Kazan GP Rd.5: two decisive games, Muzychuk joins lead

by ChessBase
6/16/2012 – The fifth round was quite peaceful – four draws, only two decisive games. Anna Muzychuk beat Betul Yildiz to join Elina Danielian in the lead with 3.5/5. Top seeds Hou Yifan and Humpy Koneru escaped defeat in precarious positions. On the free day before the round many participants went on a guided tour of the Kazan Kremlin, which includes the dramatically leaning Soyembika tower.

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From June 9 to 23, 2012 Kazan, the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, will play host to the FIDE Women's Grand Prix, part of a series of elite events organised by FIDE and Global Chess. There will be six tournaments over two years in various countries around the world. 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. Starting time of the games is 15:00h (check your local time here).

Free day

On Thursday the Grand Prix participants enjoyed the first rest day. The organizers provided a sightseeing tour of Kazan, the capital and largest city of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia. Kazan celebrated its millennium in 2005, after a city-organized historical commission settled on 1005 as the official year of the city's founding. Since 2000, the city has been undergoing a total renovation. The historical center, including its Kremlin, has been rebuilt.

Modern day Kazan – scroll right for a full panorama view. [Photo Wicki]

During the millennium celebrations, one of the largest mosque in Russia, Qolsharif, was dedicated in the Kazan Kremlin, the holiest copy of Our Lady of Kazan was returned to the city, the "Millennium Bridge" was inaugurated that year, and the Kazan Metro began operation.

Kazan at night, with its Kremlin with the Soyembika Tower and cathedrals – scroll right for a full panorama [Photo Wicki]

Admiring a statue of Karl Fuks, founder of the Kazan Naturalists’ School and the
author of a guidebook on practical medicine and hygiene in the Tatar language.

Karl Fuks was the first doctor, who got recognition of the Kazan Tatars. Muslims, being afraid of witchcraft, which is strictly disapproved by Koran, gave no credence to foreign doctors. Fuks was the only exception, and doors were always opened for that "tabib". His knowledge of the Tatar language and undeniable great doctor’s talent won the hearts of Kazan citizens. A major field in medicine where nobody could compare with him was diagnostics. [See: The City of Kazan]

Visiting the Qolsharif Mosque in the Kazan Kremlin

Inside the mosque, originally built in in the 16th century

A fish-eye view of the participants in front of the Soyembika tower, also know as the leaning tower. By the early 20th century, its inclination was estimated at 194 cm (76 in). Diverse stabilization methods were used to straighten the tower in the 1930s and 1990s.

Hou Yifan touching the leaning walls of the the Soyembika tower

Round five

Playing black the leader of the tournament Elina Danielian (right) made a draw
against Viktorija Cmilyte (left) in a slightly better endgame for white.

Anna Muzychuk defeated Betul Yildiz to join Elina Danielian in the lead with 3.5/5

Katerina Lahno (left) received a big advantage in the opening, playing white against
Alexandra Kosteniuk (right), and managed to convert her advantage into full point

Antoaneta Stefanova (right) was close to winning against Alisa Galliamova, as was...

... Tatiana Kosintseva (left) against and Humpy Koneru, but both drew their games

[Event "4th WGP Kazan 2012"] [Site "Kazan RUS"] [Date "2012.06.15"] [Round "5"] [White "Kosintseva, T."] [Black "Koneru, H."] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C80"] [WhiteElo "2532"] [BlackElo "2589"] [PlyCount "186"] [EventDate "2012.06.09"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Nxe4 6. d4 b5 7. Bb3 d5 8. dxe5 Be6 9. Be3 Be7 10. c3 O-O 11. Nbd2 Qd7 12. Re1 Rad8 13. Bc2 Bf5 14. Nxe4 Bxe4 15. Bxe4 dxe4 16. Qxd7 Rxd7 17. e6 fxe6 18. Nd2 Ne5 19. Nxe4 Nc4 20. b3 Nxe3 21. Rxe3 Rfd8 22. Kf1 Rd1+ 23. Re1 R1d5 24. Rac1 R5d7 25. f3 Kf7 26. Ke2 Ke8 27. Rc2 a5 28. c4 c6 29. cxb5 cxb5 30. Rc6 Kf7 31. Rec1 a4 32. Ra6 axb3 33. axb3 h6 34. Rcc6 Rd3 35. Rc7 R8d7 36. Rxd7 Rxd7 37. Ra5 b4 38. Nd2 Bf6 39. Rb5 Bc3 40. Nc4 Kf6 41. Ra5 g5 42. Ra6 h5 43. h3 g4 44. hxg4 hxg4 45. fxg4 Rd4 46. g5+ Kxg5 47. Rxe6 Rh4 48. Nd6 Rd4 49. Nc4 Rh4 50. Ne3 Rh1 51. Kd3 Rb1 52. Kc4 Re1 53. Re7 Rc1 54. Re8 Be1+ 55. Kd3 Rc3+ 56. Ke2 Bh4 57. Rg8+ Kh6 58. Rh8+ $2 Kg5 59. Rg8+ Kh6 60. Nf5+ Kh7 61. Rg7+ Kh8 62. Rg4 Bf6 63. Rxb4 Kh7 64. Ne3 Bg5 65. Nd5 Rg3 66. Kf2 Rd3 67. Rb5 Kg6 68. b4 Rd2+ 69. Kf3 Rd3+ 70. Kg4 Rd4+ 71. Kh3 Rh4+ 72. Kg3 Rd4 73. Rc5 Bh6 74. b5 Bf8 75. Rc6+ Kg5 76. Ne3 Rb4 77. b6 Rb5 78. Kf3 Bc5 79. Nc4 Rb3+ 80. Ke4 Bg1 81. Re6 Rb4 82. Kd3 Kf5 {White is winning, and has been for a while. But now the Russian GM falters:} 83. Re1 $2 Bxb6 84. Kc3 Rb5 85. Nd6+ Kg5 86. Re6 ({White probably missed} 86. Nxb5 Ba5+ {on move 83.}) 86... Rb1 {Now the game is an easy draw.} 87. Nc4 Bc7 88. Kd3 Rg1 89. Re2 Bf4 90. Ke4 Kg4 91. Nb6 Kg3 92. Nd5 Rxg2 93. Nxf4 Rxe2+ 1/2-1/2

Nadezhda Kosinsteva got better position playing with white against Hou Yifan but the world
champion exchanged few pieces and succeeded to make a draw in a slightly worse endgame

WGM Betul Cemre Yildiz 2333
GM Anna Muzychuk 2598
GM Tatiana Kosintseva 2532
GM Humpy Koneru 2589
GM Viktorija Cmilyte 2508
GM Elina Danielian 2484
GM Nadezhda Kosintseva 2528
GM Hou Yifan 2623
GM Antoaneta Stefanova 2518
IM Alisa Galliamova 2484
GM Keteryna Lahno 2546
GM Alexandra Kosteniuk 2457

Round five has significantly changed the tournament ranking. Anna Muzychuk (Slovenia) joined Elina Danielian (Armenia) on top with 3.5 points. Katerina Lahno (Ukrane), Nadezhda Kosintseva (Russia), Humpy Koneru (India) and Viktoria Chilyte are in 3rd–6th places with three points. Antoaneta Stefanova (Bulgaria) is alone in the 7th spot, followed by Alisa Galliamova, Alexandra Kostenyuk (both Russia) and Hou Yifan (China) with 2.0/5 points. Tatiana Kosintseva has 1.5/5, and Betul Yildiz (Turkey) closes the ranking with one point.

Standings after five rounds of play

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Video stream of the round

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Round six pairings

GM Anna Muzychuk 2598   GM Alexandra Kosteniuk 2457
IM Alisa Galliamova 2484   GM Keteryna Lahno 2546
GM Hou Yifan 2623   GM Antoaneta Stefanova 2518
GM Elina Danielian 2484   GM Nadezhda Kosintseva 2528
GM Humpy Koneru 2589   GM Viktorija Cmilyte 2508
WGM Betul Cemre Yildiz 2333   GM Tatiana Kosintseva 2532

Photos and reports by Anastasiya Karlovich and Rashit Shiriyazdanov, with kind permission of FIDE


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