İş Bankası - Atatürk International Women Masters Chess Tournament
The tournament, announced
in December last year, will take place from March 10th (arrival) to March 21
(departure) 2008. The venue is the İş Bankası Towers Complex,
which has a total area of 225,000 square meters. It is the largest of its kind
on the European continent. Games start at 14:30h local time (= GMT +2h). March
19 is a free day. The games are being broadcast on Playchess.com.
Round six report
||YILDIZ Betul Cemre
Irina Krush and Pia Cramling played an increibly intense game, with ups and
downs. Towards the end both players were clearly tired, and the Swedish grandmaster
missed a win. Irina was able to build a rook and bishop fortress against Pia's
queen and the game was drawn.
Krush,Irina - Cramling,Pia
Isbank Ataturk International Women Mast Istanbul (6), 16.03.2008
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 a6 5.h3 h6 6.c5 Bf5 7.Bf4 Nbd7 8.e3
e6 9.Be2 Be7 10.b4 Ne4 11.Nxe4 Bxe4 12.a4 0-0 13.0-0 Bxf3 14.Bxf3 Re8 15.Bh2
Bf6 16.e4 g6 17.e5 Be7 18.Be2 b6 19.Bf4 a5 20.b5 bxc5 21.bxc6 Nb8 22.Bb5 Qc7
23.dxc5 Nxc6 24.Bxh6 Rec8 25.Bf4 Bxc5 26.Rc1 Qb6 27.h4 Bf8 28.h5 Ne7 29.Qg4
Bg7 30.Bg5 gxh5 31.Qxh5 Ng6 32.Rcd1 Nxe5 33.Bh6 Bxh6 34.Qxh6 Ng6 35.Rd3 Qd6
36.Rg3 e5 37.f4 exf4 38.Rxf4 Rc1+ 39.Kh2 Rc3 40.Rfg4 Rac8 41.Kh3 Rxg3+ 42.Rxg3
Here Pia Cramling played a really cool move to defuse all threats against her
king. 42...Rc3! 43.Rxc3 Nf4+ 44.Qxf4 Qxf4 45.Rd3 Qe4 46.Kg3 Kf8 47.Kf2
Qf5+ 48.Ke2 Qe4+ 49.Kf2 d4 50.Kf1 Ke7 51.Kf2 Kd6 52.Kf1 Kd5 53.Kf2 Qf4+ 54.Ke2
Qc1 55.Rd1 Qg5 56.Kf2 Qf5+ 57.Ke1 Qc2 58.Rd2 Qc1+ 59.Rd1 Qc3+ 60.Kf1 Ke4 61.Re1+
Kf4 62.Rd1 Ke3 63.Re1+ Kd2 64.Re7
Black is winning and could have taken the full point by simply pushing the
d-pawn. 64...d3 65.Rd7 Kc2 66.Bxd3+ Qxd3+ 67.Rxd3 Kxd3 and the king and pawn
ending is won for Black. 64...Qg3? 65.Kg1 Qh4? 66.Rxf7 Qe1+ 67.Rf1 Qe3+
68.Kh2 Qe5+ 69.Kg1 Qc5 70.Rf3 Qe5 71.Kh1 Qe1+ 72.Kh2 Qh4+ 73.Kg1 Qe1+ 74.Kh2
½-½. [Click to
Atalik,Ekaterina (2408) - Yildiz,Betul Cemre (2207)
Isbank Ataturk International Women Mast Istanbul (6), 16.03.2008
1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.g3 g6 6.Bg2 Bg7 7.0-0 0-0 8.Nc3
Ng4 9.e3 d6 10.Nde2 Bd7 11.b3 a6 12.h3 Nf6 13.Bb2 Rb8 14.a4 Ne8 15.Ba3 b6 16.Rc1
Nc7 17.Nf4 Na7 18.b4 b5 19.cxb5 axb5 20.a5 Nc6 21.Ncd5 Nxd5 22.Nxd5 Ne5 23.Nb6
Be6 24.Bb2 Nc4 25.Bxg7 Kxg7 26.Qd4+ f6 27.Nxc4 bxc4 28.a6 Rxb4 29.a7 d5 30.e4
Qd7 31.exd5 Bxh3 32.Bxh3 Qxh3 33.d6
33...Rb7? A missed opportunity for the youngster against her
more experienced compatriot. 33...Qd7 would lead to equality after 34.dxe7 Qxe7
35.Rfe1 Qf7. Now the a7 pawn, which is the piece that White's winning chances
are pinned on, falls. 34.Rb1 Qd7 35.Rxb7 Qxb7 36.d7 Rd8 37.Ra1 Qa8 38.Qb6
Rxd7 39.Qb8 and White emerges victorious to become the new sole leader
of the tournament. 1-0. [Click
Zhu Chen (2549) - Xue Zhao (2517)
Isbank Ataturk International Women Mast Istanbul
[Notes by Ozgur Akman, based on Zhu Chen's presentation on Playchess]
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Nf3 dxc4 5.Bg2 a6 6.Ne5 c5 [Another
possibility here is 6...Bb4+ 7.Nc3 Nd5 8.Bd2 b5] 7.Na3 cxd4 8.Naxc4
Ra7. Black could also have played 8...Bc5 9.Bd2 Nd5 10.Rc1 0-0. 9.Bd2
b6 10.Qb3. Now White has sacrificed a central pawn, but there is a
compensation, since White's pieces are better developed. 10...Bb7 11.Bxb7
Rxb7 12.Na5 Re7. 12...Ra7 13.0-0 bxa5 14.Bxa5 Rc7 15.Rac1. 13.Rc1.
13.Nac6 Nxc6 14.Nxc6 Qa8 15.Rc1 Rc7 16.Qxb6 Nd5 was also possible, but Zhu preferred
the text move. 13...Rc7 14.0-0 Bc5 15.Nd3 0-0 16.Nxc5 bxc5 17.Bf4 Rc8
18.Nb7 Qd7. 18...Qxd5 would also eventually lose the pawn: 19.Qxd5
Nxd5 20.Nxc5 Nxf4 21.gxf4 Rfd8 22.Nb7 Rxc1 23.Rxc1 Re8 24.Rc4. 19.Nxc5
Qb5. 19...Qa7 20.Qa3 Rfd8 21.Bg5 Qb6 white is still pressing and going
to capture the pawn. 20.Qxb5 axb5 21.Be5 Nc6 22.Bxf6 gxf6 23.Nd7 Rfd8
24.Nxf6+ Kg7 25.Ne4 d3 26.exd3 Nb4 27.Rxc8 Rxc8 28.Nd6. [28.Rd1 Nxa2]
28...Rb8 29.Rc1 Rb6 [29...Nxa2 would be worse, since Rc7 is
29...Rd8 would be a better option. 30.Nc8 Rb8. 30...Rb7 would
be a better defense: 31.a3 Nxd3 32.Rc2 b4 33.Nd6 bxa3 34.bxa3 Rb1+ 35.Kg2 Ne1+.
Now White simply captures another pawn.
31.Rc7 Nxd3 32.Nd6 Ra8 33.Rxf7+ Kg6 34.Re7 Kf6 35.Rxh7 Rxa2 36.Rf7+.
36.Rb7 would be much better. Now White has much work to do in order to grab
the full point. 36...Rxb2 37.Rxb5 Rxf2 38.Ne4+.
36...Kg6 37.Rb7. 37.Rf3 fails because of 37...Ra1+ 38.Kg2
Ne1+. 37...Rxb2 38.Rxb5 Rxf2 39.Rb3 Rd2 40.Nc4 Rd1+ 41.Kg2 Nc5 42.Rb5
Nd7 43.h4 Kf6 44.g4 White should still be winning according to Chen,
by advancing the connected passed pawns carefully: 44.Ne3 Rd2+ 45.Kf3 Rd3. 44...Rd3.
44...Rd4 would be tougher but white is the side playing for a win after: 45.Ne3
Nf8 46.Kg3 (46.h5 Nh7; 46.g5+ Kg6; 46.Rb8 Ng6 47.h5 Ne5; 46.Kf3 Ng6 47.h5 Ne5+
48.Kg3 Re4) 46...Rd3 47.Kf3 Nd7 48.h5. 45.Kf2 Rh3. 45...Nf8
46.g5+ Kg7 47.Rb7+ Kh8 48.Ne5 should be winning for White. 46.h5 e5
47.Nd2. 47.Rd5 fails to 47...Kg5 48.Rxd7 Kxg4 49.Nxe5+ Kf5 since Black
will capture the h-pawn and secure the draw. 47...Kg5 48.Rb4 Ra3.
48...e4 49.Rxe4 Ne5 50.Rxe5+ Kxg4 51.Ne4 Kf4 52.Kg2 Rh4 53.Ra5 keeps the h-pawn
and is winning for White. 49.Nf3+ Kf6 50.Rc4 Ra6 51.Kg3 Ra3 52.h6.
Black resigns since the pawns roll. 1-0. [Click
Standings after six rounds
There, on the other side of the water, is Asia. Özgür Akman, press
chief of the Turkish Chess Federation, shows IM Anna Ushenina of Ukraine the
most important points of the city as viewed from the 41st floor of the İş
No, I've never been to Asia (except one time to India). Maybe a trip will
be arranged for Anna
A ship navigates the Bosporos, the narrow waterway separating Europe from Asia
The bridge to cross – from the European to the Asian part of Istanbul
Before the round: Ekaterina Atalik with her husband GM Suat, Irina Krush
with her second David Pruess
The Ataliks – at 2408 and 2597 one of the strongest chess couples in the
Turkish summit: Ekaterina Atalik vs Betül Cemre Yildiz (Ekaterina won)
May I adjust your Queen Rook, dear colleague? Irina Krush vs Pia Cramling
Zhu Chen, who on this day scored her first victory in this tournament
Hou Yifan and Harika Dronavalli in their typical working poses.
"Harika" means "wonderful"
in Arabic, but of course our Harika is from India...
The glare, professionally delivered by Anna Ushenina to Lela Javakhishvili
The loneliness of a long-distance second? IM David Pruess watches his charge
Irina Krush (right) play Pia Cramling
Zhao Xue, 23-year-old Chinese talent, rated comfortably over 2500
Everyone's favourite: 13-year-old GM-strength Chinese talent Hou Yifan
Ekaterina Atalik, leading the event after her win against...
... compatriot Betül Cemre Yildiz, who missed a clear chance to draw
Postgame analysis Anna Ushenina and Lela Javakhishvili (their game was drawn)
Chess analysis high above the city of Istanbul
The Chinese ladies Zhao Hue and Zhu Chen analyse their game (Zhu won)
Zhu Chen analyses her game on Playchess, while Zhao Hue follows the broadcast
on a second notebook
The former world champion analyses while her opponent tries to find refutations
with Fritz 11
Oh the intensity! In the end Zhao did find a way to draw the game
Pictures Özgür Akman and Frederic
Friedel in Istanbul