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Closing ceremony of the FIDE Women Grand Prix in Tashkent
By WFM Maria Emelianova

closing 036 WGPTashkent2013Official closing ceremony of the 3rd stage of Women Grand Prix Series 2013-14 was held in the Gallery of Fine Art of Tashkent on 30th of September. The ceremony was attended by
 many honoured guests such as the FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the Chairperson of Fund Forum's Board of Trustees Gulnara Karimova, the Minister of Culture and Sports of Uzbekistan Minhozhiddin Hozhimatov, the First Deputy Minister of Sports of Uzbekistan Zhasur Akramov, the Head of the Administration of Sports Rashid Talipov,  the Director of Tashkent branch of REU after G.V. Plekhanov acad. K.Kh. Abdurakhmanov, the Head of the Administration of Olympic reserve Kamil Bayazitov, the Head of The State Committee for Communication, Informatization and Telecommunication Technologies of the Republic of Uzbekistan Hurshid Mirzahidov and many others. 
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Congratulations to Humpy Koneru!
r11 006 WGPTashkent2013 Humpy Koneru became the winner of Grand Prix in Tashkent and now has a fascinating 100% result from two stages played!
Bela Khotenashvili shared second to third with Kateryna Lagno but Georgian had a better tie-break. 
Zhao Xue outplayed Harika Dronavalli to take the fourth while the Indian moves  to the fifth.
The full standings table of the tournament is available here.
Photos of the last round and closing ceremony by Maria Emelianova as well as press conferences of the last round are available at the Photo Gallery.


Results of the last round:
6 WGM Muminova Nafisa 2293 0 - 1 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2495 12
7 GM Zhao Xue 2579 1 - 0 GM Dronavalli Harika 2475 5
8 IM Khotenashvili Bela 2514 1 - 0 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2496 4
9 WGM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan 2307 0 - 1 GM Lagno Kateryna 2532 3
10 WGM Girya Olga 2439 ½ - ½ GM Koneru Humpy 2607 2
11 WGM Ju Wenjun 2535 ½ - ½ GM Danielian Elina 2470 1
Round 10: Is Humpy unstoppable?
By WFM Maria Emelianova

r9 012 WGPTashkent2013 r8 017 WGPTashkent2013 In the tenth round Indian players Humpy Koneru (on the right) and Harika Dronavalli (left) were celebrating victories over Guliskhan Nakhbayeva and Nafisa Muminova respectively. Before the last round Humpy is leading with 7½ points while Harika has 6½. Kateryna Lagno and Bela Khotenashvili on the press conference looked quite satisfied with a peace and are now sharing third to fourth with 6 points each. Zhao Xue outplayed the former world champion Antoaneta Stefanova although her compatriot Ju Wenjun was close to a catastrophe with another former world champion Alexandra Kosteniuk, but managed to get a half-point. Chinese are now sharing sixth to seventh with 5½ points each, followed by Olga Girya, which has 5 after a draw with Elina Danielian.

For the full standings table please kindly visit this section.
Pictures of the 10th round and press conferences are in the Photo Gallery.

The last round will start at 13:00 local time, Closing ceremony is scheduled at 18:30.

Pairings of the last round:
6 WGM Muminova Nafisa 2293 - GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2495 12
7 GM Zhao Xue 2579 - GM Dronavalli Harika 2475 5
8 IM Khotenashvili Bela 2514 - GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2496 4
9 WGM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan 2307 - GM Lagno Kateryna 2532 3
10 WGM Girya Olga 2439 - GM Koneru Humpy 2607 2
11 WGM Ju Wenjun 2535 - GM Danielian Elina 2470 1
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Round 9: The leaders defeated, Khotenashvili joins the group of followers
By WFM Maria Emelianova

r9 019 WGPTashkent2013 In spite of loss to Bela Khotenashvili, Humpy Koneru is still leading by a full point, as Kateryna Lagno and Harika Dronavalli were defeated by Zhao Xue and Alexandra Kosteniuk respectively. Elina Danielian and Antoaneta Stefanova both scored their second full points by winning against Guliskhan Nakhbayeva and Nafisa Muminova accordingly. The only one draw was signed between Olga Girya and Ju Wenjun.

Pairings of the 10th round are available here.
For the current standings table please kindly visit this section.

Pictures of the 9th round and press conferences are in the Photo Gallery.
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Round 8: Koneru is one point ahead
By WFM Maria Emelianova

r8 010 WGPTashkent2013 The eighth round didn't bring any major changes to the leading group as Humpy Koneru outplayed Zhao Xue and increased her leading to one point. Harika Dronavalli and Kateryna Lagno drew against Antoaneta Stefanova and Nafisa Muminova accordingly to keep sharing second place. Ju Wenjun and Bela Khotenashvili also signed a peace with Guliskhan Nakhbayeba and Elina Danielian to stay on fourth to fifth places. In the Russian derby Olga Girya managed to score a point against Alexandra Kosteniuk.

The full standings table you can find here

Pictures of the 8th round and press conferences are available in the Photo Gallery.
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