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WGP Geneva: shocker in round three

5/6/2013 – It is not often you see the bottom seed in a tournament take a full point from the top seed. But that is what WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs did when she outplayed former women's world champion Hou Yifan, rated more than 300 points above her. Bela Khotenashvili and Katerina Lahno won their games and join Anna Muzychuk in the lead after three rounds. Report with GM analysis.
 

Neva Women's Grand Prix in Geneva

The Neva Foundation in partnership with the Internation Chess Federation (FIDE) has organised the first leg of the official Women's Grand Prix series for the first time in Geneva. From May 3 to May 15, twelve of the best women players featuring current Women World Champion Anna Ushenina from Ukraine, will confront each other at the N'vY Manotel. The tournament is an eleven-round all-play-all at classical time controls.

Round three report

Round 3 on Sunday, May 5th 2013 at 14:00
GM Tatiana Kosintseva 2517
½-½
GM Alexandra Kosteniuk 2491
IM Bela Khotenashvili 2505
1-0
GM Nana Dzagnidze 2545
WGM Tuvshintugs Batchimeg 2298
1-0
GM Yifan Hou 2617
GM Viktorija Cmilyte 2522
½-½
WGM Wenjun Ju 2544
GM Anna Muzychuk 2585
½-½
GM Anna Ushenina 2491
WGM Olga Girya 2463
0-1
GM Kateryna Lagno 2548

The Georgian derby between Bela Khotenashvili (above in a butterfly blouse)
and Nana Dzagnidze finished in favor of Bela Khotenashvili.

Katerina Lahno (above) outplayed Olga Girya in Grunfeld after 72 moves

Three other games, Tatiana Kosintseva (above) vs Alexandra Kosteniuk ...

Viktorija Cmilyte (above) vs Ju Wenjun ...

... and Anna Muzychuk vs Anna Ushenina all finished in draws.

Summaries of all games are available on the official web site, which also provides analysis of key games by GM Adrian Mikhalchishin. Adrian sent us his analysis of the dramatically unexpected encounter between the top and bottom seed:

WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs, rated 2298, playing GM Hou Yifan, rated 2617

[Event "Fondation Neva Women's Grand Prix"] [Site "Geneva"] [Date "2013.05.05"] [Round "3.1"] [White "Batchimeg, Tuvshintugs"] [Black "Hou, Yifan"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A46"] [Annotator "Mikhalchishin"] [PlyCount "83"] [EventDate "2013.??.??"] [WhiteClock "0:41:23"] [BlackClock "0:30:34"] {The biggest sensation of the tournament - the bottom seed beats the top seed! Hou Yifan successfully finished the very strong Chinese mens Championship just few days before Geneva. We can remember that in similar situation last year in Kazan she played very inconvincigly on the start. But later showed her real power.} 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. e3 b6 4. Bd3 Bb7 5. O-O d5 ({Theory prefers a different path} 5... c5 6. c4 Be7 7. Nc3 cxd4 8. exd4 d5 9. cxd5 Nxd5 {with a very sharp middlegame. But many players in modern times hate to play with or against an isolated pawn.}) 6. c4 Bd6 7. b3 ({Another way is} 7. Nc3 O-O 8. Qe2 Ne4 9. Rd1) 7... O-O 8. Bb2 Nbd7 9. Nc3 a6 10. Rc1 ({White cannot prepare the e3-e4 break immediately} 10. Qc2 dxc4 11. bxc4 Bxf3 12. gxf3 c5 {with serious counterplay.}) ({But the classical plan in the center looks like this: } 10. Qe2 Ne4 11. Rac1 ({very logical is another rook setup} 11. Rad1 Qe7 12. Bb1 Nxc3 13. Bxc3 Nf6 14. Ne5 $14 dxc4 15. Nxc4 Be4 16. Bxe4 Nxe4 17. Bb2 b5 18. Ne5 c5 $5 19. Qc2 $1 f5 20. dxc5 Nxc5 {with a small positional advantage, Keres,P-Furman,S/Tallinn 1971}) 11... Qe7 (11... f5) 12. Rfd1 (12. Na4 $5 f5 13. Ne5 Bxe5 14. dxe5 dxc4 15. Rxc4 $1 $14 (15. bxc4 Qb4 $1)) 12... f5 (12... c5 $5 13. cxd5 exd5 14. dxc5 Nxc3 $1 15. Bxc3 bxc5 $132) 13. Na4 $1 f4 $6 $146 (13... Rf6 $5 14. c5 bxc5 15. dxc5 Nexc5 $1 16. Nxc5 Bxc5 17. Bxf6 Nxf6 18. Qc2 Bb6 $44) 14. Rc2 $1 Rf7 $6 15. exf4 Bxf4 16. Bc1 $1 $16 {White exchanges the most dangerous black piece and is prepared to open the c-file, Kacheishvili,G (2593)-Sokolov,A (2584)/Plovdiv 2003}) 10... Qe7 11. cxd5 exd5 12. Ne2 $1 {This knight transfer allowes White to limit opponents attacking possibilities on the king's flank.} Ne4 13. Ng3 f5 14. Qc2 ({More logical would be the immediate} 14. Qe2) 14... Rf7 15. Qe2 $1 {The Mongolian players admits her small mistake} g5 $6 {A very sharp and direct way of attack.} 16. Rc2 g4 17. Bxe4 $5 fxe4 $6 ({Here the Mongolian player said in the press conference another capture would be much better:} 17... dxe4 18. Nd2 b5 19. a4 Nb6) 18. Ne5 $1 Bxe5 19. dxe5 Nxe5 20. Bxe5 Qxe5 21. Qxg4+ Rg7 $2 ({Clearly better was to concentrate on pressure on the f-file} 21... Kh8 22. b4 Raf8) {White is speculating with a queens exchange, forcing her opponent's queen to leave its strong position.} 22. Qf5 $1 Qd6 23. Rd1 ({A very interesting try was to close the f-file} 23. f4 exf3 $2 24. Qxf3 {with very unpleasant threats.}) 23... Rf8 24. Qh5 Qe6 25. b4 $1 {The Mongolian player stops the c5 move.} c6 26. Ne2 $1 {It is impressive how the Mongolian, mow living in Oakland, California transfers her knight. On f4 it will be very strong.} Qe7 27. Nf4 Qf6 28. Qe2 ({More direct was} 28. a4 {trying to play a5, destroying black's pawn structure.} ) 28... Rg5 ({After} 28... Qg5 29. g3 {The white knight on f4 is very strong. Black has many holes in the position, and it is not clear how to defend and repair her position.}) 29. h4 Re5 30. g3 Qd6 31. a3 ({Very strong was to stop c5 after} 31. Qc4 $1 Rc8 32. Qc3 c5 33. bxc5 bxc5 34. Rb2 Ba8 35. Rb6 $1) { Sooner or later Black will try to open her bishop} 31... c5 32. bxc5 bxc5 33. Rb2 $1 {The white rooks start to control the b-file.} Ba8 34. Rdb1 d4 35. Rb6 Qd7 36. Qc4+ Kh8 37. Rb8 {Now Black has no defence, as her pieces on the eighth rank are very badly placed.} Rd8 38. Ne6 $1 {Nice, but a simpler solution was possible:} (38. Qxa6) 38... Bd5 39. Nxd8 $1 Re8 ({Or} 39... Bxc4 40. Ne6+ {with mate.}) 40. Qxc5 d3 41. Qd4+ Kg8 42. R1b7 1-0

Former Women's World Champion Hou Yifan unexpectedly in trouble against ...

... Mongolian WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs in round three

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Schedule and results

Round 1 on Friday, May 3rd 2013 at 14:00
GM Nana Dzagnidze 2545
½-½
GM Alexandra Kosteniuk 2491
GM Tatiana Kosintseva 2517
½-½
GM Yifan Hou 2617
IM Bela Khotenashvili 2505
1-0
WGM Wenjun Ju 2544
WGM Tuvshintugs Batchimeg 2298
½-½
GM Anna Ushenina 2491
GM Viktorija Cmilyte 2522
½-½
GM Kateryna Lagno 2548
GM Anna Muzychuk 2585
1-0
WGM Olga Girya 2463
Round 2 on Saturday, May 4th 2013 at 14:00
GM Alexandra Kosteniuk 2491
½-½
WGM Olga Girya ½-½
GM Kateryna Lagno 2548
½-½
GM Anna Muzychuk 1-0
GM Anna Ushenina 2491
½-½
GM 1-0 2522
WGM Wenjun Ju 2544
1-0
WGM ½-½ 2298
GM Yifan Hou 2617
1-0
IM Bela Khotenashvili ½-½
GM Nana Dzagnidze 2545
½-½
GM Tatiana Kosintseva 0-1
Round 3 on Sunday, May 5th 2013 at 14:00
GM Tatiana Kosintseva 2517
½-½
GM Alexandra Kosteniuk 2491
IM Bela Khotenashvili 2505
1-0
GM Nana Dzagnidze 2545
WGM Tuvshintugs Batchimeg 2298
1-0
GM Yifan Hou 2617
GM Viktorija Cmilyte 2522
½-½
WGM Wenjun Ju 2544
GM Anna Muzychuk 2585
½-½
GM Anna Ushenina 2491
WGM Olga Girya 2463
0-1
GM Kateryna Lagno 2548
Round 4 on Monday, May 6th 2013 at 14:00
GM Alexandra Kosteniuk 2491   GM Kateryna Lagno 2548
GM Anna Ushenina 2491   WGM Olga Girya 2463
WGM Wenjun Ju 2544   GM Anna Muzychuk 2585
GM Yifan Hou 2617   GM Viktorija Cmilyte 2522
GM Nana Dzagnidze 2545   WGM Tuvshintugs Batchimeg 2298
GM Tatiana Kosintseva 2517   IM Bela Khotenashvili 2505
Round 5 on Wednesday, May 8th 2013 at 14:00
IM Bela Khotenashvili 2505   GM Alexandra Kosteniuk 2491
WGM Tuvshintugs Batchimeg 2298   GM Tatiana Kosintseva 2517
GM Viktorija Cmilyte 2522   GM Nana Dzagnidze 2545
GM Anna Muzychuk 2585   GM Yifan Hou 2617
WGM Olga Girya 2463   WGM Wenjun Ju 2544
GM Kateryna Lagno 2548   GM Anna Ushenina 2491
Round 6 on Thursday, May 9th 2013 at 14:00
GM Alexandra Kosteniuk 2491   GM Anna Ushenina 2491
WGM Wenjun Ju 2544   GM Kateryna Lagno 2548
GM Yifan Hou 2617   WGM Olga Girya 2463
GM Nana Dzagnidze 2545   GM Anna Muzychuk 2585
GM Tatiana Kosintseva 2517   GM Viktorija Cmilyte 2522
IM Bela Khotenashvili 2505   WGM Tuvshintugs Batchimeg 2298
Round 7 on Friday, May 10th 2013 at 14:00
WGM Tuvshintugs Batchimeg 2298   GM Alexandra Kosteniuk 2491
GM Viktorija Cmilyte 2522   IM Bela Khotenashvili 2505
GM Anna Muzychuk 2585   GM Tatiana Kosintseva 2517
WGM Olga Girya 2463   GM Nana Dzagnidze 2545
GM Kateryna Lagno 2548   GM Yifan Hou 2617
GM Anna Ushenina 2491   WGM Wenjun Ju 2544
Round 8 on Saturday, May 11th 2013 at 14:00
GM Alexandra Kosteniuk 2491   WGM Wenjun Ju 2544
GM Yifan Hou 2617   GM Anna Ushenina 2491
GM Nana Dzagnidze 2545   GM Kateryna Lagno 2548
GM Tatiana Kosintseva 2517   WGM Olga Girya 2463
IM Bela Khotenashvili 2505   GM Anna Muzychuk 2585
WGM Tuvshintugs Batchimeg 2298   GM Viktorija Cmilyte 2522
Round 9 on Monday, May 13th 2013 at 14:00
GM Viktorija Cmilyte 2522   GM Alexandra Kosteniuk 2491
GM Anna Muzychuk 2585   WGM Tuvshintugs Batchimeg 2298
WGM Olga Girya 2463   IM Bela Khotenashvili 2505
GM Kateryna Lagno 2548   GM Tatiana Kosintseva 2517
GM Anna Ushenina 2491   GM Nana Dzagnidze 2545
WGM Wenjun Ju 2544   GM Yifan Hou 2617
Round 10 on Tuesday, May 14th 2013 at 14:00
GM Alexandra Kosteniuk 2491   GM Yifan Hou 2617
GM Nana Dzagnidze 2545   WGM Wenjun Ju 2544
GM Tatiana Kosintseva 2517   GM Anna Ushenina 2491
IM Bela Khotenashvili 2505   GM Kateryna Lagno 2548
WGM Tuvshintugs Batchimeg 2298   WGM Olga Girya 2463
GM Viktorija Cmilyte 2522   GM Anna Muzychuk 2585
Round 11 on Wednesday, May 15th 2013 at 12:00
GM Anna Muzychuk 2585   GM Alexandra Kosteniuk 2491
WGM Olga Girya 2463   GM Viktorija Cmilyte 2522
GM Kateryna Lagno 2548   WGM Tuvshintugs Batchimeg 2298
GM Anna Ushenina 2491   IM Bela Khotenashvili 2505
WGM Wenjun Ju 2544   GM Tatiana Kosintseva 2517
GM Yifan Hou 2617   GM Nana Dzagnidze 2545

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