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Game of the day 11

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 By Adrian Mikhalchishin

Koneru,Humpy - Socko,Monika [E16]
FIDE Women's Grand Prix Ankara, 28.09.2012
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Bb7 5.Bg2 c5 6.d5 exd5
Round 11: Koneru takes gold

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Humpy Koneru became a winner of 6th stage of the FWGP in Ankara and placed second in the overall Grand Prix series after Hou Yifan. The Chinese has already clinched the first place in the overall Grand Prix cycle and is a current World Champion among women. 
Round eleven was as thrilling as it was expected. All the attention turned to the games which would identify the winner of Grand Prix in Ankara. Humpy Koneru confidently won against Monika Socko and had to wait for the final outcome of the game between Ruan Lufei and Anna Muzychuk. The victory could have given Slovenian player the second place in the Series but she missed a good chance for advantage and game was drawn. Another important game for the final standings was played between Zhao Xue and Tatiana Kosintseva. A draw guaranteed Zhao Xue the bronze medal in GP in Ankara. Both Turkish players Kubra Ozturk and Betul Yildiz lost in the 11th round to the higher rated Viktorija Cmilyte and Antoaneta Stefanova respectively. Munguntuul Batkhuyag won against Ju Wenjun and finished the tournament with +1.
Photos from the closing ceremony

Game of the day 10

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 By Adrian Mikhalchishin
Kosintseva,Tatiana - Ju,Wenjun [B99]
FIDE Women's Grand Prix Ankara, 27.09.2012
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Be7 8.Qf3 Qc7 9.0–0–0 Nbd7 10.g4 b5 11.Bxf6 Nxf6 12.g5 Nd7 13.f5 0–0

Round 10 review

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Muzychuk,Anna - Cmilyte,Viktorija
FIDE Women's Grand Prix Ankara, 27.09.2012
Viktorija went for Dragon Sicilian and managed to get sufficient counterplay, so the game was balanced till the very end and ended up in a draw.
Round 10 sets up exciting finish in the Grand Prix

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In the round tenth of FIDE Women Grand Prix in Ankara Anna Muzychuk lost a good chance to get an advantage playing against Viktorija Cmilyte and game finished in a draw. Humpy Koneru confidently won against Kubra Ozturk to catch up Slovenian player. Thus both of them lead in the tournament with 7,5 points half a point above Zhao Xue, who won against Betul Yildiz and placed third one round to go. Tatiana Kosintseva showed good preparation today and catch her opponent Ju Wenjun in the opening. Chinese player failed to find the exact moves which would lead the game to the force draw and as a result was outplayed by Russian player. The games Stefanova-Socko and Batkhuyag-Lufei ended peacefully. 
The last round is going to decide the overall second place in Grand Prix. Humpy Koneru plays white against Monika Socko, who seems to be not in her best shape, while Anna Muzychuk is going to face Ruan Lufei, who plays with white and placed fourth in the tournament. Zhao Xue, who also got good chances to fight for medals, plays with white against Tatiana Kosintseva. 
The round 11th starts at 11 a.m. local time.

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