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Round 9 review

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Yildiz,Betul Cemre - Kosintseva,Tatiana

FIDE Women's Grand Prix Ankara, 26.09.2012
Tatiana's intentions to play for a win were obvious from the very begining of this game as she picked up a sideline against 2.c3 in Sicilian just to avoid simplifications. However Betul played in very solid positional maner so there were no real chances for Black to complicate matters, and after pushing too much Kosintseva eventually lost.
26.h4 gxh4 27.Bxh4 Qa6 28.Nhf1 Be7 29.g3! Correct idea to open up the kingside while opponents queen is stuck at the opposite edge of the board. 29...fxg3 30.Nxg3 Ng7 31.Qh2 Kg6?? This should've lost the game on the spot! [31...Qa1+ 32.Ndf1 Qc1 33.Bxf6 Kxf6! was good enough to keep the game balanced.] 32.Qg2 Kf7
33.Qh2?? White insists on a draw! [33.Nf5! Nxf5 (33...Nge8 34.Nh6+ Kf8 35.Qg6 , with mate on f7 to follow.) 34.exf5 Nxd5 35.Qg6+ Kf8 36.f6+-] 33...Kg6 34.Qg2 Kh7 35.Qh2 Kh6? Brave decision, but objectively Black should've accepted repetition with [35...Kg6] 36.Ndf1 Qa1 37.Qd2+ Kh7 38.Qh2 Kg6?? Once again stepping on the mined square. [38...c4! 39.Bxf6 Bxf6 40.Nxh5 Bg5! would promice Black reasonable chances to escape.] 39.Qg2! Kf7
40.Nf5! Finally taking the opportunity which was there for a couple of times already. 40...Nxf5 41.exf5 Black queen is far away and can't save the king. After 41...Nxd5 42.Qg6+ Kf8 43.f6 Bxf6 44.Bxf6 White sucsessfully converted extra piece. 1–0

Ruan,Lufei - Ju,Wenjun
FIDE Women's Grand Prix Ankara, 26.09.2012
Najdorf Sicilian had been played in this game. Ju Wenjun played her pet-line against White's setup and eventually got very promising position...
19...d5! 20.g5 Nfe4 21.Qxd5 Nxc3 22.bxc3 e4! Black has very strong initiative, however still a lot of effort is needed to get something concrete here. 23.Bxe4 Re5 24.Qc4 Qe7 25.f3?! After this move Black has obvious advantage. [Best chance to equalise would've been 25.f6! Rxg5+ 26.Kf1 Qxf6 27.h4 Rh5 28.Bd5 Qf5 29.Qxc5 Qxd5 30.Qxd5 Rxd5 31.Rad1 and White should hold the endgame with presice play.] 25...Qxg5+ 26.Kh1 Rae8 27.Re2 Qf4 28.Rae1 g6 29.a5
29...Nxe4 [29...Rxf5!? was quite a promising alternative to the game - 30.Bxf5 Qxc4 31.Rxe8+ Kg7 and white pawns are falling one after another.] 30.fxe4 Rxa5 31.fxg6 hxg6 32.Rg2 Kg7 33.Rf1 Rc5 34.Qd4+ Qe5 35.Rgf2 Re7 Black's advantage is obvious, however lately in this game Ruan Lufei showed terrific fighting spirit and finally managed to escape. 1/2
Stefanova,Antoaneta - Ozturk,Kubra
FIDE Women's Grand Prix Ankara, 26.09.2012
After some transpositions the game reached one of the lines of Queens Gambit Accepted - a speciality of the turkish player (I remember Kubra's spectacular win against Zhao Xue in Mardin at World Women Team Championship). She managed to get a reasonable position and even sacrifised the pawn in order to fight for initiative. Sacrifice proved to be sound, however Kubra blundered in a timetrouble in already better position and everything was over.
21...Ne6!? 22.Nxe5 Nhf4 23.Nd3?! [23.g3! Nh3+ 24.Kg2 Nd4 and most probably Black has ciompensation for the pawn, but not more than that, while in the game White could find herself in trouble.] 23...Qg5! 24.Ne1!
24...Rd2?? Spectacular try to find the job for both rooks, however nobody is that naive to take this rook nowadays! [Correct was 24...Rc8! 25.Bd1 Rfd8! and it's realy hard to stand Black's pressure.] 25.h4! Simple and strong! [25.Qxd2?? Nh3+–+] 25...Qd8 Black has to play this move, as [25...Ne2+ is refuted with 26.Qxe2!+- (26.Nxe2? Qxe3 27.fxe3 Rxe2=) ] 26.Nf3 Rd6 27.g3 White's position is already much better as there is no compensation for the pawn for Black. 27...Nh3+?! [27...Nd3 28.Rd1 Nb2 29.Rxd6 Qxd6 30.Bb3±] 28.Kh2 Qc8 29.Bb3! [29.Kxh3?? Nf4+ 30.Kh2 Qh3+ 31.Kg1 Qg2#] 29...Rc6 30.Nd5 Nxf2 31.Ne7+ Kh8 32.Qxf2 Rxc1 33.Nxc8 Rfxc8 34.Rxc1 Rxc1 35.Bd5 Bc8 36.Ne5 1–0

Zhao,Xue - Socko,Monika
FIDE Women's Grand Prix Ankara, 26.09.2012
Black played Nimzo Indian and seemed to be not familiar with the rare line Zhao Xue played, however Monika managed to get a reasonable position but than misplayed it lately.
17.Qc2 Rfe8 18.Rhd1 White is preparing king's retreat to f1. 18...Qd5 19.Kf1 Na5 [19...Nd6 20.Bxf5 Nxf5 21.Kg1 f6!? taking control over e5. Black shouldn't be worse there.] 20.Kg1 c6?! [That was still not too late for 20...Nd6 21.Bxf5 Qxf5 22.Qxf5 Nxf5 with descent chances for Black.] 21.Ne5!? Bg6 22.f3
22...Nf6? [Black should've prefered 22...Nd6 23.e4 Qb3 hoping to get c4 square for the knight if White would grab the bishop on g6.] 23.e4 Qe6 24.Rab1 White's advantage is obvious. Monika fighted like a lioness but finally was defieted... 1–0

Cmilyte,Viktorija - Munguntuul,Batkhuyag
FIDE Women's Grand Prix Ankara, 26.09.2012
Munguntuul went for 4...Qb6 in Slav defence (actually, I suspect this move to be better than it's reputation) and did well till some point, but than was outplayed by Viktorija and had to find a narrow escape in the rook endgame.
34.Rc8+ Kh7 35.Rc7 f5?! [35...Rxh3 36.Rxb7 Rf3 37.Rxa7 Rxf4 seems more to the point. Endgame is very sharp as pawns race is about to begin, however I belive Black to have enough resorses for equality.] 36.Rxb7 Re4?! [36...Rxh3 37.gxf5 a6 38.fxg6+ Kxg6 39.Rb6+ Kf5 40.Rxa6 Kxf4 and Black's activity should be enough to achive a draw.] 37.Rxa7 fxg4 38.hxg4 Rxf4 39.g5 Rf5 40.a4 Rxg5 41.b4 Rf5!? Being in a tight spot Munguntuul finds only chance to escape which finally saves the day for Black. 42.b5 g5
43.b6? Miscalculation! [43.Kc2! g4 44.Rd7 g3 45.Rd1 wouldn't leave Black any chances as white passed pawns with support of the king are going to promote soon.] 43...Rf4! 44.b7 [44.a5 g4 45.Rd7 g3 46.Rd5 g2 47.Rg5 Rf1+! 48.Kc2 Rf5 49.Rxg2 Rxa5 50.Kc3 Ra8 51.Kc4 Kh6 52.Kc5 g5=] 44...Rb4+ 45.Kc2 g4 46.Kd2 g3 47.Ke2 Rb2+ 48.Kf1 Kh6! 49.Kg1!?
49...g5! [Of course not 49...Kh5?? 50.Ra5+ Kg4 51.Rb5+-] 50.a5 Kh5 51.a6 Kg4 52.Ra8 Rb1+ 53.Kg2 Rb2+ 54.Kg1 Rb1+ 55.Kg2 Rb2+ 56.Kg1 Rb1+ 57.Kg2 1/2

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