Khanty 04: Muzychuk catching up

by Alejandro Ramirez
4/13/2014 – Many missed opportunities today in Khanty-Mansiysk as the players head to their first rest day. Muzychuk took advantage of Muminova's lack of endgame knowledge and converted a position which is theoretically drawn, but very hard to do so without prior knowledge of the position. Hou Yifan and Lagno drew, still leaving the Chinese ahead by half a point. Pictures, games and standings.

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The fourth stage of the the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix series 2013-2014 is taking place at the Ugra Chess Academy, Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia from the 8th of April until the 22nd of April 2014. It is a twelve-player round robin with time controls of 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, with 30 minutes plus an additional 30 seconds per move for the rest of the game. The total prize fund is 60,000, with the winner getting 10,000 Euro.

Round Four

Round 04 – April 12 2014, 14:00h
Kosteniuk, A 2527
1-0
Tuvshintugs, B 2340
Dzagnidze, Nana 2550
1-0
Kosintseva, Tatiana 2496
Lagno, Kateryna 2543
½-½
Hou Yifan 2618
Muminova, Nafisa 2321
0-1
Muzychuk, Anna 2560
Stefanova, A 2489
½-½
Girya, Olga 2450
Ushenina, Anna 2501
½-½
Zhao Xue 2552

Kosteniuk, Alexandra 1-0 Tuvshintugs, Batchimeg
Another slow Spanish, but this time the Mongolian player's bishop on g4 proved to be a static weakness as it could not easily go home. Kosteniuk exploited this to the fullest of extents, eventually Black was unable to hold her position together because of this bishop and the extra material was sufficient for White to take the full point eventually.

Batchimeg Tuvshintugs has had a rough schedule and she only has half a point

Dzagnidze, Nana 1-0 Kosintseva, Tatiana
Dzagnidze sacrificed two pieces for a rook in a topical line of the Ragozin. The Georgian came with excellent preparation, and Kosintseva was simply not able to find the most accurate defenses in such a complicated position. It is possible that the entire line is bad for black, but only time will tell on that one. Today it was a beautiful example of home preparation paying off.

Very well prepared: Nana Dzagnidze crushed Tatiana Kosintseva with deep study

Lagno, Kateryna ½-½ Hou Yifan
Lagno's attempt to enter the Catalan turned into a Fianchetto Benoni, and not one that favored White at all. Hou Yifan quickly sacrificed an exchange for excellent compensation, and she might even have had the better practical chances. However she protected her lead and repeated moves, leaving her half a point ahead of Muzychuk.

World Champion Hou Yifan was leading 3-0 before the game...

... and kept her lead, playing it a little on the safe side against Kateryna Lagno today

Despite Kateryna's fiery eyes she was simply unable to pose Hou Yifan any problems

Muminova, Nafisa 0-1 Muzychuk, Anna
Something went awfully wrong in Muminova's preparation as she found herself down a pawn with no compensation before move 20. However Muzychuk's technique was spot on and Muminova obtained a drawn endgame. However she was unable to hold a theoretically drawn f and h pawn rook endgame, and missed a great opportunity to add half a point to her score. Muzychuk on the other hand is now Hou Yifan's closest suitor.

With a little more endgame knowledge Nafisa Muminova could have saved today's game

Stefanova, Antoaneta ½-½ Girya, Olga
Stefanova was certainly lost in the middlegame, where she had simply way too many weaknesses and she was down a pawn. But, somehow, Girya exchanged in to the endgame too early and she made conversion very complicated, to the point where she lost her way and let the Bulgarian player escape with half a point.

Yesterday she blundered half a point, today she saved half a point miraculously: Antoaneta Stefanova

Ushenina, Anna ½-½ Zhao Xue
Ushenina sacrificed a pawn for compensation against Zhao Xue. This almost worked wonders as her pieces were swarming the board and it was difficult for the Chinese player to defend all of her weaknesses. However Ushenina was never able to find a killing blow, and slowly Zhao Xue steered the game to a draw after counter-sacrificing her own pawn. The opposite colored bishop endgame that resulted was dead drawn.

Tough defense, but Zhao Xue held it together

Anna Ushenina has had good positions in her games, despite her 50% score

Round Four Games

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Standings

Photos by Nikolay Bochkarev, from the official website

Schedule and results

Round 01 – April 9 2014, 14:00h
Stefanova, A 2489
½-½
Kosteniuk, A 2527
Ushenina, Anna 2501
1-0
Muminova, Nafisa 2321
Zhao Xue 2552
1-0
Lagno, Kateryna 2543
Girya, Olga 2450
1-0
Dzagnidze, Nana 2550
Muzychuk, Anna 2560
1-0
Tuvshintugs, B 2340
Hou Yifan 2618
1-0
Kosintseva, Tatiana 2496
Round 02 – April 10 2014, 14:00h
Kosteniuk, A 2527
0-1
Kosintseva, Tatiana 2496
Tuvshintugs, B 2340
0-1
Hou Yifan 2618
Dzagnidze, Nana 2550
½-½
Muzychuk, Anna 2560
Lagno, Kateryna 2543
1-0
Girya, Olga 2450
Muminova, Nafisa 2321
1-0
Zhao Xue 2552
Stefanova, A 2489
1-0
Ushenina, Anna 2501
Round 03 – April 11 2014, 14:00h
Ushenina, Anna 2501
½-½
Kosteniuk, A 2527
Zhao Xue 2552
1-0
Stefanova, A 2489
Girya, Olga 2450
½-½
Muminova, Nafisa 2321
Muzychuk, Anna 2560
½-½
Lagno, Kateryna 2543
Hou Yifan 2618
1-0
Dzagnidze, Nana 2550
Kosintseva, Tatiana 2496
½-½
Tuvshintugs, B 2340
Round 04 – April 12 2014, 14:00h
Kosteniuk, A 2527
1-0
Tuvshintugs, B 2340
Dzagnidze, Nana 2550
1-0
Kosintseva, Tatiana 2496
Lagno, Kateryna 2543
½-½
Hou Yifan 2618
Muminova, Nafisa 2321
0-1
Muzychuk, Anna 2560
Stefanova, A 2489
½-½
Girya, Olga 2450
Ushenina, Anna 2501
½-½
Zhao Xue 2552
Round 05 – April 14 2014, 14:00h
Zhao Xue 2552   Kosteniuk, A 2527
Girya, Olga 2450   Ushenina, Anna 2501
Muzychuk, Anna 2560   Stefanova, A 2489
Hou Yifan 2618   Muminova, Nafisa 2321
Kosintseva, Tatiana 2496   Lagno, Kateryna 2543
Tuvshintugs, B 2340   Dzagnidze, Nana 2550
Round 06 – April 15 2014, 14:00h
Kosteniuk, A 2527   Dzagnidze, Nana 2550
Lagno, Kateryna 2543   Tuvshintugs, B 2340
Muminova, Nafisa 2321   Kosintseva, Tatiana 2496
Stefanova, A 2489   Hou Yifan 2618
Ushenina, Anna 2501   Muzychuk, Anna 2560
Zhao Xue 2552   Girya, Olga 2450
Round 07 – April 16 2014, 14:00h
Girya, Olga 2450   Kosteniuk, A 2527
Muzychuk, Anna 2560   Zhao Xue 2552
Hou Yifan 2618   Ushenina, Anna 2501
Kosintseva, Tatiana 2496   Stefanova, A 2489
Tuvshintugs, B 2340   Muminova, Nafisa 2321
Dzagnidze, Nana 2550   Lagno, Kateryna 2543
Round 08 – April 17 2014, 14:00h
Kosteniuk, A 2527   Lagno, Kateryna 2543
Muminova, Nafisa 2321   Dzagnidze, Nana 2550
Stefanova, A 2489   Tuvshintugs, B 2340
Ushenina, Anna 2501   Kosintseva, Tatiana 2496
Zhao Xue 2552   Hou Yifan 2618
Girya, Olga 2450   Muzychuk, Anna 2560
Round 09 – April 19 2014, 14:00h
Muzychuk, Anna 2560   Kosteniuk, A 2527
Hou Yifan 2618   Girya, Olga 2450
Kosintseva, Tatiana 2496   Zhao Xue 2552
Tuvshintugs, B 2340   Ushenina, Anna 2501
Dzagnidze, Nana 2550   Stefanova, A 2489
Lagno, Kateryna 2543   Muminova, Nafisa 2321
Round 10 – April 20 2014, 14:00h
Kosteniuk, A 2527   Muminova, Nafisa 2321
Stefanova, A 2489   Lagno, Kateryna 2543
Ushenina, Anna 2501   Dzagnidze, Nana 2550
Zhao Xue 2552   Tuvshintugs, B 2340
Girya, Olga 2450   Kosintseva, Tatiana 2496
Muzychuk, Anna 2560   Hou Yifan 2618
Round 11 – April 21 2014, 11:00h
Hou Yifan 2618   Kosteniuk, A 2527
Kosintseva, Tatiana 2496   Muzychuk, Anna 2560
Tuvshintugs, B 2340   Girya, Olga 2450
Dzagnidze, Nana 2550   Zhao Xue 2552
Lagno, Kateryna 2543   Ushenina, Anna 2501
Muminova, Nafisa 2321   Stefanova, A 2489

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Grandmaster Alejandro Ramirez has been playing tournament chess since 1998. His accomplishments include qualifying for the 2004 and 2013 World Cups as well as playing for Costa Rica in the 2002, 2004 and 2008 Olympiads. He currently has a rating of 2583 and is author of a number of popular and critically acclaimed ChessBase-DVDs.
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