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FIDE Geneva Grand Prix Round 3

  • SonofPearl
  • on 05.05.2013, 23:14.

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Anna Muzychuk, Bela Khotenashvili and Katerina Lagno are the leaders after a very exciting round three.  The most unexpected result was the victory of lowest seed, Mongolian WGM, 2298, over top seed and former world champion, GM Hou Yifan, 2623.  During the press-conference Tuvshintugs Batchimeg said she was just trying to make the logical moves. The Georgian derby between Khotenashvili and Dzagnidze finished in favor of Bela Khotenashvili. Katerina Lagno outplayed Olga Girya in Gruenfeld after 72 moves. Three other games Kosintseva-Kosteniuk, Cmilyte-Ju Wenjun, Muzychuk-Ushenina finished in draws.

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Batchimeg-Hou

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Khotenashvili-Dzagnidze 1-0

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Both players were ready to fight today and chose quite a sharp line. 10. h5 was the main theory but Bela decided to try the new move b4. Nana Dzagnidze was defending accurately and after Qe6 Kg7 Black managed to get equal chances. During the press-conference Nana pointed out that her original plan was to sacrifice the exchange after 17…Nh5 18. Nf3. She regretted that she changed her mind afterwards. A few moves later, Black blundered by playing 21…h6. For some reason Nana was sure that her opponent could not play 22.Ne6. After Bg6 the Black's position became hopeless.

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Cmilyte-Ju Wenjun 1/2-1/2

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Ju Wenjun managed to surprise Viktorija Cmilyte in the opening and it became obvious that Chinese player feels comfortable in such a position. The Lithuanian player was spending a lot of time trying to find the right plan and said during the press-conference that she “lost a track in one moment”. Ju Wenjun won a pawn but Viktorija got some compensation as Black's king was weak. It was not easy to win the endgame despite being a pawn up because White was defending her position very well.

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Muzychuk-Ushenina 1/2-1/2

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The players decided to avoid theoretical lines in the opening.  They also “missed” a middle game and went into the endgame on the sixth move. The Slovenian player was quite happy with her position at the beginning and tried to choose the plan to get an advantage. After Black’s b5-b4 it became obvious to her that she has nothing in this position and started to play for a draw. Under time pressure Black missed a few chances to get slight advantage. As the players mentioned during the press-conference there was an opportunity to keep the bishop on g6 after 33…Ke7.

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Girya-Lagno 0-1

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Katerina Lagno chose to play Gruenfeld with Black but it seemed Olga Girya knew the theory quite well. It was necessary for White to play 20.Qf4 Rc8 21.Rc8 Qc8 and 22.d5 in order to fight for advantage. Instead, the Russian player chose a dubious plan with 20.Rb2 and simply missed the double attack 21…Bc2. It seemed that the game would not last long as Black got an extra pawn and good position but Katerina Lagno missed a double attack of Olga Girya. The position for Black was still much better but it was also a psychological blow. As Katerina pointed out during the press-conference she tried not to think about what happened and just continued to play. “There were so many situations like that one in my chess career. I’m used to holding the tension”, said Ukrainian player. Olga Girya was defending very well and was very close to making a draw, but missed some chances.

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Kosintseva-Kosteniuk 1/2-1/2

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Alexandra Kosteniuk surprised her opponent with the Caro-Kann but Tatiana decided to avoid playing the line which recently happened in the game Kosteniuk-Girya. The former World champion got interesting play with 10…g5 and after 14.f4 the position became very sharp with many different opportunities for Black. Alexandra found a forced continuation, which she thought could finish in Black’s favor, but missed the calm move 22.Rad1. after which White managed to transfer the game into a drawish ending.
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The standings after 3 rounds

Name Elo Fed Pts
Anna Muzychuk 2585 SLO 2
Kateryna Lagno 2548 UKR 2
Bela Khotenashvili 2505 GEO 2
Tuvshintugs Batchimeg 2298 MGL
Wenjun Ju 2544 CHN
Viktorija Cmilyte 2522 LTU
Anna Ushenina 2491 UKR
Tatiana Kosintseva 2517 RUS
Yifan Hou 2617 CHN
Alexandra Kosteniuk 2491 RUS
Nana Dzagnidze 2545 GEO 1
Olga Girya 2463 RUS ½

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  • 18 miesięcy temu

    icecoldalex

    If the chess career doesn't work out for her Ushenina could get some work as an Uma Thurman lookalike!

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