The 6th Women’s FIDE Grand Prix in Doha – round 6

Danielian is leading the event with 5.5 points while Cramling and Sebag share 2nd-3rd with 4.

Koneru-Chiburdanidze was a very interesting and complicated game until Black erred and played 19…e5 and gave white the strong passed d-pawn. Possibly Black thought that she gets a good counterplay by 20…e4 and then 21…Rbe8 but missed or evaluated wrongly the strong 22.dxc6.

Cramling-Stefanova. Black has a good position and should have continued 18…0-0. Instead, she went for the natural 18…c3 and white started to undermine the pawn with 20.a3. After that white kept a small advantage.

Dzagnidze-Xu Yuhua. For a long time white played with a King in the middle but Black didn’t have an opportunity to attack it. White exchanged some pieces and won the d-file, then spoiled the pawn structure on the kingside and threatened to create an attack on the King. Black had to exchange the Queens and let white on the 7th rank. Very good endgame play by White, playing on weaknesses.

Zhu Chen-Munguntuul. Very interesting King’s Indian. Black exchanged on d4, maneuvered the knights in a typical way and played 14…g5 which was a strong move. Black got control over the dark squares, later on playing 16…Be5 and 17…Qf6. 32.Bxf7 was a mistake as everything started hanging in white’s camp. Instead 32.Kg2 was better, keeping the position. After this error white was lost.

Mkrtchian-Danielian. Lots of exchanges in this game and although white tried to exploit the weakness on e6, eventually most pieces were exchanged and players agreed to a draw.

Fierro-Sebag. White sacrificed a pawn very early but didnt seem to have compensation as Black kept on exchanging whatever she could. After Black won the d-file it became very difficult for white to find what to play on.

Pairings of the 7th round

GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2546 – GM Dzagnidze Nana 2550
GM Sebag Marie 2489 – GM Cramling Pia 2516
GM Chiburdanidze Maia 2502 – IM Fierro Baquero Martha L 2363
IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2410 – GM Koneru Humpy 2607
GM Danielian Elina 2454 – GM Zhu Chen 2495
GM Xu Yuhua 2484 – IM Mkrtchian Lilit 2475

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Archaeological museum

Had a great time at the Archaeological museum today and hope you will enjoy it too!:) Here are the photos:

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The 6th Women’s FIDE Grand Prix in Doha – round 4

The current leader of the event, Danielian won a very fighting game vs Dzagnidze. While White’s attack didn’t go anywhere, Black marched her pawns forward to open the position of the King. After King’s position got open, she invaded with both rooks and won the R. Here is the game:

Xu Yuhua played a nice Sicilian game where in the middlegame she used two main factors – the weak back rank and the B pair.

Zhu Chen started an interesting attack on the kingside but at the same time her King remained in the center. All was ok until Black managed to open the position up and win a pawn. Then Sebag started exchanging everything (usually the best strategy, unless there is a clear attack!) and went into a winning pawn endgame which she easily won.

Mkrtchian-Chiburdanidze. At first, white was a little bit better but 11.Nxe4 is what probably spoiled her position. 11.Be3 was much better in my opinion. Then Black won a pawn and although white had the B pair, it wasn’t working well. Black easily exchanged the lightsquare Bs and more pieces later and got into a winning endgame (again, the best way!).

Koneru-Stefanova. This game looked pretty equal all the time. Black equalized in the opening, white later created a passed pawn which was quite weak. Then Black exchanged her a6-pawn was the passed d-pawn, some more exchanges followed and it became difficult to play for a win.

Fierro-Cramling. Very unusual opening where Black didn’t have many problems due to fine development, open center and half open f-file. Lots of pieces were exchanged on moves 12 to 19 and it looked like an equal position where still some fight can be in sight due to white’s pawns on light squares. But white managed to exchange everything and get into a Q endgame where it finished in a perpetual.

Results of round 4

GM Dzagnidze Nana 2550 0 – 1 GM Danielian Elina 2454
GM Xu Yuhua 2484 1 – 0 IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2410
IM Mkrtchian Lilit 2475 0 – 1 GM Chiburdanidze Maia 2502
GM Zhu Chen 2495 0 – 1 GM Sebag Marie 2489
GM Koneru Humpy 2607 ½ – ½ GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2546
IM Fierro Baquero Martha L 2363 ½ – ½ GM Cramling Pia 2516

Pairings of round 5

GM Cramling Pia 2516 – GM Dzagnidze Nana 2550
GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2546 – IM Fierro Baquero Martha L 2363
GM Sebag Marie 2489 – GM Koneru Humpy 2607
GM Chiburdanidze Maia 2502 – GM Zhu Chen 2495
IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2410 – IM Mkrtchian Lilit 2475
GM Danielian Elina 2454 – GM Xu Yuhua 2484

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Recent analysis of my game vs T.Kosintseva from the WCC

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Endgame quiz

This is a game I played today on ICC versus GM F-Torres. I had White pieces.

Black to move. How do you evaluate the position? What variations do you consider?

The game finished in a draw after 40… g4 41. hxg4 hxg4 42. Ke3 {Game drawn by mutual agreement} 1/2-1/2

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