Rostov R10: Lahno, Galliamova and Danielian win

8/14/2011 – Three decisive games, three draws: the game between two Chinese finalists of the last year’s World Championship, Ruan Lufei and Hou Yifan, ended in a draw. Kateryna Lahno won her second game in a row by defeating Antoanetta Stefanova. Alexandra Kosteniuk lost her game against Elina Danielian, while Alisa Galliamova defeated her compatriot Ekaterina Kovalevskaya. Round ten report.

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The Rostov Chess Federation in collaboration with FIDE and Global Chess is organising the first event for the 2011/2012 Women's Grand Prix series. The tournament is being held in the Don-Plaza Hotel and runs from August 1st (arrival, opening) until August 15 (departure). The eleven rounds are between August 2nd and 14, with rest days on the 6th and 11th. The start of the games from of rounds 1-10 is 3:00 p.m. local time, round 11 at starts at noon local time. The winner receives 6,500 Euros out of a total prize fund of 40,000 Euros, and the overall winner of the Women's Grand Prix will win a further 15,000 Euros at the end of the series.

Round ten report

Round ten: Saturday August 13
Ruan Lufei
½-½
Hou Yifan
Stefanova Antoaneta
0-1
Lahno Kateryna
Koneru Humpy
½-½
Kosintseva Tatiana
Galliamova Alisa
1-0
Kovalevskaya Ekat.
Kosteniuk Alexandra
0-1
Danielian Elina
Muzychuk Anna
½-½
Kosintseva Nadezhda


The start of round ten, with Ruan Lufei-Hou Yifan and Stefanova-Lahno


Negotiating with the creator of the universe to get a full point? No, just checking the lights.

[Event "Rostov Women GP"] [Site "Rostov-on-Don RUS"] [Date "2011.08.13"] [Round "10"] [White "Ruan Lufei"] [Black "Hou Yifan"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B83"] [WhiteElo "2479"] [BlackElo "2575"] [PlyCount "86"] [EventDate "2011.08.02"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 d6 6. Be2 Nf6 7. O-O Be7 8. Be3 O-O 9. Kh1 e5 10. Nb3 Be6 11. Bf3 a5 12. Nd5 Bxd5 13. exd5 Nb4 14. c3 Na6 15. Qd3 Nd7 16. g4 {Prevents the development of the black f-pawn.} Bg5 17. Nd2 g6 18. Rg1 Kh8 19. Qe2 a4 20. Ne4 Bxe3 21. fxe3 Qe7 22. Ng3 Rac8 23. Rac1 Rc7 24. Qd2 Qg5 25. Ne4 Qe7 26. Ng3 {White indicates that she is ready to accept a draw by repetition.} h6 {The World Champion indicates that she wants to fight on.} 27. Be2 Nac5 28. e4 Qg5 29. Rcd1 Nf6 30. Bf3 Qxd2 31. Rxd2 a3 32. b3 Na6 33. c4 Rb8 34. Kg2 b5 35. Be2 Nc5 36. Kf3 b4 37. Bd1 Nh7 38. h4 Kg7 39. Ke3 Rf8 40. Rf2 Rb7 41. Rgf1 Rc7 42. Rg1 Rb7 43. Rgf1 Rc7 {In spite of a better position Black was unable to make progress and a draw was agreed.} 1/2-1/2


She's wearing those flowers again – should I be worried?


Let this become your trademark, Etti!


I could have got myself some pink ones, or maybe red would have been more active?!

[Event "Rostov Women GP"] [Site "Rostov-on-Don RUS"] [Date "2011.08.13"] [Round "10"] [White "Stefanova, A."] [Black "Lahno, Kateri"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A48"] [WhiteElo "2524"] [BlackElo "2536"] [PlyCount "94"] [EventDate "2011.08.02"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Bf4 Bg7 5. Qd2 O-O 6. Bh6 Ne4 7. Nxe4 dxe4 8. Bxg7 Kxg7 9. Ng5 e5 {A show of confidence by a player who had beat the reigning World Champion in the previous round.} 10. O-O-O Qxd4 11. Qxd4 exd4 12. Rxd4 e3 $1 13. fxe3 h6 14. Nf3 {Nicely played by Black, making sure that her opponent has problems with her bishop languishing on f1.} Re8 15. Rd3 Na6 16. g3 Nb4 17. Rb3 c5 18. a3 Nd5 19. e4 c4 20. Rb5 Ne3 {Black is better, and with the white bishop still languishing on f1 the pawn sacrifice on move twelve was clearly justified.} 21. Rc5 $2 Rd8 {Mate-in-one threat.} 22. Nd2 Be6 23. b3 Rd7 24. bxc4 Rad8 {White is two pawns up but actually lost in this position.} 25. Rd5 Bxd5 26. exd5 Rc7 27. Rg1 b5 28. Bg2 bxc4 29. Bf3 Nxd5 30. Nb1 Ne3 31. Nc3 h5 32. h4 Rcd7 33. Ne4 f5 34. Nc5 Rd1+ 35. Rxd1 Rxd1+ 36. Kb2 Rd2 37. Kc3 Rxc2+ 38. Kd4 Nf1 39. e4 fxe4 40. Bxe4 Ra2 41. Ne6+ Kf6 42. Nf4 Nxg3 43. Bxg6 Ne2+ 44. Nxe2 Kxg6 45. Nf4+ Kh6 46. Kxc4 Rxa3 47. Kb5 Rg3 0-1


Humpy vs Kosentseva – this game ended in a draw after 54 moves


Tatiana Kosintseva, 25, Russia, rated 2557, full GM title since October 2009

[Event "Rostov Women GP"] [Site "Rostov-on-Don RUS"] [Date "2011.08.13"] [Round "10"] [White "Koneru, H."] [Black "Kosintseva, T."] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D05"] [WhiteElo "2614"] [BlackElo "2557"] [PlyCount "108"] [EventDate "2011.08.02"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 d5 3. e3 e6 4. Bd3 b6 5. O-O Bb7 6. b3 Be7 7. Bb2 {ChessBase identifies this as a Colle, but White has essentially been avoiding theoretical lines with this setup.} O-O 8. Ne5 Nbd7 9. Nd2 c5 10. Qe2 Qc7 11. f4 Ne4 12. Nxd7 Qxd7 13. Nxe4 dxe4 14. Bc4 Bf6 15. Rad1 Qc8 16. g4 a6 17. a4 cxd4 18. Bxd4 Bxd4 19. Rxd4 Bc6 20. Qd2 b5 21. Be2 Qc7 22. Qc3 Rac8 23. Qc5 Bd5 24. Qxc7 Rxc7 {After the exchange of queens the endgame is equal.} 25. c4 bxc4 26. bxc4 Bc6 27. a5 Rb8 28. Rfd1 Rcc8 29. c5 Bd5 30. Bc4 Rxc5 31. Bxd5 exd5 32. Rxd5 Rcc8 33. Rd6 g6 34. f5 gxf5 35. gxf5 Rb2 36. f6 h6 37. Kh1 Kh7 38. Rg1 Rg8 39. Rxg8 Kxg8 40. Rxa6 Ra2 41. h4 h5 42. Ra7 Ra3 43. a6 Rxe3 44. Ra8+ Kh7 45. a7 Ra3 46. Kg2 Ra6 47. Kg3 e3 48. Kf3 Rxf6+ 49. Kxe3 Ra6 50. Kf4 Kg7 51. Kg5 Ra5+ 52. Kf4 Ra4+ 53. Kg5 Ra5+ 54. Kf4 Ra4+ 1/2-1/2


GM Alisa Galliamova vs WGM Ekaterina Kovalevskaya from Rostov (!)

[Event "Rostov Women GP"] [Site "Rostov-on-Don RUS"] [Date "2011.08.13"] [Round "10"] [White "Galliamova, A."] [Black "Kovalevskaya, E."] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D34"] [WhiteElo "2492"] [BlackElo "2427"] [PlyCount "130"] [EventDate "2011.08.02"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 c5 4. cxd5 exd5 5. Nf3 Nc6 6. g3 Nf6 7. Bg2 Be7 {A well-know line of the QGD Tarrash.} 8. O-O O-O 9. dxc5 d4 10. Na4 Bf5 11. Bd2 b5 12. cxb6 axb6 {Black has sacrificed a pawn for unclear compensation.} 13. Rc1 Be4 14. Ne1 b5 15. Bxe4 Nxe4 16. Rxc6 Rxa4 17. a3 Rc4 18. Ra6 Qd5 19. Bb4 Bxb4 20. axb4 Rxb4 21. Nd3 Rc4 22. Ra5 Rfc8 23. Re1 R4c7 24. Qa1 Nd6 25. Ra7 g6 26. Rxc7 Rxc7 27. Qa5 Rc8 28. Qa7 Nc4 29. Qe7 Qd6 30. Qb7 Rb8 31. Qe4 Qd7 32. Ra1 Re8 33. Ra8 Rxa8 34. Qxa8+ Kg7 35. Qe4 Qa7 36. Kg2 Qd7 37. g4 Qd6 38. h4 Nd2 39. Qe5+ Qxe5 40. Nxe5 Kf6 41. Nc6 Nb3 42. Kf3 Ke6 43. Na7 Ke5 44. Nxb5 f5 45. gxf5 gxf5 46. Na3 Nd2+ 47. Kg2 Nb3 48. Nc2 h5 49. Nb4 Kf4 50. f3 Ke3 51. Kf1 Kd2 $4 ({After} 51... d3 52. Nxd3 Nd4 53. Nc1 Kd2 54. Na2 Nxe2 {Black should be able to hold.}) 52. Nd3 Na5 53. b4 Nc4 54. b5 Ne3+ 55. Kf2 Nd1+ 56. Kg3 Nc3 57. b6 Nxe2+ 58. Kf2 Kxd3 59. b7 Nc3 60. b8=Q Kc2 61. Qf4 d3 62. Qxf5 Kd2 63. Qxh5 Nd1+ 64. Kg3 Ne3 65. Qa5+ Ke2 1-0


Alexandra Kosteniuk vs Elina Danielian, with Geoffrey Borg of Global Chess in the doorway

[Event "Rostov Women GP"] [Site "Rostov-on-Don RUS"] [Date "2011.08.13"] [Round "10"] [White "Kosteniuk, A."] [Black "Danielian, E."] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B11"] [WhiteElo "2497"] [BlackElo "2521"] [PlyCount "150"] [EventDate "2011.08.02"] 1. e4 c6 2. Nc3 d5 3. Nf3 Bg4 4. Be2 e6 5. d4 Nf6 6. h3 Bxf3 7. Bxf3 dxe4 8. Nxe4 Nbd7 9. c3 Qc7 10. O-O Be7 11. Re1 O-O 12. b3 a5 13. Bb2 Rfd8 14. Nd2 c5 15. Qe2 a4 16. Ba3 axb3 17. axb3 Rxa3 {Black sacs a rook for piece and pawn.} 18. Rxa3 cxd4 19. Ra7 Qxc3 20. Rxb7 Bb4 21. Qb5 Bd6 22. Rd1 Ne5 23. Be4 g6 24. Bb1 Ned7 25. Nc4 Bf8 26. Qg5 h6 27. Qh4 Nc5 28. Qxf6 Nxb7 {Black has won back the exchange and is a pawn up.} 29. Ne5 Qc7 30. Bxg6 {The start of an interesting combination.} fxg6 31. Qxe6+ Kh8 32. Nf7+ Kh7 33. Nxd8 Nxd8 { Material balance (so you don't have to count for yourself): White has a rook and pawn for two minor pieces.} 34. Qe4 Bg7 35. b4 Qc4 36. Rb1 Ne6 37. h4 h5 38. f4 Nc7 39. f5 Qf7 40. Rf1 Ne8 {White is okay and has survived the time scramble, but now she goes woefully astray.} 41. g4 hxg4 42. h5 gxf5 43. Qf4 $2 {Kosteniuk has lost two pawns for nothing.} d3 44. b5 Nc7 45. b6 Nd5 46. Qc4 d2 47. Qd3 Nxb6 (47... g3 48. Qxg3 Bd4+ 49. Kh1 Qxh5+ {would have finished it off for Black.}) 48. Qxd2 Nd5 49. Qd3 Ne7 50. Qd7 Qf6 51. Rd1 Qe5 52. Qd3 Nc6 53. h6 Qd4+ 54. Kg2 Qxd3 55. Rxd3 Ne5 56. Rd6 Bxh6 {With two pieces and two pawns against a rook Black has no serious trouble winning this one.} 57. Kg3 f4+ 58. Kh4 g3 59. Kh3 Bg7 60. Re6 Ng6 61. Re1 Bd4 62. Kg2 Nh4+ 63. Kh3 Bf2 64. Re7+ Kg6 65. Re8 Kf7 66. Re4 Ng6 67. Kg2 Kf6 68. Ra4 Kf5 69. Kh3 Ne5 70. Kg2 f3+ 71. Kf1 Be3 72. Ra2 Ng4 73. Ra5+ Kg6 74. Ra6+ Kf7 75. Ra2 Nh2+ 0-1


IM Anna Muzychuk, SLO, rated 2538, vs GM Nadezhda Kosintseva, RUS, 2560


Such a lovely pair: Anna from Ukraine, who lives in Slovenia...


...and Nadezhda, 26, Russia, now a point behind sister Tatiana

[Event "Rostov Women GP"] [Site "Rostov-on-Don RUS"] [Date "2011.08.13"] [Round "10"] [White "Muzychuk, A."] [Black "Kosintseva, N."] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "E32"] [WhiteElo "2538"] [BlackElo "2560"] [PlyCount "51"] [EventDate "2011.08.02"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 O-O 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. Qxc3 d5 7. Nf3 dxc4 8. Qxc4 b6 9. Bg5 Ba6 10. Qa4 h6 11. Bh4 c5 12. dxc5 bxc5 13. Rd1 Qb6 14. Bxf6 gxf6 15. Qg4+ Kh7 16. h4 Nc6 17. Rh3 Rg8 18. Qf4 f5 19. Rd7 Qxb2 20. Ng5+ { White sacrifices a piece, but cannot find a path to victory.} hxg5 21. hxg5+ Kg6 22. Rh6+ Kg7 23. Rh7+ Kg6 24. Rh6+ Kg7 25. Rh7+ Kg6 26. Rh6+ 1/2-1/2

Pictures by Anastasiya Karlovich and
Kema Goryaeva with kind permission of FIDE

Current standings

Schedule and results

Round one: Tuesday August 02 at 15:00
Stefanova Antoaneta
½-½
Ruan Lufei
Koneru Humpy
0-1
Hou Yifan
Galliamova Alisa
0-1
Lahno Kateryna
Kosteniuk Alexandra
½-½
Kosintseva Tatiana
Muzychuk Anna
½-½
Kovalevskaya Ekat.
Kosintseva Nadezhda
½-½
Danielian Elina
Round two: Wednesday August 03 at 15:00
Ruan Lufei
1-0
Danielian Elina
Kovalevskaya Ekat.
0-1
Kosintseva Nadezhda
Kosintseva Tatiana
½-½
Muzychuk Anna
Lahno Kateryna
½-½
Kosteniuk Alexandra
Hou Yifan
1-0
Galliamova Alisa
Stefanova Antoaneta
½-½
Koneru Humpy
Round three: Thursday August 04 at 15:00
Koneru Humpy
1-0
Ruan Lufei
Galliamova Alisa
1-0
Stefanova Antoaneta
Kosteniuk Alexandra
0-1
Hou Yifan
Muzychuk Anna
1-0
Lahno Kateryna
Kosintseva Nadezhda
½-½
Kosintseva Tatiana
Danielian Elina
1-0
Kovalevskaya Ekat.
Round four: Friday August 05 at 15:00
Ruan Lufei
½-½
Kovalevskaya Ekat.
Kosintseva Tatiana
½-½
Danielian Elina
Lahno Kateryna
1-0
Kosintseva Nadezhda
Hou Yifan
1-0-
Muzychuk Anna
Stefanova Antoaneta
½-½
Kosteniuk Alexandra
Koneru Humpy
½-½
Galliamova Alisa
Round five: Sunday August 07 at 15:00
Galliamova Alisa
1-0
Ruan Lufei
Kosteniuk Alexandra
0-1
Koneru Humpy
Muzychuk Anna
½-½
Stefanova Antoaneta
Kosintseva Nadezhda
½-½
Hou Yifan
Danielian Elina
0-1
Lahno Kateryna
Kovalevskaya Ekat.
0-1
Kosintseva Tatiana
Round six: Monday August 08 at 15:00
Ruan Lufei
0-1
Kosintseva Tatiana
Lahno Kateryna
½-½
Kovalevskaya Ekat.
Hou Yifan
1-0
Danielian Elina
Stefanova Antoaneta
½-½
Kosintseva Nadezhda
Koneru Humpy
½-½
Muzychuk Anna
Galliamova Alisa
½-½
Kosteniuk Alexandra
Round seven: Tuesday August 09 at 15:00
Kosteniuk Alexandra
½-½
Ruan Lufei
Muzychuk Anna
1-0
Galliamova Alisa
Kosintseva Nadezhda
½-½
Koneru Humpy
Danielian Elina
0-1
Stefanova Antoaneta
Kovalevskaya Ekat.
0-1
Hou Yifan
Kosintseva Tatiana
½-½
Lahno Kateryna
Round eight: Wednesday August 10 at 15:00
Ruan Lufei
1-0
Lahno Kateryna
Hou Yifan
½-½
Kosintseva Tatiana
Stefanova Antoaneta
1-0
Kovalevskaya Ekat.
Koneru Humpy
½-½
Danielian Elina
Galliamova Alisa
½-½
Kosintseva Nadezhda
Kosteniuk Alexandra
½-½
Muzychuk Anna
Round nine: Friday August 12 at 15:00
Muzychuk Anna
1-0
Ruan Lufei
Kosintseva Nadezhda
1-0
Kosteniuk Alexandra
Danielian Elina
1-0
Galliamova Alisa
Kovalevskaya Ekat.
1-0
Koneru Humpy
Kosintseva Tatiana
1-0
Stefanova Antoaneta
Lahno Kateryna
1-0
Hou Yifan
Round ten: Saturday August 13 at 15:00
Ruan Lufei
½-½
Hou Yifan
Stefanova Antoaneta
0-1
Lahno Kateryna
Koneru Humpy
½-½
Kosintseva Tatiana
Galliamova Alisa
1-0
Kovalevskaya Ekat.
Kosteniuk Alexandra
0-1
Danielian Elina
Muzychuk Anna
½-½
Kosintseva Nadezhda
Round eleven: Sunday August 14at 12:00
Kosintseva Nadezhda
-
Ruan Lufei
Danielian Elina
-
Muzychuk Anna
Kovalevskaya Ekat.
-
Kosteniuk Alexandra
Kosintseva Tatiana
-
Galliamova Alisa
Lahno Kateryna
-
Koneru Humpy
Hou Yifan
-
Stefanova Antoaneta
 

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