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Nalchik says good-bye!
Saturday, 22 October 2011

211011_zhao-closing.jpgOn Friday, October 21 the third stage of Women Grand-Prix FIDE, which was held in the capital of Kabardino-Balkaria for two weeks, was over. On the closing ceremony the chief arbiter of the competition announced the winner of the tournament Zhao Xue, who came to the stage in the national Kabardinian suit. The government Chairman of Kabardino-Balkaria Ivan Gerter solemnly handed a check of 6500 Euro to the Chinese chess player and wished her further success. The lady in her turn thanked everyone who supported her. Then she performed the national Kabardinian dance, the visit card of the Republic.

The minister of sport and tourism of KBR Aslan Afaunov presented the participants of the tournament with souvenirs and special nominations were picked for each of them. At the end of the ceremony the singers and dancers of the KBR republic performed for all the guests.

Please follow the pictorial report in our photo gallery.

Last round report
Friday, 21 October 2011
WGM Anna Sharevich comments on the last round games

Kosintseva Tatiana – Kosintseva Nadezhda

dsc_1691.jpgIn this duel we know everything from the very beginning: girls never play against each other, even when one of them needs to win the game. “There was a situation in the Russian Superfinal when in the case of a victory one of us could become a champion and the other get the bronze medal. But there wasn’ t any real fight”, said Tanya.

The girls played the variation that usually happens in their games. After the game both sisters looked happy and relaxed: the hard tournament finally finished... But it seemed only from the first sight. “Some kind of a crisis happened, which is still should be overcome”, said Nadya.”But we promise to do our best to show our real strength in future.”

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Zhao and Ju
Friday, 21 October 2011
211011_ju-main.jpgThe third stage of women’s Grand Prix which was held in the capital of Kabardino-Balkaria Nalchik has finished with a triumph of the Chinese chess players. Zhao Xue won an absolute victory in the tournament and she ensured it over two rounds before the end of the competition. The last round which was held on Friday had to solve the question who will take the second and the third places.

After all Ju Wenjun finished the second, in the last round she managed to defeat the winner of the tournament, it was the only defeat for Xue. Wenjun scored a GM norm (for men) with 7 out of 11, being 2.5 points behind her compatriot in the final standings.

The third and the fourth places were shared between Russian Ekaterina Kovalevskaya and Victoria Chmilyte from Lithuania. In the last round both of them played in a draw: Kovalevskaya with black against Bulgarian Antoaneta Stefanova, Chmilyte with white against Zhu Chen from Qatar.
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Video interview with Zhao Xue
Friday, 21 October 2011
Zhao Xue - the final interview with the winner of the tournament.

- Does she consider this tournament to be the most successful in the life?
- What did she want to become in the childhood?
- Does she date with someone?

  These and the other questions are in the interview with the winner of the Grand Prix stage in Nalchik specially for the official web-site of the tournament. 
Video interview with Antoaneta Stefanova
Friday, 21 October 2011
Antoaneta Stefanova about everything in the world

- What's her attitude to the games?
- Whether she falls in love easily?
- Does she consider that can become the World champion again?

These and the other questions are in the interview with the former World champion specially for the official web-site of the tournament.
Video interview with Zhu Chen
Friday, 21 October 2011
Zhu Chen – About everything in the world

- Does she like her life in Qatar?
- Does she has any friendly relationships with her compatriots?
- Is money important for her?

These and the other questions in the interview with the former world champion for the official web-site of the tournament.
The Chinese perfomance in Nalchik
Friday, 21 October 2011
tania-zhao.jpgWGM Anna Sharevich comments on the 10th round games

Zhao Xue – Kosintseva Tatiana

You’ll laugh, but the Chinese won again! Well, either the stars have developed in the right way or Zhao is so fantastically strong. Probably both variations. After all Xue really put problems for her opponents in every game. And Tatiana also couldn’t resist a pressure. The Queen’s Indian happened in the game. Xue chose the variation with the pawn sacrifice on d5. And here the leader of the tournament showed enormous understanding of the position. She outplayed Tatiana, for whom the tournament wasn’t the best one. The apogee of the game was the brilliant sacrifice –  23. Ng7!

“In the opening I played the variation which happened in my practice before, by the way against the Russian girls. That’s why I knew the ideas”, - Xue said.
“This isn’t “my tournament”, Tatiana shared. “ I managed to win only one game. I got quite good positions with white, but couldn’t convert them into a victory”.

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Move of the round
Thursday, 20 October 2011
zhao-tania.pngThis position happened in the 10th round game between Zhao Xue and Tatiana Kosintseva. Playing with white the Chinese on the 23d move made the decisive tactical strike. Black resigned after 7 moves.

Play like a chess star!
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