Sandu leads European Women's Championship

by Karsten Müller
5/24/2015 – The 16th European Women's Individual championship is taking place in Chakvi, Georgia, from 19th to 30th May 2015. Sensationally the 45th seed, Romanian WGM Mihaela Sandu, rated 2300, is leading with 5.0/5 points. Our resident endgame expert GM Karsten Müller has been looking at the games with a special eye on the way they ended. He presents four instructive examples.

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Endgames from the European Women's Championship

Romanian WGM Mihaela Sandu, rated 2300 and 45th seed, is the biggest surprise
of this event. She is leading with a clean 5.0/5 score in a very strong competition.

Top standings after five rounds

Rk. SNo Title Name FED Rtg Pts.  TB1   TB2   TB3 
1 45 WGM Sandu Mihaela ROU 2300 5.0 2469 14.0 15.5
2 7 IM Batsiashvili Nino GEO 2473 4.5 2407 14.0 16.0
3 30 IM Guseva Marina RUS 2391 4.0 2388 11.5 13.5
4 4 WGM Girya Olga RUS 2479 4.0 2375 15.0 17.0
5 25 IM Bodnaruk Anastasia RUS 2402 4.0 2320 10.0 11.0
6 22 IM Savina Anastasia RUS 2417 4.0 2312 11.5 13.5
7 9 GM Hoang Thanh Trang HUN 2472 4.0 2311 12.0 14.5
8 15 GM Zhukova Natalia UKR 2456 4.0 2281 12.0 14.0
9 48 IM Galojan Lilit ARM 2275 3.5 2462 15.0 15.0
10 20 IM Kashlinskaya Alina RUS 2423 3.5 2438 15.0 16.5
11 31 WGM Charochkina Daria RUS 2391 3.5 2376 11.0 12.5
12 18 IM Kovalevskaya Ekaterina RUS 2450 3.5 2371 13.5 16.0
13 3 GM Stefanova Antoaneta BUL 2512 3.5 2364 12.5 15.0
14 11 GM Socko Monika POL 2467 3.5 2346 12.5 15.0
15 2 GM Khotenashvili Bela GEO 2527 3.5 2341 12.5 14.5
16 17 IM Khurtsidze Nino GEO 2451 3.5 2324 11.0 12.0
17 24 IM Arabidze Meri GEO 2403 3.5 2306 10.5 12.0
18 16 IM Melia Salome GEO 2452 3.5 2280 12.5 14.5
19 10 IM Javakhishvili Lela GEO 2472 3.5 2267 13.5 15.5
20 23 WGM Szczepkowska-H Karina POL 2412 3.5 2217 7.0 8.0
21 29 IM Gaponenko Inna UKR 2391 3.5 2195 8.5 9.5

The playing hall in Chakvi, Georgia

For your weekend study we bring you four interesting and instructive endings, carefully explained by our endgame expert Dr Karsten Müller.

A knightmare for the bishop

[Event "16th ch-EUR Indiv w 2015"] [Site "Chakvi GEO"] [Date "2015.05.20"] [Round "2.24"] [White "Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina"] [Black "Khomeriki, Nino"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C01"] [WhiteElo "2450"] [BlackElo "2228"] [Annotator "Karsten Müller"] [PlyCount "205"] [EventDate "2015.05.19"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. exd5 exd5 5. Bd3 Nf6 6. Nge2 c6 7. O-O O-O 8. Ng3 Re8 9. Bf4 Bg4 10. f3 Be6 11. Nce2 Bd6 12. Qd2 c5 13. dxc5 Bxc5+ 14. Kh1 Nc6 15. a3 a5 16. Rae1 d4 17. Bg5 h6 18. Bxf6 Qxf6 19. Ne4 Qe7 20. Nf4 Bb6 21. Nxe6 Qxe6 22. f4 Qd5 23. Qe2 Kf8 24. Qg4 Bc7 25. Qh4 Bd8 26. Qh3 Be7 27. Nd2 Bf6 28. Bc4 Qc5 29. Qd7 Re7 30. Rxe7 Qxe7 31. Qxe7+ Bxe7 32. g3 Rc8 33. Bd3 Nd8 34. Nc4 Rc5 35. a4 Nc6 36. b3 Nb4 37. Rd1 g5 38. fxg5 hxg5 39. Kg2 Kg7 40. Re1 Bf6 41. Be4 b5 42. axb5 Rxb5 43. Rf1 Be7 44. Rf5 Rxf5 45. Bxf5 Bd8 46. Kf3 Kf6 47. Bd3 Ke6 48. Ke4 Nc6 49. g4 Bc7 50. h3 Bg3 51. Na3 Bf2 52. Nb5 f6 53. Nc7+ Kf7 54. Bc4+ Kg6 55. Nb5 Bg1 56. Bd3 Kf7 57. Kd5 Nb4+ 58. Kc4 Nc6 59. Be4 Ne5+ 60. Kd5 Nd7 61. Bf5 Nb6+ 62. Kc6 a4 63. Bd3 axb3 64. cxb3 Nc8 65. b4 Ne7+ 66. Kd7 Kf8 67. Nc7 Bh2 68. Ne6+ Kf7 69. Bc4 Ng6 70. Nxd4+ Kg7 71. Nf3 Bg3 72. b5 Nf4 73. Nd4 Bf2 74. Nf5+ Kf8 75. Bf1 Kf7 76. Kc6 Ke6 77. b6 Ke5 78. b7 Ba7 79. Bc4 Nxh3 80. Kc7 Nf4 81. Ne7 Ne6+ 82. Bxe6 Kxe6 83. Nc6 Bf2 {[#] A passed pawn often should not be promoted directly:} 84. Kc8 $5 {Now Black's bishop must always watch b8 and will be overloaded sooner or later.} ({Of course not} 84. b8=Q $2 Bg3+ 85. Kc8 Bxb8 86. Kxb8 Kd5 (86... f5 $2 87. Nd4+ Ke5 88. Nxf5 Kf4 89. Nh6 $18) 87. Kc7 Ke4 $11) 84... Bg3 85. Nd4+ Kd5 86. Nb5 Kc6 (86... Ke4 87. Nc7 Kf3 88. b8=Q Kxg4 89. Qb4+ Kh3 90. Qe4 $18) 87. Nc3 Be5 (87... f5 88. gxf5 g4 89. f6 Bd6 90. f7 g3 91. b8=Q Bxb8 92. f8=Q $18) 88. Ne4 $1 {[%cal Ge5f6,Ge5b8] Now the bishop has jobs on two different diagonals and will be overloaded.} f5 (88... Kd5 89. Nxf6+ Bxf6 (89... Ke6 90. Ne8 Kd5 91. Nc7+ $18) 90. b8=Q $18) 89. gxf5 g4 90. b8=Q Bxb8 91. Kxb8 Kd5 92. Ng3 {[%cal Gg3f5] The knight protects the passed pawn from behind so White is winning.} Ke5 93. Kc7 Kf4 94. Kd6 (94. f6 $5 $18) 94... Kxg3 95. f6 Kh2 96. f7 g3 97. f8=Q g2 98. Qh6+ Kg3 99. Qg5+ Kf2 100. Qf4+ Ke1 101. Qg3+ Kf1 102. Qf3+ Kg1 103. Ke5 1-0

The long march

Russian IM Anastasia Savina, rated 2417, has 4.0/5 points

[Event "16th ch-EUR Indiv w 2015"] [Site "Chakvi GEO"] [Date "2015.05.22"] [Round "4.14"] [White "Savina, Anastasia"] [Black "Gvetadze, Sofio"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A56"] [WhiteElo "2417"] [BlackElo "2319"] [Annotator "Karsten Müller"] [PlyCount "201"] [EventDate "2015.05.19"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 d6 4. Nc3 e5 5. g3 Be7 6. Bg2 O-O 7. e4 Ne8 8. Nf3 f5 9. exf5 Bxf5 10. O-O Nd7 11. h4 h6 12. Nd2 Nef6 13. Qe2 a6 14. a4 Qe8 15. Ra3 Qg6 16. Nce4 Nxe4 17. Nxe4 Nf6 18. Nxf6+ Bxf6 19. Bf3 Qe8 20. Be4 Bxe4 21. Qxe4 b5 22. axb5 axb5 23. Rxa8 Qxa8 24. cxb5 Qb7 25. b4 Qxb5 26. bxc5 Qxc5 27. Be3 Qc8 28. Ra1 Qe8 29. Ra6 Be7 30. Ra7 Qf7 31. Qg4 Qf6 32. Kg2 Rf7 33. Qe6 Bf8 34. Rxf7 Qxf7 35. Qxf7+ Kxf7 36. Kf3 Be7 37. Ke4 Bd8 38. h5 Ba5 39. Kf5 Be1 40. g4 Bb4 41. f3 Ba5 42. Bc1 Bb4 43. Bb2 Bc5 44. Ke4 Bb6 45. Kd3 Bd8 46. Ba3 Be7 47. Bb4 Ke8 48. Ke4 Kf7 49. Kf5 Bf8 50. Ba5 Be7 51. Bc7 Bf8 52. Bd8 Be7 53. Bc7 Bf8 54. Ba5 Be7 55. Bb4 Bf8 56. Ke4 Be7 57. Bc3 Bg5 58. Bb2 Bd8 59. Kd3 Bg5 60. Kc4 Ke8 61. Bc3 Kd7 62. Bb4 Be7 63. Ba3 Bg5 64. Kd3 Be7 65. Bc1 Ke8 66. Bd2 Bd8 67. f4 exf4 68. Bxf4 Be7 69. Kd4 Bf6+ 70. Ke4 Be7 71. Bd2 Kf7 72. Bc3 Bf6 73. Bb4 Be7 74. Kf5 Bf8 75. Bd2 Be7 76. Bf4 Bf8 77. Bh2 Be7 78. Bg3 Bf8 79. Ke4 Be7 80. Kd3 Ke8 81. Bf2 Bf6 82. Be3 Be7 83. Bd4 {[#] In same colored bishop endings two pawn weaknesses can be fatal:} Bf8 $2 {[%csl Gd6,Gg7][%cal Gd3b5,Gb5c6] This is too passive and allows White's king to inavde in the long run on the long way via the queenside.} ({After} 83... Kf7 {Black is quick enough to set up a drawing formation, e.g.} 84. Kc4 (84. Ke4 g6 85. Be3 Bf8 86. Bf4 Kf6 $11) 84... g6 85. Kb5 gxh5 86. gxh5 Bg5 87. Kc6 Ke7 88. Bc3 Bh4 89. Bd2 Bg5 90. Bb4 Bf4 91. Ba3 Kf6 92. Bxd6 Bd2 93. Bc7 Bb4 94. Bb6 Kg5 95. Bc5 Bd2 96. d6 Kxh5 97. d7 Bg5 98. Kc7 Kg6 99. Kc8 h5 100. Bb6 h4 101. Bd8 Bxd8 102. Kxd8 h3 $11) 84. Kc4 Kd7 (84... Kf7 85. Kb5 g6 {does not help due to} 86. Kc6 gxh5 87. gxh5 Ke7 88. Bb2 Kf7 89. Ba3 Kf6 90. Bxd6 Bg7 91. Bc5 Kf5 92. d6 Kg4 93. d7 Bf6 94. Kc7 Kxh5 95. Kc8 Kg4 96. Bb6 h5 97. Bd8 Bc3 98. Be7 Ba5 99. Bd6 $18) 85. Kb5 Kc7 86. Ka6 Kc8 87. Kb6 Kd7 88. Kb7 Ke8 ({After} 88... Be7 89. Bxg7 Bg5 90. Bc3 Be3 {White's king returns to the kingside in glory:} 91. Ka6 Bg5 92. Kb5 { [%cal Gb5d3,Gd3f5]} Ke7 93. Kc4 Kf7 (93... Bf6 94. Bxf6+ Kxf6 95. Kb5 $18) 94. Kd3 Bf4 95. Ke4 Bg5 96. Bd4 Be7 97. Be3 Bf8 98. Kf5 Bg7 99. Bd2 Bf8 100. Bf4 $18) 89. Kc6 Kf7 (89... Kd8 90. Bb2 Ke7 91. Ba3 Kf6 92. Bxd6 $18) 90. Kd7 g6 ( 90... Be7 91. Bxg7 Bg5 92. Bb2 Bf4 93. Ba3 Kf6 94. Bxd6 $18) 91. hxg6+ Kxg6 92. Ke8 Bg7 93. Bxg7 Kxg7 94. Ke7 Kg6 95. Kxd6 Kg5 96. Ke5 Kxg4 97. d6 h5 98. d7 h4 99. d8=Q h3 100. Qd1+ Kg3 101. Qh1 1-0

The sting of the scorpion

[Event "16th ch-EUR Indiv w 2015"] [Site "Chakvi GEO"] [Date "2015.05.20"] [Round "2.17"] [White "Daulyte, Deimante"] [Black "Sviridova, Vlada"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C01"] [WhiteElo "2402"] [BlackElo "2087"] [Annotator "Karsten Müller"] [PlyCount "120"] [EventDate "2015.05.19"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Bd3 dxe4 4. Bxe4 Nf6 5. Bf3 c5 6. Ne2 Be7 7. Nbc3 O-O 8. Be3 Qc7 9. O-O Rd8 10. Qc1 Nc6 11. Rd1 Nxd4 12. Nxd4 cxd4 13. Nb5 Qa5 14. Nxd4 e5 15. Nb3 Rxd1+ 16. Qxd1 Qc7 17. Bd2 Bf5 18. Bc3 Rd8 19. Qe1 e4 20. Be2 Nd5 21. Bd4 Nb4 22. Bd1 Nc6 23. Bc3 Bd6 24. h3 Be5 25. Bh5 Bxc3 26. Qxc3 Qe5 27. Qxe5 Nxe5 28. Be2 Be6 29. Nc5 Rd2 30. Rd1 Rxd1+ 31. Bxd1 Bd5 32. b3 b6 33. Na4 Bc6 34. Nc3 f5 35. h4 Kf7 36. Ne2 Kf6 37. Nd4 Bd7 38. f4 exf3 39. Nxf3 Nxf3+ 40. Bxf3 Ke5 41. c3 h6 42. Kf2 g5 43. hxg5 hxg5 44. g3 g4 45. Bg2 f4 46. gxf4+ Kxf4 47. Bb7 g3+ 48. Kg2 Bf5 49. c4 {[#] Exchanging into a pawn ending must be considered carefully:} Bb1 $1 {Black forces White's a-pawn to advance, so that her king can attack the b-pawn later.} ({The direct} 49... Be4+ $2 {leads only to a draw, e.g.} 50. Bxe4 Kxe4 51. Kxg3 Kd4 52. Kf4 a5 53. Kf5 Kc3 54. Ke4 Kb2 55. Kd5 Kxa2 56. Kc6 Kxb3 57. Kxb6 a4 58. c5 $11) 50. a3 Be4+ $5 {Good technique.} (50... Ba2 51. b4 Bxc4 52. a4 Bd3 53. Kg1 Be4 54. Bc8 a5 $19 {wins as well, but is more complicated.}) 51. Bxe4 Kxe4 52. b4 (52. Kxg3 {is met by} Kd4 (52... Kd3 $2 53. Kf4 Kc3 54. Ke5 Kxb3 55. Kd5 Kxa3 56. c5 bxc5 57. Kxc5 a5 58. Kc4 $11) 53. Kf4 a5 $1 54. b4 axb4 55. axb4 Kxc4 $19) 52... Kd4 53. c5 bxc5 54. bxc5 Kxc5 55. Kxg3 Kb5 56. Kf3 Ka4 $1 (56... a5 $4 57. Ke2 Ka4 58. Kd2 Kxa3 59. Kc3 $11) 57. Ke3 Kxa3 58. Kd4 Kb3 59. Kd3 a5 60. Kd2 Kb2 {[%cal Ga5a1]} 0-1

The venue: Oasis Hotel in Chakvi, a two-minute walk to the sea

Not all rook endings are drawn

[Event "16th ch-EUR Indiv w 2015"] [Site "Chakvi GEO"] [Date "2015.05.21"] [Round "3.24"] [White "Belenkaya, Dina"] [Black "Guseva, Marina"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B19"] [WhiteElo "2235"] [BlackElo "2391"] [Annotator "Karsten Müller"] [PlyCount "212"] [EventDate "2015.05.19"] [Source "ChessBase"] [SourceDate "2015.05.24"] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. h4 h6 7. Nf3 Nd7 8. h5 Bh7 9. Bd3 Bxd3 10. Qxd3 e6 11. Bd2 Ngf6 12. O-O-O Be7 13. Kb1 Qb6 14. Ne4 Rd8 15. g4 Nxg4 16. Rhg1 f5 17. Rde1 O-O 18. Qc4 Rf7 19. Qxe6 Nf8 20. Qc4 Ba3 21. Qb3 Qxb3 22. axb3 Be7 23. Ng3 Bd6 24. Re2 Kh7 25. Bc3 Bxg3 26. Rxg3 Rd5 27. Bb4 Rd8 28. c4 Nd7 29. Ne5 Re8 30. f4 Ndf6 31. Rh3 Rd7 32. Bc3 Rdd8 33. Kc2 Re6 34. b4 a6 35. Rh1 Rde8 36. Rh3 Rd6 37. Rh1 Nd7 38. Rh3 Nf8 39. Kb1 Nf6 40. Re1 Ne6 41. Nf7 Rd7 42. Ne5 Rdd8 43. Nf7 Rd7 44. Ne5 Rc7 45. Ng6 Ne4 46. Rhe3 Rd8 47. Rd1 Rcd7 48. Ne5 Re7 49. Ng6 Ree8 50. Kc1 Nf6 51. Rde1 Nc7 52. Ne7 Nxh5 53. Nxf5 Rxe3 54. Rxe3 Rd7 55. Re4 Kg6 56. Nh4+ Kf7 57. Re5 g6 58. Ng2 Ng3 59. Nh4 Ne6 60. Nxg6 Nxd4 61. Nh8+ Kg7 62. Re8 h5 63. Kd2 h4 64. Ke3 Ngf5+ 65. Kf2 Kh6 66. Rf8 Re7 67. Rf6+ Kh5 68. Bxd4 Nxd4 69. Nf7 Re2+ 70. Kf1 Kg4 71. f5 Rxb2 72. Ne5+ Kg5 73. Rf7 h3 74. Rh7 h2 75. Nd3 Rd2 76. Nf2 Nxf5 77. Rxh2 Rd4 78. Rh7 b5 79. cxb5 axb5 80. Rc7 Rc4 81. Nd3 Kf6 82. Ke2 Nd4+ 83. Kd2 Nb3+ 84. Ke3 Ke6 85. Rh7 Kd6 86. Rh6+ Kc7 87. Rg6 Nd4 88. Kd2 Nf3+ 89. Ke3 Rc3 90. Rg7+ Kd6 91. Ke4 Nd2+ 92. Ke3 Nb3 93. Ke2 {[#] Sometimes exchanging into a rook ending is the way to win:} Nc1+ $1 94. Nxc1 Rxc1 95. Rg4 (95. Rg3 {is met by the deadly zwischenschach (German for in-between-check)} Rc2+ $1 (95... Rc4 $2 96. Rd3+ Kc7 (96... Ke5 97. Re3+ Re4 (97... Kf5 98. Rf3+ Kg4 99. Rf6 Kg5 100. Rf1 Rxb4 101. Rc1 Rc4 102. Rxc4 bxc4 103. Ke3 c5 104. Kd2 Kf4 105. Kc3 Ke5 106. Kxc4 Kd6 107. Kc3 $11) 98. Kd3 Rxe3+ 99. Kxe3 $11) 97. Rb3 c5 98. bxc5 Kc6 99. Kd3 Kxc5 100. Rc3 $11) 96. Kd1 (96. Kd3 Rc4 $19) 96... Rc4 97. Rb3 c5 98. bxc5+ Kxc5 99. Rb1 b4 100. Rc1 b3 101. Rxc4+ Kxc4 102. Kd2 Kd4 103. Kd1 Kd3 104. Kc1 Kc3 105. Kb1 b2 106. Ka2 Kc2 $19) (95. Rg6+ Kd5 96. Rg5+ Kd4 97. Rg4+ Kc3 98. Rh4 Kb3 99. Kd3 Rc4 $19) 95... Rc4 96. Rxc4 bxc4 97. Kd2 Ke5 ({Of course not} 97... Kd5 $4 98. Kc3 $11) 98. Kc3 Kd5 99. Kc2 Kd4 100. Kd2 c3+ 101. Kc2 Kc4 102. Kc1 Kxb4 103. Kc2 Kc4 104. Kc1 Kb3 105. Kb1 c2+ 106. Kc1 c5 (106... c5 107. Kd2 Kb2 $19) 0-1


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Karsten Müller, born 1970, has a world-wide reputation as one of the greatest endgame experts. He has, together with Frank Lamprecht, written a book on the subject: “Fundamental Chess Endgames” in addition to other contributions such as his column on the website ChessCafe as well as in ChessBase Magazine. Müller's ChessBase-DVDs about endgames in Fritztrainer-Format are bestsellers. The PhD in mathematics lives in Hamburg, where he has also been hunting down points for the HSK in the Bundesliga for many years.
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Philip Feeley Philip Feeley 5/27/2015 06:36
Seriously? You published the "emperor has no clothes" picture of the venue the site put out for public consumption, instead of the expose Kevin Spraggett did recently?

https://kevinspraggettonchess.wordpress.com/page/3/

You should be better than him at this.
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