Ankara R08: all games drawn, but with plenty of fight

9/25/2012 – Round eighth of the FIDE Women's Grand Prix was deceptively peaceful – all games ended in draws, but they were anything but boring! In fact, if as many of our readers have discovered that the commentary by GM Evgenij Miroshnichenko is virtually a free high-powered lesson in chess strategy and tactics. And no-one should miss IM Elisabeth Paehtz's live cappuccino commentary 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 eight

Round eight: Monday September 24, 2012 at 15:00h
GM Kosintseva Tatiana
2524
½-½
WGM Ruan Lufei
2492
WGM Ju Wenjun
2528
½-½
GM Cmilyte Viktorija
2520
IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag
2434
½-½
GM Koneru Humpy
2593
GM Muzychuk Anna
2606
½-½
GM Stefanova Antoaneta
2502
WGM Ozturk Kubra
2294
½-½
GM Zhao Xue
2549
GM Socko Monika
2463
½-½
WGM Yildiz Betul Cemre
2341

The leader of the tournament, Humpy Koneru (above right), had this far achieved a 100% result with the black pieces. In round eight she gave away a first half point playing black against Munguntuul Batkhuyag. The Indian GM had quite a remarkable advantage in the middlegame, but didn’t manage to convert it into more.


Anna Muzychuk didn’t use an opportunity to play for victory in the game against...


... Antoaneta Stefanova. Muzychuk remains in second place, half a point behind Humpy.

Kubra Ozturk (above left) came very close to get the first full point in the game against Zhao Xue. The Turkish player refused to repeat the position in the middle game, put pressure on her opponent but missed some good chances.

Zhao Xue (left): "This was our second game against each other, and I lost the first. I don’t know why she always plays so well against me." In the background Georgian chess star Nana Alexandria, trainer Adrian Mikhalchishin.


With minus four at the bottom of the table: Polish GM Monika Socko

Betul Yildiz (above standing) analysing her 57-move draw against Monika Socko (left). Betul: "I liked my position after the opening. We exchanged queens and she had weak h3-pawn. I missed her move 27.Rh1, which surprised me a lot. This rook endgame turned out to be drawish." In the background above: journalist Ozgur Akman, GMs Adrian Mikhalchishin and Evgenij Miroshnichenko.


Tournament commentator IM Elisabeth Pähtz following all six games on Playchess

A double-click on a game brings it up front, and "Elli" can do live video commentary for Playchess visitors, using the webcam attached to the computer and, more importantly, the cappuccino next to the keyboard...

Full report on the round eight games

Round eight review by GM Evgenij Miroshnichenko

Just above the replay board there is a drop-down menu where you can select the other games.


Cool dude – GM Evgenij Miroshnichenko, our analyst in Ankara

Standings after eight rounds of play

Pictures by Anastasiya Karlovich and Kema Goryaeva, 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
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
1-0
GM Kosintseva Tatiana
2524
WGM Ozturk Kubra
2294
½-½
IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag
2434
GM Socko Monika
2463
½-½
WGM Ju Wenjun
2528
WGM Yildiz Betul Cemre
2341
0-1
WGM Ruan Lufei
2492
GM Zhao Xue
2549
0-1
GM Cmilyte Viktorija
2520
GM Stefanova Antoaneta
2502
0-1
GM Koneru Humpy
2593
Round four: Wednesday September 19, 2012 at 15:00h
GM Kosintseva Tatiana
2524
0-1
GM Koneru Humpy
2593
GM Cmilyte Viktorija
2520
1-0
GM Stefanova Antoaneta
2502
WGM Ruan Lufei
2492
½-½
GM Zhao Xue
2549
WGM Ju Wenjun
2528
1-0
WGM Yildiz Betul Cemre
2341
IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag
2434
1-0
GM Socko Monika
2463
GM Muzychuk Anna
2606
1-0
WGM Ozturk Kubra
2294
Round five: Friday September 21, 2012 at 15:00h
WGM Ozturk Kubra
2294
½-½
GM Kosintseva Tatiana
2524
GM Socko Monika
2463
0-1
GM Muzychuk Anna
2606
WGM Yildiz Betul Cemre
2341
½-½
IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag
2434
GM Zhao Xue
2549
1-0
WGM Ju Wenjun
2528
GM Stefanova Antoaneta
2502
½-½
WGM Ruan Lufei
2492
GM Koneru Humpy
2593
½-½
GM Cmilyte Viktorija
2520
Round six: Saturday September 22, 2012 at 15:00h
GM Kosintseva Tatiana
2524
1-0
GM Cmilyte Viktorija
2520
WGM Ruan Lufei
2492
0-1
GM Koneru Humpy
2593
WGM Ju Wenjun
2528
1-0
GM Stefanova Antoaneta
2502
IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag
2434
0-1
GM Zhao Xue
2549
GM Muzychuk Anna
2606
1-0
WGM Yildiz Betul Cemre
2341
WGM Ozturk Kubra
2294
0-1
GM Socko Monika
2463
Round seven: Sunday September 23, 2012 at 15:00h
GM Socko Monika
2463
0-1
GM Kosintseva Tatiana
2524
WGM Yildiz Betul Cemre
2341
½-½
WGM Ozturk Kubra
2294
GM Zhao Xue
2549
½-½
GM Muzychuk Anna
2606
GM Stefanova Antoaneta
2502
½-½
IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag
2434
GM Koneru Humpy
2593
1-0
WGM Ju Wenjun
2528
GM Cmilyte Viktorija
2520
½-½
WGM Ruan Lufei
2492
Round eight: Monday September 24, 2012 at 15:00h
GM Kosintseva Tatiana
2524
½-½
WGM Ruan Lufei
2492
WGM Ju Wenjun
2528
½-½
GM Cmilyte Viktorija
2520
IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag
2434
½-½
GM Koneru Humpy
2593
GM Muzychuk Anna
2606
½-½
GM Stefanova Antoaneta
2502
WGM Ozturk Kubra
2294
½-½
GM Zhao Xue
2549
GM Socko Monika
2463
½-½
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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