Humpy Koneru wins the 2019 Women’s Grand Prix

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The 2019 Women’s Grand Prix came to an end with Humpy Koneru as the winner.

Indian’s number one female player Humpy Koneru drew the last game with white, against her closest rival Ju Wenjun. This rounded up a dream comeback for Koneru, after a two-year retirement from competitive chess. She scored 8 points out of 11, with six draws and five wins; she was the only undefeated player along with Goryachkina. The Indian Grandmaster won €15,000 and 160 Grand Prix points.

The reigning World Champion Ju Wenjun and her Challenger Aleksandra Goryachkina scored 7.5 points each and shared second and third places. Ju reduced her chances to achieve the title in the previews round against Goryachkina when she missed a winning plan in a rook endgame.

Elizabeth Paehtz managed to improve her tournament score by defeating Alina Kashlinskaya with black. This result allowed the German to tie for fifth place with Valentina Gunina. Antoaneta Stefanova also finished the event on a positive note. The Bulgarian earned her only victory in the event in the encounter with Alexandra Kosteniuk.

World Champion Challenger Aleksandra Goryachkina faced Pia Cramling in the last round. The clash of the generations ended in favour of the youngest participant of the Women’s Grand Prix series. Since Ju Wenjun and Goryachkina scored the same points, they will split their price and Grand Prix points, getting each 11.000€ and 120 points.

Source: Fide.com; wgp2019.fide.com

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