Irina Vasilevich wins Golden Island Krk
By Valery Golubenko
This year the traditional women's tournement was staged in the coastal town
of Njivice on the Croatian island of Krk. The tournament tends to move around
the island. This year it was organized under the patronage of local island
authorities – the districts of Omishal, Bashka, Dobrinj, Malinska, Vrbnik,
Punat, and the capital Krk, the Croatian Chess Federation, the Hotel Jadran
of Njivice (accommodation and playing venue), and a local branch of the Erste
Bank Group, one of the best-positioned banks in Central Europe.
The island of Krk is the heart of Croatian culture
Krk is a Croatian island, the second largest Adriatic island, with a population
of around 16,000. It has been inhabited since before 10th century BC. The Romans
called it Curicta and it was the scene of sea combat between the fleets of
Caesar and Pompeius during the Roman Civil War. Krk has historically been a
center of Croatian culture.
Krk also proudly displays the syllabic "r" of the Croatian language,
which can play the role of a vowel in certain words. There is a famous tongue-twister:
"na vrh brda vrba mrda" which has four words with syllabic "r"s.
We warn you, this sentence is only for professionals – you should not
to try to pronounce it at home.
Symbol of the town of Njivice
The town of Njivice and view of the neighboring island of Cres, which is
the largest Croatian island. But most people in Croatia believe that Krk is
The players stayed in this hotel
Opening ceremony was dedicated by Mrs Elida Ruzhic, responsible official for
culture, sport, and technical culture in all Seaside-Mountain region of Croatia.
TD Ivan Mandekic (left), Erste Moneyer (delivering a speech), and local
This time the whole half of ten participants had the WGM title, including
a piping hot Muscovite champion Irina Vasilevich.
From right: WGM Ana Srebrnic, WGM Mirjana Medic, Snjezana Djeno, WGM Irina
Sudakova, WGM Tatiana Kostiuk, Iulia Gromova, and in the second row WGM Irina
Vasilevich, and GM Ognjen Cvitan.
A local folk band and dance group
The start of an exhibition game between WGM Irina Vasilevich and
WGM Tatiana Kostiuk, with Jakov Smojver (left) as arbiter, and GM Ognjen
Cvitan (right) as commentator
Irina makes her move...
...while Tatiana considers her reaction.
Serious chess: Valentina Golubenko vs Rajna Sargac
Snjezana Djeno vs Yulia Gromova
Some chess fragments
Sudakova,Irina (2376) - Medic,Mirjana (2271) [C00]
WGM Golden Mediterranean Island KRK Njivice (1), 09.09.2006
Position after 35.g3-g4?
35...Ng5! 36.Qg3 f4! 37.Qg2 Qf6?? [37...f3! 38.Nxf3 Nh3+ 39.Kf1 Nf4
40.Rxe8 Nxg2 41.Kxg2 Qa4µ] 38.h4 Nf7 39.Nf3?! [39.g5 Qf5 40.Qe4І³]
39...Re3 40.Rxe3 fxe3 41.Qg3 g5 42.hxg5 Nxg5 43.Nxg5 Qxg5 44.Qc7+ Kg6 45.Qd6+
Kf7 46.Qc7+ Kg6 47.Qd6+ Kf7 ½:½. [Click
The following game between two Irinas in the middle fifth round for decisive
for the first prize:
Sudakova,Irina (2376) - Vasilevich,Irina (2340) [B49]
WGM Mediterranean Golden Island KRK Njivice (5), 13.09.2006
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 Qc7 7.f4 b5 8.Nxc6
Qxc6 9.Bf3 Bb7 10.Be3 Qc7 11.0–0 Ne7 12.Qd2 Ng6?! [Doubtful novelty in
the Taimanov variation. Previously in chess history Black played only 12...Nc6
and only twice: quick drawish in 1962 Minic-Gipslis, Match USSR-Yugoslavia
and ... 43 years later, in game Sudakova 2360 – Gasparian 2227, EU-Cup
Women'2005 13.Rad1 Na5 14.Qf2 Nc4 15.Bd4 Nxb2 16.Nd5 exd5 17.Rde1 0–0–0 18.Bxb2
Bc5 19.Bd4 Bxd4 20.Qxd4 Qc4 21.Qa7 dxe4 22.Be2 Qc6 23.a4© Irina then won on
move 52, so she was more than well prepared!] 13.Qf2 Be7 14.g3 0–0 15.Rad1
d6 16.Rd2 Rac8 17.Rfd1 Qb8 18.h4!
Position after 18. h2-h4!
18...f5! 19.h5 Nh8? [19...fxe4 20.Bg4 (20.Nxe4? Ne5і=/+)
20...Ne5! 21.Bxe6+ Kh8= 22.Bxc8?! Qxc8ƒ] 20.exf5± Rxf5 21.Bg4 Rf6 22.Bd4
e5 [22...Rh6 23.Qe2+-] 23.Ba7 Qa8 24.Bxc8 Qxc8 25.Nd5 Bxd5 26.Rxd5 Qg4
27.Qg2! Nf7 28.Be3 Rf5 [28...Qxh5? 29.g4+-] 29.Rf1 Rxh5 30.fxe5 Bg5?
[30...Rxe5 31.Rxe5 dxe5 32.Qa8+ Bd8 33.Rf3 h5 34.Kg2+-] 31.Bxg5+- Rxg5?!
Position after 32...Qg4-c8
33.Qd5?! [33.Rxf7! Kxf7 34.Qd5+ Ke7 35.Rc6 Qd7 36.Qc5+] 33...Rxg3+
34.Kf2 Rg5 35.Re1?? [35.Rd7 Qe8 (35...Qf8 36.Ke2 Rxe5+ 37.Qxe5 Nxe5
38.Rxf8+ Kxf8 39.Ra7) 36.Re1 Rf5+ 37.Kg1 Rg5+ 38.Kh1 Rh5+ 39.Kg2 Rg5+ 40.Kh3]
Position after 35. Rf1-e1??
35...Rf5+?? [35...Qf5+ 36.Qf3 Nxd6 37.exd6 Qxc2+ 38.Re2 Qc5+ 39.Qe3
Rf5+ 40.Kg2 Qxd6–+] 36.Kg1 Rg5+ 37.Kf2 Rf5+ 38.Kg1 Rg5+ 39.Kf2 ½:½.
[Click to replay]
Valentina Golubenko was a point down from her second WGM norm, but this time
she was successful in the game versus Irina Sudakova.
Golubenko,Valentina (2239) - Sudakova,Irina (2376) [E12]
WGM Mediterranean Golden Island KRK Njivice (4), 12.09.2006
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.a3 Ba6 5.Qc2 c5 6.e4 cxd4 7.Nxd4 Bc5 8.Nb3
Nc6 9.Bg5 [Despite this new move, the like position has been met in game
Lev 2390 – Taimanov 2515, Tel-Aviv 1990 9.Be2 0–0 10.0–0 Rc8 11.Bg5 Be7 12.Bf4
with soon draw] 9...0–0 10.Nc3 Be7 11.Be2 Rc8 12.f4 Valentina chooses
more active move than Bf4 from the game Lev-Taimanov 12...h6! 13.Bh4 Nb8?!
[13...e5!] 14.e5 Ne8 15.Bxe7 Qxe7 16.Qe4 f5 17.Qd4 d6 18.Rd1 dxe5 19.Qxe5
Nc6 20.Qe3 Nd6= Equality ... and a trap for Valentina.
Position after 20...Ne8-d6=
21.Rxd6? Qxd6 22.c5 bxc5 23.Bxa6 Nd4 24.Qd3 Rc6 25.Bc4
Position after 25. Ba6-c4
25...Qxf4?! [Understandable, but 25...Nxb3 26.Qxd6 Rxd6 27.Bxb3 Rb8
with a bad _|_ for White] 26.Ne2 Qh4+ 27.g3 Qf6?! [27...Qe4! 28.Qxe4
fxe4] 28.0–0ч Kh7 29.Nexd4 cxd4 30.Bb5 Rd6 31.Nc5 Qe7
32.Bc4 Rf6?! 33.Rf4І Rc6? [№33...Rb6 34.b4 e5
35.Rxf5 e4 36.Qf1 g6 37.Rxf6 Rxf6] 34.b4± e5 35.Rxf5 e4.
Position after 35... e5-e4
36.Rxf6!+- Rxc5 [36...exd3 37.Bxd3+ Kg8 38.Rxc6 Qe3+ 39.Kg2] 37.Re6
Qxe6 38.Bxe6 Rc1+ 39.Qf1 Rxf1+ 40.Kxf1 Kg6 41.b5 Kf6 42.Bc4 Ke5 43.a4 Kd6 44.a5
Kc5 45.b6! 1–0. [Click
Position after 45. b5-b6
Snjezana Djeno, boat captain Ivan, Iulia Gromova, Ana Srebrnic and, sitting,
Tatiana Kostiuk. The girls outplayed the captain and his navigator in blindfold
chess (the captain and navigator were allowed to see the board, and earned
a trip on the top deck of their vessel. This snapshot was sent to me by Tatiana
A view from the sea on a rainy day
...when the waters grow choppy
But in the end nature makes its traditional gesture of peace
Dr Valery Golubenko was born in 1961. In 1978 proposed his
own definition of the unit of imaginary numbers in higher mathematics, and
in 1991 he completed a PhD in mathematics and database search. Valery has worked
with the Chess Informant since 1985. He was the Champion of Estonia in rapid
chess from 1993 – 1995. and three times winner on board one in Estonian Team
Championships, in 1986 (ahead of Jaan Ehlvest and Lembit Oll), 2003, and 2004.
He is married and has two daughters, aged 14 and 2. Valery
Golubenko runs the Chess
Club Diagonaal, Kohtla-Järve, Estonia.