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Round 8 review

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 By GM Evgenij Miroshnichenko

Munguntuul,Batkhuyag - Koneru,Humpy

FIDE Women's Grand Prix Ankara, 24.09.2012
Once again Humpy got very promising position with Black very quickly, so she had a very good chance to extand her lead but messed the things up in a timetrouble. 
18...c4! 19.f4?! This allows tactical blow which happened inthe game, but White's position looks already suspitious to be honest. 19...c3!? 20.bxc3 [20.Bc1 is more stubborn according to machine, but I belive Black to have an advantage anyway.] 20...dxc3 21.Bxc3?! [Once again 21.Bc1 was the right move to play.] 21...Nxe4 22.Nxe4? Leads to Black's advantage by force. [Correct was 22.dxe4 Bxc3 23.Rad1 Qb6+ 24.Kh1 Rad8³] 22...Bxc3 23.Nxc3 Qd4+ 24.Qf2 Qxc3 25.Rac1? Rac8!µ Now a pin on c file should've decide the game. 26.d4
26...Bd5? But this inaccurate move gives White a chance to survive! [26...Bg4! threating Re2 27.Qg3 Qxd4+ 28.Kh1 Qd2 29.Qxg4 Rxc2 30.Rxc2 Qxc2 31.f5 Qxf5! and Black is winning.] 27.f5! g5 28.h4 Qe3 29.hxg5? hxg5? This automatic recapture spoils everything for Black. She still could win the game after [29...Qxg5!] 30.f6! Now Whites counterplay seems to be enough for a draw. 30...Qxf2+ 31.Rxf2 Be4 32.Re1 Bxc2 33.Rxe8+ Rxe8 34.Rxc2 Rd8 35.Rc6 Rxd4 36.Rxa6 Kh7 37.Ra5 Rb4
38.a4! An easiest way to achieve a draw. 38...Rxa4 [38...bxa4 39.Rxg5 a3 40.Ra5 Rb3 41.g4 Kg6 42.g5=] 39.Rxb5 Kg6 40.Rb6 Rf4 41.g3 Rxf6 42.Rb4 Rf3 43.Kg2 Rd3 44.g4 Humpy tried for twenty more moves but failed to show any progress. 1/2

Ju,Wenjun - Cmilyte,Viktorija
FIDE Women's Grand Prix Ankara, 24.09.2012
Black played a novelty in ultrafashionable Grunfeld Defence and managed to equalise without any trouble, however I suspect White's play to be too modest. 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Be3 c5 8.Qd2 Qa5 9.Rc1 0–0 10.Nf3 Nd7 11.d5
11... e6 A novelty. [A huge selection of moves had been tried before with 11...Nf6 ; 11...b5; and 11...Rd8 being seemingly most reasonable ones.] 12.c4 An endgame arising after this move is pretty close to equal, so no surprise Victorija managed to hold it. [12.dxe6 fxe6 13.Bc4 Ne5 14.Nxe5 Bxe5 15.0–0 doesn't promise much as well, perhaps the whole line is not that dangerous for Black.] 12...Qxd2+ 13.Nxd2 b6 14.Be2 Bb7 15.0–0 Rae8 16.Rfe1
16...f5! A proper moment to disturb White's center. 17.dxe6 This leads to simplifications, but it's hard to suggest anything concrete for White. [17.f3 exd5 18.cxd5 Bxd5 and White doesn't have much for the pawn there.] 17...Rxe6 18.exf5 gxf5 19.Bf3 Bxf3 20.Nxf3 Ne5 21.Nxe5 Rxe5 22.g3 Rd8 23.Red1 Ree8 24.Kg2 Kf7 25.Kf3 Bf6 26.h3 h5 27.Rxd8 Rxd8 28.g4 hxg4+ 29.hxg4 fxg4+ 30.Kxg4 Bd4 31.Bg5 Bf6 32.Rh1 Rd4+ 33.f4 Bg7 34.Re1 Bf8 35.Kf5 Rxc4 36.Rd1 Rd4 37.Rxd4 cxd4 38.Ke4 Bc5 39.Bh4 Ke6 40.Bf2 Kf6 41.Bh4+ Ke6 42.Bf2 Kf6 43.Bh4+ Ke6 44.Bf2 1/2

Ozturk,Kubra - Zhao,Xue
FIDE Women's Grand Prix Ankara, 24.09.2012
A rare line in Bogo Indian had been played in this game, Kubra played it in very agressive style and at some point she was close to winning her first game, but failed to find the decisive move, so Zhao Xue managed to escape.
41.g5 Ng8 42.d7 Re7 43.f5! Trying to create the treats against black king. 43...hxg5 44.fxg6 f6 45.Bg4 Kxg6?! It's hard to blame black for this move as she managed to save the game, however objectively it loses by force. [To be honest it's not clear if Black can save the game at that point, as 45...Qxc4 46.Re3! Qf4 47.Rxe7+ Nxe7 48.Qxf4 gxf4 49.Re1 Nc6 50.Re6 Rxd7 51.Rxc6 Rd5 52.c4 Rg5 53.Kf2 loses as well.] 46.Re3! Qxc4 47.Rxe7 Nxe7 48.Qd6? [48.Re1! would just win the game on a spot - 48...Nc6 49.Bf5+! Not the only, but the most spectacular one! 49...Kg7 (49...Kxf5 50.Qc2+ Kf4 51.Qf2#) 50.Qd6+-] 48...Qe4 49.Qc7 Nc6 50.Rf1 Kg7
51.Bf3?! Wins a piece, but not the game. [Computer claims increadible 51.c4 to be winning there, however I still can't get the point of it:) Well, to be serious it's realy an impossible move, to play that one you have to figure out White has to set control on d5 to prevent Qd5, then play Rf2 to avoid Qd4 check and finally Bf3 wins... Anyway, seems to be too sophisticated!] 51...Qe3+ 52.Kg2 [52.Kh1 Qd3 is similar to the game.] 52...Qd2+ 53.Rf2 Qxd7 54.Qxd7+ Rxd7 55.Bxc6 Rd3 56.Rf3 Rxf3 57.Kxf3 With three pawn for a bishop Black is pretty safe there. 57...f5 58.Bb5 Kf6 59.Ba6 Ke5 60.Ke3 Ke6 61.Kd3 Ke5 62.Ke3 Kf6 63.Kd3 Ke5 64.Ke3 Kd5 65.Kd3 Ke5 66.Ke3 Kf6 67.Kf3 Ke5 68.Ke3 Kf6 1/2

Socko,Monika - Yildiz,Betul Cemre
FIDE Women's Grand Prix Ankara, 24.09.2012
Excange variation of Ruy Lopez has a reputation of a drawish line and this game perfectly falls under this definishion - Black even managed to get slightly more pleasent position, and had a real chance to win in a timetrouble.
21...Ng6 [An idea to trap the awkwardly placed rook with 21...Be5 fails to 22.f4 b5 23.fxe5 bxc4 24.exf6 and Black could get into trouble if she won't find 24...Ng6! 25.Nxg6 Rdg8 26.h4 Rxg6+ 27.Bg5 Kd7 28.Rd1+ Ke6 and that should be holdable.] 22.Nxg6 Rhg8 23.Kf1 Rxg6 24.Rd4 Rdg8 25.Ke2 Rg2 26.Rd3 R8g3 27.Rh1 Kd7 28.Bd4 Rxd3 29.Kxd3 Ke6 30.Ke3 b6 31.Kf3 Rg8 32.Rd1 Ra8 33.Rg1 a5
34.bxa5? Giving the opponent a sudden chance to win the game. 34...Rxa5? [34...c5! 35.Be3 Rxa5–+] 35.Rg6 Be5 36.Bxe5 Kxe5 37.Rh6 Ke6 38.h4 Rxa2 39.Rxh5 Ra3 40.Rh7 Rxc3+ 41.Kf4 White's h-pawn gives her enough counterplay to achieve a draw. 41...b5 42.Rxc7 b4 43.h5 b3 44.h6 b2 45.Rb7 Rh3 46.Rxb2 Rxh6 47.Rc2 Rh4+ 48.Ke3 Kd6 49.f3 Rh5 50.Kf4 Ra5 51.Rd2+ Ke6 52.Rd8 Ke7 53.Rc8 Kd7 54.Rf8 Ke7 55.Rc8 Kd7 56.Rf8 Ke7 57.Rc8 1/2

Kosintseva,Tatiana - Ruan,Lufei
FIDE Women's Grand Prix Ankara, 24.09.2012
Tatjana went for English opening - quite an unexpected choice as normaly she starts the game with e-pawn. She doesn't seem to have much after the opening, so all the game went more or less logical and draw seems to be a fair result.
28.Ne5 Perhaps that's the only moment White could really regret as she could play [28.Bh3 with some chances for advantage - 28...Ng4 (28...Bd5? 29.Bxf5+- and bishop can't be taken as the rook on d8 is hanging.) 29.Nc5 Re8 30.Rxe8+ Qxe8 31.Qd2 with some advantage for White.] 28...Bd5! Safely blocking d4 pawn and preparing knights jump to e4. 29.Bh3 Re8 30.Qb4 Nf8 31.Ba3 g6 32.Qd2 Ne6 33.Bf1 Ne4 34.Qe3 Qd8 35.Bb2 Qa5 36.Ra1 Qd2 37.Qxd2 Nxd2 38.Be2 White's bishops pair is of no use as Black is just too strong on light squares. Eventually Black even got slightly better position, but without much chances to win the game, so after massive exchanges it ended up in completely drawish position with opposite colored bishops... 1/2

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