Ankara R02: Betul Yildiz wins, Ruan Luifei leads

9/18/2012 – There was an "incident" at the start of round two: Askin Keles, making the first symbolic move on the board Kosintseva-Stefanova, moved the wrong pawn. Fortunately the FIDE rules allow this to be corrected, and so no harm was done. Turkish WGM Betul Yildiz shocked GM Viktorija Cmilyte with a black piece win. Chinese WGM Ruan Lufei leads after a second straight win. Big illustrated report.

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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 schedule with all pairings is given at the bottom of the page.

Round two

Round two: Monday September 17, 2012 at 15:00h
GM Kosintseva Tatiana
2524
½-½
GM Stefanova Antoaneta
2502
GM Koneru Humpy
2593
½-½
GM Zhao Xue
2549
GM Cmilyte Viktorija
2520
0-1
WGM Yildiz Betul Cemre
2341
WGM Ruan Lufei
2492
1-0
GM Socko Monika
2463
WGM Ju Wenjun
2528
1-0
WGM Ozturk Kubra
2294
IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag
2434
½-½
GM Muzychuk Anna
2606

Ankara is very hot these days, but the participants seem to get accustomed to the weather conditions and came to the playing hall in good mood.

TCF board member Askin Keles made the first symbolic move in the game between Tatiana Kosinsteva and Antoaneta Stefanova. He chose 1.d4, which impressed both players very much, as Tatiana normally doesn’t play it.


After small discussion Askin made the move 1.e4 and game continued

The reigning Olympic Champion (Tatiana Kosintseva) made a second draw in a row against the former Women's World Champion. Another draw of the second round was in the game Anna Muzychuk of Slovenia against the Mongolian Munguntuul Batkhuyag.


There was a surprise black piece victory of the Turkish WGM Betul Yildiz...


... against Lithuanian GM and rating favorite in the match Viktoria Cmilyte (above left)


After the game the two players analyse on a demo board of the TCF


The other Turkish player, Kubra Ozturk (above right), was defeated by Ju Wenjun

The game Humpy Koneru-Zhao Xue finished in a draw after three-time repetition comparatively quickly. Humpy (above): It was complicated position with many different possibilities. I had some space advantage but at the same time my position was a bit shaky as my pawns could become weak. In the final position I could not find the proper plan to continue the game, so I decided not to take the risk."

Zhao Xue (above): I agree with Humpy that she had slightly better position because of space advantage, so I had to play carefully. I didn’t prepare to this position exactly because I know I cannot prepare for Humpy, as she always tries to surprise me (laughs).

Anna Muzychuk (above) repeated the game she had played in round one against Batkhuyag Munguntuul in round two. "The position which appeared today was more or less the same, just yesterday the rook was placed on d1 and today on e1. It’s not easy to prepare to this line as there are so many different choices. I thought the position was quite normal but when she started to attack I started to worry of course. In the endgame I thought that White should keep both rooks on the boards in order to have conterplay, otherwise my opponent could get into trouble."

Batkhuyag Munguntuul: "I think Anna improved the variation today as she has played Rd8 instead of Bf8. I had feeling that White's position is quite good, but at the same time if I don’t move Black will consolidate by playing Rd8, Bc8, so that’s why I decided to play actively."


Two world champions follow the analysis of Batkhuyag and Anna – do you know who?


Ruan Lufei-Monica Socko ended in a win for White

Polish GM Monica Socko tried to hold a worse endgame, but after long struggle was outplayed by Chinese WGM. Ruan Lufei: "I didn’t prepare for the opening. White has slightly better position because of isolated pawn d5, but I didn’t see a winning plan, and in time trouble I just wanted to make some moves and wait. After 33...g5 White is better because the f5-pawn becomes my target. After I had won it was not easy for Black to defend anymore."

Incidentally: "Two world champions follow the analysis of Batkhuyag and Anna..." Actually just one. Nona Gaprindashvili (in the striped blouse) was the sixth women's world champion, 1962–1978. Nana Alexandria was the challenger for two World Championship matches, losing to Gapridnashvili in 1975 and drawing the next women's world champion, Maia Chiburdanidze in 1981. Nana, who won the URRR women's Championship three times, certainly deserved to be world champion herself, but like Korchnoi and Keres never actually won the title.

Game commentary by GM Evgenij Miroshnichenko

Pictures by Anastasiya Karlovich and Kema Goryaeva, courtesy FIDE


Endgame analysis by GM Karsten Müller

Our ChessBase Magazine columnist GM Kasten Müller is (naturally) following the games in Ankara. He sent us the following interesting endgame analysis:

[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"] [Annotator "Müller,Karsten"] [PlyCount "117"] [EventDate "2012.09.16"] [EventType "tourn"] [EventRounds "11"] [EventCountry "TUR"] [EventCategory "10"] [Source "Mark Crowther"] [SourceDate "2012.09.17"] 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 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+ 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 {The blockade Connected passed pawns are very dangerous, unless they can be blockaded:} 35. Ke3 $1 (35. Rd1 c3 36. Ke3 c2 37. Re1 b2 38. Kd2+ $18 {is also playable.}) ({After the passive} 35. Ke1 $2 c3 36. Re2+ Kd6 37. Kd1 Bc8 38. g4 Kc5 39. Re4 Bb7 40. Rf4 Bd5 41. Rb4 Bxf3+ 42. Kc1 Bd5 { Black wins due to her strong passed pawns.}) 35... c3 36. Re2 Kd6 (36... Ba6 37. Re1 b2 38. Kd4+ $18) 37. Re1 $1 {The point of White's play. Now Black must allow her pawns to be blockaded. Afterwards the rook is far superior to the bishop:} Kc5 (37... Ba6 38. Kd4 c2 39. Kc3 Bc4 40. Kb2 $18) 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 ({Even the greedy direct} 48. a7 $6 Kxg2 49. a8=Q $6 Bxa8 50. Rxa8 Kxf3 {wins, but now White has only one move:} 51. Rc8 $18) 48... Ba8 49. Rg5 Bc6 50. a7 Bb7 51. Kc1 Bc6 52. Kd2 Ba8 53. Rg8 (53. Rxh5 Kxg2 54. Rh8 Bxf3 55. a8=Q Bxa8 56. Rxa8 $18) 53... Bd5 54. a8=Q Bxa8 55. Rxa8 Kxg2 56. Rh8 Kxf3 57. Rxh5 Kg4 58. Rh8 f3 59. Rf8 1-0

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
½-½
GM Stefanova Antoaneta
2502
GM Koneru Humpy
2593
½-½
GM Zhao Xue
2549
GM Cmilyte Viktorija
2520
0-1
WGM Yildiz Betul Cemre
2341
WGM Ruan Lufei
2492
1-0
GM Socko Monika
2463
WGM Ju Wenjun
2528
1-0
WGM Ozturk Kubra
2294
IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag
2434
½-½
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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