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Round 3 review

IMG 3116

 by GM Evgenij Miroshnichenko

Zhao,Xue - Cmilyte,Viktorija
FIDE Women's Grand Prix Ankara, 18.09.2012
The game was very tense and complicated till the end. Victorija went for a promising pawn sacrifice in Leningrad Dutch and got attacking chances...
26.a6?! First step into trap! [Correct was 26.Qe3 e6 27.Nb6 Qxa5 28.Rxd6 Rc7 29.Nxc8 Rcxc8 30.Rxe6 Bc3 where Black seem to have compensation for the pawn but not more than that.] 26...Bxa6 27.Ra1? Logical follow up of the previous move, but in fact a decisive mistake. [27.Bxa6 Qxa6 28.Nxe7 Rb8 29.Qh3! Qxc4 30.Nxg6+ Kg8 31.Ne7+ Kf8 32.Nxf5 Qe6 33.e4 Qxe4 34.Nxg7 Kxg7 35.Rb3 and White shouldn;t lose this.] 27...Bxa1 28.Rxa1 g5 Tempting idea of opening the g-file could be postponed for a shortwhile with [28...e6 which seems to be even stronger than the move in the game - 29.Rxa6 Qg7! 30.Nxb4 g5! and White is helpless.] 29.Rxa6 gxf4+ 30.Kh1 Qb7 [Black could go for a tricky 30...Rxd5!? , however after 31.Qxd5 (31.cxd5? Qd4!–+) 31...Qxf2 32.Ra1 Qxe2 33.Bc6 White can hope to survive.] 31.Ra1 e5 32.Nxb4 Qg7
33.Rc1? Choosing unlucky square for the rook. White could remain in the game after [33.Qh3 e4 34.Rb1! , preventing the invasion of black queen to b2.] 33...e4! 34.Qc3? Losing a vital tempo! [Much more stubborn was 34.Qh3 f3 (34...Qb2 35.Qc3+!) 35.Nd5 fxe2 36.Qc3 Rb8 37.Qxg7+ Kxg7 38.Nf4 Kf6 39.Nxe2 d5 and Black still has to work to win this position.] 34...Re5! 35.Qh3 Re6 36.Nd5 f3! Now it's all over fof White as she's simp;y unable to protect the king. 37.Nf4 Rh6 38.Qf1 Qg5 39.e3 Qh4 40.h3
40...Rg2! Intending Qxh3. 41.Qxg2 fxg2+ 42.Kxg2 Qg5+ 43.Kh2 Rh4 44.Rg1 Qh6 45.Kg3 Qg7+ 46.Kh2 Qe5 47.Kg3 Rxf4 48.exf4 Qc3+ 0–1

Muzychuk,Anna - Kosintseva,Tatiana
FIDE Women's Grand Prix Ankara, 18.09.2012

From the Four Knights with 4.d4 - a line which considered to be rather harmless for Black- Anna manged to get slightly better endgame and overplayed her oponent, so the position on the diagram is winning for White:
39.a6 Rb2+ 40.Ka5 [A matter of taste, but I would prefer 40.Ka3 , where after 40...Rb8 41.a7 Ra8 42.Rc7 Black is clearly too late with counterplay - 42...Kg6 (42...Ke6 43.Kb4 Kd6 44.Rxf7 Kc6 45.Ka5!+-) 43.Kb4 f5 44.Ka5 g4 (44...Kh5 45.Kb6 Kh4 46.Rh7 h5 47.Kb7 Re8 48.a8Q Rxa8 49.Kxa8 and Black can't create a passed pawn.) 45.fxg4 fxg4 46.Kb6 h5 47.Rc5! , cuting the king so Black won't get any chance.] 40...Rxh2 41.Kb6? But this is a mistake. [41.a7! would win, however a way to the victory is a bit sophisticated in all the lines - 41...Rd2!? (41...Ra2+ 42.Kb6 Rxa7 43.Kxa7 h5 44.Kb6 h4 45.Kb5 h3 46.f4! g4 47.Rh5 h2 48.Rxh2 Kf5 49.Rf2! Only move to win! 49...g3 50.Rf1 Kg4 51.f5 g2 52.Rg1 Kg3 53.Kc6+-) 42.Rb5!! h5 43.Ka6! Rd8 44.Rb8 Rd2 45.Kb5 Ra2 46.a8Q Rxa8 47.Rxa8 Ke5 48.Rf8! and White is winning.] 41...Re2 42.a7 Re8 43.Ra5 h5! Only move which shoud've saved the game for Black... 44.a8Q Rxa8 45.Rxa8 Ke5 46.Kc5 h4 47.Rf8 The last try! [47.Kc4 Kf4 48.Kd3 Kxf3 49.Rf8 g4 50.Rxf7+ Kg2=]
47...f5? This tempting move loses the game! [Black could save the game with unexpected 47...Kf4! A secquence of only moves for Black starting with this move is not easy to see - 48.Rxf7+ Kg3 49.Kd4 h3 50.Ke4 h2 51.Rh7 Kg2 52.Kf5 Kxf3 53.Rxh2 g4 54.Ra2 g3 55.Ra3+ Kf2 56.Kf4 g2 57.Ra2+ Kg1! (57...Kf1 58.Kf3 g1N+ 59.Ke3 Nh3 is also a draw of course, but I belive Anna would try to play that for some more moves.) 58.Kf3 Kh1 59.Rxg2=] 48.Kc4 Kf4 49.Kd3 Kxf3 [49...h3 50.Ke2 h2 51.Rh8 Kg3 52.Rh5 g4 (52...Kg2 53.Rxg5+ Kh3 54.Rxf5 Kh4 55.Rf8+-) 53.fxg4 fxg4 54.Kf1+-] 50.Rxf5+ Kg4 51.Rf8 Kg3 52.Ke2 g4 53.Kf1 Kh2 54.Rf4 h3 55.Rxg4 Kh1 56.Kf2 1–0

Stefanova,Antoaneta - Koneru,Humpy
FIDE Women's Grand Prix Ankara, 18.09.2012

White's slight initiative in Ragozin defense was slowly but surely neutralised with Humpy's presice play, and at the moment the draw seemed unavoidable all of a sudden White commited suiside.
White already did much to complicate matters but position is still balanced. 30.Rc8+? "Chess is a tragedy of one tempo" - once had been said, and that's exactly the case where the tempo was vital for White. [30.Rcc7! g6 31.Rg7+ Kh8 32.Rgd7 Rf8 33.Rxd5 g4 34.Rg5 , and White shouldn't have much trouble to achieve a draw here.] 30...Rf8 31.Rxf8+ [It's already too late for 31.Rcc7 g6 32.Rg7+ Kh8 33.Rgd7 , as after 33...g4 34.Rxd5 Rh2+ 35.Kd3 g3 36.Rg5 g2 black pawn promotes after Rf1.] 31...Kxf8 32.b4?! [32.Kd3 g4 33.Ke3 g3 34.Kf3 Rg4 35.Kg2 h5 36.a4 h4 37.Ra8+ Kf7 38.Rh8 Rxd4 and White is lost anyway.] 32...Rxd4+ 33.Kc3 Rc4+ 34.Kb3 g4
35.Ra8+ [White can't win the race - 35.b5 g3 36.b6 Rc6! and b-pawn is stopped, while nothing can stop Black's g-pawn.] 35...Kf7 36.Ra7+ Kf6 37.Ra6+ Kf5 38.Rd6 Ke4 39.Rd7 g3 40.Rxg7 Kf3 41.Rg5 g2 42.Rxd5 Rg4 0–1

Yildiz,Betul Cemre - Ruan,Lufei
FIDE Women's Grand Prix Ankara, 18.09.2012

Betul got descent position from the opening, but that was slowly overplayed by her opponent. Ruan made few inaccurate moves but managed to convert her advantage and remains on the perfect score.
37.Re1? Missing Black's reply. [Tricky 37.Nxe6 would equalise, however the following line is far from being obvious - 37...Qxe5 (37...fxe6 38.Qd6! Nd5 39.Qd7+ Kh8 40.Rc8+ with perpetual.) 38.Nd8!? Qf6 39.Nc6 Rc8 40.Nxa5! Qd4 41.Qe1 Qe5 42.Nc4 Qxe1+ 43.Rxe1 Nxc4 44.bxc4 Rxc4 45.g3=] 37...Rd8! Now Black has huge advantage. 38.Qc1 Rc8 39.Qd2 Rc2 40.Qd1 Qc6 41.h4 Qc3 42.h5 g5 43.Nd3?
43...Nd5?! Good enough to keep the advantage, but stronger would've been tempting [43...Rd2! 44.Qf3 Kg8! 45.Rd1 Nd5 46.Rxd2 Qxd2 and white pawns are going to fall one after another.] 44.Re2 Rxe2 45.Qxe2 Kg7 46.Kh2 Qd4 47.g3 Nc3 48.Qc2 Nxa2?!
49.f4? Missing the last chanse to put some resistanse - [49.Nc5! Qxe5 (Of course not 49...Nc3? 50.Nxe6+ fxe6 51.Qg6+ and it's Black now who has to be careful.) 50.Nd7 Qd5 51.Qxa2 Qxd7 52.Qxa5 Qd4 53.Qa2 and some technique is still required from Black to convert a pawn into point.] 49...Nc3 Now it's all over... 50.Qd2 Ne4 51.Qe2 Nc5 52.Nxc5 Qxc5 53.Qd2 Qd5 54.Qe3 Qd1 55.Kg2 Qxh5 56.f5 exf5 57.e6 fxe6 58.Qxe6 Qf7 59.Qe5+ Kg6 60.Qxa5 Qxb3 61.Qa6+ Kg7 62.Qb7+ Kf6 63.Qb6+ Qe6 0–1

Ozturk,Kubra - Munguntuul,Batkhuyag
FIDE Women's Grand Prix Ankara, 18.09.2012

Black went for very solid but slightly passive line in Queens Gambit Declined, which was previously debated on the highest level during candidates matches in Kazan 2011. White kept marginal edge all through the game but missed her chance when Black went for the break in the center:
28...e5! An interesting attempt to solve the problems which worked just fine as White didn't react in a proper way. Sometimes it's very important to change the character of the game in the right moment! [Passive defense wouldn't save Black 28...Qc8 29.Qa7 Kg8 30.Nf3 Kf8 31.Ne1 Ke8 32.Nd3 Kf8 33.Nb4 Kg7 34.Qa4 Nb8 35.Qa8 Qc7 36.Nd3! Nd7 37.Qe8! and Black is helpless.] 29.fxe5?! Tempting but not the best! [Much stronger was 29.dxe5 Nf8 30.f5! (30.Qd8 leads nowhere, as after 30...Qb4 31.Qf6+ Kg8 32.Qxc6 Qe4+ 33.Kh2 Ne6 Black's counterplay seems to compensate the material.) 30...gxf5 31.Qd8 , and here only 31...f4! gives Black an equality - 32.Qf6+ Kg8 33.Qxf4 Ne6 34.Qf5 Qb4 35.g6 Qe4+ 36.Qxe4 dxe4 37.gxf7+ Kxf7=] 29...Qb1?! [A bit more precise would've been 29...Nf8 30.Nf3 Ne6 and Black shouldn't have any problem to hold this for a draw.] 30.Nf3 [White could put more pressure on the opponent after 30.Qd8 , where only 30...Qe4+ 31.Nf3 Nf8 32.Qf6+ Kg8 33.Qxc6 Ne6 seems to give sufficient counterplay.] 30...Nf8 31.Qe1 Qf5 32.Qe3 Ne6 Now Black is out of danger. 33.Kf1 Qb1+ 34.Kg2 Qf5 35.Kf1 Qb1+ 36.Kg2 Qf5 1/2

Socko,Monika - Ju,Wenjun
FIDE Women's Grand Prix Ankara, 18.09.2012

Ju Wenjun's opening choice agains 1.d4 is easily predictable as she plays only Kings Indian. Monika went for an idea shown at the Olympiad just a week ago by her compatriot Radek Wojtaszek in his game against Rajabov and managed to get a promissing position but missplayed it lately and nothing seemed to save her...
46...Rxf1+ 47.Kxf1 Qa1+ 48.Ke2 Qd1+ 49.Ke3 c1Q+ 50.Rxc1 Qxc1+ 51.Kd4 Qd2+ 52.Ke5 Qd5+ [52...Qb2+ 53.Kxf5 Qxf2+ 54.Ke5 (54.Kxe4 Bg6+) 54...e3 would force White to stop the clock.] 53.Kf4 Kg6 54.h4 Qd2+ 55.Kg3 f4+ 56.Kh2 Qd5 57.Qb8 Qf5 58.Qd6+ Kh7 59.Qe7 Qe6 60.Qc7 e3 61.Qc2+ Kg8 62.Qe2 exf2 63.Qxf2 Qe3 64.Qb2 Qg3+ 65.Kg1 Qe1+ 66.Kh2 Qxh4+ 67.Kg1 Qe1+ 68.Kh2 Qg3+ 69.Kh1 f3 70.gxf3
70... Bd5?? Increadible miss! [70...Qxf3+ 71.Kh2 (In case of 71.Qg2+ Qxg2+ 72.Kxg2 Black has got the "right" bishop.) 71...Qf4+ winning without any trouble.] 71.Qh8+! It's easy to miss a stalemate idea as White still has got a pawn remaining. 71...Kf7 72.Qf6+ Kg8 73.Qh8+ Kf7 74.Qf6+ Kxf6 1/2

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