Snow in March

We got snowed in March! I don’t expect you to believe it as it definitely looks like a joke, especially since it is Greece we are talking about but… yes, we are snowed 😀

Here are the photos!

The 6th Women’s FIDE Grand Prix in Doha – round 11

Koneru managed to beat Zhu Chen in the last round to tie the 1st place with Danielian. Having a better tie-break Koneru was 1st and is going to play Hou Yifan for the women’s world championship title.

Here are the most interesting moments in last round’s games

Results of the last round’s games

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

Standings

1 GM Koneru Humpy 2607 IND 8 41.75
2 GM Danielian Elina 2454 ARM 8 40.25
3 GM Sebag Marie 2489 FRA 7 35.00
4 GM Cramling Pia 2516 SWE 5½ 30.50
5 GM Chiburdanidze Mai 2502 GEO 5½ 26.75
6 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2550 GEO 5½ 29.25
7 GM Xu Yuhua 2484 CHN 5 24.75
8 IM Munguntuul Batkh 2410 MGL 5 25.75
9 IM Mkrtchian Lilit 2475 ARM 4½ 23.50
10 IM Fierro Baquero Ma2363 ECU 4½ 21.00
11 GM Stefanova Antoan2546 BUL 4 23.50
12 GM Zhu Chen 2495 QAT 3½ 17.50

The 6th Women’s FIDE Grand Prix in Doha – round 9

Great day for the white pieces! Sebag, Mkrtchian, Danielian and Munguntuul won against Dzagnidze, Zhu Chen, Fierro and Cramling respectively.

Here are the standings after the 9th round:

1 GM Danielian Elina 2454 ARM 7½
2 GM Sebag Marie 2489 FRA 6½
3 GM Koneru Humpy 2607 IND 6
4 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2550 GEO 5
5 GM Cramling Pia 2516 SWE 4½
6 GM Chiburdanidze M 2502 GEO 4½
7 IM Mkrtchian Lilit 2475 ARM 4
8 IM Fierro Baquero M 2363 ECU 4
9 IM Munguntuul Batkh 2410 MGL 3½
10 GM Xu Yuhua 2484 CHN 3
11 GM Stefanova Antoa 2546 BUL 3
12 11 GM Zhu Chen 2495 QAT 2½

Sebag-Dzagnidze. It was a Spanish with rare 3…g6 move, white got a very good center and development and started a nice attack with 14.Ng5! which concluded on move 30.

Mrtchian-Zhu Chen. A King’s Indian with 6.h3 in which Black got a good position out of the opening and should have continued 16.a4 to block any possibility for white to play on the queenside. The position was around equal until white got the chance to play 35.Ng4. 34…Kg7 was keeping the equal position.

Danielian-Fierro. 12…Be6 was strange as it gave white the B pair without much compensation. Instead 12…Rd8 looked normal. 15.f4 was a lot more active than Be3 as Black N would have been then pushed back. 15…d5 was a good idea as the white K sits on g2 instead of the B 🙂 17…Nc6 is a good idea, to transfer the N to d4 if it gets the chance. 25.Nc5 would have won the d6-pawn and ruin the pawn structure.

Munguntuul-Cramling. A Scheveningen which is a rare guest in Grandmaster games nowdays. White chose an agressive line with 13.g4, played by Alekseev, Kasimdzhanov, Tiviakov and in the past by Spassky, Anand, Balashov, Adorjan, etc. On move 14, instead of the usual 14.g4, white played 14.Bg2 which was played only once in 2010. 20.f5 was a very strong move after which white has a much better position and an attack. 22.gxh6 was stronger than the text move. 24…Nh7 was a mistake, 24…e5 would protect the N on g4 and block any ideas of white playing …e4-e5 herself.

Today’s pairings

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

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

Archaeological museum

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