Khanty 05: Relative Peace

by Alejandro Ramirez
4/15/2014 – Most of the games were drawn today, and Hou Yifan was the one that came on top of the round as she beat the lowest rated player in the event, Nafisa Muminova. Her closest competitor, Anna Muzychuk, is now a point behind her as she was only able to draw Kateryna Lagno. Hou Yifan will face stiff competition in the next few rounds. Will she mantain her 2831 performance?

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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 Five

Round 05 – April 14 2014, 14:00h
Zhao Xue 2552
½-½
Kosteniuk, A 2527
Girya, Olga 2450
½-½
Ushenina, Anna 2501
Muzychuk, Anna 2560
½-½
Stefanova, A 2489
Hou Yifan 2618
1-0
Muminova, Nafisa 2321
Kosintseva, Tatiana 2496
½-½
Lagno, Kateryna 2543
Tuvshintugs, B 2340
0-1
Dzagnidze, Nana 2550

Round five in action

Zhao Xue ½-½ Kosteniuk, Alexandra
In an unsual game, Zhao Xue never moved her e or d pawns! She aggressively pushed forward on the queenside, but Kosteniuk was able to defend quite well and the game was equal throughout. It finished in a perpetual check after Zhao Xue sacrificed a knight to force the draw.

Alexandra Kosteniuk broke out of the bind on the
queenside and held equality throughout the game

Girya, Olga ½-½ Ushenina, Anna
Ushenina used the Cambridge Springs defense to equalize without problems against Girya. Slowly, the Ukrainian player outplayed her opponent and she obtained a winning position. However, when the time to strike came, Ushenina again missed her chance (31..Nb1! instead of 31...Rf3?) and she was unable to convert. This seems to be a constant in Ushenina's games this tournament.

Olga Girya survived thanks to her opponent's missteps

Muzychuk, Anna ½-½ Stefanova, Antoatneta
Muzychuk obtained nothing from her Scotch Opening and Stefanova was able to trade many pieces and reach an easily drawn rook endgame.

A victory would have been very important today for Anna Muzychuk,
but Stefanova's defense was too solid

Antoaneta Stefanova will face Hou Yifan tomorrow with White

Hou Yifan 1-0 Muminova, Nafisa
The World Champion used an interesting pawn sacrifice in the Catalan for serious compensation. Muminova was never able to really push White's pieces back, despite the fact that her position lacked any real weaknesses. Eventually it was these problems she had with her pieces that cost her the game as her rook, bishop and queen were completely tied down and useless. A very clean game by Hou Yifan.

A cheerful Nafisa was unable to hold against the
World Champion, who played a great game

Will anyone be able to catch Hou Yifan?

Kosintseva, Tatiana ½-½ Lagno, Kateryna
Kosintseva's pawn sacrifice out of the opening netted her a slight initiative on the light squares, fueled by the presence of opposite colored bishops. However Lagno's Sveshnikov-type structure provided her plenty of counterplay, she sacrificed her extra pawn back to force and endgame that she had no problems holding.

It's still early in the tournament, but Tatiana Kosintseva will need more wins to catch
up on the leaderboards and sum some Grand Prix points

Kateryna Lagno is tied with many others at 2.5/5

Tuvshintugs, Batchimeg 0-1 Dzagnidze, Nana
A marathon game, which finished at the 98th move! Tuvshintugs found herself down a pawn but with some compensation, making the game very murky. Black's awkward bishop and unsafe king made conversion very difficult. At some point Dzagnidze could have finished the game off after Tuvshintugs blundered, but she didn't see the winning combination in time pressure. Eventually they reached a drawn queen endgame, and in a bizarre decision Tuvshintugs played a random move instead of forcing a perpetual check. Dzanigdze took her small advantage and outplayed the Mongolian from then on, winning the game.

Nana Dzagnidze converted her extra pawn in a very long queen endgame

Round Five 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 ½-½ Kosteniuk, A 2527
Girya, Olga 2450 ½-½ Ushenina, Anna 2501
Muzychuk, Anna 2560 ½-½ Stefanova, A 2489
Hou Yifan 2618 1-0 Muminova, Nafisa 2321
Kosintseva, Tatiana 2496 ½-½ Lagno, Kateryna 2543
Tuvshintugs, B 2340 0-1 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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Topics: Khanty GP, Women

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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