Ankara R09: Muzychuk beats Humpy, takes sole lead

9/27/2012 – After rounds seven and eight India's top female player, Humpy Koneru, was in the sole lead. She was followed, half a point behind, by the tournament's top seed Anna Muzychuk, who in round nine turned tables by scoring a stunning black-piece win against Humpy. Once again there were four decisive games and two hard-fought draws, all of which you can replay with GM commentary.

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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 nine

Round nine: Wednesday September 26, 2012 at 15:00h
WGM Yildiz Betul Cemre
2341
1-0
GM Kosintseva Tatiana
2524
GM Zhao Xue
2549
1-0
GM Socko Monika
2463
GM Stefanova Antoaneta
2502
1-0
WGM Ozturk Kubra
2294
GM Koneru Humpy
2593
0-1
GM Muzychuk Anna
2606
GM Cmilyte Viktorija
2520
½-½
IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag
2434
WGM Ruan Lufei
2492
½-½
WGM Ju Wenjun
2528

The key game of the tournament between Humpy Koneru and Anna Muzyhcuk (above), who have the best chances for the second place in the Grand Prix Series, happened in the ninth round. The leader of the tournament (Humpy) chose a somewhat passive strategy and was defeated by her Slovenian opponent. Anna Muzychuk became the sole leader, half a point ahead with two rounds to go.

Anna Muzychuk:"1.Nf3 was a bit of a surprise for me, because normally Humpy plays 1.d4. I started to think and tried to remember what I play. I went for g6, which I normally don’t play – I have chosen 1.e5 before. I wanted to get a sharp position, because after e5 there were some draws. But even in the position in the game White didn’t risk losing. Later on she just lost a pawn, but even in the rook endgame it should be draw. She was trying to hold the position, but instead she could have played more actively, take pawn on a7 after Rc7." Humpy Koneru: "I think in the middlegame I played a bit passive after I got the c3 and d4 pawns. Maybe I should have played d5 earlier, instead of Re1 for example. I clearly blundered in the endgame but I am still not sure how it was better to play."


Former world champion Antoaneta Stefanova scored her first full point in this tournament. She bear
Kubra Ozturk, who sacrificed a pawn in the middle game but didn’t get enough compensation later on.


Tatiana Kosinsteva (above right) committed the same mistake three times before Betul Yildiz found the
winning move and converted the score in her favor (see annotations by GM Evgenij Miroshnichenko below)


Zhao Xue was persistent in finding winning chances against Monika Socko and taking the full point

Two more games could have been decisive today if Viktorija Cmilyte and Ju Wenjun had managed to convert their advantage into more.

Full report on the round nine games

Round nine review by GM Evgenij Miroshnichenko

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

Standings after nine rounds of play

Free day excursion

On Tuesday the participants enjoyed a second free day. The organizers provided an excursion to Anitkabir, the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the leader of the Turkish War of Independence and the founder and first President of the Republic of Turkey.


In the courtyard of Anitkabir: Monika Socko, Anna Muzychuk, Antoaneta Stefanova,
Ruan Lufei, Zhao Xue and Elisabeth Pähtz


Elli and Etti (Pähtz and Stefanova) posing with a guard


Pals: Anna Muzychuk and Zhao Xue


In the museum visitors could see Atatürk's personal items, his wardrobe, and some
of the gifts presented to him are on display in this museum.


Exhausted: German IM and Playchess commentator Elisabeth Pähtz

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
1-0
GM Kosintseva Tatiana
2524
GM Zhao Xue
2549
1-0
GM Socko Monika
2463
GM Stefanova Antoaneta
2502
1-0
WGM Ozturk Kubra
2294
GM Koneru Humpy
2593
0-1
GM Muzychuk Anna
2606
GM Cmilyte Viktorija
2520
½-½
IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag
2434
WGM Ruan Lufei
2492
½-½
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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