Polish Women's Championship: Kulon stays on course

by Klaus Besenthal
8/10/2020 – Six rounds have been played at the Polish Women's Championship in Ostrów Wielkopolski, and with 5.5/6 International Master Klaudia Kulon has a comfortable 1.5 point lead over Karina Cyfka. Another half point behind follows Monika Socko with 3.5/6. | Photos: Szymon Pieczewski (Polish Chess Federation)

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Klaudia Kulon has better chances than ever to become Polish Women's Champion 2020. Okay, she still has to play Monika Socko, the highest-rated participant in the tournament, so there is still a lot of work ahead for Kulon, but she nevertheless has a 1.5 lead with three rounds to go.

However, chess players know that joy and grief aren't very far apart.  Joanna Majdan, for example, experienced this in rounds five and six. In her round five game with Black against Patrycja Waszczuk, Majdan launched an irresistible mating attack after an original opening. The finish with an extremely powerful bishop was remarkable:


But in round six Majdan was on the losing side of a similar type of game. Honorata Kucharska is by far the nominally weakest player in the field, but Majdan's all too ambitious typical Sicilian attack with b7-b5 was dissected by the 18-year-old with merciless precision – with the no-less typical Sicilian sacrifice on b5:


Jolanta Zawadzka, Julia Antolak, Anna Kubicka and Monika Socko (from left to right) keep  distance!

Standings after round 6




Translation from German: Arthur Paul


Klaus Besenthal is computer scientist, has followed and still follows the chess scene avidly since 1972 and since then has also regularly played in tournaments.


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