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FIDE Geneva Grand Prix Round 4

  • SonofPearl
  • on 07.05.13 22:00.

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Official Website Report Round 4: Kateryna Lagno is the sole leader

The victory of Kateryna Lagno over Alexandra Kosteniuk made the Ukrainian player the sole leader in the tournament. It was a day of sacrifices as in 4 of the 6 games the player with black - Katerina Lagno, Tuvshintugs Batchimeg, Olga Girya, Vikrtorija Cmilyte - sacrificed their knights and Bela Khotenashvili sacrificed an exchange. Viktorija Cmilyte had a very strong attack but missed a few chances against Hou Yifan. Tatiana Kosintseva defeated Bela Khotenashvili. The biggest sensation of the round was the draw between Ushenina and Girya. The world champion had a huge advantage and confidently transferred the game into the won ending with extra bishop and knight against a lone king.  Surprisingly, Olga Girya managed to survive!

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Dzagnidze- Tuvshintugs 1-0


Nana Dzagnidze

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Tuvshintugs Batchimeg chose to play Gruenfeld with Black. The Georgian player got a comfortable position and after Be2 the Mongolian player decided to give the knight for three pawns and transferred the game into an ending. Black could have protected the knight by playing 18…b5 but after 19.ab Black's position was just worse. Nana Dzagnidze played very precisely in the endgame, increasing the power of her pieces step by step. The crucial mistake of the Mongolian player was 26…Kf8. After that Nana didn’t give her opponent any chance to save the game.

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Kosteniuk-Lagno 0-1


Kateryna Lagno

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The Sheveningen variation of the Sicilian, chosen by the players, had happened many times in the match Kasparov-Karpov.  The position became very sharp after 28…Qf4. White went for a forcing line and managed to win a piece for 2 pawns. However, Black’s initiative became very strong and White had to play precisely in order not to give counter-chances.  Despite the calm calculation of the computer which holds White’s position, It was hard for Alexandra Kosteniuk to defend against all the threats, especially under time pressure.  One of the chances to hold the position for White was to play 35.Qg2 instead of 35.Ng2.

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Kosintseva-Khotenashvili 1-0


Tatiana Kosintseva

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Tatiana Kosintseva had to face the Caro-Kann for the second time in a row and managed to get a position with a slight advantage. Black missed an interesting opportunity to equalize the game with the move 18…f6. White tried to use the weakness of the d5 pawn and managed to create threats. In time trouble it was not easy to defend for Black. Bela Khotenashvili sacrificed an exchange but it didn’t change the evaluation of the position.

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Hou-Cmilyte 1-0


Viktorija Cmilyte (left) and Hou Yifan

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Viktorija Cmilyte chose to play an interesting line with 7…g5 which she checked 2-3 years ago. She remembered that White had to place her knight on h4 as after Ne1 Black got quite comfortable play. 16…d5 was an interesting try to play against the weak White king and late on Viktorija succeeded in creating a dangerous attack after 18…Nh3! The critical moment happened on move 21 when Black had to choose one of many opportunities. It seems that Qe3 was enough to continue the direct attack and Hou Yifan assessed her position as very dangerous. Instead, the Lithuanian player went for Qg4 and missed 24.Qd3. 

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Ju Wenjun-Muzychuk 1/2-1/2


Anna Muzychuk

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For the third time in the tournament Anna Muzychuk transfered the game to the endgame right after the opening. This time she was playing with Black and dc was a logical decision, as after fg cd White had slightly better position as she gets d5 square. Ju Wenjun agreed that Black had simple play and the game was drawn after 39 moves.

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Ushenina – Girya 1/2-1/2


Olga Girya

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The Slav Defence appeared on the board and the world champion chose to play a quiet line increasing her slight advantage. It was clear for Olga Girya that she had to sacrifice a knight otherwise White would advance her pawns in the center.  Black got quite good compensation for the knight and could get a strong initiative by playing 31…h4.  White secured her position by exchanging queens and when the first time control passed it became obvious that Black didn't have enough counter play to fight for a draw. Nevertheless Black just kept on playing and managed to save the game.

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The standings after 4 rounds

# Name Elo Fed Pts
1 Kateryna Lagno 2548 UKR 3
2 Yifan Hou 2617 CHN
3 Tatiana Kosintseva 2517 RUS
4 Anna Muzychuk 2585 SLO
5 Bela Khotenashvili 2505 GEO 2
6 Nana Dzagnidze 2545 GEO 2
7 Wenjun Ju 2544 CHN 2
8 Anna Ushenina 2491 UKR 2
9 Tuvshintugs Batchimeg 2298 MGL
10 Viktorija Cmilyte 2522 LTU
11 Alexandra Kosteniuk 2491 RUS
12 Olga Girya 2463 RUS 1

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  • vor 17 Monate

    puppylover107

    ChocolateTeapot

    K+B+N vs K is not really a big deal. Any reasonably strong player should be able to hack it, even at 30 seconds a move. The only pitfall would be driving the opponent's king into the wrong corner. But that would only happen if the player was completely ignorant of the correct method.


    @ ChocolateTeapot From what you said, I am pretty sure that you have no idea how that endgame works. haiz
     

  • vor 17 Monate

    _valentin_

    While I agree that B+N endgame is technical and somewhat tricky, for the reigning World Champion to get it wrong three times in the same game (Ushenina set it up perfectly but clearly didn't know/remember the transition for how to steer the king into the corner, which is the trickiest part of the technique) is a bit of an embarrassment anyway.  For the rest of us on chess.com to get it wrong is expected...

  • vor 17 Monate

    ChocolateTeapot

    K+B+N vs K is not really a big deal. Any reasonably strong player should be able to hack it, even at 30 seconds a move. The only pitfall would be driving the opponent's king into the wrong corner. But that would only happen if the player was completely ignorant of the correct method.

  • vor 17 Monate

    Zinsch

    She had several minutes on the clock (plus 30 second increment).

  • vor 17 Monate

    puppylover107

    come on she was playing on increments and this ending require all the precise moves from white.. move 82 play Ne2 and if Kg2 then 83 Be6.        its not easy when you have seconds to make every move

  • vor 17 Monate

    FM gauranga

    Ushenina might have been in time trouble. When you only have seconds for every move, it's very easy to miss the right idea in this endgame. Happened to me once in a tournament game as well and I ended up stalemating my opponent. Embarassed

  • vor 17 Monate

    Balachandar

    I don't think it's a big deal. She maybe cursing herself. But one rarely gets a B + N vs K ending once in 20 years. And it's very difficult to remember. Not worth spending so much hours learning and constanly practising it so that you don't forget, with very less chance of encountering it. 

  • vor 17 Monate

    Paulzzz

    For Ushenina to be unable to checkmate with knight and bishop! Oh, I cannot not believe it. What a shameful thing!

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