Ankara GP R01: Fighting chess, four decisive games

9/17/2012 – The winner of the Grand Prix series is already known (Hou Yifan), but the winner of the sixth led in Ankara has a chance to qualify for the 2013 women's world championship, as we explained yesterday. That meant there were tense struggles from the start, with four wins and two fought-out draws. We have live commentary by IM Elisabeth Pähtz (in English, free for all visitors) on Playchess.

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From 15th to 29th September 2012 the sixth Women's Grand Prix is taking place in Ankara, the capital of Turkey and the country’s second largest city after Istanbul. It is the last of the 2011–2012 series of elite events organised by FIDE and Global Chess. The winner of each tournament takes home 6,500 Euros, the total prize fund is 40,000 Euros. The overall winner will get a further 15,000 Euros at the end of the series, and qualifies to challenge the Women's World Champion in 2013. Starting time of the games is 15:00h (check your local time here). The final round starts five hours earlier – at 10:00 a.m. local time. A full shedule with all pairings is given at the bottom of the page.

Round one

Round one: Sunday September 16, 2012 at 15:00h
IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag
2434
½-½
GM Kosintseva Tatiana
2524
GM Muzychuk Anna
2606
½-½
WGM Ju Wenjun
2528
WGM Ozturk Kubra
2294
0-1
WGM Ruan Lufei
2492
GM Socko Monika
2463
0-1
GM Cmilyte Viktorija
2520
WGM Yildiz Betul Cemre
2341
0-1
GM Koneru Humpy
2593
GM Zhao Xue
2549
1-0
GM Stefanova Antoaneta
2502


The first round of the Ankara Grand Prix tournament under way in the building of TCF

The opening round produced tense struggles on all the boards: Chinese players Ruan Lufei and Zhao Xue won their games against Kubra Ozturk and Antoaneta Stefanova respectively. Viktorija Cmilyte and Humpy Koneru overplayed Monika Socko and Betul Yildiz with the black pieces.


TCF President and FIDE Vice-President Ali Nihat Yazici makes the symbolic first
move 1.e4 in the game between Betul Yildiz vs Humpy Koneru

Humpy Koneru after the game: "We played this position before but I changed the line a little bit and played Rfc8 instead of Rfd8. There was quite normal position for this line. My opponent should have played 19.Qf2 instead of 19.Qe1 with the idea to continue h3 and f4. After 20.c5 my position was slightly better and after 23…Rc1 24.Bc1 the position of my opponent became clearly worse as all white pieces are misplaced. The rest was the matter of technique." Betul Yildiz: "It’s strange but all my attention was concentrated on the queen side, so I didn’t even check the plan with h3 and f4."


Betül and Humpy anayse together after the game


Ju Wenjun (right) made a draw with the top-seed of the tournament Anna Muzychuk

The longest game of the first round between Munguntuul Batkhuyag and Tatiana Kosintseva finished in a draw. In the press conference with Anastasiya Karlovich (left): Munguntuul Batkhuyag (middle): “The game was very complicated, I had a good position with an extra pawn. But I didn’t really see how I could improve my position. I didn’t see direct win at any moment." Tatiana Kosintseva (right): “After the opening we got into a complicated Spanish position. In one moment I started to play not very well. I made few inaccurate moves and White took the initiative. In the endgame with opposite color bishop I sacrificed a pawn. I think it was necessary otherwise the rooks of my opponent could have come to the eighth rank. Later on I was just trying to escape.”


Zhao Xue - Antoaneta Stefanova 1-0

Antoaneta Stefanova (right): "I think 13…exd5 was a bad move. I don’t know if immediate 14.e5 was better than Bf6." Zhao Xue (middle): "I agree that after 13…exd5 White got some advantage and an attack. Unfortunately I missed some good moves. I believe that 23.Qb7 is a very bad move. After 23.Nf6 Rxf7 I was checking only 24.Ne8 Qg2 (winning for Black) and overlooked the possibility to play 24.exf7 with Bg4 later on…"

[Event "FIDE WGP Ankara 2012"] [Site "Ankara TUR"] [Date "2012.09.16"] [Round "1"] [White "Zhao Xue"] [Black "Stefanova, A."] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D11"] [WhiteElo "2549"] [BlackElo "2502"] [PlyCount "117"] [EventDate "2012.09.16"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Qb3 e6 5. Bg5 a5 6. a3 a4 7. Qc2 dxc4 8. Qxc4 b5 9. Qc2 Qb6 10. Nc3 Nbd7 11. e4 Ba6 12. Be2 c5 13. d5 exd5 14. Bxf6 (14. e5 $1 {was better.}) 14... Nxf6 15. e5 Nd7 16. Nxd5 Qb7 17. Qe4 O-O-O 18. Rd1 Re8 19. Qf5 Be7 20. Qxf7 Bd8 21. e6 Nf6 22. Ne5 Rhf8 23. Qxb7+ $2 ({After} 23. Nxf6 Rxf7 {Zhao Xue was checking} 24. Nxe8 ({overlooking the refutation} 24. exf7) 24... Qxg2 {winning for Black.}) 23... Bxb7 24. Nxf6 gxf6 25. Nf7 Rxe6 26. Nxd8 Rxd8 27. Rxd8+ Kxd8 28. f3 Re3 29. Kf2 Rb3 30. Rd1+ Ke7 31. Rd2 b4 32. Bc4 bxa3 33. Bxb3 axb3 34. bxa3 c4 35. Ke3 c3 36. Re2 Kd6 37. Re1 Kc5 38. Kd3 c2 39. Kc3 Bd5 40. h4 h5 41. Kb2 Kd4 42. Re8 f5 43. Rd8 Kc5 44. Rc8+ Kd4 45. a4 Ke3 46. a5 f4 47. a6 Kf2 48. Rc5 Ba8 49. Rg5 Bc6 50. a7 Bb7 51. Kc1 Bc6 52. Kd2 Ba8 53. Rg8 Bd5 54. a8=Q Bxa8 55. Rxa8 Kxg2 56. Rh8 Kxf3 57. Rxh5 Kg4 58. Rh8 f3 59. Rf8 1-0

Full round one report on the official tournament page


German IM (and former Junior World Champion) Elisabeth Pähtz is doing live
commentary from 14:00h to 17:30h in English on Playchess (free for all visitors).

Pictures by Anastasiya Karlovich and Özgür Akman, courtesy FIDE


Schedule and results of the Sixth Grand Prix in Ankara

Round one: Sunday September 16, 2012 at 15:00h
IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag
2434
½-½
GM Kosintseva Tatiana
2524
GM Muzychuk Anna
2606
½-½
WGM Ju Wenjun
2528
WGM Ozturk Kubra
2294
0-1
WGM Ruan Lufei
2492
GM Socko Monika
2463
0-1
GM Cmilyte Viktorija
2520
WGM Yildiz Betul Cemre
2341
0-1
GM Koneru Humpy
2593
GM Zhao Xue
2549
1-0
GM Stefanova Antoaneta
2502
Round two: Monday September 17, 2012 at 15:00h
GM Kosintseva Tatiana
2524
-
GM Stefanova Antoaneta
2502
GM Koneru Humpy
2593
-
GM Zhao Xue
2549
GM Cmilyte Viktorija
2520
-
WGM Yildiz Betul Cemre
2341
WGM Ruan Lufei
2492
-
GM Socko Monika
2463
WGM Ju Wenjun
2528
-
WGM Ozturk Kubra
2294
IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag
2434
-
GM Muzychuk Anna
2606
Round three: Tuesday September 18, 2012 at 15:00h
GM Muzychuk Anna
2606
-
GM Kosintseva Tatiana
2524
WGM Ozturk Kubra
2294
-
IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag
2434
GM Socko Monika
2463
-
WGM Ju Wenjun
2528
WGM Yildiz Betul Cemre
2341
-
WGM Ruan Lufei
2492
GM Zhao Xue
2549
-
GM Cmilyte Viktorija
2520
GM Stefanova Antoaneta
2502
-
GM Koneru Humpy
2593
Round four: Wednesday September 19, 2012 at 15:00h
GM Kosintseva Tatiana
2524
-
GM Koneru Humpy
2593
GM Cmilyte Viktorija
2520
-
GM Stefanova Antoaneta
2502
WGM Ruan Lufei
2492
-
GM Zhao Xue
2549
WGM Ju Wenjun
2528
-
WGM Yildiz Betul Cemre
2341
IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag
2434
-
GM Socko Monika
2463
GM Muzychuk Anna
2606
-
WGM Ozturk Kubra
2294
Round five: Friday September 21, 2012 at 15:00h
WGM Ozturk Kubra
2294
-
GM Kosintseva Tatiana
2524
GM Socko Monika
2463
-
GM Muzychuk Anna
2606
WGM Yildiz Betul Cemre
2341
-
IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag
2434
GM Zhao Xue
2549
-
WGM Ju Wenjun
2528
GM Stefanova Antoaneta
2502
-
WGM Ruan Lufei
2492
GM Koneru Humpy
2593
-
GM Cmilyte Viktorija
2520
Round six: Saturday September 22, 2012 at 15:00h
GM Kosintseva Tatiana
2524
-
GM Cmilyte Viktorija
2520
WGM Ruan Lufei
2492
-
GM Koneru Humpy
2593
WGM Ju Wenjun
2528
-
GM Stefanova Antoaneta
2502
IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag
2434
-
GM Zhao Xue
2549
GM Muzychuk Anna
2606
-
WGM Yildiz Betul Cemre
2341
WGM Ozturk Kubra
2294
-
GM Socko Monika
2463
Round seven: Sunday September 23, 2012 at 15:00h
GM Socko Monika
2463
-
GM Kosintseva Tatiana
2524
WGM Yildiz Betul Cemre
2341
-
WGM Ozturk Kubra
2294
GM Zhao Xue
2549
-
GM Muzychuk Anna
2606
GM Stefanova Antoaneta
2502
-
IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag
2434
GM Koneru Humpy
2593
-
WGM Ju Wenjun
2528
GM Cmilyte Viktorija
2520
-
WGM Ruan Lufei
2492
Round eight: Monday September 24, 2012 at 15:00h
GM Kosintseva Tatiana
2524
-
WGM Ruan Lufei
2492
WGM Ju Wenjun
2528
-
GM Cmilyte Viktorija
2520
IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag
2434
-
GM Koneru Humpy
2593
GM Muzychuk Anna
2606
-
GM Stefanova Antoaneta
2502
WGM Ozturk Kubra
2294
-
GM Zhao Xue
2549
GM Socko Monika
2463
-
WGM Yildiz Betul Cemre
2341
Round nine: Wednesday September 26, 2012 at 15:00h
WGM Yildiz Betul Cemre
2341
-
GM Kosintseva Tatiana
2524
GM Zhao Xue
2549
-
GM Socko Monika
2463
GM Stefanova Antoaneta
2502
-
WGM Ozturk Kubra
2294
GM Koneru Humpy
2593
-
GM Muzychuk Anna
2606
GM Cmilyte Viktorija
2520
-
IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag
2434
WGM Ruan Lufei
2492
-
WGM Ju Wenjun
2528
Round ten: Thursday September 27, 2012 at 15:00h
GM Kosintseva Tatiana
2524
-
WGM Ju Wenjun
2528
IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag
2434
-
WGM Ruan Lufei
2492
GM Muzychuk Anna
2606
-
GM Cmilyte Viktorija
2520
WGM Ozturk Kubra
2294
-
GM Koneru Humpy
2593
GM Socko Monika
2463
-
GM Stefanova Antoaneta
2502
WGM Yildiz Betul Cemre
2341
-
GM Zhao Xue
2549
Round eleven: Friday September 28, 2012 at 10:00h
GM Zhao Xue
2549
-
GM Kosintseva Tatiana
2524
GM Stefanova Antoaneta
2502
-
WGM Yildiz Betul Cemre
2341
GM Koneru Humpy
2593
-
GM Socko Monika
2463
GM Cmilyte Viktorija
2520
-
WGM Ozturk Kubra
2294
WGM Ruan Lufei
2492
-
GM Muzychuk Anna
2606
WGM Ju Wenjun
2528
-
IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag
2434

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