Batumi, Rd. 8: The lead changes again

by André Schulz
4/29/2016 – The Women's Grand Prix in Batumi remains lively even though round eight saw an unusually high number of draws: in five of the six games the point was split. Anna Muzyzuk was the only player who could win. She defeated Zhao Xue which allowed her to catch up to the leaders. With 5.0/8 Anna Muzychuk now shares the lead with Nana Dzagnidze and Valentina Gunina.

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Valentina Gunina, Nana Dzagnidze and Anna Muzychuk lead after eight rounds

Roofs of Batumi

A view into the playing hall

In round eight five of the six games of the Women's Grand Prix in Batuni were drawn, an unusually high number of draws in this tournament. But there was no lack of fighting. Almira Skripchenko and Valentina Gunina, for example, played for more than 80 moves before they decided to split the point.

Anna Muzychuk, who played against Zhao Xue, was the only who managed to win. In a modern line of the Italian Game a position had a stronger attack than her opponent which then led to a better endgame and a win.

Anna Muzychuk

Zhao Xue

 

Press conference with press officer Anastasiya Karlovich (left)

Almira Skripchenko and Valentina Gunina

Round 8 on 2016/04/28 at 15:00
12 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2557
½-½
GM Muzychuk Mariya 2561 10
11 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2535
½-½
GM Danielian Elina 2445 9
1 IM Javakhishvili Lela 2489
½-½
WGM Girya Olga 2442 8
2 GM Khotenashvili Bela 2493
½-½
IM Batsiashvili Nino 2476 7
3 GM Muzychyk Anna 2555
1-0
GM Zhao Xue 2504 6
4 IM Skripchenko Almira 2453
½-½
GM Gunina Valentina 2497 5

Games of rounds 1 to 8

 

Standings after eight rounds

Schedule and results

Round 1 on 2016/04/20 at 15:00
Sd Title Name Rtg
Res.
Title Name Rtg Sd
1 IM Javakhishvili Lela 2489
1-0
GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2557 12
2 GM Khotenashvili Bela 2493
½-½
GM Dzagnidze Nana 2535 11
3 GM Muzychyk Anna 2555
½-½
GM Muzychuk Mariya 2561 10
4 IM Skripchenko Almira 2453
½-½
GM Danielian Elina 2445 9
5 GM Gunina Valentina 2497
0-1
WGM Girya Olga 2442 8
6 GM Zhao Xue 2504
½-½
IM Batsiashvili Nino 2476 7
Round 2 on 2016/04/21 at 15:00
12 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2557
½-½
IM Batsiashvili Nino 2476 7
8 WGM Girya Olga 2442
1-0
GM Zhao Xue 2504 6
9 GM Danielian Elina 2445
0-1
GM Gunina Valentina 2497 5
10 GM Muzychuk Mariya 2561
0-1
IM Skripchenko Almira 2453 4
11 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2535
½-½
GM Muzychyk Anna 2555 3
1 IM Javakhishvili Lela 2489
1-0
GM Khotenashvili Bela 2493 2
Round 3 on 2016/04/22 at 15:00
2 GM Khotenashvili Bela 2493
½-½
GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2557 12
3 GM Muzychyk Anna 2555
1-0
IM Javakhishvili Lela 2489 1
4 IM Skripchenko Almira 2453
½-½
GM Dzagnidze Nana 2535 11
5 GM Gunina Valentina 2497
1-0
GM Muzychuk Mariya 2561 10
6 GM Zhao Xue 2504
½-½
GM Danielian Elina 2445 9
7 IM Batsiashvili Nino 2476
1-0
WGM Girya Olga 2442 8
Round 4 on 2016/04/23 at 15:00
12 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2557
1-0
WGM Girya Olga 2442 8
9 GM Danielian Elina 2445
1-0
IM Batsiashvili Nino 2476 7
10 GM Muzychuk Mariya 2561
½-½
GM Zhao Xue 2504 6
11 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2535
1-0
GM Gunina Valentina 2497 5
1 IM Javakhishvili Lela 2489
½-½
IM Skripchenko Almira 2453 4
2 GM Khotenashvili Bela 2493
½-½
GM Muzychyk Anna 2555 3
Round 5 on 2016/04/25 at 15:00
3 GM Muzychyk Anna 2555
½-½
GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2557 12
4 IM Skripchenko Almira 2453
1-0
GM Khotenashvili Bela 2493 2
5 GM Gunina Valentina 2497
1-0
IM Javakhishvili Lela 2489 1
6 GM Zhao Xue 2504
1-0
GM Dzagnidze Nana 2535 11
7 IM Batsiashvili Nino 2476
½-½
GM Muzychuk Mariya 2561 10
8 WGM Girya Olga 2442
1-0
GM Danielian Elina 2445 9
Round 6 on 2016/04/26 at 15:00
12 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2557
1-0
GM Danielian Elina 2445 9
10 GM Muzychuk Mariya 2561
1-0
WGM Girya Olga 2442 8
11 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2535
1-0
IM Batsiashvili Nino 2476 7
1 IM Javakhishvili Lela 2489
0-1
GM Zhao Xue 2504 6
2 GM Khotenashvili Bela 2493
½-½
GM Gunina Valentina 2497 5
3 GM Muzychyk Anna 2555
1-0
IM Skripchenko Almira 2453 4
Round 7 on 2016/04/27 at 15:00
4 IM Skripchenko Almira 2453
½-½
GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2557 12
5 GM Gunina Valentina 2497
1-0
GM Muzychyk Anna 2555 3
6 GM Zhao Xue 2504
1-0
GM Khotenashvili Bela 2493 2
7 IM Batsiashvili Nino 2476
1-0
IM Javakhishvili Lela 2489 1
8 WGM Girya Olga 2442
0-1
GM Dzagnidze Nana 2535 11
9 GM Danielian Elina 2445
1-0
GM Muzychuk Mariya 2561 10
Round 8 on 2016/04/28 at 15:00
12 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2557
½-½
GM Muzychuk Mariya 2561 10
11 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2535
½-½
GM Danielian Elina 2445 9
1 IM Javakhishvili Lela 2489
½-½
WGM Girya Olga 2442 8
2 GM Khotenashvili Bela 2493
½-½
IM Batsiashvili Nino 2476 7
3 GM Muzychyk Anna 2555
1-0
GM Zhao Xue 2504 6
4 IM Skripchenko Almira 2453
½-½
GM Gunina Valentina 2497 5
Round 9 on 2016/04/30 at 15:00
5 GM Gunina Valentina 2497
-
GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2557 12
6 GM Zhao Xue 2504
-
IM Skripchenko Almira 2453 4
7 IM Batsiashvili Nino 2476
-
GM Muzychyk Anna 2555 3
8 WGM Girya Olga 2442
-
GM Khotenashvili Bela 2493 2
9 GM Danielian Elina 2445
-
IM Javakhishvili Lela 2489 1
10 GM Muzychuk Mariya 2561
-
GM Dzagnidze Nana 2535 11
Round 10 on 2016/05/01 at 15:00
12 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2557
-
GM Dzagnidze Nana 2535 11
1 IM Javakhishvili Lela 2489
-
GM Muzychuk Mariya 2561 10
2 GM Khotenashvili Bela 2493
-
GM Danielian Elina 2445 9
3 GM Muzychyk Anna 2555
-
WGM Girya Olga 2442 8
4 IM Skripchenko Almira 2453
-
IM Batsiashvili Nino 2476 7
5 GM Gunina Valentina 2497
-
GM Zhao Xue 2504 6
Round 11 on 2016/05/02 at 11:00
6 GM Zhao Xue 2504
-
GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2557 12
7 IM Batsiashvili Nino 2476
-
GM Gunina Valentina 2497 5
8 WGM Girya Olga 2442
-
IM Skripchenko Almira 2453 4
9 GM Danielian Elina 2445
-
GM Muzychyk Anna 2555 3
10 GM Muzychuk Mariya 2561
-
GM Khotenashvili Bela 2493 2
11 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2535
-
IM Javakhishvili Lela 2489 1

Pictures: Anastasiya Karlovich (FIDE)


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