World Champion Antoaneta Stefanova. Another draw of the second round was in the game Anna Muzychuk of Slovenia against the Mongolian Munguntuul Batkhuyag. A surprising victory of the Turkish chess player Betul Yildiz against the Latvian Grandmaster and rating favorite in the match Viktoria Cmilyte was followed later on. Another Turkish player Kubra Ozturk was defeated by Chinese player Ju Wenjun. Polish player Monica Socko was trying to hold worse endgame but after long struggle was outplayed by Chinese player Ruan Lufei.
Standings After Round 2:
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