Khanty GP: Near Whitewash

by Alejandro Ramirez
4/9/2014 – It was not a bad day to be white! With five of the six games resulting in white victories it was only Kosteniuk that, miraculously, with black was able to hold a draw against Stefanova. The World Champion started with a win against Kosintseva, and the only upset of the round was Girya's win against Dzanigdze. Round one report.

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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 One

The first round of the fourth FIDE Grand Prix is under way

Alexandra Kosteniuk being briefly interviewed by Russian television

Another Russian star: Tatiana Kosintseva giving her impressions

One more autograph for the board! This time its Tuvshintugs Batchimeg's.

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
Batchimeg, T 2340
Hou Yifan 2618
1-0
Kosintseva, Tatiana 2496

Round one of the Women's Grand Prix in Khanty-Mansiysk was no disappointment! With five decisive results the round was full of action:

Antoaneta Stefanova was close to making the "whitewash" complete

Stefanova, Antoaneta ½-½ Kosteniuk, Alexandra
The only game that was not won by the White pieces, but it certainly could have. Stefanova employed one of her usual unorthodox openings and got a really nice position, eventually leading into a more comfortable endgame. Kosteniuk erred quickly after entering the knight and bishop endgame and found herself in a lost position, but by some miracle Stefanova missed win after win after win until the game was drawn.

Escaping by the skin of her teeth: Alexandra Kosteniuk

Ushenina, Anna 1-0 Muminova, Nafisa
Muminova's opening was good and she had adequate counterplay. She made some strange decisions and ended in a rook endgame down a pawn, but it was possible that she adequate resources to draw the game. Unfortunately for her she missed some key White pawn advances and she found herself helpless against Ushenina's passed e-pawn.

Being White today was not so bad for Anna

Zhao Xue 1-0 Lagno, Kateryna
Zhao Xue's opening was quite bad, and Lagno's position before move ten was already preferable. However something went wrong and the Ukrainian's series of mistakes were severely punished by very active play from Zhao Xue who proceeded to sweep Lagno off the board.

Kateryna Lagno surveying her rivals' games after getting a great opening position

Girya, Olga 1-0 Dzagnidze, Nana
A very complex game. Girya's pawns sacrifice might not have been totally justified but it certainly put pressure on Black's position. Once White safeguarded her own king it was only a matter of time until Black's king could not resist the pressure any longer.

Muzychuk, Anna 1-0 Batchimegs, T
Black's offside knight on b4 was the bane of her existence, as it was impossible to ever bring it back to the game. Mainly due to this she was slowly crushed on the kingside where she was simply playing down a piece.

Tuvshintugs Batchimeg's knight gave her huge headaches

Hou Yifan 1-0 Kosintseva, Tatiana
The World Champion used a delayed Catalan to positionally pressure Kosintseva's position. The Russian fought back and although she was worse the entire game it seems like at some point she might have been close to equalizing. Missing her chance, Kosintseva found herself against the ropes and down a pawn, and Hou Yifan did not forgive.

The World Champion Hou Yifan wasted no time to score her first win

Round One Games

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Photos by Kirill Merkuriev, 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
Batchimeg, T 2340
Hou Yifan 2618
1-0
Kosintseva, Tatiana 2496
Round 02 – April 10 2014, 14:00h
Kosteniuk, A 2527   Kosintseva, Tatiana 2496
Batchimeg, T 2340   Hou Yifan 2618
Dzagnidze, Nana 2550   Muzychuk, Anna 2560
Lagno, Kateryna 2543   Girya, Olga 2450
Muminova, Nafisa 2321   Zhao Xue 2552
Stefanova, A 2489   Ushenina, Anna 2501
Round 03 – April 11 2014, 14:00h
Ushenina, Anna 2501   Kosteniuk, A 2527
Zhao Xue 2552   Stefanova, A 2489
Girya, Olga 2450   Muminova, Nafisa 2321
Muzychuk, Anna 2560   Lagno, Kateryna 2543
Hou Yifan 2618   Dzagnidze, Nana 2550
Kosintseva, Tatiana 2496   Batchimeg, T 2340
Round 04 – April 12 2014, 14:00h
Kosteniuk, A 2527   Batchimeg, T 2340
Dzagnidze, Nana 2550   Kosintseva, Tatiana 2496
Lagno, Kateryna 2543   Hou Yifan 2618
Muminova, Nafisa 2321   Muzychuk, Anna 2560
Stefanova, A 2489   Girya, Olga 2450
Ushenina, Anna 2501   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
Batchimeg, T 2340   Dzagnidze, Nana 2550
Round 06 – April 15 2014, 14:00h
Kosteniuk, A 2527   Dzagnidze, Nana 2550
Lagno, Kateryna 2543   Batchimeg, T 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
Batchimeg, T 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   Batchimeg, T 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
Batchimeg, T 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   Batchimeg, T 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
Batchimeg, T 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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