Women’s Champion Cements Her Status at Grand Prix
By DYLAN LOEB McCLAIN
Published: September 29, 2012
[Excerpted] There is no off-season in chess, but the past week was unusually busy, with three world-class events being held at the same time.
One was the sixth and final tournament of the 2011-12 Women’s Grand Prix series. The tournament, in Ankara, Turkey, wrapped up on Friday and was won by Humpy Koneru of India.
The Grand Prix’s top player was supposed to win the honor of playing for the world title next year. That turned out to be Hou Yifan of China, who is currently the champion but first has to defend her title at another tournament this year. If she does that, she would face Koneru, who was the Grand Prix runner-up. If she does not win the tournament, she would have to play the winner of the event.