Khanty 06: Few changes at the top

by Alejandro Ramirez
4/16/2014 – Both Hou Yifan and Muzychuk drew their games which means that the only change on the leader-board was on who was tied for third place. Zhao Xue lost quite badly against Girya, not only losing her opening advantage with white early on but giving black the better chances quickly. Kosteniuk won a crazy game against Dzagnidze, and now both Girya and Kosteniuk are tie for third place.

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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 Six

Round 06 – April 15 2014, 14:00h
Kosteniuk, A 2527
1-0
Dzagnidze, Nana 2550
Lagno, Kateryna 2543
½-½
Tuvshintugs, B 2340
Muminova, Nafisa 2321
1-0
Kosintseva, Tatiana 2496
Stefanova, A 2489
½-½
Hou Yifan 2618
Ushenina, Anna 2501
½-½
Muzychuk, Anna 2560
Zhao Xue 2552
0-1
Girya, Olga 2450

Hou Yifan and Kateryna Lagno checking out their opponent's games

Kosteniuk, Alexandra 1-0 Dzagnidze, Nana
Dzagnidze essayed the Kan Sicilian again, and Kosteniuk also used a Maroczy type system against her, more or less how Hou Yifan did it to beat the Georgian player in an earlier round. Dzagnidze's f5 pawn break was maybe too abrupt and the opening of diagonals and files seemed to favor Kosteniuk. The game became double-edged in time pressure, and both players blundered. However it was the Russian that emerged up a pawn and with good technique she finished the game off.

Time pressure was key in this game, and it was Alexandra Kosteniuk who handled the blitz better

Lagno, Kateryna ½-½ Tuvshintugs, Batchimeg
Lagno certainly obtained good pressure from the opening. She missed a couple of key points in which she could have won a pawn in a clean fashion, instead her accuracy dropped somewhat and she ended up a pawn but in a drawish rook endgame that Tuvshintugs defended very well.

Kateryna Lagno could have used her chances better today

Batchimeg was not very happy with her position...

Muminova, Nafisa 1-0 Kosintseva, Tatiana
An impressive strike by the lowest rated player! Kosintseva used a topical line in the Paulsen to gain near equality, but from then on she simply played badly. Muminova launched a strong attack on the kingside and Black's dark-square weaknesses could not be fixed. A beautiful mating attack finished the game off.

Nafisa Muminova is not leading the event by any means, but she can be happy with her results

Stefanova, Antoaneta ½-½ Hou Yifan
Probably the worst position Hou Yifan has had all tournament, she found herself in a slightly uncomfortable endgame as her isolated pawn was a minor weakness. However it wasn't easy to exploit and the game ended in a drawn king endgame.

The slight advantage Antoaneta Stefanova got today is as much
trouble as anyone has given Hou Yifan this tournament

Ushenina, Anna ½-½ Muzychuk, Anna
The duel of the Annas was a typical affair for Ushenina. She proved excellent preparation, obtained a great advantage from the opening, and then spoilt it by playing inaccurately and she let Muzychuk escape with a draw.

Zhao Xue 0-1 Girya, Olga
It is very unclear to me what Zhao Xue was thinking during the opening. After only seven moves of chess she was clearly worse with White and such a mistake is not forgivable for a grandmaster level player. Girya took her advantage and kept putting pressure on White's position, until eventually winning a queen endgame that was difficult to defend for White, if defendable at all.

A lively game, in which Black was always better

Olga Girya held the advantage as early as move seven and never let go

Round Six 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
1-0
Dzagnidze, Nana 2550
Lagno, Kateryna 2543
½-½
Tuvshintugs, B 2340
Muminova, Nafisa 2321
1-0
Kosintseva, Tatiana 2496
Stefanova, A 2489
½-½
Hou Yifan 2618
Ushenina, Anna 2501
½-½
Muzychuk, Anna 2560
Zhao Xue 2552
0-1
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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