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Game of the day 9

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Koneru,Humpy - Muzychuk,Anna [B13]

FIDE Women's Grand Prix Ankara, 26.09.2012
The most important game of the tournament.Draw would allow Koneru to be on the good way to her second match for World Championship 1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nc3 g6 4.e3 Nf6 5.d4 cxd4 6.exd4 d5 In his latest article IGM Aleksej Kuzmin believes,that next move does not promise anything to White. 7.Bg5

[Better chances promises 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.Bc4 Nb6 9.Bb3 Bg7 10.d5 Na5 11.0–0 0–0 12.h3 Nxb3 13.axb3 e6 14.d6 Bd7 15.Bg5 f6 16.Be3 Bc6 17.Bc5 e5 18.b4 with strong initiative,Potkin,V (2642)-Alekseev,E (2677)/Tyumen RUS 2012] 7...Be6 [Not so logical is 7...Ne4 8.cxd5 Nxc3 9.bxc3 Qxd5 10.c4 (10.Qb3!?) 10...Qe4+ 11.Be3 Bg7 12.Bd3 Qg4 13.0–0 0–0 14.Be2 Qd7 15.d5 Ne5 16.Nxe5 Bxe5 17.Bd4 Qd6 18.Bxe5 Qxe5 19.Re1 Qd6 20.Bf3 Bd7 21.Qd4 White central position is certainly better, Timman,J (2635)-Ljubojevic,L (2635)/Beograd 1989] 8.Bxf6 [Even dangerous positionally for White is 8.Rc1 Bg7 9.c5 0–0 10.Be2 Ne4] 8...exf6 9.Be2 [In such cases it is necessary to study from the old masters 9.c5 Bg7 10.Bb5 0–0 11.h3 Ne7 (11...Rc8 12.0–0 f5 13.Qd2 h6 14.Bxc6 bxc6 15.Ne5 Qh4 (15...g5 16.f4!) 16.f4


16...g5 (16...Kh7) 17.Ne2 Bf6 18.Rf2 Kh8 (18...g4 19.g3!) 19.g3! Qh5 20.g4! with serious advantage, Zaitsev,I-Shamkovich,L/Moscow 1967) 12.0–0 f5 13.Re1 h6 14.Qd2 a6 15.Ba4 b5 16.cxb6 (16.Bc2 Nc6 17.a4 b4 18.Ne2 Rb8 19.Nf4І) 16...Qxb6 17.Bb3 Qb4 18.Rad1 a5 19.Na4 Rfb8 20.Qe3 Qd6 21.Nc5 f4 22.Qe2 Rb6 23.Rd2 Ra7 24.Nxe6 Qxe6 25.Qd1 with very slight advantage, Vachier Lagrave,M (2710)-Bologan,V (2665)/Melilla ESP 2011] 9...Bb4 [9...Bg7 10.0–0 0–0 11.Qd2 (Nothing expect White after 11.Qa4 f5 12.Rfd1 Bd7 13.Qa3 dxc4 14.Bxc4 Rc8 15.Bf1 Qe7 16.Qxe7 Nxe7 17.Nb5 Bxb5 18.Bxb5 Rfd8 19.Rac1 Bh6 20.Rxc8 Nxc8 21.Ba4 Nd6 22.Ne5 Rc8 23.Bb3 Rc1 24.Rxc1 Bxc1 25.Nd3 1/2 Laznicka,V (2693)-Dominguez Perez,L (2725)/Havana CUB 2012) 11...dxc4 12.d5 Ne5 13.Nxe5 fxe5 14.Bxc4 Bf5 15.d6 Qh4 (15...Qb6 16.Rad1 Rac8 17.Bb3 Bg4 18.Qg5! Bxd1 19.Rxd1©) 16.Bb3 Rad8 17.Rad1 e4? (№17...Qb4) 18.Qd5! White managed to support seriousely own passed pawn,1–0 Speelman,J (2645)-Kortchnoi,V (2595)/Reykjavik 1988; 9...Bh6!?] 10.0–0 [10.c5 Bxc3+ (10...0–0 11.0–0 Bxc3 12.bxc3 b6 13.Qa4 Qc7 14.Qa3 Na5 15.Rab1 Rfe8 16.Rb2 Bg4 17.Qb4 Rab8 18.cxb6 axb6 19.h3 Bf5 20.Bb5 Rec8 21.Re1 Be6 22.Re3 Kg7 Blacks perspectives are certainly brighter, Kislinsky,A (2392)-Malakhatko,V (2512)/Kiev 2003; 10...Qa5 11.Qd2 b6 12.cxb6 axb6 13.0–0 0–0 14.Qf4 Bxc3 15.bxc3 Kg7 16.h4 h6 17.Bd3 Rfc8 18.Rae1 Qa7 19.Nh2 Qc7 20.Qf3 Ra3 21.h5 g5 Black started to overtake the initiative, Bryson,D (2365)-Summerscale,A (2420)/Edinburgh 1999) 11.bxc3 0–0 12.Nd2 Na5 13.0–0 b6 14.Nb3 Nc4 15.a4 Qc7 16.a5 bxc5 17.Bxc4 dxc4 18.Nxc5 Bd5 19.Re1 Rfe8 20.f3 Qf4 21.Na6 Rad8 22.Nb4 Ba8 23.Qc1 White certainly keep the advantage,Teterev,V (2519)-Kryvoruchko,Y (2666)/Rogaska Slatina 2011; 10.cxd5 Bxd5 11.0–0 0–0 12.Nxd5 (12.Rc1 Bxc3 13.bxc3 Re8 14.Bb5 Rc8 15.Nd2 a6 16.Bc4 Na5 17.Bxd5 Qxd5 18.Nb3 Nc4 19.Re1 b6 20.Rc2 Nd6 21.Rxe8+ Rxe8 22.Re2 Rc8 Black succeeded in blockade, Shahade,G (2355)-Shamkovich,L (2380)/Hawaii 1998) 12...Qxd5 13.Qd3 Rad8 14.Rfd1 Ba5 15.Qb5 Bb6 16.Qxd5 Rxd5 17.Bc4 Rd7 18.Bb5 Rfd8 with very strong pressure against passed pawn,Brkic,A (2436)-Dizdarevic,E (2520)/Rabac 2004] 10...Bxc3 [Anna hurries to fix the structuremwhich she likes.Not bad was 10...0–0 11.c5 Bxc3 12.bxc3 b6 13.Qa4 Qc7] 11.bxc3 dxc4 12.Rb1 [Black would have no real problems after 12.Nd2 0–0 13.Bxc4 Bxc4 14.Nxc4 Rc8 15.Ne3 f5 16.g3 Qd6


White passed pawn just looks dangerous,in reality on the long run just White can face troubles.] 12...b6 [Too risky would be 12...Qa5 13.Rxb7 Qxc3 14.d5 Rd8 15.dxe6 Rxd1 16.exf7+ Kf8 17.Rxd1] 13.Qa4 Qd7 14.Bxc4 Bxc4 [Did not work tempting tactics 14...Nxd4 15.Qxd7+ Kxd7 because of double attack 16.Rfd1! Bxc4 17.Rxd4+] 15.Qxc4 0–0


16.Rfe1 [Just problems would face White after 16.d5 Ne5 17.Nxe5 fxe5 18.Rfd1 Rac8 19.Qd3 Qd6 20.a4 Rc5] 16...Rac8 17.h3 [Every try of creation of strong central structure would be answered with powerfull attack on it 17.Qd3 Na5 18.Nd2 f5 19.c4 Rc7 20.d5 Rfc8] 17...Rfd8 [Not very logical decision was to exchange Knights ,as it would decrease Whites problems. 17...Ne5 18.Qe2 Nxf3+ 19.Qxf3 f5 20.Rbc1] 18.Qd3 Qd6 [Without any counterplay Black could efficiently block Whites central pawns after 18...Qc7 19.Rbc1 Na5 20.h4 Nc4 21.Nd2 b5] 19.Qa6 Rc7 20.Nd2


20...Kg7 [Anna improves her position slowly,but it was possible to accelerate a bit 20...Ne7 21.Ne4 Qc6 22.Qa3 f5 23.Nd2 Qd6 24.Qb3 b5 25.Qxb5 Rxc3 26.Nf3 Nd5 27.Qa5 Ra3 with much more active play.] 21.Nc4 Qd5 [Simpler and safer was 21...Qd7 ] 22.Ne3 Qa5 23.Qc4 Rcc8 24.Qb3 Qg5 [Anna tries to preparte some counterplay on the bKings side ,as logical moves would allow White to keep balance 24...Rd7 25.d5 Ne5 26.c4 Rdc7 27.d6 Rc6 28.Red1 Rd8 29.f4 Nd7 30.Qb5 Qxb5 31.cxb5] 25.Nc4 [Better was to establish safe defencive set up 25.Rbd1 Rc7 26.Qb2 Ne7 27.Rd3] 25...Qd5 26.Ne3


26...Qd7!? Humpy is ready for draw ,but Anna -not! 27.Rbd1 [Much better was to protect the weak pawn 27.Rbc1 Na5 28.Qb4 f5 29.d5 Qd6 30.g3] 27...Na5 28.Qb4 f5 29.d5 Qd6 30.Qd4+ [Black would build ideal blockade after 30.Qh4 Nb7 31.c4 Qf6 32.Qf4 Nd6] 30...Qf6


31.c4? After this move Koneru loses a pawn. [White had to try to use the power of own passed pawn at any cost 31.Qf4 Rxc3 32.d6 Rc5 33.d7 Qe5 34.Qh4 and Black has nothing better,as to repeat moves. 34...Qf6 35.Qf4] 31...f4 32.Qxf6+ Kxf6 33.Ng4+ Kg7


34.Ne5 Koneru decided to try to save Rook end,as with Knights developments looked even bleaker for her. [34.Re7 Nxc4 35.Rxa7 Rc5 36.Rd4 g5 37.h4 h6 38.Ra4 b5] 34...Nxc4 35.Nxc4 Rxc4 36.Re7 Ra4 [More complicated things were after 36...a5 37.Rb7 Rd6 38.h4 h6 39.Rd2 Rc5 40.Rd4 g5 41.a4 Kg6] 37.Rd2 Rd6


38.f3 [More chances promised activization of the Rook 38.Rc2 Rxd5 39.Rcc7 Rf5 40.Rxa7 Rxa7 41.Rxa7 Ra5 42.Rb7 b5 43.h4 Kf6 44.f3 h5 45.a3 but courageous activization of the King would decide the game. 45...Ke5!] 38...a5 39.Kf2 Rb4 40.Re4 Rxe4 [Very difficult Rook end would obtain White after 40...Rb5 41.Rxf4 Rbxd5 42.Re2 Rd2 43.Rfe4 b5 44.Re5 R6d5 45.Rxd5 Rxd5] 41.fxe4 Kf6 42.Kf3 Ke5 43.Rb2 [43.Rc2 f5 44.exf5 Kxf5 45.Rc6 Ke5 46.Rc4 g5 47.Kg4 Rxd5 48.Kxg5 Rd2] 43...h5 44.a4 g5


With this moves Anna starts to conduct few steps plan of realizing her pawn majority on the Kings side. 45.Rb1 Rg6 46.Rd1 g4+ 47.hxg4 hxg4+ 48.Ke2 Rd6 49.Kd3 f5! 50.Re1 fxe4+ 51.Rxe4+ Kxd5 52.g3 Kc5+ 53.Kc3


53...f3! Simplest way to finish the game. 54.Rxg4 Rf6 55.Rc4+ Kd5 56.Rd4+ Ke5 57.Rd1 f2 58.Rf1 Ke4 0–1

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